Here’s Why James Gunn Drastically Altered the ‘Creature Commandos’


At last week’s annual Annecy Animation Festival, Warner Bros executives showed off some teasers for the start of the James Gunn/Peter Safran led DCU. Variety reported that finished footage was shown, specifically noting that the upcoming Creature Commandos was introduced through a recorded video from Gunn and the reveal of two storyboarded sequences.


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The first featured Rick Flag Sr., voiced by Frank Grillo in a dust up with Doctor Phosphorus, voiced by Alan Tudyk. It was announced recently that Grillo will also appear as Flag in the upcoming second season of Peacemaker. The second scene was a bit more comedic and showed G.I. Robot, voiced by Sean Gunn, bonding with fishwoman Nina Mazursky, voiced by Zoë Chao.


Created by writer J. M. DeMatteis and artist Pat Broderick, Creature Commandos were first introduced in Weird War Tales #93 (November 1980). The comic book series focused on Frankenstein’s monster teaming with a werewolf, a vampire, and a gorgon to fight Nazis in World War II. 



The new characters look nothing like the original ones that James Gunn allegedly was a huge fan of. He explains why they aren’t the same in the video embedded above.


“…our characters can move in and out of animation or jump into a game or onto the big screen, but they will remain consistent throughout: same character, same history, same actor.” 


This presumably means that since the series is being cast with voice actors who would also play their characters in a live-action project down the road, they’re keeping the designs affordable and practical for the movies. This may be an instance where seeking synergy with live action could hinder the final animated product, where they could have brought the classic characters to their full potential. This also presumably means the characters won’t be fighting in World War II.


The series is being described as, “dark, humorous but never goofy and unsentimental, [an] adult-themed show with political storylines.” It’s also said to continue both the narrative and style direction of Gunn’s previous DCU projects, The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker. It was revealed early this week that the Creature Commandos will debut on MAX in December of this year.



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