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.

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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Netflix Orders Second Expanded Castlevania Season

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As fans may have noticed by now, the first season of Castlevania, the animated adaptation from producer Adi Shankar is now available on Netflix to stream. The catch? The first season is only four episodes long! Clocking in at less than two hours for the entire series.

Well, fans take solace in the fact that Netflix has heard your cries. Castlevania has been picked up for a second season, with an expanded order for eight episodes. Inspired by the game, the animated Castlevania was written by bestselling author and comic book legend Warren Ellis, with a star-studded voice cast.

Overwatch Reveals Doomfist

After being teased since before the game’s release, Blizzard has finally revealed that Doomfist is coming to Overwatch. Doomfist is Akande Ogundimu. A cybernetic offense character whose hand cannon gauntlet knocks opponents down. Blizzard writes, “In addition to dealing ranged damage with his Hand Cannon, Doomfist can slam the ground, knock enemies into the air and off balance, or charge into the fray with his Rocket Punch. When facing a tightly packed group, Doomfist leaps out of view, then crashes down to earth with a spectacular Meteor Strike.”

Doomfist is considered a legendary villain in the world of Overwatch, and the ringleader behind much of the villainy in that world. He’s available for play now in the Overwatch Public Test Region.

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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Disney XD Ant-Man Shorts

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Disney XD has put the first three animated shorts for their new Ant-Man series online. The series of animated shorts consists of six episodes, with the first three debuting in a few days on Disney XD, and the next three future chapters, “Exterminator,” “Proton Cube” and “Not a Date,” set to air Sunday, June 11 at 11:28am, 5:28pm and 8:58am, respectively.

Josh Keaton is voicing Scott Lang, with Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach directing. You can hit the jump to watch the first three episodes.

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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 and Harley Quinn Final Trailer

Warner Bros. Animation has posted the final trailer for Batman and Harley Quinn, their latest DC animated adventure. The film features Bruce Timm’s iconic art style from the Adventures of Batman and Robin, complete with the original voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy.

The film sees Batman and Nightwing team up with Harley Quinn, in an attempt to track down Poison Ivy, who’s also found herself a partner in the Floronic Man. The two seek to turn the world into plant people using stolen research from Dr. Alec Holland, also known as Swamp Thing.