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Media Watch: ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Announces Voice Cast, ‘Avatar’ Creators Leave Netflix Adaptation & More!

Batman: Soul of the Dragon Cast Revealed

The DC Animated Universe latest project involves the ’70s-set adventure Batman: Soul of the Dragon with an ensemble voice cast that includes Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite) and more.

Written by Jeremy Adams (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge), the story will be an original idea rather than a specific comic book series and will see the titular DC hero face a deadly menace from his past and partner up with three former classmates, world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, to bring it down.

The cast for the film includes David Giuntoli (Grimm, A Million Little Things) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Dacascos as Richard Dragon, Kelly Hu (Arrow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Lady Shiva, White as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger, James Hong (Abominable, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as O-Sensei and Josh Keaton (Lego DC Shazam!: Magic and Monsters, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) as Jeffrey Burr.

The film is being executive produced by Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm with Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen, Batman: The Killing Joke) set to direct and produce while Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon releases early 2021.

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast and Crew Say Goodbye

Marvel Entertainment has released a new featurette for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s upcoming two-hour series finale, featuring the main cast and creators as they say their goodbyes and thank yous to their loyal viewers. The final two episodes titled “The End is at Hand” and “What We’re Fighting For,” are set to air on Wednesday, August 12.

The official synopsis for the final episodes are: “With their backs against the wall and Nathaniel and Sibyl edging ever closer to eliminating S.H.I.E.L.D. from the history books, the agents must rely on their strengths to outsmart and outlast the Chronicoms. This is their most important fight, and it will take the help of friends and teammates, past and present, to survive.”

 

Avatar: The Last Airbender Creators Leave Netflix Adaptation

Original Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have exited the Netflix live-action adaptation.

Many of you have been asking me for updates about the Avatar live-action Netflix series,” DiMartino wrote in an open letter on his website. “I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved with the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production.”

DiMartino revealed that despite Netflix committing to the duo and their vision for the live-action series, the streaming platform reversed course on some of this creative freedom and plans changed for the project and though he did his “best to go with the flow,” they had to know when to cut their losses and move on. Despite his exiting the live-action series, however, DiMartino confirmed he is still involved with the franchise as a whole and assured fans not to completely close off hope for the project.

“And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good,” he wrote. “It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”

 

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