With the announcement of the long-awaited Batman/Superman crossover film, San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is shaping up to be quite the event for the Caped Crusader. While such immense news already has fans of Batman (and DC Comics in general) in a giddy mood, an announcement from DC’s well-regarded animation wing may solidify this as a banner weekend indeed.
Last night, DC hosted a premiere showing of their newest animated feature, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, followed by a panel discussion with the audience. During this panel, it was revealed that Warner Bros. will release two new, full-length Batman animated films in 2014 – Batman: Assault on Arkham and Son of the Batman.
Batman on Film shares the news from the panel that Son of the Batman and Assault on Arkham will be the next DC animated features after next year’s Justice League: War. Given the current production timeline, the two movies will likely debut in the second half of 2014.
Son of the Batman will adapt the storyline “Batman and Son,” originally written by Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and illustrated by Andy Kubert in 2006. The story arc kicked off Morrison’s tenure as Batman’s primary writer – a tenure that will finally wrap up after seven years next month. In this premiere arc, a newly optimistic Bruce Wayne is confronted by Talia al Ghul, who reveals that the two actually conceived a son together over ten years ago – Damian Wayne.
Already a trained assassin (not to mention arrogant and rude), Damian’s attempts to connect with his estranged father led to various extremely violent misunderstandings. Nonetheless, Damian would eventually take up the mantle and cape of Robin.
Damian became something of a divisive figure among Batman fandom, engendering equal amounts of adoration and hatred. Followers of the character cited the pleasing dichotomy between the usually cheerful Robin persona and a child whose every line is spoken like a megalomaniacal aristocrat. Damian’s detractors likened him to Scrappy Doo – a cynical gimmick conceived only to boost sales. Despite this division among readers, Damian became a well-entrenched part of the Batman mythos, and it makes sense for DC to further cement that status with the focus of a full animated feature.
So far, the only thing known about Batman: Assault on Arkham is that it will pull its inspiration from/tie into the smash-hit video game series originally developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive. The most obvious route for the film to take would be to directly adapt the first game in the series, Batman: Arkham Asylum (which was itself very loosely based on the 1990 graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth – which was written once again by Grant Morrison).
However, the movie could also be directly linked to the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins, set to release on October 25th, 2013 - which would be the kind of cross-media synergy DC likes to capitalize on these days. Of course, Assault on Arkham could be neither of these things, instead taking cues from the entirety of the well-regarded series.
So far, we know nothing about the cast and crew behind the two announced features. Nonetheless, DC has a more-than-decent track record when it comes to their animated films – and it sounds as if they have ambitious plans for both Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham. Keep an eye on Screen Rant as we learn more about the two potentially exciting properties.
Son of the Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham will fly onto DVD and Blu-Ray in 2014.
Source: Batman on Film