A raft of geek animation news broke in the last few days and we round it up here.
Dwayne Johnson is set to voice Krypto the Super-Dog in the upcoming animated feature DC’s League of Super-Pets, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film has been in development since 2018 (see "Super-Pets on the Big Screen"), but is now apparently on a fast track; release is planned for May 20, 2022. Jared Stern (The LEGO Batman Movie) wrote the script and is co-directing with Sam Levine (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero).
Wizards of the Coast has released an animated short introducing viewers to Dungeons & Dragons
character Drizzt Do’Urden, with narration by Benedict Cumberbatch (embedded below). R.A. Salvatore, who wrote over thirty novels featuring the character, wrote the short. It’s part of a summer-long celebration of the character, which centers around the release of the Dark Alliance
video game (out June 21) and also includes action figures, Magic: The Gathering
cards, Funko POP figures, customers, t-shirts, a life-size figure (see "Greet ‘D&D’ Players at the Door
") and more. A live-action film is also in development.
HBO Max and Cartoon Network will launch new animated series featuring DC’s two most popular characters, Batman and Superman, Warner Bros. Animation announced. The two series build on the success of Batman: The Animated Series
and Superman: The Animated
Series in the 90s. Like the 90s Batman series, the new series, Batman: Caped Crusader
, will be developed by Bruce Timm, this time along with J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves.
In My Adventures with Superman,
Jack Quaid (the Boys) will play a 20-something Clark Kent and Superman, and Alice Lee (Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist
) will play Lois Lane.
Both series were ordered straight to series by the streamer and the network.
Marvel will debut Spidey and his Amazing Friends
, a new animated series for preschoolers, on Disney Junior this summer, according to License Global
. The launch will be accompanied by licensed products from Hasbro, General Mills, and other companies.
Netflix will launch a Mech Cadets
3D animated series based on the BOOM! Studios Mech Cadet Yu
graphic novels written by Greg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, in 2023. BOOM! Studios announced. The series will be exec produced by BOOM!, Japanese studio Polygon Pictures, and Aaron Lam (Ash vs. Evil Dead
), who will also write.
Warner Bros. will release the animated feature Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two
in the DC Universe Movies series on Blu-ray on August 10, after a two-week digital window, the studio announced. The first of the two The Long Halloween
features was released May 11 (see "Trailer for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’
"). A Blue Beetle
short will accompany the feature. Trailer embedded below.