Looking at the live action Batman movies of the last-quarter century we’ve had eight different movies starring five different actors as the Dark Knight Detective and his alter ego billionaire Bruce Wayne. That may be why for a generation of people, the only real definitive Batman is the man behind the voice behind the cowl, Kevin Conroy, who first “appeared” as the Caped Crusader in 1992 when Batman: The Animated Series premiered on Fox Kids. Conroy was one of a number of celebrity guests as the recent Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, and at a press event he talked about his Batman legacy, and why no one person is the definitive Dark Knight. (more…)
In a world of ever-increasing superhero movies, there are times where the film will not jive 100% with the source material, especially with live action adaptations. As great as our film-making technology has gotten, this is still the world of the fantastical. At times, the films are slated to be more in “the real world” or at least toned down a little. Sometimes the story-line doesn’t mesh 100% completely with what was within the comic. Take, for example, Captain America: Civil War, due to corporate reasons and film rights issues, not every character could be in the film adaptation of that comic book crossover event. However, the film adaptation uses the “less is more” approach and made one hell of a film that ended up, arguably, better than the source material. Batman v Superman also took liberties with the story-lines it borrowed from to try and make a complete film. That’s just how it goes with adapting and transferring a story from one medium to another.
In animation, there are even more liberties that can be taken in regards to adapting a comic book. For one, the animation visually looks similar to the comic book, as even casual fans find it easier. Instead of comics that are read from page to page, they are viewed in animation form and it’s easier on the eyes. Also with animation, the studios have been doing it for a longer time and thus have more experience in this form of storytelling. We’ve only had “really good” superhero films for the better part of the last decade, while we’ve had really good animation for much longer. Simply put, the studios are better at doing it in animation form. No one has had more practice (and success) than the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. They simply know their source material and have done a stellar job in their direct-to-video films surrounding DC Comics properties. With more than 28 films under their belt, they have gotten very good at what they do.
Which is why their latest adaptation, Batman: The Killing Joke is such a letdown. (more…)
The one day Fathom Events screening of Batman: The Killing Joke has started selling tickets at a theater hopefully close to you. The new animated film will premiere at San Diego Comic Con on July 22nd and be shown in theaters across the United States on July 25th as a one night showing. That means you should probably go ahead and get your tickets now, just in case. (more…)
If by some chance you didn’t make it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, and there’s probably a few of you who didn’t, characters for the upcoming television series ‘Justice League Action’ were revealed at Kre8tif!. The annual conference which focuses on the world of animation, VFX, and licensing/marketing, gave fans the first look at the upcoming DC Comics series scheduled to air this fall. (more…)
It’s one of the most well-known Batman stories ever written, one that’s influenced the comics, the movies and all other Batman ephemera for almost 30 years now, and as you’re undoubtedly already aware, Batman: The Killing Joke is coming soon to a Blu-ray player near you. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment announced last year that they were taking on the seminal Alan Moore and Brian Bolland story and bringing it to life in a new animated film, and now you’re only a few months away from seeing it for yourself. Mark your calendars, because Warners knows exactly when you’ll get your chance to see The Killing Joke. (more…)
We are just days away from the release of Batman V. Superman. Out of pure anticipation, we’re sure that a lot of you want to watch all of DC’s movies leading up to this one. Taking on such a task is pretty daring, as DC’s film library over the years is simply massive. Even if you’ve seen all of their theatrical movies, there’s still quite a few high-quality animated films that never hit the big screen. Direct-to-Video films like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Under the Red Hood can provide fans with enough action to wet any fan’s appetite before March 25th’s main course. As if there weren’t already enough awesome animated Batman films, a first look at the newest one was released today by none other than the Joker himself.
Cartoon Network is bringing back a duo as well-known as Batman and the Joker themselves. Their new quarter hour animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, titled Justice League Action, will feature iconic DC Entertainment characters- two of them being voiced by Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. Hamill will return as The Joker to Conroy’s Batman/Bruce Wayne; a character Conroy hasn’t voiced in an ongoing animated series since 2006 with the end of Justice League Unlimited. This is Cartoon Network’s first DC Comics-based franchise series to be launched since, and most likely spurred on by, the immensely successful Teen Titans Go! (more…)
Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)
In a case of film imitating video games imitating comic books, the next DC Comics Animated Universe movie has been revealed to be based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time a comic book movie’s been inspired by a comic book video game, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Arkham games have inspired this shift given the influence they’ve had on the comic books. So when might you be able to put this new artifact of modern cross-promotion, Batman: Assault on Arkham, in your Blu-ray player? Read on. (more…)
The preview trailer for the newly announced Batman: Arkham Knight hit yesterday, and it was siiiick. Heck, my Bat nipples were beaming in excitement…and I wasn’t even wearing my Batsuit. Coming off the 3rd, mediocre installment (if you take it as expanded game play to Arkham City and not a new game, it’s not that bad), it’s with much delight to see franchise back in the hands of Rock Steady Studios; the makers of first two titles in the critically acclaimed series. That, and Kevin Conroy will be back to voice (the only true voice) Batman! Between Conroy, Rocksteady and the absolutely stunning cinematics shown in the trailer, justifying spending 700$ on a new console just got a whole lot easier.
Since the trailer broke, a barrage of of details and images have surfaced. One update in particular could change Batman canon as we know it… (more…)