A representative for Warner Home Video has confirmed recent online reports that Bruce Timm has stepped down as Executive Producer of DC Comics’ assorted animated projects, including the DC Universe Animated Movies line for the studio, with James Tucker replacing him. According to the representative, the plan is for Timm to eventually return to the role, but for now the famed animator is focusing on a bevy of personal projects, both in the field of animation and elsewhere, and he has not “left” Warner Bros. Animation. Timm is best known among fans for his work on Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, assorted DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, among countless other acclaimed bodies of work. Tucker worked with Timm on Justice League, among other shows, and spearheaded his own popular works including Legion of Super-Heroes and Batman: The Brave and The Bold.
“Bruce Timm continues his amazing work at Warner Bros. He’s only taking a break from DCU films to develop more of the stuff you love,” said Warner Home Video publicist Gary Miereanu. “Bruce Timm is stepping away from the DCU Animated Original Movies for a bit … but he’ll be back – in a very big way.”
Timm actually stepped down from the role as Executive Producer as production on the DC Universe Animated Original Movie feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two to focus on Green Lantern: The Animated Series – the acclaimed CG-based Cartoon Network animated series Timm was also heavily involved in at the time. Tucker has been actively involved with the DC Universe Animated Original Movie home video line since late 2011.
In the role of Executive Producer of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, Tucker said he hopes to introduce audiences to more characters from the DC Universe, with the three 2014 DC Universe Animated Original Movies titles slated for release scheduled to do just that. While the both studio and Warner Home Video representative have not been able to confirm this for The World’s Finest, the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow is slated to play a role in one of the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movies titles.
While Timm has stepped down as Executive Producer for DC Comics’ assorted animated projects, he has not left Warner Bros. Animation. Timm is currently involved in some-yet-to-be-announced projects from the animation studio, including at least one major project featuring a familiar brand, along with additional side projects which will be announced later this year. A representative for Warner Bros. Animation confirms that he will work on DC-oriented projects again sometime in the future. However, Tucker is set to remain very active as Executive Producer and heavily involved for the foreseeable future as supervisor of DC Comics’ animated productions.
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