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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Justice League: New Frontier Details

I was talking about this earlier in the week...about how the straight-to-DVD-animated film market is booming. Well, the next in the series being pumped out by DC Comics and Warner Brothers is coming out on February 26, and it's the most anticipated one of the lot.

Justice League: The New Frontier is based on the multiple-award winning, best-selling comic book mini-series of the same name. Written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke (who actually got his start in the industry as a storyboard artist on Batman: The Animated Series), The New Frontier is a re-imagining of the origins of the Justice League, set in the 1950s, and designed to reflect the policies and political spectrum in the world at that time. I read the book about a month ago...it's really good.

And it's been turned into a straight-to-DVD animated movie! And, in a new twist for these straight-to-DVD movies, it'll be available in both a single-disc, movie-only version and a 2-disc super-special edition!

For bonus materials, you get:

Super Heroes United!: The Complete Justice League History - a documentary about the premiere superhero team in the DC universe, the Justice League.

- A running commentary with the directors and animators

- A running commentary with the film's co-writer, and writer of the original story, Darwyn Cooke.

Sneak Preview of Batman: Gotham Knight - The next straight-to-DVD animated film is, well, Batman meets The Animatrix. A group of Japanese animators have had their way with Batman to produce this heavily anime-influenced Batman film. It comes out in the summer, and is meant to fill in the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

That's all on the single-disc, movie-only version. If you go for the 2-disc special edition, you get all this sweet stuff on disc 2:

The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the Super Villain - a comprehensive documentary on the history and development of super villains.

Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier - A featurette all about the original comic, featuring Darwyn Cooke.

Bruce Timm's Favourite Episodes of Justice League Unlimited - Batman: The Animated Series/Superman: The Animated Series/Batman Beyond/Justice League/Justice League Unlimited creator and Justice League: New Frontier co-director Bruce Timm give you his three favourite episodes of Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart, To Another Shore, and Task Force X.

This is going to be a sweet movie...if it's as half as good as the book!

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