Month: September 2010

Coming “Batman: The Brave and The Bold,” “Batman Beyond” Comic Details

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s December 2010 library of releases, including details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #2, the revamped comic title based on the popular Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series. Official details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #2, scheduled to ship in December 2010, can be found below. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look at the cover art.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #2

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

When the Psycho-Pirate hurls Gotham into an abyss of its darkest emotions, even Batman is trapped in deepest despair. Only Captain Marvel can help The Dark Knight save the city. But to do it, Captain Marvel will have to use his own greatest power the power of hope! On sale December 29th, 2010. Cover price is $2.99 US.

Click here for further details on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series, including exclusive content. Additionally, stay tuned for continued Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates including details on upcoming episodes of the acclaimed animated series.

DC Comics has also released details on a special comic release collecting issues of the classic Batman Beyond ongoing series based on the animated series of the name. The special “DC Comics Presents” collection encompasses four issues from the 24-issue series published during the heights of Batman Beyond‘s popularity. Details are as follows below.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN BEYOND #1

Written by: Hilary Bader
Art by: Min S. Ku, Rick Burchett and others
Cover by: Brian Stelfreeze

Blast into the future of Gotham City with these tales from Batman Beyond #13, 14, 21 and 22, as Terry McGinnis teams up with Barbara Gordon, Etrigan the Demon, the Green Lantern of the future, Big Barda and more! On sale December 1st, 2010. 96 pages with a cover price of $7.99US.

Click here for more details on both the Batman Beyond animated series and its spin-off comic series. Additionally, click here and here for recent Batman Beyond announcements involving upcoming DVD releases and scheduling details.

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New Video Clip, Images From Upcoming “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”

New media for the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, including two new images and a video clip, have been released by Warner Home Video. The studio has also provided the following text, promoting the upcoming world premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, available below. Please note the video clip, available by clicking on the first image below, is presented in the Quicktime format.


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).

Warner Home Video, UGO.com and The Paley Center for Media will present bi-coastal World Premieres of the film in Los Angeles on September 21 and New York on September 23. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

The animated clip depicts the arrival of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Barda in Apokalips … and the not-so-welcoming committee that greets the quartet of heroes.

In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor — leading Batman and Superman to 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.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) 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.

Click here to view the official trailer 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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Conroy Discusses “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Animated Feature Role

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 famed Batman: The Animated Series star Kevin Conroy.

KEVIN CONROY RETURNS TO SEMINAL ROLE AS THE DARK KNIGHT IN SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE

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That loud sound you hear in the distance is the echo of fanboys cheering the return of Kevin Conroy to his benchmark role as the voice of the Dark Knight for the highly-anticipated 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.

Conroy, the voice behind the title character of the landmark Batman: The Animated Series, set a standard that has yet to be contested over the past 20 years. Conroy had already been seen on soap operas and television series like Dynasty and Tour of Duty when he aced his first audition for an animated voiceover role in 1991 earning the title character role for Batman: The Animated Series. It was a casting decision that sounds as good today as it did back then.

Conroy will share that voice in person as the featured guest when Warner Home Video, UGO.com and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the East Coast premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse in New York on September 23. The West Coast premiere will be hosted in Los Angeles on September 21.

The bi-coastal premieres are just part of the ongoing festivities in conjunction with the release of the film. Included in the activities is “Destination Apocalypse,” an interactive online promotion that allows fans to get even deeper into the mythology of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Fans can access “Destination Apocalypse” at http://DestinationApocalypse.com and explore the many sections including games, quizzes and information about film. Fans can even send Kryptonian messages to their Facebook friends. In each section, participants virtually “check in” and earn badges to unlock an exclusive video clip from the movie. In addition, earning badges for participating in the various activities in each section help to unlock exclusive movie poster downloads.

Conway helps lead a Superman/Batman: Apocalypse cast that includes fan favorite Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, as well as Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid, sci-fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and multi-Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) 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).

Conroy will speak quite a bit during pre-premiere interviews and a post-premiere panel discussion on September 23. But for those fans who cant attend the sold-out event, heres some thoughts the actor offered after a recent recording session.

QUESTION: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse features a foe powerful enough to require more than just one super hero to step to the plate. Can you speak to the importance of a great villain?

KEVIN CONROY: Well, the major villain is Darkseid, and he is very apocalyptic. You know, its in the title (he laughs). The bigger the villain, the greater the conflict so as Darkseid is this epic-sized villain, it gives a lot of dynamic for Batman and Superman to work off, and creates that much more drama. Which means lots of action. And, of course, Batman saves the world as usual. What would you expect? (he laughs)

QUESTION: Do you have a preference for the type of story that goes with Batman?

KEVIN CONROY: What makes Batman interesting to audiences isn’t just the fact of the personal drama, or the darkness of his having a secret identity, or his avenging his parents’ death. All of that personal drama makes him appealing to people. But I think of all the super heroes, what sets him apart is that he’s the only one that doesn’t have any superpowers. He is the great detective. So in every story, it always comes down to his using his wits. I think everyone relates to that and loves that about him. I really admire that aspect of his character I wish I was wittier. That’s why I think audiences get into him so much, and that character trait is very important to this story.

QUESTION: Batman is a basically a loner. What are your thoughts about his lone wolf approach, and how that works in a buddy adventure like the Superman/Batman films?

KEVIN CONROY: Batmans isolation and his singularity, his inability to really let other people into his personal world, is really essential to the character. It’s part of what audiences expect. Even in a series like Justice League, where he was one of seven super heroes, Batman was always the odd man out. The others would go off as a group to do something you know, they might go have pizza and Batman was always the guy left back in the cave.

So in these Superman stories, I think it’s the closest Batman gets to having a brother, a kindred spirit. Superman understands Batman. He understands his need to be alone and his isolation. Hes probably the only one of all the super heroes who can balance Batman in terms of wit and power, so they’re a very good balance for each other.

QUESTION: How does Batman see Superman?

KEVIN CONROY: I think Batman thinks of Superman as the Dudley Do-Right of super heroes. He admires his strength and his character, but he also he thinks he’s incredibly nave and very unsophisticated about the world. Remember, Batman is also Bruce Wayne, so he’s very urbane. He’s very versed in the way of the world. And Superman is Clark Kent, and he’s such a goof (he laughs). So it’s almost all about the alter-ego the darkness of Batmans Bruce Wayne is balanced out by the sunny demeanor of Supermans Clark Kent. That’s where I think the distinction is. Batman just thinks that Superman is kind of a very, very nave guy who always sees the goodness in everybody. And Batman tends to see the darkness.

QUESTION: You attended Comic-Con International in San Diego last year for the first time in six years. How did that experience impact you?

KEVIN CONROY: The experience with the fans always re-energizes me for Batman. I’ve always been really into meeting and interacting with the fans. I understand why a lot of actors don’t like to do that because it can be very invasive of your private life. But I’m just so appreciative because I figure I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for them. Also, my background is the theatre, and the fun of doing theatre is the interaction with the audience, the feedback you get every night. You just don’t get that in Hollywood. You don’t get that with television or film, and you certainly don’t get it working in animation. So the only place you get it is to go to places like the Cons.

Plus, you get funny perks. I went to a Starbucks in downtown San Diego, and they said, Oh, Mr. Conroy, you don’t pay for coffee today. (he laughs) I thought, well, that hasn’t happened in a long time.

QUESTION: Away from the Cons, how often are you recognized?

KEVIN CONROY: It happens in some unusual places. A number of years ago, I was in the Hollywood Post Office parking lot. I left everything in the car, because I was just going straight to the mail drop with the envelope. This guy, who was sitting on the curb, obviously homeless, says to me Hey, buddy, have you got a quarter? And I said, I’m so sorry. I literally don’t. I have nothing. He said, You’re Kevin Conroy! I got really nervous you just assume that your job is anonymous working on animation, so I asked him how he knew that and he said, Oh, everybody knows who’s Batman. I said, No, believe me, everyone doesn’t know who’s Batman. He said, Oh, please–please–please–please do the voice. He said, Just say it I am vengeance. He knew the lines. I said, I am vengeance. He said, Oh, my God. Batman’s here! Batman’s here! He said, Say it: I am the night. I said, I am the night. He said, Go! Go! Finish! Finish! And I said I am Batman! So the two of us are there screaming I am Batman! in the parking lot, and he started clapping and clapping, yelling I can’t believe I have Batman in the parking lot.

He went on to explain to me that all television monitors at the Circuit City on Hollywood Blvd. showed Batman every day, and he would stand outside and watch the show. So I said, Wait, just a second, and I went running back to the car for some cash. He said, Oh, I can’t take Batman’s money. I told him he was going to take Batman’s money so he wouldnt tell anyone that Batman is cheap (he laughs). That whole scene was wild, though the last place you’d expect for someone to recognize a voice actor is in the parking lot of the post office.

QUESTION: Youre a classically trained actor and a graduate of Juilliard. Did you receive any instruction at Julliard that prepared you for voiceover work?

KEVIN CONROY: At that time, Juilliard was the new hot place to go if you wanted to be an actor, My classmates were people like Robin Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Frannie Conroy. We were all kids. Robin and I were roommates for two years, stealing food from each other when the other wasnt looking. We were starving students.

Robin was brilliant at the one thing that is perhaps what best prepared me for what I do now, voicework. There was a famous teacher named Pierre LeFevre who ran the mask program at Juilliard. French masks conceal just the upper part of the face. This is classical French theatre, and it’s all part of a very classical education. You put on these masks and they completely neutralize who you are. You become a different person. You can’t use the expressions on your face you can only use your body and your voice. Robin lived in those mask classes he would put on these masks and just become these unbelievable characters. Pierre practically adopted Robin. There was some really inspired stuff going on. The point is that in that class, all you could use was your voice. It really made you focus on that especially on characterization in your voice.

QUESTION: Did you have any clue that would lead you somewhere?

KEVIN CONROY: Its like that old expression life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans. I made all these plans to be a classical actor, and you can’t make a living in the theatre anymore. There are no more classical actors. Everyone who survives in the theatre does it by doing TV and film or voice work.

I had no idea that this is what I would end up doing, but it certainly prepared me for it. I get that question a lot from people. How do you get into this business? How do I get into voice work? And I always say, Well, you go to Juilliard for four years (he laughs) Thats the thing everyone’s route is unique.

QUESTION: Did you have much voiceover success before Batman?

KEVIN CONROY: Actually, I started doing voice work in the early ’80s, and the very first voice job I did was the first commercial I auditioned for. Remember Paco Rabanne cologne? The hook line was What is remembered is up to you. That was me. And over the next couple years, it paid me $25,000 for those few words. It paid for a lot of theatre acting.

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Kevin Conroy reprises his Batman: The Animated Series role as the Dark Knight 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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Batman is forced to deal with Darkseid’s enormous robotic watchdogs in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 28, 2010. Kevin Conroy provides the voice of Batman.

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“Destination Apocalypse,” an interactive promotion that allows fans to get even deeper into the mythology of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
Fans can access “Destination Apocalypse” at http://DestinationApocalypse.com and explore the many sections including games, quizzes and information about film. Fans can even send Kryptonian message to their Facebook friends.

For more information please go to SupermanBatmanApocalypse.com

Click here to view the official trailer 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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Animated “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Feature Cast And Crew Details

The complete cast and crew rundown for the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature, as listed in the official credits for the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie animated feature, are as follows below. Further extensive coverage on the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse release is forthcoming here on The World’s Finest.

Andre Braugher – Darkseid
Kevin Conroy – Batman
Tim Daly – Superman
Susan Eisenberg – Wonder Woman
Summer Glau – Kara
Julianne Grossman – Big Barda
Edward Asner – Granny Goodness
John Cygan – Male Radio Caller
Dave Mitchell – Bearded Longshoreman
Rachel Quaintance – Lyla
Andrea Romano – Stompa
Sallo Saffioti – Gillotina
Tara Strong – Female Radio Caller 2
Jim Ward – Radio DJ
GregAlan Williams – Terrified Longshoreman
April Winchell – Female Radio Caller 1

Voice Direction by: Andrea Romano
Editor: Margaret Hou
Music by: John Paesano
Batman created by: Bob Kane
Superman created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Wonder Woman created by: William Moulton Marston
Darkseid and The New Gods created by: Jack Kirby
Executive Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan
Executive Producer: Sam Register
Producer: Bruce Timm
Producer: Bobbie Page
Co-Producer: Alan Burnett
Based on the DC Comics Graphic Novel by Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner
Written by: Tab Murphy
Produced and Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

Click here to view the official trailer 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 Video Clip, Images From Upcoming “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”

New media for the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, including four new images and a video clip, have been released by Warner Home Video. The studio has also provided the following text, promoting the upcoming world premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, available below. Please note the video clip is presented in the Quicktime format.


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).

Warner Home Video, UGO.com and The Paley Center for Media will present bi-coastal World Premieres of the film in Los Angeles on September 21 and New York on September 23. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

The animated clip depicts the harried first few minutes of time on Earth for Kara, a Kryptonian cousin of Superman who has not yet understood or harnessed her powers.

In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor — leading Batman and Superman to 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.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) 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.

Click here to view the official trailer 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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