The Batman: Caped Crusader Takes the Dark Knight to His Noir Roots

Batman Caped Crusader: Bruce Timm New Cartoon First Look

When the show was announced back in May, the three co-executive producers issued a joint statement: “We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City. The series will be thrilling, cinematic, and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”

Right now, Batman: Caped Crusader is scheduled to air on both HBO Max and Cartoon Network, so it’s presumably going to be at least somewhat kid-friendly—however, the producers stressed repeatedly how much of a psychological dram the show is going to be, so who knows? We’ll fine out in 2022, presumably.


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Doom Patrol’s Coming Back for Another Warped and Wacky Season

Doom Patrol: Midseason Trailer, Season 4 at DC Fandome

After the midseason trailer, members of the cast happily announced the show would come back for a fourth season. That isn’t entirely surprising, since it and various shows like Titans, and Harley Quinn were so successful when they first began on DC Universe that HBO Max quickly scooped them up. And it’s clear that WB wants more DC shows on its platform, since they’re bringing over that show about Batman’s butler next year with another season. Bring on more Doom Patrol and all the ass monsters and sentient streets it has to offer.

All episodes of Doom Patrol are on HBO Max now, with a new episode premiering this Thursday, October 21.


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Harley Quinn’s Season 3 ‘Eat, Bang, Kill Tour’ Is Coming… Eventually

Harley Quinn Season 3 Animated Teaser Released

There are a couple of different ways to interpret the significance of Harley and Ivy’s “eat, bang, kill tour,” but from the way Jim Gordon talks about the part, it seems as if they’re going to set out on a chaotic crime spree that’ll put Gotham’s other villains to shame. While most everything about the teaser points to Harley Quinn’s third season being a return to its familiar antics, what’s going to be particularly exciting to see is how the show handles new characters like Amanda Waller who feels like a perfect fit for the show’s tone and sensibilities. There’s no word yet on when specifically to expect it, but Harley Quinn’s third season will hit HBO Max at some point in 2022.


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Young Justice: Phantoms Looks Like a Crisis on Animated Youths

Young Justice Phantoms Trailer, Episode Premiere DC Fandome 2021

Each season of Young Justice carries a subtitle with a double meaning, and Phantoms is no different. The trailer shows Beast Boy and Artemis (Stephanie Lemelin) at odds with their tragic pasts, and it wouldn’t be surprising if other characters are similarly going through it as well. We’re sure to find out when the season starts…today? Yes! The first two episodes are available right now on HBO Max, with a new episode every Thursday beginning on October 21. That’s a pretty sweet drop, and the season’s sure to be a lot of well-animated (and sometimes convoluted for its own good) fun.

But what about that poster revealed earlier this month, showing multiple earths arranged in a multiverse-like fashion? That’ll surely play out over the rest of the season, but the imagery wouldn’t exist for no reason. Given the show’s tendency to remix old and new comics concepts, it’ll be interesting to see how they potentially handle the larger cosmic mythology that’s been going through it in the comics over the last couple of years. 

Young Justice: Phantoms' first poster showing the primary heroes of the season in action.

Image: Warner Bros. Animation


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Titans is Returning for a Fourth Season of Superhero Trauma

Titans Renewed for Season 4 at DC Fandome 2021

That’s just the A-plot of the season, of course. The other season long story has seen Starfire (Anna Diop) try to make nice with her sister Blackfire (Damaris Lewis), and for a while it seemed to work! Blackfire was a Titan and had a boy toy in Superboy (Joshua Orpin), but it wasn’t to last before Blackfire went and absorbed her sister’s powers… which their parents originally transferred from Blackfire into Kory? Either way, Kory’s got blue light powers now, and Blackfire planned to return to Tamaran and become their queen. Except Superboy up and wrecked her ship, so she’s stranded on Earth. Wild!

Titans’ season three finale airs Thursday, October 21. Season four will presumably drop next year on HBO Max.


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Titans Is Returning for a 4th Season of Superhero Trauma

Titans Renewed for Season 4 at DC Fandome 2021

That’s just the A-plot of the season, of course. The other season long story has seen Starfire (Anna Diop) try to make nice with her sister Blackfire (Damaris Lewis), and for a while it seemed to work! Blackfire was a Titan and had a boy toy in Superboy (Joshua Orpin), but it wasn’t to last before Blackfire went and absorbed her sister’s powers… which their parents originally transferred from Blackfire into Kory? Either way, Kory’s got blue light powers now, and Blackfire planned to return to Tamaran and become their queen. Except Superboy up and wrecked her ship, so she’s stranded on Earth. Wild!

Titans’ season three finale airs Thursday, October 21. Season four will presumably drop next year on HBO Max.


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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Looks Both Wet and Wild

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Behind the Scenes DC Fandome Clip

There’s not much to be gleaned from it, but man, some of that concept art is wild! And I’m weirdly thrilled by the possibility of Aquaman getting to ride his classic giant seahorse as opposed to the “sea dragons” of the first film.

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The plot of the sequel—directed by James Wan and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick—is still officially under wraps, but we have some good guesses about what’s going on. Obviously, the Lost Kingdom refers to the chunk of Atlantis that disappeared after the island sank into the sea and split into seven separate provinces. Both Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson are returning as the villains Black Manta and Ocean Master, respectively, which doesn’t bode well for Arthur. Additionally, and this is just a hypothesis of mine, since The Trench spin-off movie was canceled, I can easily see those irksome piranha people’s storyline getting folded into Lost Kingdom, meaning they could be the larger overall threat. I’d be fine if they weren’t, though; I’d much prefer to give Abdul-Mateen II more time to flesh out Black Manta, who’s always been Aquaman’s best villain anyway.

In addition to Momoa, Abdul-Mateen II, and Wilson, Amber Heard returns as Arthur Curry’s love interest Princess Mera, Dolph Lundgren as her father King Nereus, Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s human father Thomas Curry, and Randall Park as the marine biologist Dr. Stephen Shin. Vincent Regan has replaced Graham McTavish as the ancient first king of Atlantis, Atlan. Meanwhile, Jani Zhao will play Stringray, a new character created for the movie; Indya Moore as Karshon (a villain who’s currently a mutated, telepathic tiger shark in the comics), and Game of Thrones baddie Pilou Asbæk in an undisclosed role, probably as a baddie.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently scheduled to premiere on December 16, 2022. And don’t forget about HBO Max’s adorable animated miniseries that just premiered this week.


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Peacemaker’s First Trailer is Superhero Patriotism at Its Dumbest

Peacemaker: John Cena’s First Trailer, DC Fandome 2021

With the help of Economos (Steve Agee) and Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), plus new team member Adebayo (Danielle Brooks), Peacemaker will presumably save the world, but in his own goofy way. As is the case with Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, the show will certainly delve into the mindset of its big misfit, mainly by bringing in Robert Patrick as his father Auggie Smith and opening up those childhood wounds. After all, you’re not a superhero if you don’t get emotional closure by yelling at your dad. The whole trailer looks very silly and very stupid, in a good way; Cena’s got great comedy chops, and this looks very much like a thing Gunn would do with some Warner Bros. money. There’s even a little bit of Deadpool energy from Vigilante, who gives some not so helpful advice about the different kinds of killers.

Also, John Cena gets hugged by an eagle. It’s just stupid enough to be charming. Peacemaker makes its way to HBO Max on January 13.


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Ron Watkins, the 8chan Troll and QAnon Evangelist, Says He’s Running for Congress

“I have decided to expose the dirtiest Democrat in the DC swamp, and some of you here may already know him as Congressman Tom O’Halleran representing Maricopa County, and District One,” Watkins told watchers. “What’s publicly known about Tom O’Hooligan shows that he is not fit to represent the people of Arizona. And from what I’ve already discovered, and will expose. Tom is not fit to represent anyone anywhere.“

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Watkins said during the video that he was inspired to run by his pastor, Jeff Durbin of Mesa, Arizona’s Apologia Church, who has called for the execution of women who have abortions. Durbin once told a reporter it was a “bit of an insult to Hitler to compare what he did in Nazi Germany” to the pro-choice movement.

For those who have remained blessedly unaware, QAnon is a sprawling movement of right-wing extremists, racists and anti-Semites, and evangelical Christians that believed Donald Trump was fighting an Underworld-style war against a cabal of child-raping, Satanic Democrats. This was entirely cited to stream of consciousness-style posts from “Q”, a pseudonymous 8chan user who claimed to be a high-ranking military or intelligence official aiding Trump’s fight against the left-wing Illuminati. An HBO documentary, Q: Into the Storm, that investigated connections between Ron Watkins, his father Jim Watkins, and QAnon concluded the younger Watkins either was Q or used his administrative powers on the board to seize control of the account at some point.

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The show featured numerous, unsettling segments where Watkins, who is well beyond the point of shame, appeared to threaten director Cullen Hoback with a mochi hammer, tried to pressure him into visiting a brothel, and appeared in interviews alongside a life-size Evangelion doll (possibly a sex toy). He also unsuccessfully tried to convince Hoback that Q was former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. In one particularly disturbing scene, Watkins tried to feign sympathy with the victims of the 2019 El Paso shooting, in which a racist gunman targeting Latinos killed 23 people and injured 23 others. Watkins rambled to Hoback about how American shoppers spending American dollars in an American store were killed by a man with a Russian gun.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 elections, the Q account stopped posting, and Watkins claimed to have resigned as administrator of 8chan and tried to rebrand himself as a voter fraud expert. After a swarm of Trump supporters and QAnon followers hopped up on conspiracy theories launched a failed MAGA assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Twitter banned his CodeMonkeyZ account. Since then, Watkin has pivoted to various new identities such as UFOlogist and a cryptocurrency guru selling $600 NFTs of his posts that Trump had retweeted. So running for Congress, or at least pretending to do so long enough to keep far-right eyes and wallets pointed in his direction, seems like a natural progression in the grifting life cycle.

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According to Vice, Watkins filmed the announcement video outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, where he has arrived three times in failed attempts to secure a meeting. While his candidacy could be generously described as a long shot, a victory in the race would make him the most prominent QAnon associate to hold elected office. Watkins is far more central to the movement than reigning QAnon champ Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene of Alabama, who since being elected last year has spent most of her term in office on attention stunts like harassing the trans child of another representative or trying and failing to start a white nationalist caucus.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis Wins by Laughing at Its Hero With the Audience

 
or get as kid-y as grimdark as Young Justice, but the series sits comfortably between series like that, tonally, all the while never wandering into the R-rated realm that’s common in many other Warner Bros. Animation projects.

Season 3 of Young Justice really shifts from junior grimdark to the harder R for violence seen in some direct-to-disc streaming.

Especially with the many bloody deaths of Halo and the maiming of Vic Stone…