SDCC ’14: DC Animation announces ‘Batman vs. Robin’ and ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’

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As per usual, DC Animation has announced the next part of its animated slate following the premiere of one of their films. This time the news came on the heels of the SDCC screening of Batman: Assault on Arkham.

While we already knew Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the direct sequel to Justice League: War, was coming in 2015; two more films will be joining it on shelves next year. They are:

Batman vs. Robin, which despite sharing a title with an arc of the Grant Morrison Batman run, will be based on Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman “Court of the Owls” storyline.


Justice League: Gods and Monsters, an original story written by Bruce Timm, and is not related to the 2001 Dan Jolley comic.

No casting information was announced, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jason O’Mara returned for another spin as Batman (having played the role in Justice League: War, Son of Batman, and will be reprising it again in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis). DC Animation is clearly getting committed to the idea of a new animated continuity between some of their films. We’ll soon see which of these will fall under that banner, if not both.

UPDATE: James Tucker has taken to Twitter to correct some info that has apparently been widely misreported by a number of sources. Alan Burnett is actually the writer of the aforementioned Gods and Monsters, and Batman vs. Robin will be in continuity with the previously released Son of Batman. So it seems that perhaps the Grant Morrison storyline is still on the table though it’s likely an original spin on the concept.

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The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Oscar® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2013

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One of Chuck Jones’ three Oscars, displayed at his animation desk.

So, once again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences tonight, at the 85th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually saw “The Pirates! Band of Misfits“), but few get a chance to watch the animated shorts, as they are usually screened only at film festivals.

So, we offer the following analysis, for those who take the Oscars as seriously as others follow the Super Bowl or Final Four. [Read more…]