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“Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Joins Teletoon Superfan Friday In March 2012

Teletoon Canada Inc. has released upcoming schedule details for the network, revealing Green Lantern: The Animated Series will be joining the Superfan Friday programming block at the end of March 2012. According to the network, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is slated to debut on Teletoon Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 7:30pm (ET/PT). Teletoon will be the exclusive Canadian home for Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Further details for the Canadian debut of Green Lantern: The Animated Series can be found below, including a series description and premiere date, provided by Teletoon.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Premieres Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT
Airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

Based on the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series follows Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, who is used to being in dangerous situations but never anything like this! In the farthest reaches of deep space, Hal patrols the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down invasions from the evil 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.

Teletoon aired a one-hour Green Lantern: The Animated Series special back in November 2011 in conjunction with Cartoon Network, the one-hour special previewing the first two episodes of the new cartoon. Cartoon Network also announced the addition of Green Lantern: The Animated Series to its schedule as of March 2012, details of which are available here.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series will join Young Justice as part of the Teletoon’s popular Superfan Friday line-up, though representatives are currently unable to confirm the return of Young Justice to the network line-up. Additionally, representatives state that Batman: The Brave and The Bold is still slated to return to the network with new-to-the-network episodes, though has also been unable to confirm a return date.

Stay tuned for further schedule updates here soon at The World’s Finest, including episode specific details for the Teletoon debut of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Green Lantern: The Animated Series joins the Teletoon Superfan Friday programming block on March 23rd, 2012 at 7:30pm (ET/PT).

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Phil Morris Discusses His Role As Vandal Savage In “Justice League: Doom” Feature

The World’s Finest presents the first in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Justice League: Doom direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with actor Phil Morris as he discusses his critical role in the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title. Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Click on the other thumbnails below for larger images.

Smallville star Phil Morris reprises villainous role of Vandal Savage in Justice League: Doom
Actor to attend bi-coastal premieres of all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie

Its a busy time for Phil Morris.

Easily recognizable to sitcom viewers as the hilariously slimy lawyer Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, and renowned throughout the fanboy realm as Jonn Jonzz/Martian Manhunter on Smallville, Morris is splitting his time this February celebrating his latest triumphs.

Morris is a NAACP Image Award nominee in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Love That Girl! While he prepares for the awards ceremony and all of its requisite celebrity gatherings, Morris is also making time to attend both the New York (2/13) and Los Angeles (2/16) premieres of Justice League: Doom.

The consummate nice guy, Morris shifts to a darker, villainous approach for Justice League: Doom as he reprises his Justice League animated television series role as the immortal Vandal Savage. Morris is one of nine actors returning to the booth to record their original roles.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViiolet Digital Copy.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains orchestrated by Vandal Savage discover and implement the Dark Knights contingency plans for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waids much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel, and scripted by the late Dwayne McDuffie.

Morris is more than just an actor with a tendency to perform in fanboy-centric productions he is a devout fan of the genre and its comic book origins. His comics collection exceeds 20,000 and includes gems like a 1948 Captain America, issues 1-18 of Silver Surfer, the first 20 Barry Windsor-Smith issues of Conan, and many of the original run of the Fantastic Four. It goes back pretty far, Morris says. I collect to this day.

Prepping for the onslaught of reporters queries on the red carpets on both coasts prior to the premieres of Justice League: Doom, Morris welcomed the opportunity to answer a few questions about Vandal Savage, comics collecting, and the possibility of someday voicing his Smallville character Martian Manhunter in an animated form. Read on

QUESTION: Whats the mindset of Vandal Savage, and whats been the joy of playing this role?

PHIL MORRIS: Vandal Savage is an immortal who has been around the human species for all time. Hes extremely intelligent hes incredibly evolved because of contact with a meteor that landed in his village. And hes always trying to overthrow the world. His vision is that the world should be his, as many of these despots feel. But he feels that because hes lived so long, hes entitled.

I love Vandal. I played Vandal for the Justice League series a few times, but this is a little bit of a different take on Vandal. Back on the series, he was more of a smooth criminal he was more nuanced, he had more style. Now, I guess, hes just had it. Hes kind of approaching things as if to say I dont have time to play with you. He has no more guile left in him. Hes straight, no chaser, which makes him much more dangerous, much more evil, and much harder edged, especially in my vocal performance.

And I love this script. Dwayne (McDuffie) really made it a walloping good romp for the Justice League players. And then Vandal is a bit like the Lex Luthor of the show its his mastermind, his ideas, his design that almost or does bring the world to its doom. Youll have to watch to see. Vandal is very much the thrust of the evil of this show. Thats fun to play.

QUESTION: Whats it like for you to be recording with all these original voices from the series again?

PHIL MORRIS: Its great to have these actors back in these roles, but thats the magic of these animated projects. I think one of the things the DC/Warner Bros. people do very well is get the right people for the job, from the top down. From Bruce (Timm) and Andrea (Romano) all the way down to the cast and they take pains to make sure that everything is as accurate as possible because they know that, as fans, were watching and were listening and we need to be served. And they serve us very, very well. They give us some of the greatest vocal talent in the business.

QUESTION: You say we and that collection of 20,000+ comics at home attests to your love for this genre. This is more than just work for you, right?

PHIL MORRIS: It feels as though Ive been doing homework on these characters since I was 7 years old, and I loved being able to tell my mother that Im finally making my comic book collection pay off. Actors use whatever reference material is at hand to flush out their characters, and in that I have been a comic collector for so long, I dont have to go too far to relate to the process of the villain or hero in this universe of comics. I fee-+
l like I am one of the rank and file who has gotten lucky enough to embody these characters. Its a pleasure and an honor.

QUESTION: Which way do your comic book tastes venture these days?

PHIL MORRIS: Its interesting because they always ask the question: Is it DC or Marvel? If youre a real comic book fan, you had to pick a side. You couldnt go down the middle. As a younger comics reader, I liked Marvel a lot, because Marvel reflected African Americans sooner than DC did. I think that gave me a little bit of an affinity for them. But now in my more mature years, its all about good story telling, and I find DC tells great stories and has great, solid characters. They have probably my favorite character in Batman. So Im much more interested in the continuity of the universe I was an artists guy before, relating to the pictures and the artistry. That really thrilled me. Now its about the concepts and the writing. Im always looking for a good yarn.

I like reading Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Waid, Jeff Loeb guys like that. The writers have become fantastic they have taken what society is and spun it on its ear. Its not really kid stuff anymore. Kids can still invest and enjoy the books, but so can adults. Mark Millar. Ed Brubaker. There are a lot of great comic writers out there right now, and the world of comic books is much better for it.

QUESTION: You played Jonn Jonzz /Martian Manhunter on Smallville. Would you like to transition that role to voiceover for animation?

PHIL MORRIS: Carl (Lumbly) did one helluva job as Martian Manhunter for the Justice League series, and he hasnt lost a step for this film. I dont think hes going to give up the role without a fight, and I have a total respect for Carl and his performance. It would be wonderful to do Jonn Jonzz as an animated character, as I did on Smallville. Well see. They keep me busy over here.

QUESTION: Youve recorded a full library of characters for animation, including many in the super hero realm. What character does your inner geek still crave to voice?

PHIL MORRIS: Ive been doing a voice for the Black Panther, but Im not playing the Panther. They got Djimon Hounsou, and hes terrific. But I would love to play the Black Panther. I wanted to play Green Lantern in this film. Im an African American actor, but I dont want that to matter at all. I think you should be able to close your eyes and voice any character, whether hes African American or Anglo or Latino or Asian. Thats what I love about these great characters. Id love to do the Silver Surfer, too. But for DC, Id love to do a version of the Batman. I know Kevin Conroy IS Batman, and I love Kevin to death. But I think every actor who knows comics and loves comics would jump at the chance to do Batman. I think each of us would want to bring his own take to that darkness, to that inner turmoil that is Bruce Wayne. So it would be Batman. Kevin, I love you, but give me a one-off!

QUESTION: You frequently work in both the live-action and animated worlds. Whats your favorite part of doing voiceovers?

PHIL MORRIS: The best part of working in voiceover is the people you work with. I was very surprised when I first came into this world that the actors were so talented. They werent just people who did funny or clever voices. They are very intelligent, well-read, well-spoken, funny actors, and you get into that room and they cut it up and THEN they go to record and theyre suddenly the most evil or heroic person on the planet. Then in between takes theyre jokey, jokey, jokey. Their wit and their imagination is unparalleled. I really have a great time working with whomever I work with from the voiceover community.

Click here to view the trailer for Justice League: Doom. Additionally, view the above interview at the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuts February 28th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Further details are available at the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite.

Similar to the Batman: Year One animated release, Warner Home Video will also allow a one week-early window to legally download Justice League: Doom starting February 21st, 2012.

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New “Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Episodes For March 2012

New episodes of Young Justice will return to Cartoon Network as of the first weekend of March 2012, with new Green Lantern: The Animated Series episodes to follow later in the same month. According to schedule details released by Cartoon Network, both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series will move to new Saturday morning timeslots starting March 3rd, 2012. Green Lantern: The Animated Series will air at 10:00am (ET, PT) on Saturday mornings, with Young Justice airing immediately afterwards at 10:30am (ET, PT).

The all-new Young Justice episode “Misplaced” debuts Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 10:30am (ET, PT), proceeded by a special re-airing of Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power: Green Lantern’s Light, Part One” at 10:00am (ET, PT). Both episodes are rated TV-PG-V. Below are specific details for the new Young Justice episode “Misplaced.”

Young Justice
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 10:30am (ET, PT) – “#19 Misplaced”

When every adult on the planet disappears, only the team, Zatanna, and Billy Batson are left to defeat the five most powerful sorcerers on Earth.

Continuing, new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series are tentatively slated to debut beginning Saturday, March 17th, 2012 following a two-week encore presentation of the two-part “Beware My Power: Green Lantern’s Light” series opener. Further March 2012 schedule details will also be released toward the end of next month.

Schedule details released by Cartoon Network are unable to confirm whether the DC Nation programming block also debuts on March 3rd, 2012, though an official announcement is expected within the next two – three weeks.

To reiterate, Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network, followed immediately afterwards by Young Justice at 10:30am (ET, PT), starting March 3rd, 2012. Additionally, Cartoon Network will also air encore presentations of Saturday-debuting episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice every Sunday beginning at 10:00am (ET, PT) as of March 4th, 2012.

Further details for Young Justice are available at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite. Additionally, details on Green Lantern: The Animated Series can be found at the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite.

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High-Quality Cover Artwork For Upcoming Free Comic Book Day “DC Nation Flip Book”

High-quality cover art for the forthcoming DC Nation Flip Book, released as part of the 2012 Free Comic Book Day Event, is available to view below. Free Comic Book Day is administered by a panel representing all parts of the comic book industry: retailers, publishers, suppliers, and Diamond Comic Distributors. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free. Diamond handles marketing and logistics for the event, shipping comics to shops and handling marketing and PR for the event. Click on the image below for a closer look.

Free Comic Book Day 2012 is being held May 5th, 2012 at your local comic and hobby shops. Free Comic Book Day is an international event. DC Nation Flip Book is one of the offerings being made available by DC Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2012.

More details on the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic title can be found at the Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite. Similiarly, details on the ongoing Young Justice comic series can be found at the Young Justice subsite. More details on Free Comic Book Day can be found here.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment present a new trailer and screenshots for the upcoming Gotham City Imposters video game. The Gotham City Impostors public console beta is now available in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStationNetwork.

Those interested in joining the Xbox 360 version of the beta can go to https://www.gothamcityimpostors.com/beta/ to register for a chance to receive a key. The PS3 version is available in the PSN and can be downloaded without a key.


Gotham City Impostors is a download only title that will be available in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStationNetwork and Windows PC. Fans of the game can go to www.GothamCityImpostors.com for the latest updates and news.

Gotham City Impostors is an original download-only first-person shooter where up to 12 players battle for control of an unhinged Gotham City overrun by Impostors inspired by the DC Comics characters Batman and The Joker. Gotham City Impostors is an online multiplayer game unlike any other, giving players the opportunity to rebel against conformity as they customize their own characters. Fighting for justice or creating chaos, gamers will create their very own version of the Bats or the Jokerz characters using unprecedented customization options including insane costumes, homemade gadgets and a wide range of traditional and inventive weapons. The game will feature maps and modes inspired by DC Comics Batman license.

Gotham City Impostors is scheduled for release on January 10th, 2012 and will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStationNetwork, as well as for PC. Fans can go to www.GothamCityImpostors.com for more information and to receive updates regarding the game.

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New Video Clip, Image From Upcoming “Justice League: Doom” Animated Feature

A new video clip from Justice League: Doom, the upcoming animated feature loosely based on the acclaimed graphic novel JLA: Tower of Babel, has been released by Warner Home Video. The clip features Batman facing off against the Royal Flush Gang. Click on the thumbnail image below to view the clip, available in the High Definition Quicktime format. Also included below is a new image from the movie featuring members of the Justice League.


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Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knights contingency plans for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waids much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel.

The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, including Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Jonn Jonzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg. The cast features three villainous alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia dAbo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Click here to view the trailer for Justice League: Doom.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuts February 28th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Further details are available at the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite.

Similar to the Batman: Year One animated release, Warner Home Video will also allow a one week-early window to legally download Justice League: Doom starting February 21st, 2012.

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Warner Home Video Announces “Justice League: Doom” New York Premiere Sold Out

Warner Home Video has announced the Justice League: Doom animated feature’s debut at The Paley Center for Media in New York has sold out. The event, set for February 13th, 2012, is the world premiere of the next installment of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy. Continue below for the press release.

Kevin Conroy, Phil Morris join Warner Home Video & MTV Geek for the World Premiere of JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
February 13, 2012 in New York at The Paley Center for Media

Event is Sold Out; MTV Geek and Justice League: Doom Facebook page to offer additional opportunities for fans to win special VIP tickets; Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screening


The key voices of the films hero and villain fan favorite Kevin Conroy as Batman and NAACP Image Award nominee Phil Morris as Vandal Savage will grace the stage alongside eight-time Emmy Award winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano when Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom in New York on February 13, 2012.

The event is completely sold out, and fans winning tickets via the RSVP email have been notified of their good fortune. However, a very limited number of VIP seats will still be made available to fans through MTV Geek, as well as the Justice League: Doom Facebook page. Fans should keep their browser focused on those two pages for details of the giveaways.

Conroy, Morris and Romano will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion. Conroy set the standard for the voice behind the Dark Knight in the landmark Batman: The Animated Series. Morris is best known for his roles on Seinfeld and Smallville, and is currently nominated for a NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Love That Girl!

Red carpet interviews will commence at 5:30 p.m., and the film will roll at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening. The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knights contingency plans for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waids much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel.

The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, including Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Jonn Jonzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg. The cast features three villainous alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia dAbo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The filmmaking team includes executive producer by Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery, producer Alan Burnett and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Justice League: Doom is the final DC Universe film script from the late Dwayne McDuffie.

Voice cast members and filmmakers will be announced as confirmed for the event. The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Click here to view the trailer for Justice League: Doom.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuts February 28th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Further details are available at the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite.

Similar to the Batman: Year One animated release, Warner Home Video will also allow a one week-early window to legally download Justice League: Doom starting February 21st, 2012.

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DC Entertainment Unveils “We Can Be Heroes” Anti-Hunger Giving Commitment

Announced earlier today, DC Entertainment unveiled a multi-layered giving campaign to combat the hunger crisis in the Horn of Crisis. The campaign will appear across multiple platforms, including television, home video, and theatrical releases. The complete press release, along with a Quicktime video, is below.

DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES WE CAN BE HEROES,
AN UNPRECEDENTED GIVING CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT THE HUNGER CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

Featuring Iconic Justice League Characters, Multilayered Campaign To Leverage
All Time Warner Advertising Platforms Generating Significant Awareness of the Crisis
Multi-Million-Dollar Commitment Will Support Three Aid Groups Working in Africa:
Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps

DC Entertainment, home of the worlds greatest super heroes, today unveiled an unprecedented giving campaign to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. This multi-million-dollar commitment over the next two years will be supported across all Warner Bros. Entertainments and Time Warners businesses and feature DC Entertainments iconic Justice League characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, issuing the call to action, We Can Be Heroes. The announcements were made at a press conference today in New York by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.; Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; and Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment.

We Can Be Heroes will support the efforts of three humanitarian aid organizations working in AfricaSave the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corpsas part of the global effort to fight the current hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The region is suffering its worst drought and famine in over 60 years, with 13 million in need of critical assistance and 250,000 facing starvation in Somalia alone. Each partner organization was chosen for its track record of effective and expeditious humanitarian aid efforts in Africa.

We Can Be Heroes will be supported via promotional exposure across all of Time Warners divisional advertising platforms (Warner Bros., Turner Broadcasting, Time Inc., HBO), generating millions of consumer impressions and creating crucially needed awareness of this crisis worldwide. Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps will equally share a corporate donation of at least $2 million over the next two years comprised of cash donations, employee matching funds and consumer matching funds.

Warner Bros. has a long history of corporate philanthropy and outreach, and this campaign proudly continues that tradition, said Meyer. We are a global company, and this is a global issue. By marshalling our expertise in consumer and fan engagement and creating global awareness, we hope were able to inspire others to join us in becoming heroes and make a difference in the Horn of Africa.

The Justice League characters were chosen by DC Entertainment both for their global recognition as well as their demonstration of strength in unity and numbers. The campaigns graphic identifier features the iconic Justice League charactersSuperman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborgoutlined in silhouette against the African continent. Each of these characters is a super hero in his or her own right, but when they band together as the Justice League, they become an unstoppable force for good and right in the universea key message of the We Can Be Heroes campaign. While many individuals may feel powerless to effect change on their own, as part of a global campaign such as this, their efforts, combined with those of other donors, can create a world of change.

A key launch element of We Can Be Heroes is the campaigns website, WeCanBeHeroes.org. Here, consumers can make donations which DC Entertainment will match 100 percent (up to $1 million in donations), purchase specially branded merchandise, with 50 percent of the purchase price going to fight the hunger crisis via We Can Be Heroes1, sign up for newsletters and updates, and join the We Can Be Heroes online community. The site will also feature information on each of the partner organizations and updates on current conditions in the Horn of Africa.

This campaign goes straight to the heart of our core competency, as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment both have a rich legacy of telling socially relevant, compelling stories with characters embraced by global audiences, said Robinov. The fact that were able to take what we do and use it to raise awarenessand inspire actionaround a cause as important as this is gratifying. With the support of the entire Studio and our Time Warner sister companies, this campaign, like the DC Comics super heroes, will make a great impact on an important issue.

The members of the Justice League are an international team of super heroes beloved by a broad range of fans, including men and women, young and old. This makes them the perfect spokescharacters for this campaign, said Nelson. Their dedication to social justice and commitment to band together to defend the helpless brilliantly supports the ideals of the We Can Be Heroes campaign. The hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa is something we can reverse if we all work together. Im proud and grateful were able to harness the power and standing of the DC Comics brand and iconic characters as well as for the support from both Warner Bros. and Time Warner that has allowed us to pursue this unprecedented initiative.

This is a tragic situation affecting millions and millions of people. Everyone has the ability to be a part of the solution and efforts such as We Can Be Heroes help bring us closer to that goal, said Dr. Jill Biden, who visited refugees in Kenya in August and has worked to raise awareness of the crisis. I commend the efforts of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and other organizations who are using their global reach to help raise awareness of the crisis.

For more information on We Can Be Heroes, visit www.WeCanBeHeroes.org. For more information on the campaigns partner organizations, visit their websites: www.savethechildren.org (Save the Children); www.rescue.org (International Rescue Committee) and www.mercycorps.org (Mercy Corps).

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroesa giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroesto raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.


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Expect to see awareness for this campaign regularly featured on assorted Warner Bros., Warner Home Video, DC Entertainment, and related projects, including upcoming direct-to-video home video releases, television spots during related programming – including the DC Nation programming block – and much more.

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Promotional Package Artwork For Upcoming “Justice League: Doom” Animated Title

Special promotional package art has been made available from Warner Home Video for the upcoming Justice League: Doom direct-to-video animated feature. The artwork below is commonly placed in flyers and online store listings. The larger text is emphasized to make the home video format or specific edition is easily legible. Certain text is emphasized due to the image usually being shrunk to thumbnail size or smaller. The studio will be releasing Justice League: Doom in a plethora of different home video formats on February 28th, 2012, in addition to legal download and streaming outlets. Continue below to view the artwork.

Final artwork for this release is available at the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite. Click here to view the trailer for Justice League: Doom.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuts February 28th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Further details are available at the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite.

In additional home video updates, a representative for Warner Home Video has confirmed the recently unveiled new DC Entertainment branding will be appearing on upcoming home video releases and DC Comics and DC Entertainment-related projects, including animated features and television series. The new branding will likely appear on the animated feature Superman Versus The Elite, the next title in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, and its subsequent home video release coming Summer 2012. Click here and scroll down for a closer look at the new DC Entertainment and DC Comics branding that will start appearing on products starting March 2012.

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“Justice League: Doom” Screens February 16, 2012 At Los Angeles Paley Center

Continue below to view the press release announcing the West Coast premiere of the upcoming Justice League: Doom animated feature. The direct-to-video animated feature finds the Justice League struggling against both a dangerous new group of villains plus one of their own. Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Warner Home Video & Los Angeles Times present the West Coast Premiere of JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
February 16, 2012 in Los Angeles at The Paley Center for Media

Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screening;

Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Home Video, Los Angeles Times and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the West Coast Premiere of Justice League: Doom , the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in Los Angeles on February 16, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion hosted by The Times Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans in the Los Angeles City area wishing to receive free tickets to the LA event on Feb. 16 must RSVP via email to JLDoomLA@yahoo.com. Email RSVPs must include the fans first and last name, and a valid email address.

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Los Angeles Times will also be giving away special seating for the event to a number of lucky Hero Complex readers.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knights contingency plans for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waids much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel.

The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, including Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Jonn Jonzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg. The cast features three villainous alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia dAbo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The filmmaking team includes executive producer by Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery, producer Alan Burnett and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Justice League: Doom is the final DC Universe film script from the late Dwayne McDuffie.

Voice cast members and filmmakers will be announced as confirmed for the event. The Paley Center for Media is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Click here to view the trailer for Justice League: Doom.

Justice League: Doom will debut February 13th, 2012 at a special screening at the New York City Paley Center. Further details on that event can be found here.

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Announced today, DC Entertainment has unveiled a new brand identity that will adorn DC Comics and DC Comics-related content – including animated series and movies – beginning March 2012. Continue below for the official press release along with images showcasing the new logo and its assorted uses.

DC ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS NEW BRAND IDENTITY

New identity designed to showcase DC Entertainment’s rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters across all media platforms.


DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company and home to iconic brands DCComics, Vertigo and MAD, revealed today a new brand identity. The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise. A new logo for DCComicswas also introduced, closely aligning with DC Entertainment’s new mark.

“It’s a new era at DC Entertainment and the new look reflects a dynamic, bold approach while at the same time celebrates the company’s rich heritage and robust portfolio of characters,” stated John Rood, EVP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for DC Entertainment. “It was just a few months ago that Superman, Batman and many of our other Super Heroes were updated when we launched DCComics – The New 52 and now it’s time to do the same for the company’s identity while remaining true to the power of storytelling which is still at the heart of DC Entertainment.”

DC Entertainment worked with Landor Associates, one of the world’s leading brand consulting and design firms, to develop an identity that creates a visual connection among the company, its three brands DCComics, Vertigo and MAD and its vast array of properties as well as celebrates the power of the company’s stories and characters. The design of the new DC Entertainment identity uses a “peel” effect – the D is strategically placed over the C with the upper right-hand portion of the D peeling back to unveil the hidden C – symbolizing the duality of the iconic characters that are present within DC Entertainment’s portfolio.

“It was our goal to capture DC Entertainment in a dynamic and provocative identity. Our solution is a living expression which changes and adapts to the characters, story lines and the ways fans are consuming content,” explains Nicolas Aparicio, Executive Creative Director at Landor’s San Francisco office. “The new identity is built for the digital age, and can easily be animated and customized to take full advantage of the interactivity offered across all media platforms.”

The new brand identity will come to life across all consumer touch points in order to create a clear and consistent message in support of DC Entertainment. The new identity will begin to appear on comic books and graphic novels as well as new websites in March. Consumers will also see the new identity rolled out over time on other DC Entertainment products from Warner Bros. including film, television, interactive games and merchandise.

“We believe our new brand identity will strongly resonate with our loyal fans who will want to proudly express their affinity for DC Entertainment and their passion for their favorite stories and characters, this new look allows them to easily do this. In addition we were excited to update our identity, it’s not often a company gets to revisit something as important as its brand and we took the opportunity to make sure it represented the multi-media business we set out to build with the formation of DC Entertainment,” said Amit Desai, SVP of Franchise Management for DC Entertainment.

To see the new DC Entertainment identity, visit: www.dccomics.com/go/new-brand-identity

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DCComics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, 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 stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.


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Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Comic Series Available Both In Print And Digitally

Young Justice #12, 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. This issue features scripting duties by Greg Weisman with Luciano Vecchio providing the art. Young Justice #12 fills in the origin for the villainous Clayface, who appeared in an episode of the acclaimed animated series. Official details for this issue are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #12


Written by: Greg Weisman
Art by: Luciano Vecchio
Cover by: Christopher Jones

There’s a new menace in Gotham City: a creature so strange and so versatile that not even the combined might of the entire Young Justice team can stand against it. Witness the origin of…Clayface!!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #12 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

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