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Superman: Red Son arrives Arrives Digitally February and DVD/Blu-Ray in March 2020

Superman: Red Son

What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting February 25, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2020.

Superman: Red Son will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $43.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $34.97 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?  

Golden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Isaacs, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Star Trek: Discovery and more than 120 films and television series, gets his turn as a Super Hero after three memorable appearances in DC Universe Movies as famous Super-Villains from the DC library. Isaacs previously voiced Sinestro in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Lex Luthor in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

“Elseworlds tales from DC’s vast library of stories have long electrified fans across the globe, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has now begun to mine these fascinating stories – first with last year’s release of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, and now with Superman: Red Son,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family. “Together with Bruce Timm’s animated short, Phantom Stranger, this combination of unique storytelling promises to entertain in unexpected ways.”

Superman: Red Son Special Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

  • DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger (Animated Short) –Animation legendBruce Timm helms Phantom Stranger as both executive producer & director from a script written by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth … when odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, can Phantom Stranger intervene? Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
  • Cold Red War (New Featurette) – An exploration of the Cold War through the lensof the Elseworlds classic Superman: Red Son, as Superman rises to power and tension escalates between the United States and the Soviet Union.  
  • Two episodes from Superman: Red Son – The Motion Comics.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War –     An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Superman: Red Son will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Superman: Red Son via purchase from digital retailers beginning February 25, 2020.

Webcomic Kamikaze Kickstarts to Animation

Kamikaze

Moving Ink Media, the creative company behind the award-winning webcomic Kamikaze launched a Kickstarter to fund their animated pilot entitled Kamikaze: Embrace the Fire based on their main character Markesha Nin. Moving Ink is also publishing the Kamikaze: Short Circuits anthology, with 4 new stories found in the same universe and featuring a diverse roster of incredibly talented guest artists and writers. The month-long campaign has a goal of $27K to fund the completion of both projects and are almost half to their goal as of this article!

Created by husband and wife team Carrie and Alan Tupper, and the talented illustrator/designer Havana Nguyen, Kamikaze is set in a future dystopia where natural resources are scarce and what food there is controlled by corrupt factions. Markesha is a teenager who lost her mother and is caring for her blind father, making ends meet as a courier. When a routine delivery turns deadly, Markesha finds herself caught between warring factions. Now she’s an agent for the resistance organization that saved her and her secret identity “Kamikaze,” becomes a symbol of hope for her people.

The Florida based animation company Echo Bridge Pictures, led by animation director Esteban Valdez, is bringing the world of Kamikaze to life. The animated pilot will feature the voice talents of Dani Chambers (SSS.GRIDMAN, One Piece) as “Markesha Nin”, Monica Rial (Dragon Ball, gen:Lock,My Hero Academia) as her tech assist “Audrey Dalma” and Johnathan Young, Youtube famous for his genre music covers, as Markesha’s enemy “Toro Blackthorne”.

The Short Circuits anthology will feature a cadre of talented writers and artists including Robert K. Jeffrey (Green Lantern/DC Comics), Sceritz (Scorpio), Dan Jolley (Dr. Strange Marvel; G.I. Joe/Image Comics), Takeia Marie (Simone Visits the Museum), Malissa White from Comics Creators Club and more!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Is Getting a Sequel in 2022

The award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a sequel and release date. The anticipated animated film comes to theaters on April 8, 2022.

Sony Pictures Animation is again putting together the film which won an Academy Award for “Best Animated Film.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to bring their vision for the next adventure of Miles Morales. The original film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman based on a screenplay by Phil Lord.

The voice cast of the original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker, Mahershala Ali as Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson, Luna Lauren Velez as Rio, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May, and Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Wonder Woman Battles Silver Swan

Check out an action-packed clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines that features Wonder Woman (voiced by Rosario Dawson) battling Silver Swan (voiced by Marie Avgeropoulos of The 100 fame) on a rooftop and in mid-air.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is available everywhere TODAY (Tuesday, October 22) on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short “Death,” inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Silver Swan’s Creation

Check out an all-new clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines featuring Marie Avgeropoulos as the voice of Silver Swan, and the creation of the character.

Avgeropoulos currently portrays Octavia Blake in The CW’s popular series The 100, and is slated to star opposite Nicholas Cage in the upcoming Jiu Jitsu, and alongside Cary Elwes, Susan Sarandon, Diane Kruger, Brad Dourif & Nick Offerman in “Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is now available on Digital, and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short “Death,” inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Netlfix is Working on a Bone Animated Series

Bone

It looks like Jeff Smith‘s critically hailed and best-selling Bone comic series is coming to television. Netflix has acquired the rights the award-winning series. It’ll be developed into an animated series and is part of the streaming platform’s focus on kids programming.

In 2016 it was announced that Mark Osborne with a script co-written with Adam Kline was adapting the series as an animated film for Warner Bros. The movie studio acquired the rights around 2008. That failed attempt opened the door for Netflix.

Bone was first published in 1991 by Smith who began creating the series when he was 10 in 1970. He also has said early versions of the characters were drawn by him when he was 5 years old. The series ran for 55 issues and ended its run in 2004. It was originally published by Smith’s Cartoon Books, then Image Comics, and finished its run with Cartoon Books. It’s earned 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards. It’s one of the trailblazing kids series and a lynchpin for Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint Graphix Books.

The series has sold over 8 million copies in North America and has been released in 30 countries. It has earned 40 national and international publishing awards.

The series follows the Bone cousins on adventures through their fantasy world filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.

Young Justice: Outsiders! With Ahmed Ali Akbar, Ardo Omer & Ben Kahn

#WeAreAllOutsiders! I’ve got the perfect guests talking about the return of DC’s beloved animated series, Young Justice Season 3, streaming on DC Universe.

Ahmed Ali Akbaris a writer and host of the show “See Something Say Something.” He has worked as Staff Writer at BuzzFeed and has contributed pieces to Netflix, Catapult, Thrillist, Pushkin Industries, and more. He holds a Masters in Islamic Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  https://twitter.com/radbrowndads

Ardo Omer is a critic and freelance writer whose work can be found in The Comics Journal, Women Write About Comics and more. She’s the co-host of the Put A Blurb On It podcast, and has two short comics in the Toronto Comics’ Osgoode As Gold anthology and the upcoming Wayward Kindred anthology. https://twitter.com/ArdoOmer

Ben Kahn is an Ignatz Award-nominated comics writer. Their previous works include the comics series Heavenly Blues (Scout Comics) and Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted (SBI Press) https://twitter.com/BenTheKahn

Discussed 

  • Young Justice is like being on Twitter
  • Justice Society, “The Original Antifa”
  • Missed opportunities with Halo 
  • Halo IS a rebuttal to fascism 
  • Superboy learns collective action
  • The DCU: Where the UN is really powerful and run by Lex Luthor/Trump
  • “I’m not even mad about Harper Roe?!” https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn

NYCC 2019: Harley Quinn Animated Series Gets a Debut Date

Haley Quinn

DC Universe continues to deliver new content, robust community engagement, and real-world experiences to its members. During the grand opening reception of a new, pop-up activation titled, DCU HQ during New York Comic Con, the subscription service highlighted updates to the platform and previewed new content coming in 2020.

During the opening event news on the Harley Quinn animated original series was announced including the debut date!

Harley Quinn will debut on the DC Universe service on November 29, 2019.

DCU HQ also included an art retrospective dedicated to Harley Quinn and the character’s colorful history throughout animation, comics and film titled The Fantabulous Evolution of One Harley Quinn Gallery. Included in the gallery space are props from the hotly anticipated film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn), in theaters February 7, 2020, from Warner Bros. Pictures: her fan-favorite Mallet, Harley Grenades, Fur-Covered Brass Knuckles, Black and Red Roller Skates donned by Harley Quinn herself for a hard-hitting Roller Derby scene, and many more never-before-displayed items. 

In addition, many original art pieces are on display including, a development sketch of Harley Quinn for her first appearance in “Joker’s Favor”;  original cel art from “Batman, the Animated Series”; comic book covers by Amanda Conner, Rachel Dodson and Jim Lee among others; plus original art by Bruce Timm and Amanda Conner created exclusively for the pop-up gallery.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Silver Swan Revealed

Check out an all-new clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines featuring Marie Avgeropoulos as the voice of Silver Swan, Wonder Woman’s on-the-ground (and air) adversary in the film.

Avgeropoulos currently portrays Octavia Blake in The CW’s popular series The 100, and is slated to star opposite Nicholas Cage in the upcoming Jiu Jitsu, and alongside Cary Elwes, Susan Sarandon, Diane Kruger, Brad Dourif & Nick Offerman in Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be available via Digital starting Saturday, October 5 and on 4k, Blu-ray and DVD starting October 22.

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