Archives for August 2008

Warner Bros. Animation Planning Multiple Animated Batman Projects

Sources have confirmed for The World’s Finest that fans can expect to see many different animated projects focusing on Batman over the next few years. Outside of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, premiering in November 2008, at least one new solo Batman direct-to-video animated feature is in the works, as well as a possible series based on the upcoming Lego Batman: The Videogame console release. Despite the recent cultural popularity of the comic book icon, it will likely be late-2008 at the earliest before any official announcements will be made on these assorted Batman projects.

Working off the high pre-release buzz, a computer-animated spin-off based on the upcoming Lego Batman: The Videogame console release is currently being developed as a single 20-minute animated program, with the possibility for future installments on a regular basis. Whether this will be a direct-to-video release or a televised or web-based premiere remain to be seen. A specific animation studio has yet to be confirmed and no further details are expected at this time.

Warner Bros. Animation, currently working on the initial 26-episode order of Batman: The Brave and Bold, is also working on the next slate of releases under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner. This includes wrapping post-production on Wonder Woman, slated for a February 2009 released, and continuing work on the next two in-production titles in the line, Green Lantern (working title) and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (working title). Early pre-production work on the first of two possible direct-to-video solo Batman features has also begun, with no further details available at this time. The World’s Finest confirms the details listed above. Warner Home Video is expected to announce further details on these upcoming releases later this year.

On a related note, Warner Bros. Animation also continues to work on an online Plastic Man animated series, with a premiere date that is expected to be announced soon.

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Please note there will be no update on Monday, September 1st, 2008 due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular updates will return on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008.

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“Batman: The Animated Series” Off Toon Disney As Of September

The network has scheduled four more episodes to air before the series is removed from the schedule.

-Friday, August 29th at 1:30am (ET): “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rick?”
-Saturday, August 30th at 1.30am (ET): “Joker’s Wild”
-Saturday, August 30th at 6:30pm and 11pm (ET): “The Forgotten”
-Sunday, August 31st at 6:30pm and 11pm (ET): “Be A Clown”

Whether or not Toon Disney brings Batman: The Animated Series back remains to be seen. Superman: The Animated Series will remain on the network, with regularly scheduled weekend airings and occasional movie airings.

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Official Artwork And Details For New “Superman Doomsday” DVD And Blu-Ray

Warner Home Video has released official details on the new DVD and Blu-ray Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition release, set to hit shelves November 25th, 2008. The new release will feature the following exclusive bonus materials, as seen below.

-All-New Featurette “When Heroes Die: The Making of Superman: Doomsday
-Audio Commentary from the Superman Doomsday creative team
-All-New Featurette “The Clash of the Juggernauts”
-4 Bonus Episodes of Superman: The Animated Series (hand picked favorites by animation legend Bruce Timm)
-“Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives!”
Superman: Doomsday ‘Behind The Voices’ Featurette
Justice League: New Frontier Featurette
Wonder Woman Sneak Peak Featurette

Warner Home Video has also released the cover art and a promotional flyer for the new Superman Doomsday release, both of which can be seen below.

Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition will hit shelves November 25th, 2008. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Clip From Upcoming “Legion Of Super-Heroes – Volume Three” DVD Release

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The Legion of Super Heroes – Volume Three DVD is scheduled for a September 9th, 2008 release. Stay tuned for further updates.

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New “Batman: Gotham Knight”-Inspired Statue Set For April 2009 Release

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An official description was also released, as seen below.

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: SPECIAL EDITION: BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT 2 SCULTPED BY DEREK MILLER

The highly successful “Batman Black & White” Statue line continues to expand!

This special edition of the “Batman Black & White” Statue line is based on Segment 3, titled “Field Test,” from the popular direct-to-DVD animated feature Batman: Gotham Knight.

Painted in monochromatic tones, this statue is a perfect companion to the previously released, sold-out Batman Black & White Statue based on Segment 6 of the DVD!
Measuring approximately 7 high x 7 wide x 5.25 deep, the statue features a Bat-logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black-and-white box. A 2-color Certificate of Authenticity is also included. Limited Edition.

Advance-solicited; on sale April 1, 2009 for $75 US

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Animated “Batman” Toon Disney Schedule For Aug. 25th – 31st

Monday, August 25th 1:30AM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne”
Tuesday, August 26th 1:30AM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “Heart of Steel, Part One”
Wednesday, August 27th 1:30AM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “Heart Of Steel, Part Two”
Thursday, August 28th 1:30AM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”
Friday, August 29th 1:30AM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “Joker’s Wild”
Saturday, August 30th 11:00PM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “The Forgotten”
Sunday, August 31st 11:00PM (ET) Batman: The Animated Series, “Be A Clown”

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“Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century” Starts Multi-Issue Storyline

While issue #17, which is currently on stands, is an accessible stand-alone story, it will also include elements that will come into play over the following two issues, forming what Torres calls a “bigger drama.” Having been the regular writer for the series, Torres is able to tell stories that are more than the standard “done in one” variety.

Torres states that while each issue is a standalone tale, all three issues will work together to form an over-arching storyline called, “Flight Ring.” For fans interested in how Brainiac 5 will be handled, especially given his status at the end of the second season of Legion of Super Heroes, Torres says that while they will not be able to offer any in sight into where he went and what happened, due to time constraints, the character’s status will be addressed during these three issues.

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century will then wrap up in November 2008 with a self-contained story in issue #20 written by Jack Briglio (Scooby-Doo). A second trade paperback collection of Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century, collecting issues #7 – 12, is still a possibility, according to DC Comics.

J. Torres is scheduled to appear at the FanExpo convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, taking place August 22nd – 24th, 2008.

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Update On “Batman: Gotham Knight,” “Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

The soundtrack, originally released on July 22nd, 2008, hit multiple snags during production, including an extended period of legal clearances for artwork and copyright trademarks before finally nailing down each respective release. However, despite the original release date, most businesses and consumers did not receive copies of either soundtracks until the second week of August 2008. The soundtracks, now having been officially released for nearly a month, is now readily available to purchase both at local stores and online.

The World’s Finest has reviews of both of the soundtrack releases, which you can read by clicking the thumbnails below.

More soundtracks based around DC Comics’ animated properties are currently in the works. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Details And Art For Final “Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century”

The official details are below.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #20

Written by: Jack Briglio
Art by: Phil Moy & John Stanisci

Metallo journeys to the future for the ultimate power source: Kryptonite! But if he destroys Superman, will the Legions fate unravel, as well? Dont miss the exciting conclusion to this amazing series! On sale November 12th, 2008.

A comic book spin-off for Batman: The Brave and the Bold is planned for a December 2008 launch, but that date is subject to change. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Early Details On Final Issue Of “Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century”

The final issue, Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #20, finds the evil Metallo going to the future to find Kryptonite, putting Superman in danger and fate of the Legion at risk. The story is written by Jack Briglio with art by Phil Moy & John Stanisci.

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #20 will hit shelves on November 12th, 2008.

Stay tuned for further details and artwork when DC Comics releases their official details for their November-shipping titles later today.

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