Justice League Vs. Teen Titans coming from DC Entertainment

JLA-sekowskyThe ultimate team of superheroes, often called a superheroic pantheon, the Justice League was a clever way to combine several top selling characters in one book. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter were the initial lineup and while there have been many iterations, the Big Seven remains the ideal team. Each issue was split into separate parts that focused on pairings of heroes to tackle a particular problem with the final part seeing the entire team tackle the deadliest of foes. It was a proven model that JLA writer Gardner Fox had enacted way back in the pages of the JLA’s precursor, the Justice Society of America.

It seemed only fitting that a teen version of the JLA would be a surefire hit and Robin led a team of Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Speedy and Aqualad. The series remains a cult hit, mainly due to the exemplary artwork of Nick Cardy, but it was the ‘New’ Teen Titans that saw the group meet explosive success. Alongside Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl were new heroes Cyborg, Starfire and Raven. Additionally, the shape-shifting orphan Beast Boy was included as Changeling. In the 80’s, the New Teen Titans was DC’s hot series, on par with Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men.
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In animated form, both the JLA and Teen Titans have been adapted several times from Super Friends to Teen Titans Go all the way to Justice League Unlimited and (the oft-overlooked) Young Justice. A new animated feature will see the teams set against each other in a feature length animated movie. I have mixed feelings about their cinematic endeavors, but on the home entertainment direct-to-video world, DC Entertainment has produced the best cartoons.

DC-Animated-Superhero-Movies-That-May-or-May-not-be-Worth-WatchingStand-out DC Animated features include New Frontier, Under the Red Hood, the Son of Batman/Batman Vs. Robin/Bad Blood trilogy and Earth Two, but there is so much more. Wonder Woman and Green Lantern were also presented in ways that eclipsed other attempts in live action. A Teen Titans animated feature has been hinted at for years so expect the animators to go all out.

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Via CosmicBookNews:

The movie is being directed by Sam Miu with James Tucker on board as supervising producer.

Justice-League-Teen-Titans-01-812x522The voice cast includes:

Jon Bernthal (Walking Dead, Dardevil, Punisher) as Trigon, described as “a ruthless demon who shares a long comic book history with the Teen Titans.”

Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, a member of the Titans and daughter to Trigon.

Fivesome-JLWarJake T. Austin (The Fosters) as Blue Beetle; Brandon Soo Hoo (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy; Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb) as Starfire; Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Maher as Nightwing; Jason O’Mara as Batman; Jerry O’Connell as Superman; Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, and Christopher Gorham as The Flash.

Justice League Vs. Teen Titans arrives this Spring with the story about: Robin gets sent to work with the Titans after his volatile behavior botches a Justice League mission. The young team then must really step up to face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world.

The original story is written by Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville and Defiance), with the script by Milller and Alan Burnett; Phil Bourassa did the character designs, and Sam Register is executive producer.

A preview of Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be featured with the Batman: Bad Blood animated movie.

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2016 Movie List

February – Deadpool

March – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

May – Captain America: Civil War , X-Men: Apocalypse

June – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, WarCraft, Independence Day Resurgence

July – The Legend of Tarzan, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond

August – Suicide Squad

October – Gambit

November – Doctor Strange

December – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Batman: Bad Blood First Look

A symbol that criminals fear, Batman is nonetheless mortal. His legacy, however, has created a family of heroes who rise to the challenge and defend Gotham City for the forces of evil… if they don’t kill each other first.


Building on Son of Batman and Batman Vs Robin comes Bad Blood, an animated film that will blend several story lines from R.I.P., Batman Inc. and more. Featuring a gang that leads to the ‘death’ of Batman, Bad Blood sees a race to fill the gap left by the dark knight detective. When Nightwing dons the cowl, Damian Wayne becomes a surly sidekick as Batwoman is a relative outsider in the war on crime. All three are joined by a new hero, Batwing. But are four heroes enough to fill the shoes of Batman?

Bad Blood will see several actors return to the roles with Jason O’Mara making his fifth outing as Batman, Sean Maher once more voicing Nightwing and Stuart Allan providing the petulent tones of Robin. This film will also introduce Ernie Hudson as Lucious Fox, Gaius Charles as Batwing and Yvonne Strhovski as Batwoman. Several villains will make an appearance including Brick, Electrocutioner, Firefly, and of course ‘The Heretic.’

(excuse the many cut outs in the video, this can also be seen in the Justice League: Gods and Monsters release)

Produced by James Tucker, Bad Blood is a film that explores the Bat-Family dynamic through an action-packed adventure. While that Batman is missing from the monthly comics (unless you are reading the outstanding Batman ’66), the animated features have held the torch high for the caped crusader.

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The third in a series of Bat-themed animated stories, Bad Blood has a TBA 2016 street date

Delve into darkness with Justice League Gods and Monsters

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They are a power-mad alien with the strength to topple buildings, a blood-thirsty demon and a new god from another world. They are the Justice League. Someone has framed them for murder and that is a crime that cannot be tolerated.

The team behind such successful animated programs such as Batman, Superman, the Justice League and more; Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, have united once more Justice League: Gods and Monsters. This will be a darker vision of the familiar heroes, set in another reality.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS centers around the murder of prominent DC Universe scientists like Ray Palmer, Victor Fries, Silas Stone and others that the Justice League is being framed for. They attempt to investigate these murders while dealing with mounting pressures from outside sources.

The inspiration for this new vision comes from the Silver Age reboot that introduced new versions of the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom and Hawkman among others. The team decided to instead go big and re-imagine the trinity of the DCU, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

A special preview of the latest direct animated feature Batman Vs Robin release next week. There will also be a digital mini-series ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ on Machinima before the Gods and Monsters movie arrives later this year.

Click here for the first look which includes an interview with the production team.

More as it comes.

Star Trek – Yesteryear

StarTrek_Spock_YesteryearWritten By DC Fontana, Directed by Hal Sutherland
Transmitted September 15, 1973

After three years on TV, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek was canceled. This cut the ‘five year mission’ stated in the opening sequence incomplete. Fans got a special treat when a Filmation series aired. Thanks to Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer, Star Trek got a new lease on life in adventures starring the original series cast set after the third season. In a way, the animated series rounded off the five year mission with two additional seasons of Saturday morning cartoons.

Some Trek fans dismiss the animated version of the program, but as it involved the voices of the original cast (with one exception), and several key writers from the program the cartoon is very much in a similar tone to the original series. With a much shorter run time, the scripts are pretty tight and as a viewer you must pay close attention or you’ll miss it.

Yesteryear is a sophisticated story involving the Guardian from ‘City on the Edge of Forever.’ The Enterprise crew is performing an experiment with the Guardian, taking a journey into the past which greatly changes the timelines. When Kirk and Spock emerge from the Guardian’s portal, the crew are confused by the inclusion of a Vulcan in a Star Fleet uniform. No one remembers Spock since in this reality, he died as a child. In order to set the timelines right, Spock must travel back and insert himself into his own history, playing an important role as a mysterious cousin.

Mark Lenard reprises his role as Spock’s father, Sarek and greets the older Spock into his household as a cousin named Selek. As a youth, Spock is shown as a bullied child desperate to impress his father. In a crucial coming of age ritual, young Spock wanders into the wilderness without any assistance as rite if passage. He is followed by his pet sehlat I Chaya(kind of a cross between a dog and a bear), who saves his life from a deadly lizard. During the combat, I Chaya is wounded from poison a poisoned claw and starts to die.

Young Spock goes through a very sad lesson when a doctor arrives and informs him that I Chaya is in pain. The wound can be treated but the shlat will still be in pain. Reluctantly, Spock agrees to let his pet die, realizing that to do otherwise would be selfish. Yes… euthanasia in a child’s cartoon.


Yesteryear is a beloved story that has some very heavy tones and heartfelt emotion along with references to past TV episodes.I know I have propped the importance of the Star Trek animated series, but I admit that it is not for everyone. However, if you are a fan and want more Trek, this is a great addition to your journey deeper into the human adventure.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

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Today marks the birthday of Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas and oft-forgotten member of the Justice League. To celebrate, DC Animation has released Throne of Atlantis, an animated film that loosely adapts an Aquaman-centric comic book story line.

This should be a great and timely thing as Aquaman is in dire need of some attention. While the Flash and Green Arrow have become household heroes alongside Superman and Batman, Aquaman has been biding his time. Traditionally, the DC animated films have been very impressive and lauded by fans of the characters. But there has been a decisive move for the films to more closely mirror the comic books on the shelf. This is the fourth film to follow this direction (ironic as the comic book world is set for a massive reshuffle in Convergence).

The desire to create a cohesive animated universe that follows a narrative is a noble approach and one that is long overdue. However, the ‘New 52’ versions of the superheroes are decidedly contemporary… which has been interpreted by DC Editorial as being street-level ‘dudes’ rather than the mythological icons. Therefore instead of the traditionally noble sovereign of the deep, Aquaman is a hard-drinking, bar-room fighting fatherless dude wallowing in grief with beer and a gruff dismissive attitude to the world (with the exception of a lobster).

In short, Aquaman is hardly heroic. He’s a wreck. Likewise the Justice League are self-interested thugs with all the grace of a bull in a China shop. Superman and Wonder Woman are distracted by a budding romance, Green Lantern is more concerned with dating and upstaging his teammates than saving the world, Cyborg is an angst-ridden mess who is losing more of his humanity with every upgrade to his system, Batman is a detective whose super power is for clues to fall in his lap and a super jet with the explosive power and precision of a Michael Bay film and Captain Marvel has the power of an entire pantheon of Gods and the personality of a goofy child. The Flash is the only exception to this group of oddballs with equal parts super ability, smarts, courage and humanity.

All that considered (because the film is limited by its setting, tone and characters), Throne of Atlantis is impressive. It’s not as enjoyable as its predecessor, War, but the mixture of tones (Cyborg’s drama, Aquaman’s soul searching and the insidious Orm’s war-mongering) keeps things interesting. Throne of Atlantis combines an origin story with a disaster/invasion flick as the Justice League bickers internally only to rise to the occasion in the end.

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Throne of Atlantis, like just about all of the DC animated films, is not for kids. It just doesn’t have an appeal or a tone that kids would find entertaining. As a parent, I’m a little concerned that these movies are placed next to Finding Nemo and Adventure Time DVDs in Target stores. Under the Red Hood, Dark Knight Returns and Assault on Arkham are all hyper-violent movies with a very specific audience and could (in my opinion) only cause trauma for kids or turn them off from comic books entirely. It’s like giving a 6 year old a Grand Theft Auto game for their birthday.

If you are looking for a child-friendly superhero movie, this is not it. I do recommend Trapped in Time (a far more fun-loving adventure). If you enjoy comic books and are open to contemporary interpretations of time-honored heroes, Throne of Atlantis is worth a look.

Personally, I’m more looking forward to Batman Vs Robin.

Batman Vs Robin released April 15th

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GET READY FOR THE NEXT ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIE Batman vs. Robin

ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD ON APRIL 14, 2015 WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Inspired by the #1 Best-Selling Graphic Novel, Batman: The Court of Owls

 BURBANK, CA (January 20, 2015) – The world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The brand-new product offering, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition, will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with a Batman figurine in a gift set.

Batman vs. Robin will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.*  Fans can also own Batman vs. Robin in Digital HD on April 14 via purchase from digital retailers.

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss!

Batman vs. Robin has all the elements of a memorable film – powerful villains, treacherous plot twists and tensions amongst allies,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Showcasing a fantastic voice cast, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release Batman vs. Robin as the next DC Universe Original Movie.”

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Television stars Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, USA Network’s upcoming Complications) and Stuart Allan (Son of Batman) reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast is Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order, Suburgatory) as Talon, singer/songwriter/comedian Al Yankovic as The Dollmaker, David McCallum (NCIS) as Alfred, Grey Griffin (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as Samantha, Sean Maher (Serenity) as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film is directed by Jay Oliva (Batman: Assault on Arkham) from a script by award-winning comic writer J.M. DeMatteis. James Tucker (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) is supervising producer.

BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS CONTENT

Batman vs. Robin Blu-rayTM and Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition contain the following special features:

  • Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls – The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?
  • Talons of the Owl – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.
  • Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary
  • A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

 

Batman vs. Robin DVD contains the following special features:

  • A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators.

Batman vs. Robin to debut at 2015 WonderCon

Following Son of Batman and, the latest DC animated feature starring the dark knight detective will be loosely based on the ‘Curt of Owls’ story-line from the New 52 line (and hopefully not include a death for the boy wonder). The Court of Owls story that ran through the Batman comics established a secret fraternity that has roosted within Gotham City, unseen and unheard, for generations… until Batman faces them. A controversial tale, it attracted attention from fans and critics alike, establishing just how risky and dangerous the New 52 Batverse could be.

It will star several familiar voice actors, but some of them will be playing unusual roles…

batman-vs-robin_cvrVia ComicBookResources.com

Kevin Conroy is returning for a new Batman animated adventure — and while he’s not voicing Batman, he’s closely connected to the character. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the revered “Batman: The Animated Series” alum will voice Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s famously murdered father, in the forthcoming DC Comics-based animated feature “Batman vs. Robin.”
Musical comedy icon “Weird Al” Yankovic has also joined the voice cast, playing villain The Dollmaker. Jeremy Sisto, recently of “Suburgatory,” will voice Talon. Jason O’Mara (Batman), Stuart Allen (Robin/Damian Wayne), Sean Maher (Nightwing) and David McCallum (Alfred) all return from 2014’s “Son of Batman.”

“Batman vs. Robin” is based in part on “Night of the Owls,” the 2012 “Batman” storyline by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo starring the Court of Owls organization. It’s the next DC-based animated feature slated for release, following the Aquaman-centric “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,” which is out now as a digital release and debuts on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 27.

The “Batman vs. Robin” cast will also include, as revealed by THR, Grey Griffin (Samantha), Robin Atkin Downes (Grandmaster) and Peter Onorati (Draco). DC animation mainstay Jay Oliva directed a script by comics veteran J.M. DeMatteis. “Batman vs. Robin” is planned to debut during WonderCon, held April 3-April 5 in Anaheim.

Pre-order from Amazon

The King of the Seven Seas joins the Justice League in Throne of Atlantis

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The DC Animated movies have never failed to impress but as the pendulum swung from Batman to Superman project there has been an apparent lack of new characters. Fans have been crying out for a Flash film (Flashpoint partly answered that need) and one centered on Aquaman. Throne of Atlantis, based on the multi-part story chronicled in the monthly Justice League comic book may fill that slot as well.

The home video release will establish a modern version of the King of the Seven Seas, just in time for the upcoming debut on screen with Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Momoa has reportedly signed a four picture deal so expect to get very familiar with this hero.

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AQUAMAN JOINS THE TEAM AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD ON JANUARY 27, 2015

All-New 75-Minute DC Universe Original Movie Features Iconic Justice League Characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman!

Burbank, CA – The newly formed Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman discover another super hero on the planet – Aquaman – and the group must band together to prevent a war between the inhabitants of land and sea as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment unleash Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Packed with non-stop action, the brand-new 75-minute DC Universe Original Movie comes to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on January 27, 2015.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own Justice League: Throne of Atlantis in Digital HD on January 13 via purchase from digital retailers.

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

“We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new Justice League film to fans with the release of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “As the Justice League saga continues to expand, fans are looking for exciting new adventures for this vibrant group of super heroes and this brand-new film is sure to deliver!”

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 90210) at Aquaman, Sam Witwer (Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Orm, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas, Life on Mars) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) as Flash, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Shazam, Sumalee Montano (Beware the Batman, Transformers Prime) as Mera, Sirena Irwin (Superman: Unbound) as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, The Blacklist) as Manta.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis delivers an action-packed addition to the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies, which have shipped more than 14 million units to date. The film features brand-new extra content for collectors and fans alike.

BLU-RAYTM AND DVD ELEMENTS

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Blu-rayTM contains the following special features:
• Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep – Every great film needs a great musical score. Filled with emotion, music takes us on a dynamic journey as we adventure with the hero. Throne of Atlantis takes us on that quest through the eyes of Arthur Curry.
• Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence – Producer James Tucker provides video commentary for this exciting bonus sequence where Robin and Nightwing join forces.
• Throne of Atlantis: 2014 New York Comic Con Panel – The entire, lively one-hour panel discussion between actor Matt Lanter, producer James Tucker, screenwriter Heath Corson, character designer Phil Bourassa and dialogue director Andrea Romano.
• Villains of the Deep – From Ocean Master to Black Manta to King Shark, each villain operates from his own deep sense of conviction, presenting an incredible challenge for the hero in Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. This documentary goes into the biographical details of the villains.
• A Sneak Peak at Batman vs. Robin – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.
• Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis DVD contains the following special features:
• A Sneak Peak at Batman vs. Robin – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.
• Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

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Say Goodbye to Bizarro Justice League!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

ENTER A WACKY REALM AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO GROUP RELEASE LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: JUSTICE LEAGUE vs BIZARRO LEAGUE ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD, ON FEBRUARY 24, 2015

All-New Original LEGO® DC Comics Movie Featuring Exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure

Burbank, CA (November 13, 2014) – In the follow-up to LEGO® Batman, The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, the Justice League is newly solidified yet faces a peculiar set of villains when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 24, 2015. The Blu-rayTM and DVD releases will include an exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure on-pack, while supplies last.

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League in Digital HD on February 24 via purchase from digital retailers.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

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“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-rayTM and DVD,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “Fans of the LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes movie franchise can experience the Justice League battling all-new foes in this action-packed and hilarious film.”

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Special Features include:

  • LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED TV SPECIAL – Approximately 22 minutes
  • BIZARRO! – FEATURETTE – One part oddity, one part comedic curiosity, Bizarro is a favorite among the characters within Superman’s universe. Take a look at the Man of Steel’s potent, backwards nemesis.
  • BE-LEAGUERED BLOOPERS

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR RETAILERS

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on DVD and Blu-rayTM from WBHE on February 24, 2015 for $19.98 / $24.98 SRP. Order due date is January 20, 2015. The release will be supported by a national TV and online media campaign, radio promotions in top markets, as well as promotional support through LEGO channels.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting February 24, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET

*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, Target Ticket, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices, go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the brick & knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group.  © 2014 The LEGO Group.  All Rights Reserved.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network; original animated DC Nation shorts for Cartoon Network; and the forthcoming Mike Tyson Mysteries series for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

DC Nation Metal Men shorts

As this is the historic weekend without Saturday morning cartoons, I figured I would offer up some of these amazing DC Nation shorts based on the wonderful Metal Men.
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Introduced in the popular Showcase Presents anthology series in 1962, the robotic marvels called the Metal Men debuted. Composed of precious and base metals, the Metal Men were intelligent creations thanks to the creation of the responsometer dreamed up by the brilliant pipe smoking Doc Will Magnus. Each of his creations took on a personality that mirrored in some ways the qualities of the metal that it was composed of. Gold was a noble and brave man, Iron was tough, Mercury was spirited and always pointing out how useful he was due his metallurgic abilities, Lead was a bit dim but strong, Tin was insecure and Platinum was a beautiful female robot who doted on her creator. Together the Metal Men were a competent team able to tackle nearly any menace. Interestingly, Platinum proved to be far too emotional and clingy for Magnus’ taste and her personality was rewritten.

Artists Ross Andru, Joe Staton and Walt Simonson have all lent a hand at providing a distinctive look to the Metal Men who appear so stiff and robotic yet alternately full of vivid personality.

The Metal Men were a cult hit and moved on to star in Brave and the Bold in addition to appearing in several monthly series throughout the years.

Produced by Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese) and Sarah Dyer (Superman, Welcome to Eltingville, Batman Beyond and more) with Augenblick Studios (Superjail!), these short cartoons are a real treat and an homage to a simpler (funner) time in DC Comics now sadly long gone.

I showed these to my son and he loved them so much I dug out my old pocket sized Metal Men collection for him to read in the car. Score!
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