When Young Justice and Green Lantern: TAS finally return on September 29th, they won't be alone... and they better watch where they step. The two cartoons will be joined by the Justice League of Animals, including Supermanatee, Wonder Wombat, and AquaMandrill, whose name I can't even type without giggling uncontrollably, in a series of new DC Nation shorts. Honestly, DC, if you just want to cancel everything and give me the Brave and the Bold Aquaman / AquanMandrill Superhero Awesome Hour, I'd be totally fine with that. (Via Comics Alliance)
As we've previously discussed whenever DC/WB releases a new clip from their direct-to-DVD Dark Knight Returns animated adaptation:
1) It looks nothing like Frank Miller's seminal comic; it looks like an episode of Batman: TAS where Batman is wider for some reason.
2) Peter Weller sounds nothing like the extremely displeased Batman of the comic. He sounds like he's been gassed in preparation for oral surgery or something. Or maybe he thinks he's playing Robocop. Either way, he has absolutely no emotion in his voice.
And now there's this:
They're just making up shit now, and when I say "making shit up" I mean "adapting minor scenes from the comics into scenes that are directly ripped off from Batman Begins." Yes, Batman uses some fear gas on a few of Two-Face's thugs in the comic, but there are precisely zero panels of what the thugs see, and now it's somehow transformed a full minute of footage or a movie that's only 76 minutes long. Again, I'm just baffled. Why? Did Bruce Timm lose a bet or something? (Via Comics Alliance)
The new trailer for Wreck-It Ralph is here -- a movie which I'm under the impression might not be a Pixar film, just a regular Disney one -- and it's still cute, if not as joy-inducing as the first, probably because we've seen all the videogame cameos already. I have two thoughts, though: 1) While I found the trailer less effective overall, was anyone else kind of weirdly touched by the phrase "for anyone who needs a restart on life"? That hit me right in my nerd emotion gland for some reason. 2) Assuming this movie's primary audience is children, which as a Disney movie I believe it is, what kid is going to have anyone idea who or what the @#$% Q-Bert is? As a older nerd, I appreciate the cameo, but that's got to be a tough sell to kids. "Wait a second. You're telling me that was an old videogame? About an orange ball-thing who can't talk right jumping around on a pyramid? No offense, old person, but your videogames were dumb as shit." And then I have to beat them while telling them about the awesomeness of Pitfall II. I'm expecting problems, is all. (Via First Showing)
Say what you will about Cartoon Network's Mad cartoon series, but some of the sketches -- at least the ones I've posted on TR -- are actually pretty brilliant, in my opinion. Take, for example, The Legend of Dora video above; it was clearly made by someone who knows her/his Korra, and it's pretty damn hilarious because of it (assuming, you know, you also watched Legend of Korra). The only thing it's missing is the reveal that Amon is actually Swiper, or that the fifth element is actually vocabulary. (Via The Mary Sue)
A new clip for DC's animated version of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns has popped up, and, boy, uh... well, it sure looks like every other direct-to-DVD DC animated movie ever made. Which I generally don't mind, I like that they're trying to develop a style and a universe and all that, but when you start getting into these seminal works made by creators at the top of their game (and before they went totally insane, in some cases), well... I don't know why they wouldn't want the Dark Knight Returns animation to look like Miller's Dark Knight Returns comic. The backgrounds have nothing of the decaying future Miller packed into them, the characters designs are completely generic, and the only concession to Batman is that he looks slightly thicker than he normally does -- honestly, if it weren't for that one iconic pose of Batman silhouetted against the lightning, I'd have no idea that this was Dark Knight Returns. When you adapt a work that huge, that well-known, every single frame should be screaming "THIS IS FRANK MILLER WAS CRAZY AND BRILLIANT INSTEAD OF JUST CRAZY." Otherwise, why bother? (Via ToyNewsI)
There doesn't appear to be a lot of nerd news happening today (or last night), so why not watch the entirety of "The Bat Man of Shanghai" cartoon from the DC Nation block? It's spectacularly animated and includes Batman actually turning into a swarm of bats, which makes zero sense but is completely awesome. Hey, DC, if you want to make yet another esoteric Batman toyline, why not this? I'd buy Bats and Catwoman in a heartbeat. Much thanks to Mr. Penola for the tip.
Entertainment Weekly says season 5 of the Clone Wars cartoon will take a good look at how the Jedi fell, and why no one cared. From an interview with director Dave Filoni:
"We've got some critical set-up this season to explore why the Sith triumph, why the Empire replaces the Republic, the kind of things that fans have always wondered about regarding this period," Filoni says. "What do people really think of the Jedi? How is it that Palpatine had the Jedi eliminated and the galactic populace seems fine with that? What does it mean when Mace Windu walks in to the Chancellor's office and tries to arrest him? Would the people be for that or against that? Palpatine makes it look like the Jedi launched a coup. How is it that people would accept such an explanation?"
I'm not really seeing that in the new nigh-4-minute trailer above, but I like the idea of it. Darth Sidious fighting the Maul brothers and an Astromech spec ops squad would just be icing on the cake. I know I say this every time, but I really need to start watching this show again.
The Robot Chicken guys revealed the first look at their CG Star Wars comedy show, oddly titled Detours. I'll be the first to admit there's a lot of easy jokes here, some of them recycled from the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials, but there's good/new stuff too. Boba Fett making excuses, the matte painting gag, Dexter Jettster telling Leia about Amidala, and Obi-Wan's stand-up career... plus, you can't go wrong with Seth MacFarlane voicing the Emperor (whatever you feel about his other shows, his Emperor is pretty much always fantastic). I have no idea how Han Solo is an adult and Leia is a child, but I'm not particularly worried about it. Honestly, if the show has more scenes of Dexster Jettster explaining to Luke and Leia about how their parents were idiots, I'll be watching regularly.