This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about the new Warner Bros. fighter MultiVersus, more cast announcements for Netflix's Avatar: TLA series, a new Earthworm Jim cartoon, and The Batman series remastered for Blu-ray.

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Warner Bros. announces Smash-like fighter MultiVersus

Warner Bros. has announced MultiVersus, a Super Smash Bros-like fighter that brings together characters from various WB-owned properties like Justice League, Adventure Time, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and Game of Thrones. The game is set to release in 2022 for consoles and PC, and will be free-to-play.

MultiVersus will support 1v1, 2v2, and 4-player free-for-all matches, set on stages themed around the characters available in the game. A partial roster has been revealed, with more characters to be announced, and each one will be voiced by familiar actors, such as Kevin Conroy as Batman, John DiMaggio as Jake the Dog, and even Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

The currently announced roster includes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Shaggy, Bugs Bunny, Arya Stark, Jake the Dog, Finn the Human, Steven Universe, Garnet, Tom and Jerry, and Reindog, an original character debuting in MultiVersus. Along with unique ability sets, each character will get customization through perk loadouts, skins, and emotes.

As a free-to-play game, MultiVersus will be supported by in-game purchases. What those purchases are remain to be seen, but the trailer shows what appears to be a battle pass system that’s likely to include cosmetics.

The game will support cross play and cross progression across all of its supported platforms, which include PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series S & X, and PC.

Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender series casts Uncle Iroh, Gyatso, and Zhao

Netflix has added three more actors to the cast of their Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee will play fan favorite Uncle Iroh, a retired Fire Nation general and the wise and nurturing mentor to his hot-headed nephew, Prince Zuko.

Lim Kay Siu will play Monk Gyatso, a kind and caring Air Nomad who is the guardian, father figure, and best friend to Aang.

Ken Leung will play Commander Zhao, a scheming and ambitious Fire Nation military officer who’s eager to leverage an unexpected encounter with a desperate Prince Zuko to advance his personal goals.

A new Earthworm Jim animated series is in development

A new Earthworm Jim animated TV series is in development from Interplay Entertainment, which owns the rights to the game franchise.

Like the games, the series would follow the adventures of the titular Jim, a worm in a futuristic robotic suit who fights evildoers. The series will also bring in new characters as they navigate the galaxy, where each planet is home to a race of anthropomorphic animals. Jim’s ultimate quest is to find his true home among the stars: a near-mythical planet called Earth.

The Batman: The Complete series coming to Blu-ray

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of The Batman: The Complete Series. The remastered collection will arrive on February 1st, 2022 on Blu-ray and Digital in the United States and in Canada in a Blu-ray only format.

The series premiered in 2004 on Kids’ WB before shifting to Cartoon Network for subsequent seasons. The new collection includes all 65 episodes along with a long list of special features including quizzes and featurettes.

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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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