In recent years, DC Entertainment has struggled to bring their popular properties to the big screen. Last year’s Man of Steel failed to hit all the right notes, despite box office success. And with Marvel flooring the box office and fans with project after project, it’s more than a little disheartening for DC fans who are unable to see proper theatrical representations of their favorite characters. But DC’s success in both network television and DVD releases have given fans a reason to hold out hope, and it looks like that hope is about to pay off.
Variety.com reports that DC Entertainment and Warner Bros have signed an exclusive deal with owners of the popular online multimedia network Machinima to air a three part Justice League miniseries titled Gods and Monsters Chronicles, which will be released in conjunction with DC’s newest animated movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Machinima CEO Chad Gustein had this to say about DC’s recent involvement with the network,
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. With ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles,’ Machinima will be the very first place fans can experience a new vision for DC Comics’ beloved Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman characters. In addition, we have built a first-of-its-kind package for brands to engage with these characters to reach Machinima’s elusive audience.”
Both Gods and Monsters and Gods and Monsters Chronicles will focus on a much darker version of DC’s classic trinity of superheroes (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), but no plot details are available at this time. Gods and Monsters Chronicles will be the first project of the newly formed WB Digital. Both Gods and Monsters and Chronicles are original stories being brought to life by executive producer Bruce Timm and co produced by Alan Burnett (the guys behind Batman: The Animated Series). Ever since WB Digital’s inception back in April, newly minted CEO Sam Register (also CEO of Warner Bros Animated) has been incredibly vocal about his excitement regarding the opportunities digital content could provide, and has been no less enthusiastic now that the first project has been announced.
We couldn’t be happier to be announcing our first new digital series today, and we’re even more excited that it’s a collaboration with such accomplished storytellers as Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, who have been responsible for some of the most innovative and creative DC Universe projects. We can’t wait for fans to have a chance to see the world they have created when ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ debuts on Machinima next year.”
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson has also expressed eagerness toward the project.
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 Chronicles’ 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.”
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles first episode is slated to air in Spring of 2015 only on Machinima, with two more episodes coming out in the weeks leading up to the official release of the newest DC Animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters. It’s unknown at this time if the Chronicles episodes will use the three part structure to tell a single story, or if each episode will focus on a different part of the trinity. No cast details are known at this time. Stay hooked to Kastor’s Korner for more information as it is revealed.