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The new Justice League: Gods and Monsters DTV movie I directed is in stores today. I’d like to give a shout out to the board team and designers that never get enough praise. EricCanete, jakecastorena, warp-zero, LaurenMontgomery, Dough Murphy, Negotiator53, AZNbebop, Chris Rutkowski, Oniwolf12, ZWYER, johnsonverse, cartoonretro, Glenn Wong, James Tucker, Jay Hong, and Fedja Jovanovic. Also Frederik Wiedmann for the amazing music and score.  None of this gets made  without these talented people!

Thanks Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett for letting me play around with your characters!

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NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Question (an this is legit a question)
Is there a reason for all the recent darker movies and less fun content like All-Star Superman or Superman vs the Elite?
Follow up question: Why are there so many more Batman projects being picked up instead of other DC Characters Like Creeper, Question or Metamorpho?
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samliu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Question 1: I have only just recently got back on to the DTV movies line so I will offer my best guess. In the past we usually we try to mix it up dark and fun, but I think now (semi starting from Flashpoint) there is more of a continuing universe that is inspired by the New 52 line of comics. Bruce's Gods and Monsters is a reinvented universe reflecting the the tone of the current times. The DTVs tend to hedge older in audience so we try to tell stories that are closer to movies than saturday morning cartoons most of the time. To the general audience in America, cartoons are still considered for children. I think we are trying to offer something to the older fans as well. 

Question 2: The bottom line is sales. If Warners doesn't make money from the projects then the projects get shut down. Batman is probably the best known DC character so that's why there are mostly Batman projects. We are trying to include lesser known characters around the trinity and see how people respond to them. It's hard to convince the parent company to take a chance on an unknown as a headliner.
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NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That is so unfortunate.
I grew up with Batman but his over saturation in the market has
granted me so much disdain for the character,
his rogues and his mythos.

Alternatively I have wanted more characters to get noticed
like the underdogs like Creeper, Question and Metamorpho
 to the delightful like a Lobo movie, an not that nu52 Lobo
I preferred the Alan Grant version with the biker gear and such.

I am sick of the dark and serious crap.
At the end of the day these where characters created with children in mind
and now the company seems to forgo that part of the media entirely for dark and gritty.
Which is unfortunate since I can't really show any new stuff to my nieces, nephews, little cousins because its all too violent.
I don't mind adult stuff like Wonder Woman chopping the head off a monster.
But sweet Christmas it wouldn't kill the company to have fun with its content again and go a bit more tame.

What irks me is we had that one film Justice League Adventures Trapped in Time and that was so good.
It was a contemporary super friends that still treated the audience with intelligence much in the same way Bruce Timm used to with his animated universe.
I would argue a tv series or movie series set in that tonality would venture to get a great deal of audience members and maybe even money.
It could even be the start of a new animated universe allow to build a new one with the cast.
Use the JL as a catalyst to then follow suit for a Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman show respectfully and use those three to introduce the lesser
know characters to move the lesser known ones to being top tier instead of constantly nurturing just Batman.
What the company seems to fail to realize is see how they are always pushing Batman?
By nurturing this one plant in your garden of creations you are allowing the others to all wither and die.
You could make more of a bountiful harvest if you acknowledge and work on tending to your entire garden not just one plant


With Marvel they just gave Ant-Man a shot, they didn't have too but they did and they are nurturing their garden of creations a lot better.
Yes they have the favored ones: Wolverine, X-Men, Deadpool
But the fact that the company is giving other characters the time a day is a smart business practice since by growing the tier quality of these heroes
they are not narrowing themselves into a box which will halt their ability to grow and make the money they are aiming for.
DC however, though I am sure if financially fine, is in its box with its batman and ignoring other potential heroes that can be as good if not better than
Batman could ever hope to be.


I appreciate this talk Sammy.
it's a shame really though.
I love a lot of the DC Animated films Wonder Woman in Particular is one of my favorites.
But it seems this company goes with the majority which causes fans like me to be isolated and then removed from the fandom.
There is nothing left for me guys like me.
A lot of the content seems to miserable.
All the recent films based on Geoff Johns content has been, in my opinion, horrible.
The writing is dismal and depressing, the characters unlikeable, even the color palettes are washed out to be dark, dreary and void of vibrancy.
The industry, for DC, has headed down a path that I can't follow and its depressing.
It's like having a toy you enjoy playing with then having your parent take it away and say "HERE ENJOY THIS NEW BETTER ONE!|
But you were happy with what you had. You didn't feel the need for something else.
Maybe it can be said "Oh it's a lack of adapting get with the times."
I don't think that's the case though.
I just want quality content that I can enjoy as well as with people I care about.
An this company has made it crystal, transparently clear that I am not allowed to do that.
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Konartist3D Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Whoa! I been checking out the teasers and it looks pretty cool.  Will be ordering now that it has the Sam Liu name on it!
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Filmographer
This is a whole different thing so don't expect the trinity to be anything like their classic selves! People who do end up hating it. Let me know what you think Kon! Hope you are doing well, buddy!
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Konartist3D Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Yeah.  That's why it looks interesting!  It's arriving tonight (yay Prime same day delivery!).  I'll watch it this weekend!

I'm doing OK!  I been working on the new Uncharted game. =D 
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samliu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Nice! I am still trying to find a good block of time to play The Last of Us :( I need like a whole weekend alone!
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Konartist3D Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Cool!  I didn't get a chance to watch Justice League last weekend but this weekend for sure!

Me too.. I need to finish Last of Us.  =P  Of course I know all the events that happen but not in it's final form.
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artman1900 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking forward to it Sam, you're the best.
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Haha thanks man, hope you like it! It's definitely different!
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NeonGenesisGuyverIII Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If true, I thought this was awesome.
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sweet glad you enjoyed it! If what is true?
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NeonGenesisGuyverIII Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That you worked on it. Sorry, I'm chronically skeptic about stuff. 
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Haha no worries. There are a lot of people out there that claim more credit than they deserve or flat out take credit for things they have very little to no involvement in. I am a skeptic myself.
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superleezard Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Loved the movie! Best DC animated movie since The Dark Knight Returns. Great job, everyone involved!
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Awesome glad you liked it!
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I can't wait to dig into these guys' DA pages!
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sadly I think a lot of them have moved on from DA ...
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knightmare75 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Really you directed it, awesome. I'll be watching it soon.
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Cool I hope you like it!
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ChristiVivar Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
w00t! Congratulations! I'll be downloading this on the Play store! I really enjoyed the prologue vignettes you guys made on Machinima last month by the way. They definitely got me hyped for the release.
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yay thanks! I think the shorts was a good strategy, it introduces people to the new takes on the characters so the audience knows what they're getting into! Thanks for the support!
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ChristiVivar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Looking forward to more of this and your next project!  ;)
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EPICamiture2099 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Im gonna Get on this
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sweet thanks! Hope you enjoy it!
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UnexpectedToy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats to you and your coworkers in making such a wonderful production.
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samliu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
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