Of the seminal works that helped rescue Batman from the depths of camp, none may be more influential, or controversial, than Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. The tale of an aged, embittered Bruce Wayne putting the cape and cowl on once more to become the enemy of crime — and notably, most of law enforcement as well — the graphic novel reintroduced the public to a caped crusader more dark, determined, and scary than any seen in the years preceding, and set the stage for both the Batman that would make his way onto movie screens, and onto TV sets in the form of a landmark, animated series.
In support of the release of the two-part, animated adaptation, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Warners brought to New York Comic Con two of the backbones of the DC animated universe, producer Bruce Timm and voice director Andrea Romano, for roundtables, and we were able to get their take on transitioning the darkest knight of all to the screen.
Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion and Tim Daly, the reigning voices of Green Lantern and Superman, respectively, join an exciting group of actors reprising their famed cartoon roles in JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM, an all-new entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies due in early 2012 from Warner Home Video.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel.
Fillion, the star of ABC’s hit TV drama CASTLE, made his debut as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in the recent Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Fillion made his initial DCU bow as the voice of Steve Trevor in the 2008 hit Wonder Woman.
Currently headlining the cast of ABC’s popular Private Practice, Daly originated the title character’s voice in the landmark cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series. He has reprised the role in two DCU films: the 2009 extravaganza Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the 2010 thriller Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
In addition to current primetime stars Fillion and Daly, the cast is a grand reunion of the original group of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited.
Reprising their roles are Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg.
The Justice League faces two sets of villainous teams in the film – The Royal Flush Gang and a sextet of notable evildoers. The latter group includes three voice acting alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah.
David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.
The film is executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One), and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One), who is also credited as producer alongside Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series). Justice League: Doom is the final script from the late Dwayne McDuffie (All-Star Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths). Casting and dialogue direction is once again in the capable hands of Andrea Romano (Batman: Year One, SpongeBob SquarePants).
Warner Home Video will premiere the Justice League: Doom trailer during its presentation at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the IGN Theater.
Also premiering during that session will be the Catwoman animated short that is attached to BATMAN: YEAR ONE, the next DC Universe Animated Movie (streeting October 18).
A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuts Early 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.
The addition of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern and the character of Cyborg to the team seems to indicate an effort to bring the cartoon universe more in line with the New 52 shake-up in the current comic books.
And reportedly, the plot description more or less mirrors the intended storyline of the live-action JUSTICE LEAGUE movie that went as far as casting the actors and costuming them before the plug got pulled over script and production tax breaks concerns.
Here’s a look at Warner Brothers’ GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, a new Bruce Timm-produced series for Cartoon Network.
The CGI-aninmated show features the Hal Jordan incarnation of the hero, voice by Josh Keaton (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN), with Michael Clarke Duncan (DAREDEVIL) reprising his big-screen role of the voice of Kilowog.
The show is expected to premiere this fall.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the police procedural /superhero comic book series Powers has been greenlit as a pilot by the FX cable channel.
Created and owned by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming, Powers owes as much or more to series such as HOMICIDE: A LIFE ON THE STREET and other investigative TV shows and movies as it does to conventional superhero comics.
The main characters are the brawny Christian Walker, a Homicide detective for the division of a large city’s police department that deals with crimes that involve superhumans and his partner Deena Pilgrim, a female officer with an cynical and out-spoken, outrageous personality.
Walker is a former Power, once known as Diamond, who has lost his superhuman abilities. He is (or was) possibly immortal, and could be as old as the human race—but he really can’t remember his past in any great detail. Pilgrim has secrets of her own and chooses not to reveal much of her past.
TV Veteran Charles Eglee (DARK ANGEL, THE SHIELD) wrote the pilot script, and his credits suggest he understands both the superhuman and police investigation needs of the property.
Although drawn in a loose style that intentionally suggests Warner Brother’s Bruce Timm-influenced animation style, the comic book’s subject matter is gritty and adult-oriented.
Beginning in 2000, Powers was originally published by Image Comics, and in more recent years by Marvel’s Icon Comics.
TV Guide broke the news that Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY, CASTLE) will be voicing the role of Hal Jordan in DC Universe’s GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS.
The Warner Brothers Animation Direct-To-DDVD feature is due out June 7th. It’s set to be an anthology film, consisting of Emerald Knights is a series of short tales about the Green Lantern Corps. Fillion’s Green Lantern will be mentoring Arisia, a new Corps recuit, to be voiced by Elisabeth Moss (MAD MEN).
The voice cast includes Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy, HARRY POTTER films), “Rowdy: Roddy Piper (THEY LIVE) Kelly Hu (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) The Vampire Diaries), and Henry Rollins (FEAST),
Bruce Timm is a producer, and Chris Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery, and Jay Oliva direct segments.
Pleased to cast, Nathan Fillion said:
“I was always reading the comic books, I was always a spectator. Now I feel like I own a little piece of Green Lantern.”
From TV GUIDE comes this advance poster for GREEN LANTERN: The Animated Series, which will air on The Cartoon Network in 2011.
The new Warner Brothers Animation show will be previewed at New York Comic Con this weekend — which is already sold-out for Saturday, when Bruce Timm (BATMAN:Animated), producer Giancarlo Volpe (STAR WARS:CLONE WARS) and Jim Krieg (BEN 10) will hold the panel.