If you were to ask a casual comic book fan who the usual members of the Justice League are, you’d probably hear the standards: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Martian, the fish dude, and so on. But for the past few years, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been heavy-handedly trying to turn Cyborg into a core member of the League in a way that’s both narratively weird and optically questionable.
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For a character who had his own show cancelled after just one season, years later Matt Ryan’s take on DC’s snarky English spellweaver John Constantine is still surprisingly flourishing. Along with guest-starring on Arrow and a full-time turn on Legends of Tomorrows, Ryan’s Constantine even got his own animated show — which is now being turned into a movie.
One of the biggest Batman stories of the modern era is coming to animation. Batman: Hush, the storyline created by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee in 2002 and 2003, is getting the cartoon film treatment as a DC Universe Original Movie.
DC Universe, the upcoming streaming service/comic book depository/fan hub platform dedicated to DC Comics’ best and brightest, already has a lot of very interesting reasons to tempt us to sign up. Now it’s adding another in the form of Batman: The Animated Series. But not just any version of this beloved classic: This time it’s in HD.
In just a few short years, Warner Bros.' DC Super Hero Girls franchise - which reimagines some of the comics giant's most famous female heroes as teenaged high schoolers - has become one of the company's most successful endeavours. It already consists of comic books, toys, and a web series, but now it's becoming a fully-fledged animated TV series premiering on Cartoon Network.
We've already seen Junpei Mizusaki's wild-sounding Batman Ninja in action. But now we finally know when to expect it - and what the amazing adventures of a modern-day Batman in Feudal Japan are going to sound like in English.