JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR sets up a new continuity for future DC animated films

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Ever since 2007, DC and Warner Bros have been knocking out animated films on a regular basis, that started with Superman: Doomsday and have continued into the recently released Justice League: War. While War is a great action film on its own, it’s also an important one that sets the stage for a new style of animated movies from that universe.

With the Justice League now established in that release, expect future films to now have a more solid sense of continuity, as Warner Bros builds on the work created so far by the New 52 relaunch of comics, and beyond.

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Speaking to Comic Book Resources, JL: War producer James Tucker explained the move towards an established continuity:

 This will definitely be the first salvo in doing new movies that are in continuity with each other. Our next movie’s going to be ‘Son of Batman,’ and that Batman will be the same Batman that you see in ‘Justice League: War.’ Basically, we’ll have two concurrent series of Justice League movies and Batman movies, and they’ll be in continuity with each other. So it’s kind of world-building.

Mind you, Son of Batman was created before DC did a continuity wipe on their comics, but it’s a story that has since then been an influence in the new 52 universe. Justice League: War was the 18th animated film that WB Animation has released since 2007, with Son of Batman arriving next and the standalone Batman: Assault on Arkham debuting afterwards. That last film is based on the hit game Arkham Asylum, and sees the dark knight go one on one with his entire rogues gallery in order to stop the latest plot by the Joker.

That schedule is pretty much what DC and WB want to do with the animated universe, releasing three films a year, where two will be in the New 52 continuity and the third will be a standalone effort. As for content, don’t expect all of the DC films to be based on New 52 storylines, as JL: War director Jay Olivia explained that original efforts were also being considered along with Elseworld storylines:

We can do original content, we can do New 52 stuff. I still want to do ‘Gotham by Gaslight.’ ‘Red Son’ would be a great one to do as a one-off.

To keep that continuity in check, expect the voice cast of JL: War to reprise their roles for several movies for the forseeable future. That means a lot more of  Jason O’Mara as Batman, Alan Tudyk as Superman, Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Astin as Shazam, Justin Kirk as Green Lantern and Christopher Gorham as The Flash. And honestly, I’m more than happy to hear that such a superb selection of talent will be sticking around.

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Last Updated: February 4, 2014

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