This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Cartoon Network's upcoming ACME Night block, Matthew Mercer's comments on Overwatch's McCree name change, and a release date for the Injustice animated movie.

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Cartoon Network’s ACME Night block to include Batman, Aquaman, and Gremlins cartoons

WarnerMedia will give cross-platform runs to several HBO Max shows as part of an upcoming family programming block on Cartoon Network.

The shows will be part of ACME Night, a Sunday evening block of movies and shows that will debut on Cartoon Network Sept. 19th and HBO Max in early 2022. Among the HBO Max titles making the jump to the cable channel are animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, and a quiz show for Harry Potter fans. Batman: Caped Crusader, which was already slated for a run on both platforms, will also be part of the block.

Warner Bros. Animation will also produce three original movies for ACME Night, two holiday movies titled Merry Little Batman and Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story. Also to be produced is an untitled Looney Tunes film starring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.

Other films on tap to play during the block are Shazam, Detective Pikachu, Man of Steel, Scoob!, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Matthew Mercer comments on Overwatch’s McCree name change

Recently, Activision Blizzard announced that they’d be changing the name of Overwatch’s hero McCree, as the name is tied to a former employee that was embroiled in the accusations leveled at the company.

Now, the voice actor for the cowboy, Matthew Mercer, has shared his thoughts about the situation, saying, “I know this is a small consolation, but it’s one that needed to be done for a lot of people to feel comfortable moving forward with the story of Overwatch and the characters. People have different opinions on it and some can say that it’s just a name and that it’s ridiculous to change it, but it’s a name that also represents a connection to a lot of people’s pain and abuse. And if we have the opportunity to make it better and let that lie in the past and let the character live as something separate like it should, then I can’t help but be behind that.”

Mercer doesn’t know what the cowboy will be called, but he appeared to be more focused on the real-life people that were affected by all of this and that changing the name would be one step in the healing process.

“If it was the one thing they did, it would be nowhere near enough,” he said. “But it’s just one facet of all the things they are seemingly doing internally to try to right a lot of wrongs. I feel so much for all of the people that were mistreated and were victims of individuals in the company that abused their power and positions. My heart has been breaking since the whole thing went down.”

Injustice animated movie gets release date

Warner Bros. Animation has revealed the official box art and a release date of October 19, 2021 for their upcoming film Injustice.

Inspired by Injustice: Gods Among Us, the popular NetherRealm Studios video game and the DC graphic novel based on that game, the animated film Injustice finds an alternate world gone mad – where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes.

Starring Justin Hartley as the Man of Steel and Anson Mount as the Dark Knight, fans can catch a sneak peek at Injustice when DC FanDome returns on Saturday, October 16th, just days before the film’s release.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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