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Details For Upcoming New “Young Justice” Episodes Slated For February 2011

Cartoon Network has released early schedule details for the February 2011 installments of Young Justice, the new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Young Justice is airs Fridays at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network, with special encore presentations airing Sundays at 8:00pm (ET). The schedule break-down is as follows below.

February 4th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)
Young Justice – “Schooled”
Superboy’s anger over his non-relationship with Superman is getting out of control. He refuses to train with Black Canary, and when The Team faces an opponent that even the Justice League had trouble defeating, the Boy of Steel goes rogue.

February 11th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)
Young Justice – “Infiltrator”
Artemis faces an uphill battle winning over her new teammates, as she tries to fill Red Arrow’s boots on a mission he initiated: saving a brilliant young scientist from the League of Shadows.

February 18th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)
Young Justice – “Denial”
When The Team investigates the disappearance of Kent Nelson, formerly Doctor Fate, the scientific-minded Wally West is forced to confront his disbelief in magic while battling Abra Kadabra and Klarion the Witch Boy, for the ultra-powerful Helmet of Fate.

Please note that Young Justice will be pre-empted on Friday, February 25th, 2011, but will return Friday, March 4th, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) with the new episode “Downtime.”

Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET), with the network airing special encore presentations the following Sunday at 8:00pm (ET). Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

Additionally, The World’s Finest would like to express our condolences to the friends and family of Boyd Kirkland, who passed away last week while waiting for a lung transplant at UCLA Medical Center. Kirkland played an integral part in many different animated shows and features beloved by countless fans over the years, including Batman: The Animated Series among many others. He will truly be missed.

Services have been scheduled for Tuesday, February 1st, 2011.

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New “Young Justice” Animated Series Pulls In Strong Ratings, Episode Details

Cartoon Network’s latest addition to its Friday night line-up is drawing in solid ratings according to data released by Nielsen Media Research and Turner Broadcasting System. Since its debut in November 2010 and regular airings starting in January 2011, Young Justice has been pulling in consistent and solid numbers. The official press details can be found below.

Please note the following ratings are for last week.

Last week, Cartoon Network achieved the #1 destination on all television among Boys 9-14 on Friday night (7-9 p.m.), which charted double-digit growth among kids and boys 9-14 versus the same time period last year. The animated action-adventure block earned 29% delivery gains among kids 9-14 (468,000) and 27% ratings gains (1.9). Across the block, boys 9-14 delivery (391,000) surged by 44% and ratings (3.1) by 41%, while boys 6-11 delivery (464,000) grew by 4% and ratings (3.7) by 6%.

Leading the Friday night line-up, Young Justice (7 p.m.) scored 22% growth among kids 9-14 (495,000) and 18% growth among ratings (2.0). Boys 9-14 delivery (382,000) increased by 26% and ratings (3.1) by 29%. Even more impressive, Ben 10: Alien Force (7:30 p.m.) achieved 27% growth among kids 9-14 delivery (387,000), 23% growth among ratings (1.6), and 56% growth among boys 9-14 delivery (345,000) and ratings (2.8). And to crown the evening, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (8:30 p.m.) improved kids 9-14 delivery (603,000) and ratings (2.5) by 39%, and boys 9-14 delivery (491,000) and ratings (3.9) by 44%.

Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET), with the network airing special encore presentations the following Sunday at 8:00pm (ET). An all-new episode of Young Justice, “Drop Zone,” airs tonight at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Images, details and two video clips from the episode are available here at The World’s Finest.

Additionally, The World’s Finest has learned that the Young Justice episode scheduled to air February 11th, 2011 is titled “Infiltrator.” The episode will air at 7pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Other upcoming episode titles include “Denial” and “Downtime.” Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: Under The Red Hood” World Broadcast Debut On Teletoon March 2011

The 2010 direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature will make its Canadian network debut and world broadcast premiere on Friday, March 17th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) as a special Teletoon presentation. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Batman: Under the Red Hood is part of the acclaimed direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line released by Warner Home Video. Official details on the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Batman: Under the Red Hood (World Broadcast Premiere)
Teletoon, Friday, March 17th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)

A twisted, disfigured character known as the Black Mask has seized control of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, but his supremacy is undermined by the arrival of the mysterious Red Hood. As the violence escalates and the truth unfolds, the Caped Crusader soon comes to the painful, shocking realization as to whose face is really under the hood.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature can be found at the Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for further schedule updates and details on the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker” Animated Title Hitting Blu-ray April 2011

The controversial and acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is set to hit Blu-ray on April 5th, 2011 from Warner Home Video for $19.98. The Blu-ray feature will include the PG-13 “uncut” edition of the first feature-length Batman Beyond animated feature. For further details on “uncut” controversy with Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, more details can be found here at The World’s Finest, the site that first reported and originally spearheaded the idea to campaign for Warner Home Video to release Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker in its original intended format. Cover artwork and initial details, provided by the studio, are included below.

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER

Synopsis: The greatest villain of all comes out of the past to threaten Batman, Bruce Wayne and all of Gotham City in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the first feature-length Batman Beyond movie.

The sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back with his own unique brand of havoc and mayhem. While trying to uncover the Joker’s secrets, the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker’s latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever.

Get ready for heart-stomping action, awesome adventure and amazing revelations in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Special Features:
-Commentary by the Filmmakers
-Featurette Batman Beyond: The Legend Lives
-Animation Tests
-Music Video
-Animated Character Bios

Main Feature:
-1080p High Definition 4×3 matted
-DTS-HD MA-English 5.1, Dolby Digital French, Spanish
-76 Mins.
-Rated PG-13 for Violence
-Street Date: 4/05/2011
-MSRP: $19.98

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker will be available on Blu-ray beginning April 5th, 2011 from Warner Home Video for $19.98. Stay tuned for further updates, including new DVD and Blu-ray home video announcements from Warner Home Video.

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Video Clips, Images, Details From Upcoming All-New “Young Justice” Episode

Cartoon Network has passed along the episode synopsis, two video clips, and a collection of images from the upcoming all-new Young Justice episode “Drop Zone.” The new Young Justice episode is scheduled to air Friday, January 28th, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Click on the thumbnails below to view the complete library of hi-res images and Quicktime-format video clips. Please note the first two thumbnails link to the aforementioned Quicktime video clips. The official episode description is also provided below.

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YOUNG JUSTICE
“Drop Zone”
Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network

Synopsis:
On their first official assignment a covert recon mission to the Venom-producing island of Santa Prisca the team finds itself caught in a struggle between the deadly Bane and cult leader Kobra for possession of something far worse than they suspected.

Photo credit – Young Justice Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Young Justice and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET), with the network airing special encore presentations the following Sunday at 8:00pm (ET). Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Home Video Reveals New Animated Batman Compilation DVD Release

A new three-disc DVD home video compilation release from Warner Home Video, featuring assorted animated Batman adventures, has been announced. The release, titled 3-Pack Fun: Batman, features previously released material from Batman: The Brave and The Bold, The Batman and Superman: The Animated Series. Further details on the release, hitting shelves March 29th, 2011, are available below. Cover artwork is also available by clicking the thumbnails below.

3-PACK FUN: BATMAN

3 Soaring Adventures with Gotham City’s Legendary Hero!

In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Volume One, Batman faces villainous masterminds, intergalactic crooks and evil dictators in adventures that take him through a wormhole, to the depths of the ocean and on a Christmastime crimestopping campaign against an army of toys! In The Batman/Superman Movie, only the combined powers of Batman and Superman can save Metropolis when The Joker and Lex Luthor team up in a fiendish new scheme. Batman meets three formidable does for the very first time – The Joker, The Penguin and Bane – and each contest pushes the Caped Crusader’s skills and awesome new gadgets to the limits in The Batman: Training for Power – Season 1 Volume 1. To the Batcave, fans!

Special Features:
-Introduction by Producer Bruce Timm
-“The Art of Batman” music video
-“Get the Picture: How to draw Batman and Superman”
-“Building the Batman”: Detective Yin investigates The Batman’s true identity
The Batman Junior Detective Challenge: Show off your detecting skills and unlock an exclusive feature via the Batwave communicator


3-Pack Fun: Batman is a commercial repackaging, featuring the same content from three previous home video releases for Batman: The Brave and The Bold, The Batman and Superman: The Animated Series, all listed above on the home video artwork. 3-Pack Fun: Batman will be available to own March 29th, 2011 on DVD for a suggest retail price of $19.97.

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Details Revealed For Upcoming New Episode Of “Young Justice” Cartoon Series

The classic Batman villain Bane will be featured in the upcoming Young Justice episode “Drop Zone,” the fourth installment of the new animated series airing on Cartoon Network. Young Justice airs new episodes Fridays at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network, with encore presentations the following Sunday at 8:00pm (ET).

In the episode “Drop Zone,” Batman sends Young Justice on their first official mission to investigate the production of a new drug called Venom in a nearby rogue country. The teen heroes soon find themselves in the middle of a war between Bane and the cult organization Kobra.

Bane will be voiced by cult actor Danny Trejo. “Drop Zone” is currently slated to air at 7:00pm (ET) on Friday, January 28th, 2011 on Cartoon Network, with preliminary details available here.

The episode will also continue with subplots introduced in the two-part Young Justice series opener and the third episode, “Welcome to Happy Harbor.” “Welcome to Happy Harbor,” scheduled to air tonight, Friday, at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network, will also fully introduce Miss Martian and the character’s backstory. Clips and still from the Young Justice episode “Welcome to Happy Harbor” are available here. Main cast and crew details for “Welcome to Happy Harbor” are available below.

Written By: Kevin Hopps
Directed By: Jay Oliva

Jesse McCartney as Robin
Danica McKellar as M’Gann M’Orzz
Nolan North as Superboy
Khary Payton as Kaldur’Ahm, Brick
Jason Spisak as Wally West
Jeff Bennett as Red Tornado, T.O. Morrow
John De Lancie as Mr. Twister/Brom Stikk
Crispin Freeman as Speedy
Stephanie Lemelin as Computer

Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET), with the network airing special encore presentations the following Sunday at 8:00pm (ET). Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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April 2011 “Batman: The Brave and The Bold,” “Young Justice” Comic Solicitations

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s April 2011 library of releases, including details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #6, 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 #6, scheduled to ship in April 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 #6

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Rick Burchett & Dan Davis
Cover by: Rick Burchett & Dan Davis

Its a battle of wits when the Martian Manhunter challenges Batman to penetrate his baffling array of shape-shifting disguises. But when the game goes awry, can even the two heroes defeat the most unexpected menace of all? On sale April 13th, 2011. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

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

DC Comics has also released details on the April 2011 issue of the new comic title based on the forthcoming Cartoon Network animated series Young Justice. This comic series acts as a compliment the acclaimed animated series. Further details are below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #3

Written by: Art Balazar and Franco
Art by: Mike Norton
Cover by: Mike Norton

Robins a bit jealous of Superboys abilities. But when they have to rescue the inhabitants of a burning building, The Boy Wonder might learn that one doesnt need super powers to be a true Super Hero. On sale April 20th, 2010. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

In related Young Justice news, media and details for the latest new episode of Young Justice can be found here. Stay tuned for further update, including exclusive content and more, here soon at The World’s Finest.

DC Comics has also officially announced the third trade paperback collection for the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series, collecting six issues from the comic book based on the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series. Further details, including collected issues and more, are available below.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD EMERALD KNIGHT TP

Written by: Landry Walker and Sholly Fisch
Art by: Eric Jones and Robert Pope
Cover by: Eric Jones

Batman battles evil with the help of Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and more, from Batman: The Brave and The Bold issues #13, 14, 16, 18, 19 and 21. On sale May 25th, 2011. Cover price is $12.99 US. Rated E.

In additional DC Comics news, the publisher has also announced that, beginning April 2011, it will be adopting a new comic rating system, one consistent with the rest of the industry as well as with DC Comics’ digital releases. Beginning with our April 2011 titles, all DC comic book covers will utilize the following rating system:

E EVERYONE
Appropriate for readers of all ages. May contain cartoon violence and/or some comic mischief.

T TEEN
Appropriate for readers age 12 and older. May contain mild violence, language and/or suggestive themes.

T+ – TEEN PLUS
Appropriate for readers age 16 and older. May contain moderate violence, mild profanity, graphic imagery and/or suggestive themes.

M MATURE
Appropriate for readers age 18 and older. May contain intense violence, extensive profanity, nudity, sexual themes and other content suitable only for older readers.

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Preview Images For First Issue Of “Young Justice” Comic Series, Now Available

Young Justice #0, the first issue of the new DC Comics title based on the new Cartoon Network animated series, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The issue, written by Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps with artwork by Mike Norton, expands upon the conclusion of the two-part Young Justice “Independence Day” series premier. Official details for this issue, along with a preview of the first four pages, are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #0


Written by: Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art 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! They’re 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 (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smurfs) join fan-favorite artist Mike Norton (Billy Batson and the Power of Shazam!) for this exciting new, all-ages title!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #0 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology. Click here to read a review of the Young Justice “Independence Day” series opener published here at The World’s Finest, with additional images and video available to view here.

Additionally, media and details for the latest new episode of Young Justice can be found here. Stay tuned for further update, including exclusive content and more, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Voice Cast Updates, Characters Revealed For “Young Justice” Animated Series

New cast listings for the Young Justice animated series have been revealed. The recent encore presentations of “Independence Day” and “Fireworks (Independence Day, Part Two),” the two-part series opener for the new Young Justice series airing on Cartoon Network, have listed the following details concerning voice actors and characters slated to appear in future episodes of the series.

Jeff Bennett as Red Tornado, T.O. Morrow
Nick Chinlund as Sportsmaster
John DeLancie as Mr. Twister/Brom Stikk
Khary Payton as Brick
Peter MacNicol as Professor Ivo/Amazo
Vanessa Marshall as Black Canary
Danny Trejo as Bane
Arnold Vosloo as Kobra

The characters listed above are slated for either recurring or multiple appearances in Young Justice in the first 26 episodes of the series. Representatives for Cartoon Network confirm the above details.

“Welcome to Happy Harbor,” the next all-new episodes of Young Justice, is scheduled to air January 21st, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Further details on the episode are available here. Stay tuned for continued coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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