In an interview with JLU writer Matt Wayne over at Newsarama, he let this little nugget slip:
"This is the end [of JLU], but Bruce Timm is not done with the DC universe of characters," Wayne said. "He’s doing some direct-to-video stuff starting with 'Superman: Brainiac Attacks' and a couple others I can‘t talk about."
Post by The Dark Knight on Apr 22, 2006 11:28:19 GMT -5
Very informative...and interesting. Thanks Blinker. I knew Timm had nothing to do with Superman: Braniac Attacks. Obviously if he has the same voice talents from JLU he wouldn't have recast new ones. As for now, I wonder what he's up to, DC-related or not. It's always good to see him still active in the media
Stan Berkowitz was interviewed at WF and he told that while he's doing an epsiode for The Batman and oen for Legion opf Super-Heroes, he revealed what Bruce Timm is working on as xecutive Producer.
Its New Froniter. Based on the book by the same name.
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: In 2004 and 2005, I was the story editor of an English animated series called "Friends and Heroes." It's due for release in 2007, and, though it's not a super-hero series, you'll see some familiar names among the writing credits: Alan Burnett, Dwayne McDuffie, Robert Goodman and others. You might also be interested in the way the series integrates 2D and 3D animation. Earlier this year, I worked on an episode of "The Batman" dealing with The Riddler's backstory, and an episode of "Legion Superheroes" about the conflict between profit and altruism. I had a great time working on both of them, and look forward to seeing the finished versions in September of this year. At the moment, I'm writing a direct-to-video animated adaptation of Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontier" epic. It will be feature length, rated PG-13 and Bruce [Timm] will be Executive Producer. So far, it's been nothing but fun... a chance for me to revisit my youth and the Starro era.
At the moment, I'm writing a direct-to-video animated adaptation of Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier epic. It will be feature length, rated PG-13 and Bruce [Timm] will be Executive Producer. So far, it's been nothing but fun... a chance for me to revisit my youth and the Starro era. This information originally came from an interview with Stan Berkowitz. Within a day or so, the above quote was pulled. But the genie was already out of the bottle and it’s appeared on several news sites…
So, why bring it up now?
For starters, Warner Brothers is said to be “on the warpath” over this, as this information wasn’t supposed to be announced for several months. The New Frontier animated feature is said to be in such an early stage that it hasn’t even been decided if they’ll be using the Timm style guides or basing the character designs on Cooke’s original art.
And there’s more…
While Timm is executive producing the New Frontier, he is also rumored to be working on TWO additional direct-to-DVD animated features. One is said to be a Justice League film, which may be the long rumored story that bridges the gap between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. The other is said to be another Superman animated feature. After the Brainiac Attacks travesty, Timm will supposedly be more actively involved with the next one. We can only hope…
Anyway, the word is that Warner Brothers is going to be cranking out several DC based direct-to-DVD animated films over the next couple of years, possibly as many as 3 or 4 a year. There’s talk of another one based on The Batman and if Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo performs well in the fall, then more Titans movies might also be in the works. Additionally, I’m told that the Justice League animated feature may be ready for release as soon as 2007.
One last thing, the first season of Justice League Unlimited and the second season of Batman Beyond are rumored to have a December 2006 release date…
Paul Levitz stood to make an announcement, and spoke about a new strategy for DC to move into direct-to-video animation. Working with Warner Bros. Home Video and WB Animation, the company will launch a new line of direct-to-video DC animated movies that are being designed with DC Comics fans in mind, Levitz said.
He continued, saying that DC is looking to do a series of titles that will tell the character bits and stories that were important to fans, and will be working with the comic book creators on them. The first title will be the previously-leaked animated film version of Darwyn Cooke's The New Frontier. Cooke will work with Stan (JLU) Berkowitz on the film, with Cooke providing key art direction.
Another title in the series, Levitz continued, will be Superman/Doomsday, which will take the "essence" of the Superman/Doomsday story - and will be directed by Bruce Timm and written by Duane Capizzi, who's currently working on The Batman animated series.
The third title in the series will be an animated version of the classic story Teen Titans story “The Judas Contract”, written by Marv Wolfman. Tom DeStano (X-Men) will join Wolfman as co-writer and producer on the film.
"This is just the beginning," Levitz said. "We're sitting around and thinking of more...so send all your suggestions in."
"We're going to take the marquee-value characters that have love across the generations," Levitz said. "And use the stellar characters so that the parental generation will reach out and share it with their kids. We're looking at all the great stories, and cases where we can find the best stories of a long run."
Levitz also added that George Perez will be working on the animated Judas Contract as well, and that Bruce Timm will be overseeing all the animated films.
"We’re looking at more than the last five minutes of history," Levitz said in regards to what will differentiate this from movies such as Ultimate Avengers
Clarifying the direct-to-video animated movies, DiDio said that the animation will be similar to the art in the comics, rather than working existing stories into currently existing animated styles for the DC animated properties.
If this is the case then I would love to see Hush and The Long Halloween made into DTV.
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