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Year-End 2009 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Feature Titles

Debuting three new titles this year, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video animated feature line from Warner Home Video moved nearly one million DVD units in 2009. Over 900,000 of those units came from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – and those numbers are expected to grow during the December 2009 holiday season.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the September 2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature made the biggest splash of this years releases, moving an estimated 342,000 DVD units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with at least a total 350,000 of units sold by the end of 2009. The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature debuted to an estimated 198,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending October 4th, 2009.

The second DC Universe Animated Original Movie title released this year, released during the summer sales season, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature has sold an estimated 286,000 copies since its mid-year debut. The direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature debuted to an estimated 160,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending August 2nd, 2009. The Annie Award nominated feature is expected to finish 2009 with at least a total of 295,000 DVD units moved according to home video retail outlets.

Lastly, the first 2009 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Wonder Woman has moved an estimated 292,000 DVD copies since premiering during the first quarter of the year. The release has boasted consistently stable sales throughout the year despite having the lowest debut week of all the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles to date. Wonder Woman debuted with 107,000 in DVD sales in its first week, the week ending March 8th, 2009, though sales quickly leveled off after the standard second week plunge. The critically-acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature is also expected to finish out 2009 with a projected estimate of 295,000 DVDs unit sold according to home video retail outlets.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, legal download numbers, or high-definition release sales.

Additionally, though not under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, Warner Home Video and Warner Premiere also debuted the direct-to-video animated tie-in feature Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, tying into the live-action Watchmen Spring 2009 theatrical release. While the home video premiere title stumbled out of the gate with 42,000 in DVD sales for its first week, the week of March 29th, 2009, the title has since moved an estimated 198,000 copies since its debut, and will likely top out with a respectable 200,000 DVD units moved by the end of 2009.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is expected to release between two three new direct-to-video animated features in 2010, with the next title, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, set to debut February 23rd, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Two additional direct-to-video animated features are set to follow later in the year.

Stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here at The Worlds Finest, including exclusive content and more. More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite.

2009 Sales information for Planet Hulk, the Marvel Animated Features production from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate Home Entertainment, is available at Marvel Animation Age. Click here for more details.

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Note: The staff of The Worlds Finest would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year. Additionally, the staff here at The Worlds Finest will be taking a break from regular news updates for the next week, from December 28th, 2009 to January 1st, 2010. Regular news updates will return January 4th, 2010. However, keep checking The World’s Finest and The DC Animation Forum daily for special updates and breaking news.

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Loeb Discusses Recent “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” Animated Feature Release

The World’s Finest caught up with famed comic and television writer Jeph Loeb for a quick Q & A to share his thoughts on the recent direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature released under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner by Warner Home Video. The Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature arrived on home video in September 2009. The animated feature adapted the six-issue story arc of the same name, originally written by Loeb, from the Superman/Batman comic series currently published by DC Comics. The story features Superman and Batman facing off against Lex Luthor, now President of the United States.

The Worlds Finest: First up, what are your thoughts on the finished product?

Jeph Loeb: I thought it was great. Any time we can get our stories out there beyond comics is awesome.

WF: What did you think of the changes made, such as the new explanation for the bounty on Superman’s head, or the altered ending (I.E., no more “There will be a crisis..”), etc? Any alterations you disagree with?

JL: I think it helps that I work in television and film already. I understand the challenges of making a story accessible to an audience that isn’t reading comics. Things like “There will be a crisis” is super cool for the comic book reader, but how would that translate to everyone else. So it was all good.

WF: What about the art-style? Did you find it faithful, and that it translated the visuals successfully?

JL: Its always a challenge to take something that is 2-D and animate it. Both Ed [McGuinness] and I were thrilled with the end vision.

WF: Based on the impressive debut for the title, Warner Home Video has greenlit a second Superman/Batman movie. Which other story Superman/Batman story that you penned would you like to see adapted. Why?

JL: I hear rumors that they are doing Superman/Batman: Supergirl which introduces Supergirl to the DCU. It has a great cast, including Wonder Woman and and the villain Darkseid, and as written, a true origin story for Supergirl. All that and Michael Turner’s astonishing artwork. Go for it!

WF: Do you have any last thoughts on the title? Good? Bad? Do you hope you’ll see more of your work animated?

JL: I’d love to see more of it and if I have the time, be able to do the adaptation myself!

WF: To wrap up, what projects do you have on your plate right now?

JL: I’m about to begin this giant epic adventure over in Hulk revealing all the secrets of the Red Hulk starting in January. In February, a new project called Ultimate X with beautiful illustrations by Arthur Adams. And in March, I’ve got New Ultimates coming out with extraordinary artwork by Frank Cho. I’m very proud of what’s to come in 2010!

The World’s Finest would like to thank Jeph Loeb for his participation!

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray disc. The next title under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature, debuts February 23rd, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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“Justice League,” “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” January 2010 Teletoon Line-Up, More

Below are official descriptions and airdates for episodes of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series slated to air in January 2010 on the Canadian network Teletoon. Please note the information listed below is provided by Teletoon.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 – “025 The Fate of Equinox!”
Batman has his final battle with the balance-obsessed villain Equinox as the maniac tries to remake the universe in his own image.

Sunday, January 10th, 2010 – “025 Mayhem of the Music Meister!”
Batman and Black Canary are pitted against Music Meister, who is able to exert powerful mind control through song.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 – “026 Inside the Outsiders!”
Batman and the Outsiders are under a metaphysical attack by Psycho Pirate. Batman enters the Mindscape and helps Black Lightning, Katana and Metamorpho battle their own personal demons.

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 – “001 Rise of the Blue Beetle!”
Batman and Blue Beetle team up to save an alien race from Kanjar Ro.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold airs every Sunday at 9am (ET) on the Teletoon “Action Force” programming block, with Sunday-premiering episodes re-airing Fridays at 7pm (ET) as part of the “Superfan Fridays” programming block.

Continuing the episode schedule update, below are official descriptions and airdates for the episodes of the classic Justice League animated series slated for January 2010 on the Canadian network Teletoon. Once again, the information listed below is provided by Teletoon.

Friday, January 8th, 2010 – “Injustice for All, Part Two”
When Lex Luthor discovers that he has contracted an incurable case of Kryptonite poisoning, he blames Superman. Using his vast personal fortune, Luthor hires a team of the world’s most powerful supervillains to destroy Superman and the Justice League.

Friday, January 15th, 2009 – “Paradise Lost, Part One”
Returning home to Themyscira, Wonder Woman finds that a powerful sorcerer named Felix Faust has turned her mother, Hippolyta, and her Amazon sisters to stone. The only way that she can free them from this evil enchantment is to help Faust find the lost fragments of an ancient relic that will give him ultimate knowledge. First part of a two-part episode.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 – “Paradise Lost, Part Two”
Returning home to Themyscira, Wonder Woman finds that a powerful sorcerer named Felix Faust has turned her mother, Hippolyta, and her Amazon sisters to stone. The only way that she can free them from this evil enchantment is to help Faust find the lost fragments of an ancient relic that will give him ultimate knowledge. Second of a two-part episode.

Friday, January 29th, 2010 – “War World, Part One”
When Superman is apprehended by intergalactic slave traders, he is taken to a savage planet called War World and forced to fight in endless gladiatorial games staged for the amusement of Mongul, the planet’s ruthless conqueror. While Superman struggles to stay alive in the arena, the rest of the Justice League tracks him down and tries to rescue him.

Justice League regularly airs every Friday at 8:30pm (ET) on the Teletoon “Superfan Fridays” programming block. Click here for further details on Justice League.

Additionally, Teletoon Retro has provided initial schedule details for classic Batman: The Animated Series episodes scheduled to air on the specialty Canadian network in January 2010. Please note the schedule information listed below is provided by Teletoon.

Friday, January 8th, 2010 – “The Cat and The Claw, Part One”
In the midst of Catwoman being attracted to Batman, and Bruce to her alter-ego, Selina Kyle, Catwoman discovers evidence of a military facility inside a mountain on a future resort site. As it turns out, the cartel involved is fronting for an international terrorist group headed by Red Claw, a mysterious female terrorist.

Friday, January 15th, 2009 – “On Leather Wings”
When a horrifying bat creature terrorizes Gotham City, the authorities conclude it must be Batman and put out an all-points bulletin on the Dark Knight. Batman’s investigation leads him to the laboratory of Kirk Langstrom, who has been experimenting with a formula that turns him into the ManBat creature. Not only does Batman have to capture Man-Bat in order to save Langstrom, but also to set the police straight and clear his name.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 – “Heart of Ice”
Mr. Freeze, thirsting for revenge against the sleazy CEO who destroyed his life, begins to steal various equipment from GothCorp. Batman’s sympathy is with Freeze, but first he has to stop him from using the equipment to destroy a building filled with innocent people in order to carry out his vendetta.

Friday, January 29th, 2010 – “Feat of Clay, Part One”
Matt Hagen, a popular actor is addicted to a strange chemical formula developed by Roland Daggett’s labs. This chemical gives him the ability to alter his facial features without makeup, keeping his looks so that his public doesn’t know he was horribly disfigured in an accident years ago. But in return for the stuff, Daggett has him play ‘roles’ that aren’t entirely legal. After a disagreement, Hagen is doused in the formula, becoming the deadly shape-shifter, Clayface.

Please note the schedule is likely to change without notice, but stay tuned for any updates. Batman: The Animated Series airs Fridays at 6am (ET), 7pm (ET), and 12am (ET) on Teletoon Retro beginning January 8th, 2010. Click here for further details on Batman: The Animated Series.

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Upcoming New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode Details For Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has confirmed that new episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold are currently scheduled to air on the network in January 2010, including the debut of an all-new episode next week. Schedule and initial new episode details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold installments slated to air in January 2010 are available below.

Friday, January 1st, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Revenge of the Reach!”
Blue Beetle’s scarab is revealed to be linked to an army of evil aliens known as the Reach. Does he have the power to resist their influence?

Friday, January 8th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure!”
Aquaman attempts to take a family vacation with Mera and Arthur Jr., but can’t resist helping heroes along the way.

Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “The Golden Age of Justice!”
An aging JSA is faced with the return of their worst enemy, Per Degaton, as he returns from suspended animation to enact a plan for world-domination, while Black Canary helps Wildcat face his greatest regrets.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Sidekicks Assemble!”
Aqualad, Robin and Speedy have had it with being bossed around and demand a piece of the action, but they get more than they bargained for when they find themselves facing off against Ra’s Al-Ghul and his flying island!

Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Clash of the Metal Men!”
Batman is introduced to a team of energetic androids known as the Metal Men. When their creator goes missing at the hands of the Gas Gang, Batman helps them track the villains to get him back.

New installments of Batman: The Brave and The Bold are slated to air well into 2010, including the premiere of the highly-anticipated “Chill of the Night!” second season episode. Episode specific details, including images, videos and episode descriptions, are forthcoming. Please note that schedule details are subject to change without notice.

Click here for a recent interview with James Tucker, Producer and Lead Character Designer for Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Stay tuned for further updates, including images, clips and details on upcoming episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

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Alan Burnett Comments On Recent “Green Lantern: First Flight” Annie Award Nomination

Announced earlier this month, the Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature received a nomination in the 37th Annual Annie Awards, awards recognizing the years best animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and more. The nomination is as follows.

Green Lantern: First Flight
-Best Animated Home Entertainment Production

The Worlds Finest was able to talk to Alan Burnett, writer of the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature, for a statement on the feature’s nomination

“I was very grateful for everyone’s work on the film and how it turned out,” says Burnett. “Lauren Montgomery and her team visualized a whole new and quite extensive universe, which is no small feat considering the constraints of DVD production.”

When asked if he would consider writing a follow-up for Green Lantern: First Flight, Burnett seemed fond of the idea.

“Of course I would love to return to Oa,” exclaims Burnett. “These days it seems to be the happenin’ place.”

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in a total of 24 categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 37th Annual Annie Awards. Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 37th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Click on the above image to view complete coverage of the recent Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature, released to home video in July 2009. Stay tuned for further updates.

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

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for their March 2010 library of releases, including details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold #15, the comic series based on the popular animated series of the same name. Official details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold #15, scheduled to ship in March 2010, can be found below. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look at the cover art.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #15

Written by: Scholly Fisch
Art by: Robert Pope & Scott McRae
Cover by: Robert Pope & Scott McRae

The race is on between Batman and The Flash to find out which hero is the worlds fastest detective! All they have to do is solve the case of the Minute Mysteryor die trying! On sale March 24th, 2010. Cover price is $2.50 US.

Click here for further details on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series.

In further Batman: The Brave and The Bold news, Cartoon Network is scheduled to re-air Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “When OMAC Attacks!” this coming Saturday, December 26th, 2009 at 8:30pm (ET). Images from the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series are available here at The World’s Finest.

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Producer James Tucker Discusses “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Season One, More

Click on the image below to read the exclusive The World’s Finest interview with James Tucker, Producer and Lead Character Designer for Batman: The Brave and The Bold.


Batman: The Brave and The Bold currently airs every Friday at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Check out the newly-redesigned Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite here at The World’s Finest for more on the animated series, including exclusive content and much more.

Stay tuned for new Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates next week here at The World’s Finest.

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New Images, Cast Details For Upcoming “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Feature

A representative for Warner Home Video has provided The World’s Finest with an update concerning the voice cast for the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature. Actors Nolan North and Jonathan Adams are playing two members of the Justice League for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie release.


Nolan North is providing the voice of Green Lantern in the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature. A popular soap opera star in the late 1990s and early 2000s, North is currently known among genre fans for his work as Cyclops in the animated Wolverine and the X-Men series and Deadpool in Hulk Versus, in addition to countless other roles.

The voice of Martain Manhunter in the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature will be provided by Jonathan Adams. Adams’ previous animated work includes the role of Dormammu in the direct-to-video Doctor Strange animated feature and uncredited work in the recent Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DC Universe Animated Original Movie release. Adams also has extensive credits in prime-time television, including roles in Bones, 24 and American Dreams among many others.

Click on the thumbnails above for a closer look at both respective characters, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter, from the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature debuts February 23rd, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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Actor William Baldwin Discusses “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring actor William Baldwin.

DIRTY SEXY MONEY STAR WILLIAM BALDWIN ASSUMES THE ROLE OF BATMAN FOR
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS

Dirty Sexy Money star William Baldwin slides easily into the famed cowl as the voice of Batman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,
an all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.

A fan of the super hero genre since his youth when the Baldwin brothers would role play in their backyard, William Baldwin has proudly, enthusiastically undertaken the deep, gravelly vocal tones of the Dark Knight. While Baldwin has crafted a fine career in live-action film and television, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths represents only his second foray into voiceover for animation, having recorded a few episodes on the Nickelodeon series Danny Phantom.

Beyond ABCs Dirty Sexy Money television series, Baldwin has offered memorable turns in the feature films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Flatliners, Backdraft and The Squid and the Whale, the latter of which earned (ironically) a Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League). Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday) is executive producer, and Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors. The full-length animated film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD, and On Demand and Download.

Baldwin took time after his recording session to chat about visualization techniques in the sound booth, his childrens influence on his choice of roles, the super hero roughhouse role play by the Baldwin brothers (particularly Alec Baldwin) in their youth, and his very nearly being cast in the live-action role of Batman.

QUESTION:
What are your thoughts about joining the list of actors from Adam West and Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer and George Clooney to Kevin Conroy and Christina Bale that have played Batman?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
I almost did join that group I was one of Joel Schumacher’s top choices when Val Kilmer wound up playing Batman. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton had left, so Joel had the luxury of replacing Michael Keaton and he told me that his four choices which was an eclectic, diverse array were Daniel Day Lewis, Ralph Feinnes, Val Kilmer and
me. I didnt even know it at the time he told me when I had a meeting with him later. The next time, when George Clooney did it, (Schumacher) said, You were on my original short list with those other three actors, but the studio went with Val and this time I’d like to go with you. And that Friday afternoon, I thought I was playing Batman and then Monday morning, the headlines in the trades said that George Clooney had gotten the part. So apparently, I did
actually come very close.

I was very excited to do this. I wasn’t really thinking about any past Batmans, but more of letting the material sort of dictate the choices that I make as an actor. What’s happening physically, what’s happening emotionally, what’s happening in the writing. Thats what really drives your performance.

QUESTION:
How did you choose to interpret the character? And was there anything you wanted to do differently than what had preceded you?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
I was mostly influenced by whom I perceive Batman to be, with the possible exception that I think sometimes I allow a certain sensitivity or an emotional dynamic to give (the character) maybe a likeability or an accessibility. That’s almost an insecurity of mine as an actor to want to breathe a little bit of those types of emotions into characters. I think I find them more appealing and more likeable and more human. What I didn’t choose to do is to go towards the darkness of the way the original Batman series was intended. Because Batman, in the original comic series, was a lot darker than the character that was brought to life in television.

QUESTION:
Are there any personal attachments to Batman that make voicing this role special for you?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
Its a number of things certainly the history of the character. The people that have been lucky enough to portray Batman on screen, or provide his voice, is a short list and it’s pretty cool. I’m in good company. I enjoyed it as a child, and the character still resonates for me. And I’m a father of an 8-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 4-year-old my boy is sandwiched between his sisters, and he just loves the super heroes. We watch Justice League together. I try not to let him overdo it too much with television, but there’s great, wholesome messages that come out of that series. When I told him that I was playing Batman, his jaw dropped. I almost took him out of school today to have him come down here (for the recording session).

QUESTION:
How many times have you said I’m Batman in the past week?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
Probably about a half a dozen, usually just joking with my kids and my wife. I was in the studio about a 9-iron from here, where my wife (Chynna Phillips) was recording, and all the band members were giving me different lines to say as Batman. Or having me improvise some lines. And we were having some wicked, twisted fun with it (he laughs).

QUESTION:
It seemed you were quite focused in the booth, conveying all the physical and emotional traits as Batman. How immersed in the role did you feel?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
I take it seriously. And I enjoy it, especially recreating the sound effects of the fight sequences and stuff like that. One thing that was interesting to me was how clean they need the lines and, thus, how specific I had to keep my relationship to the microphone, and making sure there weren’t any other sort of ancillary sounds. When I’m doing looping for a film, I guess it’s sort of a method approach. I’ll put things inside my mouth and try to recreate the circumstances or the emotions that existed while I was performing. There’s nothing better than when you’re grunting from lifting something to try and create that sensation. I do a lot of visualization, too. So when youre having the confrontation with Lex Luthor or Superwoman, sometimes I’ll look through the mike into the booth to somebody in the room. I’ll look at them and just sort of imagine it in my mind, to just pick somebody and lock into that, giving off this energy to them. It’s very helpful for me to have that specificity to lock into.

QUESTION:
Did the Baldwin brothers play super hero games growing up?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
Youll have to get my brother Alec in here sometime he’s got the scars to prove it. Back in the early 60s, he tied a bathroom towel around his neck as a cape and was doing his Superman (impression), and he went through a plate glass sliding door. He ran right through it. He has these big V-shaped scars under his bicep and his forearm from
all the stitches that he took when he was five or six years old.

So yeah, we did play super hero games. And my family was pretty rough. I mean, when we were playing super heroes, if there was a cartoon where somebody got thrown off the roof and they landed on the ground with a thud, then Stephen or I got thrown off the roof into a pile of leaves, or into somebody’s swimming pool.

QUESTION:
You rode along with the Chicago Fire Department to prepare for Backdraft. What kind of research went into this performance?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
First of all, some parts lend them self to that type of research and preparation more than others. Secondly, I had a fairly deep understanding of this character because I’ve been watching the shows and films and the character for 40 years. So if I felt like I didn’t have enough of an understanding, I probably would have postponed (the recording session). But when I was looking at the script on a plane a few days ago, I felt it was kind of a piece of cake based on my understanding of the character, and really fueled my attraction to the character and the piece. There’s a lot of two- and three-line exchanges rather than two- and three-paragraph exchanges. There weren’t a lot of monologues that required a lot of line memorization, or anything incredibly challenging emotionally. I just had to get into the rhythm of how the character speaks. Batmans spectrum of emotion is fairly narrow for a number of reasons. He’s always in command, he’s always in control, he’s always holding it together, and he’s pretty tough relative to the rest of us
in this room.

QUESTION:
Does the Gotham City/New York connection hold anything special for a lifelong New Yorker?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
There’s always been something cool about (Gotham City) being based on New York its where I’m from, where I grew up, and Ive spent my whole career there. I remember referring to it as Gotham not Gotham City, either more often than I called it Manhattan or New York. I’d be on the West Coast finishing a meeting, and somebody would ask, Where you going? And Id always say Back to Gotham.

QUESTION:
Did having children that enjoy the genre influence your desire to give voice to an animated character at this point in your career?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
That definitely motivates a lot of the choices that I make as an actor now. I’m looking to be involved with projects that are family oriented. Not exclusively, but I’d like to do some things that my children can see. My brother Alec has done a series of films over the last couple years Madagascar and Thomas (the Train) and things like that and the kids got really, really excited about that. And we’re good friends with Chazz Palminteri, and Chazz does a lot of animated voiceover work. When they hear his voice, they really get excited.

I was doing a television series for two seasons, so we would watch that together as a family. Sometimes I would let the kids stay up, and they really got a kick out of it. I did a film last year with Henry Winkler called A Plumm Summer that won a couple of family film festival audience awards. So yes, I’m definitely looking for some choices. Because the films in my past, like Flatliners and Internal Affairs, Three Of Hearts and Backdraft and Sliver, Fair Game and The Squid And The Whale and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, these are all films that my kids aren’t quite ready to see.

QUESTION:
You’ve tackled this legendary comic character. What other roles would you like to fill?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
I’d like to surprise some people maybe and do the voice of something that’s much more charactery. It could be much more ethnic. Jewish or Irish or a New Yorker. I have a lot of fun with that stuff. I’d even like to sing. I wouldn’t want to sing in the way that you would need Mariah Carey to sing, but just have a character sing and have fun with that, too.

QUESTION:
What were your impressions of this animation experience versus some of your previous experiences?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
I’m getting better at it. I’m very tough on myself, so I’m never quick to say that I felt like it was great when it wasn’t. I usually have my own sort of standards that I set for myself. It felt like I was able to achieve my objectives more quickly. I think that comes with maturity as a performer and, uh, it’s nice to know. Because there’s been times where I’ve done voiceover work where they would normally allot two hours for someone who can bang it out, and they would have to allot three or three and a half or four hours. Its not that I couldn’t do it quickly, it’s just that I’m such a perfectionist. I tend to be saying Let me try that again. Let’s do one more one more one more. I think I said, Let me do one more about 10 times today, which wasn’t a lot. Sometimes I say it 100 times. I think everybody thought that it felt right, it felt good, it sounded great. Its always fun, but I want to get it right.

QUESTION:
Is it difficult acting alone in the booth?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
It forces you to hone in and focus on the performance aspects and the emotional aspects of what you’re trying, and visual them in your head. Acting is not acting, it’s reacting. You’re reacting to what somebody’s saying and how they’re saying it. That was great about the television show that I just did (Dirty Sexy Money) because the props department would tie me in when we would do something like a telephone conversation. When I had one with Donald Sutherland, I didn’t have to come into the studio to do it. They would just have me call on my cell phone from my home in Santa Barbara, and I would call in when the camera was rolling and I would literally have the conversation with him. In the old days, sometimes you would have the other actor come in on his off day just to read that telephone conversation off camera. Then that changed and you would wind up reading this telephone conversation with the script supervisor who (A) is not an actor, and (B) does not know what the choices of the actor are going to be when they shoot his side of the telephone conversation in two weeks. That can be very difficult and very stilted when they cut that telephone conversation together sometimes you can tell by the way someone’s reacting to a line that they weren’t hearing the actor do it on that day. They just interpreted what they thought the actor was going to do on that day, and they were wrong. I’m talking about stuff that’s very subtle, like someone raising their voice a little bit in the reaction
to the other person. Little things. But thats acting. Youre not just reacting to the words, you’re reacting to the way the words were said. Was it threatening? Was it menacing? Was it intimidating? Was it submissive? It’s all based on little layers and subtleties.

QUESTION:
Can you compare acting on camera to acting in the booth, and how Andrea Romano was able to guide you through those differences?

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
It’s sort of a mixed bag. On camera, youre usually acting to another actor who you’re looking at, who’s in the room with you. Today, I was in the sound room and Andrea was behind the glass. And shes not an actor. But for a director, from a performance standpoint, she was giving me more than enough. What really helped was the specificity of her notes. When something wasn’t right, she would give me a note that would 180 it, or she would give me a little subtle note. That was great. You’re forgetting to add in this layer or Give me a little bit more urgency. At one point, I throw a punch and Superwoman catches my fist and starts to squeeze my fist. And I said, Do you want me to wince and scream in pain when she’s crushing my fist? And am I supposed to fight the temptation of revealing to a woman because wouldn’t Batman wouldn’t want to give away that power that a woman is causing the pain. I mean, it would be different if Lex Luthor or Superman were doing this, right? So we sort of hashed that out and found those sort of things as we were going along.

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William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) voices the role of Batman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed February 23, 2010 by Warner Home Video. (Photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu)

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Batman stands tall in the face of danger brought on by the powerful Superwoman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed February 23, 2010 by Warner Home Video. William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) provides the voice of Batman.

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Batman ponders the misguided plot of Owlman and formulates his move to foil Owlmans plan in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed February 23, 2010 by Warner Home Video. William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) provides the voice of Batman.

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Batman launches a batarang attack on Owlman during a brutal battle between equally-matched (and equipped) foes in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed February 23, 2010 by Warner Home Video. William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) provides the voice of Batman

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Batman: The Brave and The Bold #12, the latest installment of the spin-off comic series from DC Comics, arrives in comic book stores today. Official details for this issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series are available below.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #12

Written by: Landry Walker
Art by: Eric Jones
Cover by: Eric Jones

It’s our very special “Final Christmas” issue! Batman must team up with Adam Strange in order to save Earth, Rann, the Universe and Christmas before reality as we know it is destroyed forever!

The cover price for Batman: The Brave and The Bold #12 is $2.50US.

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