While two of DC’s three animated films for 2015 – Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and Batman vs. Robin – share the universe created by Justice League: War, the third one will be a standalone movie. Justice League: Gods and Monsters will be produced by DC Animated Universe mastermind Bruce Timm, who also developed the original story and many character designs. And now, to mark Warner Bros.’ first project from its recently established digital content production unit, a companion series will debut before the anticipated movie.
Via Variety, Machinima has acquired the rights to premiere Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, a three-part series that marks the website’s first collaboration with Warner Bros. It will launch in Spring 2015, a few weeks before the movie’s release. Hinting at the Gods and Monsters feature’s storyline, Chronicles will focus on “a newly conceived reality in the DC universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the superheroes that people know.” The companion series will be overseen by WB Animation and Warner Digital Series president Sam Register.
Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein had this to say on the move. “Ever since we announced the Warner Bros. strategic investment, we have been looking for a new and exciting way to tap into the company’s unmatched content.” Meanwhile, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson weighs in, reaffirming the studio’s plan to exploit its characters across all formats. “We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats. ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’ is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”
Indeed, in addition to the multiple live action television series based on DC properties in development, the company is about to officially take over the big screen. 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will kick off a new era of DC movies, which will include Justice League, Shazam and more. Gods and Monsters Chronicles is another new step for DC Entertainment, building up anticipation for what is sure to be another exciting animated movie. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.