Batman: The Killing Joke Will be Rated R

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 18, 2016.

The upcoming animated film Batman: The Killing Joke has officially received an R-rating, making it the first DC Universe Original Movie to receive a mature rating. It is also the second DC film to receive this rating overall since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be getting an R-rated version on home video release.

“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” Warners exec Sam Register said in a statement. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”

Based on the famous comic of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian BollandBatman: The Killing Joke will feature the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as The Joker, Tara Strong as Batgirl, and Ray Wise as Commissioner James Gordon.

Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this July, with a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release scheduled for later in the year.

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Source- Entertainment Weekly

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The Goon Movie May Still be Happening

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 13, 2016.

In 2012, Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler launched a Kickstarter campaign to adapt Eric Powell’s comic series The Goon into an animated film. Since then, David Fincher has signed on to produce, but updates on the project have been few and far between leading many to think that the project had been canned for good. It seemed liked studios just weren’t interested in financially bringing an R rated comic book movie to life but now that Miller’s R rated Deadpool movie has been breaking records everywhere, it seems as though interest in the project may be sparking up again.

In a recent interview with Collider, Miller offered some news about The Goon film and explained how Deadpool’s success has caused studios to show a renewed interest in the project.

“If Deadpool shined any light in the direction of the studio, we wanna use some of that light to shine it on Goon. So we’ve been doing a lot of work lately, we did some voiceover last week.”

“I do think that there is a corollary. Deadpool proves it, in a big way, that there is a market for this stuff out there… Goon is very much an action—it’s got a lot of heart, it’s got a lot of comedy, it’s got a lot of similarities to what I think was successful in Deadpool, and so I think it’s not a stretch to compare those two things and say the world is a little more ready than they used to be for this kind of material. In the past, there’s reasons why The Goon wasn’t made, it’s because people were afraid of edgy animation. Now I think that Deadpool has proved that the audience is out there in a bigger way than some people thought.”

The Kickstarter money was used to produce an 85-minute animatic as a proof of concept to show studios the entire film in their pitch. Now that interest has picked back up, they aren’t wasting any of the opportunities.

“Before we did our Kickstarter, we did a whole round with the studios, so we went down, Jeff and me, sometimes Fincher, sometimes Josh Donnen, and we went to all the studios and did our pitch for The Goon. We had a really beautiful pitch, we had a test piece, we had our book, we had all this stuff and at that time it was a $50 million project and we couldn’t get anybody to bite. Everybody loved it, but nobody would do it. So we went back and reworked the price a little bit and decided we were gonna take it out again, and right before we did that this demand to do a Kickstarter came up and then we said, ‘Okay fuck it, we’ll wait, we’ll do the Kickstarter, and then we can literally show executives the whole film. Here’s the film, you don’t have to listen to me tell you what it’s going to be, you can see what it’s going to be.’ And that’s what we did.”

“We haven’t taken it back out yet, but I can honestly say, without saying who, there has been a number of calls now—for years it didn’t happen—saying, ‘Hey we hear you have this Goon project. When can we see it? What can we see?’ Jeff and I re-recorded some V.O. for the animatic last week, we’re doing some more week after next with a very prominent movie star. We know we’ve got a really good shot here and we wanna put our best foot forward.”

While Miller will most likely be busy with Deadpool 2 in the near future, it sounds like he and Fowler are still pretty eager to get The Goon off the ground and running. Hopefully Deadpool’s success as an R movie and as Miller’s first directorial film will be just the kind of push forward that the The Goon needs to move onto their next big step towards making it a reality.

Source- Collider

Machinima Reveals Teaser Poster For Transformers: Combiner Wars Animated Series

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 7, 2016.

Transformers, one of the most beloved franchises in the world has gone through many different iterations over the years. While certain incarnations of the property have had more mature story lines and themes in them (like the Transformers comics from IDW for example), all of the various animated series have been made specifically to appeal to a young audience. It appears that may no longer be the case since the latest Transformers series from Machinima, Transformers: Combiner Wars, will be the first animated series specifically aimed at an adult audience.

Transformers: Combiner Wars will be an eight-episode animated series which is set to launch in July. On Machinima’s Twitter page, they unveiled the first teaser image for the show which featured Windblade and what streaming service the series can viewed on.

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The series will launch on go90, the video streaming service from Verizon Wireless, making it exclusive to mobile devices on that provider and anyone with a compatible mobile device. It is currently unknown if the show will be posted anywhere else beside go90 in case any interested potential viewers who don’t own the service wish to watch it another way.

Transformers isn’t just a franchise, it’s a global phenomenon; the ultimate passion platform for over 30 years,” said Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein. “There are over 10 billion views of Transformers-related content on YouTube and the four theatrical movies have grossed over $3.7 billion dollars in global box office. At Machinima, we are honored that Hasbro has chosen us to bring the next phase of this beloved passion platform to the world.”

Taking place 40 years after the great war on Earth, Transformers: Combiner Wars introduces new lore and all-new characters that, combined with the characters fans have known for decades, will bring the Transformers storytelling in a new direction.

The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?

Source- Flickering Myth

New Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novel Announced

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 19, 2016.

At the recent ComicsPRO retailer summit, Dark Horse Comics revealed some details on the next installment of their Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel line.

Writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Gurihiru will be returning to work on Avatar: The Last Airbender—North and South after working on the previous graphic novels in the series. The Dark Horse Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels are the in-canon continuation of the story of Avatar Aang and the adventures of Team Avatar after the defeat of the Fire Nation. They were created in conjunction with Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

“When Aang leaves to aid Zuko with the Kemurikage, Katara and Sokka return to the Southern Water Tribe by themselves. Katara is shocked to find that her beloved village has become a bustling city, with none other than their father, Hakoda, in charge! A Northerner named Malina seems to be behind this change, pushing the North and South to be more unified…but what are her true goals?”

Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South Part One goes on sale Sept. 28, 2016, Part Two arrives on January 25, 2017, and Part Three will be released on April 26, 2017.

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Source- CBR

Young Justice May Still Get a Third Season

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 17, 2016.

Young Justice aired on Cartoon Network from 2010-1013 and was cancelled after only two seasons and 46 episodes. This has lead to several fan petitions to renew the show for a third season ever since. Now it seems like a third season for the canceled series could actually become a reality.

Recently, Young Justice creator and writer Greg Weisman asked fans to binge watch the series on Netflix to rack up the views and to also buy the Blu-rays to show that there’s still enough interest in Young Justice to justify making a third season.

Normally this wouldn’t be enough to raise ones hope, but recently a second party has stepped forward to partially confirm Weisman claims.

Voice actor Khary Payton, who provided the voices for Aqualad and Black Manta on the show, has taken to Twitter to hint that Young Justice Season 3 could be happening.

“I’ve heard absolutely nothing official, but for some reason, I have a REAL GOOD FEELING about Young Justice season 3!!!” Payton tweeted.

Young Justice is currently streaming on Netflix and is available for purchase on Blu-ray.

Payton is also asking fans to tweet the hashtag #renewyoungjustice to help spread interest again.

Darkwing Duck Returns to Comics

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on January 22, 2016.

Several months ago, an article circulated on the net promising a new Darkwing Duck animated series that would have both the “same energy and bumbling crime-fighting spirit” while also being a darker re-imagining of the character. It was eventually discovered that the article was merely an April Fools joke. While it is disappointing to hear that Darkwing Duck won’t be returning to television anytime soon, it appears as though we will at least be seeing him once again in the form of comics instead.

This April, Joe Books will be publishing a new Darkwing Duck ongoing series with writer Aaron Sparrow and artist James Silvani at the helm, both of whom have worked on the previous Darkwing Duck comic book that was published by Boom! Studios in 2011. Andrew Dalhouse, Deron Bennett, and Jesse Post will also be on the creative team.

The original Darkwing Duck animated series was a spin-off of DuckTales that aired from 1991-1992 on the Disney Channel before moving over to ABC. It featured the adventures of mild-mannered Drake Mallard who fought crime by night as the caped vigilante Darkwing Duck along with his sidekicks Gosalyn and Launchpad McQuac. The series was created by Tad Stones, who envisioned Darkwing Duck as a parody of several classic pulp heroes like Batman, the Shadow, the Sandman, Doc Savage, and the Lone Ranger.

Expect to see the new Darkwing Duck ongoing comic book series on shelves sometime in April, 2016.

Source- Bleeding Cool

Weird Al Yankovic Does The Voice Of Darkseid On Teen Titans GO!

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on November 24, 2015.

Darkseid, one of the most powerful and menacing villains in the DC comics universe has returned to the small screen once again in the form of Weird Al Yankovic.

In the second half of this week’s special two-part episode of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go!, the young heroes of the animated superhero comedy face off against the godlike despot from the planet Apokolips to save the Justice League.

In order to tone down such a threatening and dangerous villain, the producers recruited the satirical music man known as Weird Al Yankovic to provide the voice for the notorious alien warlord. From there it gets incredibly silly and meta.

You can see the clip over at TV Insider.

The special two-part Teen Titan GO! episode airs on Wednesdays, November 25 at 6 p.m. ET on Cartoon Network.