Archives for February 2008

Kevin Conroy to voice Batman in “Batman: Gotham Knight”

It has been confirmed that Kevin Conroy will be voicing Batman in Batman: Gotham Knight. The specifics of his role, whether he’ll be playing Batman for the entire animated feature or just for a segment, has yet to be officially announced. However, according to sources, he will be the voice of Batman in this feature.

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Four New Images from “Batman: Gotham Knight”

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The full press release, which was released earlier this week, can be seen here.

Stay tuned to The World’s Finest for more updates on Batman: Gotham Knight, set to arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 8th.

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“Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” Animated Feature On Hold

Wolfman has confirmed the reports appearing online stating the movie is currently on hold because, according to Warner Home Video, there may not be enough of an audience for a Teen Titans: The Judas Contract animated feature to be successful. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract was originally scheduled to be the third DC Universe Animated Movie before Warner Home Video delayed it, opting to produce Batman: Gotham Knight and Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated features instead. While the Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is on hold, that does not mean the title is dead. It’s just currently on hold as other projects are developed.

Wolfman continues, saying that fans should contact Warner Home Video to let them know of the demand for a Teen Titans: The Judas Contract animated feature. Below is the contact information to send your thoughts and concerns regarding the future of the Teen Titans: The Judas Contract direct-to-video animated feature.

Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg 2, #103
Burbank, CA 91522
diane.nelson@warnerbros.com

Lisa Judson, President, Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
lisa.judson@warnerbros.com

Ron Sanders, President of Warner Home Video
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg 160, #12112
Burbank, CA 91522
ron.sanders@warnerbros.com

Wolfman worked on the original Teen Titans: The Judas Contract comic book storyline in addition to writing the screenplay, along with Tom DeSanto, of the animated adaptation.

Thanks to both Andrew Laubacher for bringing this to the attention of The World’s Finest and Marv Wolfman for confirming the news.

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“Justice League: The New Frontier” Soundtrack Cover Art, Track Listing

The following is the complete track listing for the upcoming soundtrack release.

1. Main Titles (2:01)
2. The Centre / Hal Shot Down (2:50)
3. J’onn J’onzz Arrives (0:51)
4. Wonder Woman Recounts / J’onzz Watches TV (2:11)
5. The Flash Saves Las Vegas (3:32)
6. J’onn Becomes John / Church Brawl (3:12)
7. Carol & Hal Banter (0:22)
8. Driving to Ferris / The Real Ferris (1:34)
9. Hal’s Mission Revealed / Batman Surprises J’onzz / The Flash Fights Gorilla (2:52)
10. Crazy Scientist (1:37)
11. J’onzz Contemplates / J’onzz is Leaving (1:18)
12. To Space (1:27)
13. Mars Mission Mess (4:13)
14. New Green Lantern (3:56)
15. Superman Ties It Up / J’onzz Bonds (2:41)
16. Island Revealed / Superman Down (5:22)
17. Plan to Action (2:35)
18. Thick of Battle (4:32)
19. The Flash vs Centre / Last Bit of Business (3:37)
20. Victory (3:09)
21. End Credits (3:01)

Total Running Time (57:26)

Music composed by Kevin Manthei. Justice League: The New Frontier – Soundtrack from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be available to own on March 18th, 2008.

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New “Legion of Super Heroes,” “The Batman” Episodes on March 8th, 2008

The new Legion of Super Heroes episode is titled “In The Beginning.” Warner Bros. Animation is expected to release further information on this episode shortly.

The Batman series finale will also air on March 8th. The episode, called “Lost Heroes,” though referred to as “Lost Powers” in some outlets, will feature the entire Justice League. Warner Bros. Animation is also expected to release further information on this episode shortly.

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Three New Images from “Batman: Gotham Knight”

The full press release, which was released earlier this week, can be seen here.

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“Justice League: The New Frontier” Now On Sale


Above is the artwork for the Justice League: The New Frontier – Two Disc Special Edition. To discuss the animated feature and the DVD release, please click on the respective links below.

Justice League: The New Frontier Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: The New Frontier DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” Press Release

Press Release:

DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation have collaborated to create a unique Batman experience in Batman: Gotham Knight. The all-new, original movie will arrive July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Order due date is June 3, 2008. The original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-per-View as well as available for download on the same day as release date, July 8, 2008.

Batman: Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation. A cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Waynes journey to Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the worlds most revered animation visionaries.

Batman: Gotham Knight was headed by an impressive list of directors who have brought their distinctly different anime styles to the classic Batman character. The production was divided among three renowned studios Studio 4C, Production I.G and Madhouse and included the truly inimitable visions of directors Shojiro Nishimi, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki and Toshiyuki Kubooka.

With stories written by several of the most talented writers of film, comic books, and animation, including Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), Emmy-winner Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series), Jordan Goldberg (Associate Producer, The Dark Knight), and award-winning comics writers Greg Rucka and Brian Azzarello, Batman: Gotham Knight presents thrilling new adventures of Batman that spotlight several of Gotham Citys most dangerous villains, including the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unnerving marksman known as Deadshot. Batman: Gotham Knight is produced by Emma Thomas (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Michael Uslan & Benjamin Melniker (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Toshi Hiruma and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

Batman: Gotham Knight will be available on DVD for $24.98 SRP. There will also be a 2-disc Special Edition DVD available for $29.98 SRP which contains additional bonus features. All the content from the 2-disc Special Edition DVD will be available on Blu-ray Disc for $34.99 SRP.

Batman: Gotham Knight DVD will feature incredible extras including:

-“A Mirror for the Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham City” – A stimulating documentary covering Gotham Citys most nefarious of characters, combined with a look into the symbiotic relationship Batman shares with his enemies.

-“Sneak Peek: Wonder Woman” – DC Universe animated original movie

-Audio Commentary – Featuring the filmmakers of Batman: Gotham Knight.

Widescreen (1.78:1)

5.1 Dolby Digital

The 2-disc Special Edition DVD will feature even more incredible extras including:

-“Batman and Me, A Devotion of Destiny: The Bob Kane Story” – The comprehensive chronology of the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.

Batman: The Animated Series Bonus Episodes – Bruce Timm selects his favorite episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.

Batman: Gotham Knight explores an exciting moment between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher, and takes our fans on a very different visual trip through Gotham and Batmans life. Were extremely proud of this project, and look forward to adding to the momentum our DC Universe Animated Original Movie program has been building.

Batman: Gotham Knight is a perfect example of the type of release that Warner Premiere is becoming known for and that audiences are hungry for, said Matt Bierman, Vice President, Production, Warner Premiere. With incredible production values, a top-notch creative team and compelling, iconic characters from the DC Universe, Batman: Gotham Knight really raises the bar in the Direct-to-DVD arena and were proud to be a part of this production.

To date, over 13.5 million units of Batman animated titles have been sold and we are thrilled to release Batman: Gotham Knight, the next installment of the DC Universe animated original movies, which will be a hit with Super Hero and comic book fans alike, said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President, Kids and Sports Marketing.

Street Date: July 8, 2008
Order Due Date: June 3, 2008
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish

Run Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround Stereo
Color / Closed Captioned
Rating: PG-13

Batman: Gotham Knight Marketing Support

Batman: Gotham Knight will be supported by a massive media campaign including primetime TV spots, national print and online coverage. Marketing support will also include strong promotional support as well as a grassroots viral campaign.

DC Universe Original Movies

DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) began the production and distribution of DC Universe, a series of original, animated PG-13 movies in July 2006. This original made for DVD movie is part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators and featuring recognizable talent. WHV will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distributor for all DC Universe movies, which will include a slate of 2-3 action-packed films per year. Superman Doomsday and Justice League: The New Frontier were the first DC Universe original animated movies. Other DC properties with films in development include Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman.

Basics:

Street Date: July 8, 2008
Order Due Date: June 3, 2008
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish

Run Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround Stereo
Color / Closed Captioned
Rating: PG-13

Batman: Gotham Knight (DVD)

Price: $24.98 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 085391123323

Batman: Gotham Knight (2 Disc Special Edition DVD)

Price: $29.98 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 0883929011155

Batman: Gotham Knight (Blu-ray Disc)

Price: $34.99 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 085391179511

About Warner Premiere:

Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainments new direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Home Video:

With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About DC Comics:

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics. (s08)

About Warner Bros. Animation:

Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, Sinkin’ in the Bathtub. Since then, Warner Bros. Animations characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studios rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards, 35 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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“The Batman” Series Finale To Air March 8th, 2008

The series finale, called “Lost Heroes,” is slated to air as a one-hour special on Saturday March 8th, 2008.

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Bale Not Voicing Batman in “Batman: Gotham Knight”

Sources within Warner Bros. Animation confirm the actor will not be lending his voice to the highly anticipated project. Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video are expected to officially announce Batman: Gotham Knight shortly, including release date information and further details on the animated direct-to-video’s plot.

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