If the fans start a Twitter movement, they will come.
The Justice League animated series was a pivotal part of the millennial Saturday morning cartoon experience. It was part of a brief golden era of animation spearheaded by Bruce Timm, who created and co-created acclaimed animated series Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, and Justice League, which would tie all of the shows together. It was the standard by which Warner Bros.’ other forays into the DC Universe would be held (at least by ’90s kids) and hasn’t been topped. So, why not return to the golden days of optimistic and compelling storytelling by clamoring for a feature film reunion of our favorite cartoon superheroes? It might just happen.
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Bat-fans rejoice: Batman: The Animated Series, one of the best animated shows of all time, is finally coming to Blu-ray! The stylish, and for some, definitive take on the Dark Knight will fly onto Blu-ray next year, in all its shadowy glory. Read on for more info regarding the Batman The Animated Series Blu-ray.
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, one awesome video maps out the real geography of the opening chase sequence from Baby Driver. Plus, Batman: The Animated Series voice actor Kevin Conroy reads the closing monologue from The Dark Knight, and a video essay takes a closer look at the use of a certain auditory illusion that adds to the suspense and tension in Dunkirk. Read More »
Following the release of Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989 and the sequel Batman Returns in 1992, Warner Bros. Pictures tried their hand at bringing the animated version of The Dark Knight to theaters with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Christmas Day in 1993.
As a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year like Batman Returns, the animated film didn’t spark much interest at the box office, pulling in only $5.6 million in its entire domestic run. Still, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm has become a favorite among Batman fans, especially with all the love that they have for the animated series that inspired it.
For years, fans have wanted to get their hands on Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in high definition, but it hadn’t been made available. That will change later this year though as Warner Archive has just announced the animated movie will be releases on Blu-ray this summer. Find out more about the Batman Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray after the jump. Read More »
An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us whether the adaptation is as dark as the source material, but it’s a good character moment with a conflicted Batman.
Below, watch a Batman: The Killing Joke clip.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Following last month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a very different Dark Knight takes on a very different nemesis in this year’s other Batman movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. This one, as the title suggests, is an adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s famous comic book storyline, and Warner Bros. / DC has gone to great lengths to make sure it’s the movie fans want. Not only does the animated direct-to-video feature reunite voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, it boasts an R rating, lest you worry it’ll smooth over the darker, uglier aspects of the source material. Watch the first Batman: The Killing Joke trailer below. Read More »
At Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the iconic Batman comic book storyline The Killing Joke was being turned into an animated movie. Just recently it was officially confirmed that Batman: The Animated Series stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would be reprising their roles as Batman and The Joker respectively for the project, complete with executive producer Bruce Timm on board. Now we finally get to see the pages of this controversial storyline in motion as a new featurette has surfaced that dives into the legacy of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s 1988 graphic novel and also gives us a first look at the movie itself.
Watch the Batman The Killing Joke featurette after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
It goes without saying that Mark Hamill‘s most iconic rule is Luke Skywalker. But his second most iconic role is the Joker in the 1990s’ Batman: The Animated Series and beyond. And just as he recently put on Luke’s robes again for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s ready to bust out that Joker laugh one more time.
Following months of rumors, Hamill has officially announced he’ll voice the Joker alongside Kevin Conroy as Batman in Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: The Killing Joke, an adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s 1988 graphic novel. Making the reveal even sweeter, Hamill has also shared the very first image from the upcoming animated movie. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Who’s Tao Okamoto playing in Batman v Superman? Is Jeremy Renner hinting at Hawkeye’s Civil War allegiance? Does Kevin Conroy want to join Mark Hamill in Batman: The Killing Joke? Will Daisy Johnson get a new look for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3? Which Gotham actor just became a series regular? Want a peek at a The Flash Season 1 bonus feature? What does Cobie Smulders have to say about Maria Hill’s future in the MCU? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
2014 is the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular superheroes: Batman. The character has been imagined, reimagined, rebooted, redressed and revered for the better part of eight decades. This year, DC has a lots of big plans for The Dark Knight. One of those was a big panel at WonderCon 2014 featuring some of the men responsible for carrying the cape and cowl legacy for the past few decades.
Below, check out a full 30 minute video of the WonderCon Batman 75th anniversary panel featuring Kevin Conroy, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Peter Girardi, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Read More »