A band of misfit soldiers, led by a mysterious special agent, wages war with the unexpected inhabitants of a secluded island in The Losers, one of the four shorts comprising DC Showcase – Constantine: The House of Mystery, the third compilation of Warner Bros. Animation’s DC-centric shorts.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Showcase – Constantine: The House of Mystery – which also includes the shorts Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!, Blue Beetle and the title subject Constantine: The House of Mystery – will be available everywhere on Blu-ray and in 4K on Digital starting next Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
In The Losers, the legendary rag-tag team of World War II outcasts – Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, “Mile-a-Minute” Jones, rookie Gunner and Sarge – find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs! Their would-be ally on this deadly mission, the mysterious and beautiful Fan Long of the Chinese Security Agency, tells them their job is to rescue the scientists that have been sent to study a time/space anomaly. Perhaps… but what is her mission? The Losers is directed by Milo Neuman from a script by Tim Sheridan.
The list of suspects continues to grow as Batman attempts to ascertain the identity of the Holiday Killer in an all-new clip from Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One.
Frustration builds as Batman (voiced by Jensen Ackles) attempts to unravel the mystery of the Holiday Killer – with some help from his trusted butler Alfred (Alastair Duncan) in evaluating the probable suspects – in this all-new clip from Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new feature-length animated film is now available on Digital and Blu-ray.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film is available TODAY – Tuesday, June 22 – on Digital and Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Calendar Man gets an audience with Batman and James Gordon in an all-new clip from Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One.
Attempting to ascertain the identity of the Holiday Killer, Batman (voiced by Jensen Ackles) and Police Captain James Gordon (Billy Burke) turn their attention to an in-the-know villain acutely aware of every date of the year – Calendar Man (David Dastmalchian) in his appropriately decorated cell at Arkham Asylum.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital and Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.
The Batmobile takes centerstage in an all-new clip from Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One.
Batman (voiced by Jensen Ackles) speeds the Batmobile through the streets of Gotham City in hot pursuit of mobster Mickey Chen (Gary Chun) in this all-new clip from Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One. The clip also includes Police Captain James Gordon (Billy Burke), police officer Pearce (Gary LeRoi Gray) and Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred (Alastair Duncan). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new feature-length animated film arrives on Digital & Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.
On Halloween night, Bruce Wayne (voiced by Jensen Ackles) and his butler Alfred Pennyworth (Alastair Duncan) discuss the lack of trick-or-treaters visiting Wayne Manor, and lament the deterioration of Gotham City. Little do they know what’s soon to come. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new feature-length Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One arrives on Digital & Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.
Atrocious serial killings on holidays in Gotham send The World’s Greatest Detective into action – confronting both organized crime and a mysterious murderer – in Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film – which will be accompanied by the latest DC Showcase animated short,The Losers– is set for release on Digital and Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be available on Blu-ray (USA $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) as well as on Digital. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack at a later date in 2022 as a combined presentation of the film with Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.
Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Onebegins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham’s young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.
Lauded for his performance as Red Hood/Jason Todd in 2010’s Batman Under the Red Hood, Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, Smallville) returns to the DC Universe Movies as the title character of Batman/Bruce Wayne. The late Naya Rivera (Glee), who passed away in 2020, gives one of her final performances as Catwoman/Selina Kyle. The all-star cast includes Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke (Twilight, Revolution, Zoo) as James Gordon, Titus Welliver (Bosch, Deadwood, The Town) as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, Ant-Man, Dune, The Dark Knight) as Calendar Man, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as Joker, Amy Landecker (Your Honor, Transparent) as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson (Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid (The Boys, The Hunger Games) as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore (American Dad!, Family Guy) as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri (World of Warcraft franchise) as Sal Maroni, and Alastair Duncan (The Batman, Batman Unlimited franchise) as Alfred. Additional voices provided by Frances Callier, Greg Chun and Gary Leroi Gray.
Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) directs Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One from a screenplay by Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen, Superman: Man of Tomorrow). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Butch Lukic (Justice Society: World War II, Superman: Man of Tomorrow) is Supervising Producer. Executive Producer is Michael Uslan.Sam Register is Executive Producer.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One – Special Features
Blu-ray and Digital
DC Showcase – The Losers (New Animated Short) – The legendary rag-tag team of World War II outcasts – Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, “Mile-a Minute” Jones, rookie Gunner and Sarge – find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs! Their would-be ally on this deadly mission, the mysterious and beautiful Fan Long of the Chinese Security Agency, tells them their job is to rescue the scientists that have been sent to study the time/space anomaly. Perhaps… but what is her mission?
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC UniverseMovies collection, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.
From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “Christmas With The Joker”
From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “It’s Never Too Late”
Looking for a refresher course on animated super hero entertainment before seeing Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One? Check out the wide array of DC Universe Movies now available on HBO Max.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One 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.
Beloved DC characters Kamandi, The Losers, Blue Beetle, and Constantine are the focus of four new DC Showcase animated shorts for release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2021-2022.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and inspired by characters and stories from throughout the iconic DC canon, the all-new quartet of shorts will be included on upcoming releases of DC Universe Movies, with exception of the lengthier Constantine short. The Constantine short will serve as the anchor for a compilation set to be distributed in 2022. More information will be released closer to individual street dates.
All four new DC Showcase shorts are produced by Rick Morales (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge).
Directed by Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) from a script written by Paul Giacoppo (Young Justice, Star Wars: Resistance), Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! will be the first of the new shorts to be released. The post-apocalyptic thriller will be attached as a bonus feature to Justice Society: World War II in Spring 2021.
Launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts: The Spectre (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. For 2019-2020, DC Showcase returned with five shorts: Sgt. Rock (8/6/2019) Death (10/22/2019), The Phantom Stranger (3/17/2020), Adam Strange (5/19/2020), and the interactive Batman: Death in the Family (10/13/2020).
Actors featured on DC Showcase shorts have included Malcolm McDowell, James Garner (in his final performance), Jerry O’Connell, Linda Hamilton, Karl Urban, Gary Cole, Alyssa Milano, Bruce Greenwood, Thomas Jane, Michael Rooker, Eliza Dushku, Neal McDonough, Ariel Winter, Danica McKeller, George Newbern, Michelle Trachtenberg, Charlie Weber, Arnold Vosloo, Leonard Nam, Jamie Chung, Peter Serafinowicz and Michael Rosenbaum.
It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2010. Generally these are comic books that came out in 2010, though some are from earlier times and we got around to reading them. Keep in mind, this is what I read. We’ve added some new categories this year, but without further delay, here are the winners!
Best Super Hero Comic – The Invincible Iron Man
Yes, this series won last year too, but writer Matt Fraction has kept up the excellence with an amazing plot mixing superhero heroics, politics, corporate rivalry and with the latest issue, we learn this is all the tip of the iceberg.
In single issues there’s usually some bigger worldly issue we’re presented with, great banter, often fantastic action and beautiful art.
This is a superhero comic for adults and one series I look forward to each month.
The upcoming Invincible Iron Man #500.1 is the perfect jumping on point to see what you’re missing.
Runner Ups – Secret Warriors, Uncanny X-Force
Best Non-Super Hero Comic –DMZ
Is there a more politically relevant comic book series out there? Every month we’re given something to think about as we follow Matty Roth through Manhattan which is now a DMZ in the middle of the second American Civil War.
Writer Brian Wood is able to pivot and comment on what’s currently happening in politics and the world challenging our perceptions and not seem preachy at the same time.
With some single issues that stand as some of the best of the year and numerous holy shit moments, this isn’t just one of the most relevant comics out there, but some of the best political commentary of any entertainment medium.
Runner Ups – American Vampire, Chew, The Walking Dead
Best Limited Series or One Shot – Daytripper
I’ve handed this comic off to so many people and not only sucked them into this series, but also got them to ask what else is out there? This showed that comics aren’t about just spandex anymore.
There’s no other series out there that created such an emotional reaction each month. I’m not embarrassed to admit there were numerous moments I broke down crying or teared up. No other series has done that before to me.
It’s a shame it ended and hopefully we see more soon from the phenoms Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.
Runner Ups – Killer: Modus Vivendi, Taskmaster, Velocity
Best Single Issue – Unknown Soldier #21 (New Category)
This series saw it’s conclusion this year but it also brought the best issue of any comic book during it’s end run.
This issue focused on the history of one Avtomat Kalashnikova rifle as it’s passed from one owner to another. It’s a powerful issue looking at the mass distribution of a weapon that’s been a driver and common tool in today’s conflicts .
Powerful, heart wrenching, and an amazing political and historical statement, this issue is a must read for comic book fans and non-comic book readers.
Worst Single Issue of the Year – Fantastic Four Annual #32 (New Category)
Three words as to why – Time. Travel. Abortion.
Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Return of the Dapper Men
There’s no other graphic novel that was more magical this year than Jim McCann‘s and Janet Lee‘s Return of the Dapper Men.
This is a magical world of wonder where time has stopped and adults have disappeared. Neverland in a modern setting.
A modern classic is the only way I can describe this graphic novel that seems to evoke the best of those magical tales we read, watched and were told as kids. This is a graphic novel parents will be sharing with their children for years to come.
Runner Ups –How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Cuba: My Revolution, Revolver
Best Event of the Year – Artifacts
The first issue had me gasp “holy shit” out loud and the subsequent ones have just been setting up what will be a hell of a ride.
The public seems to have reacted well with issues going back for numerous printings.
All hell is about the break loose in the Top Cow universe and with Ron Marz‘s talented writing to drive it and some fantastic artists to back him up, there’s a chance this might be next year’s top event as well.
Best Genre of the Year – Zombie
One thing makes zombies get the win here, The Walking Dead. The comic book series continues it’s excellence and the television show had us wanting more after it’s first season’s six episode run. There’s a reason it was one of the top rated cable series ever, it’s that damn good. Evidence of it’s spread beyond the normal comic book reading public are the numerous people reading it on my daily commute and my non-comic book reading friends asking me about the series and comic. I don’t see this type of legs with the big movie blockbusters. Congrats to Robert Kirkman and AMC.
Runner Up – Noir
Best Comic Tie-In of the Year –Heroclix
I’m a sucker for Heroclix and picked up the Blackest Night set at Gen Con this year. I don’t play, but love looking at the detailed figures. There’s something so much fun about it and I wish I had some local gamer friends that I can break out my figures once in a while and give me an excuse to get more.
With sets based off of Watchmen, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Jonah Hex, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the DC 75th Anniversary it’s impressive this was a game and company on the brink of collapse not too long ago.
Runner Up – Marvel Universe toys.
Best Comic Book Related Movie – Scott Pigrim vs. the World (New Category)
It’s been an up and down year for movies based off of comic books. Next years crop of movies looks strong, but this year had one stand out and that was the kinetic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
This was a movie for the Nintendo generation with so much in there even our ADD generation missed some of the winks and nods littered throughout the film.
It holds up after multiple viewings and I know I left with a smile on my face. Overall it was a year of weak competition but even in a strong year this would be a contender.
On an aside my favorite movies of 2010 were The Social Network, Black Swan, The Town and The Fighter.
Runner Up – The Losers
Best Series Finale of the Year – Ex Machina (New Category)
I can’t think of a series which ended so perfectly. To say more would give it all away, but I was beyond satisfied when I finished reading it and hoped for a second volume.
The finale of this superhero as Mayor series answered our questions, gave us some jaw dropping moments at the end and presented a Presidential ticket I might even vote for.
A lot of series left unanswered questions or gave us disappointing ones, but this one never seemed like a cop out and never treated us like children.
The ending was damn near perfect and the series one of the best of modern times.
Runner Up – Daytripper
Best Surprise of the Year – Killer: Modus Vivendi (New Category)
This is a new category that I thought was appropriate to throw out there. I look at this as comics you probably skipped in 2010, but you really should go back and check out.
Killer: Modus Vivendi is the third volume for this character and saw him being manipulated by the CIA and Cubans in a tale about oil and spheres of influence. Bond and Bourne, eat your heart out.
Not only do we have great action, some intense moments, but there’s also politics and a worldly view you don’t find out in too many other comics. It’s the complete package in comics for adults.
Runner Up – Velocity, Kill Shakespeare
Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Brightest Day and Heroic Age
I “Entered the Heroic Age” and looked forward to tomorrow’s “Brightest Day” and can say “no thanks.” Does no longer being dark and gritty also mean convoluted and boring?
Marvel and DC comics took a dip this year as they moved away from dark stories and attempted to hark back to the golden age of black and white heroes and villains. We also got the return of the 90’s with the return of characters we thought and hoped were dead and stayed that way.
This all clearly isn’t lasting long as the Marvel event Fear Itself looms over 2011. As a hole things just aren’t quite as exciting as they’ve been in years past.
Runner Up – Iron Man 2
Best Character – Killer
I’m so happy Archaia put Killer: Modus Vivendi in my hands. With it I got one of the best politically charged noir comics on the market and a badass anti-hero in the man we only know as Killer.
He beds the hot chicks, assassinates people with a shot, causes revolutions and destabilizes regions. Bond and Bourne are wimps compared to writer Matz‘s creation.
We get to see politics and the world from outside of an “American” perspective and a cold unrepentant killer and assassin who it’s all a job to.
This was the third volume with more to come. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Publisher of the Year – Archaia
So where’d this company come from? I don’t think there was one comic I read I was disappointed in or didn’t enjoy in some way. The hardcovers are just high quality products and stories in between the covers reflect that. The Killer, Mouse Guard, Cyclops, Critical Millennium and so many more are series you should be reading and if you’re not then you need to check them out.
Many of these series continue into 2011 and there’s many new ones to come. When I think Archaia, I think high quality and expect the best. So far they haven’t let me down.
The Losers is nowhere near anything that the title suggests. Though it didn’t do all that well at the box office it’s opening weekend, the movie is pure fun. The movie, based off of the DC Vertigo comic book series by Andy Diggle, follows a special ops team who seeks revenge on the elusive CIA operative who attempted to kill them.
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Jason Patric, the star of the movie is Chris Evans (who shows that he’s the right person for Captain America). Evans’ comedic performance mixed with action is truly the highlight of the movie. Patric as the villainous Max comes close with a great performance of pure insanity.
The movie throws back to the classic Dirty Dozen type movies full of testosterone but much like the comic series, there’s a great mix of humor. I laughed out loud, loved the action and left the theater with a smile on my face. Can you ask for anything more?
Direction: Directed by Sylvain White the direction is fantastic. The action is top notch and interaction between the actors is perfect with just a great pace and banter. Also, the mix of art from the series and graphics of the location shows Sylvain understands the source material. There’s not much I’d change when it came to the direction.
Acting: Chris Evans as Jensen is the star of the movie. The delivery is brilliant and matches what you’d expect from the comic it’s based off of. His mix of action and humor is perfect and from it, I can’t wait to see what he does as Captain America. The rest of the cast or what you’d expect and fit their printed counterparts well. This isn’t Hamlet and that’s not what you expect. Jason Patric as the evil Max also stands out with a hilarious performance (in a good way) of the insane bad guy.
Plot: The comic book follows a special ops team that’s thought to be dead and their revenge against the person who tried to kill them. The movie doesn’t deviate to much from the comic book series, and where it does it’s to fill in some holes. This is the currently available volume 1 and 2 on the big screen and we loved volume 1 and 2.
Overall: The movie bombed in it’s first week and received mixed reviews and that’s a shame as it’s a very entertaining movie. The audience I was with loved it, laughing out loud and cheering along. It’s a fun time and exactly what you’d expect. Get to the theater before it’s pulled.