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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold” June 2010 Episode Schedule For Cartoon Network

Made available by the network, Cartoon Network has released schedule details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold episodes slated to air on the network this month, June 2010. The network will air repeats for the month, leading up to the premiere of new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episodes coming July 2010. Schedule details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold installments slated to air in June 2010, provided by the network, are available below.

Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “The Last Bat on Earth!”
Gorilla Grodd travels to the future where intelligent animals rule humans — Batman follows him and teams with Kamandi (the last boy on Earth) to bring him down.

Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Night of the Huntress!”
Blue Beetle develops a crush on the slightly older and far-more-dangerous femme fatale Huntress, but there is little time for love with Baby Face busting his gang out of prison for a major heist! Watch the crowd closely during the jailbreak sequence to see some of your favorite villains including Pharaoh, Skeleton Keyes, Polecat Perkins and more! This weeks teaser features Solomon Grundy and Black Canary.

Friday, June 25th, 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, July 2nd, 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.

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Batman: The Brave and The Bold airs every Friday at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Continue to the Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite here at The World’s Finest for details on the animated series.

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“Green Lantern” Animated Series Set For November 2011, Animated Feature June 2011

In further details made available from Time Warner Investor Day event, held yesterday in New York City, New York, comes confirmation of the premiere date for Green Lantern: The Animated Series along with confirmation of a new direct-to-video animated feature. The image below, from a presentation given at the Investor Day event, highlights upcoming initiatives for the “Green Lantern” brand. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look.


According to the above image, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is set to premiere November 2011 on Cartoon Network. The image also confirms the series will be a CGI-animated series. In addition to an animated series, a new as-of-yet untitled Green Lantern direct-to-video animated feature is set to debut June 2011 from Warner Home Video. Further details on both projects are expected in the near future.

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Time Warner CEO Officially Confirms Upcoming “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”

Scheduled to premiere during the 2011/2012 television season, Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Time Warner’s Turner networks unit, confirmed Green Lantern: The Animated Series is currently in the works for Cartoon Network. Confirmation on the upcoming animated series came during a special Time Warner investors conference held today in New York City, New York.

The Hollywood Reporter verifies this report. Further details on the series, launching after the July 2011 debut of the live-action Green Lantern theatrical feature, are expected to be released later in the year. Stay tuned for more information here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie Release

As revealed on the back cover artwork to the Blu-ray and Two-Disc Special Edition DVD releases for Batman: Under the Red Hood, the title of the next installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, a sequel to the top-selling 2009 direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature, is scheduled for a Fall 2010 release. Further details are expected to be announced shortly.

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Blu-ray, DVD Package Art For “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Direct-To-Video Feature

Click on the thumbnails below to view images of the back cover artwork for the upcoming Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases of the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature. Batman: Under the Red Hood is the latest title under the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line released by Warner Home Video.


The package art also reveals the title of the next installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line – Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is scheduled for a Fall 2010 release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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New Images From Upcoming “DC Showcase: Jonah Hex” Animated Short Released

Three new images from the upcoming direct-to-video DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short have been released, courtesy of Warner Home Video. Additionally, the home video label has also included the following text accompanying the three following images. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.

The second DC Showcase animated short, Jonah Hex, will appear as a bonus feature on the Special Edition Blu-Ray and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD release of Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Scripted by renowned author Joe Lansdale and starring the voices of Thomas Jane (Hung), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), Michelle Trachtenberg (Mercy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder), the DC Showcase short is based on the award winning comic series. The short is rated PG-13.

In the DC Showcase story, the tough-as-nails bounty hunter Jonah Hex always gets his man – until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just her bounty from Jonah Hex.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. DC Showcase: Jonah Hex will be included on the Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases of this title. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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June 2010 “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode Airdate Schedule For Teletoon

Teletoon has provided the following schedule details for episodes of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series slated to air on the Canadian network in June 2010. Below are official descriptions and airdates for the June 2010-scheduled episodes, with information provided by Teletoon.

Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) – “019 Legend of the Dark Mite!”
Batman’s biggest fan, Bat-Mite, is also his biggest nightmare when the 5th dimensional imp pops up and, in an effort to make Batman a better hero, causes chaos in the city.

Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) – “020 Hail of the Tornado Tyrant!”
Red Tornado attempts to create a being that will possess the one thing he lacks: human emotion. His experiment goes awry after an attack from Major Disaster and his “Tornado Champion” quickly turns to the dark side as “Tornado Tyrant” whose only goal is to destroy all humans!

Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) – “021 Duel of the Double Crossers!”
When Mongul recruits Jonah Hex to bring new gladiators to War World, the old west bounty hunter wrangles the Dark Knight.

Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) – “022 The Last Bat on Earth!”
Gorilla Grodd travels to the future where intelligent animals rule humans –Batman follows him and teams with Kamandi (the last boy on Earth) to bring him down.

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. Schedule details are subject to change without notice.

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John DiMaggio Discusses Role In “Batman: Under the Red Hood” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring actor John DiMaggio.

John DiMaggio Undertakes a Villainous Icon as
The Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood

Known to adults as Bender in Futurama and tweens as Dr. Drakken in Kim Possible, John DiMaggio takes an iconic step forward as the voice of The Joker, the pivotal villain in the all-new DC Universe animated original movie, Batman: Under the Red Hood.

In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two forces of justice, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.

DiMaggio gets free reign to play the iconic villain amidst a stellar voice cast that includes Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) as the Caped Crusader, Supernatural star Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as Nightwing.

Best known for his near-100 episodes as Bender, DiMaggio has parlayed his deep, gravelly tones and versatile acting style into a major force on the voiceover scene for the past decade. DiMaggios credits include roles in Kim Possible, Samurai Jack, Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Duck Dodgers, Jackie Chan Adventures, The Penguins of Madagascar and Chowder.

Voiceover has so dominated his time that DiMaggio has virtually abandoned his on-camera career despite past work as a regular cast member on Chicago Hope and a number of guest roles in TV series such as Becker, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Felicity, Bones, Without a Trace and My Name is Earl.

Batman: Under the Red Hood is the next entry in the popular ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video on July 27, 2010 as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download.

But before you race to Amazon to pre-order your copy, take a minute to get to know John DiMaggio.

QUESTION: What were your initial thoughts about assuming this iconic role?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: I was shocked when I got the role, shocked when I came in to record, and shocked when I saw the finished product during ADR. I just wanted to honor the real true lunacy of the character. I didnt want to make him campy, but I wanted to pay a little bit of tribute to the past Jokers and yet keep it original at the same time. Thats walking a fine line, if there ever was one.

It was a little intimidating because it is such an iconic role. Its an honor to get this job — and especially to play the Joker in this version because its so dark and twisted. I felt like I got a really wonderful opportunity.

QUESTION: Can you remember your early connections with the Batman mythology, and how any of the previous Joker actors might have influenced your performance in this role?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: I think the thing that influenced me the most when I was young is the television show, which is really sad because there have been so many great comics and graphic novels and stories about the Dark Knight that I havent been able to delve into yet and yet I know about them. I actually wouldve loved to see Cesar Romero take the role to its darkness. There was a bit of Cesar Romero in what I did, but its Cesar Romero if he was in A Clockwork Orange.

I guess my naivet in my approach kind of kept it clean. I wasnt trying to do a Jack (Nicholson) or a Heath (Ledger). I respect all the folks that have come before me, and their take on the character. Mark Hamill is awesome, Heath Ledger was unbelievable, and Jack Nicholson what can you say? But I wanted to do my own thing.

QUESTION: Was there any particular direction you wanted to take this Joker?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: I wanted to cover what I saw on the paper, and I wanted to ensure Andrea (Romano, casting/dialogue director) got exactly what she wanted. Usually if the script is good enough, you know where your emotions should be, where your character lies. It should all be in the dialogue, and it certainly was.

QUESTION: How do you interpret the Jokers mindset?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: I think the Joker thinks of himself, quite literally, as a necessary evil. And when I say that, I mean he really feels there is a place for him, and that he somehow balances the chaos with the non-chaos. Its a yin and yang thing. And its really not personal, its business. Although he can get personal and he enjoys it. That makes it that much more twisted.

QUESTION: Youve certainly done more than your share of villains. Do you prefer to go to the dark side?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: I love playing the villains. Ill play anything, I dont care. As long as its not tons of walla or gasping, Im good. I hate the inhale.

QUESTION: When you were a kid, did you ever imagine youd be voicing cartoons for a living?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: I was a class clown I basically started acting when I was a kid. I wanted to play drums, but I couldnt afford a drum set. It was easier to be in a play, so it just kind of happened. I walked into voiceover in New York in 1994. I was doing stand-up (comedy) at the time, and was looking to get out of it and into acting. An actor buddy of mine, Zak Orth, said it was a way to make a good living between acting gigs. I moved to LA, because theres more animation here, and the rest is history. So yeah, thanks Zak give me a ring.

QUESTION: Your primary focus is voiceovers these days. Do you have any inclination to do more live-action acting or stand-up comedy?

JOHN DIMAGGIO: On-camera acting is fun, but I dont miss it. Voiceovers are quicker, and you get to work with such amazing, talented people its a blast to play in the studio with these actors and writers and directors. With (on-camera) acting, there so much more waiting around, and my patience has run thin. Plus it beats the hell out of slinging jokes six nights a week at a Chuckle Hut in East Bumbleblard.

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John DiMaggio is the voice of The Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video. (Photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu)

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The Joker is the pivotal villain in Batman: Under the Red Hood, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video.

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The Joker pushes Batman to the brink of unrestrained violence in Batman: Under the Red Hood, the next DC Universe animated original movie. The film will be distributed July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video.

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

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Warner Home Video Releases New Images From “Batman: Under The Red Hood”

Four new images from the upcoming direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature have been released. Warner Home Video has also released promotional text concerning the official website for the next title in the DC Universe Animation Original Movie line.

The official website is now live for Batman: Under the Red Hood, the next entry in the popular ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming July 27, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video.

The URL for the website is www.batmanredhood.com

The film’s trailer and 11 film images are now available for public viewing on the website. Attached are some of the images currently displayed in the website’s gallery. The website will be updated regularly with new images, video, cast information and contests.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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“Superman: Brainiac Attacks” Animated Feature Returns To Teletoon This June 2010

The Canadian network Teletoon is scheduled to re-air the 2006 direct-to-video animated feature Superman: Brainiac Attacks next month, on Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 8:30pm, airing back-to-back with the 2005 animated feature The Batman Versus Dracula. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Teletoon has provided the following details as seen below.


Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Teletoon, Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 8:30pm (ET)

Embittered by Superman’s (voiced by Tim Daly) heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor (voiced by Powers Boothe) forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac (voiced by Lance Henriksen). Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor redesigns Brainiac specifically to defeat the Man of Steel.

Before airing on Teletoon, Superman: Brainiac Attacks previously aired in regular rotation on the Canadian network YTV, having aired as recently as February 2010. Further details on the direct-to-video Superman: Brainiac Attacks animated feature can be found at the Superman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest. Additional Teletoon scheduling details for The Batman Versus Dracula can also be found here.

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