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New Images Released for ‘DC Showcase Animated Shorts’

Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s new shorts compilation includes ‘Constantine – The House of Mystery,’ ‘Blue Beetle,’ ‘The Losers’ and ‘Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!;’ coming to Blu-ray and in 4K on Digital on May 3, 2022.

Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just released new images for the third DC Showcase Animated Shorts compilation, each short representing distinctly different art styles and comics eras. It comes to Blu-ray and in 4K on Digital starting May 3, 2022.

Featured shorts include Blue Beetle, The Losers and Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! all of which have appeared as enhanced content on past DC Universe movies. Making its debut and serving as the anchor for this short’s compilation is the extended-length Constantine - The House of Mystery. The quartet of shorts are produced by Rick Morales (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise, Injustice). Jim Krieg is producer, and Sam Register is executive producer.

Constantine - The House of Mystery:

John Constantine wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there, but Zatanna and his friends are all there. Unfortunately, they have a bad habit of turning into demons and ripping him to shreds, over and over again!

Cast includes Matt Ryan (Constantine, Legends of Tomorrow) reprising his live-action and animated role as Constantine; Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy); Ray Chase (Licorice Pizza); Robin Atkin Downes (The Strain); and Damian O’Hare (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl). Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) and Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Longmire, Young Guns) join the cast of the short, which is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice) from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush).

Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!

Initially released as a bonus feature on Justice Society: World War II in Spring 2021, Jack Kirby’s DC comic creation features the last civilized teenage boy on a post-apocalyptic Earth ruled by talking animals. In this short, Kamandi and his friends Prince Tuftan of the Tiger Kingdom and humanoid mutant Ben Boxer are kidnapped by a gorilla cult dedicated to finding the reincarnation of their god, The Mighty One. Golgan, the cult’s leader, puts Kamandi’s team through a series of deadly tests to find if any of them know the secret of The Mighty One.

Featuring the voices of Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless) as Kamandi; Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto franchise) as Golgan and Tuftan; Adam Gifford (Masters of the Universe: Revelation) as Zuma; and Armen Taylor (Justice Society: World War II) as Ben Boxer. Directed by Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) from a script written by Paul Giacoppo (Young Justice, Star Wars: Resistance).

The Losers

The legendary rag-tag team of World War II outcasts – Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, “Mile-a-Minute” Jones, rookie Gunner and Sarge – find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs! Their would-be ally on this deadly mission, the mysterious and beautiful Fan Long of the Chinese Security Agency, tells them their job is to rescue the scientists that have been sent to study a time/space anomaly. Perhaps… but what is her mission? 

Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Book of Boba Fett) leads the cast as Fan; Dean Winters (John Wick, 30 Rock) is Captain Storm; Dave B. Mitchell (Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms) is Gunner and Sarge; Eugene Byrd (Bones, Arrow) is Mile-a-Minute Jones; and Martin Sensmeier (Westworld, The Magnificent Seven) is Johnny Cloud.

Initially included as a bonus feature on Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, The Losers is directed by Milo Neuman (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash) from a script by Tim Sheridan (Batman: The Long Halloween).

Blue Beetle

Silver Age Blue Beetle is back! Welcome to the adventures of Ted Kord, alias the Blue Beetle, as he teams up with fellow Super Heroes Captain Atom, The Question and Nightshade to battle that nefarious finagler of feelings, Doctor Spectro.

Matt Lanter (Timeless, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 90210) stars as Blue Beetle; Jeff Bennett (Johnny Bravo, Curious George) as Captain Atom & Pops; Ashly Burch (The Ghost and Molly McGee) as Nightshade; David Kaye (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as The Question; and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Dr. Spectro.

Originally attached to Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two, Blue Beetle is directed by Neuman (Freedom Fighters: The Ray) from a screenplay by Jennifer Keene (Phineas and Ferb) based on a story by Jeremy Adams (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise).

Launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts: The Spectre (2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One. For 2019-2020, DC Showcase returned with five shorts: Sgt. Rock (8/6/2019) Death (10/22/2019), The Phantom Stranger (3/17/2020), Adam Strange (5/19/2020), and the interactive Batman: Death in the Family (10/13/2020).

Source: Warner Bros. Animation