The New Frontier animated movie is set for direct-to-DVD release in February, and the New York Times posted an image from the movie in an article about the film.
Mr. Cooke recalled another phone call, this time with Bruce Timm, a producer, writer and director on many of the animated cartoons featuring DC’s heroes. “Bruce said: ‘I told them not to make this! This is at least two DVDs!’ ” Mr. Cooke said.
Take a look at the image from the DVD and compare it to the source material. I love it when the suits allow the creative teams to draw inspiration directly from the source material without hacking it all to hell.
But the process was not without its bumps. In the first three drafts, neither Wonder Woman nor Lois Lane, both significant in the comic, was in the film. “You have to pick your battles,” Mr. Cooke said. “I had to give up a lot of things that would make me weep, not because they need to be in the film but because I wanted to see them animated. But Lois and Wonder Woman had to be in.”
I’ll agree that 70 minutes just doesn’t seem long enough to cover the sprawling story that is New Frontier. It would have been nice to have a 3 or 4 hour movie, but I can understand the positioning of the suits who want to get maximum dollar for as little work as possible. I’m going to wait and see how Warner Home Video handles Doomsday before I get my hopes too high on this release.
Good news for Con attendees this week, as they will get a preview of the film before anyone else… I’m so jealous.