Massive DC Universe Original Movies Update

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From San Diego Comic-Con, to a theater near you, and to your own home theater, we’ve got lots to share about the DC Universe Original Movies lineup!

New Films Announced at SDCC

First up, just announced at San Diego Comic-Con, a feature-length animated adaptation of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight will be released in 2018 (date TBA). Based on the popular 1989 comic written by Brian Augustan and drawn by Mike Mignola, the animated film version will tell the story of a Victorian era Dark Knight that is in pursuit of the infamous Jack the Ripper. 

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Next up in 2018 will be the DC Universe Original Movies’ first Suicide Squad-themed filmed titled Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. (To clarify, 2014’s Batman: Assault on Arkham film also feature the Suicide Squad, but that film was set within the Arkham video game storyline.) Voice cast has not yet been announced.

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Big Superman news was also announced at San Diego Comic-Con. A two-part adaptation of the Death of Superman is on the way. The first film will be released in 2018. From the DC Comics Blog:

Adapting the legendary story of Superman’s fatal battle with Doomsday, this will actually be the second DC Universe Original Movie to adapt the material. The first, 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, was the very first DC Universe Original Movie and greatly condensed and altered the original comic book event to fit within its 75-minute running time. The upcoming adaptation will be more faithful to the source material, much less condensed and will include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.

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The Superman: Doomsday story will conclude with a second animated feature film in 2019 called Reign of the Supermen. No additional details were given at the con, but the that name suggests that it will be the story of the rise of the Superman alternates that happened after Superman’s death (namely Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Last Son of Krypton). Also from the DC Comics Blog:

This part of the Death and Return of Superman was greatly simplified in Doomsday [the 2007 animated film], which instead featured a single alternate Superman rather than the four we saw in the comics.

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Batman and Harley Quinn in Theaters August 14th

Coming to a theater to you on August 14th is a one-night only special screening of the latest DC Universe Original Movie Batman and Harley Quinn. This is the 30th film to be released under the DC Universe Original Movies banner.

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Here’s the info direct from the Fathom Events website:

From an original story by animation icon Bruce Timm, comes an all-new DC Universe animated movie. Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before.

Batman and Harley Quinn features a stellar voice cast led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) reprising his role as the Dark Knight, alongside Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) making her debut as the irrepressible Harley Quinn. Loren Lester, the voice of Robin in Batman: The Animated Series, returns as Nightwing.

This exclusive premiere event includes a sneak peek at a Harley Quinn featurette.

Here’s the official trailer for the film:

For more information about this screening and to purchase tickets, visit FathomEvents.com.

Batman and Harley Quinn will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29th and on Digital HD platforms on August 15th.

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DC Universe Original Movies 10th Anniversary Box Set

And finally, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Superman: Doomsday along with the 30th film in the DC Universe Original Movies series Batman and Harley Quinn, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation are releasing a 30-film collection with all of their films.

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Here’s a complete listing of the films that will be included in the set:

  1. Superman: Doomsda
  2. Justice League: The New Frontier
  3. Batman: Gotham Knight
  4. Wonder Woman (Commemorative Edition)
  5. Green Lantern: First Flight
  6. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  7. Jutsice League: Crisis on Two Earths
  8. Batman: Under the Red Hood
  9. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
  10. All-Star Superman
  11. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  12. Batman: Year One
  13. Justice League: Doom
  14. Superman vs. The Elite
  15. The Dark Knight Returns–Part 1
  16. The Dark Knight Returns–Part 2
  17. Superman: Unbound
  18. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  19. Justice League: War
  20. Son of Batman
  21. Batman: Assault on Arkham
  22. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
  23. Batman vs. Robin
  24. Justice League: Gods and Monsters
  25. Batman: Bad Blood
  26. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  27. Batman: The Killing Joke
  28. Justice League Dark
  29. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
  30. Batman and Harley Quinn.

The 32-disc box set will also include all five “DC Showcase” shorts: The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman, and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. Other special features are TBA.

The Blu-ray box set will be available for holiday shopping on November 7th. All 30 films will be available on Digital HD on August 15th.
Sources: DC Comics Blog, Animation Magazine

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