Gotham by Gaslight First Look

With confirmation coming months ago, that Gotham by Gaslight, an adaptation of Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola’s classic Elseworlds tale, was the next animated film on the table, we now have a first look at the upcoming title. It’s quite a first look also, with the video above clocking in at a whopping 8 minutes, with a ton of first look footage, and commentary from the crew.

Gotham by Gaslight takes place in alternate universe with Bruce Wayne living in Gotham in the 1800’s, and becoming the Batman to take on Jack the Ripper as he ravages the city.

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New Mazinger Z Trailer

A new Mazinger Z trailer has debuted, spotlighting the supporting cast for the upcoming anime film premiering next year. We’re shown the new look for several returning characters, as well as a few new characters in the mix. The trailer also debuts the release date for the film, which is set for January 13th, 2018.

Mazinger Z is one of many upcoming anime films and series being brought to Netflix, so expect to see it streaming early next year, as well.

Check Out Zane Plays Proboid The Animation

The new animation from Polaris is online now, and it’s pretty damn hilarious. The new short follows an explorer named Zane, who has his MBA from Moonbase Academy deployed on a mission to explore the universe. Except, his emergency chat channel has been silent for quite some time, until it suddenly turns into a Twitch chat.

Suffice to say, things don’t go so well, and the first episode of Zane Plays Proboid ends on a cliffhanger, albeit a hilarious one.

King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 3

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SNK has released the third episode of their King of Fighters: Destiny animated series on YouTube, with the rest of the 24-episode season being added through the remainder of the summer.

You can head over here to check out the first two episodes that were previously posted, or hit the jump to watch the third episode.

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GKIDS Takes Over U.S. Distribution for Studio Ghibli

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In a shocking move, Disney has pulled out of U.S. distribution for the popular Studio Ghibli animated films, 20 years after the initial landmark deal. New York-based distributor GKIDS now has sole rights to Ghibli’s catalog in America, with the exceptions of 2013’s The Wind Rises and Grave of the Fireflies. Disney will continue distribution in European territories, however.

GKIDS has earlier in the year made lesser-known Studio Ghibli titles Oceans Waves and Only Yesterday available on DVD and Blu-Ray. They will also distribute My Neighbor TotoroSpirited AwayPonyoHowl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServicePrincess MononokeCastle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind on DVD and Blu-Ray in October, with My Neighbor the Yamadas available in early 2018.

King of Fighters: Destiny on YouTube

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SNK recently started a new anime series, available on Steam and YouTube, in Japanese with English subtitles called, The King of Fighters: Destiny, that follows the story of the popular fighting game franchise. The first two episodes are also available now.

The new CG anime series has a story that centers on characters such as Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Geese Howard, Ryo Sakazaki, and others. You’ll recognize many of their voices, as many voice actors from the games reprise their roles for the series. Hit the jump to watch the first two episodes in Japanese with English subs.

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Adam West’s Final Outing as Batman Has a Release Date

The late, great, Adam West had one final voice-gig in the can before his passing earlier this year. Now, Best Buy has listed October 17 as the release date for the animated film Batman Vs. Two-Face, a sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader, which takes place in the world of the 1960s Batman TV series that Adam West helped popularize.

The film also features William Shatner as the voice of Two-Face, which would have been inspired casting in the original series, as well. Julie Newmar and Burt Ward are both expected to reprise their roles as Catwoman and Robin, respectively.

New Transformers Animated Film on The Way

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Hasbro has confirmed during an annual investor conference call. No details on the film are available yet, other than that it will take place in the Transformers cinematic universe, as movie-goers have “begun to sour” on Michael Bay’s live-action films.

Boulder Media Studio, a Hasbro-owned film company will be developing the project, while simultaneously developing theatrical films for My Little Pony and Stretch Armstrong.

Andrea Romano Retires

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Warner Bros. Animation casting director, Andrea Romano, has retired, after 33 years in the animation industry. Romano is best-known as one of the key people in the DC Animated Universe titles, working on everything from Batman: The Animated Series to the upcoming Young Justice: The Outsiders. She’s the one responsible for Kevin Conroy’s Batman, and Mark Hamill’s Joker. Tiny Toon Adventures, to DuckTales.

I shall miss so many aspects of this industry – particularly the people I’ve worked alongside, and all the fun that happens on both side of the glass. From the bottom of my heart, I extend my sincere gratitude to every actor, producer, director, engineer and colleague that has helped make this run so incredible.

Pokémon Returning to Theaters with I Choose You!

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Pokémon’s 20th anniversary animated film, Pokémon: I Choose You!, will receive an international theatrical run this November through Fathom Events. The much-anticipated film will screen for two days in theaters around the world, The Pokémon Company announced, giving longtime Pokémon fans the chance to see the re-telling of Ash’s origin on the big screen.

The new film features some key differences from Ash’s initial introduction, with new Pokémon, new characters (replacing Brock and Misty, strangely), and an entirely new take on the story. Pokémon: I Choose You! hits theaters Nov. 5-6, throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Hit the jump to check out the official key-art in full.

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First Freedom Fighters: The Ray Trailer

The CW has shared the first trailer for their upcoming CW Seed animated series, Freedom Fighters: The Ray. The series stars Raymond “Ray” Terrill, a reporter who discovered a group of scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon. Before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers.

The series will premiere later this year, and also spotlights other Freedom Fighters such as Black Condor, and Red Tornado. The trailer has a very DC Comics-meets-Terminator feel to it, and honestly, that just sounds amazing.

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.