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Back in July Warner Bros. released its animated take on Batman: The Killing Joke, fulfilling a long-held ambition of its two voice stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who voice Batman and The Joker respectively.
While the resulting movie may not have been the classic that fans were hoping for, it seems the two Batman: The Animated Series co-stars are keen to bring more iconic tales of the Dark Knight to the big screen.
During a Q&A session with the duo at Fan Expo in Canada (via Screen Geek), a fan asked what the future might hold in terms of future animated projects. Conroy turned to Hamill and said, “What do you think about doing Hush?”, with Hamill then responding, “What do you think about doing A Death in the Family.”
As you’d expect, these comments were met very enthusiastically by the fans in attendance.
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- Gary Collinson
Coinciding with the character’s return to the big screen in Suicide Squad, Mr Sunday Movies has put together a supercut charting all of the Joker’s kills from the Clown Prince of Crime’s various live-action and animated movies, including Batman, The Dark Knight, Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Assault on Arkham and Batman: The Killing Joke. Check it out here…
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, »
- Gary Collinson
Check out the embedded video below for a supercut of all the times The Joker takes a life in Batman 1989, The Dark Knight, Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Assault on Arkham and Batman: The Killing Joke. Also be sure to subscribe to Mr Sunday's YouTube channel,, youtube.com/mrsundaymovies. If you want. No pressure. »
Burbank, CA (July 6, 2016) — Batman will need the help from several of his Super Hero pals — Green Arrow, Nightwing, The Flash and Robin – to take down a crew of Super-Villains on a scale he’s never seen before in Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this thrilling new addition to the Batman Unlimited animated film trilogy comes to DVD ($19.98 Srp) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 13, 2016 and on Digital HD on August 30, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers.
The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best – protecting the citizens of Gotham City – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals – Killer Croc and Bane – things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, »
- ComicMix Staff
If you've ever wanted to see Batman suit up in a giant robot (along with Green Arrow) to fight a city sized monster Voltron style, then it looks like the new Batman Unlimited direct-to-dvd movie, Mechs vs. Mutants, is exactly what you need. Come inside to check out the first details and trailer on the upcoming animated adventure!
When Warner Bros. announced that Batman Unlimited would be bringing a new series of animated 'movies' for fans, they promised it would be a way to play around in the Batman universe and offer new ideas for young kids to enjoy that would be a little different. Our first details and look at Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (which comes to DVD on September 13th) is definitely something different.
It's kind of a neat idea, though it feels like any other giant mecha/monster cartoon idea out there. The biggest different here, »
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Warner Bros. has announced the upcoming release of the family-friendly DC animated movie Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, the follow-up to Batman Unlimted Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, which sees the Caped Crusader and Green Arrow finding themselves facing a grave new threat to Gotham’s safety. Check out the cover art, synopsis and trailer here…
The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best – protecting the citizens of Gotham City – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals – Killer Croc and Bane – things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, the Super-Villains start bashing through the streets of Gotham City with no end in sight. It’s up to the Caped Crusader and his Super Hero »
- Gary Collinson
DC/WB is currently in reconstruction mode, launching their new DC Film Division under Geoff Johns, who wants to bring “hope and optimism” back to the Dceu. Therefore, this is a good time to look back on one of DC/WB’s recent missteps and how they could have benefited from an examination of their earlier, lighter projects. We’re going to examine how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could have been improved by studying the 1997 animated film The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest.
The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest began as a 3-part episode of Superman: The Animated Series. It was released on DVD as a combined one-hour film in 1997. This excellent story has a strong 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to the pitiful 28% score that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received. World’s Finest was written by Alan Burnett, who wrote many of DC’s best animated movies, including Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Superman Unbound, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and others. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was directed by Zack Snyder, who made Watchmen, Sucker Punch and Man of Steel.
So why is World’s Finest better than Dawn of Justice and what can it teach DC during their revamp period? First of all, the makers of World’s Finest realized that the key to a great Batman and Superman story is to focus on their differences. They don't physically fight but the drama comes from contrasting their opposite natures, techniques and viewpoints.
The two heroes have often been described as “two sides of the same coin”. They are both brave costumed super heroes but in most ways, they are opposites. This does not merely refer to the fact that Superman has unlimited strength and numerous super powers while Batman is just an incredibly well-trained and brilliant human man. They also have different skills. For instance, Superman's senses enable him to read information directly from machines and, with careful usage of his heat vision, he can even reprogram machines. Batman is a genius polymath, as well as being a detective, escapologist, linguist, tactician and master of disguise.
Their greatest difference is in their outlook and attitude. Superman is traditionally optimistic and positive, inspiring hope to the world. He sees the best in people and tries to be an example, always motivated by the desire to help people and prevent tragedies. Batman is a dark and grim hero with a deeply personal vendetta against criminals. Although he has a great love for humanity, his life is rooted in the dark side of human nature. He understands the evil inherent in the human mind in a way Superman never could. In essence, Superman sees the victims while Batman sees the criminals.
When the 1990s versions of Superman and Batman look at each other, they see what they try hard to avoid in their own lives. Superman sees a man so locked into his obsessive behavior that he has no real connection to the world; Batman sees an overconfident man with great power but no plan (Superman reacts but does not plan.) However, they also see what they are personally missing. Superman admires Batman’s self-made abilities while Batman sees Superman’s amazing powers, which could certainly be handy in his quest to save Gotham city from its epidemic of crime. Each has a certain amount of envy toward the other.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the differences between the two are not very clear. Both are grim, glum, angst-ridden figures who see their heroic roles as a burden. They will both kill. Neither is trusted by the people or by the government. Neither ever smiles. They are both easily manipulated and overly quick to fight. There isn’t much difference between them at all. Add to that the fact that Zack Snyder decreed they shouldn’t talk much because “Guys in super hero costumes trying to act serious looks ridiculous”. The result was all action but no drama, characterization or interesting interactions.
Another good aspect of World’s Finest is that Lois Lane was utilized so much better. She adds an extra layer of competition between the two heroes when she develops a crush on Bruce Wayne. Although she is in love with Superman, she realizes that he will always have to put the good of the world ahead of her. Thus, when handsome Bruce Wayne arrives and shows an interest in her, she quickly becomes drawn to him. This Lois displays an attraction to Alpha Males, like the mighty Superman and the rich and powerful Bruce Wayne. Bruce begins by using Lois as a source of information to learn more about Superman but he comes to actually like her fiery, feisty personality and beauty. Clark has to watch while his rival romances the woman he secretly loves. In Dawn of Justice, Lois really has no purpose. She’s there because she’s expected to be there. Her investigation in the movie leads to nothing. When she stupidly tosses the Kryptonite spear into the well, it’s only done to put her in peril at an inopportune moment.
The villains are also much better in World’s Finest. Lex Luthor is written as cool., classy, authoritative and insidious. The Joker is wild and funny, creating chaos for both profit and for fun. The battle between their sidekicks Harley Quinn and Mercy is a fun moment. In Dawn of Justice, Lex Luthor is portrayed as a combination of Luthor and the Joker. He is rich and influential but also demented and sadistically psychotic. Mercy is killed off before she gets a chance to make an impression, and Doomsday is wasted in the final half hour of the film. The “Doomsday/Death of Superman” storyline could have been a whole movie by itself but instead it’s squeezed into a subplot. The villains in World’s Finest get sufficient screen time and remain true to their source material.
The story holds together much better in World’s Finest. The plot is linear and logical and makes sense. The bad guys have clear agendas and their actions jibe with what they want. Even the Joker, crazy as he is, remains consistent. In Dawn of Justice, Luthor’s plans and motivations seem to randomly change scene-by-scene. Unlike World’s Finest, which is trying to tell a story about the meeting of two heroes, Dawn of Justice is a two-and-a-half-hour composite trailer, interested in World Building and setting up future Dceu films, rather than being a coherent movie.
World’s Finest is about heroes learning a lesson. The duo quickly realize that their pointless competition is not useful and that each of them has something useful to offer in a partnership, even a temporary one. They learn the lesson that the villains could not learn. Luthor and the Joker are too petty to ever get along and eventually turn on each other. Superman and Batman learn to respect each other and start to work together. They even display some teamwork. Clark and Bruce part on good terms. In Dawn of Justice, Batman and Superman spend most of the movie in a contrived blood feud, which abruptly ends when they realize that their mothers have the same name. Then they join Wonder Woman in fighting Doomsday and Superman dies. There is no logical build or dramatic narrative that leads to any development in their relationship. Its ultimately unsatisfying and hollow.
World’s Finest gets it all right, including the tone, which is sufficiently hopeful while still being serious. Burnett’s script has heart and soul. The characters are handled properly and the narrative is well structured. Both the villains and supporting cast are fully-formed characters, not caricatures. Everything is done so much better than in Dawn of Justice.
If Geoff Johns and the new DC Film Division want a blueprint to look at for how they should set up the Dceu, they could do a lot worse than studying The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest. It’s everything Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should have been, but wasn’t. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the effort to find.
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Burbank, CA (June 3, 2016) – Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
- ComicMix Staff
If you're one of the many that is going to be attending the annual San Diego Comic-Con (not me, though, womp womp womp), Warner Brothers has a present for you. Let me clear that up: no, this isn't something crazy like a teaser trailer for Justice League or Green Lantern or something, although that could happen on a different day. Instead, fans who attend the con on Friday will be able to sit down for a full blown premiere of the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke.
Check out the press release below:
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC UniverseOriginal Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel »
- Nicholas Williams
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie - this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke - on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively.
The cast also includes Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Warner Bros.' Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
For months, leading up to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters this past March, we've heard that Warner Bros. is moving forward on an Untitled Batman Reboot to be directed, co-written and starring Ben Affleck. We know from Ben Affleck's agent that the actor-director has written a script for this adventure. Now, we have confirmation from Warner Bros.' CEO Kevin Tsujihara that this is actually happening.
Unfortunately, we do not have any further information to go on. Kevin Tsujihara made the announcement today during the Warner Bros. CinemaCon convention. Though, the CEO did not come right out and say that Ben Affleck was directing. Here's what happened according to /film.
"WB head says they will be doing a Batman solo movie "with Ben Affleck". Some are taking that as a confirmation that Ben will be directing."
WSJ journalist Ben Fritz offered a little more information to go on. »
It was recently confirmed by Ben Affleck's agent that he has written a script for the Untitled Batman Reboot. The movie hasn't been confirmed by Warner Bros. yet, but it is expected that Ben Affleck will also return to star in and direct this movie, which continues the adventures of everyone's favorite caped crusader. Before the script was confirmed, it was rumored that comic book legend Geoff Johns was co-writing the script with Ben Affleck. Director Kevin Smith, who is good friends with Affleck and has had a birds-eye-view into the production process on the entire Dceu film slate, has now confirmed that both Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck are working together.
So, how does that work exactly? Do both of these men sit in a room together, with one typing and the other spouting out ideas? No, not exactly. Kevin Smith asked this same question recently. And he got a response, »
Last June, months before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, rumors surfaced that Warner Bros. was so impressed with Ben Affleck's work as Batman, that they wanted him to star in and direct an Untitled Batman Reboot. While the project hasn't been officially confirmed by Warner Bros., or given a release date yet, the actor-filmmaker's agent recently confirmed that he has already written the script for this untitled movie, which he was reportedly developing with DC's Geoff Johns. But it seems the story may not be fully hashed out yet. During an interview with Joe.ie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder revealed that he's still trying to convince Ben Affleck to make this project, but it may not happen for quite some time.
"I keep working on him, he's always said he's a one movie at a time guy. He's finishing editing his film, »
When 2x Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck was first cast as Bruce Wayne, the Batman, in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, many fans were up in arms with the casting choice. However, after watching him in action last week in the highly controversial and critically panned Zack Snyder-directed film, fans found some solace in his performance and were fairly unanimous in declaring him the best live-action Batman to ever grace the silver screen. It's been rumored ever since Affleck signed on that a solo Batman movie, tentatively titled The Batman, was definitely in the works with Affleck collaborating with DC Comics Cco Geoff Johns on the script, but an expected release date and/or any details on the plot, outside of it being possibly based on the Batman: Under The Red Hood story arc, were few and far between. The Hollywood Reporter, in an interview with Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, »
14 items from 2016
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