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Warner Bros, DC Entertainment bringing world of comics to D.C.

Stacy M. Brown | 1/5/2018, 6 a.m.
Locally, fans will get an inside look during a “DC in D.C.” event scheduled during the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...
The event over the MLK Holiday weekend culminates with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series Black Lightning, which is based on the first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

— Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment plan to provide a new take on Batman as a steampunk Dark Knight hunts Jack the Ripper through the shadows of turn of the century Gotham City in an all-new animated feature available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 23, 2018. The new Batman also has a Digital release— Blue-ray and DVD— scheduled for February 6, 2018.

Locally, fans will get an inside look during a “DC in D.C.” event scheduled during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend when Warner Bros. Television Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will team up for a landmark pop culture event that officials said brings together the worlds of entertainment and public service to illuminate the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes.

The event will take place Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13, 2017 at the Newseum, and culminates with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series Black Lightning, which is based on the first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. A party will follow at the museum.

The two-day extravaganza will include public panel discussions and appearances by stars and producers from Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, and Freedom Fighters.

Invited guests from publishing, politics, government service and academia are also expected with a major attraction being the premiere screening of DC Universe’s animated movie, “Batman: Gotham By Gaslight.”

“’DC in D.C.’ brings together stars and producers from Warner Bros. Television’s DCTV series, as well as comic book writers and artists from DC Entertainment, who will join invited guests from politics, government service, entertainment, business, academia and more,” Warner Bros. spokesman Robert Pietranton said in a news release.

“The event will explore the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment through a series of panel discussions open to the public,” Pietranton said.

Additionally, “DC in D.C.” will present the premiere screening of the DC Universe animated movie Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, which is for ages 18 and older, at the Newseum.

(Left to right) Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce; Cress Williams as Black Lightning; and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, which will include five public panels, visit: www.DCinDC2018.com.

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(Left to right) Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce; Cress Williams as Black Lightning; and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, which will include five public panels, visit: www.DCinDC2018.com.

Among the participants scheduled at the event are the stars of Black Lightning, Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar. Executive producers Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil are also expected at the event.

Also scheduled are DC comic book writers and artists such as DC Entertainment’s Jim Lee, Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Shea Fontana, Agnes Garbowska, Tom King, Steve Orlando, Alice Randall, Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Mark Russell, Mariko Tamaki and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the best-selling author of Rebirth and Doomsday Clock.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, which will include five public panels, visit: www.DCinDC2018.com.