SDCC '13: Bruce Timm Creating New Batman Short For DC Nation

During Bruce Timm's SDCC spotlight panel, the legendary animation creator stated that he making a new Batman short for Cartoon Network's DC Nation programming block. He also stated he liked "Man of Steel" and said he'd revive "Batman Beyond" if he could.

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By Mark Julian - 7/19/2013


The room was packed at San Diego Comic-Con International for animation master Bruce Timm's spotlight panel. While talking with fans Timm revealed that he's doing a new black and white, animated Batman short for Cartoon Network's DC Nation programming block which airs Saturday Mornings. He revealed that it will have an old-school style and will be reminiscent of the Bob Kane era.

When asked about Zack Snyder's somewhat controversial "Man of Steel," Timm simply said he liked it. Keep in mind, Timm worked with Snyder on a new Superman animated short that will debut during tomorrow's 75th Anniversary panel for the Last Son of Krypton.

When asked about the one animated series he would like to continue, Bruce picked "Batman Beyond" although he admitted that the show was a disaster on the toy/merchandise side because toy companies didn't like his designs.

When asked about live-action possibilities, Timm said despite his lengthy work in the animation department, he's never been offered the chance to direct any live-action superheroes. In the past, Timm and Dini worked on a script for a Batman film but it never progressed very far with the studio, even in the development stage.

One of the last questions concerned what Timm would do if he could animate a Marvel character. Timm stated that if he could, he'd do a Marvel animated series with Shang-Chi, Iron Fist and Luke Cage in a "Quentin Tarantino style".

[via Comikaze News]

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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/19/2013, 3:57 PM
WIN
TheAbomination - 7/19/2013, 3:57 PM
This guy needs to be in charge of DC's live action film department.
SageMode - 7/19/2013, 3:59 PM
DC might as well be called Batman And Those Other Guys Comics (BATOGC)
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/19/2013, 3:59 PM
Timm and Dini worked on a script for a Batman film but it never progressed very far with the studio, even in the development stage.

[frick] you Warner, [frick] you
Jollem - 7/19/2013, 3:59 PM
new show sounds cool. man of steel was controversial, if you're a pansy ;P
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/19/2013, 4:01 PM
If Timm and Snyder have worked on an aniamted short together, why not have them [frick]in work on Man of Steel 2? For [frick]s sake WB you idiots.
shadearts - 7/19/2013, 4:02 PM
@abomination I TOTALLY AGREE ..thats all
DukeAcureds - 7/19/2013, 4:08 PM
Has anyone else heard that his new JL series will be in-continuity with the Justice League: War film?
miggz - 7/19/2013, 4:09 PM
Fact: Bruce Timm Is the man. He should have more control than anyone else.
ekrolo2 - 7/19/2013, 4:11 PM
@DukeAcureds

What new JL series?
Melkaticox - 7/19/2013, 4:12 PM
Yay, a...short...

Can Marvel PLEASE hire this guy again?
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/19/2013, 4:13 PM
ekrolo2
Timm is working on a new Justice League animated series.
ekrolo2 - 7/19/2013, 4:14 PM
THEDARKKNIGHT1939

Is that confirmed or just a rumor?
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/19/2013, 4:16 PM
It's a scoop
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/19/2013, 4:17 PM
Mark Julian actually wrote the article about it lol
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/GraphicCity/news/?a=76671
DukeAcureds - 7/19/2013, 4:27 PM
I think the JL series is confirmed. But that thing about it being connected to Justice League: War (which is the next DC Universe DVD after Flashpoint Paradox) was mentioned by battabing on another article. Couldn't find out if he was on the level or not. It would be pretty cool though. Post Flashpoint Paradox DCAU. DCAnU, if you will.
HellsHammer - 7/19/2013, 4:43 PM
Timm liked Man of Steel. Everyone's else's argument and opinion is irrelevant
PersonOfNoInterest - 7/19/2013, 4:46 PM
They would revive Batman Beyond if someone told them that they could do a toyline on the Justice League Beyond. Give them better articulation and they'd sell. The problem with the toylines is that they are all crap. Kids aren't as stupid as you'd think. They know garbage toys when they see them.

I wish they'd stop basing success on toys though. Damn. Can't we have artistic integrity here? What happened to making a FILM??? Not a "brand" but a FILM.
ABLEE337 - 7/19/2013, 5:20 PM
Bruce Timm is my hero.
sintzu - 7/19/2013, 5:54 PM
@SageMode

dc is short for detective comics wich is one of batman's main books so in a way it is called what you said
sintzu - 7/19/2013, 5:57 PM
@DukeAcureds

what new jl series ?
UrbanKnight - 7/19/2013, 5:58 PM
I don't care what excuses you think you have WB, give DC there own studio, and hire this man to oversee EVERYTHING! At least hire Timm!

We just solved your problem right there!
sameoldthing - 7/19/2013, 7:26 PM
How is Rob "worst artist alive" Liefeld involved in movie deals but Bruce "fantastic artist" Timm snubbed by Hollywood assholes?

I guess I answered my own question..Liefeld fits in because he's an asshole.
GhostZero - 7/19/2013, 9:18 PM
Gotta hunt down these [frick]ing DC executives.
SnapperCarr - 7/19/2013, 9:25 PM
Timm and Weismann need to oversee the DCCU!
SageMode - 7/19/2013, 9:26 PM
LEVITKUZ

Marvel Studios fails where? Talking outta your ass again huh?
All of what you said doesn't change the fact that DC has been Batman sole throne for DECADES.

BTW, how's HELLBOY 3 progressing?

BlindJustice - 7/19/2013, 9:35 PM
The single greatest animator of modern times has been reduced to creating shorts for a bow terrible DC Nation?

DC fans are happy about this why? Bruce Timm is the main reason why Batman, Superman, and co. stayed (and will stay) fresh on the minds of today's and tomorrow's generations of comic book fans. THIS is how WB/DC reward him? Take your genius to Marvel and Disney, Bruce.

...they have cookies!
BlindJustice - 7/19/2013, 9:35 PM
bow = now*

I can't tpye tonight!
AUSSYACE - 7/20/2013, 12:57 AM
Was always ahead of his game with the first Batman Animated Series...

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