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Old July 20 2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham (DC animated movies)

The slate of DC animated movies for 2014 was announced at Comic-Con. In addition to the previously-announced Justice League: War, which will be released in early 2014, the slate will consist of Son of Batman, likely based on Grant Morrison's "Batman and Son" story arc, which will be released in summer 2014, and Batman: Assault on Arkham, said to be based on the Arkham video games, which will be released in fall 2014.
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Old July 20 2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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That is terrible. Even Morrison admitted Batman & Son wasn't up to his usual standards.
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Old July 20 2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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Justice League War: should be cool

Batman and Son: awesome!

Batman Arkham: um. a movie based on a video game? that worries me. I only played the first few hours of the first game. does it have an actual story? I know it's by Paul Dini.
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Old July 20 2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Batman Arkham: um. a movie based on a video game? that worries me. I only played the first few hours of the first game. does it have an actual story? I know it's by Paul Dini.
I think it's more a case of being set in the world of the video games, and using the designs of the games, rather than an actual adaptation of the storylines.
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Old July 20 2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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Hmm, they're focusing much too heavily on what's current. I thought that when James Tucker took over as producer of the line, he said they'd be doing a broader, more eclectic mix of projects including both adaptations and original works. What we're getting so far is pretty much the opposite of that -- still just Superman, Batman, and Justice League, all adaptations, and heavily focused on the recent stuff. I don't appreciate the bait-and-switch.

Also, Wikipedia says that the "Batman & Son" story arc was the beginning of Morrison's Batman run as well as the introduction of Damian Wayne. It makes me wonder if the plan is to do a series of Morrison adaptations covering the high points of his run on the series.
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Old July 21 2013, 12:05 AM   #6
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Also, Wikipedia says that the "Batman & Son" story arc was the beginning of Morrison's Batman run as well as the introduction of Damian Wayne. It makes me wonder if the plan is to do a series of Morrison adaptations covering the high points of his run on the series.
please Please PLEASE let this ^ NOT be the plan. Morrison's Batman run becomes increasingly uneven and incoherent as it progresses.

As Christopher suggested in another thread, I would much prefer a wrap-up movie for Young Justice. Or maybe just some wholly original stories written just for the animated movies. They seem to have a pretty talented crew working on these movies: unleash them from the boundaries of this comic issue or that story arc, and really let them run with an idea.
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Old July 21 2013, 12:53 AM   #7
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please Please PLEASE let this ^ NOT be the plan. Morrison's Batman run becomes increasingly uneven and incoherent as it progresses.
Well, as I mentioned in another thread, adaptations allow you to streamline and distill the best parts of an original work that was more uneven. For instance, the '90s animated Spider-Man series handled the alien costume saga and the emergence of Venom far more cohesively than the original comics that were kind of making stuff up as they went and retconning things into the story after the fact.

Still, if that is the direction they're going, I'm not crazy about it. I'd like to see more originals and more focus on stories that have stood the test of time and earned adaptations, as opposed to just stuff that's recent and prominent.
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Old July 21 2013, 03:19 AM   #8
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I'm still looking forward to the movies since I've enjoyed their others, but at the same time I really wish they would do more characters, and original stories. The two Green Lantern movies, and the Wonder Woman movie were great, and they were both original stories and heroes other than Superman or Batman. Apparently Flashpoint Paradox does focus pretty heavily on Flash, so maybe we can at least get some JL movies that focus on characters other than The Big Two.
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Old July 21 2013, 07:39 AM   #9
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There is nothing of interest to me in that announcement. Perhaps these were in development before Tucker took control?????? I hope so....

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Old July 21 2013, 09:13 AM   #10
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^ Same here. I'm a huge DC guy, but these animated movies just aren't interesting me much anymore. Batman: Year One was probably the last one I really liked.
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Old July 21 2013, 02:19 PM   #11
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I felt Superman: Unbound was a good debut for Tucker as the producer of the DVD line.
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Old July 21 2013, 08:07 PM   #12
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I also liked Unbound more than I expected.

Its interesting even though these things are not in continuity with each other, there is a character progression in common.

Supergirl was introduced in Apocalypse and than appeared here. Lois knew Clark's identity in The Elite movie and than became engaged in Unbound.
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Old July 21 2013, 09:33 PM   #13
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^Interesting observation. I wonder how well these various movies could fit together continuity-wise despite the different casts and character designs. Which ones have overt inconsistencies between them and which don't?
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Old July 23 2013, 09:49 AM   #14
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It seems that Lois & Clark's relationship is partially based on what it was in the comics of the time. At least the sense of her being in on the secret. I suspect they kept that for having an new angle to explore in the little time they have. Superman : The Animated Series and JLU never explored it.

I think most of the movies could fit into the same continuity. Any that where based on stories in the shared pre-52 DC Universe. Different comics have very different art styles from title to title and are still meant to be in the same universe. Heck the character designs are vastly different within the same title when a new artist comes on board
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Old July 23 2013, 01:28 PM   #15
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^Most of these movies are direct or approximate adaptations of actual storylines from the comics, so they reflect the state of affairs in the stories they're adapting (although maybe "affairs" is the wrong word to use when talking about a couple's marital status). That in itself no doubt contributes to the appearance of continuity, even if the filmmakers aren't intentionally keeping the movies mutually consistent.
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