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The CW Renews Supernatural and Announces Constantine Animated Series

The CW Network announced today at The Television Critics Association’s Winter 2017 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA that Supernatural would return for a thirteenth season and that Constantine would get new life as an animated short.  

IGN discovered further details about the Constantine animated series at the event.  The animated series will be exclusive to The CW’s digital service (CW Seed) and will consist of five to six 10-minute episodes.  John Constantine will be voiced by original star Matt Ryan (who also appeared in season Four of Arrow on the CW).

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Justice League Dark Animated Feature Trailer Released

The Justice League Dark trailer for the upcoming release from DC’s animated division was released today.   The feature (which will be released on February 7th, 2017 on blu-ray and dvd) explores the dark side of the DC Universe, featuring characters such as John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Swamp Thing among others.  Batman also appears to have a large role in this film, a departure from most Justice League Dark line-ups.

Fans anxious for Doug Liman’s Dark Universe film featuring many of the same characters will be able to quell their thirst with this animated feature.

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Director Doug Liman Promises a Unique Take on DC Comics’ Dark Universe Film

In an interview with IGN, director Doug Liman promised that he would approach his film Dark Universe (formerly Justice League Dark) differently than previous installments in the fledgling DC Extended Universe.  Liman told IGN that “I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me.”

Liman further reiterated his different approach to the supernatural heroes film stating, “So even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be. But since I do treat every project as a form of a film school, “OK I haven’t done that genre and how am I going to do it and how am I going to do it in a way that no one’s done it before,” so that’s, you know, I haven’t done a comic book film, and that’s — am I going to do it in a new way that’s unlike what anyone else has ever done, and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do.”

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Doug Liman to Direct D.C. Comics Dark Universe Film

Justin Kroll of Variety is reporting that Doug Liman will direct the long gestating Justice League Dark feature, now titled Dark Universe.

Justice League Dark was originally conceived as a Guillermo del Toro project in 2012.  del Toro has been updating progress on the film ever since, but due to a large number of projects on his plate, it appears that Liman will step into del Toro’s directing shoes.  It is unclear how much of del Toro’s pre-production work, including a “story Bible” that outlined character designs and contained extensive notes on the dark side of the D.C. universe, will be salvaged or if Liman and Warner Brothers will go in a different direction.

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