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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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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Network Debut Hits January 2012 On Teletoon

The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature will make its network debut Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on the Canadian network Teletoon. This continues a month of special DC Universe Animated Original Movie-themed events on the Teletoon Fred At Night programming block. Teletoon will be airing various titles from the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie line every Sunday night at 9:00pm (ET) during the month of January 2012, with further information on the programming initiative available below. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse features Batman and Superman trying to save the newly-discovered Supergirl from the evil clutches of Darkseid. Official details on the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, released by Teletoon, are as follows.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Teletoon, Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET)

The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight return in an all-new adventure, one in which the fate of the world rests in the balance.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature can be found at the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse subsite here at The World’s Finest. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse airs Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on Teletoon, with an encore presentation immediately following on the same night at 11:00pm (ET).

Three other DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles will air on the Fred At Night block during January 2012 – including Batman: Under The Red Hood, Wonder Woman, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – one feature airing each Sunday during the month beginning with Batman: Under the Red Hood on January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET). Further details on the Batman: Under the Red Hood airing can be found here. Additionally, as previously reported here, Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon.

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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Select “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Releases To Include Movie Money

Previously-released Blu-ray titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie library, from Warner Home Video, are set to be repackaged to include special coupons redeemable toward the upcoming live-action Green Lantern theatrical feature. This new promotion starts on May 10th, 2011. Warner Home Video has released the following press details concerning the upcoming promotional tie-in.

Green Lantern Movie Cash On DC Universe Animation Blu-ray
$8.00 Movie Cash for Green Lantern with each Blu-ray!

Green Lantern: First Flight is one of the Blu-ray titles to include Movie Money this summer. When Hal Jordan first becomes a Green Lantern, he is put under the supervision of senior Lantern, Sinestro, only to discover that his so-called mentor is part of a secret conspiracy that threatens the entire Green Lantern Corps.

Specially marked packages include $8.00 Movie Cash to see Green Lantern in theaters. Restrictions apply. Green Lantern, in theaters June 17th, 2011, is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and more. DC Universe animation library has shipped over 6.7 million units!

Nine specially marked Blu-rays include Movie Cash Offer. Get up to $8.00 off of one admission ticket to see Green Lantern at participating theaters. Coupon valid from June 17th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2011. Restrictions apply. While supplies last.

Titles in the promotion also include:

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Justice League Crisis On 2 Earths
Superman/Batman Public Enemies
Wonder Woman
Justice League New Frontier
Superman/Doomsday
Batman: Gotham Knight

Specially marked packages hit shelves May 10th, 2011.

Stay tuned for further DC Universe Animated Original Movie news in the coming weeks right here at The World’s Finest. Click on the image below to view the theatrical trailer for the live-action Green Lantern feature film in the Quicktime format.


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Loeb Discusses Recent “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Animated Feature Title

The World’s Finest caught up with famed comic and television writer Jeph Loeb for a quick Q & A to share his thoughts on the recent direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature released under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner by Warner Home Video. The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature arrived on home video in September 2010. The animated feature adapted the six-issue “Supergirl” story arc, originally written by Loeb, from the Superman/Batman comic series currently published by DC Comics. The story features Superman and Batman discovering that Superman’s cousin Kara has survived the destruction of Krypton.

The Worlds Finest: So, any thoughts on the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse movie in general?

Jeph Loeb: It’s awesome. Bruce Timm and his entire team took our story and really brought it to (animated) life. Great voice work, beautiful scope, and a huge adventure which is an enormous compliment to the original.

WF: Many fans praised how close it stuck to Michael Turner’s designs. How do you think they did in that respect? Did they nail his style better as compared to the work of Ed McGuinness in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies?

JL: Seeing Mike’s work move for the first time was incredibly bittersweet. It’s very true to his spirit, but reminded me of how much I miss him. Ours was a real partnership and he’d have been very proud to see his style used with such care. If I have one regret about the piece was that they didn’t, for whatever reason, dedicate the film to him.

As to comparing it to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, it’s entirely different. Ed’s look worked for that story in the same way that Mike’s worked for this one. I wrote two very different stories that were meant to capture the best of each artist. But it was their gifts that made the stories sing.

WF: In terms of story, was there anything you wish they kept in? Surprised by any of the changes made? In general, pleased with what Tab Murphy did with your work?

JL: As it was with Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, I’m equally surprised and delighted by how much remains. There are entire sequences, passages of dialogue, action and dramatic moments that were taken directly from the comic and brought to the screen. Tab had a gigantic task and it works wonderfully.

WF: This is the second Superman/Batman story penned by you to be adapted. What do you think attracts the DC animation crew to adapt your stories? Do you hope they’ll continue down this path?

JL: It’s very flattering of course. The original intent of the series was to be an entry point to the DC Universe — to show off the cool factor that could be mined there. I’d love to see the next story, “Absolute Power” with Carlos Pacheco brought to the screen and then, finish it off with “Vengeance” with the Maximums with Ed McGuinness! That’d be outrageously great!

WF:Any thoughts on the studio’s decision to go with the name “Apocalypse” instead of “The Girl from Krypton” (or “Supergirl,” as titled in the collection)? Do you think the title does disservice to the story?

JL: That’s a marketing thing. If more people got to see how inspiring Mike Turner’s gifts were by changing the name, so be it. That’s what really matters to me.

WF: A big seller already from Warner Home Video, any final words for those fans who still haven’t made the jump to pick up Superman/Batman: Apocalypse?

JL: It’s a terrific story that brings Supergirl back to the DCU and gives you just a hint of the magic that was Mike Turner. Enjoy!

The World’s Finest would like to thank Jeph Loeb for his participation!

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. Click on the artwork above for further details on the animated title. The next title under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature, debuts February 22nd, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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Year-End 2010 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles this year, along with an animated shorts-compilation release, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video animated feature line from Warner Home Video moved nearly 2.5 million home video release units in 2010. Over 2,100,000 of those sales came from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – and those numbers are expected to grow during the December 2010 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 July 2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature made the biggest splash of this years releases, moving 510,000 DVD units and nearly 275,000 Blu-ray units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with at least 800,000 of combined units sold by the end of 2010. The direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuted to 140,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending August 1st, 2010.

The third feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title released this year, released Fall 2010, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature has moved 350,000 DVD copies since its debut. The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature debuted to 155,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending October 3rd, 2010, with Blu-ray units trailing closely behind with 95,000 copies moved. The latest Superman/Batman animated adventure is expected to hit 600,000 in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales before the end of 2010.

Lastly, the first 2010 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths leaped out of the gate upon release, moving an impressive 205,000 DVD copies in its first week alone. Blu-ray sales for its first week also roughly totaled 60,000 units, for the week ending February 28th, 2010. Sales quickly evened out in the following weeks and remained steady throughout the year. The critically-acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature is also expected to finish out 2010 with a projected estimate of 700,000 combined Blu-ray and DVD unit sold according to home video retail outlets.

Additionally, theDC Showcase Animated Original Shortshome video collection, anchored by the exclusive Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adamanimated short, has remained consistent in sales after a soft debut. After debuting to the combined DVD and Blu-ray sales of 94,500 in its first week, the week ending November 14th, 2010, the title has remained a steady seller, averaging roughly 15,000 20,000 units weekly in sales since its debut. The title will likely top out with a respectable 250,000 – 300,000 in combined Blu-ray and DVD estimated units moved by the end of 2010.

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. A detailed look at the sales of each release can be found in the news archives here at The World’s Finest.

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, including the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts, 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.

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Also, the staff of The Worlds Finest would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year. Additionally, the staff here at The Worlds Finest will be taking a break from regular news updates for the next week, from December 27th, 2010 to December 31st, 2010. Regular news updates will return January 3rd, 2011. However, keep checking The World’s Finest and The DC Animation Forum daily for special updates and breaking news.

Discuss these holiday-themed episodes on The DC Animation Forum:

Batman: The Animated Series “Christmas with the Joker” Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Animated Series “Holiday Knights” Talkback (Spoilers)
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Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Invasion of the Secret Santas” Talkback (Spoilers)

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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Animated Feature Continues Home Video Run

According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature has been selling consistently for Warner Home Video in its first month of retail sale. The acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movie title has moved nearly 295,000 units on DVD since it hit shelves on September 28th, 2010. Additionally, the Blu-ray release of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse has also continued to sell well, keeping pace with its DVD counterpart and selling upwards of 180,000 copies on the high-definition format during the same timeframe. The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is expected to sell over 500,000 copies on both DVD and Blu-ray by the end of November 2010. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the included DC Showcase: Green Arrow animated short.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Superman/Batman: Apocalypse subsite for further details and media on the recently-released direct-to-video animated feature release. A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is now available from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further home video updates, including sale numbers on the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts DVD and Blu-ray release, anchored by the exclusive Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam animated short.

In further news, The World’s Finest and WaterTower Music have teamed up to give fans the opportunity to receive a free copy of the The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection CD release from WaterTower Music. Running until November 19th, 2010, The World’s Finest will be giving away ten copies in total of the The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection Soundtrack CD release to ten lucky recipients, courtesy of WaterTower Music.

The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection is now available on Amazon, iTunes and other digital music retailers. The soundtrack is available as both a digital download (Click here for iTunes!) and an Amazon-exclusive compact disc release (Click here to purchase!).

To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com – including your full name, full mailing address and phone number – by Friday, November 19th, 2010. Please label the email “The Music of DC Comics CD Contest.” Only one entry per person, per household will be accepted. From there, ten entries will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of the The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection CD release from WaterTower Music. Please note this special giveaway is only available to residents of the United States of America. Only those randomly chosen to receive a copy of the CD release will be notified via email shortly after the closure of the contest. Please note the terms and conditions of this special giveaway are subject to change without notice.

Official details for the The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection CD release from WaterTower Music are available here and discussion on this release can be found here. The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers as both a compact disc release and a digital download.

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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Feature Garners High Home Video Numbers


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature has garnered impressive initial sales. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 155,000 DVD copies in its first week, along with an impressive 95,000 units in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 250,000 home video units sold in its first sales week of October 3rd, 2010. The animated feature hit the DVD sales chart at #5 in its first week, and hit #4 on respective Blu-ray charts. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

To compare, the previous “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” title Batman: Under the Red Hood debuted with an estimated 255,000 copies sold on DVD and Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in July 2010.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Green Arrow animated short.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Superman/Batman: Apocalypse subsite for further details on the recently-released direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer and clips from the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is now available from Warner Home Video.

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Romano, Conroy Talk “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Animated Feature

A representative for The Worlds Finest attended last weeks Superman/Batman: Apocalypse premiere at the Paley Center in New York City, held on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010. The event featured the New York debut of the animated feature plus an opportunity to talk to the cast and crew behind the new Superman/Batman: Apocalypse release. Despite only having a few brief moments with both participants, The Worlds Finest managed to ask Superman/Batman: Apocalypse voice director Andrea Romano and Kevin Conroy – the voice of Batman himself – a few quick questions before the premiere of the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie.

Below is an edited transcript of both concise interview opportunities, exclusive to The World’s Finest, first with Superman/Batman: Apocalypse voice director Andrea Romano and second with Kevin Conroy.

Andrea Romano

The Worlds Finest: Darkseid has a new voice actor in this film – Was it difficult to have someone new to the role after Michael Ironside?

Andrea Romano: It’s difficult to find their voices because people get in their minds they connect an actor with a role. They just can’t help it. It’s like thinking of William Shatner as Captain Kirk, you just put that together – that’s who he is. But we kind of had a nice thing in this piece where we have Tim Daly as Superman and Kevin Conroy as Batman. So we kind of have that “everybody gets comfortable” zone. And then you have Darkseid, a new Darkseid, and I’d always wanted to work with Andre Brauer, I just enjoy the actor. Darkseid is one of those characters that he’s this big lethal walking rock, he just looks like that. And I thought you could play that with like a James Earl Jones voice, but let’s go elegant, lets try something a little different. Let’s not just do deep-voice-always-in your-face villain. I think Andre does a beautiful job of capturing this guy’s ego, cause that’s what Darkseid’s all about, it’s “ego”. Andre doesn’t have an ego but he acts it really well.

WF: Supergirl and Superman speak Kryptonian in this film. What went into that, and how did you go about creating the language?

AR: Totally made-up. When you listen to it, it sounds like a bunch of languages put together… French, a little Spanish, a little Middle European. It’s just gibberish. But in order to act it, regardless of what they’re saying, it has to make sense. You can actually tell “Oh I know what they’re saying. I have a sense of what it is they’re saying. It’s like when you watch a foreign film without looking at the subtitles you go. You get a sense of what it is they’re saying. It’s just another language.

WF: Wonder Woman plays more of a mentor role in this film as compared to Justice League. Did you have Susan Eisenberg approach the role differently?

AR: No. The thing thats a little bit different in this [movie] is that her will dominates Batman and Superman’s. It’s what she wants and she’s going to make sure she gets it, to take care of Kara and train her and bring her to Themyscira and not leave her in Metropolis or Gotham. And so it’s a much more aggressive Wonder Woman than in the Justice League world.

WF: All-Star Superman is kind of a quirky take on Superman and that whole world. Did that affect how you and the actors approached that film?

AR: We try to do each one differently, so that everything isn’t exactly the same. So we’re stimulated and also the actors are stimulated and the audience has something new to look at. We try to keep the quality at the same height but not always the same note.

Kevin Conroy

WF: Since each film is different, do you approach Batman differently each time? In this film?

Kevin Conroy: I think the important thing for me to do is to maintain the consistency of the character throughout all the films, because the audience has really grown to know him so well. The audience knows him probably better than the producers know him, you know what I mean? They would know in a second if I did something that was not Batman-like, so I can’t fool around with that too much. I’ve tried to be really loyal to the character and from what I’ve heard from the fans they get that, they like that so it works both ways I think.

WF: Did you record your part in the same room as the other actors for this film?

KC: Yeah. That’s the great thing about Warner Bros. and about Andrea Romano. She always insists on everyone being together, which is unique for the studios. A lot of the other studios like to have you record separately, because then the technicians have a completely clean take so, in post production, they have a lot more control. They like that. But in terms of performance quality, I think there’s no comparison. You just don’t get as good a performance, so Andrea likes to get everyone together. That affects the kind of actors she gets. She needs people who will work together well. So she loves theater people, she loves people with really strong acting chops, that can really play together well. They don’t want kids who are going to fight in kindergarten, you know what I mean?

Click here to view the official trailer for the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Green Arrow animated short.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

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Summer Glau Talks “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse,” New Media Included

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring Summer Glau, the voice of Supergirl. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is now available to own.

Sci-Fi Fan Favorite Summer Glau is Supergirl in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

Star of Serenity/Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles continues to entertain fanboys as voice of Supermans cousin in
all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie available today, Sept. 28


Summer Glau knows her audience.

Whether as River Tam in Joss Whedons cult classic series and follow-up film, Firefly and Serenity, or as the indestructible android-from-the-future Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Glau has cornered the market on playing attractive, demure young females with the controlled homicidal power to destroy an opposing legion of trained warriors.

So it was only natural that as her first-ever animated voiceover role, Glau would fit neatly into the role of an uber-powered Kryptonian who falls under the spell of one of Supermans greatest foes. Glau finds the perfect mix of youthful curiosity, teen angst and alien-turned-Earth-girl aggression as the voice of Kara, cousin of Superman (and ultimately destined to become Supergirl) in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies arriving today, September 28 from Warner Home Video.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel Superman/Batman: Supergirl by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist). Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is now available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, Special Edition DVD, On Demand and for Download.

Glaus career has been populated with frequent visits to the fanboy realm, adding regular roles on The 4400 and Dollhouse to her featured gigs on Firefly/Serenity and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The professionally trained ballerina had a seven-episode run on The Unit, and will appear in the upcoming NBC series, The Cape, as well as in the film Knights of Badassdom.

Following her recording session, Glau freely discussed a number of subjects from the acting strengths of the Whedon alumni association to her consistent on-set nerves to a strong desire to land more adult roles. Heres how that conversation went

QUESTION: Was it easy to find a way to relate to Kara?

SUMMER GLAU: Kara was a really comfortable fit for me because she’s sort of a girl coming into her own. A girl becoming a woman and finding out who she is, and so I felt like there were moments when it reminded me of River because she is so powerful, but also young and nave and a little bit lost. She has this underlying strength that comes from out of nowhere.

QUESTION: Whats special about voicing Supergirl?

SUMMER GLAU: I think everything about being Supergirl is special. When I saw the graphics for her, I thought I don’t think I’m ever gonna look that good again, so I’m going to soak it up and enjoy it. I feel like animated characters always have longer calves than they have thighs. They have these tiny little thighs and these big, wonderful calves and then these big hips, and this tiny little waist. I feel like it’d be hard to keep your balance, but it looks good. Plus I loved this script, and I loved the character. Who wouldn’t love to be Supergirl? So I had a great time.

QUESTION: As this was your first foray in voiceover for an animated character, what did you have in your head while you were recording to stay focused on your character?

SUMMER GLAU: Ive found that I do my best when I’m not afraid of being embarrassed in front of everyone. You have to just go there in your imagination. I tried to picture everything around me, seeing these other characters, and then I just put it out there and hoped that you all didn’t laugh at me. And you might have because I couldn’t hear you (she laughs) , but I just went for it.

QUESTION: Without any spoilers, do you have a favorite scene or a favorite line in the film?

SUMMER GLAU: I love that first scene when Superman comes to rescue Kara and she’s putting on this completely different persona. Playing that change was really fun. And I also really loved when Kara meets the Kents. I thought that was really funny.

As an actress, it’s very gratifying to have a character that has such a strong arc, so that you can do so many different things in one script with one character. She starts out speaking a different language and being very scared and not relating to anybody, and then realizing that she’s reconnected with a family member. Then she goes to school and learns how to hone her skills. She just goes through so many changes good, evil, scared, confidant and that variety in one script is fun to play.

QUESTION: You did have an added degree of difficulty for your first voiceover session speaking Kryptonian. How easy or difficult was that task?

SUMMER GLAU: I still don’t know how that all turned out. It’s kind of a blur right now. I’m trying to remember what we actually ended up with because we tried a lot of different things. You can make it up because not many people know Kryptonian, so I don’t know exactly what I ended up saying. I am surprised that I’m not still working on my Kryptonian lines right now. I thought I was going to be doing the Kryptonian for a few hours (she laughs).

QUESTION: Youve played a lot of strong, powerful, quiet women. Are there similarities to Summer Glaus real-life persona?

SUMMER GLAU: Well, as far as my actual fighting abilities, I haven’t tried it out in real life. I don’t know what would happen. I did learn how to do some martial arts, but I can’t throw cars. I can’t bend metal like Cameron, and, I dont know if I’m as psychic as River. I’m definitely not as powerful as Supergirl but, you know, here I just have to use my imagination.

I was always very shy growing up, and I wasn’t really good at expressing myself in real life. And I don’t know why it is but when I’m playing someone else, it’s a really therapeutic thing for me. Being an actress has really opened up a lot of opportunity for me to see different sides of who I am. I think I’m still pretty shy in real life, but I just have to let go of that when I’m playing these characters. There were moments when I felt really scared to just let it out today, but it felt so good.

QUESTION: DC Universe films have been populated with Whedon alums. What is it about Joss Whedons actors that makes them so good with this material as well?

SUMMER GLAU: One thing that I recognized about the Firefly cast is that that group of people loves what they do and there’s an innocence and an excitement about just diving into a character and being part of this make-believe world. Some actors, I think, don’t like doing such fantastical characters. You have to just dive in and have that open heart to play these characters that are bigger than life, And that’s what Joss’ actors do pretty well.

I think that Joss writes characters that are so specific and rich and complicated. We had an ensemble cast for Firefly. It was a very big cast and we had to share story lines between a lot of people. But I felt like each person was so distinct that you found ways to relate to each. Joss does that so well. He has a way of writing characters that really fills them out and, as an actress, reading the material, you just lock into it right away. It’s so specific. It’s very inspiring.

QUESTION: So how did you find your very first voiceover/animation experience?

SUMMER GLAU: I’m very relieved today that everybody was nice to me at the end. I was very scared. I’ve never done any kind of straight voiceover work before. I’ve never done anything animated. I wasnt sure what the process was going to be. So I was worried about how I would do, but everyone was very accepting and I felt like it was a really creative environment. I felt very safe.

I felt a lot of freedom about trying different thing, and we got to try a lot of different things. And it surprised me that we were able to jump in and out of the scenes so easily, and I felt like I could stay focused. It helped me a lot to get the coaching and get ideas. And I was surprised that it went by so fast, too. We got through a whole script in a few hours. Amazing.

QUESTION: When was the last time you were this nervous on a set?

SUMMER GLAU: I was nervous this morning. But I get nervous every take. Every take, I feel butterflies. It never gets to the point where I feel like it’s easy. Not that it feels like I can’t do it, but there’s this thing about acting I feel like a little bit of magic always has to happen because you have to kind of leave yourself. You have to leave your reality and I think that it takes a little bit of magic to do that.

QUESTION: Why did it take so long for you to voice an animated character?

SUMMER GLAU: I never thought about doing animation before and this was the first time that anybody asked me to do it. I couldn’t think of an animated character that I would like to do more. Supergirl is amazing.

QUESTION: So youd like to do more?

SUMMER GLAU: Yes, please. More. (she giggles)

QUESTION: Do you stay mostly in the science fiction genre by choice?

SUMMER GLAU: I’m not going to question it because it’s been fantastic doing so much sci-fi. I think that maybe the reason why I have been able to do a lot of sci-fi is because I think that fans of science fiction are very loyal and they’re very nurturing and dedicated. They like to see their actors in other projects and they’ll follow you and support you and I think that’s why I’ve moved from one sci-fi job to the next. I’ve really enjoyed it. I think that science fiction gives actors some of the best opportunities thats where you find some of the most challenging, well written roles in TV and film.

QUESTION: Its obvious that you respect your fans. Do you have any unique fan experiences or antidotes?

SUMMER GLAU: I always keep my fan experiences very, very close to my heart. My favorite Comic-Con memory is the first one because I had no idea there’s no way to picture what it’s going to be like until you’re there. And being one of Joss’ actors is really special, because it’s like being part of a special family. Comic-Con was just beyond what I could’ve imagined. It’s an amazing experience for you to say thank you in person to the people that make it possible for you to do what you love.

I feel that our fans are so positive and so loving that I like to hear what they have to say. On Terminator, one thing that our cast liked to do was read if the fans noticed little things that we would put into the show. It became sort of a game. We loved to hear what they had to say and what they noticed or what they didn’t notice or if they liked choices that we made. It’s like a little love letter. You send it out and then you see what they say and it happens every week. I think they’re very thoughtful and so smart and, ultimately, we do it for them, so it’s great to hear what they think.

QUESTION: If you could wish for your next role, what would you want to play?

SUMMER GLAU: I think what I’m focusing on the most right now is just growing as an actress, and really being around actors that push me to be better. I’d like to grow and as I grow up, I’d like to play more adult roles. I’d like to play a woman. I’ve played a lot of girls and teenagers, but I’m not a teenager anymore. So I’d like to try to push myself in that direction. I want to keep doing TV; I love to do film; I should try to do comedy, even though I’m terrified of trying to be funny. I’ve always wanted to do a western and Id love to do a period film. Besides that, I just want to keep pushing myself.

For more information please go to SupermanBatmanApocalypse.com

Warner Home Video has also released three new videos to promote the release of the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature. Two clips feature actor Summer Glau discussing the role of Supergirl, and the other a clip from the actual animated feature. Click on the thumbnails below to view these three videos in the Quicktime format.


Click here to view the official trailer for the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Green Arrow animated short.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

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