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James Tucker Is New Supervising Producer Of All DC Animated Projects, Wants To Intro New Characters

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 29, 2013 7:23 PM
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Breaking news courtesy of the Black Folks Making Comics blog:

James Tucker is the new Supervising Producer of all DC Animated projects effective immediately as the previous Supervising Producer, Bruce Timm (one of the architects of the DC Animated Universe alongside Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, and later Dwayne McDuffie), is stepping down to work on other projects. 

Not being much of a follower of the comic animations universe, I'm not qualified to speak on what exactly this means, if anything. Other than that a black man is now in what appears to be a somewhat powerful, decision-making position.

The folks at Black Folks Making Comics seem very excited about it, so I'm relying on their enthusiasm.

But maybe this quote from Tucker himself today, in response to what changes might come under his rule, tells us something:

"I’d love to use more of a variety of characters, but that’s something I don’t have control over [...] Granted Dark Knight Returns was long overdue to be adapted and I’m glad they did it and did it superbly. But beyond that, I’m not really interested in replicating, image by image, word for word, something that was in a comic book, because you can’t replicate that experience or feeling [...] For some fans who have been following the animated films, there is a growing frustration over the fact that the vast majority of the flicks center around Batman or Justice League, and then Superman, with many other characters not getting the same kind of opportunity to be featured. Of course there have been attempts, most notably with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and even the collection of short films, DC Showcase, but the responding sale figures didn’t support the idea of such forays [...] I can’t go into specifics... but I have a feeling when we announce our next slate of movies, people are going to be very excited because we will be using Batman, Superman and Justice League as a gateway to exposing other characters."

I can't say what plans the guy before him had for the DC animated universe of films, but it seems like Tucker really wants to move beyond the usual featured characters, and start introducing new ones, which is a good thing, isn't it?

Those of you who are experts on this, feel free to enlighten the rest of us.

Read the full announcement of Tucker's promotion HERE.

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  • Phil | August 7, 2013 4:55 PMReply

    I went to college with James, and always knew he was gonna do big things. This is great news and we all can rest easy that he will do the animated DCU properly. He loves all things DC as shown in his work through the years, specifically Justice League Unlimited, The Legion of Super Heroes, and BATMAN: The Brave and the Bold.

  • Reggie | March 29, 2013 9:12 PMReply

    Congratulations James, I'm really excited for you !
    Reggie/DC

  • ALM | March 29, 2013 8:55 PMReply

    Congrats to James, but I have loved the work of Bruce Timm. I hope that Timm's "other projects" will be widely accessible to the public once they are completed.

    I am still scratching my head about the gun wielding Alfred in the animated "Batman" series that Cartoon Network is debuting in 2014. Batman hates guns, but the promos clearly show Alfred holding a gun.

    Tons of fans want a sequel to the "Wonder Woman" film, so maybe James will finally get that greenlit.

    The "Justice League: Unlimited" universe lived up to its name pretty well, so the possibilities for future animated film/dvd projects are endless.

    I would love to see a film on the question and huntress. I loved their chemistry on JLU. Now is also the perfect time to piggy back on the success of the CW's "Arrow" and reintroduce the green arrow/black canary team ups from JLU.

    Maybe we'll see the animated shorts voiced by Blair Underwood receive the greenlight for a full series.

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