Month: June 2008

Michael Reaves Discusses His Work On “Batman: The Animated Series”

Below is an excerpt from the interview:

The World’s Finest: Concerning your work on the DC Animated Universe, let’s work our way backwards a little bit. Your last listed work for the DCAU was the DTV film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. How did that project come about? Did you pitch the concept initially? And were you pleased with the outcome?

Michael Reaves: How it came about was simple WBA decided to do one last DTV about Batman. They gave it to Alan Burnett, who was my producer on TAS, and he hired me to write it. He had to fight for me a little, since WBAs (perfectly sensible) attitude was, Why hire an outside writer when we have writers on staff? But Alan went to bat (so to speak) for me, and you know the rest.

WF: Reaction from Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman was a bit mixed. Some fans really loved it, particularly the introduction of Batwoman, while others were hoping for a little bit more substance for the last Batman: TAS DTV. How do you respond to that? Do you think the fans are being ungrateful or . . . well . . . just fans?

MR: Everyones entitled to an opinion. It was a conscious decision to lighten this one up a bit; we felt that, over the years, wed put Bats through a fair bit of angst and suffering, and since this would be our farewell to the TAS universe, why not let him get the girl for once?

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The Michael Reaves-penned Batman: The Animated Series episode, “I Am The Night,” will be included on the Batman: Gotham Knight – Two-Disc Special Edition and Batman: Gotham Knight Blu-Ray releases, hitting shelves July 8th, 2008.

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” To Premiere Next Week At WizardWorld Chicago

Press Release:

DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT
WORLD PREMIERE & PANEL SET FOR JUNE 28, 2008 AT WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO

Executive Producer Bruce Timm & Award-Winning Writers Josh Olson, Brian Azzarello, Greg Rucka and Alan Burnett Headline Panel following 7:00 pm Premiere of Third DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie; Filmmakers Slated for Autograph Session on June 29 at Popular Comics Convention

Animation legend Bruce Timm and award-winning writers Josh Olson, Brian Azzarello, Greg Rucka and Alan Burnett will be the featured panelists when DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of the DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie, Batman: Gotham Knight, at Wizard World Chicago on June 28, 2008, it was announced today.

The Batman: Gotham Knight premiere will commence at 7:00 p.m. in the 1,500-seat hall within the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and the screening will be followed immediately by a panel featuring executive producer Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier) and a quartet of the film’s writers: Academy Award nominee Josh Olson (A History of Violence), Eisner Award-winning writers Brian Azzarello & Greg Rucka, and five-time Emmy Award-winner Alan Burnett. The film will be introduced by DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz, and DC Comics Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck will moderate the panel.

As a capacity crowd is anticipated, the premiere is a ticketed event. Free tickets for convention attendees will be distributed starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 28 in the Wizard World Chicago ticketing area.

The panelists will be available for a 90-minute autograph session on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Fountain Area. An encore presentation of the film will screen Sunday at 2:00 p.m., and seating will be allotted on an un-ticketed, first-come, first-served basis.

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(R)-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 Wayne’s journey to The Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the world’s most revered animation visionaries.

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

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.

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.

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New “Batman: Gotham Knight” Segment Available On Comcast

The segment, “Field Test,” is the third story out of six in Batman: Gotham Knight. The segment written by Jordan Goldberg, associate producer of The Dark Knight.

Comcast describes the segment as follows, as seen below:

“Writer Jordan Goldberg showcases the incredible arsenal Batman commands and reveals that there are some things even Batman won’t do in the pursuit of justice.”

The segment is 11 minutes and 36 seconds in length.

Batman: Gotham Knight bridges the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Batman: Gotham Knight will arrive July 8th, 2008 on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, and will also be available that day OnDemand via digital cable and for download through broadband sites. The Dark Knight will hit theaters on July 18th, 2008.

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Animated Comics Soliciatations For September 2008

Information on the “animated comics” can be found below.

THE BATMAN STRIKES! #49

Written by: Matt Manning
Art by: Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty
Cover by: Andie Tong

What happens when Batman and Robin chase villains around Gotham all night? Dick Grayson falls asleep in class! Between his angry teacher and the monstrous Killer Moth Robin’s in for one long day. On sale September 3rd, 2008.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #18

Written by: J. Torres
Art by: Ethen Beavers
Cover by: Alexander Serra

Computer chaos hits New Metropolis, crippling the high-tech city and throwing the Legion into the Dark Ages as communications crash, starships collide and magic takes over! Brainiac 5 has to prove that science is stronger than sorcery…but will he have to give up his place in the Legion to do it? On sale September 10th, 2008.

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