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Batman: Caped Crusader moves to Amazon with a two-season order

Previously developed for HBO Max, Batman: Caped Crusader has found a new home at Amazon. The animated series from J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm has been given a two season order.

The show was put on hold by Warner Bros. Discovery in August, about a year after it was ordered straight to series. At that time, they stated it was looking for a new home. After a series of cost cutting, Warner Bros. Discovery has pivoted in recent months selling projects to “rival” streaming services.

Batman: Caped Crusader was said to be a follow up in spirit to the classic 1990s Batman: The Animated Series which Timm worked on. Ed Brubaker was announced Timm’s right hand for the 10-episode first season. It was spotlighted at the 2021 DC Fandome which featured some of the individuals behind it discussing what we can expect.

The series joins other high profile animated series at Amazon including Invincible, The Legend of Vox Machina, and The Boys Presents: Diabolical.

Batman: Caped Crusader

All-Star Superman gets a 4K Ultra HD release on April 18

All-Star Superman

One of the Man of Steel’s most personal tales in DC history – from the mind of comics icon Grant Morrison, and produced under the expert oversight of animation legends Bruce Timm and Dwayne McDuffie All-Star Superman will be available to own on 4K Ultra HD for the very first time on April 18, 2023 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Grant Morrison’s beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite, animated life in All-Star Superman. The film begins as the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) but, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

Twelve years after its initial release, All-Star Superman holds a “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  The film was the 10th in the ongoing series of DC Universe Movies and DC Animated Movies that now number more than 50 films across 17 years.

The star-studded voice cast is headed by James Denton (Good Witch, Desperate Housewives), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Good Girls) and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. Other noteworthy cast members are seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up, Elf, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) as Perry White, Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Joker, Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Endgame, Dead to Me, ER) as Nasty.

Rounding out the impressive cast are Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto), Catherine Cavadini (Elvis, Soul, The Powerpuff Girls), Finola Hughes (General Hospital, Staying Alive), Alexis Denisof (Guardians of the Galaxy, Angel), Obba Babatunde (S.W.A.T., That Thing You Do!), John DiMaggio (Futurama, Interview with the Vampire), Chris Cox (Family Guy), Robin Atkin Downes (The Strain, Batman: The Long Halloween), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mortal Kombat, The Simpsons), Fred Tatasciore (Star Trek: Lower Decks, American Dad!) and Michael Gough (Overwatch, Batman: Arkham Origins).

All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and directed by Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke, The Death and Return of Superman) from a script by acclaimed animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Static Shock, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited).

McDuffie, an incomparable force in the comics and animation realm, was a co-founder of Milestone Media, the industry’s most successful minority-owned-and-operated comic company. His creations are headlined by Static Shock, for which he won a Humanitas Prize in 2003, and he served as producer in helping guide the beloved Justice League/Justice League Unlimited animated series. McDuffie passed away in 2011 at the age of 49.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • The Art of the All-star Adaptation (New Featurette) – Go behind the scenes and inside the process of screenwriting, character designing and scoring the animated adaptation of the quintessential Superman comic series, All-Star Superman. This fascinating featurette includes insight from executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, character designer Dusty Abell and composer Christopher Drake.
  • An All-Star Salute to the Silver Age Superman (New Featurette) – Explore DC’s historical inspirations in Grant Morrison’s love letter to the wildly fantastic Silver Age of Superman in comics.
  • Superman Now (Featurette) – In a moment of inspiration, Grant Morrison was provided an opportunity to revamp the Man of Steel into something modern, something more relevant for today’s audience. This is the story of All-Star Superman – where it all started, and what it came to be.
  • The Creative Flow: Incubating the Idea with Grant Morrison (Featurette) – A detailed look at Grant Morrison’s original sketches and ideas.
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring the thoughts of Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison.
  • Digital Comic BookAll-Star Superman

Batman: Caped Crusader Gets a First Look at DC FanDome

At DC FanDome, fans got a first creative glimpse into Batman: Caped Crusader, the upcoming all-new animated series and reimagining of the Batman mythology.

In a video piece created exclusively for DC FanDome, Executive Producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves along with Co-Executive Producer James Tucker share their inspirations and early insights for this next animated chapter of the Dark Knight.

Batman: Caped Crusader is coming soon to HBO Max and Cartoon Network. Series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th & Idaho.

Batman Gets Animated Again

J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm are working on a new animated Batman series. The series will return the character back to his noir roots. Batman: Caped Crusader is getting a straight-to-series order from HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

The series will dive deeper into the psychology of the characters and Batman’s noir roots.

From the announcement:

Utilizing state-of-the-art animation techniques and technologies available, this powerful creative partnership will once again reinvent Batman and his iconic rogue’s gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters and intense action sequences all set in a visually striking world.

Batman: Caped Crusader

Nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Announced

GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The awards honor media for “fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues”. The awards began in 1990 and this year features 198 nominees in 28 categories.

Award recipients will be announced during a virtual ceremony scheduled for April 2021.

Below are the nominees in the comic category. You can get the full list of nominees at the GLAAD website.

The Old Guard, based on the comic series by Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernández, Daniela Miwa, and Jodi Wynne was nominated for “Outstanding Film – Wide Release“.

Harley Quinn, the HBO MAX/DC Universe animated series based on the DC Comics character created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini was nominated in “Outstanding Comedy Series“.

Supergirl, based on the DC Comics character, Wynonna Earp based on the character created by Beau Smith, and The Umbrella Academy based on the comic by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá were nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series”.

Outstanding Comic Book

  • Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, written by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira, Valerio Schiti, Manuel Garcia, (Marvel Comics)
  • Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, and Deron Bennett (DC Comics)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Al Ewing and Marcio Takara (Marvel Comics)
  • Juliet Takes a Breath, written by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote (BOOM! Studios)
  • Lois Lane, written by Greg Rucka, Juan Cabal, and Mike Perkins (DC Comics)
  • The Magic Fish, written by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)
  • Suicide Squad, written by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo (DC Comics)
  • Wynd, written by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas (BOOM! Studios)
  • X-Factor, written by Leah Williams and David Baldeon (Marvel Comics)
  • You Brought Me the Ocean, written by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh (DC Comics)

Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger stars in a new clip from Batman: Soul of the Dragon

Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger gets the spotlight in this week’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon official clip from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film will be available on Digital starting next Tuesday, January 12.

In the clip, martial arts expert Ben Turner unleashes his rage upon a group of criminals in a warehouse … another step in his evolution to becoming Bronze Tiger. Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger is voiced in the film by Michael Jai White

An all-new original animated film, Batman: Soul Of The Dragon does a deep dive into Elseworlds vibes by putting Batman in the midst of the swinging 1970s. Faced with a deadly menace from his past, and along with his mentor O-Sensei, Bruce Wayne must enlist the help of three former classmates – world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva – to battle the monsters of this world and beyond. The film is rated R for some violence.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman: Soul of the Dragon, the all-new next entry in the DC Universe Movies canon, arrives January 12, 2021 on Digital and January 26, 2021 on 4K Combo Pack & Blu-ray.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon is Out this January

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon

Renowned animation producer Bruce Timm takes the Dark Knight back to the 1970s for a supernatural-laden martial arts extravaganza in Batman: Soul Of The Dragon, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 12, 2021, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on January 26, 2021. The film is rated R for some violence.

Set in the midst of the swinging 1970s, this Elseworlds adventure finds Bruce Wayne training under a master sensei. It is here that Bruce, along with other elite students, is forged in the fire of the martial arts discipline. The lifelong bonds they form will be put to the test when a deadly menace arises from their past. It will take the combined efforts of Batman, world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner, and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei to battle the monsters of this world and beyond!   

The ensemble cast features a core group of actors playing martial arts students-turned-heroes in David Giuntoli (Grimm, A Million Little Things) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Iron Chef America, Hawaii Five-0) as Richard Dragon, Kelly Hu (Arrow, X2: X-Men United) as Lady Shiva and Michael Jai White (Spawn, reprising his role from Arrow) as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger. Their mentor O-Sensei is voiced by James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner). Josh Keaton (Voltron: Legendary Defender; Green Lantern: The Animated Series) is featured as Jeffrey Burr, and additional voices are provided by veteran voiceover actors Grey Griffin, Chris Cox, Erica Luttrell, Robin Atkin Downes, Patrick Seitz, Jamie Chung, and Eric Bauza.

Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen, Batman: The Killing Joke) is Producer and Director of Batman: Soul Of The Dragon, utilizing a script by Jeremy Adams (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: Red Son) and Sam Register are Executive Producers. Michael Uslan is Executive Producer.

The film is dedicated to legendary DC writer Dennis O’Neil, who co-created the characters Richard Dragon, O-Sensei, Bronze Tiger and Lady Shiva. O’Neil passed away on June 11, 2020.

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon Special Features

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

  • Batman – Raw Groove (New Featurette) – From the explosion of gritty cinema and kung fu to the cultural changes spreading across the U.S., we explore the early ’70s and how they inspired Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
  • Producer Jim Krieg’s Far Out Highlights (New Featurette) – It’s an off-the-hook and out-of-sight supercut of one of Producer Jim Krieg’s funniest in-character appearances.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe MovieAn advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Justice Society: World War II.
  • Look Back: Superman: Red Son (Featurette) – Kal-El’s rocket fleeing Krypton never reaches Smallville, but instead lands in the Soviet Union, single-handedly shifting the new world order. This is the epic re-imagining of Superman’s origin story. 
  • Look Back: Batman: Gotham By Gaslight (Featurette) – Set against the backdrop of turn of the century Gotham, Batman is involved in a hunt for a criminal who has committed the most heinous acts of murder. This is Batman versus Jack the Ripper!
  • From the DC Vault: Batman: The Animated Series, “Day of the Samurai”
  • From the DC Vault: Batman: The Animated Series, “Night of the Ninja”

Preview: Vampirella (Vol. 5) #9

Vampirella (Vol. 5) #9

writer: Christopher Priest
artist: Ergün Gündüz
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Guillem March (B), Fay Dalton (C), Ergün Gündüz (D, Teena Titan Cosplay (E)
Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW), Teena Titan Cosplay (RI/Virgin), Ergün Gündüz (RI/Virgin), Guillem March (RI/Virgin), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: Mark Texeira (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Bruce Timm (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

“Flight Plan”

“Seduction of The Innocent” resumes, taking us back to where the series began–the doomed flight of Affirm Air 1969. A warning comes to Vampirella too late as a cadre of her greatest foes execute their plan to destroy the life that she’s built for herself on Earth.

Vampirella (Vol. 5) #9

DC Collectibles Enters the New Decade as DC Direct and Lots of New Upcoming Releases

A Facebook page name was the first tip-off but it’s official! DC Collectibles, known for its iconic lines of collectibles, statues and action figures, directly from the source, is returning to the name on which it was founded, DC Direct. The move cements the focus of the line of collectibles as committed to DC material and authenticity of being truly “from the source.”

During New York Toy Fair, DC Direct will display its striking new 2020 action figures and statues in its booth. This year’s lineup will feature an all-new statue line based on The Joker, a revamped Artist Alley line, and additions to expand its best-selling action figure and statue lines including DC Essentials, Batman Black & White, Harley Quinn Red, White & Black, DC Designer Series, DC Bombshells, and more.

The Batman Black & White and Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statue series lines have been a success so it’s only fitting that The Joker gets his own statue line to be based on the iconic images of the Super-Villain from the DC Comics pages. The series will appropriately be named The Joker Clown Prince of Crime. The inaugural figure is based on the iconic image of The Joker by Brian Bolland. Follow Bolland will be statues by Jim Lee with a classic comic Joker design that really portrays how creepy the jokester is with oversized features such as hands and feet and Lee Bermejo, perhaps one of the most popular comic illustrators associated with The Joker. Bermejo has designed a statue that will look amazing on any shelf as its displayed in hues of purple and green.

The highly collectible DC Artists Alley line will also undergo a revamp. The line will feature more premium format designs and figures. First out of the gate, The Joker by Brandt Peters. Peters uses his design talents to bring The Joker to life by combining his antique, Victorian style for a truly unique take on the villain. Additional artists joining the DC Artists Alley line include, Brittney Lee, a popular artist who used her talent in paper-craft-style art to create a new take on the famous villainess Catwoman, Patrick Ballesteros, who uses childlike nostalgia and imagination, to bring one back to their younger years will provide his take on the Bat Family including Deathstroke and Robin, and Zach Heffelfinger will provide his take on the Dark Knight. As a character designer for Nickelodeon on SpongeBob SquarePants, Heffelfinger brings about a sense of nostalgia with his stylistic art.

Additional statues and figures debuting at the show include Deadshot, the last character in the Batman Rogues Gallery Multi-Part Statue; A DC Bombshells: Poison Ivy Holiday Variant; new Batman Black & White and Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statues and DC Essentials and Batman The Adventures Continueaction figures.

For the complete list of DC Direct’s items to be on display at New York Toy Fair, see below:

The Joker Clown Prince of Crime Statue Line:

  • The Joker by Brian Bolland (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • The Joker by Jim Lee (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • The Joker by Lee Bermejo (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Artists Alley Designer Vinyl Figures

  • The Joker by Brandt Peters (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Catwoman by Brittney Lee (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batman by Zach Heffelfinger (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Bat-Family by Patrick Ballesteros (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Batman Rogues Gallery Multi-Part Statue:

  • Catwoman
  • The Penguin
  • The Joker
  • Harley Quinn
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Deadshot (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Cover Girls Statue Line:

  • Batgirl by Frank Cho Statue
  • Supergirl by Frank Cho Statue
  • Harley Quinn by Frank Cho Statue
  • Poison Ivy by Frank Cho Statue

Batman Black & White Statue Line:

  • Batman by Todd McFarlane Statue
  • Armored Batman by Frank Miller Statue
  • Batman by Jim Lee Statue
  • Batmonster by Greg Capullo Statue
  • Batman by Brian Bolland Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batman Gotham by Gaslight by Mike Mignola Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batman by Freddie E. Williams III Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Essentials Action Figures:

  • Batman Rebirth Version 2 Action Figure
  • The Flash Speedforce Action Figure
  • New 52 Nightwing Action Figure
  • Superman The Return of Superman Action Figure
  • DCeased Batman Action Figure
  • DCeased The Joker Action Figure
  • DCeased Aquaman Action Figure
  • DCeased Green Lantern Action Figure
  • DCeased Harley Quinn Action Figure
  • DCeased Superman Action Figure
  • DCeased The Flash Action Figure
  • DCeased Supergirl Action Figure
  • Justice League Action Figure 6-Pack (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Designer Series Statue Line:

  • Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Mini Statue
  • Nightwing by Jim Lee Mini Statue
  • Batman by Mike Mignola Mini Statue
  • Batman by Alex Ross Deluxe Statue
  • Supergirl by Michael Turner Mini Statue
  • The Batman Who Laughs by Greg Capullo Statue
  • Catwoman by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau Statue
  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm Mini Statue

DC Gallery:

  • Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue 2nd Edition
  • Batman vs The Batman Who Laughs Battle Statue
  • DCeased Batman Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Batman The Adventures Continue Action Figures:

  • Robin
  • The Joker
  • The Batman Who Laughs
  • Batman v.2
  • Catwoman
  • Vampire Batman
  • Talon (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Thomas Wayne Batman (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batgirl (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Robin (Tim Drake) (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Batman The Animates Series Action Figures:

  • Christmas with The Joker (Metallic Variant) (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black Statue Line:

  • Harley Quinn by Steve Pugh
  • Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner Statue
  • Harley Quinn by Stanley Lau Statue
  • Harley Quinn by J. Scott Campbell Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Bombshells Statue Line:

  • Harley Quinn Deluxe Version 2 Statue
  • Poison Ivy Holiday Variant (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Get a First Look at the Animated Phantom Stranger with 2 Stills

The upcoming release of Superman: Red Son includes the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger. Warner Bros. has released the first images from Phantom Stranger depicting the two lead characters – the Phantom Stranger (voiced by Peter Serafinowicz of The Tick fame) and the mysterious Seth (voiced by Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum). 

Phantom Stranger has Bruce Timm at the helm as executive producer & director, and the short is written by Ernie Altbacker.

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, the Phantom Stranger intervenes to try and save her from a dreary fate.

In addition to Serafinowicz and Rosenbaum, Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin, and Roger Craig Smith.

DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, arrives 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.

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