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Ed Brubaker Joins ‘Batman: Caped Crusader’ Animated Series

Comic book scribe Ed Brubaker joins the creative team on the upcoming Batman: Caped Crusader animated series in development for the HBO Max streaming service. Ed Brubaker is known for writing and co-creating The Winter Soldier which inspired the MCU character and movie, and he also wrote for DC Comics back in the day on …

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J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, Bruce Timm Team For Batman Animated Series

A new Batman: The Caped Crusader animated series is in the works at HBO Max and Cartoon Network from Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves. Recall that DC insiders filled me in that Abrams and Reeves are involved in a DC reboot. The description for the new animated series offers: Batman: Caped Crusader represents Timm’s return to …

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Bruce Timm Responds To Controversial Batgirl & Batman Scene From Killing Joke

If you haven’t seen Batman: The Killing Joke just yet, you may want to skip this one.

SPOILERS

Comic-Con saw the premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke which caused fans to erupt in disapproval as one scene features Batgirl an Batman having sex on a rooftop, something that is not a part of the Alan Moore comic book.

The controversy has now forced Bruce Timm to respond (via Vulture):

“We were aware that it’s a little risky. There’s definitely some stuff in that first part of the movie that’s going to be controversial. Here’s where we came down on that specific issue: It was really important to us to show that both of the characters make some pretty big mistakes. I mean, his “parental skills” aren’t that great. Maybe never having had any kids of his own, he doesn’t realize that if you tell a kid to not do something, they’re going to want to do it even more. And then she makes some mistakes and then he kind of overreacts to her mistakes and then she overreacts to his overreaction. So it’s very human; it’s a very understandable story. It’s tricky because it’s messy, because relationships are sometimes messy. But to me and to [co-producer] Alan Burnett and to [screenwriter] Brian Azzarello, Alan and Brian, it was all very fascinating to us to explore that angle”.

Here is a clip from the scene:

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WB Officially Announces R-Rating For Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie

Following last night’s news that the Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie will have an R-rating, now WB has officially announced and confirmed the news.

See below.

 

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT ACCEPTS MPAA “R” RATING FOR BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

All-New Animated DC Universe Original Movie to Authentically Reflect Best-Selling & Eisner Award-Winning Graphic Novel; First Non-PG/PG-13 Rated Film in 9-Year History of Franchise

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has accepted the MPAA’s “R” rating for its upcoming animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, choosing to remain true to the landmark DC Comics graphic novel’s violent, controversial story, and making the film the first non-PG/PG-13 rated movie in the nine-year history of the DC Universe Original Movie franchise.

Batman: The Killing Joke, one of the best-selling graphic novels in history, tells the tale of The Joker’s origin story – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comic, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their Batman: The Animated Series roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

Since its inception in 2007, the DC Universe Original Movie franchise has brought classic and current DC Comics stories and characters to animated life through a series of primarily PG-13 rated films. Throughout the 26-film history of this popular franchise, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have crafted animated productions that appeal to the adult fan – from adaptations of fan favorite stories (Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) to liberal adaptations of contemporary tales (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) to original narratives (Batman: Gotham Knight, Wonder Woman, Justice League: Gods & Monsters).

Animation visionary Bruce Timm guided the DC Universe Original Movie franchise for its initial 16 films, then returned last summer with his own original story, Justice League: Gods & Monsters. Timm takes the reigns once again for Batman: The Killing Joke, reuniting a trio of actors (Conroy, Hamill & Tara Strong) from the game-changing Batman: The Animated Series cast to add even greater reverence to this heralded tale. Recognizing the fans’ dedication to the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Timm has worked meticulously to accurately maintain the intense adult content of The Killing Joke.

“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story – regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience – the comics-loving community – with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”

At this time, there are no plans for an edited, PG-13 version of the film.

A two-time Eisner Award winner written by renowned comics author Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke has maintained an unparalleled popularity throughout its 28 years of existence – as evidenced by its ranking as the best-selling graphic novel of 2015. Batman: The Killing Joke was greenlit in 2013 and announced in July 2015 at Comic Con International in San Diego.

Batman: The Killing Joke also features the voices of Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games), as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will host the film’s World Premiere at Comic-Con International this summer, and see a subsequent release in 2016 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

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Watch: 12 Minute Batman: The Killing Joke Sneak Peek

Watch a 12-minute preview featurette for the Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie which features the voices of Mark Hamill as Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman.

The movie, from Bruce Timm, will premiere at this Summer’s Comic-Con with Tara Strong voicing Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise as the voice for Commissioner Gordon.

Update: Check out over 100 preview images.

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Bruce Timm The Dark Knight III Variant Revealed

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Add one more variant cover to the at least 100 planned variants for Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight III: The Master Race with Bruce Timm’s version.

Various retailers will be selling store exclusive variant covers, with the following coming from Dynamic Forces.

You can check out a batch more variants in our Dark Knight III variant cover gallery.

The Dark Knight III goes on sale November 25th.

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Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Announced At Comic-Con

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Friday at Comic-Con saw the announcement made that Batman: The Killing Joke will become an animated movie.

Bruce Timm made the announcement at the “Justice League: Gods & Monsters” panel.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be coming out in 2016.

The graphic novel at Amazon is described as:

According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that’s all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he’s out to prove his deranged point. And he¿s going to use Gotham City’s top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.

Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight’s closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman’s nobility and The Joker’s insanity snap once and for all? 

Update: DC also announced two more animated movies:

Batman: Bad Blood—An original Batman story that features the introduction of Batwoman to the new line of animated films.

Justice League vs. Titans—Another original story and the first of the DC Universe Original Movies to feature the Teen Titans. 

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Watch: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Episode 1 “Twisted”

Watch the first episode of Machinima’s new digital series Justice League: Gods and Monster Chronicles.

Info:

From visionary producer and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series,Superman: The Animated Series), Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles turns the DC Universe upside-down. In this dark, alternate world, telling the good guys from the bad guys is never easy: Superman is not the son of Jor-El, he’s the son of General Zod; Wonder Woman is not from peaceful Themyscira, but rather the warring nation of Ares; and Batman is more vampire-bat than man…and he’s not Bruce Wayne. It is unclear if our greatest heroes are here to protect us…or to rule us. With Season 1 set to launch in June, Machinima, Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment have already begun development on Season 2, a 10-episode follow-up to the initial limited series.

The Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated movie will also be available July 28th.

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Watch: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Trailer With Bruce Timm Intro

The animated digital series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles will be available June 8th.

Machinima released the above trailer with an intro by Bruce Timm.

Season 2 is currently in development.

Synopsis:

From visionary producer and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series), Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles turns the DC Universe upside-down. In this dark, alternate world, telling the good guys from the bad guys is never easy: Superman is not the son of Jor-El, he’s the son of General Zod; Wonder Woman is not from peaceful Themyscira, but rather the warring nation of Ares; and Batman is more vampire-bat than man…and he’s not Bruce Wayne. It is unclear if our greatest heroes are here to protect us…or to rule us. With Season 1 set to launch in June, Machinima, Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment have already begun development on Season 2, a 10-episode follow-up to the initial limited series.

The Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated movie will also be available July 28th.

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Bruce Timm Reacts To Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn

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Many fans think of Bruce Timm as the DC equivalent of Marvel’s Kevin Feige – just that the Warner executives haven’t realized it as of yet.

Timm is responsible for the stellar DC animated series and has Justice League: Gods and Monsters coming out soon.

Bruce Timm was also responsible for bringing Harley Quinn to the limelight and now offers his reaction to the look of Margot Robbie for Suicide Squad.

Timm tells io9 the following:

I just saw the pic like a couple hours ago. It was interesting. I was frankly a little nervous about what Harley would look like, but I thought she looked really cool. So I’m optimistic, we see.

I just saw the one shot of her in the group shot. So far so good.

Timm on the most important elements of Harley Quinn:

It’s funny, because she started off as just like a one joke idea and she’s gained all these different dimensions from all the stories we did, and the stuff that happens in the comics. I think bottom line the most important thing about her is that she’s funny. One way or the other regardless of what her backstory is, or whether she’s in an abusive relationship with the Joker, or if she’s off on her own, or hanging out with Poison Ivy, or whether she’s a villain or a hero. I think bottomline her stories always have to be fun, if not flat out hilarious (but that would be even better). That’s one of the things I like about the current comic. They understand that, they’re not treating her as another angsty bizarre superhero type character. She’s really weird and funny and kind of chaotic.

Suicide Squad” has an August 5, 2016 release date directed by David Ayer starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, and Scott Eastwood in an unknown role.

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Justice League: Gods & Monsters Blu-Ray Box Art Revealed


Justice League: Gods & Monsters Trailer
 

Following the reveal of the box art for the deluxe edition featuring the Wonder Woman statue, the regular art for the Justice League: Gods & Monsters Blu-Ray has been released.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters hits July 28, 2015 from Bruce Timm.

Synopsis:

Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett comes an original story where the world’s greatest triumvirate of super heroes has distinctly different origins. Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the CapedCrusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior ofThemyscira. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League – but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows?  It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? 

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First Look At Justice League: Gods And Monsters & Plot Info

Updated: with sneak peek video above.

Update #2: A trailer has hit the net.

 

We get a first look at the latest WB animated movie from Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Nerds On The Rocks posted the following screenshots and info as I’m guessing a preview is a part of the Batman Vs. Robin animated movie.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is not based on the comic of a similar name, but features an original story by Bruce Timm. Per the descriptions below, we see just how original as it’s more of an Elseworlds tale than anything resembling the regular DCU.

The plot for the movie is described as:

The movie centers around the murder of prominent DC Universe scientists like Ray Palmer, Victor Fries, Silas Stone and others that the Justice League is being framed for. They attempt to investigate these murders while dealing with mounting pressures from outside sources.

A Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated series is also being developed and is officially described as:

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles — Animated short form series from Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett (producers of the legendary Batman: The Animated Series) will debut on Machinima in 2015. Based on Justice League: Gods & Monsters, an original animated film that will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment later in 2015. 

The New DC Trinity – Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
 
Batman is not Bruce Wayne but Kirk Langstrom (Man-Bat in DCU). While trying to find a cure for his cancer, Langstrom injects himself with bat venom becoming a “pseudo-vampire,” and he then feeds on criminals to cure his bloodlust. 
 
Lois Lane and Superman (which is the son of Zod)
 
Wonder Woman – said to be of the “New Gods,”; marries Orion, but something goes wrong causing her to come to Earth
 
Darkseid – said not to have a big role
 
Lex Luthor – said to be more like a “Stephen Hawking” who is a seeker of knowledge, but there is more than meets the eye to this Lex
 
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Animated Batman Vs. Robin & Justice League: Gods And Monsters Announced At Comic-Con

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At the Batman: Assault on Arkham panel at Comic-Con, WB announced two new animated movies for 2015, which center on Batman and the Justice League.

Batman Vs. Robin and Justice League: Gods Of Monsters were announced Friday at the panel, which also saw the premiere of Batman: Assault On Arkham.

Batman Vs. Robin is said to feature the Scott Snyder storyline from the Batman DC comics with “The Court Of Owls,” which will be released next Summer.

Justice League: Gods Of Monsters will be an original story written and directed by Bruce Timm hitting mid to late 2015.

WB’s next animate movie, Justice League: Thrones of Atlantis featuring Aquaman, is currently in development.

Batman: Assault on Arkham will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on July 29, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 12.

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Watch Batman: Strange Days: Bruce Timm’s 75th Anniversary Short

WB has released the Batman: Strange Days Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Short that recently aired on Cartoon Network.

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious layer of Dr. Hugo Strange. 

Don’t miss “Batman: Strange Days” and other unique DC Nation shorts Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CST) on Cartoon Network during Teen Titans Go!

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Batman Strange Days Short Announced For Cartoon Network (Images)

DC Nation has announced that an all-new Batman short will air on Cartoon Network.

Info:

Batman Strange Days – A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

It will air on Cartoon Network at 7pm ET on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 after an all-new episode of Teen Titans GO!

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Review: Harley Quinn #0

It only took 16 artists and 2 over the top writers to tell the tale of Harley Quinn in a way that it deserves to be done! Bruce Timm, Jim Lee, Charlie Adlard, Amanda Conner, Art Baltazar, Sam Keith, Adam Hughes, Walter Simonson, Jeremy Roberts, Dave Johnson, Chad Hardin, Tradd Moore, Stephane Roux, Becky Cloonan, Tony S. Daniel and the incomparable Darwyn Cooke, all converge on one of the biggest artistic line-ups ever forged, to help tell the tale of one deranged woman and her penchant for mayhem!

Amanda Conner along with hubby, Jimmy Palmiotti, write a tale that lets the reader see exactly how disturbed our “clown princess” truly is. Not only do they let her break the 4th wall, they let Harley critique the artists renderings, ask for better plot lines and she even gets to attend Amanda and Jimmy’s wedding!

Yes, some fans are going to compare this issue as a Deadpool rip-off, but it is so much better than simply following suit on another book. The inclusion of so many talented artists truly sets this book apart from anything done before. Not only does each artist get to render their own zany version of Harley but Amanda and Jimmy’s critiquing of their work through Harley’s eyes is hysterical. The tale is laced with inside jokes, subtle jabs (sorry Jim Lee) and an overall lack of formality, which is exactly what you should get from a Harley tale! It is quirky and twisted, letting the blood flow on quite a few occasions, but it is also quite thought provoking regarding the way the comic medium sees as the “correct” way to tell a story. This tale isn’t a story that will get you from points A to B in a concise manner. This tale is a whirlwind of ideas that may seem haphazard but in all actuality, comes to an inevitable, logical conclusion. Without the seasoned guidance of Amanda and Jimmy at the helm, it could have come off as just a menagerie of Harley pin-ups instead of an amazing assault of the senses! It is a tale that is unique unto itself and will pleasantly surprise you with how easily you are swept up into the chaos of it all!

If you need something different, something irreverent, something blatantly hysterical — than look no further than this issue! It’s chock full of all the quirkiness and eye catching art you will ever need!

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Spectacular! Watch The Superman 75th Anniversary Man of Steel Animated Short (Video)

Great Scott! The Superman 75th Anniversary Man of Steel short has made its way online after debuting at this past weekend’s NYCC!

It’s a homage to the 75 years of Superman and uses both the John Williams music score and the Hans Zimmer Man of Steel score.

It’s spectacular!

Director Zack Snyder came up with the idea with Geoff Johns and Bruce Timm involved as well.

The Superman short originally debuted at EW.com.

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Zack Snyder’s Superman 75th Anniversary Short Debuts At NYCC

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The Superman 75th Anniversary short from Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will debut at the New York Comic-Con.

Tomorrow, DC Entertainment will be holding the Superman 75th Celebration panel which will feature the world premiere of the short.

Bruce Timm, Jay Oliva, Geoff Johns, Mike Carlin and WB Animation’s Peter Girardi worked on the project with Snyder, as well.

The Superman 75th Anniversary short has previously been described as one continuous shot, without edits, that’s an homage to the Man of Steel and his many iterations over the past 75 years, which includes the cartoons and big screen versions.

Here are the details on tomorrow’s Superman 75th Anniversary panel at the NYCC:

SUPERMAN 75TH CELEBRATION

Date: Saturday, October 12 
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Location: Main Stage 1-D

Speakers: Dan DiDio, Mike Carlin

Description:
As the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman has flown high in film, TV, radio, animation, video games and, of course, comics for 75 glorious years. Join a star-studded panel covering the gamut of Supes’ incarnations as they discuss the beloved character’s many personifications, impressive history and ongoing relevance within society and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the World Premiere of a special 75th Anniversary animated short created by “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder and “Superman: The Animated Series” Producer Bruce Timm (who will be on-hand to present the short). DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio and Mike Carlin, Creative Director/Animation, DC Entertainment will anchor the panel. As a perfect complement to the panel, make sure you tour the special “Superman 75” exhibit on display all weekend at NYCC

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DC Comics Unveils Superman 75th Anniversary Logo; Zack Snyder, Johns, Timm Animated Short Announced

DC Comics unveiled the logo for the 75th Anniversary of Superman and also announced that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will be doing an animated short.

The logo will be used by all divisions of Warner Bros., with new movie, comic books and a video game being launched including Superman Unchained, Superman/Batman, the Infinite Crisis video game and the Henry Cavill-starring movie.

Details are scarce regarding the Zack Snyder animated short, but it’s said to be one continuous shot, without edits, that’s an homage to the Man of Steel and his many iterations over the past 75 years, which includes the cartoons and big screen versions.

Bruce Timm, Jay Oliva, Geoff Johns and Mike Carlin and WB Animation’s Peter Girardi join Snyder on the project.

“Warner Bros. is privileged to be home to the global Superman brand, which has had an unparalleled impact on popular culture for 75 years,” said Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “We are proud to commemorate this milestone with exciting entertainment across the entire studio and across the globe, ensuring this enduring icon reaches new generations of audiences.”

(Via THR)

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