There Are Still Reasons To Look Forward To DC News

With all the malarkey inherent to DC Comics' cinematic efforts, I've long endorsed that they should focus their efforts on TV, where DC has always had considerably more success than Marvel. Considering that they've already got Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, and Gotham, with Supergirl, Lucifer, and Teen Titans potentially on the way, I thought perhaps they were already moving in that direction. It's regrettable that the core Justice Leaguers must suffer on the big screen under David S. Goyer's influence, but it's also regrettable that Agents of SHIELD sucked toenails last season, so I guess we take what we can get.

My point is, the reason for my belief that TV is a better fit is that it already was. Bruce Timm proved for over a decade working in the DC Animated Universe that a focused, streamlined approach to both character and storytelling had the potential to create near-definitive versions of classic characters. Since Justice League Unlimited ended, Timm has stepped back to a less hands on position overseeing the DC Animated films, which I've grown progressively less interested in as they've essentially become a constant stream of Batman and New 52 adaptations. He has occasionally stepped back into the core creative chair, with amazing results. Which means that the news that he is returning both to long form storytelling, and to a DC animated universe is something to get very excited about.

Timm, along with fellow Batman: The Animated Series alum Alan Burnett, are developing Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, a three-episode animated series to stream Machinima and lead to a movie of the same name. Machinima, known for it's original series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and Battlestar Galactica Blood & Chrome, is looking to hook viewers with a more seriously toned but still entertaining (often mutually exclusive) version of the DC characters. DC, meanwhile, is looking to make use of their newly formed digital content production unit, who are interested in "delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats."

What's important here is that Bruce Timm has a chance to play with a somewhat on-going version of characters he knows very well, in an entirely different way than he has been able to do in the past. Gods and Monsters Chronicles is expected to air in early 2015.

Via Uproxx.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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