Star Wars Rebels
The Force will soon be strong with this one. Meet Ezra, a charismatic teenage con artist who is one of the main characters in the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Premiering with a one-hour special this fall on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD as a weekly series, Rebels bridges the gap between the two Star Wars movie trilogies. Set in the Outer Rim territories in between Episodes III and IV — also known as 2005's Revenge of the Sith and 1977's A New Hope — the show follows the genesis of the rebellion that ultimately leads to the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Fourteen years after the massacre of most of the Jedi knights in Revenge of the Sith, the Galactic Empire has consolidated power and its despotic intentions are no longer a secret.
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II - Flash
Robot Chicken and DC Comics are teaming up again and it's front-page news — literally. The comic book publisher is producing variant covers for 22 of its March issues to celebrate Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II, the second edition of the Adult Swim hit's parody of the DC Universe.
Son of Batman
Batman turns 75 this year and he's celebrating by becoming a father. The upcoming animated movie Son of Batman introduces Damian, the child Bruce Wayne never knew he had. The story is based on a 2006 comic-book arc written by Grant Morrison in which Batman learns that he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins....
You can say this about voice-over actors: They love to talk. One hundred and fifty of Hollywood's busiest performers and casting agents from the often overlooked industry enthusiastically share their stories in the new documentary I Know That Voice, available on VOD platforms and at iTunes starting Tuesday.
Director Lawrence Shapiro was inspired to make the film when he saw how animated (pun intended) fans became when meeting his friend John DiMaggio, voice of the curmudgeonly-yet-beloved robot Bender on Futurama. "I'll admit it, applause is great," says DiMaggio, one of the industry's most popular and prolific stars, whose résumé also includes roles on Adventure Time, The Penguins of Madagascar and Kim Possible. But outside of fan-centric events like Comic-Con, voice actors work in relative obscurity, which motivated DiMaggio to sign on as producer. "I want my peers to get a little bit of recognition. These are some of the most talented people I know, and some of the most brilliant character actors that I know."
Ringo Starr's Music Video for The Powerpuff Girls Comeback
The Powerpuff Girls are making a comeback, and that's something to sing about. Ringo Starr, who guest stars on the Cartoon Network show's upcoming return episode, also performs a special song in honor of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. TV Guide Magazine has your exclusive first look at "I Wish I Was a Powerpuff Girl" (below).
Smallville Comic Book
Smallville is about to get magical. The DC Comics digital series based on the long-running TV show takes a supernatural sidetrack in a new storyline featuring Zatanna and John Constantine.
The magically powered Zatanna, best known for casting spells spoken backwards, returns to the world of Clark Kent and Co. in "Harbinger," a story beginning Friday that runs parallel to the comic's main narrative. Introduced in Season 8 of the TV show (played by Serinda Swan), Zatanna is now in London. "She's taken her show on the road, using her tour as a cover to run down and deal with all the messes/enchanted/cursed everythings her father left behind when he died," says Bryan Q. Miller, who writes the comic book extension of the TV series. "By the time we catch up with her in 'Harbinger,' she's closing in on the final item on that list."
Zoinks! How's this for an unexpected crossover: Scooby-Doo and his pals are set to team up with the stars of the WWE (aka World Wrestling Entertainment) in an upcoming animated DVD movie. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery sends the gang on a trip to Wrestle City, where — shocker! — they find themselves in supernatural sleuthing mode.
A mysterious ghostly bear is on the rampage, wreaking havoc on WrestleMania and attempting to steal the championship gold belt. Before you can say, "ruh-roh," Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the lords of the wrestling ring to sort out the bear facts.
WWE stars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz and Kane all provide their own voices, as does WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery — a co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE Studios — goes on sale March 25 in DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD platforms. Here's an exclusive first look at the movie:
Barry Allen made his much-anticipated debut on Arrow last week, introducing the DC Comics character who fanboys know will someday become the superhero The Flash. The opening arc concludes in this week's episode (Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW), paving the way for a potential Flash series for next fall.
To celebrate its 100th episode, MAD is getting "Super"-sized. The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence.
The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with — twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length — and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. The featured musical sketch, "The Worst Show Ever," is inspired by a certain boy band. "It's One Direction's take on having to watch MAD," Shinick says, emphasizing his series' self-deprecating attitude. Yankovic will voice the band's manager.