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+: nice animation, looks good.


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that looks really cool, and yea lack of Conroy is very disappointing....


cast according to wiki:


Bruce Greenwood-Batman/Bruce Wayne


Neil Patrick Harris-Dick Grayson/Nightwing


Jensen Ackles-Red Hood


John DiMaggio-The Joker


Jason Isaacs-Ra's al Ghul


Wade Williams-Black Mask [1]


Vincent Martella-Jason Todd/Robin (teen) [2]


Alexander Martella-Jason Todd/Robin (young)


:/ no Hammill either

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On why 'Red Hood' may be cut to make a PG-13 rating:


Quote: That’s a great question we’re always aiming towards a PG-13 rating, obviously because it’s a lot a harder to market a direct to video animated feature that’s anything more than a PG-13, and for the fact that “super hero” films are generally geared towards a younger demographic.


The problem we think we might have with Red Hood, is that it’s extremely violent, and not just for something animated. We’re hoping it comes back PG-13, but there is a strong possibility at this point its going to end up with an R Rating. We’d love to leave the film as it is now, we’re all extremely happy with how it’s turned out. But the marketing department at WB isn’t about to allow that. They’re a very conservative group, intent on having the direct to video features having an above average chance of making their money back.


If it does come back with an R rating we’ll have to change a few things to bring the rating down to a PG-13. In the opening sequence a teenager is beaten to death with a crow bar, so the tone is very dark. We don’t want to lose that, but we may have to tone it down slightly.


We were actually working on something a couple years ago that was planned to have an R Rating. It was a very popular book, I’m not allowed to say what it was, but it was before Watchmen came out. Everyone at WB was happy with it, the plan was to go ahead full force, and then Watchmen came out and tanked. The Marketing people and the exec’s said no, no more R Rated super hero films, especially not anything animated, and just like that the project was gone. That’s not to say it won’t ever happen, I’m sure at some point it is a possibility.

On why 'Teen Titans: Judas Contract' didn't happen:


Quote: We had quite a few drafts done up, but nothing that we really loved. We did love what they did with it in the Teen Titans series, and for now we’ll continue to go that route. Again it’s like the Batman Vs Dracula, it was done recently, and it worked. It would be redundant to do something different right now.

On why there won't be sequels to Wonder Woman or Green Lantern, and why there won't be ANY films based on female superheroes:


Quote: We had originally planned to do sequels for Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, but Wonder Woman’s sales started out extremely slow and then over time were eventually able to catch up to probably Justice League Frontier. The Exec’s decided because it wasn’t able to sell quickly right away, where as Justice League was, that there wouldn’t be any more female super hero films right now. We were developing and hoping to get started on a batgirl film based on Year One, but because of Wonder Woman’s slow sales start, that won’t be happening now.


With Green Lantern, it didn’t perform nearly as well as what they had hoped it would. In the long run it eventually made its money back, but the sales weren’t there right away during its release. Hopefully with the release of the Live Action film next year, that will open up the doors for more Green Lantern relate material.

On why Aquaman doesn't cut the mustard:


Quote: No. We did developed an Aqua man script for a direct to video movie. Marketing decided it wasn’t going to be profitable enough to release.


The comic book needs to be wiped clean and have a re-boot once a year, they’re not able to keep the fan base interested any longer then that.

On affirmative action superheroes:


Quote: [Was there a reason you decided to use John Stewart in Justice League?]


Well for one to be honest, it was affirmative action. Every hero included at that point was white, it was my idea to include him. I felt we needed not only a diversity in ethnicity but also in personality, and Stewart was great for both.


from here.

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  • 4 months later...

Finally got around to watching this on the weekend and yes, very good. I got to see Jason Todd beaten to death again and it felt oh-so good, and honestly, this is the best way for DC to market their ridiculously convoluted/constantly chaging continuity in small, easy-to-consume parcels of awesome.


Final Frontier blew my fucking mind with how good it is, Superman/Doomsday was okay, still gotta see First Flight & Public Enemies.

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