Month: January 2012

“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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