DCU Animated Films Announced for 2017

ICv2.com reports that, at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that DC Entertainment will be releasing the following three as their next original animated direct-to-video movies. Justice League Dark, due this fall, is now being promoted in a sneak peek on the Batman: The Killing Joke release. It assembles the supernatural characters Black Orchid, Etrigan, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and John Constantine (who is voiced by Matt Ryan, who played the role on TV) to fight demons. Until Warner takes […]

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans

The latest original DCU animated movie is Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and it does what it says on the tin. It also tries to do more, which is admirable, but I thought its reach exceeded its grasp. There’s just too much in this movie for it to be called a success, although a lot of what they were trying to do I wanted to see. I’m talking mostly about the generational themes. This is the first appearance of the […]

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Batman: The Killing Joke Cartoon Gets Theatrical Release

Well, it’s a one-night-only special, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Fathom Events will be running the upcoming original animated film Batman: The Killing Joke in selected US theaters on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 7:30 and 10 PM (local time). The “social screening event … will include exclusive-to-the-evening presentations before and after the film rolls.” The movie can be bought on Digital HD the next day, or on Blu-ray or DVD a couple of weeks later. The special features […]

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More Killing Joke Movie Details

Warner Bros. has now released more details for the upcoming Batman: The Killing Joke original animated movie. They previously discussed the film’s R rating, but now we have a release date, extras listing, and cover art. The Blu-ray combo pack (list price $24.98) will be available along with the single DVD edition (list price $19.98) on August 2, with the Digital HD version debuting July 26. In addition, there’s a Blu-ray Deluxe Edition (list price $29.96) that adds to the […]

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The Killing Joke Animated Movie Gets an R Rating

The DC Universe original animated movies, over the nine years the line has run, have often featured violent scenes (and the occasional bad word or sexual implication) that firmly put them in PG-13 territory. Just because these are cartoons doesn’t mean they’re for kids. However, this is a new milestone, one of questionable significance. Batman: The Killing Joke will be released as part of the DCUOA line later this year, and the MPAA has given it an R rating. Warner […]

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Batman: Bad Blood

Batman: Bad Blood opens with action, as Batwoman (voiced by Yvonne Strahovski) is battling a gang that includes Firefly and Killer Moth. Unlike Batman (Jason O’Mara), she uses guns, which to the Dark Knight’s eyes makes her just like the villains they battle, so he wants her out of his city. Conveniently, she’s immediately captured by the bad guys. He rescues her but is presumed deceased in a following explosion. This isn’t a spoiler. This is the first five minutes […]

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans Coming This Spring

The next original DC Universe animated movie has been announced as Justice League vs. Teen Titans, which “welcomes the Teen Titans to the ever-expanding canon of classic DC Comics characters”. As expected from a Titans project, the big bad is Trigon, who’s possessed the Justice League, causing them to fight the younger heroes. Here’s the official plot description: When Damian’s over-aggressive tendencies almost destroy a Justice League mission, he is sent to learn teamwork by training alongside the Teen Titans. […]

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Batman: Bad Blood Next DCU Animated Movie

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the next DCU original animated movie will be Batman: Bad Blood. It’s coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 2, 2016, with the digital HD version available a month earlier, on January 19. This was the film previewed on Justice League: Gods & Monsters this past summer. The story involves Batman going missing, so it will require “the entire Bat ‘family’ — including new additions Batwoman and Batwing — to keep the […]

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