'Justice League: War' to Launch Animated Movie Shared Continuity

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Starting with its new release, Warner Bros. will refashion its DC Animated Movies line into a shared universe franchise a la Marvel Studios' output.

For some years now, Warner Bros. has been releasing a series of animated home movies based on DC Entertainment comic books, including versions of such classics as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The New Frontier. Starting with this month's Justice League: War, however, the line is shifting direction toward an ongoing, shared continuity similar to Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe.

"This will definitely be the first salvo in doing new movies that are in continuity with each other," producer James Tucker told Comic Book Resources. "Our next movie is going to be Son of Batman, and that Batman will be the same Batman that you see in Justice League: War. Basically, we'll have two concurrent series of Justice League movies and Batman movies, and they'll be in continuity with each other. So it's kind of world-building."

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The new continuity will not be limited to adapting storylines from the current New 52 line of DC superhero books, according to Justice League: War director Jay Oliva. "We can do original content, we can do New 52 stuff," he said. Indeed, Oliva's next animated project will be Batman: Arkham Asylum, based on the successful Batman: Arkham video games.

Warner Bros. plans to put out two home releases each year based in this shared continuity, with an additional DC animated project every year as a stand-alone, continuity-free project (Batman: Arkham fills that spot for 2014), although Tucker told CBR that such plans are "always subject to change."