By: Adam Basciano
The lengthy wait until “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a long and agonizing one. Mitigating this torture has been Fox’s live action television series GOTHAM. It’s been able to balance a good mix of grittiness while embracing the exaggeration and grandeur of the comic book world. Except for a couple of hiccups along the way, I have loved mostly every episode. “The Batman origins story, hails from Warner Bros. TV and exec producer Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens. Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett-Smith star. The show has to date averaged 10.6 million viewers and 4.2 rating in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings.” With the upcoming inclusion of the Flying Grayson’s and the Scarecrow, things are certainly bound to get even more interesting. Because the series is set at a point in time we’ve never seen dealt with, as long as it ends with a certain millionaire playboy dawning a cape and cowl, they can go in any direction to get there. Personally, I find that extremely intriguing.
The release of the next DC Universe Animated movie, “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis” is upon us. While you’re preparing for that, details and a trailer for the next film have been revealed. Titled “Batman Vs Robin”, the film serves as a sequel to “Son of Batman”. The film takes its inspiration from the “Batman: Court of Owls” comic book story written by Scott Snyder, and drawn by Greg Capullo. In short, “the storyline tells of a secret society dating back to the early days of Gotham City that kidnaps children and raises them to be assassins.” Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, and David McCallum return to lend their voices to Batman, Robin, and Alfred Pennyworth respectively. “New to the voice stable is Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), who will voice Talon, the Court’s almost unstoppable assassin. Other newcomers include Grey Griffin (formerly DeLisle), whose credits run the cartoon gamut, as a character named Samantha, while “Weird Al” Yankovic will play the Dollmaker, a Batman villain who is the son of a cannibalistic serial killer. Robin Atkin Downes (Superman vs. The Elite) will voice a character named Grandmaster and Peter Onorati voices a man named Draco. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman from the classic Batman: The Animated Series, the Arkham video games and countless of other Bat-projects over the past 21 years, will guest-star (or guest-voice, if you will) as Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father.” The Court of Owls storyline in my opinion, is one of the best Batman stories ever written, so if “Batman Vs Robin” can capture half or one-third of that story’s quality, it has a chance to be the best DC Universe Animated movie yet. The film will be directed by Jay Oliva, who served as a storyboard artist on “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”, and written by long-term comic book scribe J.M. DeMatteis.
(Source: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter)