Streaming media site Machinima has announced a new collaboration with DC Entertainment in the form of “Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles,” a series of digital animated shorts to be released in advance of “Justice League: Gods and Monsters,” an upcoming straight-to-home release DC animated feature. The shorts are expected to premiere in spring 2015, “weeks” before the release of the full-length feature.
The “Gods and Monsters” feature will be executive produced by Bruce Timm and co-produced by Alan Burnett, both producers on the revered “Batman: The Animated Series.” The press release announcing “Gods and Monsters Chronicles” states both are involved with the digital series as well, but does not disclose in what capacity. In July, DC animated features producer James Tucker stated on Twitter that Burnett is writing the “Gods and Monsters” feature, with Sam Liu directing.
Details are still slim as to what the digital series will entail, other than that it will “explore a newly conceived reality in the DC Universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the Super Heroes that people think they know.” Variety reports that it’ll be a three-part series, perhaps one installment focused on each of the three listed characters.
“‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.,” DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. — DC’s corporate parent — led an $18 million investment in Machinima. This is the first collaboration between the two parties since that deal.