Animated Movie ‘Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons’ Flying to 4K, Blu-ray and Digital Oct. 18

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and for digital purchase Oct. 18.

Warner Bros. Animation’s first all-CG animated feature-length film finds the children of Batman and Superman tasked with saving their famous fathers – and the world.

The ‘PG-13’-rated film based on DC Comics characters begins with Superman’s 11-year-old half-Kryptonian son Jonathan Kent (Jack Dylan Glazer) discovering he has superpowers and being introduced to the complicated world of superheroes and supervillains. When the world is attacked by the malevolent mind-controlling alien force known as Starro, Jonathan must join forces with Batman’s son Damian Wayne (Jack Griffo), the former assassin now serving as Robin.

The voice cast also includes Troy Baker as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Superman/Clark Kent, Laura Bailey as Lois Lane, Darin De Paul as Lex Luthor and Starro, Tom Kenny as Green Arrow and Penguin, Zeno Robinson as Jimmy Olsen and Melvin Masters, Nolan North as Jor-El, and Myrna Velasco as Wonder Girl and Lara.

The home release includes the featurette “Rival Sons: Jonathan and Damian.”

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HBO Max Orders Adult-Animated ‘Harley Quinn’ Spinoff

HBO Max has ordered the 10-episode, adult-animated DC series  “Noonan’s” (working title).

The series, centered on Kite Man (voiced by Matt Oberg), is a spin-off of the Max Original adult-animated DC series “Harley Quinn,” which returns for its third season this summer.
 
In “Noonan’s,” lovable loser Kite Man and his new squeeze Golden Glider moonlight as criminals to support their foolish purchase of Noonan’s, Gotham’s seediest dive bar, where everybody knows your name, but not necessarily your secret identity. 

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“We love the wild and fun world of ‘Harley Quinn’ so much we just had to make a spinoff and who better to center it around than the outcast Kite Man,” Suzanna Makkos, EVP of original comedy and adult animation for HBO Max and Adult Swim, said in a statement. “Justin, Patrick and Dean have created the perfect local hangout for Gotham City’s not-so-finest at Noonan’s, where bar patrons can blow off steam after a long day of mayhem.”    

“‘Harley Quinn’ unlocked a world of hilarious possibilities with the iconic superheroes and supervillains of the DC Universe,” Peter Girardi, EVP, alternative programming, Warner Bros. Animation, said in a statement. “Exploring this world further with our partners at HBO Max and DC is going to be a lot of fun. Plus, after getting dumped by Poison Ivy, the least we could do was give Kite Man his own show.” 

The show is executive produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Sam Register, Dean Lorey and Kaley Cuoco. Dean Lorey serves as showrunner. Based on the characters from DC, the series is produced by Delicious Non-Sequitur and Yes, Norman Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation.

HBO Max Orders DC Drama Series ‘Dead Boy Detectives’

HBO Max has ordered the Max Original DC drama series “Dead Boy Detectives.”

From Emmy nominee Steve Yockey, Jeremy Carver, Berlanti Productions, and Warner Bros. Television, “Dead Boy Detectives” is an eight-episode horror detective series born from DC’s “The Sandman” and “Dead Boy Detectives” comics. It’s a fresh take on a ghost story that explores loss, grief and death through the lens of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two dead British teenagers, and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace.
 
Yockey (“The Flight Attendant,” “Supernatural,” “Doom Patrol”) wrote the pilot episode and serves as showrunner. Yockey, Carver (“Doom Patrol,” “Supernatural”), Greg Berlanti (“You,” “The Flash”), and Sarah Schechter (“The Flight Attendant,” “You”) are executive producers on the series. Lee Toland Krieger (“Superman & Lois,” upcoming “Green Lantern”) directed the pilot episode and also served as an executive producer on the pilot alongside David Madden (“Superman & Lois”).

Based on characters created for DC by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner, the series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
 
George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri (“The Lodge”) star as Dead Boy Detectives Edwin Payne (Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (Revri), and Kassius Nelson (Last Night in Soho, “Hollyoaks”) stars as Crystal Palace. Additional series stars include Briana Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant,” “Harley Quinn”) as Jenny the Butcher, Ruth Connell (“Supernatural”) as the Night Nurse (reprising her role from the “Dead Patrol” episode of “Doom Patrol”), Yuyu Kitamura (“The Expatriates”) as Niko, and Jenn Lyon (“Claws,” “Justified”) as Esther. 

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“We are excited to be expanding further into the DC Universe with Steve, Jeremy and the Berlanti team with this thrilling new spin on a detective series,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement. “We were fascinated by the world of the Dead Boy Detectives that Steve and Jeremy first introduced in ‘Doom Patrol,’ and cannot wait to follow the supernatural sleuths in the lurid mysteries to come.”
 
“I’ve been obsessed with this comic for a long time, so it’s a true passion project,” Yockey said in a statement. “And Jeremy, Berlanti Productions, DC, WBTV, HBO Max — they’re all encouraging me to run with every wild, bizarre and unsettling choice. The result is going to be really dark fun.”
 
Yockey is executive producer and showrunner of HBO Max/WBTV’s “The Flight Attendant” (from star Kaley Cuoco’s Yes, Norman Productions and Berlanti Productions), which returns for season two on April 21. He developed the series, which received nine Emmy nominations in its first season, with Yockey nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series as well as Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. He was previously a writer and co-executive producer of WBTV’s “Supernatural” for The CW. Additional TV writing credits include MTV’s “Scream: The Series” and “Awkward,” and HBO’s “The Brink.” He also co-wrote (with Carver) the “Dead Patrol” episode of HBO Max/WBTV’s “Doom Patrol.”

‘The Batman’ Flies to Disc May 24, After Going on Sale Digitally April 18 at a Premium Price

The DC Comics-based film The Batman will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 24, following its debut for premium digital ownership and on HBO Max April 18, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters created by DC, and stars Robert Pattinson (Tenet, The Lighthouse).

In the film, more than a year of stalking the streets as the Batman (Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred, Lt. James Gordon —amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham City’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the masked crusader on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle, the Penguin, Carmine Falcone and the Riddler. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, the Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

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The film also stars Zoë Kravitz (TV’s “Big Little Lies,” Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton, aka The Riddler; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, “Westworld”) as Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”) as Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oz, aka The Penguin.

Special features on 4K Ultra HD disc and Blu-ray include:

  • “Vengeance in the Making”
  • “Vengeance Meets Justice”
  • “The Batman: Genesis”
  • “Becoming Catwoman”
  • “Looking for Vengeance”
  • “Anatomy of the Car Chase”
  • “Anatomy of the Wingsuit”
  • “A Transformation: The Penguin”
  • “The Batmobile”
  • “Unpacking the Icons”
  • deleted scenes with director’s commentary

 

Extras for premium digital ownership include all of the above except for “Unpacking the Icons.” The DVD includes only “Unpacking the Icons.”

Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘The Batman’ Storms to $134 Million Box Office Debut

Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman didn’t disappoint, generating $134 million in ticket sales across more than 4,400 North American screens  through March 6 — only the second movie to cross the $100 million domestic benchmark in its debut in the pandemic era after Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Director Matt Reeves’ take on the famed DC superhero, with Robert Pattinson portraying the Dark Knight, is projected to dominate the March domestic box office — a good thing for the studio, considering the movie’s reported $200 million production budget, excluding marketing costs.

Also helping The Batman ticket sales: No streaming. Unlike Warner’s entire 2021 theatrical slate, which was concurrently available on HBO Max due to shuttered theaters, The Batman won’t be available to stream for 45 days, or the end of April.

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While the opening was Warner’s biggest since the pandemic began, easily topping Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla vs. Kong and Dune, it still lagged behind the studio’s previous Christopher Nolan-directed “Batman” releases, The Dark Knight Rises with $160 million in 2012, and 2008’s The Dark Knight with $158 million.

Meanwhile, Sony’s Uncharted, the video game-adaptation co-starring “Spider-Man’s” Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, topped $100 million in North American revenue with $11 million in ticket sales in its third weekend. MGM/United Artists Releasing’s Dog, starring Channing Tatum, took in another $6 million to top $40 million after three weekends. Finally, No Way Home continued to generate meaningful revenue, collecting another $4.4 million to push its 12-weekend North American tally past $786 million ($1.86 billion globally).

Catwoman: Hunted

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Warner;
Animated;
$24.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, bloody images and suggestive material.
Voices of Elizabeth Gilles, Stephanie Beatriz, Lauren Cohan, Kelly Hu, Jonathan Banks, Keith David, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jonathan Frakes.

The anime-inspired Catwoman: Hunted puts its title character in the middle of a jazzy crime caper, manipulating her way through a cadre of DC Comics characters, none of which is Batman. It’s a fun, sexy ride despite its convoluted plot. And it remembers that there is more than one cat-themed character hanging around the DC universe.

The story involves Catwoman (Elizabeth Gilles) crashing a costume party of gangsters connected to the Leviathan crime syndicate in order to steal a valuable jewel. Though her attempt is eventually thwarted by Batwoman (Stephanie Beatriz), Catwoman is ensnared in a globe-trotting Interpol operation to take down Leviathan’s leadership.

The Blu-ray includes two featurettes. The 19-minute “When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted” is an interesting piece that briefly explores the popularity of Catwoman before diving into how the filmmakers crafted the movie around her. The 40-minute “Catwoman: The Femme Fatale” is a good mini-documentary, originally released online last year, about the history of the character in comics, video games, TV shows and movies, infused with archival interviews with many of the actresses who played her.

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New ‘Constantine’ Animated Short Anchors Latest ‘DC Showcase’ Collection

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC Showcase — Constantine: The House of Mystery on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD digital download May 3.

The ‘R’-rated collection of animated short films features stories based on DC Comics’ library of characters.

Matt Ryan reprises his live-action and animated role as the Hellblazer himself in Constantine: The House of Mystery. In the all-new short, John Constantine wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Camilla Luddington and Ray Chase reprise their roles from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War as Zatanna and Jason Blood/Etrigan, respectively, while Robin Atkin Downes and Damian O’Hare reprise their roles from Constantine: City of Demons as Negral and Chas, respectively. In addition, Grey Griffin and Lou Diamond Phillips join the cast of the short, which is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice) from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush).

The collection will also include the shorts Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, The Losers and Blue Beetle, which were previously released as companions to recent DC Universe animated movies.

Also included as an extra is the featurette “DC Showcase: One Story at a Time,” a look at the history of the animated shorts with interviews from producer Rick Morales and directors Matt Peters and Milo Neuman as they explore the featured heroes and villains, the comics that inspired them, and these adventures’ place in the bigger picture of the DC animated universe.

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Peacemaker: Season 1

STREAMING REVIEW:

HBO Max;
Action;
Not rated.
Stars John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Chukwudi Iwuji, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee, Robert Patrick, Annie Chang, Lochlyn Munro.

Writer-director James Gunn’s talent for blending obscure comic book references with subversive humor and strong character dynamics is on full display in “Peacemaker,” a fantastic series that pulls no punches when it comes to deconstructing its source material.  

Spinning off from the end credits scene of The Suicide Squad, “Peacemaker” focuses on the title character played by John Cena, an expert marksman who promises to kill anyone who stands in the way of peace. However, his recovery from the events of The Suicide Squad have led him to re-evaluate his vow just as he’s recruited for a new mission that will put it to the test.

For his new assignment, Peacemaker joins a team tasked with assassinating a U.S. senator who may be under the control of aliens known as Butterflies. He also finds his confidence shaken by the lack of approval of his father (Robert Patrick), a massive racist who blames him for the death of his brother when they were just kids.

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The eight-episode series mixes characters established in The Suicide Squad with some memorable new additions, most notably Vigilante (Freddie Stroma), a cold-blooded killer who idolizes Peacemaker, and Eagly, Peacemaker’s pet bald eagle.

“Peacemaker” is filled with Gunn trademarks, such as dialogue that steers into mundane yet hilarious topics, and a soundtrack of killer tunes, including the iconic opening credits dance sequence set to Wig Wam’s “Do You Wanna Taste It.”

The show’s harsh language and graphic violence make it strictly for adult viewers, with a tone akin to “The Boys” in that it steers fully into exploring the psychological flaws of its protagonists, who are not exactly paragons of society.

The central plot even steers into questions about justice and free will that make it ripe for philosophical and political analysis as it heads into a second season.

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HBO Max Renews ‘Peacemaker’ for Second Season

HBO Max has renewed “Peacemaker” — written and directed by James Gunn and starring John Cena — for a second season.

The eight-episode first season of the DC spinoff series premiered on Jan. 13 and will have its finale on Feb. 17. 

Gunn will direct and write all episodes for season two.

“Peacemaker” debuted as the No. 1 new original streaming series for social engagement on Twitter across all of television and remains the No. 1 social show year to date across Max Originals on multiple social platforms, according to HBO Max.

The series follows the explosive escapades of the character that Cena reprises in the aftermath of Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad — a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.

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“The brilliance of James Gunn once again shines with ‘Peacemaker.’ He took this character, brought to life by the inimitable John Cena, and created an exceptional series that’s simultaneously thrilling, hilarious and heartfelt, showcasing the humanity beneath this team of misfits living in a superhuman world,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “As the first original DC show to have its series premiere on HBO Max, we are thrilled that the viewers agreed to give peace a f***ing chance.”

“Creating ‘Peacemaker’ has been one of the true highlights of my life, both professionally and otherwise, with John Cena and the incredible creative team around me, as well as our partners at HBO Max,” Gunn said in a statement. “To have something we all love so much be loved by the audience in turn has been a wonderful experience. I can’t wait for folks to see where Team Peacemaker goes in season two!”

“I am incredibly honored and humbled by the response to ‘Peacemaker’ and the experience of playing this character,” Cena said in a statement. “Thank you to James Gunn, Peter Safran, HBO Max, the crew, and my castmates who worked tirelessly to make this unforgettable series.”

In addition to Cena, the season one cast includes Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Jennifer Holland, Chukwudi Iwuji, Steve Agee and Robert Patrick. Gunn wrote all eight season one episodes and directed five, including the first. Gunn, Peter Safran and Matt Miller serve as executive producers on the series, with Cena as co-executive producer and Stacy Littlejohn as consulting producer.

Based on characters from DC, “Peacemaker” is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.

AMC Theatres Offering ‘The Batman’ NFTs for Advance Ticket Purchases

Following a successful debut with Spider-Man: No Way Home, AMC Theatres is returning to the non-fungible token space, offering all advance ticket purchase holders for Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman a limited-edition The Batman NFT. Tickets, which go on sale Feb. 10, must be purchased by the end of the day (ET) Feb. 14 for showtimes through March 6. There is a limit of one NFT per transaction.

The NFT market revolves around collectibles, including digital artwork, sports cards, and similar artifacts that can create market value based on consumer interest.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, Zoë Kravitz, Barry Keoghan and Paul Dano, debuts on March 4.

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To qualify for the complimentary NFT, consumers must purchase their advance ticket or reserve it through AMC Stubs A-List at any AMC location in the United States, and the ticket must be scanned in the theater. The ticket purchase or reservation must take place through AMCTheatres.com or on the AMC mobile app. AMC will deliver the NFT codes and redemption instructions (which requires registration with Palm NFT Studio) via email on March 8 to the email address used during the ticket transaction.

Additionally, those who purchase tickets for special pre-release fan events and attend the events, including DC Presents: The Batman Fan First Premieres exclusively in Imax on March 1 (tickets on sale Feb. 8) and AMC Investor Connect screening on March 2, can receive the NFT.

The NFT will be redeemed from the nft.dcuniverse.com platform created by Palm NFT Studio and is subject to its terms and conditions. Palm NFT Studio provides bespoke creative services for artists and rightsholders building on the Palm network, a new NFT ecosystem for culture and creativity, built efficiently with Ethereum.