Geekly World News – January 30, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more.

The Justice League is coming back to television with Justice League Action, a new animated series currently in the works at Cartoon Network. Bleeding Cool reports that the format will be similar to Teen Titans Go!, in that each episode will be comprised of two 11-minute shorts. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are reprising their roles of Batman and the Joker, respectively, though we do not yet know who will be voicing Superman and Wonder Woman. As a big fan of the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated shows, I can’t wait to see if this new show captures that magic once again.

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, video game retailer GameStop is getting into video game publishing. The game is called Song of the Deep, and it’s being developed by Insomniac Games, creators of games such as Spyro the Dragon, Rachet & Clank, and Sunset Overdrive.

Giant Bomb reports that while the game will be released digitally on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, it will also be available as a physical disc exclusively at GameStop stores, alongside related merchandise. I think this is a pretty clever attempt by GameStop to stay relevant and profitable as digital games continue to rise in popularity. I’m very interested to see if it pays off for them.

DC Comics is creating a number of new comics based on classic Hanna-Barbera characters, updated for the modern era. The initial lineup they’ve announced is Scooby Apocalypse, The Flintstones, Wacky Race Land, and Future Quest (featuring characters such as Johnny Quest and Space Ghost).

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Entertainment Weekly has the rest of the images revealed so far, as well as a lot of interesting quotes from Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, co-publishers of DC Entertainment. DiDio talks about their approach for these books and says, “It was so fun to go out and look at them, but not just bring back versions that existed 40, 50 years ago and really look at it the way of saying, if these characters were created and interpreted today, how would they exist? So we handed off our materials to a number of top creators, and what came back was an exciting look that felt very true to the existence of the characters.”
Newsarama has the break down of the creative teams for each book, and they’re all great. I’m especially excited for Future Quest with Jeff Parker as writer and Evan “Doc” Shaner as artist, even though I’ve never watched the shows it is based on. The art is just incredibly beautiful.
One of the more divisive parts of this announcement is the new character designs for the Scooby gang, as seen above. I can understand why people might be wary, but I am reminded of Afterlife with Archie, an excellent series that also plays fast and loose with the source material it draws from. Only time will tell how these books turn out, but  I’ll certainly give them a try.
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