‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Available Via Premium Digital Jan. 23, on Disc March 12

The DC superhero sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom debuts for premium digital purchase and rental on Jan. 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film, which has earned $378.3 million at the global box office, will be available to purchase on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12.

Directed by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring, Saw), Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom features Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Dune, “Game of Thrones”) reprising his role as Arthur Curry along with returning stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Amber Heard (Aquaman, Zombieland), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Matrix: Resurrection) and Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge, The Others).

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In the film, Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Momoa) is balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father. Orm (Wilson), Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.

Digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD special features include “Finding the Lost Kingdom,” in which director James Wan reveals how he​ and the cast and crew pulled off the sequel​; “Aquaman: Worlds Above and Below”;​ “It’s a Manta World,” in which filmmakers reveal how they leveled Black Manta up to the realm of supervillains​; “Necrus, The Lost Black City​,” revealing how the filmmakers created the Black City from its “surface city” concept and its inhabitants to its execution​; “Escape from the Deserter World,” exploring how the filmmakers created this​ barren desert landscape and the Deserter Prison, how its creatures and​ inhabitants were brought to life, and how they planned and executed the Orm “breakout” sequence; “Brawling at Kingfish’s Lair,” exploring from concept to​ completion Kingfish’s Lair; and “Oh TOPO!​,” in which director James Wan and the filmmakers discuss​ the decision behind bringing the octopus TOPO back to the sequel and its promotion to​ Arthur’s on-screen sidekick.

Premium digital ownership includes the special feature “Aquaman Through Fire and Water.”

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray releases include “Atlantean Blood Is Thicker Than Water,” exploring how Patrick Wilson and Jason Momoa bonded over the new unexpected​ alliance between Arthur and Orm and came together both as characters and as​ friends on and off set​.

DC Comics Film ‘Blue Beetle’ Due on Premium Digital Sept. 26, Disc Oct. 31

The DC Comics-based feature Blue Beetle will debut for premium digital rental (PVOD, $19.99) and sale (PEST, $24.99) on Sept. 26. The Warner Bros. film will be released on DVD, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as regular digital, on Oct. 31.

The film has earned $120.6 million at the global box office.

In the DC superhero’s first-ever standalone feature film, recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Blue Beetle.

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Extras on PEST and disc include “Generations: Blue Beetle,” a four-part making-of documentary; the “Nana Knows Best”  featurette, about Nana’s transformation from an adorable “abuelita” into a machine gun-wielding revolutionary; and the two-part featurette “Scarab Vision,” in which star Xolo Maridueña hosts a series of scene study walk throughs showcasing how the scarab works and the role it plays in some of Blue Beetle’s most epic moments.

‘The Flash’ to Stream on Max Starting Aug. 25

Warner Bros.’ DC Comics-based The Flash will begin streaming on Max starting Aug. 25.

Ezra Miller returns as The Flash/Barry Allen in the DC superhero’s first-ever standalone feature film. In the film, worlds collide when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past.

The superhero film earned $268.5 million at the global box office.

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The Flash also stars Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston , Maribel Verdú, Kiersey Clemons, Antje Traue and Michael Keaton.

Warner’s DC Announces 2023 San Diego Comic-Con Plans

While many major studios are skipping San Diego Comic-Con International this year, Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC unit will be there and has announced its plans for the event.

Warner Bros. Television’s Preview Night on July 19 includes an all-new episode of the Cartoon Network series “Teen Titans Go!” and an advance screening of the first episode (“The Hero’s Journey”) of the three-part Max Original documentary series Superpowered: The DC Story, held in Ballroom 20. Superpowered: The DC Story premieres July 20 on Max.

The Max Original Animation Presents panel at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, in Ballroom 20 will feature previews of the spinoff “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake”; the new animated series “Young Love,” based on the Oscar-winning short Hair Love; and season four of “Harley Quinn.”

The new animated film Justice League: Warworld will premiere Friday, July 21, at 9 p.m. in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion. In this R-rated film, DC’s Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman find themselves in mysterious lands and precarious circumstances with no memory of how they arrived there and only vague recollections of their true selves. Justice League: Warworld will be released on Blu-ray, 4K disc and digitally July 25.

DC will also present several panels and signings promoting its upcoming comic book slate. A full lineup of panels is available at dc.com.

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DC will occupy booth #4645 on the show floor from Wednesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 23, offering a selection of comic books, toys and collectibles based upon DC properties. While supplies last, DC will be selling limited printings of Superman “Big Blue” Edition, Silver Screen Editions of Batman #655, Booster Gold #1, Authority #1 and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1, a facsimile blank sketch cover variant of Batman #655, SDCC-exclusive hardcovers for Nightwing Vol. 1: Leaping Into the Light, Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle and Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 1, plus limited-quantity chase product like the Sandman Helm Masterpiece Edition, and more. The DC Shop will be offering fans limited inventory of three new Blue Beetle T-shirts; a “Dawn of DC” enamel pin, T-shirt and zip-front hoodie; T-shirts with new artwork commissioned from Bill Sienkiewicz, Jill Thompson, Eric Tan and Phantom City Creative; limited quantities of DC caps from 9Forty; a Gotham City Classics Batmobile Collector Pin Set featuring the 1966, 1989, 1992 and 1995 Batmobiles (along with a convention-exclusive mystery pin); and more. McFarlane Toys will be offering pre-orders on DC action figures, poly-resin statues, and will have DC Multiverse and DC Direct product for sale. And playing cards manufacturer Cartamundi will be unveiling the newest collection of DC Hybrid Trading Cards by Hro.

Animated Movie ‘Justice League: Warworld’ Available on Home Media July 25

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated superhero movie Justice League: Warworld on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and for digital purchase July 25.

In the film, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman find themselves experience a series of alternate reality scenarios on Warworld, an immense planetary weapon controlled by the villain Mongul. To survive, they must rediscover their true identities and fight Mongul’s armies to gain control of the planet.

Reprising their roles as DC’s “trinity” are Jensen Ackles as Batman and Officer Wayne, Darren Criss as Superman and Agent Kent, and Stana Katic as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince. Also featured in the voice cast are Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz, Troy Baker as Jonah Hex, Matt Bomer as Old Man, Roger R. Cross as Machiste, Brett Dalton as Bat Lash, John DiMaggio as Lobo, Robin Atkin Downes as Mongul, Frank Grillo as Agent Faraday, Rachel Kimsey as Mariah Romanova, Damian O’Hare as Deimos, and Teddy Sears as Warlord. Additional voices include Trevor Devall, David Lodge and Kari Wahlgren.

Extras include the featurettes “Illusions on Warworld,” a behind-the-scenes look at the process of designing and creating three distinct genres for the Justice League to inhabit on Warworld, and “The Heroic, the Horrible and the Hideous,” a deep dive into the origins and histories of the key players on Warworld and how the filmmakers brought them to life.

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Warner Bowing ‘Superman Web3 Movie Experience’ Multimedia NFT

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in partnership with content blockchain company Eluvio, has announced the DC superhero film “Superman Web3 Movie Experience,” the next installment of the WB Movieverse available for preview at https://web3.wb.com and opening for purchase on June 9. 

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” is a multimedia NFT for fans to own and to engage with the 1978 Richard Donner film. Through dynamic menu options based on iconic locations from the film, owners can watch the film in 4K UHD on desktop, mobile, tablet or TV, access special features, view image galleries and artist renderings by notable DC artists, discover digital easter eggs, as well as sell the experience in a community marketplace. 

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” will be offered  in standard and premium editions:

  • The standard edition ($30 for one week from 8 a.m. ET on June 9 to 7:59 a.m. ET on June 16) includes an interactive location-based navigation menu, Superman: The Movie Theatrical Version, previously released special features and an image gallery featuring stills and behind the scenes galleries.
  • The premium edition ($100 for 24 hours from 8 a.m. ET on June 9 to 7:59 a.m. ET on June 10) includes three different variations available for purchase separately, Truth, Justice, and Hope, each featuring an illustration of Christopher Reeves’ Superman from one of three DC artists — Ivan Reiss, Ben Oliver, or Bill Sienkiewicz. Each variation includes an interactive and explorable location-based navigation menu and three versions of the feature film — Superman: The Movie Theatrical Version; Superman: The Movie Expanded Director’s Cut; and Superman: The Movie Extended TV Edition — along with previously-released special features, and image galleries featuring costume and detail images from the Warner Bros. Archive and stills and behind the scenes galleries.

 

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” will include a free voucher code for a “DC3 Super Power Pack: Series Superman” from the DC NFT Marketplace, offering three randomly selected Superman comics with rarities from Common to Legendary. These packs are time-gated, open edition drops, limited to one per account. There will be new themed packs launching every few weeks.

Early access to all editions of the Superman Web3 Movie Experience will be available to DC Bat Cowl NFT holders at 8 a.m. ET on June 8, to DC3 holders at 11 a.m. ET on June 8, and to “The Lord of the Rings Web3 Movie Experience” holders at 2 p.m. ET on June 8.

The release of “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” follows the 2022 Web3 entertainment offering The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) Web3 Movie Experience.”

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“For fans of this beloved and iconic film, Superman: The Movie is being released as an exclusive Web3 film and immersive digital collectible for the first time,” Michelle Munson, CEO and co-founder of Eluvio, said in a statement. “As part of the WB Movieverse, consumers can easily watch, collect and sell their film Web3 Movie Experiences on the blockchain, in the Movieverse marketplace. For Warner Bros., and the broader industry, Eluvio is honored to back this novel digital sellthrough experience for 4K films and premium video assets — all streamed from and backed by secure blockchain access and ownership on the Eluvio Content Fabric.”

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” will be available for purchase by credit card or crypto currency. 

To participate in this novel experience, fans can create a secure, easy-to-use media wallet that acts as a digital vault and enables consumers to stream and purchase content via credit cards or crypto wallets.

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” is powered by Eluvio. The Eluvio Content Blockchain provides a Web3 platform built for content. It enables Web3 native media experiences, allowing publishers and fans to directly enjoy and monetize shows, films, concerts, digital albums, digital collectibles, interactive and metaverse experiences, and more. Content creators, and their communities, benefit from a significantly more carbon-efficient and high-performance alternative to traditional platforms for content streaming, distribution, and storage, including 4K streaming, ticketing, NFT minting, and trading of premium content. Notably, in this experience, the core digital assets along with derivative NFTs are all on the blockchain, not just the token (NFT) itself. Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and fans enjoy blockchain-backed access control and content rights enforcement, scalable attestation of ownership, smart contracts that enable distributed royalties, and content experiences that can even evolve over time, according to the release.

Season Four of ‘Doom Patrol’ Streaming Dec. 8

The fourth season of the Max Original series “Doom Patrol” debuts with two episodes Dec. 8 on HBO Max, followed by one episode weekly through Jan. 5.

An additional six new episodes from season four will be released in 2023.
 
“Doom Patrol” reimagines one of DC’s groups of superheroes: “Robotman” aka Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), “Negative Man” aka Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer), “Elasti-Woman” aka Rita Farr (April Bowlby), “Crazy Jane” (Diane Guerrero), and “Cyborg” aka Victor Stone (Joivan Wade), joined by former supervillain “Madame Rouge” aka Laura de Mille (Michelle Gomez). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Season Four opens with the team unexpectedly traveling to the future to find an unwelcome surprise. Faced with their imminent demise, the Doom Patrol must decide once and for all which is more important: their own happiness or the fate of the world.

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HBO Max to Debut ‘Harley Quinn’ Valentine’s Day Special

HBO Max has announced an upcoming special for the Max Original adult animated series “Harley Quinn” called Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special.

Debuting on HBO Max in February 2023, the special will feature Harley and Ivy celebrating their very first Valentine’s Day together, while also revealing how the rest of the ragtag crew spends the gushiest, mushiest, most romantic day of the year.
 
The voice cast includes Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Matt Oberg, James Wolk, Natalie Morales, Chris Diamantopoulos, James Adomian, Jim Rash, Vanessa Marshall , Janet Varney, Rachel Dratch, Leila Birch, Tyler James Williams, Josh Helman, Casey Wilson, Michael Ironside and others. 

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Based on characters from DC, the special is produced by Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions and Yes, Norman Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Executive Producers are Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, Jennifer Coyle, Kaley Cuoco and Sam Register.

Sixth and Final Season of ‘Lucifer’ Due on DVD Sept. 13

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC will release the sixth and final season of “Lucifer” on DVD Sept. 13.

In addition to all 10 episodes from season six, the release includes deleted scenes and a gag reel. It will also be available on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection (warnerarchive.com).

Lucifer: The Complete Sixth Season will be available to own digitally Sept. 12.

Lucifer: The Complete Series also will be available on DVD, with all 93 episodes from the series as well as hours of bonus features from all six seasons. 

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In the sixth and final season of “Lucifer,” viewers close the chapter on the crime-solving Devil. With Los Angeles no longer the battleground for his angelic siblings, Lucifer’s relationship with Chloe has never been stronger. Life is good. But his past always finds a way of catching up to him.

The series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris. Based on the characters from DC created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, “Lucifer” is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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.