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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And the next DC Animated movie is....

Yay! Today, Warner Brothers Animation and DC Comics announced what they're next direct-to-video animated movie is!

Well, the next one is Superman/Batman: Public Enemies which comes out in two weeks. I'm talking about the one after that one. And the next one is....

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

This is a largely original story, drawing from the rich multiple Earths of DC's Silver Age. Although, some are already pointing out that it bears many similarities to Grant Morrison's graphic novel JLA: Earth Two, which re-imagined DC's "parallel Earth populated with evil twins" concept. You heard me right, evil twins.

Here's the plot. One day, the Justice League is approached by Lex Luthor. But this isn't our Lex Luthor...this is a heroic Lex Luthor from a parallel Earth. In this Luthor's world, all the heroes are the villains, and the villains are the heroes. Luthor has come to the Justice League's universe because he's been overpowered by the Crime Syndicate - the evil counterparts to the Justice League - and he needs help. So the Justice League teams up with this good Lex Luthor to defeat the Crime Syndicate! But all is not as easy as it seems, as Owlman - the evil counterpart to Batman - unleashes an evil plot that could mean the destruction of both Earths.

And they even announced the first batch of celebrity voices in the cast. We've got:

- Mark Harmon, currently kicking ass and taking names as Special Agent Gibbs on NCIS is voicing Superman.
- William Baldwin, one of the Baldwin brothers and a big-time heartthrob back in the early 1990s, is voicing Batman.
- Chris Noth, best known as Det. Mike Logan in the Law & Order franchise and Mr. Big in the Sex and the City franchise, voices the heroic Lex Luthor.
- Legendary actor James Woods is voicing Owlman.
- Gina Torres, still best remembered by nerds and Whedonites as Zoe on Firefly/Serenity, is voicing Superwoman, the evil counterpart to Wonder Woman.

It'll be hitting your favourite DVD emporium sometime in the spring.

But let's not forget about Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, coming out in two weeks!

It's looking really cool so far. It's based on the first storyline in the Superman/Batman comic book, written by Jeff Loeb and with art by Ed McGuiness. In fact, for the animation, they tried to adapt McGuiness's style. Anyway, the plot. A gigantic kryptonite meteor is heading towards the Earth, threatening to take out most of the planet's population, and President Lex Luthor decides to turn this negative into a positive. Luthor frames Superman and Batman for the whole thing, declares them public enemies #1, puts a $1 billion bounty on their heads, and starts making plans to conquer what little of the world remains. So, on the run from bounty-hunting supervillains and government-backed superheroes, Batman and Superman seek to clear their names and save the world from Luthor and the meteor.

What makes this notable is, once again, the voice cast. They reunited the big three voices from the Batman and Superman cartoons of the 1990s. Kevin Conroy is back voicing Batman, Tim Daly is back voicing Superman, and Clancy Brown is back voicing Lex Luthor.

Some of the new special guest voices in this film include John C. McGinly, still beloved as Dr. Cox on Scrubs as Metallo, Alison Mack, still beloved as Chloe on Smallville, as Power Girl, and Geordi LaForge himself, LeVar Burton, as Black Lightening.

As I said, two weeks!

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