Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, two key people behind the highly acclaimed and influential DC Animated Universe, are joining forces once again for a new Justice League direct to video movie titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters. This movie will have no ties to the continuity that has been established with other recent direct to video movies based on the New 52, such as Justice League: War, and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis. It is scheduled for a 2015 release.
This is potentially great news for Green Lantern John Stewart fans, because the likelihood of seeing him in this film is quite high. It was Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett who were behind the inclusion of John Stewart in the hit Justice League animated series. They played a huge part in making John Stewart the well-known character he is now. Furthermore, Timm is on record for being a big fan of Hawkgirl. After all these years, could we finally be seeing a Justice League more akin to the hit animated series?
I certainly hope so! The quality of Warner Bros. DC animated features has plummeted since the days of the DC Animated Universe, and rumor has it Bruce Timm stepped away from doing DC Comics based projects because DC only wanted him to adapt what they specifically wanted him to, which would explain the prevalence of Hal Jordan in many of their projects. Indeed, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths was supposed to have John Stewart instead of Hal Jordan, and showcase an event during the interim between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, but that was changed and Hal Jordan was used. If Bruce Timm is allowed to cut loose like he was during the DC Animated Universe days, then I’m quite confident we’ll get a stellar product.
In related news, Warner Animation and Machinima have joined forces for Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, a series of short online episodes that will tie into the upcoming movie. These shorts will feature darker versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman than what is usually seen. From Sam Register, head of Warner Bros. Animation:
“We couldn’t be happier to be announcing our first new digital series today, and we’re even more excited that it’s a collaboration with such accomplished storytellers as Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, who have been responsible for some of the most innovative and creative DC Universe projects. We can’t wait for fans to have a chance to see the world they have created when ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ debuts on Machinima next year.”
Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment president, had this to say:
“We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats. Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”
Cross your fingers, John Stewart fans. I think the emerald crusader might be coming back to animation, at long last!