When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, Justice League: Origin, by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.”
Today one of the biggest events in recent DC Comics history comes to their equally legendary animated home video line in Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. Based on Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s universe shattering story that has forever changed the landscape of the DCU. This story takes no prisoners and is to date the most brutal of all of DC’s animated movies.
While at SDCC this year we got the chance to speak with some of the biggest stars from Flashpoint including director Jay Oliva (The Dark Knight Returns), actors Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), C. Thomas Howell (Southland), Sam Daly (The Daly Show), and industry titan Andrea Romano (all your favorite cartoons).
Now that Man of Steel has been seen by many of our readers, I felt it was time to address one of the most common questions: where were the DC Universe tie-ins? Is Man of Steel supposed to be the start of Warner Brothers’ attempt at a DC cinematic universe? It could be argued that they did; everyone saw that Wayne Enterprise logo on the satellite Zod and Superman destroyed, right?
No, most didn’t spot a blink-and-you-miss-it Easter egg. If you’re not going to make such shout-outs clearly visible for all to see, why bother? Maybe Warner Brothers didn’t make bigger efforts towards showing a DC Universe for a simple reason: they are not ready, and they know it.
DC Animated released a trailer today for its next animated movie based on Geoff Johns’ Flashpoint series. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is the first time The Flash will get to take the center stage. Set in an alternate timeline where the entire DCU has been turned on its head, Barry Allen must team up with an unlikely Batman to find the cause of the time paradox and set things back on their proper timeline.
Flashpoint features the voice talent of fan favorites Nathan Fillion (Hal Jordan), Ron Pearlman (Slade Wilson), Cary Elwes (Aquaman), and the amazing talent of Kevin McKidd (Batman), as well as Micheal B. Jordon (Cyborg), C. Thomas Howell (Reverse-Flash), and Justin Chambers (The Flash). The Flashpoint story ended the previous continuity of comics, making way for the New 52 continuity.
Does this mean that we’ll be seeing new continuity stories in future DC Animated movies?
Doom is on the horizon for the Justice League when Batman’s computer is hacked and his contingency plans fall into the hands of several of each League’s worst enemies united under the influence of the League’s oldest foe. How will DC’s greatest heroes survive when one of their own has plotted against them?
DC Animation’s latest animated movie has met with the same feverish anticipation every previous release has seen. The biggest difference in this incarnation is the return of many iconic voice actors who have become the definitive voices for their characters. Among Justice League Unlimited alums reunited are Tim Daly (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), and Michael Rosenbaum (Flash). Joining the legendary ranks are also podcast favorite Nathan Fillion and returning fan favorite Phil Morris.
Your very own geeky heroes Anthony and Andrew faced daunting odds and fearsome foes in order to get an early look at the new animated movie. We endured terrifying perils to bring you the Comic Issues Video Review for Justice League Doom…
As we eagerly await DC Animated latest feature Justice League Doom, wouldn’t you like the inside scoop?
Well our heroes from Comic Issues set out to the city of angels to answer that very question. Join them as they interview the cast and crew from the upcoming Justice League Doom and reveal some very interesting things to look forward to.
The day that comic geeks have been waiting for is finally here, the day it all changes…or does it?
DC Comics begins its risky campaign today to reinvigorate its brand and its audience’s enthusiasm for comics. As we’ve mentioned in articles and podcasts over the last three months, DC is “rebooting” its universe so that it can be more accessible to a new audience, while simultaneously hoping to retain its current readers. With”day-to-date” availability of digital versions of the same comics being released, DC has taken bold steps, perhaps necessary to usher the comic industry into the digital age.
Last night, aided by artist Caleb Cleveland, Comic Issues talked to the readers and the store owner of the San Diego comic shop staple ComicKaze, Robert Scott, seeking their impressions of DC’s biggest gamble.
These five characters are a cut above the rest, mostly because they all have a great hand at what they do best. But who would win if they were hit with the right cards? And if they if they weren’t given the opportunity to whip their cards into the faces of their enemies, could they hold their own? (By the way, I shuffled these into no particular order).
Bullseye First appearance: Daredevil #131, 1976
Bullseye is popular from the Daredevil series and he’s more popular for his unusual precision of, um, throwing things. While he enjoys throwing sharp objects, he’s perhaps notable for his affinity of throwing playing cards. In fact, if he never decided to pick up a set of cards, we’d see him throwing other things that come in bulk — like sunflower seeds, paperclips and Costco toilet paper rolls.
Yugi Mutou First appearance: Yu-Gi-Oh! #1, 1996
I know what you’re thinking. Yu-Gi-Oh is an Anime. Au contraire: the franchise began as a Manga back in 1996. And although he doesn’t use a standard set of playing cards, an absence of his deck would make Yugi nothing but — oh! — a plain kid with funky hair. Certainly his deck of cards requires fast-thinking and problem solving — perhaps the same skills can be used in a gentleman’s game of poker?
Royal Flush Gang First appearance: Justice League of America #43, 1966
The Royal Flush Gang is suited for victory. Seeing as how these supervillains can throw down in a fight, certainly they’d have the guts to throw down in a Poker game. This gang would perhaps bend the rules while bending their cards, competing with five Poker faces instead of one. Is that an advantage or a disadvantage at hand?
Joker First appearance: Batman #1, 1940
If you try to play a Poker match with the Joker, you’ll get freaked out by his antics, creeped out by his jokes, and thrown off by his permanently-smiling Poker face. He’d be willing to insanely contrive an idea to fool you into losing not only your money, but also your appetite. Careful with the Joker — he most likely has a few wild cards up his sleeve.
Gambit First appearance: Uncanny X-Men Annual #14, 1990
Gambit was originally a thief — if you’re not careful, he’ll steal all of your money (if he doesn’t steal your heart first). This Ragin’ Cajun has a seemingly endless stack of cards stacked somewhere away in his trench coat. Gambit hurls charged playing cards at his enemies with utmost accuracy. Granted, playing a game of Poker with him just might make your head explode.