My Adventures With Superman is just one of several projects WB has in the pipe for its DC brand…but not all projects are equal. As we’ve covered before, the company has plans to eventually unify its movie and TV productions into one shared, connected DC Universe, with the guidance of former Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind James Gunn. What does that mean, though, for everything that has come before? Including this new cartoon, which isn’t part of the new universe?
The Batman series and movies have been a part of our lives since the TV was invented. We have seen some of the best action in Gotham, and to an extent, on screen. People just love the theory that any human being, with no superpower, can use their apps and devices, to fight crime and protect the innocent.
Imagine getting Bruce Timm back to make a new Batman cartoon — and then dumping the show. Wait, we don’t have to imagine — it really happened, thanks to real-life Looney Tune David Zaslav and his cost-cutting regime at WB Discovery. Batman: Caped Crusader was announced in May of 2021 as a gritty, noir-ish take on the Dark Knight in the vibe of Batman: The Animated Series. Timm, who was responsible for much of how that series turned out, would return to direct. But it wasn’t long after that announcement was made that Zaslav took over and kiboshed most non-Velma-related animated projects, including this one.
Having played the role of three DC Comic superheroes, Benjamin Géza Affleck has proven to be the perfect fit for the roles. Born in August 1972, he began his career at age twelve appearing in the PBS educational film The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988).
The Flash has been in production for years but it has been hostage because of Circumstances like recastings and controversies. Irish West who is The Flash’s love interest was originally going to be played by another actress but it ended with Kiersey Clemons. It will also be the final movie where we will see Ben Affleck as Batman. Michael Keaton‘s Batman will also be in the film.
It’s anyone’s guess how James Gunn will handle Batman in the new DCU, but we’re running out of ways to interpret the Dark Knight without repeating ourselves. The big screen has seen a super-campy Batman and a super-serious Batman. Last summer’s “The Batman” found its own reason to exist by focusing more on Mr. Wayne’s detective skills (and it’s not dead, “The Batman Part II” is still happening, it just won’t be part of the main DCU).
Pregnant Joker is a thing! The most recent and noteworthy development in the DC Comics universe is that Joker is expecting a child. Because of this, the anchors of Fox News were driven to a state of rage. The extreme right is under the impression that this is some kind of left-wing propaganda or another type of plot. You won’t have any trouble finding thousands of people venting their frustrations at Joker’s pregnancy. I am not offended in the traditional sense, but I do think the concept is ridiculous. However, rather than waste my time screaming about it, I will simply not read it.
As we reported earlier, DC’s Batman and Image’s Spawn are teaming up (again) to commemorate the latter character’s 30th anniversary. But the underworld superhero isn’t just waving his cape around Gotham…he’s running all over the DCU and taking selfies with everybody. Collectively, DC and Image are publishing over 75 crossover covers this month, some related to Batman/Spawn and some not. It’s a new record for the most crossover covers sold in one month.
So today I have to tell you Batman and Todd MacFarlane’s Spawn will be teaming up in a comic book, and even though I can’t hear any of you, I know what you’re all saying to me: “What, now? Why didn’t they do that in the 90s?” The answer is, they DID do it in the 90s. They’re just doing it again.
Public domain is the status of characters like Huckleberry Finn, Zorro, Cinderella, and Sherlock Holmes. Their creators passed away over 70 years. That means they do not belong to a family or company anymore. Once a character reaches this status, Every Filmmaker can make their own interpretation of them without any consequences. We have a Winnie the Pooh horror movie and a movie where Zorro is gay.