First it was Invincible getting the animated treatment, now Warner Bros. is announcing something very similar.
UPDATE: I just finished watching the 22 minute Chapter 1, and I must say it looks really good.Â The images are taken from the graphic novel, and do include word balloons and the like, but what makes this one stand out is that the panels are animated, with the figures moving, and shifting through the scene.Â The only thing that would have made this first episode better would have been if they could have gotten the character’s mouths to move.Â Other than that, it is worth checking out over on iTunes.
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Premiere announced today a new way for graphic novel fans to connect with their favorite characters and the stories they know and love through short-form digital content. â€œWarner Premiereâ€™s Motion Comicsâ€ draw on a massive amount of source material to bring a visually engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork. The highly anticipated debut episode of DC Comics â€œWatchmenâ€ is now available exclusively as a free iTunes download for the next two weeks via Entertainment Weeklyâ€™s website (www.ew.com/watchmen). Beginning August 2, the debut â€œWatchmenâ€ Motion Comic will be available on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) for purchase and download for $1.99. In addition, the Eisner Award-winning â€œBatman: Mad Loveâ€ starring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn can be downloaded to own from Xbox Live and available on Verizon Wirelessâ€™ V CAST Video service starting July 22. A full lineup of â€œWarner Premiereâ€™s Motion Comicsâ€ and release dates will be announced shortly after Comic-Con.
Watchmen â€“ Motion Comic
â€œWatchmenâ€ takes viewers through the critically acclaimed DC Comics and Hugo award-winning graphic novel by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Set in 1985 at the height of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, costumed avengers have been banned with the exception of two â€“ The Comedian and Rorschach. During this time the mysterious murder of a United States government official named Edward Blake occurs in New York, possibly by Soviet Communists. It is later confirmed that Blake is actually a costumed avenger â€“ The Comedian. The news of the murder is discovered by his fellow costumed avenger, Rorschach who sets out to discover the murderer.
During his search viewers discover whether Rorschach is really insane or if heâ€™s uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians. On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives. But what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet. Following two generations of masked superheroes from the close of World War II to the icy shadow of the Cold War comes this groundbreaking comic story â€” the story of The Watchmen.
In the July 18 edition of Entertainment Weekly fans will find a special link through EW.com (www.ew.com/watchmen) that provides access to the episode via iTunes. Additional episodes for purchase will also be made available via iTunes and other distribution partners in the coming months leading to the theatrical release of Watchmen in 2009.
Batman: Mad Love
â€œBatman: Mad Loveâ€ is taken directly from the pages of the Eisner Award-winning single issue graphic novel by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The story revolves around The Jokerâ€™s sidekick Harley Quinn who is madly in love with him. She uses crime to demonstrate her love for her â€œPuddinâ€™â€ and sets out to commit the ultimate act of love â€“ killing Batman.
The â€œBatman: Mad Loveâ€ Motion Comic will be available to purchase from Xbox Live and viewing on mobile phones enabled for Verizon Wirelessâ€™ V CAST Video service starting July 22. â€œBatman: Mad Loveâ€ episodes will also be available from other distribution partners in the coming months.
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