Month: January 2012

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.

For recent interviews with Young Justice co-writer Greg Weisman and artist Christopher Jones, click here and here. Additional details on the Young Justice comic series can be found here. Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive Young Justice content and more, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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