Archives for July 2008

Warner Home Video Releases New Images From “Batman: Gotham Knight”

Warner Bros. Animation recently sent The World’s Finest the following batch of images from the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature.



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Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics Launches With “Batman: Mad Love”

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Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Premiere announced a new way for graphic novel fans to connect with their favorite characters and the stories they know and love through short-form digital content. “Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics” draw on a massive amount of source material to bring a visually engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork.

The highly anticipated debut episode of DC Comics Watchmen is now available exclusively as a free iTunes download for the next two weeks via Entertainment Weekly‘s website. Beginning August 2, the debut Watchmen Motion Comic will be available on the iTunes Store for purchase and download for $1.99. In addition, the Eisner Award-winning Batman: Mad Love starring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn can be downloaded to own from Xbox Live and available on Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Video service starting July 22. A full lineup of “Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics” and release dates will be announced shortly after Comic-Con.

Batman: Mad Love

Batman: Mad Love is taken directly from the pages of the Eisner Award-winning single issue graphic novel by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The story revolves around The Joker’s sidekick Harley Quinn who is madly in love with him. She uses crime to demonstrate her love for her “Puddin'” and sets out to commit the ultimate act of love – killing Batman.

The Batman: Mad Love Motion Comic will be available to purchase from Xbox Live and viewing on mobile phones enabled for Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Video service starting July 22. Batman: Mad Love episodes will also be available from other distribution partners in the coming months.

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“Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero” To Air On Cartoon Network

Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero will air this Saturday at 7.30pm (ET), according to Cartoon Network. The network has provided the following description of the animated feature, as seen below.

“Batman and Robin chase Mr. Freeze, who has kidnapped Batgirl in order to save his wife. Animated.”

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Early Details On Animated “Wonder Woman” DVD And Blu-Ray Release

Warner Home Video will be releasing Wonder Woman in separate one-disc and two-disc DVD releases, as well as on Blu-ray. The two-disc and Blu-ray releases will contain the same features while the one disc will have substantially less. Both will be released on the same date in late February 2009 or early March 2009. Warner Home Video is apparently considering releasing separate rated and unrated releases of Wonder Woman, but that can not be confirmed at this time. The official release date will be announced shortly.

Warner Home Video also released a promotional image with the release date for the title.

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New “Superman Doomsday” Blu-Ray And DVD Release Planned

A new two-disc Blu-Ray release of Superman Doomsday is slated for a November 25th, 2008 release. The new release will include additional bonus features, including four episodes of Superman: The Animated Series handpicked by Bruce Timm and over two hours of extra content. A trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated feature is expected to be included on the new Superman Doomsday release.

Cover art and specific details on the new Superman Doomsday: Special Edition Blu-Ray release are expected in the coming weeks. There is no current confirmation on a Superman Doomsday: Special Edition DVD release.

On a related note, Warner Home Video has set-up the official website for the Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated feature, which is available to view by clicking here.

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Nathan Fillion Joins DC Universe Animated Original Movies Panel at Comic-Con

WONDER WOMAN STAR NATHAN FILLION TO APPEAR ON DC UNIVERSE PANEL JULY 26 AT COMIC-CON

Saturday Panel presented by Warner Premiere, DC Comics,
Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation To Offer
First Glimpse of Fourth DC Universe Animated Original Movie Made for DVD

Release Set for February 2009

BURBANK, CA, (July 26, 2008) Nathan Fillion (Desperate Housewives, Serenity) has joined Warner Home Videos Saturday, July 26 panel at Comic-Con in support of Wonder Woman, the fourth entry in the DC Universe animated original movie series. Presented by DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation, Wonder Women streets in February 2009 on DVD, Blu-Ray, OnDemand and for download.

The Comic-Con panel, entitled A Look Back and Forward at DC Universe Animated Original Movies, will be held from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Room 6CDEF.

As the voice of Trevor, Fillion is reunited with Waitress co-star Keri Russell (Felicity) atop a stellar celebrity cast for the animated film. In addition to Russell, who is providing the voice of the title character, the Wonder Woman cast includes Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code) and Rosario Dawson (Sin City). Casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano has also recruited Oliver Platt (The West Wing), David McCallum (NCIS) and Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) for the film.

Fillion and Romano will be joined on the panel by animation legend Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman director Lauren Montgomery and DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz. DC Comics Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck will moderate the panel, which will include discussion of the first three DC Universe films as well as reveal inside information on the making of Wonder Woman, and offer the first look at early animated footage from the upcoming film.

Wonder Woman presents the origin story of the all-time greatest female DC Super Hero, beginning with her emergence as Princess Diana on the mystical Amazonian island of Themyscira. The action-packed film follows Dianas adventures as she attempts to return felled pilot Steve Trevor to his American homeland, only to get caught in the middle of god of war Ares diabolic plan to destroy all of civilization including the human inhabitants and the Amazonian warriors.

While the New York-based Russell is unable to attend the San Diego convention, she expressed great fondness for Fillion and said his participation was important to her performance in the film.

I adore Nathan and, after spending so much time with him making Waitress, while I was reading the Wonder Woman script at home I could hear exactly how hed read every line, Russell said. Weve got this great cast with Virginia Madsen and Alfred Molina and Oliver Platt so I really wanted to do (the film) just to be in the cool kids group.

Playing second fiddle to Keri is a wonderful fiddle to play, Fillion said. Ive done it before, Ill do it again quite happily. Besides, I think Ive carved out a niche for playing the not-so-hero.

Molina was already enchanted with the opportunity to stretch his wicked acting chops when he finally had the opportunity to see the chiseled physique of his character, Ares.

They gave me cheekbones! Molina exclaimed. Ares is really cut. He even has a very manly chin. Im very flattered and I must make sure Im never seen in public again, or itll spoil the image.

The film is executive produced by Timm (Justice League: The New Frontier) and directed by Montgomery (Superman Doomsday) from a script by Michael Jelenic (Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman) and a story by Jelenic and award-winning comics writer Gail Simone.

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“Batman: The Brave and The Bold” Set To Premiere November 2008

The World’s Finest has learned that Cartoon Network has set a new premiere date for Batman: The Brave and The Bold. The new Batman animated series is now set to premiere Friday, November 14th, 2008. After being originally announced for a Fall 2008 premiere, the network pushed the series back to March 2009. Now, the series is moving forward to November 2008. The series will feature Batman teaming up with Blue Beetle, Black Canary, The Flash, Metamorpho, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, and many others.

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To view Toon Zone’s coverage of both the San Diego Comic-Con and Batman: The Brave and The Bold (Toon Zone is The World’s Finest’s big sister site), click here. Also check out The DC Animation Forum for minute-by-minute updates from this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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New Images Of “Batman: The Complete Animated Series” DVD Collection

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More specific details are expected to follow, so stay tuned for further details. Batman: The Complete Animated Series is hits shelves on November 4th, 2008.

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Please note that since The World’s Finest is not attending the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, news from the convention this weekend will be posted on The DC Animation Forum. Check out the forums for minute-by-minute updates!

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” Hits High On DVD And Blu-Ray Sales Charts

According to various home media retailing outlets, Batman: Gotham Knight managed to overcome a host of new releases to take the top of the DVD sales chart, but had to make due with the #2 slot on the Blu-Ray charts. The title sold an estimated 230,000 copies on DVD in its first week, topping the DVD sales charts with Batman Begins popping in at #10.

On the Blu-Ray charts, Batman Begins topped the charts with Batman: Gotham Knight landing in second place.

Keep in mind the number does not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

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Updates and Press Releases For “Gotham Knight,” “Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

Before getting to the press releases, La-La-Land Records has informed us on the status of these soundtracks, which fans have stated difficulty in both finding and ordering. The soundtracks for Batman: Gotham Knight and Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo were officially released yesterday, however, La-La-Land Records tells The World’s Finest that both products will see a slight delay, and may not ship to most outlets until the end of the week. However, some outlets will start getting product as early as today. The product is also readily available to order on the official La-La-Land Records website.

Stay tuned for any further updates on this situation. La-La-Land Records has passed along the press release for both releases, as seen below.

TEEN TITANS: TROUBLE IN TOKYO ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS

La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo. Cartoon Networks Teen Titans series airs around the world. Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo was a direct-to-video film released on DVD in 2007. The music was composed by the Emmy winning team Dynamic Music Partners.

Dynamic Music Partners are a three-person team of composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, and Kristopher Carter.

Lolita Ritmanis is a nine time Emmy Award-nominated composer, having won in 2002 for her work on the animated series Batman Beyond. She is currently working on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ben 10: Alien Force. Lolita has worked as an orchestrator for composers Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, Mark Snow and Shirley Walker, on over 100 films, mini-series and television programs, including Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Files Movie, Swimfan, Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Final Destination and The West Wing.

Michael McCuistion is an Emmy Award-winning composer who has been working in film and television for over 15 years. Nominated for nine Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards, he has also composed and conducted the music for the Oscar-winning short film My Mother Dreams The Satans Disciples In New York, Activisions Spider-Man: The Movie Game and Spider-Man 2: The Game which were released simultaneously with both blockbuster motion pictures. McCuistion is currently composing for The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ben 10: Alien Force.

Kristopher Carter began his career as one of the youngest composers to work for Warner Bros. He received an Emmy Award for Batman Beyond, as well as six other Emmy nominations. His fifteen independent feature films have screened at many prestigious international festivals. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2001 with a commission from John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In the record world he has collaborated with the Wallflower’s Rami Jaffee and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

When a high-tech ninja from the Far East attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy spring into action and bring him down. But when Robin finds out the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun … our heroes realize that the action isn’t over — it’s just getting started. So the Titans pack their bags, hop in the T-Ship, and take off for Tokyo on a mission to track down Brushogun — and bring him to justice. But can our teenage heroes stay out of trouble in the City That Never Blinks? And can Robin solve the mystery of Brushogun before our villain takes down the Titans — and destroys everything Robin is?

The composers commented, Since this journey would be grander in scope than the weekly series, we knew our score would need to reflect that. Watching the characters explore their new surroundings, experience an unfamiliar culture and learn things about each other along the way (with occasional tributes to Japanese monster movies!) all provided a wonderful environment for musical inspiration.

Lolita, Kris and Michael did such an amazing job creating and crafting such original music for such a wonderful score. Without them the pictures would seem very lifeless and dull, said producer Glen Murakami.

The Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS

Composers Robert J. Kral, Kevin Manthei and Christopher Drake Join Forces With The Caped Crusader


La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Batman: Gotham Knight. The animated feature will be released on DVD on July 8, prior to the release of the new film in the Batman series The Dark Knight. Composers Kevin Manthei (Justice League: The New Frontier), Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday) and Christopher Drake (Hellboy Animated).

Batman: Gotham Knightis 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 point in American animation. Six interlocking stories reveal Bruce Waynes earliest adventures as Batman and the steps he took to become the grim avenger of Gotham City. Three different DVD packages will be released, a single DVD, a 2-disc collectors edition, and the 2-disc collectors edition on Blu-Ray DVD

To tell the six different stories, the executive producer turned to 3 composers: Kevin Manthei, Robert J. Kral and Christopher Drake. Our producer, Bruce Timms idea was to have the music be as unique and different as the visual style of each segment, Drake describes. The three of us were sequestered from each other, allowing each of us complete creative freedom.

Christopher Drake was selected by Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo del Toro to compose the music for two animated films Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. Drake also scored the upcoming game Hellboy: The Science of Evil. Based on his work on the Hellboy movies producer Bruce Timm hired Drake to score two of the six Batman: Gotham Knight segments.

Drakes segments include Have I Got A Story for You, and In Darkness Dwells, which was written by David Goyer, who co-wrote the screenplays for Batman Begins and the upcoming film The Dark Knight.

In addition to Drake, Timm turned to two composers with whom he had previously worked Kevin Manthei (Justice League: The New Frontier, soundtrack available on La-La Land Records) and Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday, soundtrack available on La-La Land Records).

Kevin Manthei has been working in the film, television and game arena for over 15 years. He has worked as the series composer on five animated TV shows including Invader Zim, Xiaolin Showdown, and Johnny Test representing over 130 half hour episodes, composed over 50 game soundtracks, including the recent releases of Marvel Universe Online & Kung Fu Panda, has made a mark composing music for animated features, independent films, as well as contributing additional music on many well-known feature films.

Manthei scored the segments Crossfire and Working Through Pain. His two segments are completely different from each other the former an east-meets-west score and the latter telling an emotional story as Wayne went on a soul-searching trip to India. Manthei describes, The angularity and oddness of the animation [in Crossfire] gave me freedom to go further than I usually dare to go. With this episode I really felt it needed to be organically electronic and that is should have some sort of repeating loop like electronic pulse that just forwards on the dread and unease of the episode. For Working Through Pain, Manthei incorporated Indian instruments into his score.

Robert J. Kral is no stranger to writing themes for characters battling evil. For five seasons, Kral contributed the score for the TV series Angel. The Australian film and TV composer also composed the scores for the TV series The Dresden Files, Jake 2.0 and Miracles. He earned an Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production for his work on Duck Dodgers.

Field Test and Deadshot were both scored by Kral. Field Test was more of a traditional superhero story and Kral created a score with a more recognizable feel. Deadshot is the segment that ties the others together. I realized, he said, one of the things that makes this project so unusual, so unique, is that each segment deals with the same hero, but with a different approach, so in the end, I really wanted to score it with new music, with different themes and motifs.

Warner Bros. Video presents Batman: Gotham Knight available on DVD and Blu Ray on July 8th. The Batman: Gotham Knight – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com.

Also included below is the composer-specific tracks for the soundtrack to Batman: Gotham Knight.

Batman: Gotham Knight.

“Have I got a Story for You” – Christopher Drake
1. Main Titles / Intro / Interlude / Punk Skater / Trouble At The Dock (2:28)
2. Living Shadow / Living Shadow Finale (1:45)
3. Skater Girl / Trouble In the City (0:50)
4. Batmonster Appears / Batmonster Do-Over / Batmonster Finale (2:18)
5. Rooftop Robbery / Robobat (1:44)
6. Have I Got A Story For You Finale (1:35)

“Crossfire” – Kevin Manthei
7. Crossfire (4:49)
8. Inferno (5:48)

“Field Test” – Robert J. Kral
9. New Device (1:22)
10. Trigger A Device / As Good As Your Drive (1:10)
11. A Russian In His Grave / It Works Too Well (3:53)

“In Darkness Dwells” – Christopher Drake
12. In Darkness Dwells Intro (1:00)
13. Gordonʼs Cannibal / Ghost Station (3:00)
14. Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (0:43)
15. Killer Croc / Hallucinations / Scarecrow Interrupted (3:19)
16. Escape And End (1:45)

“Working Through Pain” – Kevin Manthei
17. Working Through Pain / The Fall (1:46)
18. Bazaar (0:26)
19. There Is Another / Training (2:46)
20. Rejected And Despised (1:30)
21. Painless Fight/ I Canʼt (3:23)

“Deadshot” – Robert J. Kral
22. Parents Killed (0:54)
23. Gun Attraction / Park Killing (1:26)
24. Gordon / Batman / The Train (6:14)
25. His Life’s Quest (0:56)

26. Batman: Gotham Knight End Credits Suite (5:02)

Stay tuned for further updates. To discuss the individual soundtrack releases, please click on the links provided below.

Batman: Gotham Knight Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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