Archives for March 2009

New “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” Soundtrack CD Release Set To Officially Ship Today


Today, March 31st, 2009, is the official shipping date for the La-La Land Records soundtrack release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection, collecting the entire score of the animated feature in one release for the first time. While multiple customers who pre-ordered the title have already reported receiving the soundtrack release, today is the day the title officially ships out. Copies of this limited edition collector’s release are still available through the La-La Land Records website and other online supporting soundtrack specialty stores. The release, with a press run of 3000 copies, also includes a detailed insert booklet. Click here for a complete rundown of the tracklist new soundtrack release, and click on the thumbnails above for a closer look at the packaging for the release.

Details on how to order are available at La-La Land Records.com.

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New Issue Of “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Spin-Off Comic Series Currently Available

DC Comics released the latest issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series, issue #3, last week. Official details for the latest issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series are available below.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3

Written by: Matt Wayne
Art by: Andy Suriano & Dan Davis
Cover by: Scott Jeralds

When the Ultra-Humanite wants to score big, he goes straight to the top he’s after the President! But Batman and Green Arrow have a rescue plan so daring that we could only call this story “President Batman”!

The cover price for Batman: The Brave and The Bold #3 is $2.50US.

On a related note, this week’s episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold on Cartoon Network will be a repeat of the series opener “The Rise of the Blue Beetle.” The episode will air Friday, April 3rd, 2009, at 8pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.

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“Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman” Feature Scheduled To Air On Boomerang In April 2009

The Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman animated feature, which previously premiered on home video in 2003, is slated to air Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 4pm (ET) on Boomerang, the classic animation spin-off network from Cartoon Network. Below is the official synopsis for the feature.


Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Boomerang, Saturday, April 4th, 2009, at 4pm (ET)

A ruthless destructive vigilante posing as Batwoman is wreaking havoc in Gotham City. While she sets her sights on thwarting Penguin’s evil plans, Batman concentrates on discovering this mysterious imposter’s true identity. But when she’s captured by the vicious Bane, it falls upon the caped crusader to rescue her, defeat Bane and foil the Penguin’s devious plot himself.

The Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman animated feature is slated to re-air on Boomerang on Sunday, April 19th, 2009. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Screenwriter Alex Tse Bandies “Watchmen: Tales Of The Black Freighter” Animated Feature

Press Release:

SCREENWRITER ALEX TSE GIVES A GLIMPSE OF THE WRITING PROCESS BEHIND
WARNER PREMIERES WATCHMEN: TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER


From comic to feature film to animated short story, screenwriter Alex Tse has played an essential role in helping transition Watchmen beyond its initial incarnation.

Ironically, when it came to bringing the graphic novels classic story-within-a-story, Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, Tse wrote the screenplay without knowing what that final incarnation would be.

Black Freighter went through a lot of incarnations we talked about doing it live-action, then 300 green screen-style, then we decided it would be animated so I wrote it without a firm idea of the format, said Tse, who had not previously written for animation. I guess I just didnt treat it any differently than any writing project I normally undertake. And Im guessing this was probably like nothing I ever will work on again.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter is the story-within-the-story of Watchmen, revolving around a mariner who is marooned on a distant island after his ship is attacked by the infamous pirate ship, the Black Freighter. He begins to imagine the Black Freighter setting sail for his hometown and attacking his family and engages in a desperate mission to return home and save his wife and children. Along the way, fear and desperation begin to play tricks with his mind, and rob the mariner of his sanity leading him to commit atrocities of his own as he tries to stop the marauding pirates. As told within the Watchmen graphic novel, the story acts as a distorted mirror image of the Watchmen super heroes’ plight.

In the book, I think it was written as a parallel to the Watchmen story with one major difference, Tse said. In Black Freighter, the sea captain thinks everything he is doing is for a good purpose. But then he realizes, no matter how well intentioned his acts have been, he has done some horrible things. In Watchmen, even though Adrian Veidt says he realizes the consequences of his actions and that he has made himself feel each death he has caused, he never seems to express that pain or sorrow. Theres no real remorse for what hes done. So either he doesnt fully realize it or he just doesnt care.

Tse said he was particularly focused on keeping the tragic tale grounded in a relatable situation that would allow audiences to understand the mariners plunge toward insanity.

I am not a huge fan of movies where youre just watching someone go crazy as a viewer, its hard to connect to that idea, Tse said. You need to be able to relate to his situation, to understand why hes going insane. With Black Freighter, it was important to keep it grounded in the cause of his madness. Hes been through a traumatic experience, hes alone, and now hes doing anything he can to get back to his home and save his family. So when he does these horrible, crazy things, you know hes doing it to try and save what is dearest to him. An audience can understand that situation.

Produced in association with Legendary Pictures, Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter is executive produced by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull and Wesley Coller.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter features the voices of Gerard Butler (300) and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and is directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith and written by Tse and Zack Snyder. Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter is produced by Brian McNulty and Karen Mayeda Vranek.

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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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Cartoon Network Confirms “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Slated For 2009 – 2010 Season

Cartoon Network announced their 2009-2010 content development strategy today at its annual advertising Upfront presentation at Time Warner Center, which included both new content and returning programs. While already announced by the production staff of the series, Cartoon Network has confirmed that the network has will be bringing back the popular Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series for another season, adding an additional 26 episodes to bring the current total episode order up to 52. The series is slated to continue anchoring the network’s Friday night block alongside Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Cartoon Network describes Batman: The Brave and The Bold as follows.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold
From Warner Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise. Our Caped Crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC UniverseBlue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless othersto deliver nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief.

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Note: Click here for Toon Zone’s coverage of the Cartoon Network 2009 Upfront presentation.

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New “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” Score Soundtrack Release Available To Order Today

The La-La Land Records label will be taking orders for the new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection soundtrack release at the official La-La Land Records website, and other participating websites, beginning today, March 24th, 2009 at 12pm(PST)/3pm(ET). The soundtrack release is then expected to ship beginning March 31st, 2009.

The Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection CD soundtrack release will contain Shirley Walker’s complete score to the feature film, completely remastered with more than 27 minutes off additional content. The release is currently priced at $19.98US and, much like with their previous soundtrack release for Batman: The Animated Series, this will be a Limited Edition release with only 3000 copies available. The release will also include a twenty page CD booklet featuring in-depth liner notes.

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New Images From Animated “Watchmen: Tales Of The Black Freighter,” Now Available


Above is the cover art for both the Blu-ray release of the direct-to-video Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter animated feature. The title is also available on DVD. Warner Home Video has provided the following official details on this new direct-to-video release, as seen below.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter
Studio:
Warner Home Video
Release Date: March 24th, 2009

Synopsis: They’re in the book. And on this disc. From the director of Watchmen and 300 come two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary Watchmen Theatrical Feature. Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, featuring the voice of 300‘s Gerard Butler, brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmen’s world. Also, stars from the Watchmen movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI bonus feature Under the Hood, based on Nite Owls powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence. Two fan-essential stories. One place to watch the excitement. Watching the Watchmen begins here.

Bonus Features:
Watchmen: Under the Hood Bonus Feature
Watchmen: Story Within the Story Featurette
Watchmen: Motion Comic – Chapter One
Green Lantern: First Flight First Look

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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

In related news, Warner Home Video has released three hi-res images from the Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter direct-to-video animated feature. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.


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Details On Upcoming Issue Of “Batman: The Brave and The Bold” Animated Comic Series

DC Comics has released solicitations information for their June 2009 library of releases, including details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold #6. Further information on Batman: The Brave and The Bold #6 can be found below. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look at the cover art.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #6

Written by: J. Torres
Art by: Andy Suriano & Dan Davis
Cover by: Scott Jeralds

Batman is up against a man with all the time in the world General Immortus! And only one hero can back Batman up by summoning help from across the ages Kid Eternity! On sale June 24th, 2009. Cover price is $2.50 US.

In related news, according to Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave and The Bold will not be airing in its regular 8:30pm (ET) timeslot this Friday, March 27th, 2009. The season finale to Ben 10: Alien Force will be pre-empting the series for the night. However, Cartoon Network has scheduled reruns of Batman: The Brave and The Bold to air on the same day, Friday, March 27th, 2009, with “Rise of the Blue Beetle!” airing at 8:30am (ET), “Rise of the Blue Beetle!” airing at 2:30pm (ET), “Mystery In Space!” airing at 6:00pm (ET), and “Trials of the Demon!” airing at 6:30pm (ET).

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“Wonder Woman” Direct-To-Video Animated Feature Debuts Strong Home Video Sales


According to various home media retailing outlets, the new Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated feature made a strong debut on the home video sales charts. The feature hit the DVD sales chart at #5, selling an estimated 107,000 copies for the week ending March 8th, 2009. The Wonder Woman animated feature also made a strong debut on the Blu-ray charts, placing #6 with estimated sales of 17,000 copies. Analysts state that while this isn’t the strongest debut for a direct-to-video animated feature starring a DC Comics character, the broad appeal of Wonder Woman should give the title a healthy shelf life. Keep in mind the number does not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Above is the cover art for both the Blu-ray and Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release of the direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Wonder Woman animated feature and the DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Wonder Woman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Wonder Woman DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold” DVD Trailer Images, New Episode Airing This Week

A trailer promoting the upcoming DVD release of Batman: The Brave and The Bold appeared on the recently released The Zeta Project: Season One DVD title. While the first upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold DVD release has not been officially announced, details are expected to be revealed soon. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at two images from the promotional trailer.


Expect the first Batman: The Brave and The Bold DVD release later this year.

The Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode Trials of the Demon!, the next all-new episode of the series, premieres this Friday, March 20th, 2009. The episode features Andy Milder voicing Jay Garrick, aka The Flash, and Dee Bradley Baker voicing the Scarecrow. Scream Queen, Batman, The Flash, and Scarecrow are all featured in this week’s opening segment of Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Baker also returns to voice Etrigan the Demon, also featured in this episode, with Greg Ellis returning as The Gentlemen Ghost. The episode, written by Todd Casey and directed by Michael Chang, is described as follows.

In 19th century London, Jason Blood – aka The Demon Etrigan – has been framed for supernatural attacks perpetrated by Gentleman Ghost.

The all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode Trials of the Demon!, airs Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 8:30pm (ET).

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