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.

Animated Feature ‘King Tweety’ Due on Digital and DVD June 14

The animated family feature King Tweety is set for release on digital and DVD June 14 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, King Tweety finds Tweety, Sylvester and Granny jet-setting to the Canary Islands where Tweety learns he’s a royal descendant and the next in line to the throne. When the queen of the island paradise disappears, Tweety unexpectedly becomes next in line for the crown. His entourage includes motorbike daredevil Granny and sly Sylvester, whose allegiance is tested when he uncovers a sinister plot to eliminate Tweety for good.

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The release includes three bonus classic “Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries” cartoons: “Something Fishy Around Here,” “The Maltese Canary” and “The Cat Who Knew Too Much.”

King Tweety features the voice talents of Eric Bauza as Sylvester/Tweety/Larry Bird/the Handsome Stewart; Flula Borg as Harold/Singing Fish/Enthusiastic Crowdgoer; Carlease Burke as Queen Honk/Candice the Crane; Jon Daly as Diego; Regi Davis as Rodrigo the Dog/Charlie Bird Parker/an Owl; Dana DeLorenzo as Izza; Riki Lindhome as Beep Beep; Candi Milo as Granny/Green Bean/Lady Bird Johnson; Maya Lynne Robinson as Officer Gnutz/Dancer; Niccole Thurman as Aoogah/Melaney Blank and Mark Whitten as Officer Siedes/John Foray.

 

‘Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog’ Due on Digital and DVD Sept. 14

Two of animation’s top canine characters team up in Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a new, full-length animated family film set for release on digital and DVD Sept. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog finds the teen sleuths in the town of Nowhere, Kan., where they meet Courage the Cowardly Dog. There they investigate what makes the backwoods hometown of Courage and his owners Eustace and Muriel Bagge one of the weirdest places on Earth. The canine colleagues sniff out a strange object, putting the team on the trail of a giant cicada monster and her winged warriors.

The release includes three bonus classic “Scooby-Doo!” episodes: the “Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” episode “Decoy for a Dognapper”; the “The Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour” episode “The Gruesome Game of the Gator Ghoul”; and the “The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour” episode “Chiller Diller Movie Thriller.”

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Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog features the voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley. The film also features Jeff Bergman as Eustice Bagge, Marty Grabstein as Courage the Cowardly Dog and Thea White as Muriel Bagge.

Pauly Shore’s ‘Guest House’ Most-Viewed New-Release Movie in U.S. Homes

Three new films appeared on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 12: Guest House at No. 7, Superman: Man of Tomorrow at No. 12, and The Karate Kid at No. 14.

Guest House, from Lionsgate, is a comedy starring Pauly Shore, best known for a string of 1990s comedies such as Encino Man and Jury Duty. Shore, the son of comedian Sammy Shore and The Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore, plays a squatter who refuses to move from a guest house even after the property is sold to a newly engaged couple. The film was released through digital platforms and retailers on Sept. 4, ahead of its Nov. 10 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Sept. 8, two weeks after its digital release. It’s the 40th entry in the direct-to-video DC Universe series of superhero movies based on DC Comics characters, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. It details the early days of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent, in Metropolis.

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The Karate Kid is a 1984 martial arts drama starring Ralph Macchio Jr., who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso in “Cobra Kai,” a Web series based on the movie and its sequels. Consumers were likely motivated to watch the movie by the recent surge in popularity of “Cobra Kai,” the first two seasons of which became available on Netflix on Aug. 28.

The political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, made the biggest jump on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Irresistible moved up to No. 10 after debuting at No. 19 the prior week in the wake of its Sept. 1 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (though its disc version hasn’t cracked the top 50 on VideoScan’s sales chart in either its two weeks on shelves). The film was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. A Focus Features production, Irresistible was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

The top five remain relatively unchanged from the prior week  — and from the week before that. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, though this week season three leapfrogged season two to take the No. 2 spot. Universal’s The King of Staten Island switched places with RLJ FIlms’ The Tax Collector to finish as No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  5. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  11. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  12. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Warner)
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  14. The Karate Kid (Sony)
  15. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  16. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  17. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  18. Scoob! (Warner)
  19. 1917 (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 12.

‘The Outpost,’ ‘Deathstroke’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Despite the lack of theatrical titles, the home entertainment marketplace is once again getting a fresh batch of new releases on both the physical media side and the digital side.

Topping the slate of new disc releases available Aug. 18 is Screen Media’s The Outpost, a war drama directed by Rod Lurie that is based on the book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh during the War in Afghanistan. The film, which stars Orlando Bloom, was scheduled to premiere at the 2020 South by Southwest Film Festival, but in the wake of the festival’s cancellation it was released via VOD, and in a handful of open theaters, on July 3. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and may also be purchased or rented through digital retailers.

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Also new, to Blu-ray Disc, is Warner Bros.’ Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons: The Movie, a 2020 direct-to-video animated superhero film compiling the CW Seed series “Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons” produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The film has been available through digital retailers since Aug. 4.

Two other new releases worthy of note, Military Wives and Emperor, come from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and are available on DVD and digital only.

Military Wives is a 2019 British dramedy starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. It was directed by Peter Cattaneo, from a screenplay by Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.

Emperor, directed by Mark Amir, is based on the life story of Shields Green, an escaped slave who travels north and has chance encounters with Frederick Douglass and John Brown.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 6/4/19;
Warner;
Animated;
$24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for fantasy violence.
Voices of Troy Baker, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney, Baron Vaughn, Eric Bauza, Rachel Bloom, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Cas Anvar, Keith Ferguson, Brian George, Ben Giroux, Andrew Kishino, Jim Meskimen.

The popularity of the 2015-16 Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book miniseries made a movie version a no-brainer. Fortunately, respective rights holders Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon agreed to join forces to produce the pleasantly surprising Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Bringing the two worlds together is a better fit than one might imagine, as both Batman and TMNT present heroes expertly trained in the martial arts with a vast supporting cast to play off of.

The key team up here, however, is between the villains, as the story brings together like-minded cult leaders Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul in an alliance that forces Batman and the turtles to join forces to stop them.

The film has fun pairing up different members of the supporting casts, and presents some great fight sequences, most notably Batman taking on all four turtles at once, and another of Batman in a brutal one-on-one showdown with Shredder.

The colorful animation style is evocative of the classic designs of many of the characters without looking too cartoony, finding a nice balance between the absurdity of the premise and a story that takes itself seriously but doesn’t forget to keep a tongue in its cheek. Yet it also doesn’t forget the nature of its characters and isn’t afraid to play up the bloody violence of which they’re capable.

The comic book itself a collaboration between two companies, DC Comics and IDW, spawned a second miniseries in 2017 and a third in 2019. So there should be plenty of material for future movies to work with.

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The Blu-ray includes the featurettes “Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide,” an interesting look at the history of comic book crossovers that runs about 13 minutes, and “Fight Night in Gotham,” an 18-minute video that delves into the animation techniques used to depict the different fight match-ups and the fighting styles of the characters.