Since scoring an $18 million investment led by Warner Bros. in March, Machinima has been looking for the right programming collaboration that taps into the studio’s content, according to CEO Chad Gutstein.
The multi-channel gaming network has found the right fit with Justice League: Gods and Monsters. The animated film, co-produced by Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment next year. Machinima announced Wednesday that it has greenlit a digital, short-form companion series called Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, which will focus on alternate, darker versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
The 3-part series will launch next spring, weeks in advance of the movie. Chronicles is the first project from Warner Bros.’ recently launched digital content production unit called Warner Digital Series, which is headed up by Sam Register, who is also president of Warner Bros. Animation.
“Ever since we announced the Warner Bros. strategic investment, we have been looking for a new and exciting way to tap into the company’s unmatched content,” Gutstein said, in a statement. “In addition, we have built a first-of-its-kind package for brands to engage with these characters to reach Machinima’s elusive audience.”
Justice League image courtesy of DC Entertainment