Holy Crap Does the Newest Justice League Cartoon Go Dark

Bruce Timm’s is returning to DC animation with Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and wow, he is not screwing around.

In the weeks leading up to its release, Machinima is giving us a three-part prequel webseries, the first of which is now online. It’s called “Twisted,” and features a new Batman (Kirk Langstrom) on the hunt for Harley Quinn. If that title doesn’t tip you off, it’s not for kids.

Ready yourself for dismembered bodies, corpse art, a bizarrely revealing Harley Quinn outfit, and hey, why not the most brutal incarnation of a movie Batman we’ve ever seen, and check out episode one:

What the heck did I just watch?

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is set in an alternate universe (in case you couldn’t tell), and as far as we know, is separate from the loose chronology of the more recent DC animated movies.

In this world, the Justice League is a crimefighting organization with notoriously brutal methods of maintaining the peace. Each of the core members also has a radically different origin story. As you saw, this Batman is doesn’t exactly have a “no kill” rule. Instead, he’s a scientist named Kirk Langstrom who accidentally turned himself into a vampire while trying to cure cancer. Superman is the son of General Zod, and was raised by a family of Mexican immigrants. Finally, the mantle of Wonder Woman was taken up by Bekka, a comic book character who married Orion, one of Darkseid’s sons.

What is it about?

Gods and Monsters is set in the aftermath of a series of suspicious deaths of well-known scientists, which casts suspicion on the Justice League itself.

If you’re interested in learning more about this alternate universe, you’ll want to check out the next two episodes of the Machinima series, as well as a four-issue prequel comic book series that will be released alongside the film.

And when is the movie out?

The movie will be available on Blu-ray and VOD on July 28, 2015. A Comic-Con premiere seems fairly likely.

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