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A Message From The World’s Finest

First off, apologies for the rather bland subject line up there. It comes off more ominous than it should. Sorry about that! Anyways…

With 2014 now done and over with, the last news story from The World’s Finest has officially been posted up. As I mentioned on this site a year ago, it’s time to ease back on the overall workload of this site, and that starts with wrapping up the daily news post for the foreseeable future. Thousands and thousands of news posts, including three straight years of news posts at least five days a week, without a single weekday missed. And, with 2015 now here, that ends as The World’s Finest will return to its roots as an unbeatable resource for fans. An archive of content, a collection of materials covering a host of different shows and movies, a wealth of information – call it what you will, but The World’s Finest will be embracing that once again.

What does that all encompass? Well, don’t get alarmed … it’s all good! As the site shifts into a content destination, certain aspects of the site will stop while an emphasis will be placed on others. Daily news posts will cease, as I said, and no new subsites will be added to the site as of this time. Does that mean the end of updates and new material? No – there will always be new content added here, but the site will now just be easier for me to manage.

Site updates will continue going forward, reviews will still be posted, more content will be added (images, behind-the-scenes material, etc.), along with the odd interview. However, now, the site updates will now fall more onto the resource side of things. As I said, there will be no new additional subsites added to The World’s Finest going forward, with the possible exception of smaller pages dedicated to installments of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Assorted DVD, Blu-ray, and other media releases will also still be covered. A new Batman: The Brave and The Bold Blu-ray? We’ll cover and review it – 100%. New soundtrack release? We’re on it – count on it. The only thing really changing is the end of daily news posts (which, honestly, it didn’t seem like a lot of people noticed anyway, given how so many stories broken here went unnoticed or stolen over the years).

A lot of factors played a role in this decision. For one, this site is too unwieldy for one person to handle. I cover about 95% of the work on the site, the forums and social media outlets. This includes emails, press work, reviews, finding reviewers and content, all of that. I spend many hours a day working on this site, volunteering countless hours. Juggling that with a regular job, a family, etc., and, well, something has to give. I have more responsibilities than ever before and there are just not enough hours in the day. But I can’t just abandon the site – no way. Given how long I’ve been working on this site, from its first iteration back in 1997, and how attached I am to it, I opted not to pass the torch. I did ask for help, more than a few times, but no one came to bat. So, I opted to scale the site responsibilities down to its skeleton in order to keep it going. I am expecting to reduce my presence and update rate overtime, though. The forum duties will be passed over to someone else entirely, for example. Still, with this, I’m able to balance my workload easier, have a bit of a better life, and explore other options.

This site is not going away. It’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay right here. There’s no way I could let it go, anyways. All the content that you see here is not budging an inch. The only thing really changing is the removal of daily news updates and an easing back on the frequency of updates. This site will always be here for you to access and explore. In fact, to this day, there are some nifty secrets still not uncovered here on the site, which tells me there’s plenty for all of you still to explore.

For those worried, this isn’t the end. All you need to do is keep an eye on the “Site Updates” section to see that. Over the next few days, you’ll see the main page here change a little. The news will be replaced with links to the major site sections here, and the daily news shuffled off into an archive (where it will be readily accessible to look through). All portions of this site, I think, will be more easily accessible for those wanting to look around and just see what we have to offer. This site is the biggest DC Comics-animation (and Batman animation) site out there to this day, and I doubt that’ll change, even with the evolving trends of internet culture. But hey, no matter how much all of that changes, The World’s Finest will always be right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to drop a line. The social media portals for The World’s Finest will remain up until I decide what to do with them. I can be easily reached there, or through the contact links scattered throughout the site here. If all that fails, just catch me on the forums.

I’d like to express a quick “thanks” to all the folks who have helped me over the years. Zach, Ian, James, Barry, Eileen, Brian, Michael and a wealth of other people I can’t thank enough. This seems like a nice moment to tip my hat to them as I follow the site through a few minor changes and lifts. For your daily news fix, which plenty of you are clearly already getting elsewhere, I suggest you keep it tuned to Toonzone and DCAU Resource. The forums right here are also a good spot for any developments or concerns, as well. I may post the odd piece up from time to time there.

And that’s all from me for now, folks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Don’t hesitate. That’s what I’m here for. Thanks!

-James

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Animated Batman Part Of “Batman at 75: Screenings From The Paley Center Collection”

For the entire month of May 2014, and into June 2014, The Paley Center for Media will be showcasing a host of both live-action and animated Batman presentations. The presentations – being held at both the The Paley Center for Media In New York and The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles – include regular movie screenings, episode screenings, and special live events focused on different eras of Batman’s long entertainment history.

Details on some select events can be found below, with a complete rundown available at the official The Paley Center for Media website.

Paley Presents Screenings
Batman at 75: Screenings from the Paley Center Collection

Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, June 1, 2014
Starts at 12:30 pm
New York and Los Angeles

Even your grandmother could name Batman’s sidekick or home base (or maybe both). The Dark Knight is arguably the world’s most popular superhero and one of the most iconic and influential fictional characters of all time. Celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of his first appearance, in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) every weekend in May at the Paley Center with a wide variety of Bat-entertainment, from the cheesy propaganda of the 1943 movie serial up to today’s critically acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Justice League: Doom and LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite.

Saturday & Sundays
May 24 & 25
May 31 & June 1

12:30 pm – Justice League: Doom
This animated superhero motion picture features the Justice League of America, consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and the Flash, as they battle the Legion of Doom, with a distinct disadvantage: the villains have hacked into the Batcomputer, which reveals how to most effectively rend each hero’s powers useless. Voiced by Kevin Conroy, Phil Morris, Olivia d’Abo, Tim Daly, Carl Lumbly, Paul Blackthorne, Nathan Fillion, and scripted by the late, great Dwayne McDuffie. (2012; 77 minutes)

3:20 pm – Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Journey to the Center of the Bat”
When villain Chemo infects Batman with an insidious “silicate” disease, Aquaman and the Atom venture within the Dark Knight’s body to stop its spread. Also featuring appearances by DC’s two super-stretchable heroes, Plastic Man and Elongated Man. (2009; 22 minutes)

3:45 pm – LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite
In this lively animated movie featuring Lego versions of DC superheroes and archvillains, the Joker and Lex Luthor join forces to oppose Batman and Superman. Highlight: The Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel confound their foes by switching each other’s Lego body parts! (2013; 71 minutes)

Details on other Batman-related screenings – including episodes of the classic 1960s Batman television show and the 1940s Batman series – can be found at the official The Paley Center for Media website.

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, focuses on the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. The Center plays hosts to many events throughout the month, touching upon different areas of the vast entertainment industry.

These screenings at The Paley Center for Media are part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

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Teletoon Superfan Friday Airing “Justice League: Doom” Animated Feature Tonight

The 2012 direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature is slated for a special presentation airing tonight, Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon. Justice League: Doom, part of the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line released by Warner Home Video, features the superhero team facing off against threats that come from within. The Canadian network Teletoon regularly airs assorted offering from the popular home video line. Official details on the Justice League: Doom animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Justice League: Doom
Teletoon, Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

The Justice League consists of Earth’s finest super heroes and protectors of humanity. But in the mind of the Dark Knight, it contains potentially the most dangerous people on the planet. Over time, Batman has compiled top-secret contingency plans should any of them go rogue. When these files are stolen by a rising group of super-villains, the Justice League embarks on a collision course that will test the very fabric of its alliance. With a stellar voice cast headed by Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Nathan Fillion, this thrilling DC Universe Animated Original adventure will challenge what you know about the Justice League as well as redefine what heroes are made of!

Complete details on the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature can be found at the Justice League: Doom subsite here at The World’s Finest. Justice League: Doom airs tonight, Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

An all-new animated feature starring the Justice League – titled Justice League: Flashpoint – will hit shelves come Fall 2013. Kevin Conroy will be featured as the voice of Batman. Stay tuned for further schedule updates and details on the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Year-End 2012 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles in 2012, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Home Video moved nearly 1.1 million home video units during the calendar year. The above number comes from the three DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: Doom, Superman Versus The Elite and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two – and those numbers are expected to see some growth, though likely slight, during the 2012 holiday season. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated numbers only, based on research and market analysis.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the February 2012 Justice League: Doom animated feature has moved the most units since its release date, predictably so given it’s early in-the-year release date, moving an estimated 615,000 units combined in the DVD and Blu-ray formats since hitting shelves. The title benefited from strong word-of-mouth throughout the year, along with multiple award nominations and recognition for the work of the late Dwayne McDuffie, who penned the feature. The direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuted to 265,000 home video units copies sold in its first week of sales, the week ending March 5th, 2012.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title of the year, released Summer 2012, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature has moved 206,000 units in both the DVD and Blu-ray format since its debut. The title was easily the lowest profile release in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line for 2012, barely selling over 130,000 units combined in its first frame, the week ending June 17th, 2012. Criticism of the film’s design work resulted in negative word-of-mouth for the feature, something it was unable to overcome.

Lastly, the final 2012 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One has proven to be a solid seller on the home video market. The title moved 210,000 total DVD and Blu-ray units in its first week, and over 260,000 to date. The majority of sales, over 70%, came from the Blu-ray format. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is expected to finish out the year with consistent sales thanks to the home video release of the theatrical feature The Dark Knight Rises, as well as the anticipation for the January 2013 release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers or legal download numbers. Sales numbers are estimates gathered through independent research, market analysis and various home media retailing outlets. Additionally, sale numbers from titles released before the 2012 calendar year are not taken into account. Also remember to take into account release date and character marketability when comparing sales numbers for each title.

Stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here at The Worlds Finest, including exclusive content and more. More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie line can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite. Please click on the links below to discuss the assorted releases covered in this article.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman Versus The Elite Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doom Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Note: Thanks to everyone for a great year here at The World’s Finest! Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit this site in 2012, and hopefully will continue to do so in 2013. Happy New Year!

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“Justice League: Doom” Animated Feature Makes Strong Debut On Blu-ray, DVD Charts


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Justice League: Doom direct-to-video animated feature made a splash on the home video market. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 265,000 units in its first week, with 103,000 of those sales coming from DVD and 162,000 from the Blu-ray format. Blu-ray sales accounted for nearly 62% of total Justice League: Doom home video sales in its first week, with the high-definition format easily the dominant media. These sales numbers are for the week ending March 5th, 2012, the first week of the availability for the animated title. Since its first week of sales, the title has moved an additional 125,000 copies combined in both the standard definition DVD and high-definition Blu-ray format. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers. Additionally, please note that the Justice League: Doom Two-Disc Special Edition release is currently exclusive to all Wal-Mart chains, though will go retail wide come April 10th, 2012.

To compare, the previous DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Batman: Year One debuted with an estimated 167,000 copies sold on DVD and Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in October 2011. Batman: Year One was also released on with promotional tie-ins to the acclaimed Batman: Arkham City video game.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature. Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Justice League: Doom home video release and continue to the Justice League: Doom micro-site for more media and content from the animated feature.

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Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doome DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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 is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

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Wonder Woman And Cheetah Battle In New Video Clip From “Justice League: Doom”

A new video clip from Justice League: Doom, the new animated feature loosely based on the acclaimed graphic novel JLA: Tower of Babel, has been released by Warner Home Video. The clip features an intense fight between Wonder Woman and Cheetah. Click on the thumbnail image below to view the clip. Justice League: Doom is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.


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The above content is also available on the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Justice League: Doom animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doome DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Justice League: Doom Blu-ray release, along with additional content from the animated feature.

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 is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

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“Justice League: Doom” Actor Nathan Fillion Discusses Reprising Green Lantern Role

New video content, images and a studio-conducted Q & A for the Justice League: Doom animated feature have been made available by Warner Home Video, all of which is available below. Please note the first three thumbnails below lead to three separate High-Definition interview clips with Nathan Fillion, the voice of Green Lantern in Justice League: Doom, now available on home video. After that, additional images featuring Fillion and stills from Justice League: Doom are also included. Please continue on to view the content.

Castle star Nathan Fillion reprises Green Lantern role for Justice League: Doom
available today, February 28 on Blu-ray, DVD

Nathan Fillion continues to look good in green.

The star of ABC Television Networks hit series Castle, and fanboy/fangirl idol for his role in Joss Whedons Firefly, Fillion returns to the super hero fold to voice Green Lantern/Hal Jordan for Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. The film is available everywhere today Tuesday, February 28.

Fillion returns to the DC Universe after two successful turns first as Steve Trevor in the animated film Wonder Woman, and then last year in the title role of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, voicing Hal Jordan. He has also performed voice work on Justice League, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., and several Halo video games.

Before taking reins as the title character in Castle, Fillion starred in several primetime television series, including Desperate Housewives, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also developed a popular cult following as a pair of Joss Whedons heroic captains: Capt. Mal Reynolds in the space-western series Firefly and follow-up film, Serenity; and Captain Hammer in Whedons internet sensation Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog.

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.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives today, 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.

Fillions relaxed, easy-going, honest demeanor makes any interview a joy check out his answers below to a brief interview following his initial voiceover session for Justice League: Doom. And also keep your eyes peeled for video clips of answers from the same interview, offering additional insight on his thoughts about the film, his character and entertainment in general. Read on

QUESTION: This is your second run with Green Lantern. Do you now take full equity in the character?

NATHAN FILLION: I dont think I can take full equity in this character too many people have a chunk. Ryan Reynolds gets the right-of-way on this one. Right now I feel pretty Green Lantern-ish. But sooner or later, I think Ill be a poor mans Green Lantern.

QUESTION: How did the role in Justice League: Doom compare with the voicing of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights?

NATHAN FILLION: It was definitely different this time. A little more action, and more conversational. Last time it was like reading prose. We referred to last time as biblical, as though we were reading bible passages. Far more narrative, because Hal Jordan was really just relating stories of the Green Lantern Corps, and then being one of many contributing to the main story that weaves its way through the short stories. This time, its all action.

QUESTION: During your recording today, there were times when we could see a sly smile come across your face. What were you thinking?

NATHAN FILLION: This kind of work, it makes me happy. Makes me smile. When Im doing these voiceovers, I kind of like to live in the moment. You suspend reality for just a second. You know what Green Lantern looks like, you know the situations, you know the characters that surround him. So I kind of just like to live in that moment for half-a-second like Im there and it makes me (smile).

QUESTION: Super heroes inspire so many folks these days. Who inspired you as a kid?

NATHAN FILLION: Its always kind of in retrospect that you look back and think, That was a really big deal. But looking back, it was my dad and my brother who inspired me. My father has no fear. We dont have to worry about things like stopping meteors from hitting the Earth. Were not super. The things we worry about are every day social situations where something might be awkward or out of our control. My dad has never wanted to feel uncomfortable or awkward. He kind of says it like it is. If youre comfortable enough to do that thing, hes going to be comfortable enough to comment on it quite honestly. He always sort of controls every situation like that. Hell just say. Youre kind of a jerk, arent you? Hes that kind of heroic guy.

My brother has those same qualities, but hes more diplomatic about it. Hes more of a gentle giant. His leadership style, he says, is the velvet glove over the top of an iron fist. You get the soft velvet, but if you push against the glove, you get the iron fist.

QUESTION: What are your first memories of comics?

NATHAN FILLION: We had the Wee Book Inn, a second-hand bookstore (in Edmonton). You came in with a stack of comic books, and theyd kind of leaf through them for their value, and then say, Alright, from these 60 comics, you can have 35 from our used copies, and then my dad would fork over another 10 bucks or so we could have our full stack of 60 comics. Every few months wed go back to the store and get a fresh influx of comics. Wed only keep the ones we really, really liked. And my dad knew somebody who owned a proper comic book shop which kind of went the way of Dungeons and Dragons and eventually closed. I think if theyd stuck with comics, theyd have still been around. So I was really into comics. My brother and I would take turns with who got to have that comic book rack in their room. Wed go back and forth. Then eventually my brother got a little older, and then I started collecting and getting cardboard backs and plastic covers. Proper collecting. And then youve got to say, Okay, what am I going to do, spend all my money on comics? Because it got a little expensive. So comics or girls? Comics or girls? Hmmm

QUESTION: And now rather than just collecting comics, youre in them. How does that strike you?

NATHAN FILLION: Im a fan. I am very fortunate in that now I have a piece. Forever I will have this piece of Green Lantern. Ah yes, he voiced Green Lantern back in the day when they were still doing it on TVs and not holograms. Ill always have a chunk. Its nice to be a fan and own a piece.

Photo by Gary Miereanu.

All of the above content is available on the The World’s Finest Justice League: Doom subsite. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Justice League: Doom animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doome DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Justice League: Doom Blu-ray release, along with additional content from the animated feature.

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“Justice League: Doom” Animated Feature Now Available On Home Video, Download

The all-new direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. The new animated feature is loosely based on the acclaimed JLA: Tower of Babel comic storyline. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal download. The Blu-ray release for Justice League: Doom features exclusive extras, including a creative team commentary and featurettes. The cover artwork for the separate home video releases are available below.


Further information on this latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Justice League: Doom animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doome DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Justice League: Doom Blu-ray release.

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 is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

Continuing, the Justice League: Doom home video release also includes a look at the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, Superman Versus The Elite. Click on the thumbnails below to view a selection of images from the “A Sneak Peek at Superman Versus The Elite” featurette available on all Justice League: Doom home video releases. The following images are exclusive to The World’s Finest and are not to be removed without permission or credit given.




Superman Versus The Elite, the next direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie release, is slated to hit DVD and Blu-ray Summer 2012. Additional details are available here. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Michael Rosenbaum Discusses Returning As The Flash For “Justice League: Doom”

New video content, images and a studio-conducted Q & A for the Justice League: Doom animated feature have been made available by Warner Home Video, all of which is available below. Please note the first four thumbnails below lead to four separate High-Definition interview clips with Michael Rosenbaum, the voice of The Flash in Justice League: Doom, set for home video release tomorrow, February 28th, 2012. After that, additional images featuring Rosenbaum and stills from Justice League: Doom are also included. Please continue on to view the content.

Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum reprises role of Flash for Justice League: Doom

Justice League & Justice League Unlimited star returns for key role in
all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie available February 28

Michael Rosenbaum makes his triumphant return as the beloved voice of The Flash in Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. The film will be available everywhere on Tuesday, February 28.


Rosenbaum brought his own playful, gregarious, sometimes sarcastic personality to Flash for the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated television series, setting the standard as the voice behind the fastest man alive. Rosenbaum is one of eight actors returning to their original animated voice from the Justice League series.

Fanboy crowds also hold Rosenbaum in high esteem for his impressive performance as Lex Luthor for seven seasons of Smallville. Hell soon be seen opposite Bradley Cooper and Kristen Bell in Outrun, and hes currently in production on Old Days, a triple threat for Rosenbaum as he is writer, director and star of the film.

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.

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 UltraViiolet Digital Copy.

Any interview with Rosenbaum is well worth the price of admission, as you just dont know which direction the answer might come from. Heres a Q&A with the actor following his first voice session for the film

QUESTION: How was this Flash different from your past performances?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: This Flash is more mature, so hes taking things a little more seriously. But we still had some fun with the character. He’s still fun loving, but he’s taking business seriously.

QUESTION: What does it mean to you to be back with this group of actors again?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: It’s amazing being back with the old team, to come back here and all be a part of something special. It’s exciting. And everybody’s really great. We always had a blast. We always were joking. Lots of great guest stars and always a lot of laughs.

QUESTION: What is it about Flash that so appeals to you?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: I think it’s his sense of humor. In most super hero films and shows, everybody takes themselves so seriously and you need that guy that’s going to take the edge off, provide a little levity, give us a laugh to break the tension. Hes no less of a super hero just because hes got a comedy schtick. He just knows how to have fun with danger.

QUESTION: Did you ever learn anything about yourself voicing Flash?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: I guess you learn a little from every character you play, This character is always a kid at heart. I really think deep down with The Flash that its like this inner child that’s just trying get out, and I think that everybody has got to keep that. So it reminds me that youve got to always have fun with things. Don’t take work too seriously. Don’t wait for the big part, and if you didn’t get it, it’s not the end of the world. It puts things in perspective. Be like Flash he kind of goes with the flow.

QUESTION: Do you collect any kind of Flash memorabilia?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: I have toys at my house. I have Flash toys. I have Superman toys. I have lunchboxes. I have the original lunchbox of Superman The Movie. It cost me a hundy. It’s probably worth $105 now. Mm hmm. I even have The Warriors dolls. Remember The Warriors?

One of my favorite things is an original Justice League painting by Alex Ross that hangs in my guest room. Alex is a genius. I was at this convention signing autographs. And I’m a nerd. Whenever I’m done signing, I want to go walk around like the fans because that’s who I am. So I was walking around and I saw this amazing painting that was going for $2,000 and this guy says, Dont buy it, I know Alex. So sure enough, Alex sent me one about a week later to my house. And then I met him later on. Hes a great guy. He did my Lex Luthor portrait for TV Guide way back when.

QUESTION: What were you thinking coming back to the studio to record for the first time as Flash after all these years?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: I made sure that I got some sleep last night before I came to the studio because I knew that I had to really bring my A-game to Bruce (Timm) and Andrea (Romano) and the crew. The great thing about voice work is that you don’t have to worry about too much because you work with a great team. You just kind of sit down and relax and have water and a bag of chips and you just say the lines until you get them right (he laughs). The funny part is that, when youre alone in the booth, sometimes you dont have anybody else to talk to. You’re just looking out through the glass partition, and if they don’t want to hear you you know, you’re making jokes and you’re annoying they just let go of the button and you sit there talking to yourself. So I sit alone in this big room and I just kind of read copy. As long as you can read, you’re okay.

QUESTION: Youve worked with Andrea Romano for a long time. What makes her so special at what she does?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: Andrea Romano is the best in the business. She knows the material. She knows exactly what’s happening at every moment. And she doesn’t make you feel stupid. Shes become a dear friend sometimes she comes to my Thanksgiving dinners. Bruce doesn’t. Okay, maybe I don’t invite him. But with Andrea, she takes her job seriously but in a fun way, kind of like Flash.

Whats really funny about Andrea is that shell sugarcoat things. Youll know you sucked on a read, but she’ll make it sound like you didn’t suck but still get you to do it better. For instance, she’ll say, That was really great, except this time you’re a little more serious or Maybe with a darker tone or something that directs the actor without deflating him. She makes it playful and fun.

QUESTION: What was your reading of choice when you were a kid?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: I didn’t really have a strong comic book relationship I had more Fangoria magazines than I had comic books. I’m a big horror movie nut. Most kids would come home and do milk and cookies. My mother had milk, cookies and Motel Hell. This is the crap I watched and this is why I can’t sleep. I have an alarm system and a dog and a baseball bat next to my bed. But for some reason, I still watch horror movies. I actually directed a horror short called Fade Into You. Check it out sometime. I got these great horror actors A.J. Bowen and Danielle Harris — and we shot it at my house for two and a half days and nights. It was a blast.

QUESTION: Youve played Lex Luthor and youve voiced Flash. Is there a character that your inner geek is craving to play?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: I think I’d be a fantastic Han Solo. Unfortunately, Harrison Ford played Han Solo. But I think that’s my personality. Maybe someday theyll do a series where I could play Han Solo. Who knows? A guy can hope.

Photos by Gary Miereanu.

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