Month: November 2011

“Batman: Year One” Animated Feature Garners Strong Debut On Blu-ray, DVD Charts


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the new Batman: Year One direct-to-video animated feature hit a solid debut on the home video market. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 167,000 units in its first week, with 65,000 of those sales coming from DVD and 102,000 from the Blu-ray format. Blu-ray sales accounted for nearly 62% of total Batman: Year One home video sales in its first week. In terms of chart placement, the animated feature hit #5 on Blu-ray charts and #10 on DVD sales chart. These sales numbers are for the week ending October 23rd, 2011, the first week of the availability for the animated title. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers. Batman: Year One was available early for legal download on October 11th, 2011 as part of an special promotion.

This release also continues the trend of Blu-ray editions for DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles surpassing sales of the DVD counterpart. Batman: Year One was released on both Blu-ray Combo Pack and two separate DVD releases, including a two-disc Special Edition and a single-disc casual release.

To compare, the previous DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Green Lantern: Emerald Knights debuted with an estimated 230,000 copies sold on DVD and Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in June 2011. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights was released in conjunction with the Green Lantern live-action feature and the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature. Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Batman: Year One home video release (and included Catwoman animated short) and continue to the Batman: Year One micro-site for more media and content from the animated feature.

Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Year One animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases, along with the included DC Showcase: Catwoman animated short.

Batman: Year One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Year One DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Catwoman Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

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Producer James Tucker Discusses New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode

The World’s Finest caught up with Batman: The Brave and The Bold Producer James Tucker to discuss the latest episode of the acclaimed animated series, “Four Star Spectacular!” The all-new episode debuts tonight, Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. The episode features an assortment of short stories focusing on different characters from the DC Universe. Continue below for the all-new exclusive Batman: The Brave and The Bold Q & A with Tucker.

The World’s Finest: “Four-Star Spectacular” has a completely unique format for the series. The episode goes for four short stories instead of the standard teaser/main format. Can you elaborate on why you chose this format and how it works for the episode? Was this difficult to do given how different this is from a regular episode? Was this an episode done to just break with the regular format?

James Tucker: When I decided that I wanted to have every episode start with teaser that was unrelated to the rest of the episode, the inspiration came mainly from the old superhero cartoon shows of the late 1960s and 1970s that usually consisted of several short segments featuring different characters in each. For Batman: The Brave and The Bold, I always wanted to do at least one episode that was made up of completely stand-alone segments featuring different heroes. So when we realized this would be our final season, we pushed ahead with the idea. The concept is a difficult one to spring on viewers, but we figured that by now, our fans had come to expect the unexpected.

WF: Director Ben Jones states that this episode went into production without a script, hence the written by credits replaced by storyboards by. How challenging was this for you? How different is it to work on an episode without a script? Did this affect voiceover sessions and the standard animation process for the episode (ie: no voice acting to sync up the mouth movements, etc.)?

JT: For this episode we let storyboard artists board each segment without a script and just tell the story they wanted to tell using the characters they wanted. Ultimately, we needed to go back and create a recording script in order to record the voices and get the final animation done, so Michael Jelenic and Ben Jones had to do some script work. In hindsight, I think I may have underestimated how hard it is to actually board without a script and so there was a lot of work on the back end of the process that we didnt account for. I think all four segments turned out to be a lot of fun. It would have been nice to do more episodes along the lines of “Four Star Spectacular” because I think it is a great way to showcase heroes and ideas that wouldnt normally fit into the format of even our usual episode.

WF: A reoccurring theme for the third seasons seems to be the shortened production schedule. Were you pressed for time with these final 13 episodes? Was this season more challenging to do than the first two?

JT: In animation there never seems to be enough time but I didnt notice any drop in quality because of a shorter schedule. The fact is, both Michael Jelenic and I were being pulled into development on other projects while we were completing our third season. Luckily our crew was a well-oiled machine thanks to Amy McKenna, our line producer, so we managed to make it all happen, even with the shorter season.

WF: Back to the episode, care to fill us in on what exactly inspired “Four-Star Spectacular,” including the choice of guest-stars? Flash, Creature Commandos, Adam Strange even Mazing Man! Why these characters in particular? And Im pretty sure this is the first animated appearance of Mazing Man…

JT: Its called “Four Star Spectacular” after a DC comic book of the same name from the 1970s that featured reprints of four stories with different heroes in each. The story board artists we recruited were Matt Youngberg who chose Adam Strange, Ben Jones chose The Flash, Adam Van Wyk chose Creature Commandoes and Stephen DeStephano chose, appropriately enough, his own character, Mazing Man to bring to animation. I was on the fence about Mazing Man because even among old school fanboys, it was an obscure choice, but in the end, its the segment a lot of folks responded to. I think the character has a lot of heart and humor that could be expanded on in a series. And Creature Commandoes definitely is worthy of a full episode or even a series. We already featured Flash and Adam Strange in their own episodes, but these two were unknowns to even a lot of comicbook fans.

WF: Batman takes a backseat in this episode, with a dramatically reduced role. Do you think that if the show continued, you wouldve toyed with the format of perhaps less Batman and focusing on other DC Heroes? Maybe just plain ol The Brave and The Bold?

JT: To me Batman is pretty synonymous with the The Brave and the Bold brand but probably thats because it was the first Batman comic I ever read, so Im biased even though I know the book existed before Batman was featured in it regularly. I think for general audiences you need either Batman or Superman as an entry point to get them to sample the lesser known characters. We, as comic fans, know the merits of these lesser known characters, but its the general audiences watching that make it possible for the studio to be willing to spend the money to make those kind of shows. I dont foresee a time where you wouldnt need at least one of the big gun characters as a co-host of sorts. Having said that, theres all kinds of ways to structure a story where Batmans in it, but doesnt dominate the story. I think we managed to do that fairly well on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, so I know its possible. Id love to do a Superman team-up show in the same vein ala the DC Presents comic book Superman was featured in, though that would be a tougher problem because Superman doesnt really need to team up with anyone if were basing it strictly on powers.

WF: Do you have a particular favorite short among the four?

JT: For me its a tie between Mazing Man and Creature Commandoes. For the oddball factor alone, the Mazing Man segment was so different, even for our show, that I enjoy it a lot. Doing that type of comedy is an artform and its very different and more difficult than what we do in a superhero themed show, even one that has a good deal of humor like Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Creature Commandoes was just a blast to watch and would have made a great full episode because we had to cut out half the board that Adam Van Wyk turned in. He boarded almost enough for a full episode!

WF: Finally, as always, why should fans tune in to check out this episode tonight?

JT: Its only a few more episodes before the end of the road. Do I have to still tell you how awesome this show is?

The all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Four Star Spectacular!” debuts tonight, Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Continue to the Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite for further details on this episode.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET), with the next new episode “Mitefall!” airing Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 7:00pm. Expect more coverage on “Mitefall!,” effectively the series finale of Batman: The Brave and The Bold over the coming weeks here at The World’s Finest. Please note Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be pre-empted on Friday, November 11th, 2011 due to the special Green Lantern: The Animated Series programming event, more details of which are available here.

Additionally, an all-new episode of Young Justice also premieres tonight on Cartoon Network. The episode “Failsafe” debuts at 6:30pm (ET), featuring the young team stepping in for the Justice League, before an all-new episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

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Cast And Crew Details For “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Hour-Long Event

Cast and crew details for the upcoming one-hour Green Lantern: The Animated Series special event on Cartoon Network are now available. The two-part episode event is scheduled for Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET). The two-part episode event, entitled “Beware My Power,” will offer a first look at the upcoming highly-anticipated animated series. Official cast and crew details, revealed first exclusively at The World’s Finest, are available below. Additional screengrab images from the special event are also included below.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power”
Written by Jim Krieg, Ernie Altbacker
Directed by Sam Liu, Rick Morales
Executive Producer – Bruce Timm
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producer – Giancarlo Volpe
Producer – Jim Krieg
Line Producer – Susan Ward
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Theme and Music by Frederik Wiedmann
Casting and Voice Director – Lisa Schaffer

Starring the Voices of:
Josh Keaton as Hal Jordan
Kevin Michael Richardson as Kilowog
Jason Spisak as Razer
Grey DeLisle as Aya
Ian Abercrombie as Ganthet
Jonathan Adams as Atrocitus
Susanne Blakeslee as Sayd
Brian George as Appa Ali Apsa
Jennifer Hale as Carol Ferris
Tom Kenny as Zilius Zox
Kurtwood Smith as Shyir Rev


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Total running time for Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power” is 43 minutes, 12 seconds. This includes the opening and end credits.

Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network initially released the following synopsis for the special Green Lantern: The Animated Series premiere event, as seen below.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power”
Rating: TV-PG-V
Premieres Friday, November 11th at 7:00pm (ET, PT)

As Earths Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations but hes 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 by 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. Dispatched on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

The two-part Green Lantern: The Animated Series special event “Beware My Power” is scheduled for Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Following this special airing, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is then slated to become a regular fixture on the network in early 2012 as part of the new DC Nation programming block. Please note that Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be pre-empted on November 11th, 2011 due to this special programming event, but an all-new episode of Young Justice is still slated to air that night at 6:30pm (ET).

Additionally, the Canadian network Teletoon will also air Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power” on November 11th, 2011 at 8:00pm (ET).

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Warner Home Video Announces “Young Justice – Season One, Volume Three” DVD

Warner Home Video has passed along the following details for the freshly-announced Young Justice – Season One, Volume Three, the latest installment in the ongoing single-disc DVD volume releases from the studio. Four more episodes will be included in this release, though no bonus features are expected. Official details provided by the studio are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE SEASON 1 VOLUME 3

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 3 is coming to DVD on 2/21/12!

The third volume in the animated DC Universe cartoon Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis have become Young Justice – The Justice League’s secret weapon against the forces of evil. The teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the Justice League to handle covertly. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training and Batman will hand out their assignments. And of course, Young Justice will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what they’ve been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg.

Episodes:
Bereft
Targets
Terrors
Home Front

Announce Date: 11/2/11
Order Date: 1/17/12
Street Date: 2/21/12

-Young Justice saw ratings growth week to week with Teens and Boys 12-17.

-Young Justice ranked #1 with boys 12-17.

-Young Justice ranked #2 with boys 6-11.

-DC Comics is a multi-billion dollar franchise.

Young Justice – Season One, Volume Three is expected to retail for the suggested price of $14.97. Further details on this release, including cover art, will be released shortly. Details on each Young Justice DVD home video release can be found here. Young Justice – Season One, Volume Three arrives on shelves February 21st, 2012.

Warner Home Video just released the Young Justice – Season One, Volume Two DVD title last week, on October 25th, 2011. Further home video release announcements, including details on the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie and Batman: The Brave and The Bold titles, are expected from Warner Home Video in the coming weeks.

In additional Young Justice news, Teletoon has provided the following schedule details for episodes of the Young Justice animated series slated to air on the Canadian network during November 2011. Young Justice premiered earlier this year on the Canadian network during the Superfan Friday programming block. Please note the episode details listed below are provided by Teletoon.

Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)- “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, November 18th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) “Targets”
Red Arrow’s battle to prevent the League of Shadows from inciting a war pits him against the world’s most dangerous assassins — and allies him with someone more dangerous still.

Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) “Terrors”
Batman assigns Superboy and Miss Martian to go undercover inside Belle Reve Penitentiary, a federal prison designed to house the world’s worst super-villains.

Please note Young Justice will be pre-empted on Friday, November 11th, 2011 due to a special Green Lantern: The Animated Series programming event. More details are available here.

New episodes of Young Justice will debut Friday nights at 7:00pm (ET) on the Teletoon Superfan Friday programming block, and will then re-air the following Sunday at 8:30am (ET). Young Justice will also air Saturdays at 1:00am (ET) as part of the Teletoon At Night programming block.

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Media From “The Best Of Green Lantern” DVD, Home Video Release Now Available

The World’s Finest has a first look at DVD media from the new The Best of Green Lantern DVD home video release, available below. The new DVD title from Warner Home Video, now on sale at all retail and online outlets, collects five different episodes from assorted DC Comics-based cartoons. Episodes from Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, The Batman and Batman: The Brave and The Bold are all included. Continue below for assorted media from the title.


Below are details issued from Warner Home Video for the DVD title.

The Best of Green Lantern

Synopsis: Together for the first time is the best of the Green Lantern in a single disc. Each Green Lantern has been chosen by the Guardians of the Universe and wields a power ring that can generate a variety of effects, sustained purely by the ring wearer’s strength of will; the greater the user’s willpower, the more effective the ring. The ring can be used for antigravity, space travel, flight, unleashing torrents of energy, translating alien dialects, and creation of green objects (constructs) of any shape. Across the years, the ring has been shown capable of accomplishing anything within the imagination of the ring bearer. This compilation contains 5 fan favorite action packed episodes that have been taken from other series.

Included Episodes:
In Brightest Day (Superman: The Animated Series)
In Blackest Night Part 1 (Justice League)
In Blackest Night Part 2 (Justice League)
Ring Toss (The Batman)
The Eyes of Despero! (Batman: The Brave and The Bold)

The MSRP for this release is $14.97. While The Best of Green Lantern is now available to own from Warner Home Video at all major online and retail outlets, it has been available since October 11th, 2011 – as a promotional tie-in for the home video release of the live-action Green Lantern theatrical film – at some retail outlets. Click on the link below to discuss this new DVD release.

The Best of Green Lantern DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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