Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Motion Comics: "Superman: Red Son"...

Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution have announced that the graphic album “Batman: Black & White” and the graphic novel “Superman: Red Son” are being developed into short-form digital 'Motion Comics'.

Currently the first and second chapter of the “Watchmen” Motion Comics are now available for download via iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Store.

Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics are an innovative way for comic book fans to connect with characters through short-form digital content, drawing on a reservoir of source material for a visually engaging experience through the use of movements, voice-overs, music scores and artwork.

“We’re delighted to bring these defining graphic novels to our Motion Comics slate,” said Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere.

“We are working diligently, and in constant collaboration with our colleagues at DC Comics, to ensure the artwork and story of the original creators are as authentic as possible.”


The second chapter of the “Watchmen” Motion Comics is set against the funeral of 'The Comedian', where 'Silk Spectre' recalls a dark past, while 'Nite Owl' and 'Doctor Manhattan' recount their own experiences, revealing The Comedian to have been a hero and a villain.

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution will debut chapter three of the “Watchmen” Motion Comics October 20, with future chapters released every two weeks thereafter.

"Working with Warner Premiere on the creation of the "Watchmen" Motion Comics has been great," said Dave Gibbons, original illustrator of the series.

"The level of care and detail the team is putting into the animation is amazing. I think fans will be very pleased.”

“Watchmen” takes viewers through DC Comics', Hugo award-winning graphic novel by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons, set in 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, where 'costumed avengers' have been banned with the exception of 'The Comedian' and 'Rorschach'.

During this time the mysterious murder of a United States government official named 'Edward Blake' occurs in New York, later confirmed to be The Comedian.

The news of the crime is discovered by fellow avenger Rorschach who sets out to discover the culprit. During his search viewers discover whether Rorschach is really insane or if he’s uncovered a plot to kill-off super-heroes and millions of innocent civilians. On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world.


A new addition to the Warner Premiere Motion Comics slate, “Batman: Black & White” is adapted from three award-winning volumes of short stories starring the 'Caped Crusader'. The Motion Comics will reflect the diverse visions of various artists/writers as they tell stories in the world of 'Gotham City'.

The "Batman: Black & White” stories are told from the perspective of 'Batman' with a various range of themes, touching on elements of romance, mystery and the supernatural, including classic villains 'The Joker', 'Harley Quinn' and 'Two-Face'.


The Motion Comic "Superman: Red Son", based on the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel written by Mark Milar, ilustrated by Dave Johnson, is set during the Cold War, with Superman raised in Russia, becoming the Soviet Union's greatest weapon and the world transforming into a communist state. His only opposition, a crumbling, capitalistic America and its President 'Lex Luthor'.

As Superman stands on the brink, ready to unleash his full powers, 'Batman', 'Wonder Woman' and 'Green Lantern' make a valiant stand to destroy the 'red' reign of the 'Man of Steel'.

Release dates for “Batman: Black & White” and “Superman: Red Son” TBA...