Five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, including the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) history, come to animated life in DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital starting October 13, 2020.
Anchoring the compilation of shorts is Batman: Death in the Family, WBHE’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control. Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of “Batman: A Death in the Family,” the 1988 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.
Inspired by characters and stories from DC’s robust portfolio, the 2019-2020 series of shorts – which have been individually included on DC Universe Movies releases since Summer 2019 – include:
DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family will be available on Blu-ray (USA $24.98 SRP) and Digital (19.99 SRP). The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with all of the shorts in hi-definition, including the fully-interactive, extended-length Batman: Death in the Family, plus a digital version of the four other 2019-2020 DC Showcase shorts. The Digital distribution features the Batman: Death in the Family extended-length short in a non-interactive format (pre-assembled version of the story, entitled Under the Red Hood: Reloaded), along with the other four 2019-2020 DC Showcase shorts, and three other non-interactive versions of the Batman: Death in the Family (entitled Jason Todd’s Rebellion, Robin’s Revenge and Red Hood’s Reckoning) as bonus features (Note: not all Digital retailers offer bonus features with purchase). The Blu-ray also offers approximately five minutes of additional content within the Batman: Death in the Family story that is not included in the Digital version.
Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, Batman: Death in the Family offers an inventive take on the long-demanded story. In the new animated presentation, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and The Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. And while Batman: Under the Red Hood provides a baseline, the story also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film. Bruce Greenwood (The Resident, Star Trek, iRobot), Vincent Martella (Phineas and Ferb) and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) reprise their Batman: Under The Red Hood roles of Batman, young Jason Todd and The Joker, respectively. Other featured voices are Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Gary Cole (Veep) as Two-Face and James Gordon.
“Batman: Death in the Family is essentially a comic book come to life,” says Vietti, whose DC Universe Movies directing credits include Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman: Doomsday, and he is co-creator and co-executive producer of the popular Young Justice animated television series. “We’ve paid homage to the 1988 interactive experience of DC’s ‘A Death in the Family’ comics release by giving fans a unique opportunity to craft their own story through a branching tool that can lead in multiple directions. The viewer gets to choose these characters’ paths, and each choice paves an alternate future for all of the characters and, ultimately, the story.”
The interactive Blu-ray presentation offers many different ways for viewers to tell the Batman: Death in the Family story, with numerous twists and turns in the middle, and several possible endings. The choices along the way put greater weight on the viewers’ decisions and result in even stronger stories. Viewers can also choose to allow the story to tell itself, as there is an option to let the Blu-ray decide its own path.
Packed with Easter Eggs, the centerpiece short’s story – with its foundation grounded in the original “Batman: A Death in the Family” comic run, and the acclaimed Batman: Under the Red Hood animated film – balances a number of integral themes within its entertainment, including fatherhood, mental health, death, rebirth, revenge and redemption. Along the route, viewers encounter new, surprising looks at some classic DC characters.
“From the very first navigation card, we wanted to give the audience an impression of what they’re getting into, but then also give them something unexpected – maybe even something they’ll regret, so they have to think twice about every future choice they make,” Vietti explains. “Branched storytelling has to be stronger than just the gimmick of the choices – it has to be rewarding and offer new and worthwhile insights into the characters. It needs to involve you, and keep you searching for the next twist. So we sought to subvert expectations and do something very different.”
Beyond Batman: Death in the Family, the additional four shorts on Blu-ray & Digital are:
Originally attached to Batman: Hush, Sgt. Rock is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) from a script by award-winning comics writers Louise Simonson & Walter Simonson and Tim Sheridan (Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Reign of the Supermen). The original tale finds battle-weary Sgt. Rock thinking he has seen everything that World War II can dish out. But he is in for the surprise of his life when he is assigned to lead a company consisting of legendary monsters into battle against an unstoppable platoon of Nazi zombies. Karl Urban (Star Trek & Lord of the Rings film franchises) provides the voice of Sgt. Rock. Also voicing characters in Sgt. Rock are Keith Ferguson, William Salyers and Audrey Wasilewski.
Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Death is produced & directed by Sam Liu (Superman: Red Son, The Death of Superman) and written by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood). In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy … and eventual death. Leonard Nam (Westworld) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren. Death was originally included with Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.
Attached as a bonus feature on the release of Superman: Red Son, The Phantom Stranger has Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke) at the helm as executive producer & director, and the short is written by Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Batman: Hush). Set in the 1970s, the short find the enigmatic DC mystery man simultaneously playing both omniscient narrator and active character in a story of supernatural comeuppance for evil doers. Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to The Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. The Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
Adam Strange is produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Superman: Man of Tomorrow), who also conceived the original story – which is written by J.M. DeMatteis (Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, Constantine: City of Demons). The short was initially attached to Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. On a rugged asteroid mining colony, few of the toiling workers are aware that their town drunk was ever anything but an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber (How To Get Away with Murder) provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore.
All five new DC Showcase shorts credits include Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) as co-producer and Amy McKenna (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines) as producer. Sam Register is executive producer.
Initially launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts produced by Bruce Timm and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos: The Spectre (released on 2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One, and was directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and executive produced by Bruce Timm. Screenwriters on the initial quintet were Steve Niles (The Spectre), Joe Lansdale (Jonah Hex), Greg Weisman (Green Arrow), Michael Jelenic (Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam) and Paul Dini (Catwoman).
“Interactive storytelling offers an entirely new dimension of entertainment for DC animated movie fans, and an exciting look into potential titles for the future,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “Brandon Vietti has crafted a uniquely involving, multi-tiered approach to captivating the audience with both popular story devices and some very unexpected plot twists.”
DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family Special Features
DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family Special Features
DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
It all started with a bear stack, and now TV’s most hilarious and heartwarming bears star in their first TV movie! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing Cartoon Network’s hit series into your homes on September 8, 2020 with the release of We Bare Bears The Movie on DVD. The movie is an extension of the successful We Bare Bears series, created by two-time Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong, and executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Eric Edelstein (“Shameless,” “Clarence”), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live,” Me Myself & I) and Demetri Martin (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”) return as the voice actors of the loveable bears; Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear along with recurring guest stars include Patton Oswalt (“King of Queens,” Ratatouille), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Office”), Charlyne Yi (“House,” “Steven Universe”) and Jason Lee (Alvin & The Chipmucks, Mallrats).
Stacked with bonus features including commentary, the movie pitch, deleted scenes and more, We Bare Bears The Movie carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the DVD ($24.99 in Canada) and is rated TV-Y7. We Bare Bears The Movie is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
In We Bare Bears The Movie, when the bears' love of food trucks and viral videos gets out of hand, it catches the attention of the menacing Agent Trout from the National Wildlife Control, who pledges to restore the "natural order" by separating them forever. Chased from their home, Grizz decides there’s only one thing they can do to find refuge - move to Canada! The Bears embark on an epic road trip filled with new friends, dangerous obstacles, and massive parties. But most importantly, the perilous journey will force the Bears to face how they first met and became brothers, in order to keep their family bond from splitting apart.
“Get ready for lovable bear hugs, internet culture references, and human life lessons we all need to learn in our technologically driven society,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation & Family Marketing. “We are eager to bring home the laughter and antics of Cartoon Network’s first feature film for the series loyal fanbase and the whole family to enjoy.”
We Bare Bears premiered in 2015 and since its debut, has earned numerous awards including a BAFTA Children’s Award, a Jury Award for Best TV Series at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and several Annie Awards. Fans around the world, most notably in the APAC region, have embraced the show for its portrayal of Asian pop culture.
We Bare Bears The Movie is currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Code is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.
Street Date: September 8, 2020
Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Total Runtime: Approx. 72 minutes
Enhanced Content: Approx. 90 min
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English SDH
One of the best aspects of 2018’s Halloween reboot was that it brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, one of the original scream queens, centering her as the protagonist of the film. That will not be the case in the film’s followup, Halloween Kills.
According to David Gordon Green, cowriter and director of this film trilogy, while Laurie will still be the “emotional core” of the film, it will be Allyson, Laurie’s granddaughter, who will take on more of a leadership role. Additionally, there will be a lot more focus on the town of Haddonfield reacting to yet another influx of violence and child death in their community.
“If the first film was somewhat retelling the origin of Meyers and getting us up to speed with where Laurie had been all those years, then part two is about the outrage of Haddonfield,” Green told Total Film. “Mob Rules was our working title for the film. It’s about a community that’s united by outrage, and divided in how to deal with evil.”
According to Green, a lot of Laurie’s story will be her dealing with the injuries from the first film, while the other women in the family deal with the aftermath.
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Set for release on September 7, Bedrooms to Billions: The PlayStation Revolution is a feature-length documentary featuring interviews with key figures from Sony’s gaming division, past and present.
Mark Cerny, Jim Ryan, Hideo Kojima, Phil Harrison, Kazunori Yamauchi, Fumito Ueda, David Jaffe, Shinji Mikami and more appear in the film, which will coincide with PlayStation’s US and UK 25th anniversary in September.
The film is written and directed by Anthony & Nicola Caulfield, the writers and directors of 2014’s crowdfunded documentary From Bedrooms to Billions and its follow-up, From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years. The PlayStation Revolution raised over £50,000 in 2016.
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More than a decade after HBO’s acclaimed mob drama The Sopranos went off the air, Showtime is developing an hour-long drama series of its own about the mafia – and this new show comes from a former Sopranos writer.
Terence Winter, who won four Emmys for his work writing The Sopranos, is writing a series based on the history of organized crime in America, and he’s teaming up with mega-producer Brian Grazer and Goodfellas and Casino writer Nicholas Pileggi to bring it to the small screen.
Deadline has the news about the untitled Showtime mafia series. The show is reportedly “inspired by Pileggi’s in-depth chronology of organized crime in America — which is also the history of corruption in America — as seen through the eyes of the mafia’s First Family.”
Pileggi started out as a journalist before writing Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, books which Martin Scorsese adapted into acclaimed gangster dramas Goodfellas and Casino. Pileggi co-wrote the screenplays for those movies, and recently re-teamed with Scorsese to executive produce The Irishman. He’s spent his entire professional life immersed in crime and the world of the mob, moving from non-fiction writing to writing the mob drama Vendetta, creating the show Vegas, and executive producing Ridley Scott’s American Gangster. It’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about corruption and organized crime
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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of all time when Ghost in the Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital 4K Ultra HD) and Digital 4K Ultra HD on September 8th from Lionsgate. Based on the beloved manga from Japanese writer and illustrator Shirow Masamune, the film’s voice cast includes Atsuko Tanaka (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, TV’s “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, “Ghost in the Shell 2.0”), Akio Ôtsuka (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Paprika, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), and Kôichi Yamadera (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Ninja Scroll). Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and featuring fan-favorite commemorative artwork from pop illustrator Martin Ansin – along with brand new bonus material – this will be the most definitive Ghost in the Shell package to date.
2029: A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of inﬁltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, Kusanagi embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. Director Mamoru Oshii’s award-winning cyber-tech thriller, based on the comic book by Shirow Masamune, is lauded as one of the leading Japanese animation ﬁlms of all time.
The Ghost in the Shell special features include an audio commentary as well as two brand new bonus featurettes: “Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” and “Landscapes & Dreamscapes – The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell.” Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.
The Ghost in the Shell 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.
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Vinnie Jones has opened up about his disappointing experience as the comic book character Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand.
In a recent interview with Comic Book Movie, Jones discussed his experience working on X-Men: The Last Stand as Juggernaut. When asked about his experience working on the film, Jones didn't have anything kind to say, especially about director Brett Ratner:
"It wasn't the same Juggernaut as I signed on for. They took his storyline away, they'd taken his character away, his dialogue. I had two big meetings with Brett about it, and he said, 'Yeah, yeah, it's coming. They're writing stuff for you as we speak' and it never f***ing happened... Disappointment wise, that was probably one of the biggest. What's upsetting is some of the fans blame me! It was f***ing nothing to do with me!"
Fortunately, Juggernaut was given a second chance in Deadpool 2, where he crosses paths with Ryan Reynold's titular hero and battles Colossus. The character's unexpected cameo in the film was well-received by fans, due in large part to the character's more comic book accurate portrayal.
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2018's Halloween served as a direct sequel to the 1978 original, allowing it to ignore the events of all other sequels for a much more intimate story. In this new canon, Myers had been locked away for 40 years following the carnage he caused on Halloween night all those years ago, with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) confronting the killer once again after the psychological trauma he caused her. Much like the 1981 Halloween II, the upcoming Halloween Kills takes place immediately after the events of its predecessor.
In addition to the reveal of Kills exploring new elements of the mythology, Green also teased what fans could expect from the third part of his Halloween trilogy, Halloween Ends.
“It’s a very different movie than Kills, and both Halloweens," the filmmaker admitted. "The script feels very fun. For me, it was essential to say, ‘Here’s a conclusive episode to my trilogy.’ I’m trying to bring closure to my ‘Laurie Strode versus Michael Myers’ storytelling.”
These comments echo remarks Green made earlier this month about the ways in which Myers' chaos impacts the community.
"This first [sequel] was more about Laurie’s life of isolation after Michael and her attempts at revenge. It was personal,” Green shared with Empire. “This is more about the unraveling of a community into chaos. It’s about how fear spreads virally.”
Sadly, while the new film was originally slated to debut this October, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in both upcoming films to be delayed.
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Glenn Danzig, a founding member of the bands the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig, had the opportunity to play Wolverine. However, he was unwilling to commit to the project. Ultimately, he wasn’t pleased with Bryan Singer’s film X-Men or Hugh Jackman’s career-defining performance in it as Wolverine.
Danzig met with 20th Century Fox to discuss playing Wolverine in a film directed by Richard Donner. Fans of older superhero movies like Donner because he directed Superman and Superman II. Ultimately, Danzig wasn’t willing to spend an entire year shooting a movie as this would get in the way of his musical career. Therefore, the deal fell through.
Many actors would be devastated to lose a role like Wolverine given the popularity of Marvel Comics. Danzig, meanwhile, was happy. During an interview with LA Weekly, he called the movie X-Men “terrible.” In addition, he felt the movie would have been better if he had starred in it instead than Jackman.
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Captain Marvel 2 will reportedly be a "mini Avengers film." In addition, it is believed that the highly anticipated sequel will introduce Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige spoke about introducing Khan to the Marvel Cinematic Universe a few years ago, noting that they had to introduce Carol Danvers first. At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Feige went on to officially announce the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series, which had a lot of comic book fans excited.
As the entertainment industry remains to be on hold, work behind-the-scenes continues. According to sources, Marvel Studios is working overtime to develop Phase 4 and Phase 5, which will introduce new characters on the big and small screens. It is believed that Captain Marvel 2 will feature Brie Larson's Carol Danvers teaching Kamala Khan the ropes. Kevin Feige has indicated multiple times that the Disney+ shows will work with the big screen events and vice versa, so introducing Ms. Marvel in this way would make some sense in the grand scheme of things.
If that wasn't enough, it is also believed that Captain Marvel 2 will feature more of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Sources claim that the sequel will be a "mini-Avengers film." It's unclear which characters will be involved, but we can definitely rule out Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man, thanks to Avengers: Endgame. One could easily imagine seeing War Machine continue to hang with Captain Marvel, along with Professor Hulk and Ant-Man. That is all pure speculation at the moment. For now, we'll just have to continue to be patient as we wait for the world to open back up again
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