DC Animated Universe
Warner Bros. Animation has revealed today at San Diego Comic Con their plans for three upcoming films to take place in the DC Animated Universe and one of them will be a two-parter! The first to come out of the studio will be a Batman film followed by a new rendition of the Death and Rebirth of Superman (split into two films). Fans may recall that DC Animated and Warner Bros. already tackled the Death of Superman in their 2007 adaptation, Superman: Doomsday, but left a lot out given the 75-minute limitation of the medium. Now, that story will be told in its entirety as two separate films.
It wasn’t too long ago that Guillermo del Toro was working on an adaptation of Justice League Dark, the comic book series about the team-up of a number of DC Comics‘ paranormal or supernatural heroes. Like a lot of the DC movies though, what seemed like a slam dunk has been subject to shake-ups; del Toro has departed the project, and Doug Liman has taken his place. But while a live-action JL Dark seems further and further away, an animated version is now actually less than a year away. In fact, the next DC Animated Universe movie is Justice League Dark, and now there’s a trailer for your viewing delight. (more…)
You may recall that an animated Justice League Dark movie is coming out soon, which will star Matt Ryan as John Constantine; quite a bit of buzz about it was stirred after the sneak peak was revealed alongside The Killing Joke. You may also recall that there is rumored to be a live-action affair, with Guillermo Del Toro attached at one point. Now, we get a little taste of ‘what could have been’ in the form of an animation test for the character Swamp Thing, a critical member of the team and to the story. (more…)
Matt Ryan stole the hearts of comic fans with his portrayal of John Constantine, from the show Constantine NBC aired in 2014. The series, which was based on the Hellblazer comics, saw John and his cohorts battling the evils of ‘the Rising Darkness’, protecting the innocent from the paranormal, occult, and that which goes bump in the night. While the show was well received by fans of the comics and of superhero shows, it was cancelled after one season due to not making the numbers NBC has come to expect from their shows; fans, however, were adamant that the character return as played by Matt Ryan. There were petitions, hashtag campaigns, and even Stephen Amell of Arrow made a push (resulting in Constantine guest starring on an episode of the green archer’s show). Now CW has picked up the rights to the show (along with Supergirl from CBS)—though if they will revive it remains to be seen. While we wait for more news on the hopeful revival of the show in some capacity, we have a nice adventure to fill in the gap: the new, animated version of Justice League Dark. (more…)
All eyes are on the summer release of Batman: The Killing Joke, not only is it an adaptation of one of the most seminal stories in the history of the Dark Knight, but it’s the first DC Comics Animated Universe movie to be R-rated. Given the material, that shouldn’t be very surprising, but might the work on this project be inspiring the filmmakers behind these films to explore further more dark materials? Good question, and one that looks to be answered on the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Killing Joke, which includes a hint as to the identity of the next DCAU film, Justice League Dark. (more…)
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke is known for many things; a plausible and respected origin story for The Joker, realistic artwork (pushed into the realms of awe inspiring with Bolland’s recolouring,) a classic battle between Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime, and an ambiguous ending that leaves audiences reeling for more. There is one thing however, that stands out from everything else: The stark violence almost stings the retinas of even the most desensitized reader and there was always a question as to whether or not the new animated adaptation could hold up to the novel’s lead. Particularly with it being animated, the violence could have been toned down. Well have no fear, there is good news for fans that paid for blood! (more…)