Upcoming DC Animated Film Slate Announced

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DC Entertainment has announced that in addition to the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as the already leaked Gotham by Gaslight, which is officially confirmed, we’re also receiving two pretty large surprises. The first of which is Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, an original animated film with an ensemble voice cast, set in the world of Batman: Assault on Arkham, marking the first shared universe animated film for DC.

The other is shockingly a 2-part animated film adapting the Death of Superman. While Superman: Doomsday adapted the film into a condensed, albeit wonderful format, the new version will include the full story, as well as the Reign of the Supermen story that took place directly after.

Young Justice: Outsiders Reveals Its New Heroes

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The anticipation for the third season of Young Justice, called Young Justice: Outsiders, has been off the charts, and the unveiling of the new team of heroes is sure to light an even bigger fire underneath fans. The new season is 26 episodes long, and confirmed to debut on DC’s new streaming service.

The new team adds Static Shock, Arrowette, Thirteen (an entirely new version of the character), and Spoiler. Conspicuously absent, but showing up later (in full stealth gear) were Nightwing, Aqualad, Artemis, and Superboy. The panel was light on story details, so we should be hearing more soon.

First Footage of Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

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Nickelodeon is resurrecting their classic and fan-favorite wallaby and friends, after Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt, all step out of their home after being stuck in the 90’s for 22 years. The trio step into the new world of technology, superhero movies, and coffee chains, and immediately become addicted, while Rocko isn’t exactly enjoying any of it.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is set to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2018.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Animated Series Trailer

During tonight’s Marvel Animation panel at the D23 Expo, the focus of the show was on Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man animated series, which premieres on Saturday, August 19th, at 7:00am EST on Disney XD with a special one-hour premiere. The show will follow Peter in his first years as Spider-Man and his attempts at juggling his personal life, and life as Spider-Man.

The voice cast was also introduced, as well! With Robbie Draymond as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Nancy Linari as Aunt May, Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, Laura Bailey as Gwen Stacy, Max Mittelman as Harry Osborn, Patton Oswalt as Uncle Ben, Melanie Minichino as Anya Corazon/Spider-Girl, and Joe Quesada as Joe.

Disney Announces Space

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While the title is still preliminary, Disney Animation Studios unveiled a new project set in the Cars Universe, tentatively titled Space. The footage opens to a desert, with a photo-realistic render of a crashed plane. Just afterwards, two experimental jet plants blow by, shaking the camera, and racing each other out of the atmosphere, showing a gorgeously rendered Earth (seen above).

Space still has a long way to go, but the film has a release date of April 12th, 2019. NOTE: Once again, that logo isn’t mine, it’s just something I whipped up real quick.

Gotham By Gaslight Getting the Animated Treatment

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An image making the rounds on Reddit has confirmed that Gotham by Gaslight, the first book in the legendary Elseworlds line of graphic novels from DC Comics, is getting the animated treatment (finally).

Gotham by Gaslight is written by Brian Augustyn with art by Mike Mignola, and sees a late-19th century Bruce Wayne take up the cowl to fight crime after meeting Sigmund Freud. The story follows his hunt for Jack the Ripper from Gotham City to London.

Ph LEVEL Review: Castlevania

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The amount of fan-made hype and anticipation for this show was, while not off-the-charts, pretty high. After that rad Nintendo-inspired trailer that Netflix posted, and the fantastic voice cast, we were all expecting a lot of good things from this animation.

Add to that, Fred Seibert acting as Executive Producer, and you have a recipe for success. But, something must have been lost in translation, somewhere. Maybe some scripts got lost? They ran out of money? Who knows? Hit the jump to see my thoughts on Castlevania.

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Adi Shankar Announces Assassin’s Creed Series

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Adi Shankar, the mastermind behind the upcoming Castlevania animated series on Netflix that debuts this week, has announced his next project: Assassin’s Creed. The producer is making a name for himself with his series, and while no information is known, we know that this is his next project.

I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced an incredible new box set, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the acclaimed DC Universe animated original films. The box set will include all 30 DC animated films under the banner, as well as a ton of special features, 5 animated shorts (hopefully the DC Nation shorts are included), and several collectible items.

It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library. We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.

Hit the jump for a complete list of the included films, as well as a first full look at the promotional image for the box set (seen above).

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Mazinger Z Teaser Trailer

Check out our first look at the new Mazinger Z feature length animated film. Produced by Ichinao Nagai and Yu Kanemaru – with the blessing of original creator Go Nagai, Mazinger Z is set 10 years after the classic and acclaimed anime of the same name.

Currently, there is no release date, but expect to hear more from Toei Animation soon. They’ve got a full schedule of Japanese feature length animated films, and it’s exciting to see it all come together.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Headed to Blu-Ray

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Well, this slow week has officially been worth the wait. Warner Archive has announced that the classic 1993 animated film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is officially headed to Blu-Ray this July! The release will feature a full 1080p HD remaster and will include both the original 16×9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) and an open matte 4×3 (1.37:1) version.

Mask of the Phantasm picks up from the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, and follows the caped crusader on the hunt for a mysterious new vigilante that is killing the low-lifes and thugs around Gotham. However, this new vigilante, known as the Phantasm, may have stronger ties to Batman and Bruce Wayne than he thought.

Animaniacs Getting a Reboot?!

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One of the most legendary and beloved cartoons of all time may be getting a reboot, according to IndieWire. After the success of Fuller House on Netflix, and the renewed love for Animaniacs after its debut on Netflix last year, Amblin Entertainment and Steven Spielberg are supposedly working on a reboot. The show currently has no home, and is very much in the early stages, but nostalgia is big business these days. Animaniacs starred the Warner siblings: Yakko, Wakko, and Dott, who had been trapped in Warner Bros. lot tower since the 1930’s, now escaped into the modern world.

Animaniacs won eight Daytime Emmy Awards during its run, as well as a Peabody Award. With well-known voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Sherri Stoner and Maurice LaMarche reviving the classic cartoon as live stage shows recently, it’s no wonder we’re seeing these talks today.

Batman & Harley Quinn 4K/Blu-Ray Details

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After getting our first trailer a few days ago, we now have full details of the Ultra HD/Blu-Ray release of Batman and Harley Quinn. The film will be available for Digital Download on August 15th, and home video on August 29th.

Batman and Harley Quinn will be the first DC Animated Universe film to be released in an Ultra HD combo pack, as well as Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack. You can hit the jump to see the full box-art, as well as Special Features.

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DC Super Hero Girls Getting Animated Series

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DC Super Hero Girls has been a boon for the company and its representation with young children, and it would appear they don’t plan on slowing down that train any time soon. The short web-series, and toy line is officially getting an animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation in 2018. The series will have “fresh character designs” and writing by producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, Powerpuff Girls).

The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.

Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.

Ph LEVEL Review: BLAME!

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One of the most inspiring, yet oft-forgotten manga phenomenon of years past, was an inventive series by writer/artist Tsutomu Nihei, known as BLAME! (pronounced blam). The series is a one-of-a-kind exploration thriller in a dystopian world, where an intelligent city has taken control of its own fate, and for thousands of years had already expanded into the cosmos, building itself higher and higher. It’s a lonely story, following the journey of a mysterious man named Killy, on his search for the Net Terminal Gene, in order to take back control of the city.

In order to keep order and peace in the city, it built the Safeguards, in an attempt to extinguish human life within itself. Humans, as they are prone to do, adapted to survive, with small villages finding haven throughout the city, unaware of each other’s existence. It’s an intensely original premise, with fantastic art to anchor it all. With that in mind, was this feature film able to capture the spirit of the original work? Hit the jump to find out.

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