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Justice League: Gods and Monsters kicks off with vampire Batman vs. Harley Quinn

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Welcome to the first installment of Justice League: Gods and Monsters, a joint project between Bruce Timm and Machinma to bring an alternate version of the Justice League to life in YouTube animation, comics and home video.

We spoke to Timm a month ago about the critical differences he's thrown into Gods and Monsters. This universe's Wonder Woman is from the realm of Ares; its Batman is Kirk Langstrom, who transformed himself into a vampire with weird science; and its Superman was adopted by Mexican immigrants to America, rather than farmers in the heartland, and exposure to racial bigotry at a young age has significantly altered his perspective on America as a country.

Above, you'll find the first installment of Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, which will pave the way for a direct-to-video movie featuring the characters (prequels and origin stories will be covered in comics). This first installment mirrors the first episode of Timm's Batman: The Animated Series, in that the audience is given Kirk Langstrom's Man-Bat where they might otherwise expect to find Bruce Wayne's Batman. It does not mirror Batman: The Animated Series in that there's blood and dismembered bodies everywhere, and Harley calls her victim a bitch. Timm warned us that without the pressure from the usual board of censors for animated television, he'd be pushing the envelope, and "Twisted" shows it.

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