Month: June 2010

New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic, Schedule And Comic-Con Details

Batman: The Brave and The Bold #18, the latest installment of the ongoing DC Comics title based on the animated series airing on Cartoon Network, arrives in comic book and hobby 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 #18

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

Batman learns what “Life on Mars” is all about when he teams up with the mysterious Martian Manhunter in order to prevent an invasion from the red planet!

Further details on both the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series and comic title are available at the Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite here at The World’s Finest. The cover price for Batman: The Brave and The Bold #18 is $2.50US.

Continuing, and 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 in July 2010. The network is currently scheduled to air repeats for the month despite stating to The World’s Finest that new episodes would be airing in July 2010. Schedule details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold installments slated to air in July 2010, provided by the network, are available below.

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.

Friday, July 9th, 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, July 16th, 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. Just as he finally promises the family ‘no more heroics,’ Batman is trapped by the Pengiuin.

Friday, July 23rd, 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.

Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 7:30pm (ET) – “Gorillas In Our Midst!”
Gorilla Grodd and his super secret ape alliance replace Gotham ‘s entire human population with gorillas. Batman teams with Detective Chimp, B’Wana Beast and Vixen to thwart the mad Grodd’s plans.

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. Cartoon Network would not clarify the reason for airing repeats of Batman: The Brave and The Bold throughout July 2010 when the network earlier stated it had intentions to air new episodes during the month. The network still claims that new episodes are coming before Fall 2010.

Finally, Warner Bros. Animation has passed along the following panel details for the upcoming Comic-Con International San Diego 2010, including details on a Batman: The Brave and The Bold-focused panel.

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 10:3011:30am – Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screening and Q&A
The Caped Crusader swings back into San Diego as Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns to Comic-Con for its third consecutive year with an advance screening of an upcoming episode, as well as a lively discussion with voice of Batman Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producers James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) and Michael Jelenic (The Batman), and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). As a special bonus for fans, the panel will also screen the world-premiere trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice. Dont miss this Comic-Con exclusive. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET /PT on Cartoon Network, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1, Part 1 will be released on DVD August 17. Room 6A

The 41st annual Comic-Con International San Diego will be held July 22-25, 2010, with Preview Night on July 21st, 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center. The convention is held every year, focusing on host of different genres and pop culture events.

Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates, including details on upcoming new episodes from the animated series.

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Warner Home Video Releases Official Details On “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”

Included below is the official press release and Blu-ray cover art for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse title, the ninth entry in the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie home video line.

THE END IS NEAR

WORLDS FINEST WAGE WAR WITH DARKSEID IN
ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGNAL MOVIE
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
AVAILABLE FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010!

Andre Braugher, Summer Glau, Ed Asner join popular voices Kevin Conroy & Tim Daly;
New DC Showcase: Green Arrow on Special Edition Blu-ray & 2-Disc Special Edition DVD


To save an earthbound Kryptonian, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition Blu-Ray and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (Tour of Duty) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel Superman/Batman: Supergirl by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).

After a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. Its up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but theyll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

In addition to the feature film, the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD include the third DC Showcase animated short, Green Arrow. Screenwriter Greg Weismans story finds Oliver Queen at the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, only to be forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. The short features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage). Bruce Timm is executive producer.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features more than 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:
Feature film (est. 75 min)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow (10 min)
Sneak Peak at the Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)
Featurette: Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton – A comprehensive look at The Maiden of Might from her introduction in the classic age of comics to her death in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event to her appearance on Smallville and beyond.
2 bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray will include more than 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:
All-New Featurette: The New Gods – This documentary covers Darkseids story, particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A primer on the wealth of material and stories contained in the New Gods series, along with a deeper understanding of why these characters and especially Darkseid are so memorable and important to the DC pantheon.
All-New Featurette Pods
Orion – The mightiest warrior on either New Genesis or Apokolips, Orion follows an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this classically tragic character.
Mister Miracle – This mini-featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the universe has ever known and how he was traded in a peace effort to be raised by Darkseid, the enemy of all New Genesis.
2 additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm
Digital copy on disc of the feature film

“Great things happen when powerful entities come together, and the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation is proud to continue this popular film series by once again uniting the two most popular characters in the DC Universe in a story that truly tests their strength, trust, loyalty, ingenuity and heroism,” said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President Production, Warner Premiere.

“It is a testament to the larger-than-life nature of Jeph Loebs blockbuster storylines that two of the first nine DC Universe movies are based on his work,” said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse lets us see Superman and Batman in action side-by-side again, but this time along with Supergirl and one of DC’s greatest villains, Darkseid.”

“Just as Superman and Batman stand atop the DC canon of characters, so do the respective seminal voices of Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy in the hearts and minds of fans. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will no doubt please comic-centric and mainstream audiences alike particularly in the performances of Daly and Conroy opposite dynamic actors like Andre Braugher and Ed Asner, and fanboy favorite Summer Glau,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands.

About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere is a Warner Bros. Entertainment production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length-DVD and short-form digital content for this growing space. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-consumer business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

About DC Comics:
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, Sinkin’ in the Bathtub. Since then, WBAs characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the studios rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use and production of animated programming based on classic cartoon characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the most-honored animation studios in history, including six Academy Awards and 35 Emmy Awards.

DC SUPER HEROES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.(s10)

For more information please go to SupermanBatmanApocalypse.com

The bonus episodes featured on the Blu-ray release of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse are slated to be Superman: The Animated Series episodes “Apokolips…Now!, Parts 1 and 2,” and “Little Girl Lost, Parts 1 and 2.”

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature debuts September 28th, 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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Teletoon Airing “Batman: Gotham Knight” July 2010, Upcoming Releases Update

The 2008 direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature will return to the Canadian network Teletoon on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Feature Friday” programming block on Teletoon. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Official details on the Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature are available below.


Batman: Gotham Knight
Teletoon, Friday, July 2nd, 2010, at 10:00pm (ET)

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

More details on the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Gotham Knight subsite. Teletoon is also slated to air the DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Superman/Batman: Public Enemies earlier on the same day, July 2nd, 2010, at 8:30pm (ET). The Canadian network is also scheduled to air Green Lantern: First Flight during the month of July 2010. Further details on those airings can be found here.

In related news, Warner Home Video has recently issued several new titles for upcoming home video releases from the studio. The following titles added to Warner Home Video’s upcoming slate of releases, in relation to upcoming related animated projects, include Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Batman: Year One and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. DC Showcase is still listed by Warner Home Video as an upcoming title. Titles Batman & Superman 75th Anniversary Collection and DC 75th Anniversary Theme Compilation are also listed, but there is no designation on whether these releases are live-action or animated. Warner Home Video is also producing a documentary on the 75th anniversary of DC Comics. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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MPAA Officially Passes PG-13 Rating To “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Feature

Following previous titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies direct-to-video feature line – a co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation – the MPAA has officially handed down a PG-13 rating to the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature. Official details on the rating is featured below.

TITLE: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
RATING: PG-13
REASON: Rated PG-13 for violence and brief sensuality
DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Premiere

The upcoming home video release of Batman: Under The Red Hood to DVD and Blu-ray will include a 12-minute “first look” featurette on the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse title. Official details on the upcoming animated feature, scheduled to hit shelves Fall 2010, are slated to be released next month. Additionally, the animated short DC Showcase: Green Arrow is slated to be included on the home video release for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature.

Initial details on Superman/Batman: Apocalypse are available here, and click here to view other titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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New Video Clip From Upcoming “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Animated Feature

Made available by Warner Home Video, the first video clip from Batman: Under the Red Hood has been released from the studio. Click on the thumbnail image below to view the new clip from the upcoming Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature in the high-definition Quicktime format. Accompanying text has also been released.


The 54-second clip features an encounter between Batman and 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.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Under the Red Hood will be distributed by Warner Home Video 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.

A standard definition version of the same clip is also available to view here.

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