The latest Scooby snack filled batch of DC Comics news items from Oct. 26th – 28th, 2013!
Scooby-Doo and Batman team up series hits!
The Hanna-Barbera based cartoon franchise, “Scooby-Doo”, debuted in 1969 and has endured in different TV, home video, and comic book incarnations ever since. One of those incarnations, “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” aired from 1972-1974 and centered around the “Scooby gang” teaming up with different characters from different franchises. Several episodes included an alliance with Batman and Robin around the same time as “Superfriends” was debuting. DC Comics have continued to publish “Scooby Doo” comics as part of their children’s comics line for years. Sensing that there can never be enough Batman comic books, DC have now decided to update the original team-up between these franchises and make them into a mini series.
Writer Sholly Fisch, longtime writer of kids’ comics at DC such as “DC Super Friends” and “Batman: the Brave and the Bold” has been tasked with writing “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” which kicks off November 6th. A former bigwig at Sesame Workshop and founder of MediaKidz Research & Consulting, this was a project which began life as a one-shot special which has expanded into a six issue series. The first issue will feature Batman and Robin themselves, but subsequent issues will feature different members of Batman’s cast, such as Ace the Bat-Hound (which seems a natural for Scooby-Doo) and the “Mystery Analysts of Gotham City”. The gang will face other Batman villains such as Man-Bat and Scarecrow. These comics typically sell quite low, and it will remain to be seen if this series sees a spike up the bottom of the top 300 chart.
“Justice League: War” trailer hits!
The latest “DC Universe original animated movie” to hit DVD in “early 2014” is making waves online via the posting of a 1.5 minute trailer across the internet. The animated epic is directed by Jay Olivia and is based on the first arc of the “New 52” relaunch of “Justice League” by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee from 2011. It stars Jason O’Mara (Batman), Alan Tudyk (Superman), Michelle Monaghan (Wonder Woman), Christopher Gorham (Barry Allen/Flash), Justin Kirk (Green Lantern), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Sean Astin (Shazam, the hero formerly known as Captain Marvel) teaming up to thwart an invasion by Darkseid (Steven Blum). George Newbern, best known for voicing Clark Kent/Superman in “Justice League”, “Justice League Unlimited”, and “Superman vs. The Elite” as well as other guest appearances and animated shorts, will be voicing Steve Trevor, the League’s military contact as well as Wonder Woman’s usual love interest.
For the record, this will officially be the third “DC Universe original animated movie” adapted from a Geoff Johns story in a row; the previous two were “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” and “Superman: Unbound”. To date only Frank Miller and (soon to be) Grant Morrison have earned such an honor with Warner Brothers Home Video projects. By sheer coincidence, Johns is also chief creative officer of DC Entertainment in addition to being DC Comics’ top writer for roughly seven years.
“Young Justice: Legacy” not to be on most Nintendo devices!
Little Orbit’s official (and canonical) video game for the canceled “Young Justice” animated series, “Young Justice: Legacy”, is set to finally debut on store shelves Nov. 19th. The company announced that despite their best intentions, the game could not be made ready for the Nintendo Wii and WiiU. Originally slated to debut in spring, its release was delayed a half year with the intent to attempt to do so (among other reasons video games get delayed). The game was written and produced by the same producers and story editors from the show, and it features the same voice actors. Its story takes place between the first and second seasons of “Young Justice”, and it will be playable on the PlayStation 3, X-Box 360, the Nintendo 3DS, and personal computers via Steam.