Month: April 2011

New “Young Justice” Title From DC Comics Debuts To High Sales On Comic Charts

Young Justice #1, the first regular issue of the new monthly title from DC Comics, sold an estimated 10,750 copies in its first month. The title’s debut numbers puts it on par with the debut sales of the first Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series. The Young Justice comic series expands on the continuity of the hit animated series, telling stories taking place between episodes. Young Justice #1 originally went on sale February 16th, 2011.

DC Comics released a special preview issue, Young Justice #0, in January 2011, which debuted to equally impressive sales of nearly 9,500 copies moved. To compare, the ongoing The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold series from DC Comics averages 6,800 issues sold each month.

The current creative team for the Young Justice comic title features writers Art Balazar and Franco and artist Mike Norton. However, artist Christopher Jones, previously of the acclaimed comic titles The Batman Strikes! and Justice League Adventures, will be taking over art duties with issue six. Balazar and Franco are also expected to step down in the near future, with Young Justice series producer Greg Weisman and writer Kevin Hopps taking over.

Click here for details on the July 2011-shipping issue of the Young Justice comic series from DC Comics. Young Justice ships monthly from DC Comics with a cover price of $2.99US.

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 future updates on both the Young Justice animated series and comic title, including exclusive content and much more, right here at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the following gameplay trailer for the forthcoming Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game. Hitting shelves on June 7th, 2011 for all major consoles, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters ties into the upcoming Green Lantern theatrical film. A new description for the title is also available below. Click on the thumbnail image below to view the trailer in the High-Definition Quicktime format.

Featuring the voice and likeness of Ryan Reynolds (in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions), Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters allows players to assume the role of Hal Jordan to battle the Manhuntersa once noble android police force who are now bent on destroying the Green Lantern Corps.

Players take control of the most powerful weapon in the universe the Green Lantern Power Ring and conjure a spectacular range of hard-light constructs including a gatling gun, giant fists, and much more as they take flight to outer space in an effort to restore Intergalactic order. For more information please visit http://www.facebook.com/greenlanternvideogame.

Harness the power of the Green Lantern Power Ring on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS when Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters hits shelves June 7th, 2011.

Further details on this upcoming video game release are expected in the near future, including new content.

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The Track Team Talks Scoring The “DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts” Line

Jeremy Zuckerman recently took time to discuss the work of the acclaimed music and sound design production company The Track Team, which he co-founded in 2004 with Benjamin Wynn, on the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts line from Warner Home Video and DC Entertainment. Zuckerman and Wynn composed the music for the entire series of shorts, just one of their recent many projects in the realm of film and television.

And now, La-La Land Records has just released Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts on compact disc, collecting The Track Team’s entire works for the direct-to-video shorts. The Limited Edition release is now available through official La-La Land Records website and other online soundtrack specialty stores. Please continue below for the Q & A.

The World’s Finest: First off, care to introduce yourself and some of your past works?

Jeremy Zuckerman: I’ve been working in TV/Film since 2001. My first project came to me via a friend at BMI and was an ambitious short called Radius. Shortly after I began working for a company doing composition, sound design and audio engineering for commercials. After doing some time in the trenches I landed a gig composing the score to the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. That turned out to be a really excellent learning experience and really got my TV chops together. Currently, Ben and I are composing the score for the forthcoming TV series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. Outside of scoring, I’ve recently finished a dance piece for the Scottish Dance Theatre called Khaos; it makes use of traditional instrumentation as well as computer processing.

WF: How did you get on board for DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts. Are you a fan of DC Comics, or comics in general? Any favorite characters, or even comic-inspired animated series?

JZ: Joaquim Dos Santos (the director) brought us in. We had worked with him on the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was great for us to do a project with Warner Brothers. Really easy company to work with and the people have a lot of integrity.

Growing up I was a superhero nut like most kids. Although I have to admit, I was probably more of a fan of Underoos than comic books!

WF: The majority of these shorts bent more toward some of the lesser-known DC characters, such as The Spectre and Jonah Hex (well, lesser-known to those outside the comic world). Did that make it easier knowing you weren’t slave to anything that came before?

JZ: That’s a really good observation. Yes, it was liberating not having to work from pre-existing musical themes or much aesthetic history in general. We weren’t working with a completely blank slate but a blank state can be stifling. Option paralysis and all that… The parameters that were set in place by Joaquim, Bruce Timm and the little history that did exist, were just enough to get the creative juices flowing.

WF: Each short had a distinct style. The Spectre felt like a 1970s crime film, Jonah Hex a bleak western, and so on. Can you run us through your inspiration for all of the shorts you scored?

JZ: Sure. Joaquim had a very specific idea for the music in The Spectre The Corrigan stuff had an obvious and strong reference to Lalo Schifrin’s brilliant Dirty Harry score. For the Spectre moments we referenced those wonderfully cheesy and effective 80’s synth scores from the John Carpenter and George Romero movies. Jonah Hex was a bit less derivative. Bruce wanted it to sound like a score that Morricone could have written but never did. Morricone was definitely an influence in some of the instrumentation and harmony but we also used some more modern elements and things that were a little outside of the style of the western. We also listened to a bunch of early American frontier music, which informed the fiddle-like violin material. And of there was some good old ragtime piano music for some on screen material. The Spectre and Jonah Hex were the two that were most obviously referential.

WF: As a semi-follow-up to the previous question, was there any short that seemed to be “easier” in terms of scoring than the others? Why?

JZ: I’m a huge fan of 70s funk, as a matter of fact I play guitar in an old school funk ensemble. Also Ben and I both have a strong background in synthesizers and computer music. So The Spectre was a really good fit in that regard. I loved working on that score but strangely enough, I think I was most inspired by the Jonah Hex stuff. The narrative mood was really appealing to me and the themes were very rich in that there were a lot of ways to develop and vary them.

WF: Do you have any favorite moments, both in the actual shorts and your work on them, that you’d like to discuss? Were there any moments where, after watching the finished product for any of the shorts, you felt you just nailed it?

JZ: There are a lot of moments I’m really proud of in these shorts. The lonely cue that supports Jonah’s entrance, the Madame Lorraine violin and guitar music, the montage when Madame Lorraine and Jonah go to the mineshaft… I really like that scene in The Spectre when that dude in the hot rod is fleeing to Mexico. There’s a little synth melody in there that combined with those Linn drum sounds really captures that cheesy, yet stirring quality a lot of film and TV music from 80s possessed. The scene in Shazam where Black Adam snatches the female bystander out of the car and uses her to force Captain Marvel to return to his Billy Batson form really works for me… There are a lot of moments that I really like! What can I say? It was an inspiring project!

WF: Is it a relief to see your work on DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts get an actual CD release, given how the market here in North America tends to difficult toward these type of niche releases?

JZ: To be honest, I don’t know much about the history of the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts releases. But I will say that I know how hard it can be to get music property released and was amazed at how easy it was with this project. It’s a really unexpected and nice surprise that La-La Land Records wanted to do this. The fact that the music will be heard on it’s own is simultaneously terrifying and gratifying!

WF: To wrap this up, where will we be seeing your work next? Will you be sticking around the DC Comics world in addition to your other works?

JZ: We’d love to work on more projects like the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts. The niche stuff is really fun for me because there’s a bit more room for experimentation. It felt very fresh…

The next thing of ours you’ll be seeing is our work on Nickelodeon’s new Kung Fu Panda TV series. We’re really getting into Chinese instrumentation on this and are working with some amazing musicians. We’re excited to bring some sounds to American TV that are rarely heard. It’s a great opportunity to combine western scoring styles with some of the incredible beauty of traditional Chinese music.

In the future we both would love the opportunity to work in dramatic feature or dramatic hour-long TV. Ben and I feel that while we love working in animation, we also have a lot to bring to a musical landscape that fits a dramatic narrative.

The World’s Finest would like to thank Jeremy Zuckerman for his participation in this Q & A!

Click here to view the press release for this soundtrack title. To purchase the title, check out the official La-La Land Records DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts soundtrack site.

Click here to visit the official The Track Team website.

Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts is now available to order through the official La-La Land Records website, and through other online soundtrack specialty stores. Stay tuned for further updates and coverage here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Latest Issue Of “The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic Now Available

The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #6, the latest issue of the revamped DC Comics title based on the acclaimed Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The issue, written by Sholly Fisch with artwork by Rick Burchett, features guest-star Martian Manhunter. Official details for this issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series are available below.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #6

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Rick Burchett

It’s 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?

Don’t miss the latest issue of the comic based on the hit cartoon series!

The cover price for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #6 is $2.99US. Further details on both the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series and comic title are available at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite.

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Soundtrack Release For “DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts” Now Available

La-La Land Records is taking orders starting today for the new Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts CD release. The release features score music from the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Short titles released by Warner Home Video. The Limited Edition release is available through official La-La Land Records website and other online soundtrack specialty stores. La-La Land Records has previously released multiple soundtracks for DC Comics animated, television and movie properties over the last few years. Continue below to look at the package artwork for this release. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.

Click here to view the press release for this soundtrack title. To purchase the title, check out the official La-La Land Records DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts soundtrack site.

Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts is now available to order through the official La-La Land Records website, and through other online soundtrack specialty stores. Stay tuned for further updates and coverage here soon at The World’s Finest.

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

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s July 2011 library of releases, including details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #9, the latest 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 #9, scheduled to ship during July 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 #9

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

Batman teams up with Hawkman and though they may have beaten the bad guy, the real battle is just beginning. Now, they have to bring their prisoner to jail on the planet Thanagar…and his gangs waiting to make sure they never get there alive! On sale July 13th, 2011. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

Click here for updated comic guides and further details and 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 July 2011 issue of Young Justice, the comic title based on the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series of the same name. The Young Justice comic series expands on the continuity of the hit animated series, telling stories taking place between episodes. Further details are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #6

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

Campfire bonding continues as the members of the team share their background stories as well as their hopes and fears. But when do these team-building exchanges cross over into TMI territory? How about when Superboy tells everyone how hes thinking of taking out Superman? On sale July 20th, 2011. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

A trade paperback release of the recent Batman: Mad Love and Other Tales hardcover from DC Comics, featuring the The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot and a host of other The Batman Adventures stories, is also advanced-solicited for an August 31st, 2011 release. Cover price for the DC Comics collected release is $17.99.

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