Monday, August 6, 2007

On the Horizon - Batman Anime and Wonder Woman Direct-to-DVD releases

Word has come out that the WB Animations Studios are possibly looking to step-up their games in order to compete with their competitors at Marvel and Dark Horse. It was recently leaked last week to the Internet (via Newsarama) that there might be two direct-to-DVD releases involving the Maid of Might and the Dark Knight in the very near future. Of course, as with all leaks, a "No Comment" was issued by Warner Brothers when asked to confirm these images. So, please take these images and associated pitches with a grain of salt:


Targeted Audience:
Dual (Core fans and tween boys)

PG-13 (anticipated)

2-4 weeks in advance of The Dark Knight film release.

Set in the period between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, this brand new adventure follows BATMAN as he unravels a mystery over six original stories done in the style of Japanese Anime. Each of the six original stories has been written by a highly respected screenwriter or comic book creator. The talent includes Academy Award nominee Josh Olsen (The History of Violence), screenwriter of the Blade films and Batman Begins David Goyer, and famed comic book writer Brian Azzarello, among others.

The Batman Anime DVD is viewed as a perfect companion piece to BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT. The original stories introduce a number of classic characters from the DC Comics BATMAN universe as well as following up on characters and storylines that were introduced in BATMAN BEGINS.


On the mystical island of Themyscria, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength – Princess Diana. When and army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge using the mystical “Hand of Rage,” an ancient artifact with the power to raise armies from the dead and infuse them with a thirst for blood. Ares intends to start a world war that will not only last for centuries – but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world – by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman stars in this next installment of the DC Universe series of original animated movies!

Target: Males 18+, women 18+, and girls 9-17.

Proposed rating: PG-13

DVD street date: Q4 2008/Q1 2009

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