Archives for September 2008

Fans Given Opportunity To Help On Upcoming “The Zeta Project” DVD

The World’s Finest was recently contacted by Amy Silliman of Retrofit Films, who will be working on the bonus features for the upcoming The Zeta Project DVD release. Silliman is reaching out to fans to make sure the bonus features are top quality and does the series justice. Silliman sent the following to The World’s Finest, as seen below.

Hello everyone!

My name is Amy and I am a producer working on something very special for “The Zeta Project.” I cant say too much because of particular confidentiality agreements, but I thought by going to the Toon Zone forum I would get the best response. I will be having a round table discussion with some of the key creative heads who worked on “The Zeta Project.” The goal of this discussion is to talk more in-depth about the characters and their stories and to answer any questions that fans of “The Zeta Project” would have. I can not release the names of these artists, but I would like to hear anything at all you would like to ask them. Now this will be for a private interview I will be having with them later this month (it has yet to be decided when this interview will be released) I can’t say much more, other than I would love to have some feedback from the fans themselves on what they would ask if they had the chance. Let me know what you are curious about! Anything at all! Please send all your questions to Amy@retrofitfilms.com.

Thank you!

The World’s Finest will keep you completely updated an any further news regarding the upcoming The Zeta Project DVD release. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Peaty Discusses Writing The Final Issue Of “The Batman Strikes,” And More

The World’s Finest: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself and your work – past and present!

James Peaty: Well, right off the bat (see, the puns have started already!) Im British and I live and work in London. Ive been writing comics professionally since 2003 when I started working for the UK based Warhammer Monthly comic. Over the next couple of years I did a number of strips for that title until it ceased publication. Since 2005 Ive been writing in the US on books such as Green Arrow, JSA: Classified, Justice League Unlimited, Supergirl, X-Men Unlimited, The Escapist and of course! The Batman Strikes!. Ive also done a fair bit of comics work for the DC licensing department for projects such as the recent The Dark Knight movie. Sofairly varied!

WF: Now, care to fill us in on The Batman Strikes! #50, the final issue of the The Batman Strikes! comic series?

JP: The issue is called “Night of the Demon,” is set at Halloween and features Etrigan, the Demon (with a nice cameo by The Riddler) coming to Gotham to enlist the help of Batman and Robin in his search for a dangerous magical item stolen from Jason Bloods occult collection. But as the uneasy allies move closer to finding the missing artefact the truth is revealedand all of Gotham may have to pay the price!

And if you want to find out the restbuy the issue!

WF: This isn’t your first time working on The Batman Strikes!. How did you come to write for the comic series, and what did you enjoy about the characters from the series?

JP: I came to write for the series through knowing the (then) editor Nachie Castro through the other editors Ive worked with at DC over the past couple of years. Having done some Justice League Unlimited scripts I asked if itd be possible to pitch for The Batman Strikes! and Nachie was kind enough to say “yes.” I think I pitched two ideas, one of which Nachie liked and became “Grounded,” the story in issue 43 of The Batman Strikes!.

As for what I enjoyed most about writing the characters in the series well, Id have to say the lack of continuity and the sense of fun. I mean, I really love Batman as a character full stop – I have since I was 3 years old – but writing the book gave me a chance to write Robin — and Dick Grayson to boot — for the first time and that was a huge thrill.

Its really unusual in modern comics to be able to write a pure, unadulterated and unfiltered Batman and Robin story and thats really what these two issues are an attempt to do. Its my love letter to those early 1940s Batman & Robin comics that I read as re-prints as a tiny kid and which made such a big impression on me. Those stories are why I wanted to write comics when I grew up. Its all Ive ever wanted to do. So its been a nice way of saying “thanks guys!”

WF: If the series continued on, which characters would you have liked a chance to tackle? Harley was featured in your previous The Batman Strikes! work and Etrigan is featured in issue #50. Any others?

JP: Hmmmthats tricky. I think a Green Arrow team up was something I seriously thought about and lets be honest — who wouldnt want to write a Superman/Batman team up at some point?

Mulling it over now, I think a “Mr Freeze at Christmas” story would have been a nice one to do next. The idea of the visuals that a story like that could conjure upas well as the notion of Freeze being a cold, logical character. Yeah, I think that would have been fun!

Actually, Id love to have written Animal Man. Hes my favourite superhero other than Batman and Superman and I wrote a really good (if I say do say so myself) issue of Justice League Unlimited featuring him that never came out cos the book got cancelled! But hes the hero Id have loved to have used simply cos he has absolutely nothing in common with Batman and the challenge would be to make that work.

WF: Any final thoughts on your tenure on the title as you wrap things up?

JP: Does two issues constitute a tenure? If so, it was a great run. Never a bad issue! But seriously, it was great fun, a blast to write and Im really sorry to see the book disappear.

WF: So, one last time, what should fans expect in The Batman Strikes! #50 and, well, why should they pick the issue up?

JP: Fans should expect a fun, exciting, slightly spooky, fast paced and ballsy read with more rhyming dialogue from Etrigan than you can shake your fist at! If you dont usually like “kids” books then Id say youre missing a (trick or) treat (I told you the puns would get worse)!

WF: Care to fill us in one what we can expect from you in the future? Anything you care to share?

JP: Well, plans always change but at the moment Im writing some short strips for a new UK based Marvel anthology called Marvel Heroes. So far Ive written both X-Men and Iron Man strips for that and am about to start on a Hulk story this week. Beyond that, today Ive just finished scripting something for Vertigo and am talking about maybe doing some other stuff with a couple of the DCU editors. Exciting times

WF: Thanks for your time, James!

The Batman Strikes! #50, the final issue of the series, hits shelves October 1st, 2008.

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YTV Schedules “Legion of Super Heroes” Marathon In October 2008

YTV will be airing six episodes of Legion of Super Heroes on October 5th, 2008, as part of the network’s “Superhero Sunday” theme event. The episodes, comprising of six installments from the acclaimed second season of the series, will air as follows.

12:00pm (ET) – “Message in a Bottle”
12:30pm (ET) – “In the Beginning”
1:00pm (ET) – “Trials”
1:30pm (ET) – “In Your Dreams
2:00pm (ET) – “Dark Victory, Part 1”
2:30pm (ET) – “Dark Victory, Part 2”

The network will also air the live-action Superman: The Movie and Superman Returns feature films that day, as well.

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Jetix Slates Two “Superman: The Animated Series” Mini-Marathons For October 2008

The first mini-marathon is scheduled to air on Jetix at 11am (ET) on Friday, October 3rd, 2008, and will feature the episodes, “Absolute Power,” “In Brightest Day,” and “Little Big Head Man.” A second Superman: The Animated Series mini-marathon is scheduled for 8am (ET) on Monday, October 6th, 2008, featuring the episodes, “Superman’s Pal,” “Legacy, Part One, “”Legacy, Part 2.”

According to the programming schedule, Superman: The Animated Series regularly airs every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm (ET) on the Jetix block on Toon Disney.

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Matt Wayne Slated To Write Upcoming “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic

The World’s Finest has confirmed that Matt Wayne, writer of both the Justice League Unlimited animated series and comic book, will scribe the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series. The comic series is based on the upcoming animated series.

The first issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic book will hit shelves in January 2009.

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Artist Christopher Jones Discusses Wrapping Up “The Batman Strikes”

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The Batman Strikes #50, the final issue of the series, will hit shelves October 1st, 2008. To discuss the interview, and see further images and responses to fan questions from Jones, click on the link below. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Cartoon Network Slated To Air “Batman: Gotham Knight” In October 2008

The feature, comprised of six different short stories, is scheduled to air Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 9pm (ET). The official description of the feature is seen below.

Batman: Gotham Knight
Acclaimed screenwriters, including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence), and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. Froms ome of the world’s most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

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New “Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Special Edition DVD Release Being Considered

Multiple reports have turned up this week, erroneously claiming a new DVD release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is currently in the works. Sources inform The World’s Finest that a new DVD and Blu-ray release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is not in the works, but is only being considered at this time.

Fans have been clamoring for a new DVD release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm for some time now. Released during the emergence of the DVD format, the current Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DVD features only the theatrical trailer as a bonus feature. The release is also a flip-disc, featuring a matted widescreen transfer on one side, and a full screen transfer on the other. An upgraded release of the film has been buzzed about for years as the DVD format became the dominant home video media. That same disc has been re-released multiple times, copying exactly the content and quality of the original Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DVD release.

Warner Home Video has stated that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is currently under consideration for a new DVD and Blu-ray release. With fan demand for this release rising, and given the popularity of the character of Batman right now, chances are favorable for a new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm release in the near future. To reiterate, a new DVD and Blu-ray release of is not in the works, but is only being considered at this time. A definitive update on the status of a new release for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is expected in the near future.

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“Batman: The Animated Series” Mini-Marathon On Toon Disney This Weekend

The mini-marathon is scheduled for 8am (ET) on Saturday, September 20th and will feature the episodes, “Tyger, Tyger,” “Moon of the Wolf,” and “Day of the Samurai.” According to the programming schedule, Batman: The Animated Series currently does not have a regular timeslot on the programming block.

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Torres Discusses His Run On “Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century”

J. Torres, popular among the fan community for his work on the late comic series Teen Titans Go!, became the regular writer on Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century during the title’s first year. Much like his work on Teen Titans Go!, Torres has made the comic an integral part of the series’ continuity. Torres will be wrapping his run on the book with issue #19, the end of the current three-part “Flight Ring” storyline, and the series itself will be ending with issue #20.

The World’s Finest: Your current arc on Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century is a three-issue storyline called “Flight Ring.” What themes will you be exploring as your wrap up your run with these three issues?

J. Torres: Trust, leadership, team work. The types of things that hold the Legion together.

WF: Looking back at the series, do you have any particular favorite issue or moment that stands out for you?

JT: I’d say it’s a toss up between #6 (“Attack of the Green Lantern Corps”) and #12 (“Back in Metropolis”). #6 because it not only had a lot of Legionnaires in it, but the Green Lantern Corps, and Starro to boot. Plus, we introduced Jordana Gardner and Gen’Ma the Panda, both of which got terrific fan response. And #12 because I got to play with Lois and Clark and introduce Lex Luthor to the series.

WF: Fans appreciated your faithful run on Teen Titans Go! because it paid tribute to the characters and stayed faithful to the animated series. On Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century, your run has the series has been doing the same. With the series coming to an end, is there anything you wish you could’ve done on the series?

JT: Well, I would’ve liked to write another two dozen issues or so! *Smiles*

WF: Did you have any specific plans to follow-up on the many plot threads left dangling from the end of the second season of Legion of Super Heroes?

JT: We had lots of plans! We wanted to bring Alexis Luthor, the LSV, and some more Phantom Zone escapees in from the animated series. We wanted to do more with Garth and his siblings. Also, Phantom Girl and her mother. Oh, and Cosmic Boy and RJ Brande. Most importantly, we wanted to show where Brainy went after the end of season two and how he made his way back to the Legion, but that was contingent on what happened with the show. Unfortunately, we never got the chance. While we were waiting to hear the fate of the show, we basically just “skipped ahead” and started writing stories as if we were in a third season, and that’s why #17-19 have Brainy back on the team and back to his old self more or less.

WF: Fans sometime turn to the comic book spin-offs to see some of their favorite characters pair up in a romantic context. Legion of Super Heroes had a unique relationship that many fans were hoping to see expanded upon – Brainiac 5 and Superman. Any thoughts on why fans took to that pairing, could have it been explored in any further context, or could it have been done realistically at all? Do you have any thoughts on that relationship, or one you were looking to explore?

JT: I definitely wanted to explore Brainy’s “man crush” on Superman more. I also wanted to add Supergirl into the mix at one point and do some fun stuff with that “love triangle.” I don’t know if Brainy’s love for Superman was of the romantic type, but then again, he has a 12th level intellect and his concept of platonic love versus romantic love is probably more complex than we could understand. I don’t think we could accurately define it with our 21st century labels, nor would I necessarily want to in the context of this comic book.

WF: Any last thoughts on your run on the series as you wrap up your run on Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century? Any final comments?

JT: It was a blast while it lasted! I want to thank all the readers out there who supported this series, especially the bloggers and fansite/forum adminstrators/moderators like yourself for trying to give us some exposure and get the word out. I hope you continue to follow the careers and other work of the creators who contributed to the book.

WF: Now, since I’m a fan of the The Family Dynamic DC Comic series, this question is more of a shameless shout-out to the series. Do you and Tim Levins have plans for the characters beyond the current mini-series? What was your reaction when DC Comics announced the series would be a three-issue mini-series instead of a six-issue series? What can we expect from the series in the coming months?

JT: Naturally, we were disappointed to hear about the low sales. But we’re trying not to cry over spilled milk or play the blame game and just move forward as best we can with this. The reaction to The Family Dynamic thus far has been very encouraging, so we’re looking into trying to continue the series somehow. I can’t really say anything on that just yet, but of course our first attempt is to keep it at DC somehow. Hopefully, I’ll have some kind of good news to report before long. In the meantime, please keep an eye on my blog for more information, previews, and other goodies!

WF: Care to fill us in on what projects you’re currently working on and your plans for the future? Where can we expect to see you next?

JT: I recently turned in the script for a graphic novel called Lola: A Ghost Story, which will be published by Oni Press early next year. I’m currently writing another graphic novel for them called Dead Goombas, which is a comedy about gangsters and zombies. Other than that, I’m waiting for the phone to ring. I’m hoping DC will call soon with more work for me. I was also asked by another company to pitch for a couple of movie/cartoon-related properties that I’m pretty excited about, so I really hope that at least one of those pans out. In the meantime, as of this writing, I’ve still got one issue of the Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century book to come, and two issues of The Family Dynamic on their way out – so please check them out!

WF: Thanks for stopping by, J.!

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #18 is currently on stands now, and click here to check out J. Torres’ blog!

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