Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews Soundtracks For “Batman,” “Justice League,” Animated Movies

The World’s Finest has published reviews for the Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Four, Justice League, Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack titles, all released by La-La Land Records. In a nutshell, each soundtrack release is worth adding to one’s collection, with Justice League and Batman: The Killing Joke easily the stand-outs among all four reviews. However, all four titles are feature fantastic work and each deserve a spin. All soundtracks are currently available for purchase through the official La-La Land Records website and through most online resellers.

To read the reviews, please click on the respective images below.

Please note the review for the Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack can also be found on the Batman: Bad Blood subsite.

Each review above is part of a larger subsite dedicated to each highlighted property, with each including more exclusive content and features. Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the days and weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest. Click on the links below to discuss each soundtrack release.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Killing Joke Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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La-La Land Records Releasing “Batman: The Killing Joke,” “Justice League,” “Batman: The Animated Series” Soundtracks

La-La Land Records is slated to release soundtrack titles for the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature and the Justice League animated series, along with a fourth installment in their Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack series on July 26, 2016. The soundtracks, which will be a limited edition titles, will be available to order directly from the La-La Land Records website at 12noon PST, along with other online venues. Attendees of San Diego Comic-Con will get a chance to pick up all three soundtrack titles early starting July 20, 2016 at La-La Land Record’s booth at Booth 4536, which will also include in-booth composer, author and artist signings, announcements about upcoming releases and promotional offers. Click on the artwork below for details – including complete track listings, pricing, autograph availability and more – on the three aforementioned soundtrack titles:




Other related La-La Land Record soundtrack titles slated to debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, before going wide on July 26, 2016, include Supergirl: Season One, The Flash: Season Two and the Wonder Woman single vinyl. Further details of each (along with many others) can be found at the official La-La Land Records website.

Stay tuned for additional coverage on these upcoming releases right here at The World’s Finest, including an interview with Dynamic Music Partners.

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Site Update: Blu-ray Reviews, New Content For “Justice League Unlimited,” “Batman: The Animated Series”

The World’s Finest has added new content for the classic series Batman: The Animated Series, the fan-favorite cartoon Justice League Unlimited and the live-action DC Comics-based series Arrow, The Flash and Gotham. First, click on the cover artwork for the forthcoming Justice League Unlimited – The Complete Series Blu-ray collection for a look at the initial details for the highly-anticipated release. More details to follow soon. Secondly, click on the artwork for the recent Gotham: The Complete First Season, Arrow: The Complete Third Season and The Flash: The Complete First Season Blu-ray titles for a full review of each Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release.

Lastly, the Test Promo Reel for Batman: The Animated Series was added to the “Backstage” section of the subsite dedicated to the acclaimed series, but it can also be viewed below. The video offers a glimpse into the early production history of what would become the one of the most acclaimed renditions of the Caped Crusader ever made. Click on the player below to check it out, but be sure to check out the “Backstage” section for more behind-the-scenes content, most of it exclusive to The World’s Finest.

Stay tuned for many more updates and announcements to come!

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Site Updates: “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: The Brave and The Bold”

The World’s Finest has added new content to the dedicated Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsites. First, details have been added for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s upcoming repackage DVD release Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season. Hitting shelves on April 7th, 2015, the release collects previous DVD releases of the acclaimed animated series in a new package. There is no new additional content. Click on the image below for further details. The World’s Finest has also added new Batman: The Animated Series production art, which can be viewed by clicking on the second image below. The additions feature early design work for the series by Kevin Nowlan.

Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and The Bold discussion can be found on The DC Animation Forum.

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“The Batman Adventures – Volume Two” Trade Paperback Details

Details on the second The Batman Adventures trade paperback collection, coming May 27th, 2015 from DC Comics, have been added to the Batman: The Animated Series subsite. The ten-issue collections includes The Batman Adventures #11 – 20 and will retail for $19.99US. Click here to check out further details on the The Batman Adventures – Volume Two collection at The World’s Finest.

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Preview For Summer 2015-Scheduled “The Batman Adventures – Volume Two” Trade Collection

The World’s Finest has an extended preview of the The Batman Adventures – Volume Two trade paperback release, collecting the ten issues of the classic The Batman Adventures comics series, slated to hit shelves in Summer 2015. The critically acclaimed comic book, inspired by Batman: The Animated Series and running for nearly a decade through an assortment of revamps and reboots, published some of the most celebrated modern-era Batman stories ever written.

The Batman Adventures – Volume Two collects The Batman Adventures #11 – 20, with stories featuring Man-Bat, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, The Joker and more. Continue below for artwork and additional details on the release.

THE BATMAN ADVENTURES VOLUME TWO




Writer: Kelley Pucket
Artist: Mike Parobeck

Summary: A special all-ages Batman collection! This graphic novel collects the serialized adventures from the classic Batman: The Animated Series, with appearances from The Joker, Batgirl, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Man-Bat and Scarecrow. From writer Kelley Puckett (Batman: No Man’s Land, Batgirl), these tales will connect with Dark Knight fans from 5 to 75! Collects Batman Adventures #11-20.

The Batman Adventures – Volume Two, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, will be available June 2015 for $19.99US. Details on the The Batman Adventures comic book series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

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New Wave Of “Batman: The Animated Series” Figures From DC Collectibles Coming July 2015

DC Comics has released new images and details for upcoming figures from the ongoing DC Collectibles line based on Batman: The Animated Series. The figures listed below are scheduled to shelf come July 2015. 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 for its superior quality and limited availability.

Official details for the upcoming figures are available below.

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – BATMAN, BATGIRL, THE RIDDLER, AND THE PENGUIN ACTION FIGURES

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMAN – 6″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: BATGIRL – 5″
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE RIDDLER – 6″
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE PENGUIN – 4.5″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

Continue your animated Batman collection with the next wave of 6 inch scale action figures that bring the designs of the Emmy Award-winning animated series to life! Each figure comes with multiple show specific accessories and unique base!

$24.95 US • On Sale July 2015 * Allocations May Occur

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. DC Collectibles, highly regarded among fans and collectors, is available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers.

Check out the The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite for more details on this classic cartoon.

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DC Comics Bulks Up “The Batman Adventures: Mad Love – Deluxe Edition” With Bonus Content

DC Comics announced it will include new bonus content for the new upcoming hardcover release of the classic The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot, set to hit shelves in March 2015. The critically acclaimed comic book, written by Paul Dini with art by Bruce Timm, features the origin of the wildly popular character Harley Quinn.

The publisher reveals that, in addition to the original The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, the Deluxe Edition hardcover release will now include Bruce Timm’s complete pencil layouts and color guides. Due to the increase in page count, jumping from 96 pages to 144, the price will go from $17.99US to $24.99US.

Continue below for the official product synopsis by the publisher.

THE BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE DELUXE EDITION

Written by PAUL DINI and BRUCE TIMM
Art and cover by BRUCE TIMM
On sale MARCH 18 • 144 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $24.99 US

Written and drawn by the masterminds behind Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, this epic reveals the origins of Harley Quinn as she proves her love to The Joker by trying to eliminate the Dark Knight on her own! Now in a deluxe format with exclusive extras and bonus material!

Please note that these details are subject to change.

The Batman Adventures: Mad Love – Deluxe Edition, a new hardcover collection of the acclaimed origin story, is slated to hit shelves March 18th, 2015 for $24.99US. Stay tuned for additional updates on the release, including finalized trade dress and preview images. Details on the The Batman Adventures comic book series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

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New “The Batman Adventures – Volume One” Comic Collection Now Available

The new The Batman Adventures – Volume One trade paperback release, collecting the first ten issues of the classic The Batman Adventures comics series, is now available to own from DC Comics. The critically acclaimed comic book, inspired by Batman: The Animated Series and running for nearly a decade through an assortment of revamps and reboots, published some of the most celebrated modern-era Batman stories ever written. The Batman Adventures – Volume One collects The Batman Adventures #1 – 10, with stories featuring The Penguin, Catwoman, Joker, Scarecrow, Riddler and more.

Continue below for artwork and additional details on the release.

THE BATMAN ADVENTURES VOLUME ONE

Writer: Kelley Pucket
Artist: Ty Templeton, Martin Pasko, Mike Parobeck

Summary: The first ten issues of the classic all-ages series are back in a new collection! Don’t miss these tales of the Dark Knight featuring appearances by The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Clayface, The Riddler and more!

Click here for an interview with Ty Templeton, artist and writer for The Batman Adventures.

The Batman Adventures – Volume One, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, is now available at comic stores and hobby shops everywhere for $19.99US. Details on the The Batman Adventures comic book series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

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The World’s Finest Questions Ty Templeton On “The Batman Adventures” And More

The World’s Finest caught up with artist/writer Ty Templeton to discuss his work on The Batman Adventures, the classic comic series based on Batman: The Animated Series, and a handful of other projects past, present and future.

Winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Writer, nominated for countless others, and inducted in the Canadian Hall of Fame, Templeton’s career spans a multitude of mediums, characters and publishers, working on everything from Batman and Superman in both comic and animation form, to writing and drawing for The Simpsons, Vertigo Comics and assorted independent publishers. Even teaching classing classes to aspiring artists, Templeton has his hand deep in the comic and art community, both in Canada and abroad.

And now, DC Comics is releasing the classic The Batman Adventures comic series, featuring work by Templeton, in a new series of trade paperback collections, with the first volume hitting shelves Wednesday, November 12h, 2014. To find out what Templeton has to say about his work on that comic, and other projects, continue on…

The World’s Finest: DC Comics is reprinting the classic The Batman Adventures comics in a new series of trade paperback collections. Now, when the comic first started off, you had to start working on the comic before an episode of Batman: The Animated Series even aired. Can you walk us through how you managed to navigate such tricky waters to get that first issue out without having seen the show?

Ty Templeton: Well, that’s not strictly true. I’d actually seen the “On Leather Wings” episode when I was working on the first issue, and I think I saw two or three more before the general public did. It helps to be in the biz. Also, I had a set of turnaround and layout designs already from when I was briefly a storyboard artist for Lightbox Productions in Toronto, which worked on the first season of the show. It was the primary reason I was hired, was because I was already associated with the production before it made it to the air.

WF: And when you did see the first episode, did you think, in retrospect, you and Kelley Puckett (the writer) nailed it with your first opening arc?

TT: Again, the premise of the question is slightly off. And as an artist I’m never happy with what I do. I’d love to go back and fix all the mistakes in that first issue. There are plenty.

WF: After the initial three issues of The Batman Adventures, you stepped aside for the most part, save for the odd appearance, but then came back basically full-time with Batman & Robin Adventures. That opening two-part story remains, personally, one of the best Two-Face stories ever (“It was Tuesday” – brutal). Did your artist approach change when it can to drawing these characters again, now that the animated series and comic were established?

TT: I was originally only approached to do three issues, it was meant to be a micro series to test the waters, but we came out of the gate with enormous sales. Sales so good they could not cancel the book, so it kept going. I was unavailable for anything past issue #3 so the wonderful Mike Parobeck came and took over and did it for the next twenty eight issues before I returned, first as a writer (Batman Adventures #32) then as a writer artist with Mike for a few issues when Kelly Puckett left, then as an artist with Paul Dini, then as the writer/cover artist for the rest of the series, stepping back into the artist shoes for the Dan Slott scripted issues because, well, who wouldn’t want to draw a Dan Slott script?!?

WF: While the three issues included in the new The Batman Adventures collection highlights your pencil work, you also wrote this title for quite a few years. Which did you find easier – getting the look of the show down, or the voice? Why?

TT: There’s not really an “easier” between the two disciplines, but I enjoy both and didn’t want to step back from writing when I had my hands on the character. I kept up with the covers because I simply couldn’t write and draw an issue every month, so it was a question of schedule more than anything that kept me from doing it all. When Slott came aboard near the end, and scripted half the stories, I could write mine and draw his and was quite happy with everything at that point (though I missed doing covers! What a selfish bastard I was on that series!)

WF: The Batman Adventures is considered one of the best unsung Batman comics of the 90s. Any thoughts on that? Was it because the series wasn’t enveloped in countless ongoing crossovers, or perhaps because it ignored the other bad practices that popped up throughout the decade, or maybe…because, simply, there was just great storytelling. Thoughts?

TT: If it’s unsung, it ain’t considered one of the best anything. It’s like being a tall midget, it doesn’t work logically. Unsung means unnoticed. We weren’t unnoticed, though … we won a bunch of Eisner awards and Fanny Awards during this period (I have most of ‘em on my wall), and were quite happy with the recognition and very healthy sales. At one point, Batman and Robin Adventures was DC’s best selling comic worldwide, as it was, by far, their most translated. We were in dozens and dozens of countries and outselling everything DC put out in Europe, except Gaiman’s Sandman book. There’s a pair of contenders, eh? So your contention that we were ignored is slightly off. But … the book was not particularly supported in editorial at the time, because DC was going through a real “identity crisis” of sorts at editorial, where they really didn’t like the idea of kids reading comics. Obviously, you need kids to have a new generation of readers every ten years, but I had constant requests to get off the book from editors telling me my career would be better if I did a more mainstream book. I was happy where I was (stayed there off and on for like fifteen years!) and was happy to connect to the audience. It was editorial that didn’t love us, and gave us no promotion, no reprint series, little attention when we won awards. We were only unsung around the DC offices, actually, not around the biz.

WF: Switching gears for a moment, you’ve kept yourself quite busy over the years, but you always seem to pop back on to a Batman book every once and a bit. Given this is Batman’s 75th, do you have any comments on the character’s enduring appeal? Maybe perhaps those 1980s Zellers commercials (laughs)?

TT: The character’s appeal is simple. His story is the ultimate metaphor for control vs. chaos, which is the basic story of existence. The living impose order on a chaotic structure, like the planet Earth for instance,, and Batman is the embodiment of that struggle. It’s not a coincidence that all of his best villains are centered around madness or temptation.

As to the Zellers commercials….my work animating and doing layout for those commercials was where I connected with Lightbox Productions in Canada, which is what led to them being part of the original set of animation studios working on Batman The Animated Series, where I was hired to do storyboards, and hooked up with the whole thing. So domino theory in action.

WF: Continuing this off-topic track – You recently worked on the Batman ’66 Meets Green Hornet mini-series. Is there any intimidation to working on such beloved interpretations of these classic characters? How….careful are you when approaching these characters from an artistic standpoint? Do you ask yourself how close you need to stay to their look while allowing yourself a little room to put some of yourself in there?

TT: No intimidation at all. I lobbied for the gig, and sent the editor likenesses of all the major actors and some of the villains as part of my lobbying. It’s what got me the gig, so I knew I could catch the actors well.

WF: Is it safe to assume you’ll be losing many, many days watching the new Batman: The Classic TV Series Blu-ray/DVD Collection? Any episodes in particular you’re eager to revisit?

TT: I’ve had a set of those episodes on DVD for more than a decade. It’s good to have connections! As a result, I went through a bunch of them again while doing this recent series. My favorites are always the ones with Penguin, by far. Though the Joan Collins/Siren episodes tickle me for some reason. Obviously I watched the ones with Green Hornet and Colonel Gumm a bunch of times lately.

WF: And swinging back to the topic on hand, any last thoughts on the new The Batman Adventures collection, particularly your issues included within? Given that it’s been over twenty years since these have seen print, is it humbling to revisit these early works?

TT: Humbling is the wrong word. I’m never a fan of my old work (and barely a fan of my current work), so when reprints come out, I confess that I don’t look at them. I get sent copies and I put them on a shelf in my house so there’s a copy if I need it, but I’m never comfortable looking at my work in print. It’s almost impossible to get me to read a printed copy of my work, especially if I drew it, rather than wrote it. I sometimes go back and re-read scripts I’ve done, but there are damn few of those I think I did just right, so I tend to see mistakes, rather than stories.

WF: Lastly, can you fill us in on your current works and list off, perhaps, some upcoming projects you can share with us?

TT: Currently, as of this writing, I’m on vacation! I just finished up the Green Hornet Batman series and am taking a delightful two weeks off before plunging back to work. I’m doing some small work on a creator owned thing at the moment, and, in theory, am supposed to start something with Dan Slott at Marvel this fall, but he’s been a bit overbooked and I haven’t gotten a script out of him yet. So I owe him a phone call about that…

The World’s Finest would like to thank Ty Templeton for his participation in this Q & A. To find out more about Templeton’s work, check out his Ty Templeton’s Art Land website.

The Batman Adventures – Volume One, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, hits shelves on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 for $19.99US. More details on the The Batman Adventures comic book series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

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