One of the cooler aspects of the early Warner Bros. Animation DC films were the animated shorts. DC has some really cool ones including a great Green Arrow one.
Now WBA is bringing the Showcase series back. These will be an awesome way to put the spotlight on characters who otherwise couldn’t carry their own films.
Starting out we’ll see Sgt. Rock (and presumably Easy Company) with the Batman: Hush film.
Here’s the details:
Sgt. Rock is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) from a script by award-winning comics writers Louise Simonson & Walter Simonson and Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen).
The original tale finds battle-weary Sgt. Rock thinking he has seen everything that World War II can dish out. But he is in for the surprise of his life when he isassigned to lead a company consisting of legendary monsters into battle against an unstoppable platoon of Nazi zombies. Karl Urban (Star Trek & Lord of the Rings film franchises) provides the voice of Sgt. Rock. Also voicing characters in Sgt. Rock are Keith Ferguson, William Salyers and Audrey Wasilewski.
Next up is Adam Strange, a character I’m excited is getting this showcase:
Adam Strange is written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine: City of Demons). On a rugged asteroid mining colony, few of the toiling workers are aware that their town drunk was ever anything but an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed.
He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber (How To Get Away with Murder) provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore.
Neil Gaiman’s Death will also be featured in a story written by DeMatteis.
In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy … and eventual death.
Leonardo Nam (Westworld) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren.
The Phantom Stranger also gets profiled.
Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth. When odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, the Phantom Stranger intervenes to save her from a dreary fate. Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to The Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) provides the voice of Seth. The Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
The most intriguing is the fifth showcase, which features Batman: Death in the Family. That will be a long-form animated short, which anchors a compilation set for distribution in late 2020. I‘m curious what that could be if it’s not an extended focus on Jason Todd aka The Red Hood.
In another cool twist, the shorts will kick off with a new, live-action branding sequence that features a few Easter Eggs.
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Animation