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Menu System, Artwork For “Batman: The Brave And The Bold – Volume Three” DVD Title

A selection of images from the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Volume Three DVD release are available below, exclusive to The World’s Finest, including a look at the menu system and package art for the title. The Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Volume Three DVD release, featuring five episodes from the popular Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series airing on Cartoon Network, hits shelves on February 2nd, 2010. Click on the thumbnails for a closer look.



Warner Home Video will release Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Volume Three to DVD on February 2nd, 2010. Official press details for this release are available here. A fourth DVD volume release for Batman: The Brave and The Bold is scheduled for release later this year.

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Details On Soundtrack Score Release For Lauded “Wonder Woman” Animated Feature

Representatives for both La-La Land Records and WaterTower Music, formally New Line Records, have confirmed the score soundtrack to the direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature will be released on both compact disc and as a digital download. WaterTower Music will have Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie available to own as a digital download through iTunes and other digital retailers beginning February 23rd, 2010, with La-La Land Records releasing a special limited-edition compact disc release on March 9th, 2010. Copies of this limited edition CD release will be available through the La-La Land Records website and other online supporting soundtrack specialty stores. The score for the animated feature is composed by Christopher Drake. Cover art and track details for the upcoming soundtrack score release, provided by WaterTower Music, are available below. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look at the cover art.

Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie
Music Composed by Christopher Drake

1. The Battle / Origins
2. Sparring
3. Ares Imprisoned
4. Dog Fight, Part I
5. Dog Fight, Part II
6. Crash Landing
7. Manhunt
8. Let The Games Begin
9. Persephone’s Betrayal
10. Bracelets and Arrows
11. Computer Room
12. Alley Thugs
13. Deimos
14. At The Gates Of Tartarus
15. Cept Hemo Laudus
16. Hades
17. Ospedale and Ares Rally
18. DC Battle
19 Ares’ End
20. She Misses Him
21. A New Nemesis
22. Wonder Woman End Titles

Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be available to own as a digital download through iTunes and other digital retailers beginning February 23rd, 2010, with a special limited-edition CD release from La-La Land Records to follow on March 9th, 2010. Stay tuned for further official details on this release from La-La Land Records and WaterTower Music in the coming weeks here at The World’s Finest.

Additionally, a representative for WaterTower Music provided details for the score soundtrack release to the upcoming direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature. Further details on that title can be found here.

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Andrea Romano Discusses Animated “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” 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 voice director Andrea Romano.

ANDREA ROMANO DISCUSSES CASTNG/DIRECTING THE ALL-STAR VOICES BEHIND JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS,
THE NEXT DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL FILM COMING FEBRUARY 23

The stars come out for Andrea Romano.

You need a voice echoing the All-American trust of Superman? Romano gets Mark Harmon for his maiden voyage in animation. Youre seeking a subtly evil performance as the intelligent-bordering-on-insane Owlman? James Woods is willing to do it from a little booth in Rhode Island. Whatever the role, no matter the production, actors pushaside their Oscars, Emmys and Tonys to step behind the microphone and play with Romano.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is the seventh entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, and each has featured all-star casts with Romano at the reigns. From Neil Patrick Harris, Brooke Shields and Alfred Molina to Virginia Madsen, Nathan Fillion and Kyra Sedgwick (to name but a few), Romanos casts are packed with the faces normally reserved for lead roles in feature films and primetime television series.

In addition to Harmon (NCIS) as Superman and Woods (Mississippi Burning) as Owlman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths features the voices of Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) as Batman, Gina Torres (Firefly/Serenity) as Superwoman and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as President Wilson.

Romano has been one of the driving forces in animation voiceovers for more than a quarter century, amassing a list of credits that range from dramatic (Batman: The Animated Series) to silly (Animaniacs) to hip (The Boondocks) and timeless (The Smurfs). The six-time Emmy Award winner (and 20-time nominee) has not only set the standard by which industry veterans measure the art, but she has become a household name to animation fans across the globe, regularly drawing standing ovations and endless applause during her annual Con appearances.

Warner Home Video will distribute the full-length animated Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on February 23 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.

Romano found time in her busier-than-youd-ever-believe schedule to discuss the cast of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. The questions are simple, but the answers are pure Andrea Romano. Take a read

QUESTION: James Woods has quite the resume, including plenty of animation experience. How is it that you had not worked with him until now?

ANDREA ROMANO: Ive been a huge fan of James Woods and wanted to work with him for years. We actually had a Justice League production about five years ago that we had him booked for, and then the plug got pulled on the project. Ive been waiting for something else for him ever since and then Owlman came along, a perfect role for him.

We had to record him long distance, and his performance was very, very subtle so much so that I was worried that it wasnt going to play when it came back with animation. But it was perfect. It was subtle and nuanced and scary without being broad in any way, and it was wonderful to see such a subtle performance work in a big action piece. I cant wait to meet him in person.

QUESTION: On the flipside, the star of one of primetimes top rated series Mark Harmon of NCIS had never previously done animation. How did he do?

ANDREA ROMANO: I fell in love with Mark Harmon. I have admired his work for many years, but he hadnot done this kind of work before, and so you always run the risk of several different situations occurring when you bring in someone who is new to animation. But Mark Harmon completely put himself in my hands, and totally let me show him how this work is done. I certainly didnt have to teach him acting, but he was completely agreeable to trying options, had ideas of his own, and had complete trust in my process. So it was a terrific experience for both of us. I think hes a wonderful Superman. Although hes older in years than how we typically portray Superman, his voice with the model was right on.

QUESTION: Gina Torres is another Joss Whedon alum making an appearance in the Timmverse. What made her right for Superwoman?

ANDREA ROMANO: Ive had the great pleasure of working with Gina over the years, and she is as beautiful to work with as she is visually. What makes this particular performance so great is that she plays a truly evil character and, if you didnt know her personally, youd think that was what she was like in real-life. She wore this role like a glove.

We recorded Gina separately from James Woods, and their characters are love interests. Without the benefit of being in the same room, let alone the same coast, Gina brought an energy that matched his perfectly. Shes such an instinctual actress. And especially for Superwoman, Gina really put herself into the role. She is sexy. She doesnt have to play sexy she IS sexy.

One of the interesting things about Ginas performance is that when she first recorded, she had a cold and it manifested itself as kind of deeper and textured. But when she came in for ADR, she was perfectly healthy, and much more pure and clear so we had to make a little bit of an adjustment to make sure she didnt sound too sweet.

QUESTION: Did William Baldwin have any trouble mastering Batman?

ANDREA ROMANO: I thought he did great I love the texture of his voice. The performance is spot-on. The only issue was that William hasnt done a lot of voiceover work in this genre. We do a lot of impact sounds that come with this kind of an action piece, and being the method actor he is, he insisted on actually striking his own body physically when he had to do umphs and ohs and impacts. By the time he was done, he mustve been bruised. We were a little worried for him. When we brought him back in for ADR, we asked him to please not hit himself, and we showed him how to do those grunts and ughs In this film, Batman wasnt a big role, but its an important role, and I think William really filled it well. Someday Im going to get all the Baldwins in the same room.

QUESTION: Chris Noth is another animation novice. Did he enjoy his time as a good Lex Luthor?

ANDREA ROMANO: Chris Noth thought he was going to be playing the evil Lex, and I think he was disappointed he didnt get to play a villain. Still, he came through and gave a really good performance. What was funny was that at the end of the entire recording process, Chris was our absolute last session of ADR on a late Friday afternoon. To celebrate, they brought in a tray of Cosmos, and our own Susan Chieco had a very Sex in the City moment of walking a Cosmo in to Chris Noth. He cheered up considerably at that point.

QUESTION: How did you end up promoting Bruce Davison to President?

ANDREA ROMANO: I met Bruce at a wedding about 20 years ago and have admired his acting for so long anyway. It was another one of those perfect matches of voice and character. We had this nice role of the President that needed some gravitas to it and, at the same time, this particular President was a bit of a coward. Bruce was able to give us both of those aspects in just the right doses.

QUESTION: In your opinion, what will win the Academy Award for Best Animated Film?

ANDREA ROMANO: Up was my favorite movie of the year. Think about it: Im a voice director, and I was captivated by the first 10 minutes of the film which has no voice, and yet its some of the best storytelling Ive ever seen in a live-action or animated film. You really run through the gamut of emotions. I also thought the kid was charming, and Ed Asner was so wonderful. Plus, who doesnt like looking at a huge collection of balloons, and a house that can fly?

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Casting/Dialogue Director Andrea Romano poses for a post-recording session photo with William Baldwin, the voice 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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Despite recording on opposing coasts on different days, James Woods (Owlman) and Gina Torres (Superwoman) created a diabolically romantic chemistry thanks to the guidance of casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the next DC Universe animated original movie, will be distributed February 23, 2010 by Warner Home Video.

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Under the direction of Andrea Romano, the voices of Superman, Lex Luthor and Batman Mark Harmon, Chris Noth and William Baldwin, respectively meshed perfectly with their characters 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.

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For more information, images and updates, please visit the films official website at www.JUSTICELEAGUECRISIS.com.

Continue to the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and details on the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature, including a review of the 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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Images, Video Clips And Details From New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode

Cartoon Network has passed along the episode synopsis, video clips, and a collection of images from the upcoming all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Clash of the Metal Men!” The episode is scheduled to air Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. To get a closer look at the images, click on the thumbnails below.




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The all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Clash of the Metal Men!” episode, scheduled to air Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network, is described as seen below.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold “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.

Video clips from the episode, provided by Cartoon Network, are available to view here at our Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Other details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Sidekicks Assemble!”, including cast and crew credits, are also available at our Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite.

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“Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Soundtrack Release Coming In February 2010

A representative for WaterTower Music, formally New Line Records, has confirmed the score soundtrack to the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths will be released on compact disc and as a legal download. The release will arrive day to date with the home video debut of the upcoming animated feature of the same name, on February 23rd, 2010. The music for the animated feature is composed by James L. Venable, with theme and additional music composed by Christopher Drake. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be available to own as both a CD release or digital download through Amazon, and also as a download through iTunes and other digital music outlets. Cover art and track details for the upcoming soundtrack score release are available below. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look at the cover art.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie
Music Composed by James L. Venable
Theme and Additional Music Composed by Christopher Drake

1. Break In
2. Finish What the Jester Started / Main Title
3. Only Surviving Member / Police Station / Of Course We’ll Help
4. Headquarters Battle
5. Battle in the Sky
6. QED Monologue / Crime Syndicate / Made Men / Flash and Jon Shipyard Battle
7. Sup and Lex Fight Jimmy and Ultraman
8. Owlman Multiverse Monologue / President Office Monologue
9. Rose Garden and Ultraman Intimidation / Superwoman Toys with Bats / Batman Pissed at Luthor / Sniper Red Archer / Owlman Gets Quantum Trigger
10. Perimeter Breach Watchtower
11. Rose and Jon Mindmeld / Owlman’s End / Batman Owlman Fight
12. Moonbase Intro / Is This Just a Little Too Easy / Moonbase Battle
13. Teleport
14. Jon Says Goodbye / Johnny Burns Out / Cavalry
15. Ending / End Credits

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be available to own on February 23rd, 2010 as both a CD release or digital download through Amazon, and also as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music outlets. Check back soon for further details on both this release and on an upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie promotion here at The Worlds Finest.

Additionally, continue to the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and details on the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature, including a review of the 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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Detailed Cast, Crew List For “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” Animated Feature

The complete voice cast rundown and primary crew details for the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature, as listed in the official credits for the direct-to-video animated feature, are as follows below.

William Baldwin as Batman
Mark Harmon as Superman
Chris Noth as Lex Luthor
Gina Torres as Superwoman
James Woods as Owlman
Jonathan Adams as J’Onn J’Onzz
Briam Bloom as Ultraman
Bruce Davison as President Wilson
Josh Keaton as Flash
Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman
Nolan North as Green Lantern
Freddi Rogers as Rose Wilson
James Patrick Stuart as Johnny Quick
Carlos Alazraqui as Breakdance
Richard Green as Jimmy Olsen
Jim Meskimen as Captain Super
Andrea Romano as Watchtower Computer
Bruce Timm as Uncle Super
Kari Wuhrer as Model Citizen
Cedric Yarbrough as Firestorm

Voice Direction by Andrea Romano
Editor Margaret Hou
Music by James L. Venable
Additional Music by Christopher Drake
Themes by Christopher Drake
Executive Producer Sam Register
Producer Bruce Timm, Bobbie Page
Co-Producer Alan Burnett
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery
Main Title Animation by Peter Girardi Wutitis Inc.
Animation by Moi Animation Studio

Additionally, The Worlds Finest has published a review of the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature. Please click here or on the thumbnail below to read the review.

Check out the new Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and details on the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video 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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Upcoming New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode Details For Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has confirmed new episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold are currently scheduled to air on the network in February 2010, including the highly-anticipated “Chill of the Night.” Schedule and initial new episode details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold installments slated to air in February 2010 are available below.

Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “A Bat Divided!”
A school field trip goes awry when Dr. Double X causes a lab explosion that fuses slacker science teacher Ronnie to his genius pupil Jason, creating the reluctant hero Firestorm…and unbeknownst them, it leaves Batman divided into three parts!

Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “The Super-Batman of Planet X!”
Batman lands on this distant planet Zurr En Arrh and finds a doppelganger Batman, but more surprisingly, on this planet the Caped Crusader has super powers! Together they battle the mad genius Rhotul, who soon learns Batman’s super weakness.

Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “The Power of Shazam!”
Batman teams with Captain Marvel, the superhero alter ego of the young Billy Batson, to battle Dr. Sivana and Black Adam, who wish to usurp the magic of Shazam that gives Billy his power.

Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Chill of the Night!”
The Spectre and The Phantom Stranger observe Batman as he uncovers the mystery of who killed his parents and travels back in time to team up with his own father.

New installments of Batman: The Brave and The Bold are slated to air well into 2010. 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 for upcoming episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

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Details, Images And Video Clips From New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode

Cartoon Network has passed along the episode synopsis, video clips, and a collection of images from the upcoming all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Sidekicks Assemble!” The episode is scheduled to air Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. To get a closer look at the images, click on the thumbnails below.




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The all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Sidekicks Assemble!” episode, scheduled to air tonight, Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network, is described as seen below.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold “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!

Three clips from the episode, provided by Cartoon Network, are available to view here at our Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Other details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Sidekicks Assemble!”, including cast and crew credits, are also available at our Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite.

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Teletoon Scheduled To Air “Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature In February 2010

The 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will make its Canadian network debut on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Teletoon at Night” programming block on Teletoon. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Official details on the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature are available below.


Green Lantern: First Flight
Teletoon, Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET)

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guanrdians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training., unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro and saving the Green Lantern Corp.

Teletoon also recently featured the Canadian network debut of Wonder Woman, the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, in late 2009 on the “Teletoon at Night” programming block. The network is expected to revisit that animated feature later this year. Like the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature, Wonder Woman made its debut on home video in 2009.

Further details on the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature can be found at the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest.

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New Video Clip From Upcoming “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Animated Feature

Made available by Warner Home Video, new Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths media has been released by the studio. To view the new clip from the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature in the Quicktime format, please click on the thumbnail image below.

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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