Last weekend was the San Diego Comic Con which traditionally means lots of news regarding comics and animation.
Some of the good news was that 3 DC Universe animated features are in the works for 2012 namely Batman: The Dark Knight Returns based on Frank Miller’s classic work, Superman vs the Elite and the Justice League: Doom.
I’m especially looking forward to the Batman feature, because the Batman animated features have proven to be the best entries in the DC Universe movies. The others sound at least intriguing so I’m also curious for those.
Also, a preview was shown for the new Green Lantern Animated Series. The style seems very similar to the Superman and Justice League animated series, but sadly rendered in CGI. Nevertheless, any DC animated series deserve a fair chance since they have a solid track record.
Based on a poster, French site Catsuka and Dutch Animatieblog are reporting that a new series of the classic 80s cartoon Mysterious Cities of Gold is in the making.
I really liked the original series and even have it on DVD, so I’m curious to see if the new series will be in the same style and quality. Guess we’ll have to wait till 2012, then it’s expected to be released in France.
TVGuide reports that Cartoon Network will debut a Green Lantern Animated Series next year.
With Bruce Timm leading the new animated series it’s almost a guarantee for success even though Green Lantern for me has never been a popular character.
But then again very few characters in the DC universe are favourites of mine because I was more of a Marvel guy. However starting with Batman TAS Bruce Timm and Paul Dini did an amazing job bringing the DC characters to live in all the various toon incarnations. And even though I’m not a big DC fan, the various animated series and movies have made me a fan of the animated DC Universe.
So, in this case the specs are in favour of this new Green Lantern TAS also being a success. Can’t wait!
Even though I don’t follow the comic book market anymore I sometimes do pick up some news and this was interesting enough to post because Wildstorm Studio will cease to exist end of this year. The details can be read at Comicsbeat.
The only reason Wildstorm ever existed was because comic legend Jim Lee set it up as his division of then innovating Image Comics in the 90s. But then again Image comics was all about the big star comic artists of the 90s, Lee, McFarlane, Larsen, Silvestri, Liefeld, Portacio and small star Valentino setting up their own publishing company.
The comics were big hits mainly fueled by the big names of the creators, but there were also some good comics which were not dependent on the creator name only and sold well.
Wildstorm was eventually sold to DC. After a few years without commercial success it will finally cease to exist.
Looking at the current comic market it seems only DC and Marvel are the ones that matter. How long will it be before Image comics also calls it quits? And if they do, will anyone even miss it?