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Main Cast, Crew Details For “Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam”

The main cast and crew rundown for the Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam direct-to-video animated short, as listed in the official credits for the feature, are as follows below. The direct-to-video Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam animated short is the anchor for the upcoming DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection home video release set to hit next month on Blu-ray and DVD.

Zach Callison as Billy Batson
James Garner as Shazam
Josh Keaton as Punk
Danica McKellar as Sally
George Newbern as Superman/Clark Kent
Jerry O’Connell as Captain Marvel
Kevin Michael Richardson as Mister Tawky Tawny
Arnold Voslo as Black Adam

Executive Producer – Sam Register
Executive Producer – Bruce Timm
Based on the DC Comics Characters
Producer – Bobbie Page
Co-Producer – Alan Burnett
Editor – Margaret Hou
Music by – The Track Team Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn
Casting and Voice Direction – Jamie Thomason
Written by – Michael Jelenic
Produced and Directed by – Joaquim Dos Santos

The animated short runs for over 24 minutes.

The Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam animated short is the main feature on the upcoming DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts home video collection. The release will include the all-new Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam animated short along with three additional extended editions of previously-available animated shorts featuring characters The Spectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow. Click here to view the hi-res Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork for the upcoming DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts home video collection. To view the accompanying press release made available by Warner Home Video, please click here.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts home video release debuts November 9th, 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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Upcoming “Batman Beyond” Episodes Slated To Debut On The Hub Network

Details for upcoming episodes of the classic Batman Beyond animated series scheduled to debut on The Hub have been released. The Hub network is the rebranding of the Discovery Kids network, and is being marketed as a new product. Below is the schedule of classic Batman Beyond episodes slated to air on the network next week.

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Batman Beyond
7:30am (ET) – “Splicers”
5:30pm (ET) – “Splicers”

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Batman Beyond
7:30am (ET) – “Lost Soul”
5:30pm (ET) – “Lost Soul”

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Batman Beyond
7:30am (ET) – “Rats”
5:30pm (ET) – “Rats”

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Batman Beyond
7:30am (ET) – “Mind Games”
5:30pm (ET) – “Mind Games”

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Batman Beyond
7:30am (ET) – “Revenant”
5:30pm (ET) – “Revenant”

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Batman Beyond
12:00pm (ET) “Hidden Agenda”
2:00pm (ET) “The Winning Edge”
2:30pm (ET) “Dead Man’s Hand”

Additionally, the fan-favorite Batman Beyond episode “Zeta” is scheduled to air November 11th, 2010 at 7:30am (ET) on The Hub.

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., features 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 includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, with the network extending its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub launched on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households.

Click here to view the Batman Beyond subsite located here at The World’s Finest, and click here to view the The Zeta Project subsite. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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

Batman: The Brave and The Bold #22, 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. This is the final issue of the current volume of the series before it is relaunched next month as The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Official details for this issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series are available below.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #22

Written by: J. Torres
Art by: Andy Suriano
Cover by: Andy Suriano

Aquaman’s kingdom is under attack…from his own brother, the Ocean Master! Can The Dark Knight lend a hand in this underwater family matter? Batman will have to do something fast, or he’ll be trapped in Davy Jones’s Locker forever.

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 #22 is $2.99US.

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Boomerang Schedules Halloween-Themed Episode Of “The Batman” Series

The specialty network Boomerang, a spin-off channel of Cartoon Network, is scheduled to air a similarly-themed episode of The Batman during the network’s block of Halloween-based programming on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. The network is slated to air the The Batman episode “Grundy’s Night,” a fan-favorite episode from the second season of the series. The official details for the episode are available below


Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 11:30pm (ET)
The Batman “Grundy’s Night”
Solomon Grundy, a legendary zombie, emerges from a swamp on Halloween to wreak havoc on Gotham. But Batman and Alfred discover that there is more to Grundy than there appears.

Please note that some TV schedule listings show the The Batman episode “Strange Minds” as scheduled to air at 11:30pm (ET) on Sunday, October 31st, 2010 with “Grundy’s Night” airing the night before on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 11:30pm (ET). For further details on The Batman and this episode, please continue to the The World’s Finest The Batman subsite.

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Teletoon Lists “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Second Two Debut Episode

Episode-specific details for the second season debut of Batman: The Brave and The Bold have been released by Teletoon. The Canadian network is scheduled to debut the second season of Batman: The Brave and The Bold on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 7pm (ET) with the episode “The Long Arm of the Law.” The logline for the episode is as follows below, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation.

Kite Man, comes back for revenge against Plastic Man. With the help of his unstoppable henchmen Rubberneck, he imperils Plastic Man’s loved ones and threatends to remove the heroes powers forever.

The network currently scheduled to air new episodes throughout the remainder of 2010, with the occasional preemption due to special event programming.

The Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “The Long Arm of the Law” originally premiered December 2009 on Cartoon Network. Full details on the episode, including images and videos, can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite.

In related news, Cartoon Network is scheduled to debut the new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!” on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 7pm (ET), followed by the new episode “Plague of the Prototypes!” on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 7pm (ET) and “Cry Freedom Fighters!” on Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 7pm (ET). Further details on these new episodes will be made available later this week.

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Comic-Con Debut For “Superman/Shazam: The Return Of Black Adam” Short

Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam, part of the upcoming DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection title set for release from Warner Home Video, will officially debut at next weekend’s Long Beach Comic-Con. The Long Beach Comic-Con is a gathering of professionals, fans, artists, and celebrities to enjoy all aspects of comic books and pop culture. The con, held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, also features screenings, panels, autograph sessions, artists and writers, and more. Long Beach Comic-Con runs from Friday, October 29th to Sunday, October 31st, 2010.

Details on the Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam debut can be found below. The following information is courtesy of the Long Beach Comic-Con.

Saturday, October 30th, 2010
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (Exclusive Premiere!)
Seaside Ballroom A
Be among the first public audience to see the entire, all-new Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam, the anchoring piece of the DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection. Starring the voices of George Newbern, Jerry OConnell, James Garner
and Arnold Vosloo, the 24-minute short depicts the first Billy Batson adventure as Captain Marvel with a little help from Superman, and a major obstacle in the form of Black Adam. Warner Home Video releases the DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection on November 9, 2010. Plus special Surprise feature!

Additionally, the forthcoming documentary Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is also slated to be featured during the Long Beach Comic-Con. The following details have been provided.

Friday, October 29th, 2010
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics
Seaside Ballroom A
Behind the amazing tales of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman is the equally impressive story of the challenges, creativity and triumphs of the company that brought those characters to life. Join Warner Home Video and DC Entertainment for a pre-release screening of the all-new documentary, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, a compelling insiders tale and a 75th anniversary celebration filled with interviews, archival footage and a dazzling parade of riveting, splashy DC covers. Secret Origin is narrated by Ryan Reynolds, and will be distributed by Warner
Home Video on November 9, 2010.

Long Beach Comic-Con runs from Friday, October 29th to Sunday, October 31st, 2010.

The Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam animated short is the main feature on the upcoming DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts home video collection. The release will include the all-new Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam animated short along with three additional extended editions of previously-available animated shorts. Click here to view the hi-res Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork for the upcoming DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts home video collection. To view the accompanying press release made available by Warner Home Video, please click here.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts home video release debuts November 9th, 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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Advertisement For “The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection” Title

To view a full-size image of the advertisement for the recent The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection 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 thumbnail below. The below advertisement is featured in current DC Comics publications.


The The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection soundtrack release is now available from WaterTower Music. The soundtrack is available as both a digital download, through iTunes and other similar digital download outlets, and an Amazon-exclusive compact disc release. The release features a collection of popular theme songs and musical selections from different DC Comics-based properties, including live-action and animated features and series, from the past 75 years. A complete track listing for this release can be found here. Click on the link below to discuss this new soundtrack release.

The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Feature Garners High Home Video Numbers


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature has garnered impressive initial sales. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 155,000 DVD copies in its first week, along with an impressive 95,000 units in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 250,000 home video units sold in its first sales week of October 3rd, 2010. The animated feature hit the DVD sales chart at #5 in its first week, and hit #4 on respective Blu-ray charts. 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 Batman: Under the Red Hood debuted with an estimated 255,000 copies sold on DVD and Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in July 2010.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Green Arrow animated short.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Superman/Batman: Apocalypse subsite for further details on the recently-released direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer and clips from the 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 is now available from Warner Home Video.

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New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic Collection Slated For May 2011

Initial details on a new trade paperback collection of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series, based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, have been made available by DC Comics. This third six-issue collection features stories by Sholly Fisch and Landry Walker with artwork by Robert Pope and Eric Jones. DC Comics provides the initial details below.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: NIGHT OF THE BATMEN TP
Writers: Landry Q. Walker and Sholly Fisch
Artists: Eric Jones and Robert Pope
Collects: BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #13-18

The collection is scheduled to arrive in May 2011 with a price of $12.99US. The final cover art work and synopsis will be released in the coming months. This is the third collection for the current ongoing Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series.

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Upcoming “Batman: The Brave and The Bold,” “Young Justice” Comic Details

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s January 2011 library of releases, including details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #3, 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 #3, scheduled to ship in January 2011, 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 #3

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

The Mad Hatter and Mirror Master team up to drag Batman and The Flash Through the Looking Glass! Trapped in a wacky Wonderland filled with white rabbits and Cheshire cats, the heroes have to battle past the pair of villains and a fearsome Jabberwock to find their way back to the real world. On sale January 12th, 2011. 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 the first issue of the new comic title based on the forthcoming Cartoon Network animated series Young Justice. The first issue of this new comic title will act as a special preview to both the highly-anticipated animated series and spin-off comic series. Further details are below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #0

Written by: Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art by: Mike Norton
Cover by: Mike Norton

Based on the upcoming hit animated show from Warner Bros. debuting on Cartoon Network! Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash and Aqualad star in this explosive issue kickstarting an all-new ongoing series! Theyre four young superheroes learning how to be a teamand maybe doing a bit of growing up along the way but only just a little bit! Animation writers Greg Wiesman (The Batman, Gargoyles) and Kevin Hopps (Spectacular Spider-Man, Smurfs) join fan-favorite artist Mike Norton (Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam) for this exciting new, all-ages title! On sale January 19th, 2010. 32 pg, $2.99US.

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