There have been questions about the future of Warner Brothers’ DC Universe streaming service, but for now, it’s business as usual, and as it moves into its second year, new projects have been announced, and they’re probably not things anyone predicted. ‘BizarroTV’ is a “mixed media” creation, made in partnership with Blue Ribbon Entertainment.
“A showcase of experimental styles and creative voices and visions that will be a mix of live-action and animation; deep cuts from the DC portfolio of characters such as Space Cabbie, Ambush Bug, Slam Bradley and the Creeper.”
The second project is ‘DCYou Unscripted’, which is a contest that invites fans to submit their ideas for unscripted series “drawing on all things DC.” ‘DCYou Unscripted’ stems from a partnership with Ideas United. The contest launches on October 24.
‘BizarroTV’ sounds sort of like Netflix’s ‘Love, Death + Robots’, the experimental series that stems from various creators and animators around the world. That series was originally envisioned as a reboot of the 1981 animated anthology film ‘Heavy Metal’, and has already won two Emmy Awards– Outstanding Short Form Animated Program for the episode “The Witness” and the juried award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for “The Witness” (Alberto Mielgo, production designer; David Pate, character animator), “Good Hunting” (Jun-ho Kim, background designer) and “Sucker of Souls” (Owen Sullivan, storyboard artist).
Warner Brothers has already created many shorts using its characters, including some oddballs like the ‘Animal Man’, ‘The Creature Commandos’, ‘Deadman’, ‘Doom Patrol’, and ‘Shade the Changing Man’. Ambush Bug and The Creeper (created by Steve Ditko) are fan favorites. For some reason, Warner Brothers has been pushing Space Cabbie recently, with Patton Oswalt voicing him on the animated series ‘Justice League Action’. Slam Bradley is a detective that pre-dates even Superman, having debuted in ‘Detective Comics’ #1 in 1937.
DC Universe is taking pitches for ‘DCYou’ until November 18. If you can an idea, you can submit it here.
How do you feel about DC Universe delving into more experimental fare?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter