Revealed during DC FanDome 2021, DC Comics’ virtual comic and entertainment convention held on Oct. 16, 2021, Milestone Media producer Reggie Hudlin and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan announced an animated movie based on characters from the Milestone universe is currently in development from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The untitled film will feature a script by Brandon Thomas.
Hudlin and Cowan also unveiled the promotional poster for the upcoming animated movie, which featured art by Bill Sienkiewicz and included characters Static, Hardware, Icon and Rocket. More details are expected to be announced during the 2022 calendar year. Click on the thumbnail right for a closer look.
During DC FanDome, Cowan said, “This has been the thing that Milestone fans have been dreaming about for a long time, and we’re happy to give it to you, finally.” Cowan added that the animated movie wouldn’t focus on just one Milestone character, but multiple characters, and noted it will feature the return of fictional Milestone city of Dakota.
Hudlin and Cowan also confirmed a Static feature film is also in works, with Randy McKinnon currently writing the script.
Also announced at DC FanDome 20021 was The Milestone Initiative, a new program from DC, Milestone Media and WarnerMedia in collaboration with Ally. The program aims to identify, support and elevate emerging diverse writers and artists within the comic book industry.
Milestone Media was founded in 1993 by Cowan, Michael Davis, Derek T. Dingle and the late Dwayne McDuffie, with DC Comics publishing and distributing its books. Further, Static – one of Milestone Media’s most popular characters – was adapted for the Kids’WB! Static Shock animated series which ran from 2000-2004. Additional Milestone Media characters have appeared in other DC Comics-based animated projects, including Young Justice.
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The DC Animated Universe (DCAU for short) comprises of the shared continuity between a series of DC Comics-based animated series and inspired projects, which kicked off in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series. Sometimes referred to also as the “Timmverse” or “Diniverse” – due to the fan-favorite contributions of creators Bruce Timm and Paul Dini – the DCAU covers an expansive universe featuring reoccurring characters, plot and story elements, designs and esthetic choices, along with creators, cast and crew members. In short, it encompasses a host of animated series, movies, comics, etc., the stories of which all inhabit the same fictional universe and continuity.
After being loosely established in Batman: The Animated Series, the DCAU – the term actually coined right here at The World’s Finest by fans which the creators behind these series adopted as the official moniker for these animated shows – started to truly form with Superman: The Animated Series. Not only was it established early on in the series’ production that it would share the same universe as Batman: The Animated Series, but Superman: The Animated Series offered the first true glimpse of the expanding universe following team-ups with not only Batman (the same iteration of the character from Batman: The Animated Series), but also a host of other DC Comics super-heroes. This series would also prove to be crucial in later DCAU series, including Justice League. From Superman: The Animated Series, additional series taking place in the same continuity, including the likes of Batman Beyond and Static Shock, started to roll out.
While Justice League Unlimited was the last regular animated series to air which took place within DCAU continuity, wrapping in 2006, there have since been a host of animated and comic book-based projects since keeping the universe alive. This includes animated features, such as Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, and comic books, including Batman: The Adventures Continue, among other similar releases.
Outside of Timm and Dini, other key creators behind the DC Animated Universe include Alan Burnett, Dwayne McDuffie, Butch Lukic, Eric Radomski, Boyd Kirkland, Andrea Romano, Shirley Walker, and the Dynamic Music Partners. Noteworthy contributors also include famed comic talents Darwyn Cooke (responsible for the Batman Beyond opening credits), J.M. DeMatteis, Mark Evanier, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Gerry Conway and Dennis O’Neil. Just as impactful to the success of the DCAU were the voice actors. Each series boasting an impressive array of talent in front of mic, with countless actors forever considered as turning in iconic portrayals in their respective roles. Central performers include Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Loren Lester, Tara Strong, Tim Daly, George Newbern, Susan Eisenberg, Phil LaMarr, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, Maria Canals-Barrera, Will Friedle, Clancy Brown, Dana Delany, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Michael Ironside, Corey Burton, and Diedrach Bader, among many others.
Though what exactly falls under the DCAU banner is occasionally up for debate among fans, the following animated series listed below (and their respective animated movie spin-offs and animated shorts) are considered unequivocally as taking place within the shared universe:
Batman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
The Zeta Project
Justice League Unlimited
Continuing, while the majority of DCAU-based spin-off materials – video games, comic books, and other offshoot media – are considered to be in-continuity, any time they conflict with major plot-points and events from the main DCAU animated series listed above, they are then considered out-of-continuity. Along those lines, there is also assorted content available which uses DCAU character designs but are not in continuity – such as the Superman: Brainiac Attacks animated feature, the Lobo web-series, and the assorted Batman Beyond (and related) comic titles starting from 2010 to current day, for example.
On a similar note, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation have produced other acclaimed and fan-beloved animated series and content over the years inspired by the publisher’s library of characters – including Teen Titans, The Batman, Young Justice and many others – which do not take place within the DC Animated Universe. These “DC Animated Series” tend to feature their own unique spin on established DC Comics characters and classic storylines, all inhabiting their own unique continuities.
The DC Animated Universe is vast, encompassing hundreds of episodes and adventures. To learn more about the DC Animated Universe, simply check out the assorted animated series subsites (linked above) which make up this shared universe! Each dedicated site includes episode guides, reviews, media, exclusive interviews and content, plus a host of production and rare behind-the-scenes materials. And to help start off one’s journey into the DC Animated Universe, check out the watchlists below, featuring the assorted series broken down in both chronological and production order:
DCAU – Chronological Order Batman: The Animated Series, Episodes 1-31 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Batman: The Animated Series, Episodes 32-85 Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero Superman: The Animated Series, Episodes 1-41 (up to “World’s Finest, Part 3”) The New Batman Adventures Gotham Girls Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Superman: The Animated Series, Episodes 42-54 Static Shock, Episodes 1-33 Justice League, Episodes 1-49 Static Shock, Episodes 34-52 Justice League, Episodes 50-52 Justice League Unlimited, Episodes 1-25 Justice League Unlimited, Episodes 27-39 Batman & Harley Quinn Justice League vs The Fatal Five Batman Beyond, Episodes 1-28 The Zeta Project Batman Beyond, Episodes 29-52 Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker Justice League Unlimited, Episode 26 (“Epilogue”)
DCAU – Chronological Order (Alternate simplified version) Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1 (1992) Batman: The Animated Series, Season 2 (1994) Superman: The Animated Series, Season 1 (1996) Superman: The Animated Series, Season 2 (1997) Batman: The Animated Series, aka The New Batman Adventures, Season 3 (1997) Gotham Girls, Season 1 (2000) Gotham Girls, Season 2 (2001) Gotham Girls, Season 3 (2002) Superman: The Animated Series, Season 3 (1998) Static Shock, Season 1 (2000) Justice League, Season 1 (2001) Static Shock, Season 2 (2002) Static Shock, Season 3 (2003) Justice League, Season 2 (2003) Static Shock, Season 4 (2004) Justice League Unlimited, Season 1 (2004) Justice League Unlimited, Season 2 *until Episode 25 (2005) Justice League Unlimited, Season 3 (2005) Batman Beyond, Season 1 (1999) Batman Beyond, Season 2 (1999) The Zeta Project, Season 1 (2001) The Zeta Project, Season 2 (2002) Batman Beyond, Season 3 (2000) Justice League Unlimited, Season 2, Episode 26 “Epilogue” (2005)
DCAU – Production Order (Alternate simplified version) Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1 (1992) Batman: The Animated Series, Season 2 (1994) Superman: The Animated Series, Season 1 (1996) Superman: The Animated Series, Season 2 (1997) Batman: The Animated Series, aka The New Batman Adventures, Season 3 (1997) Superman: The Animated Series, Season 3 (1998) Batman Beyond, Season 1 (1999) Batman Beyond, Season 2 (1999) Gotham Girls, Season 1 (2000) Batman Beyond, Season 3 (2000) Static Shock, Season 1 (2000) The Zeta Project, Season 1 (2001) Gotham Girls, Season 2 (2001) Justice League, Season 1 (2001) Static Shock, Season 2 (2002) The Zeta Project, Season 2 (2002) Gotham Girls, Season 3 (2002) Static Shock, Season 3 (2003) Justice League, Season 2 (2003) Static Shock, Season 4 (2004) Justice League Unlimited, Season 1 (2004) Justice League Unlimited, Season 2 (2005) Justice League Unlimited, Season 3 (2005)
“And the adventure continues …”
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HBO Max has announced that Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be joining the streaming service starting February 1, 2021, with Static Shock and The Batman to be available starting February 15, 2021. HBO Max is an American-based subscription video on demand streaming service from AT&T’s Warner Media, which also owns publisher DC Comics and its characters.
Warner Media confirms all 52 episodes of Justice League will be available, as will all 39 episodes of its sequel series, Justice League Unlimited. Every episode of Static Shock, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well as The Batman and its spin-off movie, The Batman vs. Dracula, will also be streamable on HBO Max. The majority of the DC Comics-based animated and live-action content was previously available on the DC Universe streaming service, which became a comics-exclusive streaming platform in January 2021.
The World’s Finest can also confirm exclusively, courtesy of HBO Max, that both Static Shock and The Batman will be available on the streaming service in high-definition widescreen, a first for both of these series in terms of home media releases.
HBO Max and Warner Media have provided program descriptions for Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Static Shock and The Batman, all of which are available below:
Static Shock Based on characters from the DC Comics series, superhero Virgil Hawkins and his classmates confront real problems and issues faced by today’s teens: peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse, urban neighborhood. But helping people and making a positive impact in his community gives a real charge to this newfound superhero in the animated adventures of Static Shock.
The Batman In Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, lives The Batman. He’s in his mid-twenties and just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while maintaining his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. This younger Batman confronts updated versions of familiar foes, meeting each member of his classic Rogues’ Gallery for the first time. With the likes of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the Dark Knight takes his war on crime to the next level, employing a new arsenal of experimental Bat-gadgets and amped-up Batmobile, all operated and linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the “BatWave.” Join the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history for action-packed super heroic adventures that test the limits of this legendary character’s extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills.
Batman: The Brave and The Bold Batman isn’t going at it alone this time! The Caped Crusader teams up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and others fight crime alongside Batman, although their differing powers and personalities are often at odds with the Dark Knight’s style. While still based in Gotham, Batman often travels beyond the Gotham City limits, facing situations both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman still relies on his stealth, resourcefulness, and limitless supply of cool gadgets to uphold justice.
Justice League In this action-packed adventure series, the world’s greatest superheroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, join forces as the Justice League to battle powerful villains, supernatural creatures and evil entities determined to take over the world and destroy the League. Based on the DC Comics characters.
Justice League Unlimited In a world of extraterrestrial invasions, powerful sorcerers, vast shadowy conspiracies and ancient gods, the galaxy’s most powerful superheroes return to battle the allied villains and criminal plots that endanger the universe. Two years ago, the world’s greatest heroes banded together as the Justice League and dedicated themselves to battling threats too great for any single hero to handle. Since then, they’ve saved the world countless times from unimaginable dangers. But the price has been high. With their ranks diminished after fighting off an alien invasion and with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace, the remaining Justice League crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and manpower than they have at hand. A lot more. These heroes come home to roost in their high-tech Watchtower, sporting space-based energy weapons and a powered-up fleet of Javelin spaceships. The team members tap innovative matter-transporters that zip them from one location to another in a flash. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern continue to lead the universe’s most powerful superheroes, including such well-known defenders as Supergirl, Green Arrow and the Atom as well as Booster Gold, Hawk & Dove, Elongated Man, Mister Miracle, Big Barda and Zatanna. These fearless fighters and many others are the Justice League Unlimited.
Stay tuned for continued select HBO Max updates right here at The World’s Finest, including details here on Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond recently joining the streaming service. For further coverage, check out The World’s Finest subsites dedicated to Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, The Batman and Batman: The Brave and The Bold, each section packaged with extensive coverage and exclusive content. Also, click the link below to discuss this news!
Warner Archive has recently provided The World’s Finest with a copy Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD to review. In short, Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season is a great send-off to the series, giving Static one last round of legitimately well-written stories and solid action (the last three episodes, which focus solely on the core Static Shock cast, are top-notch). Click on the image below to check out the full review.
Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season is available to own from Warner Archive, and can be purchased through the label and WBShop.com, along with other select retailers. Warner Archive describes the release as follows:
Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Static Shock‘s fourth and final season cements Static’s arrival as an A-list super hero, thanks to a Bat-charged flash-forward that sees Static (voiced by Phil LaMarr) bounce from the present-era Bruce Wayne/Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) to Batman Beyond’s Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle) and a glimpse at his own future self. After confronting the future’s incarnation of Kobra (voiced by Lance Henriksen), Virgil returns to Dakota City in the present, where he and Gear (voiced by Jason Marsden) tackle faux Bang Baby wannabe hero She-Bang, assist African hero Anansi and try to take down Static’s idol, Green Lantern (also voiced by LaMarr). It all comes to a head when a cure is discovered for the Bang Babies – a cure that threatens Gear’s and Static’s abilities as well! This collection also includes the Justice League Unlimited two-part episode “The Once and Future Thing” (Part One, Part Two), which follows up on elements from Static Shock’s time-bending season opener.
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Warner Archive will release Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season to DVD at the end of April 2018. The two-disc collection brings the fourth season of Static Shock to home video for the first time. Static Shock follows the adventures of teenager Virgil Hawkins as he fights to keep Dakota City safe while juggling responsibilities at home, at school and with friends.
Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season is available to order from Warner Archive starting April 24, 2018 through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets. Pre-order will also be available. Warner Archive has already released the previous three seasons of the acclaimed animated series. An official press release for the DVD title has yet to be issued, though WB Shop has provided the following details below.
Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Release Date: April 24, 2018 MSRP: $24.99 Run Time: 276 Minutes Aspect Ratio: 4 X 3 Full Frame | Original Aspect Ratio – 1.33:1 Audio: Stereo
Synopsis: Static Shock’s fourth and final season cements Static’s arrival as an A-list super hero, thanks to a Bat-charged flash-forward that sees Static (voiced by Phil Lamarr) bounce from the present-era Bruce Wayne/Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) to Batman Beyond’s Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle) and a glimpse at his own future self. After confronting the future’s incarnation of Kobra (voiced by Lance Henriksen), Virgil returns to Dakota City in the present, where he and Gear (voiced by Jason Marsden) tackle faux Bang Baby wannabe hero She-Bang, assist African hero Anansi and try to take down Static’s idol, Green Lantern (also voiced by Lamarr). It all comes to a head when a cure is discovered for the Bang Babies – a cure that threatens Gear’s and Static’s abilities as well!
This collection also includes the Justice League Unlimited two-part episode “The Once and Future Thing,” which follows up on elements from Static Shock‘s time-bending season opener.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive are expected to release further details on this title in the near future. Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season is available to order from Warner Archive starting April 24, 2018 through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets. Pre-order for the title will also be available.
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