Continuing our New York Comic-Con coverage (and today’s DC Animated coverage), we have the report straight from the Saturday’s “Dark Knight Returns” panel: there are some pretty amazing projects slated for the DC Animated in 2013!
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
Coming up first in late January/early February 2013, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 concludes the animated adaptation of the 1986 Frank Miller epic that started with Part 1’s release in September. Directed by Jay Oliva and starring Peter “Robocop” Weller as the aged Bruce Wayne, Part 2 picks up where Part 1 left off: after the defeat of the Mutant leader and the formation of “Sons of Batman” to take Gotham back from crime, Batman takes on the last son of Krypton (played by Mark Valley), while dealing with the “rehabilitation” of Batman’s greatest foe, The Joker (Michael Emerson.)
Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite
Also slated for early 2013, the “Lego Batman” franchise gets a full animated movie! After a continuing success from Lego Batman and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes video games, Warner Home Video is going to release: Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite! We’re a fan of the kid-friendly game around these parts, so it’s exciting to see the franchise get its own feature length animated film. It looks like it’ll be in proper form too: we’re told that it’s the funniest DC-related animated movie to date. It appears to feature the voice cast from the game (Clancy Brown returns as Lex Luthor!), but we’re awaiting the full cast list to double check. In any case, it should be a great film for the family (and maybe an amusing trip for us mid-20s comic book nerds, too.) Although – and this worth nothing – this appears to be simply a movie adaptation of the Lego Batman 2, since some of the scenes in this trailer alone appear to be ripped right out of the game released last June.
Slated for a mid-2013 release (“think June-ish”), a Geoff Johns-penned storyline hits the animated film universe with Superman: Unbound. Originally written in 2008 in Action Comics #866-#870 (do you remember a pre-New 52 universe?), Brainiac’s quest to contain all knowledge continues when he tries bottling more cities like he originally did with Kandor, including Metropolis. While (spoiler alert!) Superman and Supergirl ultimately save the day, Brainiac’s last vengeful act (bigger spoiler alert!) causes the death of Jonathan Kent.
Unfortunately, neither a trailer nor the cast list has been released yet, though the news has already leaked that Molly Quinn (Castle) will be tackling the blond beauty Kara Zor-El. We’ll have to wait to find out who will voice our big blue boy scout, but we’re told that “we’ll go gaga” over the person they’ve cast.
Justice League: Flashpoint
Lastly, the final movie of the 2013 lineup calls upon Geoff Johns once again, and it’s perhaps the most ambitious movie they’ve done to date. Justice League: Flashpoint brings the 2011’s 12-issue Flashpoint storyline to the animated screen, where Barry Allen (The Flash) suddenly wakes up to find himself powerless in a completely different universe than when he fell asleep — and he’s the only one who realizes the difference! In this alternative universe, nothing is right: Atlantis (led by Aquaman) and Themyscira (led by Wonder Woman) are at war, and the rest of the world is caught in the cross fire. Batman (Thomas Wayne) is willing to kill for the sake of justice, driven by the anger from watching his wife Martha and son Bruce die in a mugging.
Barry Allen must figure out where the timelines shifted and how to fix it before the whole universe implodes (as it is wont to do). Like Superman: Unbound, no trailer or cast list have been reported yet, but Justice League: Flashpoint is slated for the second half of 2013.
To say that this is an ambitious lineup would be a understatement. There’s a lot happening in Flashpoint, in particular – it’ll be interesting to see how it all pares down to a feature film. But, DC Animated films have not disappointed me yet, and I don’t expect they’ll start doing so now. Be on the look out for all 3 DC Animated movies and the Lego Batman movie throughout 2013!