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“Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, “Batman: Hush,” Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” Animated Movies Announced

Revealed during the San Diego Comic-Con 2018 The Death of Superman World Premiere panel, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced four DC Universe Movie titles slated for 2019, which include an adaption of the acclaimed Batman: Hush storyline, a new Justice League adventure, and an original Wonder Woman animated feature. Reign of the Supermen, the first DC Universe Movie title of 2019, was announced in 2017. Continue below for DC Comics’ official release.

Batman: Hush is Getting an Animated Movie

In late 2002, acclaimed writer Jeph Loeb and a talented artist known for his work at Marvel, Image and WildStorm named Jim Lee debuted a 12-part Batman storyline in the pages of Batman #608. The story’s title was “Hush,” and the simple name belied a surprisingly complex story that would feature much of the Dark Knight’s popular rogues’ gallery, hint at the eventual return of the once dead Jason Todd, introduce Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Tommy Elliot and bring the romantic undertones of Batman’s relationship with Catwoman to the forefront for the first time.

DCIt’s a story that’s ripe with cinematic potential, as we’ll likely discover when it’s brought to animated life as part of the next wave of DC Universe Movies.

The 2019 slate was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con panel following the The Death of Superman world premiere. Based on the seminal storyline that shocked fans of the Man of Steel when it debuted 25 years ago, The Death of Superman is actually only the beginning of the story. The second part of the previously announced two-part adaptation, Reign of the Supermen, kicks things off in early 2019. Focusing on what happens after Superman’s death, the comics that inspired part two introduced characters who have gone on to play integral roles in the world of Superman, such as Steel, Cyborg Superman and Conner Kent. Look for some Reign of the Supermen teasers in the closing credits of The Death of Superman.

After that, in spring 2019, the Justice League returns for Justice League vs. The Fatal Five. Originally composed of supercriminals Tharok, Emerald Empress, Validus, Mano and the Persuader, the Fatal Five were first introduced in 1967 and are more commonly associated with the Legion of Super-Heroes. While they have appeared in animation before, both on Justice League Unlimited and on the Legion of Superheroes animated series, they’ve been largely dormant for a while (though Emerald Empress did play a key role in the recent Justice League vs. Suicide Squad comic book event). This is an original story, and there’s much we don’t know about it. Is it set in the future or the present day? Will the Legion appear? Which Justice Leaguers will we see? Only time will tell!

The third movie for 2019, Batman: Hush will release in summer, and will follow the two-part Death of Superman/Reign of the Supermen as the latest animated movie based on an acclaimed DC comic storyline. While this year’s Batman: Gotham by Gaslight was arguably the last Batman-centered DC Universe Movie, it’s an “Elseworlds” tale featuring a Victorian Era Dark Knight. Hush will find the series returning to the present day and set in a much more familiar Gotham City. The comic storyline featured popular Bat baddies like Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul and the Joker, but it’s also well known for introducing the villain it’s named after—the bandage-faced Hush. While a child version of the character has made a couple of appearances on Gotham and Hush has appeared in video games like the Arkham and LEGO Batman titles, he’s never before appeared in a DC Universe Movie.

But wait, there’s more…

Yes, typically WBHE releases three DC Universe Movies each year, but 2019 is special and we’re getting a fourth. For the first time since her fan-favorite 2009 animated movie, Wonder Woman will take center stage in an original animated movie called Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. Not much is known about this mysterious—but very exciting—bonus movie, but expect to learn more next year.

Further details are expected to be released in the coming months for all four upcoming DC Universe Movie titles, including cast details, release dates and trailers. Stay tuned to The World’s Finest for more content, images, videos and exclusive content.

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Reign of the Supermen Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Batman: Hush Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
The Death of Superman Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
DC Comics Animation – General Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)

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DC Universe Subscription Service Available For Pre-Order, Will Cost $7.99/Month, Or $74.99/Year

DC Entertainment has released pricing details and additional programming notes for its upcoming DC Universe proprietary streaming service, which will launch with the live-action series Titans later this year. A trailer for DC Universe’s first series was also released, and is available below. The Young Justice: Outsiders, originally set for a 2018 debut, and Harley Quinn animated series will debut in 2019. Complete press details are available below, along with new imagery.

DC Universe Digital Subscription Service Now Available for Pre-Order
First DC Universe Original – Titans Releases First Trailer to Celebrate Pre-Order Launch!
Annual Memberships On Sale for $74.99

Pre-Order by July 22, 2018 for a Chance to Win Two Tickets
to the Highly Anticipated Aquaman Premiere
Batman Beyond, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and
Justice League the Animated Series Join Digital Service Line Up
Pre-Order available at DCUniverse.com as well as at DC Booth at SDCC

Fans looking to experience the first-of-its-kind digital subscription service that is DC Universe are one step closer today. Slated for release in fall 2018, fans in the United States can now pre-order DC Universe at DCUNIVERSE.com for the yearly membership fee of $74.99 (plus tax, if applicable in your state). Monthly memberships will be available at launch for $7.99 a month.

To celebrate today’s pre-order availability, DC Universe and Warner Bros. Television released a first-look at the upcoming exclusive original series Titans with the trailer premiere. The highly anticipated series will debut on the digital service in the fall of 2018. In addition, more fan-favorite DC library content has been confirmed for the DC Universe line-up, including Batman Beyond (1999), Justice League the Animated Series (2001-04) and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-11).

As an added pre-order bonus, DC Universe is offering The Aquaman Premiere Sweepstakes*. Fans who pre-order between Thursday, July 19 (9:30 a.m. PT) and Sunday, July 22 (5 p.m. PT) will be automatically entered for a chance to win two tickets to the U.S. premiere of the Warner Bros. Pictures film Aquaman in December 2018.

Comic-Con attendees who visit the DC booth #1915 and pre-order, will receive an exclusive collectible t-shirt. Fans can also visit the DC Universe Experience at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter to immerse themselves in content from the upcoming service and literally walk through the new originals, beloved classics and iconic comics.

Fans who pre-order a yearly membership before the service’s launch in fall 2018 will get an additional three months of DC Universe for free. Annual memberships will go live with product availability in the fall.

DC UniverseDC Universe will be available in fall 2018 as a direct-to-consumer digital service, backed by Warner Bros. Digital Networks and built by Warner Bros. Digital Labs. Fans who sign up for memberships will enjoy new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of comic books, breaking news, an expansive encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Additional fan features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. or DC who are 18 or older. Sweepstakes begins 7/19/18 at 9:30:00 a.m. PT and ends 7/22/18 at 5:00:00 p.m. PT. Limit 1 entry per person. For Official Rules, including odds and prize details, visit AquamanSweeps.com. Sponsor: DC UNIVERSE.

ABOUT DC UNIVERSE
DC Universe, launching in fall 2018, is a standalone digital experience designed for the DC fan. Showcasing DC’s iconic characters, DC Universe offers new original live-action and animated series, legendary films and series, and epic animated movies, as well as a fan community, a curated selection of comic books, and exclusive merchandise. DC Universe is operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks in collaboration with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Labs. DC Universe offers access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. To learn more, visit www.DCUNIVERSE.com.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, the Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics content in the world.

ABOUT WARNER BROS. DIGITAL NETWORKS
Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) creates, builds, and operates direct-to-consumer digital services, digital premium content, and experiences. The WBDN team is charged with bringing together a diverse portfolio of brands and innovative, exclusive premium content, focused on serving digital-first audiences. Leveraging the studio’s iconic franchises and vast library, WBDN’s portfolio includes DC Universe, DramaFever, and both Boomerang and Filmstruck in partnership with Turner. WBDN also produces and distributes premium digital series through Stage 13 and Machinima and in partnership with LeBron James’ Uninterrupted and Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen Digital Ventures. Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ premium programming and digital offerings put viewers at the center of entertainment, sports, gaming, and pop culture, reaching audiences anywhere, across any platform.

DC Universe

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“Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season” DVD Collection Coming April 24, 2018

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 ShockStatic 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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The World’s Finest Reviews “Justice League Action: Season One, Part One”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Justice League Action: Season One, Part One DVD release, now available to own. In short, Justice League Action: Season One, Part One is definitely worth picking up, especially on the strength of the series itself. It’s a breathe of fresh air on the animated landscape, giving hardcore fans a fun, easter egg-riddled romp through the DC Universe while providing new fans with an enjoyable, accessible starting point. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

Justice League Action

The above review also features a closer look at the Justice League Action: Season One, Part One DVD itself, including package artwork and rundown of its menu system, as well as a video promoting the release. Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition” Blu-ray Release

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition Blu-ray release, which is now available to own. In short, Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition is a great looking collectible and the extra Darwyn Cooke-focused content is welcome. However, for those who already own Justice League: The New Frontier, this is likely something they can easily skip if they so choose, but it’s still a worthwhile purchase for the right price. For the entire review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Justice League: The New Frontier - Commemorative Edition

For more content – including other reviews, exclusive interviews and so much more – check out the The World’s Finest Justice League: The New Frontier subsite. Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition is now available for purchase, through online and traditional retail outlets, on Blu-ray/DVD and in digital formats.

On a related note, The World’s Finest also reviewed the recent DK Publishing hardcover release Justice League: The Ultimate Guide. To check out that review, which includes brief thoughts on the The Lego Batman Movie: The Essential Guide book title, simply click here.

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