19 items from 2016
Mike Cecchini Oct 11, 2016
Regardless of your feelings about Adam West as Batman, you can't deny that his performance in the 1966 Batman TV series left an indelible impression on popular culture. To this day, people who have never even seen an episode of that show will hum some version of that incredible Neil Hefti theme tune whenever Batman comes into the conversation.
West's Batman was played for laughs. His ultra-serious caped crusader delivered intentionally ridiculous dialogue with impossible sincerity and deadpan timing. And he wasn't afraid of spandex, wearing a costume that was a literal translation of the blue and grey skintight gear from the comics, making him an even more outrageous figure in a series that was already full of them.
There is no creative reason Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants exists. It is merely a vehicle to promote toys for the younger segment of fan. Essentially, if you have enjoyed any of the previous Batman Unlimited offerings – Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem — this will be equally entertaining.
In this relatively thin screenplay from Kevin Burke & Chris “Doc” Wyatt, to Batman (Roger Craig Smith) and Green Arrow (Chris Diamantopolous), resort to wearing mech suits to sop the latest wave of terror in Gotham City courtesy of Mister Freeze (Oded Fehr) and Penguin (Dana Snyder). This time they have turned Bane (Carlos Alazraqui) and Killer Croc (John Dimaggio) into oversized monsters, necessitating the heroes suit up. And to help even the odds, they recruit Robin (Lucien Dodge), Nightwing (Will Friedle), and The Flash (Charles Schlatter).
The mayhem moves at a reasonable pace thanks to the steady direction of »
- Robert Greenberger
Back in 2014, occult detective John Constantine leapt from the comic book page to the small screen in NBC's Constantine TV series. While the show only lasted one season, it garnered a loyal following of fans who can enjoy the series in its entirety this October when Warner Archive Collection and DC Entertainment release Constantine: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD:
Press Release: Darkness is rising, demons are everywhere … and one man stands between humanity and its worst nightmares: John Constantine. Warner Archive Collection (Wac) and DC Entertainment bring the live-action television series, Constantine: The Complete Series, to Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 4, 2016 via WBshop.com, Amazon and popular online retailers.
Based on the wildly popular DC character, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the »
- Derek Anderson
In a year that saw the release of some very dark animated Batman films geared toward the older crowd, namely Bad Blood and The Killing Joke (both of which I enjoyed immensely), Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants aims to satisfy kids. After all, every age group needs a Caped Crusader they can root for. But the real issue is, does it do it well?
Long before Warner Bros. brought us PG-13 and even R-rated animated Batman offerings, they succeeded at entertaining all age groups with TV shows such as Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Each of those were able to tell sophisticated stories while not overstepping the boundaries of standards and practices.
- Eric Joseph
Rob Leane Juliette Harrisson Oct 20, 2016
Here are ten of our favourite TV show forays into the world of musical theatre...
If you hadn’t already heard: The CW’s brightest and most jovial superhero shows, The Flash and Supergirl, are set to have a two-part musical episode special as part of the upcoming TV season. As if that isn’t exciting enough, the hot rumour is that Joss Whedon is ‘locked’ in as director. And, on top of that, the speculation mill suggests that Neil Patrick Harris could provide the villainy, reprising his terrific Music Meister performance from the animated series Batman: The Brave And The Bold.
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Hot on the heels of last week’s teaser trailer comes our first detailed look at Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. If the footage above is any indication, this new animated film is keeping the spirit of the classic 1960’s TV show alive and well. The visuals are especially crisp and vibrant and Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar return to reprise their iconic roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman, respectively.
While the movie’s plot remains mostly shrouded in mystery, the official synopsis does provide a few hints:
“It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. This time, the four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer »
- Eric Joseph
Not content with a big four-way crossover, The CW has announced that The Flash and Supergirl will be crossing paths once again this season for a special two-parter, which is set to feature a musical element.
The news was announced at The CW’s Television Critics Association panel, and is expected to occur around the 13th episode of the DC shows’ upcoming seasons, with former Glee co-stars Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist once again flexing their singing voices on screen.
Furthermore, The Hashtag Show is reporting that Joss Whedon (The Avengers) is being lined up to direct the episode, which will reportedly see the two heroes going up against the Batman: The Brave and the Bold villain the Music Meister, and that Neil Patrick Harris may reprise the role, having voiced the character in the animated series.
The report follows comments from Gustin at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday, the CW announced at the TV Critics Association press tour that the CW would be doing something quite interesting with two of their DC shows: they'd have a two-part musical crossover between them. The shows in question were The Flash and Supergirl, though they also implied that other characters in this Greg Berlanti-created universe may join in on the fun.
This isn't the most interesting bit of news now, however.
According to a report from YouTube channel That Hashtag Show, the CW has turned to Joss Whedon himself to direct the musical crossover.
This is crazy cool on a couple of different levels. First is the obvious fact that Joss Whedon was once one of the key architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Arrow-verse is no DC Extended Universe, this bit of news would solidify Whedon taking the leap from one comic book giant to the other. »
- Joseph Medina
Who would have thought that so many geeks’ dreams would become reality on the small screen rather than the big? I guess it’s highly appropriate that The Flash be the subject of so much of the talk coming out of the TCA press tour. After all, whenever there’s a major shakeup in the DC Universe, whomever is donning the Scarlet Speedster costume can usually be found at its epicenter.
By now, many of you know that the “Flashpoint” story arc will be adapted early on in the season. As I assumed, it won’t take up too much time so that everyone can get back to business as usual – for the most part. Speaking at the TCAs this week, CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed my suspicions with the following statement (via Comic Book Movie):
“The Flashpoint exercise is only for a couple episodes before it comes back in. »
- Eric Joseph
Rob Leane Aug 15, 2016
The news of a musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash broke last Friday. Since then, a hot rumour emerged to compliment the story: what if Joss Whedon directed the two-part superhero music fest?
The rumour originated from That Hashtag Show, the YouTube series that previously shared the scoop that Finn Jones had been cast as Marvel's Iron Fist long before an official confirmation came to light.
Whedon's involvement in the crossover is "locked", according to That Hashtag Show's unnamed source, and they've reached out to The CW for a comment.
Their source also says that the crossover's villain will be the Music Meister, who was previously voiced by Neil Patrick Harris (Whedon's partner on the Doctor Horrible's Singalong Blog web series) in an episode of Batman: The Brave And The Bold. »
In 1984 (or thereabouts) Alan Moore was asked to write a Batman one-shot for artist Brian Bolland. Between the arrival of the script and the publication of the Prestige Format Batman: The Killing Joke, Moore went on to become the most popular and best-selling comics writer of the decade. One of the reasons was that unlike his peers, he dug deeply into what made the heroes and villains tick and how they related to one another.
As a result of the strong writing and the brilliant artwork, the one-shot went on to become an acclaimed title that has remained in print ever since. Its little surprise, then, that Warner Animation finally turned their attention to adapting it for their direct-to-video line of films. They sparred little expense, bringing in crime writer Brian Azzarello and reuniting the popular Batman: The Animated Series vocal duo of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. Warner even »
- Robert Greenberger
San Diego Comic-Con is well underway and the first trailer to come out of the event based on a DC Comics property pertains to that of the much anticipated animated series Justice League Action. One viewing of the footage provided certainly gives the impression that the show’s producers certainly aren’t skimping on the “action” aspect.
Aside from Teen Titans Go!, airwaves have been mostly bereft of new animated content featuring DC heroes ever since Beware The Batman was unfortunately cancelled after only one season. With Zack Snyder’s Justice League arriving in theaters in November 2017, it’s a pretty wise move by Warner Bros. to allow DC’s premiere superhero team to permeate the public’s consciousness through various forms of media far in advance.
This new series not only focuses on the Trinity – Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman – but also brings in a wealth of characters from around the DC Universe, »
- Eric Joseph
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, undoubtedly two of the biggest tentpoles of 2016, may already be out in the open, but with Comic-Con poised to descend on San Diego in little under a month’s time, fans are bracing themselves for an avalanche of superhero updates.
Due to kick off in the San Diego Convention Center come July 21 – with a preview night setting things in motion on Day Zero, July 20 – Warner Bros. Television has now pegged down its schedule ahead of the main event, with scores of panels dedicated to The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and much more.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect, via Comic Book Movie.
Wednesday, July 20
6:00–10:00 p.m. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016–17 television season — Riverdale, »
- Michael Briers
You remember Voltron, right? Just in case you're not quite as ancient as I am, it was a cartoon about a bunch of astronauts flying around in color-coded space-lions, who then combined to form one giant robot named Voltron. And yes, it was just as awesome as it sounds. Now Netflix have teamed up with Dreamworks Animation for a brand new animated series titled Voltron: Legendary Defender, and we have the first full trailer and updated cast/character list below. • Princess Allura – Kimberly Brooks (Ben 10: Omniverse, Justice League: War) • Coran, the chief advisor to the princess – Rhys Darby (What We Do in the Shadows, Flight of the Conchords) • Shiro, Black Lion pilot – Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Transformers Prime) • Hunk, Yellow Lion pilot – Tyler Labine (Reaper, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil) • Lance, Blue Lion pilot – Jeremy Shada (Finn in Adventure Time, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) • Pidge, »
Morning all, lovely weather out today. Birds are singing, coffee in my cup, and just Voltron! So awhile ago I wrote up a story about the new Netflix series Voltron Legendary Defender and there was a fair bit of excitement too cause giant machines combining to for even more giant robots is kind of my thing. I had a high praise for the voice cast, animation style, and mecha design which while different held a standard of tradition that would help keep the purist fans happy. Well this morning we got the first trailer so watch that and my rambling fanboy praise will continue afterwards.
Okay so I no longer need any more info and demand immediate access to this right now. Now let me say that there seems to be an addition to the team and we’ll go into that in a second. But the voice acting seems »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
Now that the DC Animated Universe has solidified its characters and reality, it makes sense to go exploring. After all, if there’s a Robin, surely there must be other teen heroes. We meet some of them in the newly released Justice League vs Teen Titans.
Robin (Stewart Allen) is the focal point as his go-it-alone and I-know-better-than-everyone-else attitude actually gets him into trouble on a case that foreshadows the arrival of the demon Trigon (Jon Bernthal). A frustrated Batman (Jason O’Mara) arranges for Damian to spend time with Starfire (Kari Wahlgren) and the Teen Titans. Interestingly, this interpretation of the Tamaranean princess positions her a caring, mentor figure as opposed to the current fish-out-of-water incarnation or the innocent warrior she was originally seen as. She is training the next generation composed of the Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), and Raven (Taissa Farmiga).
As you would expect, »
- Robert Greenberger
Friday, March 25, 2016 – Live from the packed WonderCon 2016 Voltron panel, executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender), Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery (The Legend of Korra), and writer Tim Hedrick (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender) sat alongside newly unveiled cast members to showcase never-before-seen artwork and footage of DreamWorks Animation’s all-new Netflix Original Series Voltron: Legendary Defender, debuting June 10, 2016.
Dos Santos shared “As children of the 80’s who grew up with Voltron what was there not to love? You had 5 awesome lions, piloted by 5 awesome heroes who combined to form a giant, sword wielding Titan! It unapologetically married Sci-fi and Fantasy in one incredibly over the top, bombastic package. Fans of the new series [Voltron: Legendary defender] can look for us to keep all those elements but also expect a much more fleshed out universe with a rich backstory and characters who will evolve over the course of the series. »
- ComicMix Staff
Many fans were shocked when the third full-length trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed Doomsday as one of the main villains. Ever since, people have been wondering about the identity behind the person who brought this CGI monstrosity to life. Today, that actor has come forward to confirm his part in helping to create Doomsday for the big screen.
The man behind Doomsday is none other than Robin Atkin Downes. And he already has a quite storied history with the Batman franchise. On the animated side of things, he first voiced characters for the 2008 Batman: The Brave and The Bold TV series, playing such DC villains as Firefly and the Weather Wizard. In 2011's Batman: Year One, he played District Attorney Harvey Dent. He voiced Oliver Queen in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. Most recently, he voiced several characters in this year's Batman: Bad Blood, bringing http://movieweb. »
The newly integrated DC Animated Universe expands with its latest offering, Batman: Bad Blood. While Batman (Jason O’Mara) can work best as a loner, he casts a long enough shadow that somehow involves others to take up the mantle of the Bat. We’ve seen Nightwing (Sean Maher), the former first Robin, and the addition of Bruce Wayne’s son Damian (Stuart Allan) as the new Robin has added an edge.
The new animated film, out now from Warner Home Entertainment, has been sold as the major introduction of Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) but we also get Batwing (Gaius Charles) and at the end a cameo from Batgirl. As a result, it’s actually beginning to feel a little too busy with so many players there’s not enough time to properly service them.
- Robert Greenberger
19 items from 2016
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