Mitchell Hammond completes his Batman vs. Terminator animation
Chris Sims examines Harley Quinn
, one of the most misused and misunderstood characters in comics, taking in her Batman:The Animated Series debut played by Arleen Sorkin
(audio), through to The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
and the New 52 incarnation which recently drew ire with a controversial try-out page
The Dark Knight Rises trailers, Batman The Animated Series style: Teaser
, Trailer 2
, Trailer 3
, Trailer 4
. Side by side
of Trailer 3.
Fatman on Batman
, Kevin Smith's new podcast on all things Batman, so far featuring excellent interviews with Batman: The Animated Series alumni Paul Dini and Mark Hamill. (WARNING: Contains Kevin Smith. But he is knowlegable about the subject, asks goods questions and shuts up and listens to the answers. Yes I am as suprised as you are. Also you probably want to mash forwards hard for the ads at the begining. Also maybe some stuff at the end of his conversation with Paul Dini... shudder. And dear god! That picture! What the hell? Is he... is he? I don't want to think about it. But seriously, very good.)
My Little Pony’s
Lauren Faust on how Super Best Friends Forever
will make you love Batgirl and Supergirl all over again
. The short animations will be part of Cartoon Networks DC Nation
block, alongside Beware The Batman
, the replacement for the late lamented Batman: The Brave and the Bold
"Welcome to the Zion Archive. You have selected Historical File #12-1: The Second Renaissance.
So begins the short film of the same name by Mahiro Maeda [Flash: 1 2 - QuickTime: 1 2]
-- a devastating yet beautiful work of animation.
Originally produced to explain the backstory behind the Matrix
trilogy, Maeda's project ended up telling a story far darker and more affecting than any blockbuster.
Using a blend of faux documentary footage
and visual metaphor
, his serene Instructor relates in biblical tones the saga of Man and Machine, how age-old cruelty and hatred birthed a horrifying, apocalyptic struggle that consumed the world.
Packed with striking imagery and historical allusions
galore, this dark allegory easily transcends the films it was made for.
But while "The Second Renaissance" is arguably the best work to come from the Matrix
franchise, it's hardly alone -- it's just one of the projects made for The Animatrix
, a collection of nine superb anime films
in a wide variety of styles
designed to explore the universe and broaden its scope beyond the usual sci-fi action of the movies.
Click inside for a guide to these films with links to where they can be watched online, along with a look at The Matrix Comics
, a free series of comics, art, and short fiction created for the same purpose by some
of the best talent in the business. [more inside]
(single link interactive youtube game) - Patrick Boivin
(from visual wizards Phylactère Cola
]) strikes again with a new stop animation game following his success with YouTube Street Fighter
The New Adventures of Batman
was the first animated show dedicated specifically to Batman, and since has been followed by more recent adaptations like Batman
: The Animated Series
, Batman Beyond
, and the presently on going The Batman
. Now Bruce Wayne
receives the Animatrix treatment
this year as a lead up to The Dark Knight
with Batman: Gotham Knight. (Ten minute video about the project) [more inside]