DC announces ‘dark’ new online Justice League animated series for Machinima

Some of DC’s best films of late have come on the animated side, and the company is beefing up its Justice League commitment with an ambitious new online series that promises to put a “dark” spin on the franchise.

Dubbed Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, the three-part animated series is set to launch in the spring of 2015 on the male-skewing online video service Machinima. As a point of reference, the service has previous hosted shows such as Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

According to Variety, the series will be set in a newly conceived DC universe where Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the heroes that people know. The series is based on Bruce Timm’s (Batman Beyond) upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods & Monsters, coming in 2015. The online episodes will premiere in the weeks leading up to the film’s release.

If you’re wondering about the Machinima connection, Warner Bros. invested $18 million in the online service in March, so this represents the first bit of synergy from the deal. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson noted the online avenue represents a unique new way to introduce animated content:

“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.”

Despite the fact that we’re getting a little tired of the “dark” schtick, we’re psyched to see how the series will turn out, especially considering it's being spun off from Timm’s upcoming film. The guy is a legit legend when it comes to the golden age of late 1990s DC animated shows. He worked on everything from Batman Beyond to Batman: The Animated Series and Superman —so he definitely has the chops to put a spin on these characters.

Are you looking forward to Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles?

(Via Variety)

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