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“The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection” Official Title Tracklist

DC Comics has released official details for the upcoming WaterTower Music release The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection, a compilation release highlighting selected music tracks from DC Comics-theme programming past and present. The soundtrack title is slated to 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, tentatively September 28th, 2010. 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.

The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection
1. Superman March – Sammy Timberg (1941)
-Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Academy Award Nominated cartoon series Superman produced by Max Fleischer.
2. Theme From Superman (Album Version) – John Williams (1978)
– From the live-action film Superman. Digitally remastered.
3. The New Adventures of Superman – John Gart (1966)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon The New Adventures of Superman.
4. Lois and Clark / The New Adventures of Superman – Jay Gruska (1993)
– From the live-action TV Series Lois and Clark. Digitally remastered.
5. The Adventures of Superboy – John Gart(1966)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon The Adventures of Superboy.
6. Superboy – Kevin Kiner (1988)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV series Superboy.
7. Smallville Season 8 (End Title) – Louis Febre (2008)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV series Smallville.
8. Batman: The Electrical Brain – Lee Zahler (1943)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action serial The Batman.
9. The Batman Theme (Album Version) – Danny Elfman (1989)
– From the live-action film Batman. Digitally remastered.
10. The Adventures of Batman – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the filmation cartoon The Adventures of Batman.
11. Batman TV Series Theme – Neal Hefti (1966)
-From the live-action TV series Batman. Digitally remastered.
12. Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Andy Sturmer (2008)
-From the cartoon Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Digitally remastered.
13. Batman Beyond – Kristopher Lee (1999)
-From the cartoon Batman Beyond. Digitally remastered.
14. Molossus from Batman Begins – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard (2005)
-From the live-action film Batman Begins. Digitally remastered.
15. Justice League of America – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon Justice League of America.
16. Super Friends – Hoyt Curtin (1973)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Hanna-Barbera cartoon SuperFriends.
17. The All New Super Friends Hour – Hoyt Curtin (1977)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The All-New SuperFriends Hour.
18. Justice League Unlimited – Michael McCuistion (2004)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the cartoon Justice League Unlimited.
19. Legends of the Superheroes – Fred Wener (1979)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV special Legends of the Superheroes.
20. The Teen Titans – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon The Teen Titans.
21. Aquaman – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon Aquaman.
22. Swamp Thing – Christopher Stone (1991)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV show Swamp Thing: The Series.
23. Shazam! – Norman Prescott & Yvette Blais (1974)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV series Shazam!.
24. The Flash – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon The Flash.
25. Green Lantern – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon Green Lantern.
26. Green Lantern First Flight – Robert J Kral (2009)
-From the animated movie Green Lantern: First Flight. Digitally remastered.
27. The Atom – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon The Atom.
28. Hawkman – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon Hawkman.
29. Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Dean Elliott (1979)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Ruby-Spears cartoon The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.
30. Wonder Woman The Animated Movie End Title – Christopher Drake (2009)
-From the animated movie Wonder Woman. Digitally remastered.
31. Wonder Woman – Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel (1976)
-From the live-action TV series Wonder Woman. Digitally remastered.

The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection is currently set for a September 28th, 2010 release as both a CD release or digital download through Amazon, and also as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music outlets. Stay tuned for further details on that title here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Artist Burchett On “The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic Title

DC Comics is slated to release The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #1, the revamped comic title based on the popular Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, in November 2010. The World’s Finest caught up Rick Burchett, artist for the upcoming series, for a quick comment.

Burchett says that getting on to a title such as this was a surprise for him, even with his vast background in the lauded “animated” titles for DC Comics.

“I never really thought I’d be offered an animated book again, but in this crazy business, you never know.” says Burchett. ” It’s good to have a regular monthly to work on and it’s really great to be working with editor Scott Peterson again.”

Peterson was the editor on the critically acclaimed The Batman Adventures title, launched nearly twenty years ago. The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold will feature appearances by Superman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and The Flash in the early issues of title. Official details on the first issue are available below.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Rick Burchett
Cover by: Rick Burchett

Theres precious little crime in the tiny paradise that is the miniaturized Bottle City of Kandor. So, when Kandor is threatened by a plague of thefts that hint at a larger threat waiting in the wings, Superman and Batman shrink down to super-small size to unravel the super-big mystery! Dont miss the return of the comic based on the hit cartoon series! On sale November 10th, 2010. Cover price is $2.99 US.

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

In further Batman: The Brave and The Bold news, The World’s Finest can confirm new episodes for the acclaimed animated series are slated to begin next month. An all-new episode of Batman: The Brave And The Bold is scheduled to air Friday, September 17th, 2010, tentatively “The Siege of Starro, Part One.”

Stay tuned for continued Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates here soon at The World’s Finest, including details on upcoming episodes of the acclaimed animated series and a detailed interview with The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold artist Rick Burchett.

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Official Trailer For The Upcoming Animated “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”

Below is the official trailer for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. 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. Please click on the image below to view the trailer, available in the Quicktime format.


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Click here to view the official press release and Blu-ray artwork for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 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 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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Asner Discusses Role In “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring actor Ed Asner.

SEVEN-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER ED ANSER REPRISES
GRANNY GOODNESS ROLE IN SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness 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 Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.


Granny Goodness is the primary henchwoman for the evil lord Darkseid, ruler of the distant planet Apokolips and a cruel, ominous being even more powerful than Superman. Asner first voiced the role for four episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, and returned to those evil female roots for two episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

Asners storied career boasts seven Emmy Awards three supporting actor honors for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, two more as the title character in Lou Grant, and a pair of awards recognizing individual supporting performances in the landmark miniseries Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man. He has won more acting Emmys than any other performer, and is the only actor to ever win Emmy Awards for playing the same character in both a comedy and a drama.

The five-time Golden Globe winner also served as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981-1985.

Live-action accolades aside, Asner has been ever-present in animation for nearly 25 years, running the gamut from guest spots on shows like Animaniacs, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Johnny Bravo, King of the Hill, The Boondocks and Hercules (to name but a few) to regular roles in Gargoyles, Freakazoid, Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man and Captain Planet and the Planeteers. He also voiced the role of Santa Claus in the animated television special Olive the Other Reindeer (hes played Santa Claus for four different film/TV productions).

Asners stirring, funny, wonderful portrayal of Carl Fredrickson in Disney/Pixars Up had critics wondering why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had yet to add a voice acting category to the Academy Awards slate.

Asner joins a Superman/Batman: Apocalypse cast led by fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) reprising their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. Also featured among the celebrity-laden guest cast is Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid, and sci-fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

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).

Asner, who turns 81 this November, had a few short minutes to answer questions following his latest recording session as Granny Goodness. Take note or Granny will know.

QUESTION: How does Granny Goodness compare to playing other female characters?

ED ASNER: I dont think I have played any other female characters before (he laughs). But if I did, shed have more balls than any of them. Its become the fashion lately theres Brian Bedford in Stratford doing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wildes play. What hasnt been done enough is women playing men in as butch a manner as possible. Thats got to be even more fun. Im talking somebody like Marjorie Main pulling it off.

QUESTION: What do you use as a focal point while voicing Granny?

ED ASNER: Im thinking shes a lot of chest, a lot of high pressure steam, and that shes probably got a constant focus on vengeance and wreaking havoc on whoever she can. And I want to get away with as much damage as I can in as high-flown an effeminate form as possible.

QUESTION: Youve done it all and had long-lasting success in the entertainment industry. Whats the enticement of voice acting for you?

ED ASNER: Its always a trip a joyful trip to come into the studio, and especially working with this group. Andrea (Romano) is a delight to work with, and Bruce (Timm) knows this genre better than anybody. Plus, its the ability to let your imagination take flight to take chances, to plunge and to soar. Thats something you dont get to do as an actor. You get to do it as a kid. So I grab the opportunity as often as I can.

QUESTION: With all the animation work youve done, and the huge success of Up, can we assume you see animated films and television as a viable source of entertainment.

ED ASNER: Ive always loved cartoons I watched them when I was young, I still watch them now. And it is interesting to see how much more adult theyve gotten in terms of content, from these super hero pieces with their violence and more adult themes to the truly mature, fully-developed stories developed in films like Up and Wall-E. Todays animation goes places cartoons didnt used to go.

QUESTION: How do you feel about spunk?

ED ASNER: That all depends on whos got it.

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Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video. (Photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu)

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Granny Goodness, the evil lord Darkseids primary henchwoman, is voiced by seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 28, 2010.

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Granny Goodness, the evil lord Darkseids primary henchwoman, is voiced by seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 28, 2010.

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Click here to view the official press release and Blu-ray artwork for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 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 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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New Trailer For “Batman: The Brave And The Bold – The Videogame” Release

A new trailer from the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Videogame title have been made available by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The new trailer shows off the title’s gameplay. The new Batman: The Brave and The Bold videogame debuts Fall 2010 on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. Click on the thumbnail image below to view the new trailer, available in the Quicktime format.


Click here to view the official preview trailer. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released an official press release for Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Videogame in February 2010, which is available to view here, along with further details available here.

WB Games presents, in association with DC Comics, a Wayforward game, Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Videogame, hitting shelves September 7th, 2010. Stay tuned for further updates on this release here soon at The World’s Finest.

In related Batman: The Brave and The Bold news, characters from the popular Scooby-Doo franchise are slated to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of the acclaimed animated series. Stay tuned for further details on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, including details on new episodes, on this coming Monday here at The World’s Finest.

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Latest Issue Of “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” DC Comic Series Available

Batman: The Brave and The Bold #20, the latest installment of the current 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 #20

Written by: Bob Greenberger
Art by: Robert Pope and Scott McRae
Cover by: Robert Pope and Scott McRae

Big Barda enlists the help of the World’s Greatest Detective to find the World’s Greatest Escape Artist! But when the Female Furies attack, will Batman be able to stop them and save the heroine from New Genesis? It’s going to take a miracle!

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 #20 is $2.99US.

Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates, including exclusive content for the upcoming All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Classic “Batman Beyond” Animated Series Scheduled For The Hub Network

The classic Batman Beyond animated series, which originally debuted on The WB/KidsWB! before moving to Cartoon Network, will have a place on the schedule of the upcoming The Hub network. The Hub network is the rebranding of the current Discovery Kids cable/satellite channel, and is being marketed as a new network, with a scheduled launch date for October 10, 2010. Repeats of the classic Batman Beyond animated series are expected to air as of the channel’s launch.

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., will feature original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup will include animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, and the network will extend its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub will launch October 10, 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel.

Click here to view the Batman Beyond subsite located here at The World’s Finest. Further specific schedule details are set to be released in the coming weeks.

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Package Art For Recent “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Soundtrack Release

To view images from the recent Batman: Under The Red Hood soundtrack compact disc release from WaterTower Music, currently available to order as an Amazon-only CD release or as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music distributors, please click on the thumbnails below. The Soundtrack From The DC Universe Animated Original Movie – Batman: Under The Red Hood score release features music composed by Christopher Drake.


Check out the subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and information on the Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature is now available to own DVD and Blu-ray disc. The title is also available through OnDemand and Pay-Per-View. Additionally, Batman: Under The Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers. Click on the links below to discuss both the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature and soundtrack release, along with the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the included DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite for further details on the direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer for the 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 is available to own from Warner Home Video.

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“Batman: Under The Red Hood” Feature Garners High Home Video Numbers


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature has garnered impressive sales. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 140,000 DVD copies in its first week, and moved an impressive 115,000 in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 255,000 home video units sold in its first sales week of August 1st, 2010. The animated feature hit the DVD sales chart at #3 in its first week, and dropped to a respectable #9 in its second week, showing the title should remain a steady performer for the home video market. In its second week, the week of August 8th, 2010, Batman: Under The Red Hood moved nearly 66,000 DVD copies and 45,000 Blu-ray editions. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

To compare, the previous “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” title Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths debuted with an estimated 205,500 DVDs and over 60,000 Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in February 2010.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite for further details on the direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer for the 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 is available to own from Warner Home Video.

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Interview With “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Composer Christopher Drake

Christopher Drake, composer for the DC Universe Animated Original Movie installment Batman: Under the Red Hood, recently participated in a brief Q & A with The World’s Finest to discuss his work in the recent animated feature and his future plans. Drake is a familiar name to the DC Universe Animated Original Movie home video line, having provided scores for previous titles including Batman: Gotham Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Wonder Woman, with more contributions to come. His most recent work for the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature is available for digital download and as an Amazon-exclusive CD release. Click on the image below to continue on to the interview.

The direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite for further details on the direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer for the 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 is available to own from Warner Home Video.

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