The shadows continue to spread over the DC Universe, most recently with ARROW, the new reimagining of The Green Arrow as a driven, bow-wielding vigilante for justice, determined to clean up the corruption of his home town of Starling City. With its dark ambiance, its intense, parkour-inspired action sequences, and its LOST-style central mysteries (what, exactly, happened on the island that millionaire playboy Oliver Queen was stranded on for five years?), the show’s made a memorable debut, chalking up healthy ratings for the CW network.
New York Comic Con hosted press roundtables for the show, and we were there to capture the conversation with all the participants. Featured, in order: Willa Holland, who plays Thea Queen, sister to wealthy scion Oliver Queen; Katie Cassidy, who’s crusading reporter Dinah “Laura” Lance in the show; executive producer Marc Guggenheim; and Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, the feckless playboy who spends five years stranded on a island and returns a much, much different man.
Click on the player to hear the interviews.
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 sneak peek at BATMAN: YEAR ONE from Warner Brothers Home Video’s DC Universe direct to video line.
Based on the DC comic book by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.
Co-directed by Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery, the voice cast incluses Ben McKenzie as Batman, Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD) as Lt. James Gordon, Eliza Dushku (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Katee Sackhoff (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) as Detective Sarah Essen.
Due out Septembet 27th.
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.”
DC Universe’s Direct to DVD animated film SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE will have L.A. and N.YC. premiere screenings on September 21st and 23rd, presented by Warner Home Video, UGO.com and The Paley Center for Media.
From the Press Release:
On Tuesday, September 21, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m.
A panel discussion moderated by UGO movie editors will follow the screening featuring executive producer Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery, writer Tab Murphy and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano.
Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.
On Thursday, September 23, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:00 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m.
Following the screening, Kevin Conroy, the fan-favorite voice of Batman, and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano will lead a panel discussion moderated by UGO movie editors. Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.
Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).
In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor — leading Batman and Superman to encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.
Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (UP) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 28, 2010.