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Cast And Crew Details For Upcoming “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” Animated Title

The complete main cast and crew rundown for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights 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. Also below is an image from the film’s brief opening credits. Further extensive coverage on the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights release is forthcoming here on The World’s Finest.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan
Jason Isaacs as Sinestro
Elisabeth Moss as Arisia
Henry Rollins as Kilowog
Arnold Vosloo as Abin Sur
Tony Amendola as Kentor
Steve Blum as Kloba Vud
Grey Delisle as Ree’Yu
Kelly Hu as Laira
Maichael Jackson as Ganthet
Peter Jessop as Salaak
David Kaufman as Rubyn
Sunil Malhotra as Bolphunga’s Ship
Roddy Piper as Bolphunga
Andrea Romano as Abin Sur’s Ring
Jane Singer as Wachet
James Arnold Taylor as Tomar-Re
Bruce Thomas as Atrocitus
Mitchell Whitfield as Avra
Wade Williams as Deegan
Gwendoline Teo as Blu

The First Lantern
Written by Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, Directed by Christopher Berkeley

Kilowog
Based on New Blood by Peter J. Tomasi and Chris Samnee
Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Directed by Lauren Montgomery

Mogo Doesn’t Socialize
Based on Mogo Doesn’t Socialize Illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Written by Dave Gibbons, Directed by Jay Oliva

Abin Sur
Based on Tygers Illustrated by Kevin O’Neill
Written by Geoff Johns, Directed by Christopher Berkeley

Emerald Knights
Story by Alan Burnett and Geoff Johns, Screenplay by Alan Burnett and Todd Casey, Directed by Lauren Montgomery

Laira
Based on What Price Honor? by Ruban Diaz and Travis Charest
Written by Eddie Berganza, Directed by Jay Oliva

Executive Producers Sam Register, Bruce Timm
Producers Donald De Line, Greg Berlanti
Producer Lauren Montgomery
Co-Producer Alan Burnett
Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Editor Margaret Hou
Music Christopher Drake

Storyboard Christopher Berkeley, Eric Canete, Christine Juhl Delk, Joaquim Dos Santos, Gary Hartle, Jay Oliva, Sean Song, Coan Stone, Keo Thongkham, Olga Ulanova, Alan Wan, Adam Van Wyk, Melchior Zwyer

Character Designers Dusty Abell, Jose Lopez, Joshua Middleton, Jerome Moore, Jay Oliva, Junpei Takayama

Animation Services – Studio4C

Click here to view the trailer for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature. Click here to view the press details for the forthcoming Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature home video release, including a rundown of bonus content and artwork.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature debuts June 7th, 2011 on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Cartoon Network Releases Schedule Details For “Young Justice” June 2011 Episodes

As confirmed earlier this week at The World’s Finest, Young Justice reruns are currently slated to air during the month of June 2011 on Cartoon Network, delaying any previously-scheduled new episodes. Cartoon Network has provided the following schedule details for Young Justice episodes slated to air during the month, and are available to view below.

Please note that beginning Friday, June 3rd, 2011, Young Justice moves to its new 6:00pm (ET) timeslot.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#7 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.

Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#8 Downtime”
After a disastrous mission with the team, Aqualad returns to Atlantis to choose between a life on the surface world or one beneath the waves with the Aquagirl of his dreams. But other forces are at play, which may make Aqualad’s decision for him.

Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#9 Bereft”
The Team finds itself wandering the desert of Bialya with no memory of the last six months or of each other. Only Miss Martian can restore their minds and figure out what happened.

Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#1 Independence Day, Part One”
Justice League sidekicks Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad investigate a lab fire and end up finding a clone of Superman.

Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#2 Fireworks (Independence Day, Part Two)”
Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad rescue Superboy from Cadmus.

Young Justice airs Fridays at 6:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.

Additionally, as previously reported and now confirmed by Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave and The Bold is not currently scheduled to air during the month of June 2011. Stay tuned for further schedule updates and coverage on both Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment passed along the following new images from the upcoming video game release Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. Hitting shelves on June 7th, 2011 for all major consoles, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters ties into the upcoming Green Lantern theatrical film. Please click on the images below for a closer look at each.



Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Description:

In Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, players will fill the role of gifted pilot Hal Jordan, the first human Green Lantern, and create an arsenal of ring constructs and take flight in outer space and beyond to restore intergalactic order. Players will use the Power Ring to build an array of weapons from green energy to defeat the Manhunters an evil android race bent on destroying the Green Lantern Corps. Packed with intergalactic missions, alien androids and out-of-this-world combat, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is an action-adventure videogame that delivers the Green Lantern experience right into the hands of gamers.

From Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters will be available June 7th, 2011 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. Stay tuned for further coverage on this upcoming video game here soon at The World’s Finest.

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New Episodes Of Both “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” And “Young Justice” Delayed

New episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Young Justice have been delayed, as confirmed by Cartoon Network. A block of new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episodes were set to air beginning this week, with the debut of “Scorn of the Star Sapphire!,” but now repeats will air instead. New episodes of Young Justice have also been pushed back.

New Batman: The Brave and The Bold episodes “Scorn of the Star Sapphire!” and “Time Out for Vengeance!” were originally set to debut this Friday and next, respectively. According to Cartoon Network, a rerun of “Mayhem of the Music Meister” will now air this coming Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 6:30pm (ET) instead followed by “The Color of Revenge!” at 7:00pm (ET). Additionally, as of next Friday, Batman: The Brave and The Bold is once again temporarily removed from the network’s schedule line-up.

In addition to new episodes being delayed, Young Justice will also move to a new timeslot beginning June 3rd, 2011. The series will now air at 6:00pm (ET) on Fridays, according to Cartoon Network. The episode “Denial” is now slated to air on Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) instead of the new episode “Targets.” “Denial” is then set to air on Friday, June 10th, 2011.

A 90-minute block of Young Justice episodes is still scheduled for Friday, May 27th, 2011, with “Infiltrator” airing 7:30pm (ET), “Drop Zone” at 8pm (ET), and “Downtime” at 8:30pm (ET).

Cartoon Network has not yet scheduled when the delayed new episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Young Justice will now air. To view the original May 2011 schedule for Batman: The Brave and The Bold, click here.

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Warner Home Video Issues Press Release For “Justice League: Season Two” Blu-ray

Press Release:

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN SHINE LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN BLU-RAY RELEASE OF
JUSTICE LEAGUE: SEASON 2 COMING JULY 26 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Two-disc collector set includes all 26 second-season episodes of popular Warner Bros. Animation series


Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their DC Comics super hero comrades burst onto the scene in dazzling high definition as Justice League: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray for the first time. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series 26-episode second season will be distributed on Blu-ray by Warner Home Video on July 26, 2011 for $39.99 SRP. Order due date is June 21,2011.

Amping up the action, intrigue and epic storylines from its successful first season, Justice League: Season 2 crossed new boundaries in its portrayal of the greatest fighting force in the universe. Comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl, the Justice League wages war with their own personal demons and internal issues of mistrust and insecurity, all the while battling a most heinous collection of villains led by Darkseid, Brainiac, Solomon Grundy, Amazo, Joker, Vandal Savage and more.

Justice League Season 2 was produced by Bruce Timm and James Tucker. The core voice cast features George Newbern (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Michael Rosenbaum (Flash), Phil LaMarr (Green Lantern) Carl Lumbly (Martian Manhunter) and Maria Canals Barrera (Hawkgirl).

The guest cast includes many topline actors from film and television, most notably Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Joker, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (The F.B.I.) as Alfred, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Felix Faust, Powers Boothe (Deadwood, 24) as Gorilla Grodd, Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as both Clayface and Orion, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Lobo, Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit) as Kilowog, Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) as Metamorpho, Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) as Mongul and Robert Picardo (Stargate) as Amazo.

Justice League: Season 2 on Blu-ray boasts several interesting bonus features, including:

-All-New Featurette: The Justice Lords and Beyond An in-depth exploration of the alternate reality concept, the use of this physical theory in the DC Comics Universe and the alternate Earth created in the fan-favorite Justice League episode A Better World.

-Featurette: “Justice League: Declassified” Actor Phil LaMarr (the voice of John Stewart/Green Lantern) takes you behind the scenes with the show’s creative team.

-Easter Egg: “Not Too Savage” A never-before-seen deleted scene with an introduction by producer Bruce Timm.

-Commentary on Three Key Episodes: Twilight, Part II, A Better World, Part II and Starcrossed, Part III — Producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker, director Butch Lukic and the late writer/story editor Dwayne McDuffie provide fans with keen behind-the-scenes insight on three important episodes.

In terms of compelling stories, character development and enhanced humor, Justice Leagues second season took the series to another level and Warner Home Video is proud to finally give fans the opportunity to witness these exciting episodes in the true high definition available via Blu-ray, said Mary Ellen Thomas, WHV Executive Director of Family and Animation Marketing. This is a must-add to any collection.

BASICS
Street Date: July 26, 2011
Order Due Date: June 21, 2011
Languages: English
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Color / Closed Captioned
Packaging Type: 2-disc Elite

Justice League: Season 2 Blu-ray
Price: $39.99 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 883929138760

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties asSuperman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash,MADMagazine,andFables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is thelargest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology, and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. In 2010, WBA unveiled three new theatrically released CG cartoon shorts that feature iconic Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. For television, WBA currently produces Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice for Cartoon Network, and will soon launch ThunderCats, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and more. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studios rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with six Academy Awards, 35 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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Justice League: Season Two arrives on Blu-ray July 26th, 2011. The two-disc set will retail for the suggested price of $39.99. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Elisabeth Moss Talks “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” Feature, New Images And Video

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview actress Elisabeth Moss as she discusses the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title. Additionally, click on the two thumbnails images of Moss directly below for two interview clips of Moss talking about the role. Clicking on other thumbnail images will provide a closer look at each.

MAD MEN STAR ELISABETH MOSS GIVES VOICE TO ARISIA
IN GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS

Actress gives feisty, smart performance as newest Green Lantern Corps recruit in
All-New DC Universe Animated Original Movie Coming June 7 to Blu-Ray, DVD

Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss returns to animation as the voice of new recruit Arisia in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie coming to Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7, 2011.

Long before she caught the TV viewing worlds attention as Peggy Olsson in AMCs hit series Mad Men, Moss stood before a microphone to give voice to characters in such landmark series as Batman: The Animated Series and Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, as well as the animated holiday special Frosty Returns.

Moss continued working in animation with roles in series and specials like Freakazoid! and Its Spring Training, Charlie Brown! as her on-screen career began to blossom, eventually stepping away from voiceovers to act in a succession of popular series, most notably The West Wing, Invasion and Picket Fences.

Now Moss has undertaken the task of bringing to animated life Arisia, a young recruit forced into her first mission on just her third day as a Green Lantern. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, and distributed by Warner Home Video, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights weaves six legendary stories of the Green Lantern Corps rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan (voiced by Castles Nathan Fillion) mentors Arisia in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern) and several of Hals comrades including Kilowog, Abin Sur, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise to the occasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the destructive forces of Krona.

Recording her lines on a day off from the Mad Men set, Moss had time for a few questions about her role, working in animation, and the importance of great footwear.


QUESTION: Whats the essence of Arisias story in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights?

ELISABETH MOSS: Its sort of Arisias first day on the job, so theres a huge learning curve for her. Shes just been basically plucked out of class on her home planet and thrown into this intergalactic police force just as the universe is under attack. So its all very overwhelming for her. But shes smart and courageous, so she rises to the occasion.

QUESTION: You get years to develop your character on shows like Mad Men and The West Wing. Was it difficult to have just one day in Arisias shoes?

ELISABETH MOSS: Well, I really love Arisias boots theyre very cool, I like their style so I like being in her shoes (she laughs). Animation is great because youre part of a large team effort. Im only required to provide my voice for a single character, and to act that role while the director and writers and animators create the entire story. So its fun to see that all come together, especially to see an animated sort-of version of yourself.

QUESTION: What was it about Arisia that attracted you to the character?

ELISABETH MOSS: I like that shes strong, and at the same time shes a pretty girl. But she really adapts well to her first day on the job, and she has a lot of responsibility. I think shes a nice, strong female character.

QUESTION: Youve been away from animation for many years. What prompted the return?

ELISABETH MOSS: It sounded like a cool thing to do, and it sounded like a lot of fun something great to do on a day off from Mad Men.

Ive always wanted to do more animation. I think its a really fun job; Obviously, it has a certain ease to it, but at the same time it can be difficult. Theres technical things that Im not very good at or that Im just learning, things about your voice and making clicking sounds and (using) the headphones but its fun to learn and its definitely something Id like to get to do more of.

QUESTION: Do you find animation is more liberating than on-screen acting?

ELISABETH MOSS: Whats liberating about animation is that you can show up in your jeans and t-shirt and not worry about make-up or hair style. You can show up in your pajamas if you want. Thats tremendously liberating, as opposed to going through three hours of hair and make-up before going before the camera for my day job. So its much more relaxing.

QUESTION: So youd like to do more voiceovers. Are you seeking any particular roles?

ELISABETH MOSS: Im not familiar enough with all the comic book characters to choose. Im just happy to be asked to do anything. I couldnt necessarily pick one I would just like to be involved with whatever somebody thought I was suitable for.

Click here to view the trailer for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature. Click here to view the press details for the forthcoming Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature home video release, including a rundown of bonus content and artwork.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature debuts June 7th, 2011 on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Cartoon Network Releases New Description For “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”

A new description for the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series has been made available from Cartoon Network. The new CGI-animated series features actor Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man) in the title role of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, and will feature a heavy focus on the Green Lantern Corps mythos. Continue below for the new synopsis.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Coming to Cartoon Network this Fall

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations – but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for.

Watch the new series this fall on Cartoon Network.

Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation and overseen by world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm. Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment are expected to debut footage from the highly-anticipated animated series this summer.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment passed along the following Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters character render images and a trailer for the Nintendo 3DS version of the 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. Please click on the images below for a closer look. Click on the first thumbnail image below to view the trailer in the High-Definition Quicktime format.


Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Description:

In Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, players will fill the role of gifted pilot Hal Jordan, the first human Green Lantern, and create an arsenal of ring constructs and take flight in outer space and beyond to restore intergalactic order. Players will use the Power Ring to build an array of weapons from green energy to defeat the Manhunters an evil android race bent on destroying the Green Lantern Corps. Packed with intergalactic missions, alien androids and out-of-this-world combat, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is an action-adventure videogame that delivers the Green Lantern experience right into the hands of gamers.

From Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters will be available June 7th, 2011 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. Stay tuned for further coverage on this upcoming video game here soon at The World’s Finest.

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New Package Artwork For “Young Justice: Season One, Volume One” DVD Title Release

Package artwork for the upcoming Young Justice: Season One, Volume One DVD release, including updated cover art and back art, has been released by Warner Home Video. The release features the first four episodes of the acclaimed new animated series airing Fridays on Cartoon Network. Warner Home Video releases the initial Young Justice DVD title on July 19th, 2011. Click on the thumbnail images below for a closer look.

Click here to view the press release for the Young Justice: Volume One, Season One DVD release, and click here to view the trade ad.

Young Justice – Season One, Volume One, arrives on DVD July 19th, 2011 from Warner Home Video, has a SRP of $14.97. Stay tuned for further updates, including more coverage on this release, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Henry Rollins Discusses “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights,” New Video Clips And Stills

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with singer/actor Henry Rollins as he discusses the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title. Additionally, click on the two thumbnails images of Rollins directly below for two interview clips of the artist discussing his work. Clicking on other thumbnail images will provide a closer look at each.

HENRY ROLLINS GIVES A GLIMPSE INTO KILOWOGS TRAINING DAYS IN GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS

Singer/Actor/Spoken-Word Artist provides back story for Beloved Drill Sergeant in All-New DC Universe Animated Original Movie Coming June 7 to Blu-Ray, DVD

Henry Rollins is so many things to so many people.

One moment, hes the uber-tattooed punk rock front man for Black Flag or The Rollins Band; the next, hes stealing the spotlight as one of the memorable cast of Sons of Anarchy; and while thats airing, hes ranting live for hours to sold out crowds as one of the most popular spoken-word artists of our day, easily translating that mad-as-hell attitude and undying curiosity into his thought-provoking KCRW talk show. His quarter century of globe-trotting has recently added National Geographic to his resume, the latter day Renaissance man now filming documentaries for the renowned publication.

Intelligent? Beyond your dreams. Intense? Absolutely. Restless? Without a doubt. But does Henry Rollins ever pause long enough to be playful? Animation fans know it all too well.

When he isnt perusing the Sudan, performing in Prague or recording for public radio, Rollins takes to another of his true passions: voiceovers for animated projects.

Rollins latest animated incarnation is in the guise of Kilowog for the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will be distributed by Warner Home Video on Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7, 2011.

Rollins voices one of the most beloved characters in the entire universe of Green Lanterns Kilowog, the hardcore drill sergeant-style trainer of Green Lantern recruits. Written by Peter J. Tomasi (based on New Blood by Tomasi & Chris Samnee) and directed by Lauren Montgomery, the Kilowog segment of the film depicts the gruff characters initial days as a young recruit under the abusive tutelage of Deegan, an equally gruff character who shows Kilowog the true tough love principles of training. As the segment play out, Kilowog must assume an integral leadership role within the ranks.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is far from Rollins first venture down the animated path. For Warner Bros. alone, Rollins has recorded over the years for Batman Beyond, Teen Titans and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. And then theres his more recent forays into voiceovers for series like Cartoon Networks Adventure Time and the primetime series American Dad!

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights weaves six legendary stories of the Green Lantern Corps rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan mentors new recruit Arisia in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern) and several of Hals comrades including Kilowog, Abin Sur, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise to the occasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the destructive forces of Krona.

Rollins is joined in the voicecast of the intergalactic animated film by Nathan Fillion (Castle), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries), Wade Williams (Prison Break), professional wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper and Radio Hall of Fame commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson.

No stranger to the spoken word, Rollins spent some significant time after his initial recording session chatting about his character, his love of great literature, Too Much Coffee Man, his need to travel the Earth, and much, much more. Read on

QUESTION: How did you approach the character of Kilowog for this story?

HENRY ROLLINS: For me, Kilowog is a man who’s pure of heart. He’s a warrior. He’s a soldier. And he loves his rookies. Deegan is the guy who broke him in in boot camp and kind of brought him into command position. So Kilowog came up through the ranks by being brave and by being a take-charge leader. In the Kilowog segment, you see that he had a grasp of the leadership idea from the get-go. He’s with other recruits and he immediately takes the leadership position. So I think he’s a good guy, but he always knew he was gonna be running things.

QUESTION: Were there any challenges to finding the character for you?

HENRY ROLLINS: I assumed what the character needed before we went in. I said, Andrea (Romano), this guy has a flat top, thick neck, but hes a good guy and if you get past all the yelling, you know he’s got a good heart. She said, You got it. That’s, that’s the guy. So I kind of had him dialed in and then we went forth.

It was really just finding his subtleties working with the great direction of Andrea. The character, for me, wasn’t all that hard to find. He’s not a complex guy. He takes his orders. He gives orders. He knows right and wrong. He takes care of bad guys, and keeps people alive. On that level, his life is pretty simple.

QUESTION: Youre so often a one-man show, or at least the leader of the band. Whats it like to be directed by Andrea Romano?

HENRY ROLLINS: I’ve been working with Andrea for well over a decade, and it is one of the fun moments of my year when I get the call. Watching her work with a whole group of people is like watching a combination of air traffic controller, director and producer all at once. And she has as much fun or more fun than all of us combined. Her level of energy is quite remarkable. I’ve done every kind of voiceover with her entire casts, one on one, Batman Beyond, Teen Titans and she always brings a tremendous bolt of energy. It’s infectious and its fun. Its like she always says, Thanks for coming in and playing. Andrea really allows you to have fun with it and not take yourself too seriously, which allows you to work really hard.

QUESTION: You’re such an intense, intelligent, driven individual who actively lobbies for so many worthy, worldwide causes. Do voiceovers for animation fulfill some sort of need for play, or does it offer another challenge?

HENRY ROLLINS: The reason why I come and do voiceover, for animation or documentary or whatever, is because I’m really not suited for it. And so I have to somehow pass myself off as someone who can actually pull this off. It makes me work really hard, and I love the challenge. I’ve been in a lot of films, and yet Ive never taken an acting lesson. I’ve done a lot of voiceovers for all kinds of things, and I’ve never taken any lessons there. I’ve just shown up with a whole lot of enthusiasm, a great fear of failure, and a desire to please the people who have somehow trusted me to do the work.

I come from the minimum wage working world of the late ’70s, early ’80s, so stuff like this, to me, is gravy. It is so not standing on my feet, carrying something to the back of a truck. I know how to do all of that. Many of us do. So, for me, it’s just a really fun thing. There’s pressure certainly to perform not the same pressure that I take out on stage every night, when there’s a lot of people who are there to hear me or see me.

The voiceover thing, in order to be good at it, you have to have a laugh at yourself. I mean, you’re doing funny voices. We’re larger than life here. So you have to throw your seriousness away and be able to laugh at yourself. You have to throw out your ego. The more I do it, the more I realize that you have to approach it that way and then you get super involved in the moment. I think that’s what the job requires. You have to think Oh, no, here comes the meteor storm. Weve got to go. When I’m doing something like that, believe me, I’m really in that moment. When you can throw away your self-importance and have fun with it, thats when you really deliver.

QUESTION: Whats your motivation to perform in this odd world of entertainment?

HENRY ROLLINS: Like many of us in the entertainment world, I think we are making up for the lack of attention that we did not get as kids through the need for attention and approval from an audience. I tell audiences now that I’m only here for your attention and your approval. I need you way more than you’ll ever need me. And you’ll be done with me way sooner than I’ll ever be done with you. It’s a pity. And welcome to the show. (he laughs) And it’s so true.

QUESTION: Are you more comfortable performing in front of large groups or alone in a studio with you and the microphone?

HENRY ROLLINS: I love being in front of tons of people, and I really enjoy being one-on-one with the microphone. I love both micromanaging the part, and having the ability now to give the director exactly what he or she wants, and then really being able to nail it. In the booth its fun because theyre directing you, and youre trying to hit those notes. Its like Andrea will say Can you lighten it up just a little? Remember, you’re kind of sad, because on page 11 you had that thing happen. And then you can dial in with such extreme subtlety that she can hear it and go, That’s what I needed. Thank you very much, were moving on. To be able to deliver that is really enjoyable.

QUESTION: Did you read comics as a kid?

HENRY ROLLINS: I was not a comic book-guy growing up. My stepbrother had them. I would look at them with not a great of interest. My first job was throwing newspapers for the long-defunct Washington Star. Id throw 80,000 tons of newspaper a year for about $4.60. So Ive got maybe $12 to my name, but I was a kid, I didn’t know what to do with it. And so I went to the drugstore and I bought a couple of comics. I dragged them home, and I looked at them. Quite honestly, it didn’t do much for me, and I’ve never gone back except for when someone sends me the odd modern comic.

A few years ago, I did come across this character called Too Much Coffee Man. And he used to worry about the world. He had a coffee cup strapped to his head. I eventually made friends with Shannon Wheeler, who draws the comic. He illustrated a book for me putting some illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. And Shannon used to kindly send me these collections of Too Much Coffee Man. But that’s the only comic I would really pay attention to, because I like the idea. Too Much Coffee Man has a lot to say. He’s a great apocalyptic philosopher for our very troubled times.

QUESTION: Comics dont have an impact on you, but do you believe they have a social relevance for society?

HENRY ROLLINS: I think that it’s important for young people who are maybe sensitive. Maybe they’re not gonna be the quarterback and they’re not gonna get the pretty cheerleader to go to the senior prom. But it’s great for them to have an escape. Because some people who are often aren’t the one who can throw the football the furthest, they have interesting minds. And I think that comics help someone with an imagination have fun and play around I think anything that inspires young people to have imagination its what gives you things like, oh, the Internet and renewable energy. And progress. So I think anything that is a seed to imagination, that enhances imagination, I think is safe.

Growing up, I loved great literature. I lived for your Steinbecks and your Hemmingways as a kid, and I read them all again as an adult and got the better version of the story. My comic books were reading things like the The Grapes Of Wrath, and stuff like that that my mom turned me on to. So I understand anything that makes the imagination go as being a good thing.

QUESTION: You spend more days of the year on the road than you spend at home, and mostly in places few would consider a vacation spot. Why?

HENRY ROLLINS: Because the world is interesting. I’ve been touring since I was 20, living all over the world as often as possible. Being home is nice for about 72 hours. Make the dinner I’d like to make, open up the things I got on eBay and Amazon.com, eat at the favorite sushi place. And then after about three or four days of that, I start feeling it’s a grind, and the world is waiting for me. It’s life on pause. Meanwhile, time is ticking by. And I figure at some point when I’m 80 or 90, there will be time to sit around and go, Oh, man, I’m tired.

But as long as I have sap in my bones, the African continent is going like, Henry, you haven’t come to Gambia yet. How come you haven’t gone to Chad yet? Or Yemen is calling and saying, It’s a little rough, but you should check it out. That’s why I go into the world as often as possible. Thankfully, my work takes me far and wide. And then I just invent stuff. I just come up with ideas. I know people in different places. I do a lot of travel with the USO, so that gets me to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, etc.

I’m the first and only ever USO performer in Egypt. They’ve never sent anyone into Egypt before. But I said, Let me be the first. And so I went in across the Sinai. For me, this is all fantastic to go to these places, meet people, dig the culture, dig the music, dig the food, get lost in souqs and bazaars and streets. And so far I have not had to run for my life. A mortar attack in Baghdad wasn’t the best thing that ever happened to me.

But by and large, my travel has enriched my life. Coming from the minimum wage working world of the last century, this is all great opportunity. So I dont no to the work, and I don’t say no to my curiosity.

QUESTION: Is there a super hero or villain role you truly covet?

HENRY ROLLINS: No. I’m happy for anything that would come my way. And I’ll be so happy if someone said, Here is three years work on this series and you get to be that guy. Its all been so much fun. There’s nothing I’m wanting to do but more.

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Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Comic Series Now Available Both At Stores And Digitally

Young Justice #4, the latest issue of the new DC Comics title based on the current Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The issue, written by Art Baltazar and Franco with artwork by Mike Norton, features the young heroes facing off against the League of Shadows. Official details for this issue are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #4


Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Mike Norton

A woman is targeted by a covert group of assassins! It’s Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad to the rescue, but can they save her from the combined menace of Hook and Black Spider? Only if they can escape from the deadly duo themselves! The junior heroes must prove they can work as a team and take on the menace of the League of Shadows at the same time!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #4 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

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Warner Home Video Releases New Video Clip From “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights”

A new video clip from the upcoming Green Lantern: Emerald Knights direct-to-video animated feature has been released by Warner Home Video. The animated clip features Hal Jordan (voice of Castle star Nathan Fillion) beginning his mentoring of Arisia (Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss) as the Corps line up to recharge their rings in preparation for battle with Krona. Click on the thumbnail below to view the clip, available in standard definition Quicktime format.

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A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature debuts June 7th, 2011 on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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