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The Next DC Animated Film is a CRISIS Story! Here's the official breakdown!

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest on Warner's direct to DVD animated feature films. On the upcoming SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES - we have the awesome news that the next animated film is going to be "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" - how awesome is that? We get an animated Crisis story? Bring it on! Can't wait till the films catch up to the killer story arcs that the animated adaptations are boldly giving us. Here's two official shots and the synopsis! Can't wait!



Warner Home Video will distribute in Spring 2010 (finalizing date soon) An original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League) rooted in DC Comics’ popular canon of “Crisis” stories. Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern) is executive producer. Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors. In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a “good” Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril. All-star voice cast led by Mark Harmon (NCIS) as Superman, James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi) as Owlman, Chris Noth (Sex and the City, Law & Order) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) as Batman, Gina Torres (Serenity, Firefly) as Super Woman and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as the President. Attached are a few images ... one is of Owlman and the other is of the Justice League arriving for battle along with the "good" Lex Luthor.




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  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    *Crickets noises*

    by daveyf

    *Crickets noises*

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    first!!!!!

    by dmstar

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Foist!

    by tangcameo

    I wonder if they had permission for Owlman from the Watchmen creator, or vice versa?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    NICE!!!!!!

    by Pogue__Mahone

    So many cool stories they could be pumping out!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Voice Cast

    by stlcat71

    Why all the stars on voice. Why can't they bring back the voices we have grown to love over the last several years?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    sounds cool

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Okay NOT Foist!

    by tangcameo

    And I couldn't even think of Ron Moore's name. Shame on me!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    i wish they can make it more ROSSY....

    by dmstar

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    by mlennon

    An "original story" that sounds exactly like Grant Morrison's "JLA: Earth 2" graphic novel...

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    OMFG ALAN Moore

    by tangcameo

    Sorry. Having a stroke. LMAO.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Why Isn't MARVEL Animating Their Classic Stories???

    by Graphix67

    The Dark Phoenix Saga... Infinity Gauntlet... Kree-Skrull War... Secret Wars... The more recent World War Hulk or even Civil War. Instead, we get these bland "original" Hulk vs Thor or Dr. Strange direct-to-DVD releases.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    All-star voice cast

    by daggor

    Not really. I could give a bigger shit. Give me Kevin Conroy. And yes, I would love to see an Infinity Gauntlet movie.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    wow

    by tranpkp1

    this sounds great.... not so sure about all the voice casting but I guess I'll wait and see

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Hal Jordan for once!

    by corporategohan616

    Part of me does wish they'd resort to animated series voice actors though. Isn't Alexander Luthor supposed to HAVE hair?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    now that disney owns marvel...

    by Six Demon Bag

    we might see some of these marvel clasics come to life, albeit, "disney afternoon" animation quality.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    bring back the original cast of voices!

    by Judge Briggs

    and clancy brown as Luthor. he was the best one. speaking of banging cartoons, i am addicted to Avatar: Last Airbender. fucking good stuff!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    oh and Doomsday was shit.. so was Frontiers

    by Judge Briggs

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    oh wait, no Kevin Conroy?

    by Judge Briggs

    gay. totally. gay.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Some background...

    by MortGuffman

    Tangcameo, this version of Owlman was introduced in the original JLA series in 1964, twenty years before Watchmen came out. Also, I wonder if this is related to the abandoned "When Worlds Collide" Justice League movie that was supposed to bridge the gap between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Graphix67

    by badboymason

    They are making a Planet Hulk animated film, so hopefully if that is a success other adaptions of popular Marvel stories will follow. Trailer is at http://marvel.com/videos/829.Planet_ Hulk_Animated_Trailer

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    They already did this with the "Justice Lords"

    by _V_

    This is a rehash of the Justice Lords from Justice League animated

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Thanks Badboymason!

    by Graphix67

    That gives me hope about all the other classic titles I mentioned in my earlier posts. Might as well add an animated Marvel-Zombies (maybe an "adult version") to my dream list.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    _V_

    by Aitrus233

    Which was just a rehash of Crisis on Earth-3 from Justice League of America (v1) #29 & 30 published in 1964.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Sorry to say...but I prefer quality computer animation.....

    by JDanielP

    .....especially when it follows a gifted artist, resembling an artist's style but in a more 3-dimensional form.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Who's asking for a new cast?

    by Will_Dearborn

    I don't get it -- is Billy Baldwin really that much cheaper than Kevin Conroy? Find a cast that works (i.e. the JLU cast) and stick with them for everything. Give us some continuity. And for the record, Tim Daly was the perfect Superman.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    tangcameo, MortGuffman...

    by Aitrus233

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    tangcameo, MortGuffman...

    by Aitrus233

    Owlman =/= Nite-Owl.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    As long as McDuffie

    by brattyben

    is writing, then it will be okay. He's one of the better Justice League writers, so I have no worries. Glad they are doing something with the Crime Syndicate. Love that group.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Voices

    by milamber495

    Kevin Conroy = Batman

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Marvel, WTF?

    by Triple_J_72

    What does Marvel give us? "Super Hero Squad," with Louie Spicolli as the Silver Surfer. Happy 70th, Marvel... dumb-asses...

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Voice Cast

    by Mr.FTW

    The cast from the Batman-Superman-Justice League animated series were great but those voices are too conected to the character design from that universe. FINALLY after 17 years DC is doing something outside of that style with these new movies and they need new voices to fit. Kevin Conroy is great but his voice doesn't work for everything, like in Batman: Gotham Knight the anime style movie they made. Conroy's voice didn't fit with the style of animation and in fact was really distracting. If they continue to make movies from the animated series universe then by all means they should stick to those voices but with these new project new voices all the way.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    how about a weekly series

    by JettL93

    i enjoy these movies but faceit, they are just 3 episodes glued together, wouldn't it just be better to bring back the weekly justic league unlimited series. <P>or how about a batman show that doesn't suck like brave and the bold does?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Speak up, Kevin Conroy fans!!!

    by Grandpa Bunche

    I'm sorry, but if they're going to continue doing any kind of animated feature that has Batman in it, there is simply no excuse for not keeping Kevin Conroy in the part. His voicework is downright definitive — although Deirich Bader is great for the Barve and the Bold kiddie-friendlier version — and she be kept for the character as long as possible. And, Kevin, if you happen to read this: you're excellent, dude!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    That should be "Brave"

    by Grandpa Bunche

    Sorry for the keyboard eff-up.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    JUST MAKE SINESTRO CORPS ALREADY

    by dragline83

    DIDIO WANTS TO DO IT. FIRST FLIGHT EVEN PUT SINESTRO IN THE "CORPS" UNIFORM AND TOUCHED ON ALOT OF THE ELEMENTS.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Grant Morrison's "JLA: Earth 2"

    by Squashua

    Also "Justice Lords" episode of JL Animated, as said by others earlier.<br><br> This isn't a "Crisis" story to get excited about. Also, they're using the terrible-looking recent design for Manhunter. Boo.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    "Hey Folks, Harry here..

    by Stalkeye

    ..me and the mods are busy collecting swag and star effin to notice the crazy racist stuff that is going on in one of our talkbacks".<p>Hey Harry, close the MTV VMA thread and ban that tool Fight_Club. By being apethetic, you and herc are losing more respect.be responsible and monitor your effin site!Other than that, this new DCUA looks good.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Graphix67

    by Johnny Smith

    Planet Hulk is the next Marvel DVD release.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Fareal

    by Chest_Rockwell

    u are a moron. The constitution only prohibits the GOVERNMENT from infringing on freedom of speech. This is a private website, run by a private individual. He can censor anything he wants. The first amendment is not at issue. If you are going to play constitutional lawyer on the internet, at least understand the constitution.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    JetL93...

    by MortGuffman

    ...according to Dini & Timm, the Justice Lord storyline was originally supposed to be the Crime Syndicate. And I agree that while I love the JL animated cast, it's cool to hear new voices.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Well Fareal tell that to Herc..

    by Stalkeye

    ..who I heard banned Blackjackbauer for using the F-Word.Not that I condone his behavior, but the banhammer should go across all boundries.It's not OK to use the F-Word, but it's acceptable to use racial slurs like N*g,J*gga,etc? I mean WTF?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    STUPID... VOICE Cast.

    by TheBLIGHT

    Seriously, what the f*ck is up with this @SS Voice Cast? Mark Harmon is cool on NCIS, but as SUPERMAN!?! Where is Kevin Conroy? If he AINT Batman/Bruce Wayne, @SS! Bruce Timm should know better...

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Um, the First Ammendment

    by The Gas

    protects you from censorship by the government, not other people or businesses. Harry owns this site and pays for its operation; as such he not only DOESN'T have to host speech he doesn't agree with, but is actually responsible for what is hosted on it. That is, if he allowed you to get away with posting a racist slur, he would in effect be using that slur himself. Furthermore, demanding that another person host your speech on a forum they-not-you own, using up bandwidth they-not-you paid for, is very much akin to saying a publisher should be required to publish your book on their dime. TLDR version: you're a moron.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Oh, and just to say something on topic, last time I checked 2 wa

    by The Gas

    .

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    ^That should have read

    by The Gas

    "2 was a lot less than infinite." If there's going to be a cutoff for subject line length, the least they could do is warn us. :/

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Justice lords: the movie

    by Powerring

    Hmm.. seems like this has been done a few times. WTF do they keep rotating the voice cast? The originals are the best.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Nice

    by veritasses

    The DC stuff is pretty good. I wish they'd experiment more with complex, mature, not-for-the-kids material though. And not just dipping their toe in the water like they did with Wonder Woman. There's some great, epic stories they could tell if they didn't restrain themselves by trying to stay kid/tween friendly.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I'm not enjoying these adaptations

    by Bass Ackwards

    They take epic comic storylines, slim them down to 90 minutes, and then put them out with a very dull visual look. They're made cheap and fast and that's exactly how they feel.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    corporategohan616

    by ian216a

    I think Alexander Luthor was from Earth-4 originally, and the Earth-2 Lex was bald as bald as the regular one - I haven't fact checked or anything, just what I think I remember. <p> Shall stop being so geeky in 5, 4, 3, 2 -

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    crisis on TWO earths because it will be CRAP

    by Meadowe

    Like Superman Doomsday. I know they have to condense the story but not having Cyborg, Eradicator and Steel in it was dumb (I understand not having Superboy what with the creators' families getting the rights to him back). So they should just stick to original pieces, and not even have the word "crisis" in it at all because it won't be too faithful to its source material, even if they replaced INFINITE with TWO to show why it would be a different story.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards/slim them down to 90 minutes

    by Powerring

    Not even that long! GL was only 77 minutes! They could have included a whole lot of earth-based story. It's annoying as hell to have epic material in a barely over an hour movie. Imagine cutting the original star wars trilogy down to 77 minutes.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Don't diss a voice actors performance before you've heard it

    by tjrmusic

    I love it when somone one like Kevin Conroy is brough back to play Batman again. I thought he did great with Gotham Knights and I'm looking forward to having him play Batman again in Public Enemies. But I also look forward to hearing what a different actor might bring to the table. True there is always a risk going with someone new as opposed to the tried and true. But you can't make an omlette without breaking a few eggs, and sometimes you need to take risks to keep things interesting. Prior to seeing New Frontier, I couldn't picture what Jeremy Sisto would sound like as Batman. But he did a great job with it.....That's why he's an actor.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Green Lantern: First Flight was unforgivable

    by FLYNN_LIVES

    Hal Jordan is seen in a simulator but otherwise doesn't touch anything plane-like once. The Corps seem to have no idea how the ring succession works. The Corps hate humans for no reason. Watch Hal tag along with Sinestro as they visit locations out of the Star Wars prequels. Watch Sinestro, mainly, because Hal Jordan doesn't have anything interesting or superheroic to do. Hal is directed to stand around and watch luggage being scanned. Hal's response: "Whatever." Watch a Green Lantern who can breathe in space nearly drown underwater. Hal Jordan conjures a green folding chair from a wrestling match and slaps a guy with it. In the end, they finish shitting all over the character by contriving a reason for him to still have powers even when he takes his ring off. Getting rid of the ring would be the first priority for any Hollywood stooge who knew zero about the material. They'd probably tell you it was "too gay."

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Dwayne McDuffie lends the only shred of credibility

    by FLYNN_LIVES

    to this project, which already has the misfortune of following the zany two-parter with the same story on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, where the alternate earth's Joker was the heroic Red Hood.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Just Make KINGDOM F'N COME already

    by Disney_Retcond_my_STD

    Warner brothers would rather sink money into crap than kick out a solid twenty mil to make a CGI Kingdom Come movie, fuck it I'd take a 2D Kingdom Come movie.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Marvel is getting some anime made...

    by Johnno

    But it would kick a lot of ass to just let the Japanese adapt their comic book characters just as their adapt their manga. Pretty much staying faithful to the source material. Having animated series allows for this... live action doesn't... and there's no danger of animation taking anything away from live action, for one most US audiences only see animation as children's stuff and even if the mass majority don't give a shit about the comic books, they'll flock to a really good live action movie.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Nobody but DC nerds cares about Kingdom Come

    by FLYNN_LIVES

    An impenetrable allegory about 1990s superhero trends starring a cast of characters you're assumed to have total knowledge of from the get-go? Surely that's worth a solid twenty mil investment.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I like animated films, but...

    by CaptainAxis

    Why does the animation for these always look so "blocky" and Saturday morning-ish? Maybe that's why I liked Gotham Knight so much - it looked so much different from the other DC/Marvel animated stuff and felt more serious and mature. This one looks like Doomsday, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. Booooring.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    MortGuffman, Fareal, Meadowe

    by berserkrl

    "Also, I wonder if this is related to the abandoned 'When Worlds Collide' Justice League movie that was supposed to bridge the gap between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited?" <p> Yup, this McDuffie story is essentially that McDuffie story, except that this one is -- annoyingly -- not in the DCAU/Timmverse and so can't perform the bridge function. Originally "Collide" was going to explain where WW got her plane and why the JL membership got expanded, but now that it's no longer a bridge I'm betting those details will be omitted. <p> "talkbackers still have their Constitutional rights when they post comments on AICN talkbacks" <p> Nope, there is no Constitutional right to post comments on other people's websites. The First Amendment is a restriction on government censorship; it's not a license to demand to be published in other people's journals or to put up signs on other people's lawns. <p> "even if they replaced INFINITE with TWO" <p> They are not *replacing* INFINITE with TWO. Long before there was a "Crisis on Infinite Earths" there was a series of multiverse stories titled "Crisis on Two Earths," "Crisis on Three Earths," etc. "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was a reference to those earlier stories. This movie is also based (loosely) on those earlier stories. The history of comic books did not begin in 1985.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Kids in the Hall......

    by rben

    "I--AM--THE--ERADICATOR!!!!"

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    The First Crisis was in 1963

    by Chicken2nite3

    It was called Crisis on Earth One and Crisis on Earth Two, two stories published in JLA #21 and #22. They then made it an annual event to have a crisis crossover amongst the multi-verse, so this shouldn't be considered a half-assed adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths. <p> Also, The Dark Pheonix Saga has already been adapted inside of the 90's X-Men cartoon. Just saying.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I don't suppose there's ANY chance of an Amalgam movie?

    by Royston Lodge

    I would really enjoy a movie based on the DC vs. Marvel/Amalgam graphic novel.<p> With Marvel firmly inside Disney's tent, wouldn't that make the negotiations easier if such a fanboy's wet dream was actually considered?<p> Like, it would just require two companies (Disney and Warner) to work out the legal kinks, rather than having to deal with Warner AND Marvel AND whatever other studio would produce/distribute.<p> I know, never could happen. A fanboy can dream though.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    by berserkrl

    Here's a list of the major DC "Crises" (remove any spaces): <p> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis_(DC_Comics) <p> This is probably closest to "Crisis on Earth-3" (the first story to introduce the Crime Syndicate).<p>A very similar story to this was recently done on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," with a good version of the Joker instead of Luthor.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, noon CST

    90 Minute Secret War...

    by Chicken2nite3

    I can't see them making it epic enough. Either you end up with them cutting out characters to the point of it not even really being the Secret War anymore (like the final few episodes of the 90's Spider-Man cartoon) or it would simply be too cluttered for them to tell the story in that amount of time. They could have ti so that most everyone is simply standing in the background while the plot is driven by 3-4 key players, but I guess that's about how it would have to go anyways.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Kingdom Come is Way more accessible than...

    by Disney_Retcond_my_STD

    This Earth 2 bullshit or any story when you have to explain the alterverse. And when a studio is willing to bank on The Spirit, I'm sure they can turn a profit of anything that promises Superman, Batman, and Wonderwoman. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy

    by listo65

    Carl Lumbly Phil LaMarr George Newbern Michael Rosenbaum Susan Eisenberg Clancy Brown

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    KINGDOM F'N COME-Marvel Zombies

    by Powerring

    Kingdom Come would have been my choice since the earth-2 thing has been done a lot. KC would be gritty and dark as well. Of course, my 1st choice of any project would be Marvel Zombies.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Lons Story short

    by Dedpool3678

    This is not connected to the previous shows and the DC Animated Universe created within. Hence the different cast. Each new film has been stand alone and therefore each voice cast is chosen to reflect the new film and to distance it from the DCAU. Having the same voices throughout may confuse people, some of you seem to already think these are connected. These are basically stand alone films that use the same characters of the DC universe. And as for casting, look no further than the upcoming Superman/Batman:Public Enemies." Not only does it have Conroy, Daly and Brown reprising their roles as Bats, Supes, and Lex respectively it has others who have played roles returning like CCH Pounder as AManda Waller (JLU), Jerry O'Connell as Captain Marvel (JLU), and Hector Elizondo as Bane (Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman). I really like the look of this so far. As much as I love the Bruce Timm inspired art of th Batman/SUperman/JLU I like the new look started in Wonder Woman and continuing in GL:First Flight and now this. That said, I am not eaxactly fond of the recent Martian Manhunter look, but otherwise I'm digging the artstyle. As for length yes I agree these need to be longer. I also think DC's films have been better than the Marvel ones in my opinion. I'm excited about Planet Hulk since it's an actual adaptation though, but for the most part they've left me wanting. I have been rather satisfied for the most part with all the DC films. I know it won't be EXACTLY like the comics and can forgive some changes, especially with the time restraints but wish they'd make them longer...and do KINGDOM COME or DARK KNIGHT RETURNS already. Oh and Corprategohan616 Alex Luthor did have hair, this looks like a cross between his golden armored version and the almost superhuman version in Grant Morrison's "JLA:Earth-2" that has been mentioned alot.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Why can't they keep the voice cast consistent?

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Not having Kevin Conroy doing bats is criminal. It's the only critisism I have of Bale as batman, because in my head, Conroy will always be the voice of the dark knight. Plus he can talk rather than just growl.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I second, I mean third an animated Marvel Zombies.

    by Stalkeye

    As for the Secret War adaptation, the closest we'll get is by playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Out in stores now!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy should be the ONLY Batman voice!

    by Mr. Moe

    No one else has come close.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Actually Stalkeye

    by dragline83

    Marvel UA2 is doing Civil War, not Secret War. Dickhole

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Original; Story?!?

    by toxicbuddha

    As previously pointed out, it's originally done by Quitely/Morrison in a GN. This is more like an adaptation.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Tangcameo, about Owlman and Nite-Owl

    by ChildOfMen

    As others have noted, Owlman predates Alan Moore's Nite-Owl by quite a bit. In the case of Owlman, he's basically an obvious Batman analogue. The interesting note is that Nite-Owl was an alternate version of the Charlton Comics character Blue Beetle (Moore originally wanted to use the Charlton characters, but DC was getting ready to integrate them into the DC Universe, so Moore had to come up with his own versions instead). It's probably worth noting though that even though Nite-Owl was supposed to be a Blue Beetle analog, he also did share some obvious similarities with Batman (part of that is because of the Blue Beetle himself, but it's also possible that it's a nod to Owlman).

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    William Baldwin as Batman?!? Was Kevin Conroy on his deathbed?

    by slayme

    otherwise it should always be Conroy as Batman - WB just needs to face it - he IS the animated voice of The Bat Unless he's playing the Dick Grayson Batman - which I'm sure he's not and would be entirely wrong for that role as well. Yeah, I'm not diggin the voice cast much - but these WB straight-to-vid's have been excellent so I'm sure I'll check it out. McDuffie is a good writer so maybe yay?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Conroy

    by Mr.FTW

    Conroy is the voice of the the animates series universe Batman and as great as he is one size does not fit all.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Yes! And no!

    by bat725

    I hoped the next DC movie would be some sort of Crisis, since Superman/Batman: Public Enemies ends with Luthor vowing there will be a crisis. I was just hoping it would be Crisis on Infinite Earths, the greatest crossover of all time. But, in this new version, the evil Earth will probably be dubbed Earth 2.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    eh

    by LethargicJ

    I was REALLY looking forward to these more adult oriented DC animated movies. Seemed like a great idea. But they've been a huge waste of time. The run times have barely been over an hour. I don't want to see huge stories like Doomsday, New Frotier or the Crisis squeezed down to fit in a 70-75 minute run time. These movies could be all time classics if the people making them were allowed to have the run time to make them right.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    dragline83

    by LethargicJ

    Before you call people dickholes, you might want to do some research. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 features aspects of BOTH Secret Wars AND Civil War. "The story starts with Secret War. We're using Nick Fury's invasion of Latveria as a jumping off point. The rest of the story is derived from the consequences of those actions," states Dan Tanguay, creative director for Vicarious Visions.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    As for Marvel...

    by bat725

    Give me the original Secret Wars or Infinity Gauntlet. There's nothing in the Quesada era worth adapting.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Haven't they done this story twice on TV already?

    by Subtitles_Off

    As recently as BATMAN: BRAVE & THE BOLD?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Sigh, Amalgam Universe...

    by Subtitles_Off

    Remember when comics were fun and the artists were brave? It wasn't that long ago, even.<P>I wish imaginations were still vital.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    "Amalgam" and "Elseworlds" and

    by Subtitles_Off

    a dead Jason Todd.<P>Who says the 90s sucked? Hell, even Jeph Loeb was readable at times during the 90s.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I've enjoyed most of the new Animated features

    by megatom5

    Green Lantern in particular, this sounds interesting, I hope it might be a little longer than the other DC movies just to give the arc enough time to develop.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    dragline83

    by Stalkeye

    hey retard, I played 10 minutes of the fucking game in which Fury enlists Cap,Wolverine,Spiderman and Ironman to Latveria.Yes, it's mostly about the Civil War saga, but the first act is based on the Secret War.Next time do your homework, bitch.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    BitTorrent was made for films like this

    by Pi-Rate

    I can't justify purchasing this movie with the way the keep changing the voice cast around every time they make one of these. The Justice League animated TV show had the perfect voices - they established them over the course of, what, 10 years? I'll be happy to illegally download the HD version, but I'll never buy it.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman was awesome.

    by drewlicious

    I'm not much for DC comics but I really dig their animated stuff. I've heard rumblings about a "Red Son" and a "Killing Joke" DTV feature for a while now. Those I wouldn't mind seeing. As for whoever suggested "Marvel Zombies," I am so for that. "Infinity Gauntlet" would be pretty sweet too since its unlikely anything like that will hit film.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    So is this a full story or watered-down version like DOS?

    by Mike_D

    "Death of Superman" of course

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Marvel

    by Rollofpennies

    I believe Marvel is busy concentrating on their live film adaptations more than their animations right now. However, if they do a Secret Wars anime, that would knock shit out of the park. Hopefully it wont be trimmed to 60 minutes though. You need at least five episodes.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Who the FUCK is Owlman?

    by booth77

    anyone? Was Hawkman not gay enough?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Why would you want to see Kingdom Come?

    by Bass Ackwards

    There's no way a movie could makes the story as epic or impactful as the comics, nor as visually rich as Ross's work. It's just lose-lose.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    People liked Amalgam?

    by TheJokesOnUs

    Now I've seen everything. What was that name of the stupid weenie who could switch universes? Axel Nerdlinger or something? "Bullets and Braces"... ugh.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Still don't understand Crisis

    by Adelai Niska

    So... crisis is whenever DC throws a clusterfuck of parallel worlds together in order to justify continuity changes, right? And then they have the anti-monitor and superman prime being nefarious? <p> having not followed every detail of DCU for the last 20 years, this was the stuff that made Sinestro Corps War hard to crack (although eventually very worth it).

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    JL animated movie..great!

    by Uroboros

    This "All star" voice cast; not so much. WTF was wrong with them just using the voice actors from the JLU animated series. Doesn't Warner realize that the people most likely to buy these dvds do not give a rat's ass bout having name actors do the voices. Save some money and just get the voice actors most of us expect to be doing these parts. Chris Noth as Lex Luthor?!!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Iconic voices

    by Powerring

    My favorite voices for dc projects: The cast of JLU. Of course Tim Daley did a great superman as well. I dig Micheal Ironside as darkseid Micheal Dorn as Kalibak and Brad Garret as lobo. There is no reason to look elsewhere for voices. Kingdom come would work animated, but heavily cgi due to the apocalyptic events.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    This is great!

    by TheButcher

    Finally Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely are getting some animated love.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    The 90s were the reason I gave up on comics

    by Continentalop

    Bad stories that were all about Style (and Hype) over substance. <P> And I second TheJokesOnUs opinion, The Amalgam thing just sucked. Thorion? Dr. Doomsday? Darkclaw? Whatever.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the 90's sucked

    by bat725

    It's hard to believe comic sales were at their peak, when most of the shit was just garbage. I'd say maybe 10% of the books that came out during that decade were actually good reads. Marvels, Kingdom Come, Infinity Gauntlet, Knightfall and the Return of Superman were also great. Oh yeah, Mark Waid's runs on Flash and Captain America and Grant Morrison's JLA.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Well, there is always some good out of any period

    by Continentalop

    So I should recognize that. It isn't like the 90s was completely devoid of any good comics (Supreme was damn fun). But in perspective, bat725 if right, 10% was probably worthwhile.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Kingdom Come should be a CG anime!

    by Johnno

    CG characters designed to look just like Alex Ross' art. Using Cameron's tech to performance cap the actors like Spielberg and co are doing for animated Tintin, map it to the superheroes faces. And voila! It'll be a pretty damn expensive, but it's cheaper than a live action movie. They don't have to go for photorealism. Something closer to the CG lighting of Advent Children with stylization would do very well! Market it like some sort of justice league movie. Make it 3-D, and make the action spectacular, so audiences who'll get lost about what's going on will still leave happy to see Supes and Bats kicking some ass in ways no live action movie could ever do justice!

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Judge Briggs is a massive faggot

    by ironic_name

    for not liking new frontier.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    often the voice cast is changed because of studios wanting names

    by ironic_name

    this is fucked up logic, but we are talking about people who run wb and now dce.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Here's the massive problem with "Kingdom Come"...

    by TheJokesOnUs

    it's so of its time. It's major statement was outdated a couple of years after it was published. It was basically a bitchfest about 1990s Image, which was a fad. The fad ended, and DC wasted Alan Moore's appropriated ideas and Alex Ross's art on something little more than a time capsule. At least stuff like "Watchmen" and "Animal Man" deals in timeless issues and problems.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I look at KC as a "what if?"

    by Powerring

    KC was more of a "what if?" for me. What if heroes went into retirement and crime went rampant with meta humans. They come back to clean the place up in their more mature years. I took the whole idea as if it was out of dc continuity, the same way I now take Marvel Zombies. KC is an intriguing story. If "Hunt for red october" can be a compelling cold war movie years after the cold war ended, KC can work as a dark, yet eventually hopeful story. I dig the way Alex Ross muted superman's costume and made GL into a knight-like character.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    That guy in the top pic looks a bit like "Nite Owl" from the Wat

    by Forthesakeofhumanity

    Just saying!

  • And thank Jebus that Duane Capizzi wasn't mentioned. That talentless assclown is the kiss of death for DC animated projects.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Grant Morrison Story: Earth 2

    by HCEarwicker

    This was a phenomenal plot from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. If they can make Earth 2 as nasty as in the comics, you're in for some fun. Jimmy Olsen and Wonder Woman - hubba hubba.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Why they didnt use the voices from JL!!!!

    by Dedpool3678

    I hate to repeat myself but....This is not connected to the previous shows and the DC Animated Universe created within. Hence the different cast. Each new film has been stand alone and therefore each voice cast is chosen to reflect the new film and to distance it from the DCAU. Having the same voices throughout may confuse people, some of you seem to already think these are connected. These are basically stand alone films that use the same characters of the DC universe. And as for casting, look no further than the upcoming Superman/Batman:Public Enemies." Not only does it have Conroy, Daly and Brown reprising their roles as Bats, Supes, and Lex respectively it has others who have played roles returning like CCH Pounder as AManda Waller (JLU), Jerry O'Connell as Captain Marvel (JLU), and Hector Elizondo as Bane (Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman). And HCEarwicker I agree. I just hope this version has more action than the comic.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I love you talkback...

    by ClaireRedfield

    Where else can I read so many comments made with absolute certainty, that are based entirely on ignorance and lack of information. How do so many people who don't know anything about comics end up in talkbacks about comics based properties? Anyway, this thing will probably be middling at best. So far DC animations best work has been stuff that stayed as far from real DCU continuity as possible (New Frontiers>Wonder Woman>Green Lantern). Still, they are doing some of the best American style stuff out there. Really, Marvel's animated movies are absolute crap, and they should be ashamed at any comparisons. The animation is poor, and while that might be forgivable due to budget constraints, there is no excuse for the crap writing. Even their childish series are better written than their straight to DVD movies. Really, I hope they step up their game now that they have some of that Disney money, because they are really making themselves look bad.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    by deathbunny32

    Seriously, Kevin Conroy is the animated Batman. To not have him voice is just stupid. Also, I don't care who the hell they have voicing Luthor, Clancy Brown is much better. Motherfucker was Brother Justin, The Kurgan and MOTHERFUCKING MR.KRABS. Any opportunity to get him to voice Luthor should be taken.

  • Sept. 17, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    MARVEL can't stick to continuity in any animated form

    by Monkey_King

    that's why all of their shows for the last 30 years have failed miserably.

  • Sept. 17, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I think this JL Crisis movie might Be great! HOPE ITS NOT SHORT

    by SuperWelling

    im a huge fan of Conroy as BAtman( hes even better than thte live action Loser of a Batman Bale!) and daly as supes, but think Mark Harmon as Supes and Billy Baldwin as Batman could Be very Interesting!! i rememeber back in the day Alec baldwin was original supposed to be cast in the 89 batman that would have Rocked!!

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