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Because super heroes make money, Warner Bros. is taking advantage of their relationship (i.e.: copyright contracts) with DC to produce as many super-powered television shows and movies as they can. They’ve done a damned fine job so far with Gotham, Arrow and The Flash. Now we’ll be seeing what may be the first modern, live-action series featuring an African-American hero with Static Shock. (more…)

I’ll be honest, like many comic nerds out there, I have a huge love of the incredibly under-rated work of the late Dwayne McDuffie. Since his untimely passing we’ve seen a small celebration of his creations, and while I’m not the type of person to pick favorites, this is now my favorite.

Static Shock: Blackout 

A shockingly well done fan film based on his Milestone/DC Comics character Static. With a budget coming in at around $5000 dollars it out performs many of the huge blockbusters that Hollywood has ripped out of comic books.

Well, that is my humble opinion of course. You can get more info from the movies official Facebook page and watch it for yourself after the jump.

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Review – Justice League: DOOM

A year ago this month the comic book and cartoon world lost a phenomenal man in Dwayne McDuffie. If you don’t know who he is, Google him. You’ll be astounded by the amount of projects he was involved with that you’ve undoubtedly either read or watched. To say his absence has left a ginormous gaping hole in DC’s creative talent is an understatement.

Yesterday saw the release of the latest DC Animated Film, Justice League: DOOM, with a screenplay written by McDuffie, his last project before his death. DOOM is also a reunion for a majority of the vocal cast from the celebrated Justice League cartoon, making this film of great importance to those kids raised with DC’s cartoons of the 90s and early 2000s. Meaning, me. Did DOOM live up to my dreams of being the ultimate Justice League team-up? Sort of. DOOM is action-packed with great humorous moments but it never fully explores the complex relationships between the League’s most famous members. There’s no deeper meanings here, just one hell of a fun adventure.

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If you’ve followed this site at all over the past year you should know by now I’m a huge fan of DC’s animated films. I’ve reviewed every one that released last year for Nerd Bastards, and I’ll be reviewing Justice League: Doom when it drops on February 28th. So, you know, act excited.

Below are two new clips featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter facing off against The Royal Flush Gang.

Synopsis: An adaptation of Mark Waid’s “Tower of Babel” story from the JLA comic. Ra’s al Ghul steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.

DC’s animated offerings are my favorite versions of these character because they stay so iconic. Rarely do we see the cartoons or movies reflecting any of the comic books’ messy reboots or retconning. Plus, The Royal Flush Gang are favorites of mine from that modern classic ‘toon, Justice League.

Honestly, my heart still aches knowing that series is over.

Well, I’m stoked to seek DOOM, are you? With it’s incredible voice cast of Nathan Fillion, Michael Rosenbaum, Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Carl Lumbly, Phil Morris , Susan Eisenberg, Alexis Denisof, Claudia Black and Grey Delisle, plus knowing this was one of Dwayne McDuffie‘s last projects before he passed, how could you not?

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One of the few panels I managed to fight the crowds and actually attend at New York Comic Con was the DC Universe Animated Original Movies panel. If you’ve perused Nerd Bastards once or twice before you’re aware I’m a diehard, DC fangirl with a serious cartoon obsession. This panel was of high priority. Along with the screening of the Catwoman short feature, panelists Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano shared the first trailer for the next animated feature, Justice League: Doom. I wasn’t going to risk recording the trailer at the panel, like many of my fellow convention-goers, because one, let’s be honest, the quality would be shit and two, I knew it’d hit the web fairly soon.

What do you know? Here it is, the first peak at Justice League: Doom,

Doom is loosely based on the JLA storyline by Mark Waid, “Tower of Babylon.” In the series Batman has collected necessary information on how to eliminate every member of the Justice League were they ever to go rogue. Batman, the ultimate Boy Scout, who knew? Unfortunately, he didn’t secure this information well enough and it’s stolen. The Legion of Doom is formed to enact these “destroy the Justice League” protocols and all hell breaks loose! If you’re a fan of big ensemble superhero stories, like Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths or just about every Justice League/JLU season finale, Doom sounds like it’ll be right up your alley.

Justice League: Doom was the last screenplay written by the late Dwayne McDuffie and it’s directed by Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse). This flick will also have one AMAZING voice cast, let’s run down the list shall we? Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash (note, this is the Barry Allen Flash, not Wally West who Rosenbaum voiced JL/JLU), Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter, Bumper Robinson as Cyborg, Olivia d’Abo as Star Sapphire, Claudia Black as Cheetah, Alex Denisof as Mirror Master, Phil Morris as Vandal Savage, Paul Blacthorne as Metallo, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane,  Grey DeLisle as Queen of the Royal Flush Gang and David Kauffman as Jimmy Olson.

Wow, right? Justice League: Doom will release early 2012, and yes, you should fully expect a review from me in the future.

Fans of the DC Animated Universe (other wise known as the Timmverse after producer Bruce Timm) should hear a few familiar voices when Justice League: Doom sees release in early 2012. TV Guide broke the news:

Castle star Nathan Fillion will reprise the role of Green Lantern, which he first played in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. He’ll be joined by Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy, the longtime voices for Superman and Batman, respectively. Rounding out the cast are several of Conroy’s old costars from Cartoon Network’s 2001-06 Justice League series (known as Justice League Unlimited in later seasons):Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash, Alias alum Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and veteran voice actress Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman. Cyborg, a character not seen on Justice League, joins the group for this movie and will be played by Bumper Robinson (The Game).

Yes! As far as voice talent goes, this is the greatest Justice League yet. Tim Daly has always been great as Superman. Kevin Conroy is and always should be the voice of Batman (take notes, Christian Bale, and stop gargling with cigarette butts and broken glass.) As far as Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, well he should have been the Green Lantern in the live action movie, damn it, but let’s let that sleeping dog lie.

Ripped from the pages of Mark Waids JLA, the movie is loosely based on issues #43 to 46, the “Tower of Babel” arc. Ra’s al Ghul steals Batman’s secret files that reveal how to defeat each member of the League. Asses are kicked. Names are taken. The adaption was written by the late Dwayne McDuffie. Those last two words tell me this will be good.

A trailer for Justice League: Doom will premiere at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 14th, and will also be included on the Batman: Year One DVD, on sale Tuesday, October 18th.

Sources: TV Guide and Comic Alliance

Review: All-Star Superman

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Doomed Planet.

Desperate Scientists.

Last Hope.

Kindly Couple.

Finally got my hands on a copy of All-Star Superman and it’s magnificent!  Superman’s last adventure is truly an epic, thrilling tale, just like you’d hope it to be. I must admit I have not read Grant Morrison‘s and Frank Quitely‘s 12-issue series this film is based on. Blasphemy, I know. Don’t worry, that will be quickly remedied, but it does give me a chance to review this film from the outside, approaching this material for the first time.

Note, spoilers are contained in this review.

We’re all familiar with Superman. The Man of Steel, the Big Blue Boy Scout, the champion of Earth. All-Star Superman is the story of Superman. It encompasses so much of what is true to the character; selfless acts, incredible battles, the bumbling reporter who crushes on Lois Lane and finally, sacrifice. We begin the story with Superman saving the day, per usual, this time it’s the first manned mission to the Sun. As a side effect of the rescue Superman’s cells have been over-saturated with yellow solar radiation, this leaves him unbelievably strong (even for him) but it’s also killing him. The Man of Steel is facing death and he has a few important things he wants to do before he leaves.

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Sad news hitting the comic book ‘verse today. Dwayne McDuffie, best known as co-founder of Milestone Comics and creator of Static Shock passed away today from complications from a surgical procedure performed Monday night, Comic Book Resources is reporting. It’s especially sad to note that today is the North American release of the animated All-Star Superman for which McDuffie wrote the script.

McDuffie was  the creator of Damage Control for Marvel,  an honest look at how we’d react to superheroes in a “real” world as well as the comic book, Icon, which spun an interesting twist on the hero/sidekick dynamic. He also played an important role in the lives of many young super hero fans, myself included, with his work as writer for the animated Justice League series and story editor on Justice League Unlimited. The popular blog, DC Woman Kicking Ass sums up his impact nicely,

I’ve told this story before, but I will tell it again. When the Hostess cupcakes promotion happened last fall featuring Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern, my friend showed her son the box. He took one look at it and said, “that’s not the Green Lantern, the Green Lantern is black.”

And he is black, if the incarnation of the Green Lantern you’re most familiar with is John Stewart, the featured Green Lantern on JLU. A generation of fans have grown up with comic books and comic adaptions that owe something to Dwayne McDuffie. His understanding of fans needing to hear about characters of all races and genders was an important voice in comic books.

I mentioned earlier McDuffie wrote the script for All-Star Superman (review coming tonight!) but he also penned another DC Animated film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Along with those movies he was also a writer for the Static Shock animated series, Teen Titans and writer/producer for Ben 10.

In comics, besides his co-founding of Milestone Comics he also had impressive runs on both the Fantastic Four and Justice League of America. Basically, any comic book fan and particularly fans of cape and cowl stories have a lot to thank Dwayne McDuffie for. Today marks a sad day but also a day to go back and review a great career in comics. I’ll leave you with these words from Dan Didio, co-publisher of DC Comics, but if you have any comments about the life and career of Dwayne McDuffie please share them at the end of this post.

Dwayne McDuffie left a lasting legacy on the world of comics that many writers can only aspire to. He will not only be remembered as the extremely gifted writer whose scripts have been realized as comic books, in television shows and on the silver screen, but as the creator or co-creator of so many of the much-loved Milestone characters, including Static Shock. The industry has lost a true talent.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and many friends he leaves behind.

source: CBR via io9