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DC Showcase Delivers New Animated Shorts Starting with Sgt. Rock

Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in partnership with DC, are in production on five new DC Showcase animated shorts for release in 2019-2020.

Inspired by characters and stories from DC’s robust portfolio, the all-new series of shorts will be included on upcoming DC Universe Movies releases, with exception of an innovative Batman: Death in the Family long-form animated short, which will anchor a compilation set for distribution in late 2020.

Each of the five shorts – entitled Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death, The Phantom Stranger, and Batman: Death in the Family – opens with a new, live-action branding sequence that features a few Easter Eggs specially added for observant fans.

DC Showcase Sgt. Rock

Sgt. Rock is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) from a script by award-winning comics writers Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson and Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen). The original tale finds battle-weary Sgt. Rock thinking he has seen everything that World War II can dish out. But he is in for the surprise of his life when he is assigned to lead a company consisting of legendary monsters into battle against an unstoppable platoon of Nazi zombies. Karl Urban (Star Trek & Lord of the Rings film franchises) provides the voice of Sgt. Rock. Also voicing characters in Sgt. Rock are Keith Ferguson, William Salyers, and Audrey Wasilewski.

Adam Strange is produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Batman Unlimited franchise), who also conceived the original story – which is written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine: City of Demons). On a rugged asteroid mining colony, few of the toiling workers are aware that their town drunk was ever anything but an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber (How To Get Away with Murder) provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase, and Fred Tatasciore.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Death is produced and 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. Leonardo Nam (Westworld) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka, and Kari Wahlgren.

The Phantom Stranger has Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke) at the helm as executive producer and director, and the short is 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, the Phantom Stranger intervenes to save her from a dreary fate. Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to The Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. The Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin, and Roger Craig Smith.

More information regarding Batman: Death In The Family will be available in 2020.

All five new DC Showcase shorts credits include Jim Krieg as co-producer, Amy McKenna as producer, and Sam Register as executive producer.

Initially launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts produced by Bruce Timm and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos: The Spectre (released on 2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One, and was directed by Lauren Montgomery and executive produced by Bruce Timm. Screenwriters on the initial quintet were Steve Niles (The Spectre), Joe Lansdale (Jonah Hex), Greg Weisman (Green Arrow), Michael Jelenic (Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam) and Paul Dini (Catwoman).

Actors featured on the first five shorts were Malcolm McDowell, James Garner (in his final performance), Jerry O’Connell, Linda Hamilton, Gary Cole, Alyssa Milano, Thomas Jane, Michael Rooker, Eliza Dushku, Neal McDonough, Ariel Winter, Danica McKeller, George Newbern, Michelle Trachtenberg and Arnold Vosloo, as well as Jon Polito, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett, Steve Blum, Grey Delisle, John DiMaggio, Josh Keaton, Zach Callison, Jason Marsden, Liliana Mumy, Tara Strong, Cree Summer and Kevin Michael Richardson.

The Tick Season 1 Part 2 Gets a Teaser Trailer

In a workaday world where superheroes fly among us, mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest (GRIFFIN NEWMAN) suspects The City is controlled by a fabled villain known as The Terror (JACKIE EARLE HALEY), despite evidence of The Terror’s death 15 years ago. Arthur has a traumatic connection with The Terror, whose movements he has obsessively tracked since childhood. Arthur’s sister, Dot (VALORIE CURRY), is a paramedic who dotes on her brother but also provides a sibling’s tough love. The more he talks about super-villain super-conspiracies, the more she warns him to “keep it real.”

Fate soon brings Arthur together with a tall, verbally adroit muscleman with superpowers and a mysterious past: The Tick (PETER SERAFINOWICZ). As they investigate the mystery surrounding The Terror, they draw attention from the electrifying enigma known as Miss Lint and a hyper-violent vigilante named Overkill, confronting the complexity of the struggle between good and evil. The Tick, bursting with relentlessly original storylines and quotable dialogue, shows what a blast crusading for truth and justice can be. Our culture is now awash with self-serious mythologies and grimly determined, interchangeable characters filling not just franchises but entire universes. The time has come for The Tick.

The Tick returns February 2018.

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E6 Rising

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Arthur try to use Ramses to prove that the Terror is alive and run into trouble. Miss Lint takes the advice of an old friend.

The Tick wraps up its first season with an episode that leaves things so open there’s no way this isn’t coming back in some way. It’s hard to review this episode without spiling a lot, but the Terror steals the show as Jackie Earl Haley has tons of fun and does/says things that are so over the top that there’s no way it’s not funny.

What’s interesting is that with just six episodes things are far from complete and it feels like that. It leaves an unsatisfying ending to it. While it’s a cliffhanger ending, it doesn’t feel like one for a season, instead more of a mid-season, and even then the six episodes are so short and so little accomplished the overall package doesn’t quite pull together here with the final few moments.

And that’s the thing that gets me about this episode and the “season.” With just six episodes (five new ones), the season feels too short and not much happens. Double the length would feel a bit more satisying in many ways and a lot more could be done as far as story and action. As is, this all still feels like a teaser of things to come. There’s lots of reveals and some great reveals, but this episode, like the season feels like it’s just a little bit to put it really over the top.

As is, the fundamentals are all here, there’s just a special spark that’s missing.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E5 Fear of Flying

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Dot help Arthur try to control his flyaway supersuit as the Pyramid Gang pursues them. Miss Lint has an unexpected caller.

Arthur has his suit and we get some excitement in a certain moth suit. Compared to a lot of the previous epidoes this one feels a bit more action packed mixing some jumor with it all as various folks track Arthur and his adventure.

Overkill, Ramses and the Pyramid Gang, and the Tick are all after Arthur and the suit in their own ways that eventually leads to some solid action in what is the first inevitable showdown. But, the episode has fun with that as some tropes are made fun of such as bad guy cliches and good guys at first fighting.

The episode does a good job on contrasting the various heroes in Arthur, the Tick, and Overkill. There’s some conflict, and humor, in that but both aren’t presented enough. That’s a lot of the series in that it feels like it holds things back a bit never fully embracing the humor, the action, or ludicrousness of it all. We get the biggest example in the form of Danger Boat who has so much potential for the over the top nature of it all.

There’s nothing bad about this at all. It’s entertaining and at 20 something minutes an episode it never feels too long or drawn out. But, the series has a theme to it which is that it feels like it plays it safe in many ways and would be better if it just embraced its zany past.


You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E4 Party Crashers

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick crashes an Everest family party to convince Arthur’s sister Dot of her brother’s super-heroic destiny. Another more dangerous party-crasher arrives to threaten Arthur and his family.

It’s taken four episodes, but here we finally see some of the humor I expect in a live action The Tick series. The episode takes Arthur to a birthday party for his father where he’s confronted by Miss Lint who needs his help regarding the mysterious suit. The humor is both physical and written and really nails it in a lot of ways.

The Tick comes off as innocent and just plain dumb as he sits enjoying presents being opened in a childlike way that’s somewhat endearing. There’s also his embracing of a homeless person and not remembering a bad guy, this Tick isn’t so much a goofball as he’s pure innocence.

Then there’s some physical humor regarding Arthur’s super suit that’s fantastic as it mocks heads up displays and wearables. It’s just gooy and done in a way that had me snickering.

Then there’s Overkill and hist boat which feels like the worst update to Knight Rider ever… or maybe the greatest.

None of this is laugh out loud funny but it has the underlying silliness of the original two versions. This is just the dry sarcastic brother of them all. It’s a dierent sort of Tick, but one I’m really appreciating in its reserved sense of humor.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 7.0

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E3 Secret/Identity

the-tick-img-1200x1200Arthur takes a break from hunting the Terror and tries to get back to his safe, normal, and unheroic life as an accountant unaware he’s being stalked by the menacing vigilante Overkill. Tick confesses to an existential crisis.

Overkill has become the focus of The Tick, in a way, as Arthur attempts to go back to his normal life and the series feels like it’s really getting going. Overkill is an anti-hero who’s keen on killing the bad guys.

The Tick continues to make it its own thing as The Tick attempts to get Arthur to be his sidekick and Arthur just wants to be alone. This isn’t a series with lots of fighting of colorful and goofy villains. Instead it’s a muted version of everything and a bit on the serious side. The superheroing is rather limited.

The episode has a lot that’s set up but at the same time ins’t that exciting. Arthur loses the suit, the Tick wants to get Arthur to help him, Overkill hunts Arthur, but the episode feels like it’s just set up for what’s to come. That’s not bad in ay way, it’s just very different in a lot o ways.

The episode has me still interested in seeing what’s next and the more I don’t compare it to what’s come before it, the more I enjoy it. While it’s not the comedic joke a minute I was expecting, it’s still a fun and entertaining addition to the live action superhero genre.


You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E2 Where’s My Mind

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Arthur have a run-in with local villainess Miss Lint and her gang, who will stop at nothing to get back the mysterious supersuit that Tick took from them and gave to Arthur. Dot, Arthur’s paramedic sister, moonlights for an unsavory business.

So far, this iteration of The Tick is much darker than previous live action versions, it’s different, and that’s not a bad thing. One thing that stands out is Griffin Newman‘s Arthur who feels more like the focus of the series as opposed to the sidekick.

What’s particularly great about this take on Arthur is the series willingness to play with his mental state leaving the viewers to guess as to if the Tick (played by Peter Serafinowicz) is even real. The answer is revealed by the end but for much of the episode I was questioning the reality of it all.

The series’ shift in character focus also changes the story to be about a person dealing with PTSD and struggling in the world. It’s interesting in its own way. The series shits the focus as well in that in other versions it’s the Tick we wonder about his mental state. Here, he’s just a big blue idiot.

The second episode is dark, really dark, especially at the end emphasizing this isn’t The Tick of the past and even then, it has me wanting to come back for more.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 7.1

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E1 Pilot

the-tick-img-1200x1200In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero, who may or may not be a figment of his own imagination…

Debuting as part of Amazon‘s latest Pilot Season and now streaming its first full season, The Tick has been updated in many ways and some of it works, and some of it doesn’t. I’m a big fan of the comic, original animated series, and first live action iteration, and have been looking forward to this debut.

For those who have might not have seen the previous iterations, the series focused a lot on both The Tick and Arthur with The Tick being the one you’re wondering about his mental state. In this version, it’s Arthur who is the one whose grasp on reality is tenuous after trauma earlier in his life. And that trauma and spin had me wondering if The Tick actually existed, or if he’s a figment of his imagination. That’s an interesting twist, and that coupled with some directorial choices, the episode is much darker than I expected.

Peter Serafinowicz steps into the suit of The Tick and Griffin Newman is Arthur Everest in this version and both are entertaining, though Newman really stands out as Arthur. It may be due to the fact that most of the episode revolves around him, but his acting is really entertaining and he feels like the sad sack he’s supposed to be. Serafinowicz is ok as The Tick, though the dialogue doesn’t feel quite as bizarre as past iterations. There’s not enough of him to really judge his version, but so far, it just is ok.

The outfits of the two are ok though I’m not sure I’m a fan of the textured look of The Tick’s. Arthur’s, which we see at the end looks updated and pretty solid, making more sense than what’s come before.

The episode goes a bit darker as I’ve said, but it doesn’t play with that darkness for humor. There’s a bit there, but it doesn’t quite go far enough to be comical, it’s just a darker version of The Tick.

We don’t get a whole lot in this episode and I’m not quite sure it makes the case to continue, but I’ve missed The Tick, and I want to see more. There’s a lot laid out, but it’s just one episode, so the payoff is thin and few (many of the jokes of previous live action versions had jokes playing out over many episodes). Still, the groundwork is there for what looks like it could be an entertaining new take on the classic character.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.8

Amazon’s The Tick Gets a Trailer. SPOON!

SPOON! Amazon has released the first trailer for their upcoming series The Tick based on the cult comic series by Ben Edlund. The character debuted in 1986 and was the subject of an animated series on Fox in 1994 and a live action show in 2001.

A pilot debuted August 2016 and has since been picked up for a full season. The series stats Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick and Griffin Newman as his trusty sidekick Arthur Everest.

Amazon’s The Tick’s First Season is Ready to Stream August 25. Spoon!

Amazon has announced that the first season of The Tick is coming to their service on August 25. The full season will be ready to stream through Prime Video service.

Based on the cult Ben Edlund comic series, the character debuted in 1986 and was the subject of an animated series on Fox in 1994 and a live action show in 2001.

Amazon brought the series back with actor Peter Serafinowicz stepping into the blue suit as part of their pilot season. The response was good enough to get a full season order. Since the pilot images have been released of an updated look to the character’s costume and it’s unknown if this will be explained or just is.

You can watch the pilot now on Amazon.

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