Month: July 2014

“Batman: The Animated Series” DC Collectibles Line Among DC Comics’ San Diego Comic-Con Plans

DC Comics has issued a press release announcing the publisher’s plans for their DC Collectibles line at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. DC Collectibles figures based on Batman: The Animated Series will be featured at the convention. DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded and sought after by fans and collectors for its superior quality and limited availability. The San Diego Comic-Con convention is held every year, and focuses on a host of different genres and pop culture events.

Official details for DC Collectible at San Diego Comic-Con, along with a look at the Harley Quinn figure, are available below.

DC COLLECTIBLES UNVEILS A STELLAR NEW LINE-UP OF
TOYS AND COLLECTOR ITEMS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO

Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Arkham Knight, Arrow
Take Center Stage with an Array of New Product Offerings

DC Collectibles, the exclusive line of collector items from DC Entertainment, announced today a slate of new statues and action figures leading up to Comic-Con International: San Diego. Timed to the convention, DC Collectibles will unveil a new action figure line based on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s upcoming videogame, Batman: Arkham Knight, all-new action figures based on Warner Bros. Television series’ Arrow (returns Wednesday, October 8th at 8/7c on The CW) and The Flash (premieres Tuesday, October 7th at 8/7c on The CW); and new action figures from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, among others. The new products will be highlighted during the DC Collectibles official panel on Thursday, July 24 from 10:00 – 11:00am PT in room 9.

Additionally, DC Collectibles will offer one “Con Exclusive” to be sold at Diamond retailer booths during the convention. This year, pick up a full color, limited edition Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn statue available for $124.95, standing approximately 9.25” tall.

DC Collectibles products that will be unveiled at Comic-Con International: San Diego includes:

Batman: Arkham Knight action figures: Batman, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Arkham Knight
Batman: The Animated Series / The New Batman Adventures action figures (wave three) The Creeper, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Robin
The Flash action figure based on the Warner Bros. TV show on The CW
Arrow action figures: Arrow (version one), Arrow (version two), Canary, Deathstroke, Dark Archer based on the Warner Bros. TV show on The CW
Scribblenauts Unmasked figures (wave five and six)
-Designer Series Greg Capullo action figure (wave three)
-DC Comics Bombshells statues of Mera and Hawkgirl
-Man of Steel statue, art from Gary Frank
Batman Black and White statues, art from Francis Manapul and Dave Johnson
Wonder Woman Art of War statues, art from Cliff Chiang and Tony Daniel

To view these new products and DC Collectibles entire line of toys and collector items visit DC Entertainment’s booth #1915. DC Collectibles products are available in comic book shops everywhere and online at www.shopdcentertainment.com.

The DC Collectibles official panel will be moderated by John Cunningham and featured panelists include: VP Creative Services Kevin Kiniry, Director Creative Services Jim Fletcher, artists Greg Capullo (Batman), Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’L Gotham), and sculptor Jon Matthews.

Below is the list of show retailers where the Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn “Con Exclusive” statue will be available for purchase:

Booth # – Booth Name
1114 – A-1 Comics
3345 – Action Figure Xpress
4423 – Adventure Retail/ Source Comics
4120 – Atomic Toybox Entertainment
0814 – Cards & Comics Central
0737 – Comic Central
0615 – Comic Madness
1401 – Comics N Stuff
1016 – ComicStore.com
1105 – Danz Comics and Collektibles
4203 – Desert Wind Comics
1205 – Graham crackers
5523 – Mile High Comics
1807 – New England Comics
1206 – New Force/Bedrock City
0621 – Starbase Toys
5625 – Things From Another World
4734 – Toy Wars
3551 – Toynk.com
1014 – World’s Best Comics & Toys
4729 – Yes Anime

DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Ranging from action figures to cold-cast porcelain statues to finely detailed prop replicas, these products are based on the world famous DC Comics Super Heroes, the edgy stars of Vertigo, the timeless icons of MAD Magazine and some of the most popular licensed properties from TV, film and videogames. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded and sought after by fans and collectors for its superior quality and limited availability.

The DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series line is also as part of the year-long “Batman 75” 2014 celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here. Check out the The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite for more details on this classic cartoon.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will be located at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with the four days of the event running Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. 2014 marks the 45th year for the show, making it the longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

Further convention schedule details can be found at the official San Diego Comic-Con website.

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“Young Justice: Season One” Coming To Blu-ray, Warner Archive Collection San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Details

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has broke down the Warner Archive Collection events slated for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and confirmed the upcoming release of Young Justice: Season One to Blu-ray. Details for the 26-episode first season release will be featured as part of the Warner Archive Collection “A Batman for All Seasons” panel, specific details of which can be found below. The San Diego Comic-Con convention is held every year, and focuses on a host of different genres and pop culture events. Young Justice was the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series headlined by a diverse group of young DC Comics-based superheroes.

Official convention panel details for Warner Archive Collection can be found below. Click on the accompnaied image for a closer look.

Young Justice: Season One is on the way!

Trailers From Hell gurus Larry Karaszewski, Stuart Gordon and
Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman join Warner Archive Collection panels at Comic-Con

Trailers From Hell gurus Larry Karaszewski & Stuart Gordon and popular animation producer Greg Weisman have joined Warner Archive Collection for two unique panels this coming weekend at Comic-Con International.

Karaszewski, a Golden Globe-winning producer/writer renowned for work on Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon, and director/writer Gordon, whose notable resume includes Re-Animator and Masters of Horror, will take part in Warner Archive Collection presents Trailers From Hell Live! on Saturday, July 26 at 1:00pm in Room 25ABC.

A match made in classic movie heaven: the gurus of Trailers From Hell paired with the fan-centric trio of Warner Archive Collection podcasters, making a detailed, often humorous dissection of trailers from some of the great films in the fanboy spectrum. From SciFi and Horror to Action and Noir, you’ll get an interesting, hilarious education on current and upcoming releases in the WAC catalog and Warner Archive Instant from a panel that includes Karaszewski, Gordon, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and the ever-informed WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti.

Weisman, creator/producer of Gargoyles and producer of such notable series as Young Justice and the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, will now take part in the heralding of the Dark Knight’s many incarnations at Warner Archive Collection presents A Batman For All Seasons. The panel is slated for Sunday, July 27 at Noon in Room 7AB.

As Bat Mite so eloquently stated to the extra-dimensional Comic-Con bat-fans, “There is no one correct kind of Batman.” Weisman joins respected producer/author Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman); producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), producer/director Brandon Vietti (Young Justice), WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti, and some potential surprise guests as they examine those “other” Batman iterations and oddities throughout history – from early films like “Public Defender” and the Filmation Batman cartoons to new versions of the character (Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Beware the Batman), the off-kilter takes (like the cult favorite “roast” of “Legends of the SuperHeroes”) and new media (motion comics like “Batman: Black and White,” “Batgirl: Year One” & “Batman Adventures: Mad Love”). And stick around – there might just be a special WAC announcement that will excite fans both “Young” and old.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will be located at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with the four days of the event running Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. 2014 marks the 45th year for the show, making it the longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

Further convention schedule details can be found at the official San Diego Comic-Con website.

In Young Justice, teenage heroes Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis are tasked by the Justice League to act as their covert operations team. Armed with superior skills, weaponry and powers, the team must do battle against a wide array of villains from the DC Universe while trying to prove to themselves, and to their superhero mentors, that they too have what it takes to be a hero. The series, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, amassed a diverse, loyal fan-following. Further details on the series can be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

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Teletoon Superfan Friday Airing “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Movie In August 2014

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2010 direct-to-video movie Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths during the network’s “Teletoon Superfan Friday” programming block on Friday, August 1st, 2014. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, part of the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, finds the superhero team facing off against their evil alternate reality doubles. The weekly “Teletoon Superfan Friday” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 7:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero animated television proagrams and movies.

Official details on the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths
Teletoon, Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT)

In an alternate universe, a heroic Lex Luthor battles to save his planet from an evil variation of the Justice League. To save his earth, Luthor enlists the help of the good Justice League to do battle with their evil counterparts. In the ultimate battle of good versus evil, not only the fate of two earths hangs in the balance, but also the continuation of all existence.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature can be found at the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

In additional DC Universe Animated Original Movie news, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed the cast list for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the early 2015 installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line.
Matt Lanter will voice the role of Aquaman, Jason O’Mara will voice Batman, Shemar Moore will voice Cyborg, Christopher Gorham will voice The Flash, Nathan Fillion will voice Green Lantern, Sean Astin will voice Shazam, Jerry O’Connell will voice Superman, Rosario Dawson will voice Wonder Woman, Sam Witwer will voice Orm and Sumalee Montano will voice Mera. The story will explore Aquaman’s origins and first interactions with the Justice League.

The World’s Finest was the first to break news on the forthcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated feature. Click here for the early details and stay tuned for official details coming soon.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download in early 2015 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.

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Christina Miller Named President, General Manager Of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang

Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. has announced a new president and general manager for the Cartoon Network brand of television networks. Christina Miller will assume the role immediately, and will help drive future initiatives for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang. Miller will also play a role in developing and overseeing possible new content featuring DC Comics characters for the assorted networks she will manage. Continue below for the complete press release.

Christina Miller Named President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang

Christina Miller has been named President and General Manager for the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. networks Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, as well as their digital brand extensions, including Cartoon Network.com and Adult Swim.com. The announcement was made by David Levy, President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., to whom Miller reports.

Miller will be responsible for leading the business in North America and working closely with Turner International to establish short and long-term priorities, as well as an overall worldwide strategic plan that will more closely align the Kids business. This role gives Miller global oversight of linear and non-linear content, the consumer products group and franchise management. She will lead a team of business and creative executives that includes, Rob Sorcher, chief content officer, Cartoon Network and Mike Lazzo, executive vice president/creative director, Adult Swim.

“As we continue to expand and look for growth opportunities in the kids and young adults business, it is imperative that we strategically leverage the brand equity that Cartoon Network has worldwide and continue to build on the tremendous success of Adult Swim,” said Levy. “Christina is a well-respected executive who has had great success growing the NBA Digital business for us and also brings a wealth of experience in leading global brands and franchises in the kids business. She is a strategic thinker with a reputation for being a collaborator and achieving great results; and I am thrilled to have her at the helm of the next evolution of this business.”

“I am very excited to return in this new role to the business that I initially joined Turner for, and look forward to working with Rob, Mike and the great teams at Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang,” said Miller. “These are beloved brands with a passionate following and there’s a tremendous opportunity to continue to grow them domestically and, with guidance from David and Turner International President Gerhard Zeiler, a new focus on alignment and partnership to leverage the global potential of Cartoon Network and Boomerang.”

Prior to today’s announcement, Miller was general manager of NBA Digital and senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Programming, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations for the NBA Digital portfolio, which includes NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour digital television network, NBA.com, WNBA.com, NBA League.com, NBA League Pass; and the league’s broadband and wireless businesses. Miller’s duties as senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Promotions included managing relationships with league partners, Turner networks and their digital extensions, as well as the strategic planning and scheduling of on-air sports programming and developing marketing programs for the division’s linear and digital properties. Previously, she was senior vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and directed Turner’s youth and young adults consumer products and home video business in the United States, including global licensing partnerships and merchandising strategies and retail business development for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties.

Miller joined Cartoon Network Enterprises in 2005 and was responsible for building the division’s first global, multi-property, strategic partnership which brought the entire Cartoon Network portfolio of toys to market. She also launched CNE’s first consumer products franchise Ben 10, overseeing the development of the property in all key categories. Under her direction and in addition to managing the licensing of all Cartoon Network and Adult Swim original series, CNE expanded its role in to third-party licensing through strategic partnerships that built on the division’s core competencies.

Before joining Turner, Miller served as senior vice president of brand licensing for HIT Entertainment, responsible for brand strategy and licensing for classic preschool brands including Thomas & Friends, Barney, The Wiggles and Bob the Builder.

About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is regularly the #1 U.S. television network in prime among boys 6-11 & 9-14. Currently seen in 385 million homes worldwide and 194 countries, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s U.S. ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

About Adult Swim
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com) is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering of original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim has been the #1 basic cable network for total day delivery of adults 18-34 and 18-24, as well as men 18-34 and 18-24 for almost a decade and is seen in nearly 100 million U.S. homes.

About Boomerang
Boomerang is TBS, Inc.’s 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish.

About Turner Broadcasting
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

While a second season of animated action-comedy series Teen Titans Go! is currently underway, along with sporadic airings of DC Nation animated shorts, no other DC Comics-based animated properties are currently confirmed to be heading to Cartoon Network for the foreseeable future. However, there are some animated projects featuring DC Comics characters currently being developed for television, with possible announcements coming in the near future.

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Press Release For “Batman: Assault On Arkham,” Classic Television Series Panels At San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided a press release covering the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 panel event for Batman: Assault on Arkham, the next installment in the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The animated movie – which will be available August 12th, 2014 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and for Digital Download – features a new story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. In Batman: Assault on Arkham, a routine mission by the Suicide Squad to stop The Riddler goes awry when The Joker gets involved, drawing the attention of Batman.

The press release also provides details for the Batman: The Classic Television Series panel events. Continue below for more information.

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTS OF BATMAN
WITH COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL PANELS FOR
BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES AND BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will host back-to-back nights of Batman celebrations at Comic-Con International, starting Thursday, July 24 with Batman ’66, a celebration of the upcoming release of Batman: The Complete Television Series, and culminating Friday, July 25 with the World Premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham.

Taking over Hall H at 6:00pm Thursday, Batman ‘66 will reveals all the details of the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will reunite for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete Television Series. The actors behind Batman, Robin and Catwoman, along with moderator Ralph Garman, will give you an inside sneak peak at all the exclusive content within this blockbuster home entertainment release, as well as exhibiting dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series. Batman: The Complete Television Series will be released in November 2014.

Friday’s 7:00pm World Premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham will take place in Ballroom 20. The first-ever public screening will be followed by a panel discussion between voice cast members and filmmakers, including the fan favorite Batman voice, Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), as well as Troy Baker (The Last of Us) and John DiMaggio (Futurama), and the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva, dialogue director Andrea Romano, and screenwriter Heath Corson, plus moderator Victor Lucas. Additional voice talent will be announced as confirmed.

Produced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Assault on Arkham is based on the best-selling Batman: Arkham video game series. The film finds Gotham in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains – code-named the Suicide Squad – and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when Harley Quinn frees the Joker, who is intent on using a dirty bomb to blow up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.

As always, there will be special announcements, exclusive prizes for some lucky fans, and a few potential surprises. Batman: Assault on Arkham will be available on Digital HD on July 29, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on August 12.

Click here to view the trailer and additional media for Batman: Assault on Arkham. Additional details for the film can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Assault on Arkham subsite.

Batman: Assault on Arkham hits Blu-ray, single-disc DVD, and Digital Download on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment passed over the following promotional video for Batman: The Complete Television Series. Click on the player below to check it out.