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One of the most memorable moments from Batman v Superman was the mysterious "Knightmare" experienced by Bruce Wayne, which gave the hero a vision of a possible post-apocalyptic future ruled by a dicator-like Superman. Appearing as a guest on the Shanlian On Batman podcast, storyboard artist Jay Oliva discussed his role in pitching the scenes "one-shot" sequence to director Zack Snyder. "I did the Knightmare sequence with future Batman, I did that. Although, it was great because, you know, I just watched it again the other day and that last shot where it’s just one long continuous take where Batman is fighting and he eventually gets taken down, that was something that I had talked to Zack about, about like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if it was like a Children of Men-style like one-shot through it all?’" However, there was one thing that Oliva didn't plan, and »
Jay Oliva has had an extensive career in animation, directing several of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies such as Justice League: War, both parts of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns adaptation and, most recently, Justice League Dark. He also has a lot of experience as a storyboard artist for both the animated and features films for both DC and Marvel, being credited as a storyboard artist for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok.
Oliva was recently a guest on the podcast Shanlian on Batman and spoke about some of the sequences he storyboarded for Batman v Superman, namely the nightmare sequence which saw a future Batman fighting Superman’s soldiers before getting taken out by Darkseid’s parademons.
“I did the nightmare sequence with future Batman, although it was great because I just watched it again the other day and that last shot »
- Ricky Church
Out today on Blu-ray and DVD is Justice League Dark, and to celebrate the release of the new animated adventure, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed a new clip in which Constantine dares to summon the Swamp Monster for a nighttime meeting.
From the Press Release: Burbank, CA (November 16, 2016) — To battle unparalleled supernatural forces, Batman must combine efforts with a new team of heroes – led by occult specialist John Constantine – in the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League Dark. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the full-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 7, 2017.
Justice League: Dark will be available on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 Srp), featuring an exclusive Constantine figurine; Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp); and DVD ($19.98 Srp). The film will be available to own on Digital HD ($19.99 HD, $14.99 Sd) starting January 24, 2017.
When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, »
- Derek Anderson
The concept of the DC Comics’ mystical characters gathering to combat occult evil always sounds good but of course, execution is everything. When it was done sparingly, as in Swamp Thing #50, it was quite effective. As an ongoing series, it proved tough to manage since each player was plucked from a title that had a fairly unique look and feel.
That said, the newly released animated Justice League Dark film is incredibly entertaining and certainly a cut above the last half-dozen releases. From a story by Jld writer J.M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker, Altbacker’s script shifts the super-heroic DC Universe to supernatural threats that Superman (Jerry O’Connell), Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson), Green Lantern (Roger Cross) and the others are less equipped to handle. Altbacker is no stranger to heroes and magicians with credits including Spooksville and Green Lantern: The Animated Series and he does a fine job weaving the various threads. »
- Robert Greenberger
Warner Brothers Animation second foray into R-rated territory doesn't quite make-up for the debacle of The Killing Joke, but it's a step in the right direction. Justice League Dark takes our venerated superheroes into supernatural territory. I was slightly aware of the Justice League Dark comics. The film is worthy of the R-rating. It's markedly violent and truly dwells in the mystical realm, but is burdened by an overly intricate plot with multiple characters. The digital release allowed me to rewind a few times to check on confusing points. In a sense the film had my rapt attention, but is overloaded with details. Blink a few times here and you'll be completely lost.
Justice League Dark opens with ordinary people committing horrific crimes. They are hallucinating being attacked by demons; then doing anything possible to fight back. Superman (Jerry O'Connell) and Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson) bring the global events to »
The two clips below from Justice League Dark see Etrigan make short work of the Demon's Three and Batman having a pretty unusual post-workout shave. While Etrigan is taking care of his demonic brethren, Constantine appears to be stealing...cash? Or was he looking for something else and just decided to pocket the money while he continued to search? That would certainly be very Constantine-esque. Justice League Dark is out on digital January 24, 2017 and blu-ray/DVD on February 7, 2017. Justice League Dark is directed by Jay Olivia and stars Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington, Jason O'Mara, Jb Blanc, Ray Chase, Enrico Colantoni, Roger R. Cross, Jeremy Davies, Rosario Dawson, Brian T. Delaney, Alfred Molina, Jerry O'Connell, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Post, Fred Tatasciore and Nicholas Turturro. It's rated R for Mature Content. Synopsis: Batman assembles a League of mystic heroes - the likes of Swamp Thing, the Demon, and »
Christina Ricci and Miguel Ferrer are the two latest additions to the upcoming Teen Titans: The Judas Contract direct-to-video feature from WB Animation (per THR). They'll join Sean Maher (Nightwing), Kari Wahlgren (Starfire), Jake T. Austin (Blue Beetle), Taissa Farmiga (Raven), Brandon Soo Hoo (Beast Boy) and Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne) who are all reprising roles from previous Dcau releases. WB Animation veteran director (and Dceu storyboard artist) Jay Oliva directs from a script penned by comic scribe J.M. DeMatteis and Green Lantern: Tas writer, Ernie Altbacker. As seen in the images below and above, we have our first look at Terra and Deathstroke, the two characters Ricci and Ferrer are likely playing. Update: It is with sad hearts that we report that Judas Contract will be one of Miguel Ferrer's final roles, as the 61-year-old actor passed away moments ago. He was best known for roles in the original RoboCop film, »
Christina Ricci and Miguel Ferrer are the two latest additions to the upcoming Teen Titans: The Judas Contract direct-to-video feature from WB Animation (per THR). They'll join Sean Maher (Nightwing), Kari Wahlgren (Starfire), Jake T. Austin (Blue Beetle), Taissa Farmiga (Raven), Brandon Soo Hoo (Beast Boy) and Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne) who are all reprising roles from previous Dcau releases. WB Animation veteran director (and Dceu storyboard artist) Jay Oliva directs from a script penned by comic scribe J.M. DeMatteis and Green Lantern: Tas writer, Ernie Altbacker. As seen in the images below and above, we have our first look at Terra and Deathstroke, the two characters Ricci and Ferrer are likely playing. Update: It is with sad news that we report that Judas Contract will be one of Miguel Ferrer's final roles as the 61-year-old actor has passed away, moments ago. He was best known for roles in the original RoboCop film, »
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Although the Blu-Ray release of Justice League Dark is mere weeks away, it’s not too soon to start talking about DC’s next animated film, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. And if you ask any fan of comics’ most infamous team of adolescent superheroes, this movie seeing the light of day is long, long overdue.
To give some background, the inspiration for this adaptation came from a storyline, also called “The Judas Contract,” that originally appeared in the pages of the wildly popular The New Teen Titans comic book series written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by George Perez back in the 1980’s. Since its publication, many readers agree that it was their masterpiece.
When Warner Home Video kicked off this initiative of releasing more mature DC animated films direct-to-video – then under »
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