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Titans’ Second Season Gets a Trailer

Sooner or later the past will come knocking. The Titans are ready to answer. Season 2 premieres September 6.

In this action-packed, live-action series, Dick Grayson, aka the former Robin, emerges from the shadows to lead a band of new heroes – including Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and others. DC Universe’s first original series follows this group of young heroes as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the iconic Teen Titans franchise. In the groundbreaking first season, Dick meets Rachel Roth aka Raven, a young girl with special abilities brought on by a mysterious darkness inside of her that she struggles to control, and together, they find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy to bring about Hell on Earth. Joined by the mysterious Kory Anders aka Starfire and loveable Gar Logan aka Beast Boy, these lost and disparate individuals become a surrogate family to one another and a team of heroes for the world.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Gets Its First Trailer

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Experience an all-new adventure with DC’s most powerful heroine – filled with intrigue, mythology and relentless battles on shores near and far – in Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short Death, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 5, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 22, 2019.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 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.

In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s paradise home. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder!

Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin, Rent, Luke Cage) returns as the voice of Wonder Woman for the sixth time, leading a sensational Wonder Woman: Bloodlines voice cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan (Fargo, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor, Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100) as Silver Swan, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange Is the New Black) as Etta Candy, Kimberly Brooks (DC Super Hero Girls, Mass Effect, Winx Club) as The Cheetah & Giganta, Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show, Fallout 4) as Dr. Poison, Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards, Unreal) as Veronica Cale, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Julia Kapatelis, Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Arrow) as Ferdinand, Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats) as Hippolyta, Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards) as Dr. Cyber, and Ray Chase (Justice League Dark) as Lead Bandit.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is co-directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) and Justin Copeland (Batman: Hush) from a script by Mairghread Scott (Justice League Action, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Sam Liu and Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) are producers. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Batman: Hush).

“Wonder Woman has been inspiring fans for generations and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will further stoke that flame with an action-packed adventure that offers new and cherished characters from across Diana’s impressive comics history,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Special Features

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

DC Showcase: Death (Animated Short) – Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Death is produced & directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. The Fatal Five) and written by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood). In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy … and eventual death. Leonard Nam (Westworld) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The voice cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren.

The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy (New Featurette) – Ferocious. Clever. Deadly. It’s the thrill of the hunt and the prey is Wonder Woman. This is the story of The Cheetah, Diana’s greatest enemy.

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Red Son – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 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 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 5, 2019.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On October 5, 2019, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On October 22, 2019, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Titans Season 2 Gets a First Look

TITANS are BACK!

DCU’s Titans like you’ve never seen them before! Catch up on season 1 before season 2 premieres 9/6, only on DC Universe. From executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti, Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven and others.

New episodes of Titans debuts on DC Universe on September 6.

SDCC 2019: DC Universe Delivers News on Doom Patrol, Titans, and Harley Quinn

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, DC Universe unveiled a slate of programming updates for the first-of-its-kind digital subscription service at a panel that featured many of the original series produced by Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Animation. The panel unveiled sneak peeks, first looks, exclusive screenings and breaking news for Doom PatrolTitans, Young Justice: Outsiders and the upcoming adult-animated comedy series Harley Quinn.

Doom Patrol: Executive producer Jeremy Carver and series star Diane Guerrero (Crazy Jane) were on hand to deliver the exciting news that the critically acclaimed series has been renewed for a second season via a deal with HBO Max. The eccentric anti-hero adventures will continue in 2020, with all-new original episodes set to debut simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service, which has championed the series. In addition, upon the launch of HBO Max, all 15 episodes of Doom Patrol season one will be available for streaming.

Titans: It was also announced at the panel that season two of Titans, DC Universe’s first original live-action series, will premiere Friday, September 6.

Harley Quinn: Executive producers Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern, and supervising producer Jennifer Coyle premiered the pilot episode of the upcoming adult animated comedy series starring Kaley Cuoco, who voices the title role of Gotham city’s favorite Queenpin and is also an executive producer of the series. Fans were also treated to a new trailer highlighting even more laughs that will be coming their way this season. The series will premiere on DC Universe this fall.

Young Justice: Outsiders: Producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti screened an all-new episode of the wildly popular series. And not to be outdone by all the other big announcements of the night, the producers announced the continuation of the fan-favorite animated series during the panel, with a fourth installment already in production.

Doom Patrol: It’s Always Pride on Danny Street. Listen to the Podcast on Demand

Danny the Street sprang into existence out of the first brick thrown at Stonewall. Facts. We loved Doom Patrol on DC Universe streaming and comics writer Ben Kahn and comics retailer John Arminio are here to tell you why.

  • The Bureau of Normalcy is ICE
  • Yes you should watch Swamp Thing
  • “My face is beat. My look is flawless. And I am dulcet from head to toe. The only thing I am not is scared of you.”

This covers episodes 3 through the finale. Hear thoughts on episodes 1 and 2.

Ben Kahn is a comic book writer based in New York. Their latest series, Gryffen: galaxy’s Most Wanted, is their third collaboration with artist Bruno Hidalgo after Shaman and Heavenly Blues. Gryffen is a genderqueer, anti-fascist space opera published by SBI Press exclusively on ComiXology.

Heavenly Blues sees a ragtag group of deceased thieves condemned Hell team up to pull the ultimate heist on Heaven. Art also by Bruno Hidalgo.

John Arminio is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles his wares at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Along with comics, another of his great passions is film, and you can hear him discuss that artistic medium on recent episodes of the podcasts Hellbent for Horror, Film ’89, and 26 Movies from Hell. 

Thank you John for the editing help! And sorry to our listeners for the wait on this. 

SDCC 2019: Warner Bros. Television Celebrates 50 Years of Comic-Con with 16 Fan-Favorite Series

Warner Bros. Television Group joins in the celebration of San Diego Comic-Con as it turns 50 this year, rolling out the red carpet in grand style for this historic milestone.

Stars and producers from 16 of the Studio’s fan-favorite series are scheduled to participate in Comic-Con International: San Diego from July 17–21. The 2019 edition of the world’s largest comic and pop culture festival will feature the final SDCC appearances of long-running hit WBTV series Arrow and Supernatural, as well as the world premiere screenings of highly anticipated DCTV series Batwoman and Pennyworth, plus the revival of Veronica Mars.

Warner Bros. Television highlights include:

  • Farewell to Arrow and Supernatural: Fans attending Comic-Con will have their last chance to celebrate long-running hit series Arrow and Supernatural as they make their final appearances at SDCC: Arrow on Saturday in Ballroom 20 and Supernatural in its traditional Sunday slot in Hall H
  • Preview Night/World Premieres of BatwomanPennyworth and More: SDCC will be the place for world premiere screenings of the Arrow-verse’s newest DC Super Hero drama Batwoman (in advance of its Sunday, October 6, premiere at 8/7c on The CW) and DC origin story Pennyworth (prior to its Sunday, July 28, debut at 10/9c on EPIX) on preview night, Wednesday, July 17. WBTVG will also feature an advance sneak peek of the pilot episode for the highly anticipated FOX dramatic thriller Prodigal Son, starring Tom Payne and Michael Sheen. And for those of you who like your Super Heroes a little more animated, we have something for you as well, with the world premiere of the upcoming DC UNIVERSE animated comedy series Harley Quinn, as well as a never-before-seen episode of the hit Cartoon Network series Teen Titans GO!, and more.
  • World Premiere of Veronica Mars: The cult favorite returns after 10 years with Veronica (series star Kristen Bell) drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery as a series of bombs terrorize spring breakers in Neptune. Fans attending the show’s Friday panel will get to see the show’s first episode a week prior to its July 26 debut on Hulu.
  • DC UNIVERSE Saturday Night: DC UNIVERSE fans can enjoy an evening of sneak peeks, first looks and breaking news for Titans, Doom Patrol, the second half of Young Justice: Outsiders and the upcoming animated comedy series Harley Quinn during a special two-hour event on Saturday night.
  • Panels: Returning Comic-Con essentials Arrow, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, The Flash, Legacies, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Teen Titans GO!, Veronica Mars and Young Justice: Outsiders are all back in San Diego, along with Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, Pennyworth andTitans making their SDCC debuts.
  • Warner Bros./DC Booth: The Studio’s massive multi-level booth #4545 will now more than ever become a must-visit destination on the convention floor, when Warner Bros. teams up with DC for an awesome mega-booth.
  • Signings: Autograph signings will take place in the WB/DC booth #4545. WBTVG follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. Visit https://www.comic-con.org/cci/autographs for more info.

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

6:00–10:00 p.m. Batwoman and Pennyworth World Premieres and Special Sneak Peek Screenings — Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television Group proudly continue the annual Preview Night tradition with exclusive world premiere pilot screenings of the new series Batwoman and Pennyworth, exclusively for the Comic-Con audience. Additionally, WBTVG will screen the pilot of the highly anticipated FOX dramatic thriller Prodigal Son, starring Tom Payne and Michael Sheen; the world premiere of DC UNIVERSE’s animated comedy series Harley Quinn; a never-before-seen episode of the hit Cartoon Network series Teen Titans GO!; and more.  Ballroom 20

WBTVG/WBA SERIES SCHEDULE

PLEASE NOTE: Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change. Additional information on panel sessions, signings and other events will be provided as news breaks.

THURSDAY, JULY 18

3:15–4:15 p.m. Teen Titans GO! Brand-New Episode Screening and Q&A —Room 6DE

FRIDAY, JULY 19

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Veronica Mars World Premiere Screening and Q&A — Ballroom 20

12:30–1:30 p.m. DC Super Hero Girls Brand-New Episode Screening and Q&A –– Room 6DE

3:15–4:15 p.m. Legacies Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Room 6BCF

4:30–5:30 p.m. Pennyworth Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Room 6BCF

8:00–9:00 p.m. Rooster TeethSpecial Video Presentation and Q&A — Room 6DE

SATURDAY, JULY 20

‪10:30–11:45 a.m. Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A — Ballroom 20

3:30–4:15 p.m. Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Ballroom 20

4:15–5:00 p.m. Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Ballroom 20

5:00–5:45 p.m. Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Ballroom 20

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5:45–6:30 p.m. The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Ballroom 20

7:00–9:00 p.m. DC UNIVERSE Series Sneak Previews and Q&A — Indigo Ballroom

SUNDAY, JULY 21

10:30–11:30 a.m. Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Hall H

11:45 a.m.–12:45p.m. Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Hall H

Swamp Thing Executive Producer James Wan Doesn’t Know or Understand Why It Was Cancelled

After airing just one episode, Swamp Thing on DC Universe was cancelled. That’s despite positive reviews of the show.

We have our theory as to part of the reason, but the series executive producer, and Aquaman director, James Wan seems to not know why either.

In a post on Instagram, Wan says he doesn’t “really know or understand” why it was cancelled. You can read that many ways, he doesn’t really know or he knows and just doesn’t understand the reasoning.

The series was to run 13 episodes but that was cut short to 10. Rumors have swirled as to why including creative differences, budget issues, too expensive, the future of DC Universe as a whole, to simple not liking it. This is one whose real reason may never be known.

North Carolina Denies the Lack of Grant Rebates are the Cause of Swamp Thing’s Cancellation

DC Universe's Swamp Thing

Early this week we ran a story that DC Universe‘s Swamp Thing‘s cancellation was possibly due in part of issues arising from tax grants in North Carolina.

Speculation ran rampant that the production was promised $40 million but only received a fraction of that, a claim that was easily debunked and we did exactly that.

We originally wrote:

The show is eligible for up to $12 million. That money has been set aside until an audit is completed. They had originally requested $16.3 million for the 13-episode season.

In reality, the production received what it requested, $12 million for the season (the maximum amount one can receive) and $4.9 for the pilot episode. We were correct on the $12 million and misunderstood the $4.9 million part. Pilot episodes are counted as their own series, hence the separate amounts. Closer to reality than any other reporting.

Since the budget for the grant program for the year is $31 million and a production can get up to 25% back, the speculated $40 million funding other sites reported wasn’t in any reality or close to it.

Guy Gaster, the Director of the North Carolina Film Office released a statement concerning the situation:

The production team for Swamp Thing knew before production began that North Carolina would offer up to $4.9M in rebates for their pilot episode and $12M for the remainder of season one. They accepted said offer and even signed a contract with the state with those figures. Per state legislation, the NC Film and Entertainment grant can only award up to $12M per season for a series. Per the program’s guidelines, pilot episodes are counted as their own series. In total, the program only receives $31M annually.

But, what Gaster doesn’t address is the still murky future of tax grants in North Carolina which is what our reporting was really focused on and a possible reason for the show’s initial cancellation. Rumors are it’s being shopped around to channels such as The CW and HBO.

From our original article:

In the 2019-2020 state budget, $31 million was to be removed from the fund due to it having a little over $67 million remaining. That money though was already promised. The future of the fund remains up in the air.

Elected officials seem to be disagreeing as to whether the incentives should exist at all. While the money has been restored in the budget proposed by the House, it hasn’t made it in to the Senate’s proposed budget. Budget negotiations are ongoing ahead of the fiscal year’s close on June 30.

This confusion by elected officials has likely lead to miscommunication and disruption and most likely made production not worth it and a logistical issue. The unknown nature of future incentives also makes planning for future production difficult.

Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) wrote in a post:

Because of miscommunication with the State Commerce Department, the chief House Appropriation Chairs were led to believe that there was $67,380,519 of unused funds in the Film Grant Fund, so an additional $31,000,000 was not necessary in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. This resulted in that amount being cut from the proposed Budget for the upcoming fiscal and was to be used for other things.

As explained above, due to a misunderstanding the 2019 budget in the North Carolina House and Senate removed future funding for their film and television grant program. The program currently has money available but that money is already promised. $31 million in future funding was in doubt, and still is.

The funding was replaced in the House budget proposal. Reconciliation between the House and Senate, and a possible veto from the Governor for the overall budget, future funding is still up in the air.

Wilmington Biz agrees with the assessment that film officials and studios are waiting to see how this allocation plays out for future budgets before making decisions and committing to film in the state.

Film officials and studios are waiting to see how film incentive allocations for fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 fare in the budget reconciliation process.

Since production planning for a second season would begin relatively soon it’d be silly to continue if you don’t know if 20% of your budget won’t be present for future seasons. The amateur egg on face removal of the funding from proposed initial budget, plus a questionable future, is enough for a production to pull out, especially one with a budget around $85 million. The grant application form for Swamp Thing, filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce, estimates the production’s spending at $65 million in the state. Another $20 million was spent on its pilot. Crew numbers were estimated at 597.

So, while this year’s commitment was paid it’s the future of funding for the industry that’s up in the air.

Swamp Thing Cancelled After One Season, Possibly Due to North Carolina’s Broken Promises

DC Universe Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing debuted on DC Universe last week, and after one episode, the series will not be getting a second. The remainder of the show’s run will play out as normal on the streaming service but won’t return after that.

The season was cut short going from 13 episodes to 10 episodes and while some have said it was due to creative differences or a shift in Warner‘s streaming plans, but the reason might be much simpler, money.

It seems North Carolina is a bit confused on their promised millions of dollars in film grants and future funding for such grants are up in the air. The show is eligible for up to $12 million. That money has been set aside until an audit is completed. They had originally requested $16.3 million for the 13-episode season.

Tax rebates and grants are a way for states to draw production to them and $12 million is a good chunk of the season’s reported $85 million budget. Productions are eligible for up to 25% rebate on qualifying expenses. The money is paid out after production is completed and an audit happens. This can take up to three years after production.

In the 2019-2020 state budget, $31 million was to be removed from the fund due to it having a little over $67 million remaining. That money though was already promised. The future of the fund remains up in the air.

Elected officials seem to be disagreeing as to whether the incentives should exist at all. While the money has been restored in the budget proposed by the House, it hasn’t made it in to the Senate’s proposed budget. Budget negotiations are ongoing ahead of the fiscal year’s close on June 30.

This confusion by elected officials has likely lead to miscommunication and disruption and most likely made production not worth it and a logistical issue. The unknown nature of future incentives also makes planning for future production difficult.

The state had a tax rebate program which was then switched to a grant program. Legislation has been put forth to reinstate the tax incentive program.

Swamp Thing and the film Uncle Frank generated $75 million in in-state spending and created over 1,500 jobs.

Since all entertainment in the end is a spreadsheet, the likely reason for the cancellation is that the series wasn’t worth producing without these tax incentives and the overall cost to produce was too high to justify going forward.

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