Machinima Lands Exclusive Animated ‘Justice League’ Series

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Machinima, an online network that mostly targets younger males, has secured the exclusive rights to a three-part animated “Justice League” series from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” will launch in the spring of 2015.

“Chronicles” is said to revolve around 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 digital series is based on “Justice League: Gods & Monsters,” an original animated film executive produced by Bruce Timm and co-produced by Alan Burnett that will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment later in 2015. Timm and Burnett both collaborated on “Batman: The Animated Series.”

The “Chronicles” episodes will debut weeks before the launch of the film on home entertainment platforms.

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The property is the first program the companies have collaborated on since Warner Bros. invested $18 million in Machinima in March.

It’s also the first project from Warner Bros.’ newly formed digital content production unit, headed up by Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series — and, of course, comes as the film studio is filming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” for 2016, followed by a “Justice League” movie in 2018.

“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,” said Chad Gutstein, Machinma’s CEO.

Announcement comes just days after Machinima announced Daniel Tibbets as the first chief content officer of the online channel.

Added DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson: “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.”

Machinima is looking to bolster its original programming offerings for its core 18-34-year-old demo after scoring with scripted series like “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” and “Battlestar Galactica Blood & Chrome.”


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  1. Swoyansu says:

    Help needed!!!!!
    could anyone please name the characters of the poster above, specially from the bottom row.
    I really appreciate that..!!!!!!!!!!!! Please

  2. ZandyZ says:

    I am curious to see how dark these character can go.

  3. Kurt Lindner says:

    If Machinima is involved, there’s a 90% chance of suck. I really wish big companies would do some leg work to get a bead on the social standing of the people they team up with.

  4. Synthesist says:

    Agree @Quadra – Ohh, darker, edgier. The kids will eat it up. Ha-Ha, just give up, DC.

  5. Quadra says:

    Sure, whatever DC… you’ve already ‘broken’ most of your characters by this point.

  6. letsgocast says:

    What a stupid image of the JLA. Maybe show some actual promo art for the show instead of this bad promo shot from a comic that came out 6 years ago.

  7. Reblogged this on kineticscribe and commented:

  8. Shieldmaiden says:

    I’m not going to dismiss it until I’ve seen it. That said, this “Dark” DC is seriously getting old. There’s nothing wrong with “Dark” characters, but it’s all DC is doing anymore. You know what would definitely get money outta me? Bringing Back Batman: Brave and the Bold, Young Justice, or GLTAS. Please.

  9. Hotchy Kiene says:

    It is funny to read these comments. There have been many “Dark” versions of Superman and Wonder Woman over the years. Just look at Injustice:Gods Among Us for an example of a Superman that goes Dark. Another example Superman Red Son. Or, hell how about Ultraman and Superwoman (same characters gone bad in a different universe). If you know how comics works this can work.

  10. Troy Young says:

    I hope it’s actually drawn decently. I think the last well-dawn cartoon was Aeon Flux.

  11. airdave817 says:

    Here’s the thing. Batman works as a “dark” character. The other SIX Justice League members don’t work as “grim and gritty” heroes. Superman and Wonder Woman embody hope, optimism and inspiration. Batman actually inspires people to push themselves to the height of physical perfection. At least he used to. The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter are all bright optimistic characters. Marvel/Disney has proven that “fun” works. The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises could have been better.

  12. How exactly does Batman get “Darker?” That’s about as dark as it gets :3

  13. I don’t understand why Superman – beacon of hope that he is – has to be darker? I also don’t understand how they can make Batman any darker without having him go homicidal? I’ll watch it but to borrow a phrase, I’ve got a real bad feeling about this.

  14. “Darker.” Yay. If DC’s multimedia offerings get much darker than they already are, the next Batman movie will be just a black screen with SFX of screams and muffled thumps.

  15. JJB says:

    Still waiting for the phrase “much lighter versions of the characters” in an article about anything having to do with DC.

  16. Kay says:

    Who’s the blonde standing next to Batman??

  17. js says:

    Hmm sounds just another Batman fest to me. I dread to think how they will portray some like say Wonder Woman since it’s for a gaming crowd who are probably mostly male. Not good I’ll bet. Well to be honest any hero not Batman always get a raw deal.

  18. This is awesome, but wtf-“Machinima, an online network for young males…” Pretty sure Machinima is a YouTube network for males AND females…. just saying. It’s really odd seeing Variety describe a YouTube network so poorly.

    • You are naive and need to take it up with Machinima. This is from their webpage’s “about us,” and it’s a turn off: “Machinima is the dominant video entertainment network for young males around the world. Serving more than 2 billion monthly video views and reaching over 175 million uniques each month, Machinima is one of the top entertainment networks on YouTube. The Machinima network features scripted series, original content, weekly and daily shows, official publisher content, and gameplay videos—all aimed at the coveted 18-34 year-old male demographic. “

    • Kurt Lindner says:

      Kinda surprised anyone would freely admit they’re with Machinima being reviled as they are.
      On topic, your comment is correct…-ish. Machinma shouldn’t be described as geared towards either gender, that point is moot; as their target audience is merely, ‘gamers.’

    • Marc Graser says:

      You’re absolutely right, but that’s how they position themselves.

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