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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.

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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.

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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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Producer Bruce Timm Discusses “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Feature, Others

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 executive producer Bruce Timm.

Executive Producer Bruce Timm sets the record straight on DC Universe Animated Original Movies
and Batman: Under the Red Hood

Whos under the Red Hood? Bruce Timm knows, but hes not telling. However, he answers a bevy of other questions in an interesting Q&A focused on the upcoming release of Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies.

Batman: Under the Red Hood is just the latest finished product to come from Timms canon of super hero vehicles at Warner Bros. Animation. A veritable legend among the creative forces in animation today, Timm has spearheaded the elevation of DC Comics characters to new heights of animated popularity and introduced generations of new fans to the characters via landmark television series and made-for-DVD films. The latter task includes the creation of the current series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, which now number eight in total and each has been greeted with critical acclaim and nifty sales. Batman: Under the Red Hood will no doubt send more fans to the comic book stores clamoring for caped entertainment.

From the producing triumvirate of 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.

Timm paused long enough in his unthinkably busy schedule for a few cigarettes and a battery of questions, responding in true Timm form whether it be discussing the casting and art direction, revealing his across-the-board love for all versions of Batman, or setting the record straight on quotes attributed to him from a certain widely reported interview-that-never-was. This is vintage Bruce Timm read what the man has to say

QUESTION: What made Brandon Vietti the right director for Batman: Under the Red Hood?

BRUCE TIMM: Brandon is one of our up-and-coming director/producer types who has been with (Warner Bros. Animation) for a while. Ive known him for years he actually worked for me back on the Superman/Batman series and Ive watched him work his way up from being a top storyboard guy to a director. His work on the first third of Superman Doomsday was very powerful. When we were looking around for a director for this film, Brandon was very anxious to do something completely on his own, and I knew he was ready.

The thing about Brandon is that, besides just being talented, hes super, super thorough. Hes very detail oriented. So it was a relief to me to have someone like Brandon in charge, because I could pretty much leave it up to him to run the show and I knew he wasnt going to make any missteps. The end result is a very good film across the board in terms of action, emotion and design.

QUESTION: How did Judd Winick convince you that his comic series/graphic novel would translate well to an animated film?

BRUCE TIMM: When we first heard that Judd wanted to pitch Red Hood as an adaptation for our DC Universe film line, Alan Burnett and I quickly got copies of the book and read through it. My first impression was that it was an entertaining comic, but it was quite a long mini-series and it had all these tangents of supporting characters who came and went through the course of the story. Quite frankly, it was confusing to me and I kept thinking to myself that I didnt see how a lot of those things would work. The big thing about the story is that its a sequel to a big event in the history of DC comics the death of Robin that happened back in the 1980s and I didnt see how we could set that up, because it all hinges on being a sequel to that story. Furthermore, the way the pitch was arranged, we were in a room in Burbank and Judd was in San Francisco and had to pitch over the speakerphone. But amazingly, every single problem I thought wed have trouble making into a movie, Judd had fixed in the pitch. Judd had already clearly put a lot of thought into the entire film how to stay focused on the main story, how to clean up the death of Robin thing, and how to eliminate all the extra baggage. He pitched for about 45 minutes and when he was done, Alan and I looked at each other and said, Yeah, thats a movie. Lets do it. And away we meant.

QUESTION: Batman: Gotham Knight was a collection of short stories loosely tied together and produced in anime. What made Batman: Under the Red Hood the right story to be the first true Batman movie in the DC Universe animated franchise?

BRUCE TIMM: Seeing that this was going to be our first full-length Batman movie in the DC Universe line, we thought we really needed to have a strong story that wasnt just another adventure story or a caper that Batman foils. We wanted it to be something that truly needed to be told in a PG-13 venue that had a fair amount of, for lack of a better term, adult content that you couldnt normally do on television. And this story is loaded with it. Its also a personal story to Batman it does have an adventure plot and a crime plot, but the emotional arc of the story is rooted in Batmans messed up history with family relations. And especially in our animated universe, Batman always had a kind of dysfunctional family dynamic going on. Hes famously an orphan, hes got Alfred as his surrogate mother/father, hes always bringing in surrogate sons to mentor, and it always kind of goes badly. And this is, once again, one of the big expressions of that. So it makes for compelling drama as well as an exciting adventure.

QUESTION: A few casting questions. Why Bruce Greenwood as Batman?

BRUCE TIMM: Its always a challenge to cast Batman because we invariably have to ask ourselves, Who can we find out there who can hold their own against the legend of Kevin Conroy? Ive been following the career of Bruce Greenwood for a long time Ive seen him in a zillion movies and TV shows, and hes always struck me as an actor who has this excellent, interesting voice and impeccable acting chops. And around the same time we were casting this film, I saw the trailer for the J.J. Abrams Star Trek and there was Bruce Greenwood. So we tracked him down, he was agreeable, a great guy to work with, and he totally knocked it out of the park.

QUESTION: John DiMaggio has played many comical villains. How did you know hed be best as a villain who is also comical?

BRUCE TIMM: The Joker is a very iconic part memorably voiced by Mark Hamill, and played in films by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Those are really big shoes to fill. John is a guy weve worked with for years playing tons of different kinds of parts, and every time we use him I think, God, weve got to give this guy a bigger part. He shouldnt just be Thug #2 or the monster that Wonder Woman fights. We needed to give him a part that he could sink his teeth into. This Joker came up and it really required somebody who has comedic chops but also is a really good actor, and DiMaggio has got that in spades. He was definitely the right guy for the part. He came in and did something that didnt sound anything like Mark Hamill or Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger or Cesar Romero, and yet he sounds exactly like the Joker. Hes funny, and hes scary as hell, and thats just what you want.

QUESTION: What did Jensen Ackles bring to the table as Red Hood?

BRUCE TIMM: Red Hood is such a pivotal role in that he needed to be somebody who was forceful, threatening, weirdly sympathetic, and also had to be of a certain age. Not too young, not too old, just right. Andrea and I both knew of Jensens work, and he was one of those guys we had in our Gotta work with that guy some day file. And he fit the bill perfectly. Hes got an intensity in the booth that really matched the material.

QUESTION: Were there any surprises along the way?

BRUCE TIMM: One of the things I like the most about this movie is that, in the best possible ways, it kind of reminds me of a weird mesh of the Batman Beyond movie, Return of the Joker, and our first Batman: The Animated Series feature film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It has a lot of the same kinds of themes, it has the same level of serious drama in it, and the same level of really good character development. I think its actually fully the equal of those two movies. Its dynamite.

Another interesting takeaway I got from this movie is that Brandon and I agreed that we really wanted to work to give this movie a unique visual feel. We deliberately tried to not make it look like Batman: The Animated Series. We tried a number of things in the art direction to stay away from that. But no matter what we did, it still kind of looks like Batman: The Animated Series. Its weird. So when you watch the movie, there will be about four or five minutes in a row where youll forget about the different cast and slightly different character designs and it actually kind of feels like the series. On another level, there is a certain influence from the Christopher Nolan movies. Its kind of in the tone of the film and the way Batman himself is treated and the feel of Gotham City. Its not quite as realistic our Gotham City is a little more stylized than the Gotham of the Nolan movies but there is similarity in tone, which makes for a very interesting Batman salad.

QUESTION: Judd Winick said his first introduction to Batman was the Adam West TV series, but that he knew even as a kid that it wasnt the Batman he wanted to see. Youve said that was your same entry point to the character did you ever have the same sense of Batmans positioning?

BRUCE TIMM: Yes, my first exposure to Batman as a character was Batman the TV series. But honestly, I didnt know it was supposed to be a parody or campy. I thought it was the coolest thing Id ever seen. Of course, I was 5 at the time. But all in one fell swoop, I became an instant super hero fan. Later on, as I got older and started reading more comics and getting into the super hero scene, I realized that the Batman show was kind of a comedy. I was reading Neal Adams comics and thinking, Batman is kind of cooler than that show hes kind of scary and mysterious. So my perception of Batman changed over time, and then I went through the periods with Frank Miller and the Tim Burton movies. So now Ive got these warring Batmans in my head. I still love the Adam West/Batman show. I still love the Neal Adams take on Batman comics. I still love The Dark Knight. All of these things totally contradict each other, and yet its fine to me. Ive said it over and over again Batman as a character is such a strong concept, hes the kind of character that you can take him in any number of ways and it still feels right. Batman: The Animated Series is a really good version of Batman. Batman: The Brave and the Bold thats a really good version of Batman. They have equal value.

QUESTION: Theres been a lot of internet banter regarding the discontinuation of the DCU series based on quotes attributed to an interview in Calgary with you. True or false?

BRUCE TIMM: Kinda false. First of all, it wasn’t an actual one-on-one interview — quotes were taken out of context from longer answers I gave on a panel at the Expo. Bottom line: the DCU films are definitely continuing. We’ve got projects lined up for the next two years at the very least lots of films in different stages of development and production. I know there are a lot of rumors circulating about future films. Some are true, some are not. I’ll tell you this much anyone at our DCU/Batman: Under the Red Hood panel at Comic-Con will walk away with a very clear picture of the direction we’re taking the DCU animated movies in the coming year.

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Bruce Timm serves as Executive Producer for 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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Batman secures two criminals before taking on a much larger, brutal force 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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Robin makes a grand entrance 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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Part vigilante and part crime lord, Red Hood isn’t afraid to spill some blood to achieve his objectives 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.

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

Click here to view the trailer for the upcoming Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature.

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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Track Listing For Upcoming “Batman: Under the Red Hood” Soundtrack Release

WaterTower Music has provided the following track listing details for Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie, the soundtrack title slated for release on both compact disc and digital download next month. The release will arrive day to date with the home video debut of the upcoming animated feature of the same name, on July 27th, 2010. The music for the animated feature is composed by Christopher Drake. Batman: Under the Red Hood 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.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie
Music Composed by Christopher Drake

1. A Death In The Family
2. Main Titles
3. Mob Boss Meeting
4. Amazo
5. Batwing
6. Batmobile To Arkham
7. Interrogation
8. Rooftop Chase
9. Flashback
10. Black Mask Strikes Back
11. Techno Ninjas
12. Break Out
13. Deal With The Devil
14. Ra’s Story
15. The Bridge
16. Final Confrontation
17. The Choice
18. End Titles

Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be available to own on July 27th, 2010 as both a CD release or digital download through Amazon, and also as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music outlets. 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 Batman: Under the Red Hood updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

In additional news, WaterTower Music has pushed back the release of The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection compact disc and digital download title to October 2010. The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection will feature music from an assortment if different eras of DC Comics, and will feature themes and music from an assortment of different live-action and animated projects. Stay tuned for further details on that title here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Green Lantern: First Flight,” “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Schedule Updates

The 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will return to the Canadian network Teletoon on Friday, July 9th, 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 Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature are available below.


Green Lantern: First Flight
Teletoon, Friday, July 9th, 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.

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. Teletoon is also slated to air the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles Batman: Gotham Knight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies during the month of July 2010.

In additional schedule news, The World’s Finest spoke with a Cartoon Network representative earlier today who stated new episodes of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series are still set to air in late July 2010 despite current reports to the contrary. Please note that schedule details are subject to change, but new episodes are still slated as coming before Fall 2010 according to Cartoon Network officials. Further Batman: The Brave and The Bold details are available here.

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Warner Home Video Releasing “Batman: The Animated Series” Sampler DVD Title

Initial details and package artwork for an upcoming Batman: The Animated Series DVD release from Warner Home Video, a sampler release featuring two episodes, are now available. The two-episode Batman: The Animated Series – The Legend Begins, Volume One DVD sampler will be available to own July 27th, 2010. The release is part of Warner Home Video’s low-priced “Kids TV Favorites” line. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.


Batman: The Animated Series – The Legend Begins, Volume One
Studio: Warner Bros.
Street Date: 7/27/10
MSRP: $5.98
Packaging Type: Eco Amaray Case
Product Language: English
Original Soundtrack Language: English

The two-episode Batman: The Animated Series – The Legend Begins, Volume One DVD sampler will be available from Warner Home Video to own July 27th, 2010. The release will hit shelves the same day that the highly-anticipated direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood hits DVD and Blu-ray disc. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Teletoon To Debut “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” On Network In July 2010

The 2009 direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature will make its Canadian network debut 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 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Teletoon, Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET)

In this animated feature, Lex Luthor frames Superman and declares a $1billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his “partner in crime,” Batman. The highly sought after super heroes must unite to expose Luthors devious plot.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature can be found at the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies subsite here at The World’s Finest. Teletoon is also slated to air the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles Batman: Gotham Knight and Green Lantern: First Flight during the month of July 2010. Stay tuned for further schedule updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

In further news, The World’s Finest has learned Lauren Montgomery, director of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles Green Lantern: First Flight and Wonder Woman, among others, will direct the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, sequel to the fan-favorite Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature. Warner Home Video nor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will confirm these details at this time, but stay tuned for confirmation in the coming weeks here at The World’s Finest.

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