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Monday, July 05, 2010

More on Superman/Batman: Apocolypse

So, hey, remember last week when I was telling you about the new straight-to-DVD animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse?

Hey, the Internet is magic, how about if I make this text link to the relevant blog entry?  Now I don't have to retype everything.  Yay, HTML! 

So, we've got all kinds of new information on it that I need to pass along.

First up, more of the big celebrity voice cast.  Andre Braugher does the voice of our main villain, the New God warlord Darkseid.  And Ed Asner reprises his Superman: The Animated Series role of Darkseid's drill sergeant, Granny Goodness.

DC/Warner Brothers have also begun this thing called DC Showcase, where each of these direct-to-DVD movies includes a 10-minute short film highlighting a B-list hero in the DC Universe.  On the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD, we'll be treated to a short featuring the adventures of Green Arrow.  Written by veteran comic book and animation writer Greg Weisman, we follow the adventures of Oliver Queen as he heads to the airport to pick up his girlfriend, only to have to suit up and do battle with the evil archer Merlyn the Magnificent who's there to assassinate a visiting princess.  Neil McDonough does the voice of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, and Malcolm McDowell does the voice of Merlyn. 

Anyway, bonus stuff!  As has become the trend, it's available in the 3 versions:  single-disc, movie-only edition, 2-disc special edition, and Blu-Ray.

On the 2-disc special edition, you get:

  • A sneak peak at the next DTV animated film.  (Rumored to be a Green Lantern one, to tie in with next year's live-action movie)
  • A featurette on the history of Supergirl in the comics.
  • 2 bonus episodes of The New Batman/Superman Adventures  
On the Blu-Ray, you get all that, and:
  • A featurette on the New Gods, focusing on the villainous Darkseid
  • 2 featurettes on the New Gods superheroes Orion and Mr. Miracle
  • 2 MORE bonus episodes of The New Batman/Superman Adventures 
It comes out on September 28.

Don't forget, the next DTV animated film, Batman: Under the Red Hood, comes out on July 27.

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