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Noveck Talks “Batman: Gotham Knight,” New Images

DC COMICS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CREATIVE AFFAIRS GREGORY NOVECK DISCUSSES BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT

DC Universe original animated movies are created by a unique collaboration between four diverse units within the Warner Bros. family Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros Animation and, the source of the characters and many of the stories, DC Comics. Leading the charge for the latter group is Gregory Noveck, Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for the iconic comics company, and credited as Executive in Charge of Production for DC Comics on all of the DC Universe films.

Noveck was instrumental in launching Batman: Gotham Knight into production, guiding the team toward its original concept and recruiting an amazing array of writing talent for the project. It proved to be a most interesting production at every turn including diverging from many of the traditional processes to bridge the creativity between the writers, the production team at Warner Bros. Animation and the directors and animators at three individual studios in Japan.

As Noveck says, the end result is even more intriguing, inspiring and visually stimulating and he looks forward to witnessing the reaction of Batman fans across the planet. His first opportunity will come at Wizard World Chicago on June 28 when he moderates the panel following the world premiere of Batman: Gotham Knight.

Batman: Gotham Knight will arrive July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, and will also be available that day On Demand via digital cable and for download through broadband sites.

Noveck explained the origins of Batman: Gotham Knight, his sentiments on the movie, and his thoughts on how it will be received by fans in a short interview this week.

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“Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three” DVD Press Release

Press Release:

THEY MAYBE UNDERAGE, BUT THEY CAN OVERCOME ANY SUPER VILLAIN WHEN
WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES LEGION OF SUPER HEROES – VOLUME THREE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 9, 2008!

Includes 5 New Episodes from the Legion of Super Heroes for the First Time on DVD!


Superman and the rest of the teenage gang of heroes are back in action when Warner Home Video (WHV) and the Kids WB! release Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three on DVD September 9, 2008. The DVD will include 5 exciting episodes from the first season of the smash hit, Legion of Super Heroes, which currently airs on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am and ranks among the top five shows on the Kids WB! this season. The third volume will be available for $14.97 SRP.

The Legion of Super Heroes, a three-time Emmy Awards nominee features the teen Heroes Superman, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf, Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy and Phantom Girl as they fight crime and protect mankind from a swarm of devious villains. In Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three, Supermans time in the 31st century draws to a close, prompting the Legion to hold its annual tryouts for a fresh crop of heroes to replace him. The audition stars off with “The Substitutes,” a wacky band of rejects, and a mischievous wizard from planet Xerok who wreaks havoc in New Metropolis leaving only Phantom Girl to save the day. The adventure continues as a new member, Ferro Lad, is inducted into the Legion to help Lightning Lad defend his home from an onslaught of cosmic storms. The action-packed episodes conclude with the Legions biggest threat yet: The Sun-Eater, a galaxy destroying weapon of mass destruction. Watch to see which Legionnaire makes the ultimate sacrifice in a grueling battle to defend the Universe and save mankind.

Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three features a group of crime-fighting heroes that are both inspiring and exciting to watch,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. “We are thrilled to release the next five enthralling episodes in the Legion of Super Heroes series that will surely be a hit with kids everywhere.”

Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three will be available on DVD with approx. 110 minutes of five 22-minute episodes:

-“The Substitutes”
-“Childs Play”
-“Chain of Command”
-“Sundown, Part 1”
-“Sundown, Part 2”

Basics:
Street Date: September 9, 2008
Run Time: 110 minutes
Language: English; Canadian; French
Subtitles: SDH
Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three
Price: $14.97 SRP

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.

Legion of Super Heroes and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

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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“Batman: The Brave and The Bold” Spin-off Comic Confirmed

The World’s Finest first broke the news about a spin-off comic based on the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, and now it has been confirmed.

Expect the title to be launched close to the premiere date of the animated series, with a creative team to be announced before the end of the year. Further updates on the title are expected to surface shortly.

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Final “Teen Titans Go!” Comic On Sale This Week

The final issue, issue #55, will be hitting the majority of comic book stores on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday due to the holiday weekend.

Teen Titans Go! #55, written by J. Torres with art by Todd Nuack and Lary Strucker, will have the Titans face off against a familiar threat.

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Press Release For “Batman: Gotham Knight” Novelization

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
Based on the Animated Movie
Novelization by Louise Simonson

From the heart of Gotham City and set in the time period between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne continues his war on crime as the costumed vigilante known as Batman in Batman: Gotham Knight (Ace Mass Market Original; May 27, 2008; $7.99). With the unlimited resources of Wayne Enterprises at his disposal, Batman has access to the advanced tools and technology that have become his weapon in his battle against the underworld.

New allies, enemies, and challenges await Batman, but he must also deal with old dangers and loose threads. Not everyone is thrilled that there is a Batman to protect Gotham City, and there are many who want to take down the mysterious masked crime fighter. As Batman fights his never-ending battle to protect those he loves and clean up his great city, he will grow closer to becoming a legend and fulfilling a destiny he never imagined.

About the Author:
Louise Simonson has had a long career in the comics field. In the early 80’s she was an editor for Marvel Comics. She then became a full-time writer and worked on such titles as The New Mutants and The X-Factor. In the 90s she moved to DC Comics, where she wrote Superman: Man of Steel. Now a freelancer, she does writing for Marvel, Dark Horse, and DC Comics. Additionally, she has written thirteen comic-related novels and children’s books featuring DC Comics characters and did the text for the Rizzoli coffee-table book, DC Comics CoverGirls. She is married to comic book artist-writer Walter Simonson and lives in the suburbs northwest of New York City.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
by Louise Simonson
Ace Mass Market Original
May 27, 2008
ISBN: 978-0441016136/ $7.99

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Animated “Batman,” “Superman” Toon Disney Weekend Schedule

Below is the schedule for this weekend’s episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series airing on Toon Disney.

Saturday, May 24th, 6.00pm (ET) – Superman: The Animated Series – World’s Finest, Part 1 of 3
Saturday, May 24th, 6.30pm (ET) – Batman: The Animated Series – Perchance To Dream
Saturday, May 24th, 10.30pm (ET) – Superman: The Animated Series – World’s Finest, Part 1 of 3
Saturday, May 24th, 11.00pm (ET) – Batman: The Animated Series – Perchance To Dream
Sunday, May 25th, 6.00pm (ET) – Superman: The Animated Series – World’s Finest, Part 2 of 3
Sunday, May 25th, 6.30pm (ET) – Batman: The Animated Series – The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy
Sunday, May 25th, 10.30pm (ET) – Superman: The Animated Series – World’s Finest, Part 2 of 3
Sunday, May 25th, 11.00pm (ET) – Batman: The Animated Series – The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy

Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series also air Monday – Friday on Toon Disney.

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Rucka Discusses Writing For “Batman: Gotham Knight,” New Images

CELEBRATED NOVELIST GREG RUCKA DISCUSSES WRITING A CHAPTER OF
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT, THE THIRD DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL FILM

Want a nice, frank conversation? Corner Greg Rucka and pick a subject. He is anything but restrained, speaking freely and constantly exuding the kind of creative flashpoint from which arises his fascinating array of benchmark characters.

Raised on Californias Central Coast, and schooled at Vassar College and USC, Rucka brings a street sensibility to his work which has ranged from nearly a dozen novels and several short stories to a daunting list of comics, non-fiction essays and, now, a segment of the highly-anticipated animated film, Batman: Gotham Knight.

Batman: Gotham Knight, the third film in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, will arrive July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, and will also be available that day On Demand via digital cable and for download through broadband sites. The film is produced as a collaboration between DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation.

Rucka will make the trek from his Portland, Oregon home to Wizard World Chicago this June to attend the world premiere of Batman: Gotham Knight and participate on the post-premiere panel. With Rucka joining producer Bruce Timm and fellow Batman: Gotham Knight writers Alan Burnett and Brian Azzarello on the panel (and quite possibly a few yet-to-be-announced special guests), it promises to be an extremely entertaining evening.

Rucka has already built an astonishing career, complete with his share of Eisner Awards for works like Whiteout: Melt and Gotham Central: Half a Life. His characters, most notably bodyguard Atticus Kodiak and Queen & Country series protagonist Tara Chace, have drawn a legion of fans into his literary wake. Hes written for some of DC Comics best-known characters, including Superman and Wonder Woman. Inspired by his graphic novel of the same name, Whiteout will come to theaters as a major motion picture later this fall with Kate Beckinsale in the lead role.

But Batman is the subject today and Rucka is happy to share his thoughts. For his segment, entitled “Crossfire,” Rucka brings to animated life the detectives familiar to fans of his Gotham Central comics highlighted by the starring role of Crispus Allen. In the segment, which is the second chapter of the six-part film, the Gotham City police dont trust the mysterious Dark Knight until they get a first-hand experience of his power and integrity while both detectives and super hero are under fire.

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WHV Announces New Combo DVD Release Featuring “Batman Beyond,” “Batwoman”

Warner Home Video describes the release as follows:

“The Clown Prince of Crime is back with a vengeance in the first-ever Batman Beyond movie – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Side A). Standing in the way of the fiendish Joker is a new Batman for a new generation, Terry McGinnis. Get ready for heroic, eye-filling adventures as the Caped Crusader shuts down his archrival’s crime spree – and unravels a great mystery surrounding the original Batman, Bruce Wayne. Also in this dynamic DVD duo: Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (Side B). An unknown masked crimefighter prowls the night, but when her actions cross the criminal line, it causes Batman to wonder not just who is she,but is she an ally? The suspense and excitement won’t end ’til the mask comes off!”

The double-sided DVD will contain the exact same bonus materials found on the previous Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Edited) releases. For further product detail, click here for more.

The DVD will hit shelves on September 2nd, 2008, and retail for $14.97 MSRP.

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“Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three” DVD Announced

Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three will hit shelves on September 9th, 2008 and have a SRP of $14.98. The collection will include five episodes from the animated series. Further details will be released shortly.

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Beavers Discusses His Animated Comic Work

The World’s Finest: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, your previous work, all that great stuff!

Ethen Beavers: I loved to play with clay as a child- I think they call it sculpting when you get older. I made cowboy dinosaurs. The clay got in the carpet, so clay was outlawed. So then I started drawing. I’ve been drawing ever since. I started looking for work in comics in 2003. Since then I’ve worked on Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10, TeenTitans Go!, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Samurai Jack, Clone Wars Adventures, and Indiana Jones Adventures. I’ve worked mostly at DC and Dark Horse. I have a tiny bit of experience as a Storyboarder in the animation field. I ink almost all of my own work.

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