Two New Animated Batman Films in 2014
Author: Bobby Barrett
July 20, 2013

On Friday night at Comic Con International San Dieo 2013, the fine folks at Warner Bros. offered attendees at San Diego Comic Con a premiere viewing of their anticipated new DC Comics animated feature, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX, based on the graphic novel FLASHPOINT by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. An enthusiastic, packed house took in the action together, cheering for their favorite heroes and gasping at the film's various twists and turns.

When the film wrapped, a panel of talent from graced the audience for some Q and A, getting inside the latest DC production and offering some nuggets of what's to come (Batman fans, get ready to cheer!). WB's Gary Miereanu moderated a crew consisting of Director Jay Oliva (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Producer James Tucker (BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD), Voice Director Andrea Romano (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES), along with voice talent Justin Chambers (The Flash/Barry Allen), C. Thomas Howell (Reverse-Flash/Eobard Thawne), Cary Elwes (Aquaman), and Sam Daly (Superman).

The crew talked about the fun they had pushing the boundaries of intensity and mature content for an animated Justice League feature, and the decision to play to the talents of the studio animating for them rather than pushing to replicate Andy Kubert's exact art style. Tucker, in particular, mentioned having just come off BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, he was eager to get into something "less kiddie", then smiled and quickly covered himself by adding, "Just kidding, go buy the Blu-rays!"

The cast praised Romano relentlessly, calling her a "delight to work for", to which the longtime DC veteran smiled and blushed, and praised her cast--particularly Howell and Chambers, who were completely new to the world of voice-acting. Sam Daly spoke about the honor of taking on the longtime role of Superman from his father, Tim, who watched proudly from the audience and received an enthusiastic round of applause from the crowd.

After fielding some fan questions (including one from a young boy dressed as Two-Face who revealed that he was there as a grant from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which particularly moved all in attendance), Miereanu took the stand again to wrap things up.

After announcing that a Deluxe Edition of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in October would be the final DCU release of 2013, he quickly added that plans for 2014 include JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR (based on Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "New 52" debut, JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: ORIGIN), as well as TWO Batman features: SON OF THE BATMAN (based on Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert's BATMAN AND SON), and BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM, which will tie in with the popular BATMAN: ARKHAM video game franchise.

This was met by a generous cheer from the crowd who were unanimously content in knowing that while DC live action films are finding their way, they already have a steadily improving line of animated features that don't appear to be losing steam any time soon.


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