If there is one thing Warner Bros/ DC does better than Marvel, its their animated universe. From Flashpoint, The Dark Knight Returns, Young Justice, and everything in between, they absolutely knock it out of the park. This is not to say Marvel isn’t any good but the sheer volume of quality animated movies and shows that DC puts out is way ahead of anything Marvel has been doing. DC also treats their animated projects with much more brevity than kid friendly stuff Marvel does on Disney XD. For every Spider-Man or Super Hero Squad, there is Justice League Doom or All Star Superman. Sufficed to say, fans are eager to know what’s next.
During their Comic-Con panel, they officially announced three animated films that are currently underway…
In early September 1992, Fox debuted Batman, now universally known as Batman: The Animated Series. The show took off where Tim Burton’s Batman left off: a dark, art-deco world of the Dark Knight filled with the usual rogue’s gallery (and then some). From its very debut, Batman changed the world of the caped crusader forever. It altered the way countless kids saw Batman and to this day is the definitive version of the character for many. But just how influential was this era of Batman?
KaptainKristian‘s new video essay makes the case that Batman: The Animated Series contains “the quintessential portrayal of The Dark Knight” and explains, in thoughtful detail, what master strokes in design, story telling, and psychology creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm used to craft this genre defining version of Batman; and what a lasting cultural impact its had. (more…)
Remember Batman: The Animated Series? Of course you do! Nearly a quarter of a century later it still kicks all kinds of ass and it casts a long shadow (of the bat) over every other attempt to make a Batman cartoon, and in some cases, a Batman film. In fact, until Christopher Nolan, a lot of people, including myself, thought that The Mask of the Phantasm was the best Batman movie. So what, right? Why all this talk about Batman: TAS? Well, for you toy collectors out there, there are some brand new TAS inspired figures coming. And for fans of funny videos, there’s a new commercial for the TAS figures featuring a pair of nerd icons. (more…)
We got our first look at the costumed cast of David Ayers‘ Suicide Squadthe other day and now we’ve got the first public statements of reaction from Harley Quinn’s creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. It is interesting to note that Harley first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series and then made her way to the comics and now to the big screen. (more…)
When it comes to the voice of Batman, there’s only one true Dark Knight vocalizer, and that is the great Kevin Conroy. He’s given utterance to Gotham’s greatest protector throughout the 90’s animated series, the subsequent animated movies, and video games. The latter of which, Batman: Arkham Asylum, has been heralded by critics and fans alike as the greatest of all the Batman games, if not the best super hero video games of all time. Speaking of which, there’s been a lot of hullabaloo over the latest installment.
Developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Fans are miffed for a few reasons.
1. Prequel smequel – too many cliche origin stories now. Everyone was hoping for a Batman Beyond Arkham Asylum or something.
2. Mark Hamill will not reprise his role of the Joke.
3. Batman writer and lead collaborator Paul Dini will have no involvement this time around.
4. The game is produced/developed by Warner Bros. Games, not it’s previous creators Rocksteady Studios.
Basically, fans fear this be a poorly produced game – nothing but a quick cash grab banking on the success of the previous installments.
Well, the nay-Sayers may have a reason to feel a little better. Kevin Conroy confirmed this weekend at Dallas Comic-Con that he will return as Batman. Why? BECAUSE HE’S BATMAN. Alright, so the voice of Batman is back; interest level has jumped a little. Regardless, there’s still a large worry that this game will not live up to it’s predecessors.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.
When it was first announced, there wasn’t much known about Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. other than itwould center on the Hulk and his fellow gamma-powered heroes. Now, as the first promo is released from Marvel, details on the animated series are smashing their way through, courtesy of Hulk star Fred Tatasciore.
Written by Paul Dini and Henry Gilroy, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. will center on the big green guy and his team as they take on challenges requiring their special set of skills. The show has also been confirmed by Tatasciore to have a reality TV show setting, with the Hulk speaking outside his range of shouting and limited speech. It sounds strange and, for some of the older Marvel fans like myself, it sounds wrong, but it’s a kids show and shows like this eventually get made. Until more footage is released, take a look at the first scenes of the series and judge for yourself whether we’re any closer to getting a Hulk solo show in the near future.
“In Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk has long fought alone to protect a world that sees him as a monster, but his friend Rick Jones has taken it upon himself to film the world-saving exploits of Big Green and his team to change that image. In this never before seen team up of Hulk, his cousin She-Hulk, A-Bomb, Red Hulk and Skaar, Marvel’s mightiest super heroes form an eccentric family living under one roof, working together to tackle threats that are too enormous for other heroes to handle. From trying to house break their giant red pet T-Rex to stopping Ego the Living Planet from crashing into the Earth, the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. must learn to balance Hulk-sized action with everyday family-sized problems.”
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is expected to air August 11th, 2013.
Get pumped, webheads, as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series is set to be released on April 1st, 2012 on Disney XD. In anticipation for the latest animated incarnation, Marvel has released the first film clip from the series over at Entertainment Weekly
Ultimate Spider-Man, will follow the adventures of Peter Parker as a superpowered high schooler. The series’ creative team includes nerd approved names like BrianMichael Bendis, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Paul Dini. (Drake Bell, of Drake & Josh fame, will play Spidey.) Check out an exclusive clip from the series, featuring an appearance by Nick Fury.
I wanna like this show, but it just looks so lame. A fun a and playful tone just doesn’t work for me. I’m sorry but nothing can beat the 90’s Spider-man cartoon.
Until an embed code becomes available, click on the image below to watch the clip:
While we anxiously await the release of the video game, Batman: Arkham City this fall, DC is keeping us tweaked out on the Batman high by releasing a six issue mini-series written by Paul Dini bridging the story between Arkham Asylum and AC. The series begins shipping this month and will be available in print and digitally on the same days for $2.99. But in addition to the six issues they’re also releasing eight page digital chapters that will alternate release dates with the paper floppies and will closely examine Batman’s enemies and their motives. These mini comics are only available digitally but you can grab ’em for the sweet deal of $0.99 in the digital store! Maybe a dollar is still too much to ask for a measly eight pages, but, realistically, what else can you get for a buck?
Here’s the scoop on the Batman: Arkham City mini series from DC’s The Source blog,
Written by Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini (who also penned both Arkham games) and drawn by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos D’anda, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
The six issue mini series and the eight-page interludes will eventually all be collected in a Batman: Arkham City volume, but you’ll have to wait for that. If their smart they’ll have it compiled in time to release with the video game itself.
This is a smart use of the digital store. These eight page chapters are cheap and exlcusive to the digital format. DC Comics co-publisher and Bat-legend, Jim Lee said,
The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic.The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries.
I really love the idea of the digital store but I haven’t been wowed by their execution yet. I would like to be able to physically own the digital files, especially if I’m paying the same as print price. But I understand that would only escalate piracy. Damn, dirty pirates ruining it for the rest of us, I say as if I’m completely innocent of the crime. With their current cloud storage system it would be nice to see the price knocked down a bit for these digital comics. Which is why the $0.99 digital chapters are fantastic marketing and deals.
I’ve read this first chapter, focusing on Dr. Hugo Strange and it’s great, short for sure, but great. Very creepy setup for a major villain of the upcoming game and a really nice twist from the chaos and insanity of the Joker. Of course, I’m sure the Joker will get his own chapter, how could he not? Buy and read the first eight page interlude, available today, in the the digital store from Comixology.
Strictly speaking, this news does not have to do with gameplay, characters or even villains. No, this deals with one of the most impressive elements from Batman: Arkham Asylum – the story.
According to DC, Arkham City takes place 18 months after the events of Arkham Asylum, and this in-between time will be explained in a six-issue comic book series beginning this May written by Paul Dini (who wrote both games) and game artist Carlos D’anda.
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
According to Comics Alliance, the comics will be released in print and digitally simultaneously for $2.99 each. As well, DC will release eight-page digital interludes from a variety of artists for $0.99 that will also expand the narrative. All of the content will later be assembled in a collected edition (which will also probably be included in some special edition of the game).
While the game still has a while until it is released, at this point, I will take any information I can get my hands on!
Click below the jump for the official teaser image DC released earlier today for the comic, as well as the amazing trailer for Batman: Arkham City released a few months ago.