WB Creating Special Feature Film Animation Think Tank

Sure, we're probably/possibly getting a Justice League movie in 2015 but a lot of fans have clamored for an animated Pixar-esque take on their favorite DC Comics super heroes. Warner Bros. may have just taken its first step towards that reality.

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By Mark Julian - 1/10/2013

Warner Bros. is setting up a special animation consortium for feature films. This news broke three days ago but we've been inundated with breaking news following the Christmas break and I simply haven't been able to carve out the necessary time to write this up. Most media outlets have moved on past the initial announcement but I think this might turn out to be very exciting for comic book movie enthusiasts, fans of DC Comics in particular. Your first thought may be, 'what, they didn't already have one?' While Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano and the growing crop of Timm proteges are overseeing Warner Bros. DC Comics adaptations for direct-to-video, they're doing something different than creating feature films for the big screen. Think Pixar, Dreamworks Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios, that's the level of animation excellence the new consortium is striving for, which consists of John Requa (Bad Santa), Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa), Phil Lord (Lego: The Piece of Resistance), Chris Miller (Lego: The Piece of Resistance), Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Jared Stern (The Watch).

The goal is to release one, high-end animation feature per year. “Warner Bros. has an extraordinary legacy in the world of animation, including some of the most enduring characters in cinema history,” said Warner Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov. “Looking to the future, we have now gathered some of the best and brightest talents in the industry to help us grow and broaden that legacy. Drawing upon their imaginations and inspiration, the studio will produce a slate of new and original animated films that are sure to delight audiences of all ages.”

The question now is whether we'll see animated films based on established Warner Bros. properties or if it will be original characters and stories. Robinov's statement above mentions having some of the most enduring characters in cinema history (Batman, right?) but then goes on to say they'll produce new and original animated films. Smart money, would be for WB to lead off with an established film franchise with a built-in audience like Batman, Superman or Harry Potter and then try something original. After Mask of the Phantasm, I'd love to see Timm get another crack at a true, animated feature film.


*Above concept art by Danny Araya.

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Source: THR
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reverendjonnynemo - 1/10/2013, 7:01 AM
I wouldn't hold my breath for any of them being a CBM.
BackwardGalaxy - 1/10/2013, 7:25 AM
Their animation think tank doesn't include Bruce Timm? I mean... it's like... how do these people have jobs?!
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/10/2013, 7:28 AM
John Requa (Bad Santa), Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa), Phil Lord (Lego: The Piece of Resistance), Chris Miller (Lego: The Piece of Resistance), Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Jared Stern (The Watch). ???????????????????????????????

Dafuq? Is this some kind of sick [frick]ing joke
valeriesghost - 1/10/2013, 7:29 AM
Whatever. Just give me a good JLA movie and then we'll talk.
Minato - 1/10/2013, 7:34 AM
Sooo... There is still no confirmation on anything JLA.
AC1 - 1/10/2013, 7:37 AM
I don't think I'd mind so much if 2015's Justice League was animated, but I have no faith in a live-action version this decade.
IgnurRant - 1/10/2013, 7:51 AM
Paul Dini was the brains behind Batman: TAS. Bruce Timm is just a producer and animator, who's simplistic clunky style I have come to loathe. I'm glad he is not involved.
Sevairity - 1/10/2013, 7:58 AM
WB needs to stick to animated films. As much as I'd love to see a Live Action feature film for all of my DC heroes, I'd prefer to just stick to Live Action TV shows, Animated series and Direct to Video films. But what I'd REALLY love is some Pixar inspired DC movies. I mean, think about if we had a Justice League animated movie on the big screen with the same magnitude of Batman Mask of the Phantasm!

I'd totally blow a huge load.
sameoldthing - 1/10/2013, 8:02 AM
Hope it's not like The Incredibles ..don't get me wrong,that's a great animated movie & deserves sequels (where are they?) ..but I prefer more realistic looking superhero animated looks.

Try to make it look real as possible,a higher quality of animation than the cinematics on video games for example & make it full length feature film.
reverendjonnynemo - 1/10/2013, 8:19 AM
This would never happen with WB.. why do what a studio (Pixar) has been doing for years already? Whats surprising about WB needing a think tank is that what could they possibly need one for? Fans are constantly after what they'd like to see from them but consistently drop the ball.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 1/10/2013, 8:42 AM
As much as I would love to see DC films in the style of the GL animated series, they should concentrate on live action films.
pesmerga44 - 1/10/2013, 8:54 AM
@Levitikuz wait bad voice acting sorry that clip of Batman Dark Knight Returns part 2 was some bad voice acting Batman sounded so monotone and the Joker was absolutely horrid. That laugh of his was pathetic they should have brought back John DiMaggio he was a good Joker Superman was the only good voice in that clip. The marvel one though Hulk I feel is a good voice Tony ya that sucked real hard. Also just because Marvel is owned by Disney do you really believe they sent their Pixar people over to work on a straight to dvd marvel film you have got to be kidding me.
JohnnyKrypton - 1/10/2013, 9:06 AM
"most enduring characters in cinema history (Batman, right?)"

I don't think they're referring to superheroes at all, since none of what was said really applies to them. I think Looney Tunes are far more likely, as they are really the only WB animated characters that HAVE endured throughout cinema history.
xNightwingBeyondx - 1/10/2013, 9:26 AM
Billy Batson looks like Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-man
Vadakin - 1/10/2013, 9:31 AM
This think tank will have nothing to do with DC. It's for creating original animated features...of course it might help if the people involved weren't all pretty terrible writers and producers.
AC1 - 1/10/2013, 9:34 AM
@Pesmerga44 I think Levitikuz meant that Disney have access to Pixar but chose not to use them for that Marvel animated film, and instead used a considerably worse animator. He was basically saying that Disney aren't really bothering to do their animated Marvel stuff well.
beane2099 - 1/10/2013, 9:35 AM
I'm all for new animation. But how bout a think tank for their CBM's.
DukeAcureds - 1/10/2013, 9:41 AM
I think when they said "Enduring characters" they meant in aimation. Like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. Not Batman and Harr Potter.
Bruce imm doing a stylised Arkham Asylum movie or something from a graphic novel would be awesome. But with th "All ages" comment I do't think we can expect anything that good.
CaptainAmerica1945 - 1/10/2013, 9:51 AM
Sure be a nay sayer, but mark my words, this is going to be as great as that Joss Whedon Wonder Woman movie!!!
ComradeGrey - 1/10/2013, 10:49 AM
DC is kicking the shit out of Marvel on this one.
TheFlyingGarcia - 1/10/2013, 11:03 AM
I want to see a show or movie about the bat family
TheBIz - 1/10/2013, 12:25 PM
I would love to see it in the style of the DC Universe online movie at the start of the game. That thing if incredible
kirbyfan - 1/10/2013, 1:02 PM
They should do the New Gods, it would be absolutely epic done in this format!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/10/2013, 2:04 PM
ugh if only Bruce Timm went to live action films instead. DC would be at a much better place right now.

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