Final Trade Dress For Upcoming “The Batman Adventures – Volume One” Comic Collection

DC Comics has provided a look at the final trade dress for the upcoming The Batman Adventures – Volume One trade paperback release, hitting shelves on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014. The collection includes the first ten issues of the classic The Batman Adventures comics series, which featured stories inspired by Batman: The Animated Series. The critically acclaimed comic book, which ran for nearly a decade through an assortment of revamps and reboots, published some of the most celebrated modern-era Batman stories ever written.

Continue below for details and a look at the final cover design for this new The Batman Adventures collection. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look.

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!

On Sale Date: November 12th, 2014

$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD – 240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback

The Batman Adventures – Volume One, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, is slated to hit shelves come November 12th, 2014 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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Package Art For Recent “Beware The Batman,” “Young Justice,” “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Blu-ray Releases

The World’s Finest has a look at the package artwork for a selection of recently released DC Comics superhero-themed releases from Warner Archive, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment specialty label. The images below for Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season, Young Justice: Season One and Beware The Batman – Season One, Part Two: Dark Justice provide a look at the front and back cover design, plus the discs for each collection. All three titles, released within the last three months, are currently available for purchase through Warner Archive and online specialty vendors. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at each image.



More details and a review for the Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season can be found here at The World’s Finest. Additional information, including a look at the DVD release of Beware The Batman – Season One, Part Two: Dark Justice, can be found at The World’s Finest by clicking here. And, as with the other two, more details and a closer look at Young Justice: Season One can be found right here at The World’s Finest.

In additional updates, Warner Archive recently announced the Blu-ray release of the entire second season of Young Justice, in a two-disc set titled Young Justice: Invasion, will be available for order starting Tuesday, November 18th, 2014. Further details on that highly-anticipated release can be found here. The label also announced that Thundercats: The Complete Series, a two-disc set collecting the 2011 short-lived Cartoon Network series, will be available on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. Lastly, Warner Archive is expected to announce the Blu-ray release of Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Third Season before the end of the year, but details on that have yet to be confirmed.

Stay tuned for more home video updates in the coming weeks here at The World’s Finest. To discuss any of the three releases covered above, please click on the following discussion links.

-Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
-Young Justice: Season One Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
-Beware The Batman – Season One, Part Two: Dark Justice Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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Details For Upcoming “Batman: The Animated Series” Figures From DC Collectibles

DC Comics has released new images and official details for upcoming DC Collectibles figures based on an assortment of animation projects, including Batman: The Animated Series. The figures listed below are scheduled to shelf on May 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 and sought after by fans and collectors for its superior quality and limited availability.

Official details for the upcoming figures are available below.

BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: THE CREEPER, ROBIN, HARLEY QUINN, AND KILLER CROC WITH BABY DOLL ACTION FIGURES

THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: CREEPER – 6.25″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: KILLER CROC – 7″
BABY DOLL – 2.5″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: ROBIN – 4.75″
BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: HARLEY QUINN –5.25″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

Build your Batman collection with these highly articulated 6-inch scale action figures that transform the designs of the Emmy Award-winning animated series to poseable works of art.
Each figure comes with multiple show specific accessories!
$24.95 US • On Sale May 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. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded and sought after by fans and collectors for its superior quality and limited availability.

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Consistent Ratings For Toonami “Beware The Batman” Farewell Marathon

Last month’s special Beware The Batman marathon on the popular Toonami programming block, found on Cartoon Network’s counterpart channel Adult Swim, pulled in consistent ratings for the acclaimed cartoon’s send-off. The final seven episodes for the series aired Saturday night, September 27th, 2014, as part of a special marathon before the network lost the broadcast rights. While not the highest-rated program in the massive programming block, Beware The Batman consistently ranked first in its timeslot among male-dominated demographics for Adult Swim’s Toonami, and averaged roughly 605,000 – 610,000 viewers per week. Beware The Batman originally joined the Toonami line-up back in May 2014.

Below are the ratings details for the seven episodes which aired as part of the September 27th, 2014 Beware The Batman marathon on Toonami.

2:30am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 654,400, 0.5 households
3:00am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 635,400, 0.5 households
3:30am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 605,400, 0.5 households
4:00am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 592,300, 0.5 households
4:30am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 573,300, 0.4 households
5:00am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 590,300, 0.5 households
5:30am (ET) – Beware The Batman – 648,300, 0.5 households

The information above comes from a mix of Nielsen Media Research data, independent research, and official information from Turner Broadcasting.

When acquiring Beware The Batman, Adult Swim representatives said the network was committed to airing all 26 episodes of the animated series, and did as such thanks to this last-minute Toonami “Bat-blowout” marathon. The CG-animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network as part of the now-defunct DC Nation programming block, but was removed from the schedule in October 2013 for unexplained reasons.

The CG-animated series Beware The Batman featured The Dark Knight facing off against Gotham City’s criminal underworld with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana. Click here to view the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite. The subsite features videos, images, and exclusive content not available anywhere else.

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Teletoon Schedules Two-Part “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” Animated Feature

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two over two consecutive weeks as part of the its “Teletoon At Night: Superfan Movies” programming block. The 2012 direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is slated to air Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT), followed by the 2013 direct-to-video follow-up Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The weekly “Teletoon At Night: Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Adapting the acclaimed 1980s comic series, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns finds the Dark Knight, along with new sidekick Robin, battling iconic villains and facing down Superman. Both Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two titles fall under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment. The DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is a regular fixture on Teletoon, with assorted titles airing multiple times throughout the year.

Official details on the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated features are available below, provided by the network.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One
Airing Saturday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon

Another night falls over Gotham City and with the darkness out crawls the crime and villainy from the shadows. The days of The Batman and other noble super heroes are but faded memories; violence and despair are now the harbingers of our time. But one event will set a change into motion: when Harvey “Two-Face” Dent shuns a former rehabilitated life for a descent into corruption, an aged and weathered Bruce Wayne dons the mark and cape once more. With a stellar voice cast headed by Peter Weller, Ariel Winter and David Shelby, this gritty DC Comics legend comes to life with unforgettable battles, thrilling chases and the promise of a better tomorrow for humanity, because there is nowhere for criminals to hide when the Dark Knight returns.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two
Airing Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon

The Dark Knight, along with new sidekick Robin, have finally reclaimed Gotham City and allowed a ray of hope to penetrate the reign of terror that The Mutants had cast upon his city. With Batman back in the spotlight, the extended media coverage has awoken a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum, The Joker! Forever destined to be mortal enemies, The Joker has a diabolical scheme that may pull Batman down to the darkest levels of insanity. While on the horizon, a global catastrophe races towards Gotham and with it comes a familiar face, The Man of Steel, though this time he has Batman in his sights. Witness as the aging Dark Knight wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns animated features, including media and exclusive content, can be found at the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns subsite here at The World’s Finest. The 2012 direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is slated to air Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on the Canadian network Teletoon, followed by the 2013 follow-up Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT).

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Official Details, Art For New “The Batman Adventures: Mad Love – Deluxe Edition” Hardcover Collection

DC Comics has released official details for a new hardcover release of the classic The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot set for release 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 Batman Adventures: Mad Love – Deluxe Edition will include the original story plus an abundance of bonus material. The hardcover release is slated to hit shelves March 24th, 2015 for $17.99US.

Continue below for the official details provided 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 • 96 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $17.99 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 come March 2015 for $17.99US. Stay tuned for additional updates on the release, including finalized details and trade dress. 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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Teletoon Schedules “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature To Air This Week

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2005 The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature as part of the network’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The feature-length adventure is spun-off from the late Kids’WB! animated series The Batman, which rain from 2004 – 2008, featuring the early adventures of the Caped Crusader. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

The Batman Versus Dracuka
Teletoon, Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions? With supernatural strength, speed and mind control Dracula might prove to powerful for the Dark Knight. The movie also stars tenacious reporter Vicky Vale and favourite bad guys The Joker and The Penguin.

The animated feature is also part of the network’s month-long Halloween-related programming.

Further details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature can be found right here at the The World’s Finest The Batman subsite. The Batman Versus Dracula airs Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

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Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, OTOY Recreate Batcave For “Batman: The Animated Series” Project

Otoy has released the following press release announcing a joint ventures with Warner Digital Series and DC Entertainment to bring the Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series to life via virtual reality. Bruce Timm, producer on Batman: The Animated Series, is involved with the project. Using Otoy’s OctaneRender and light field technology, the look and feel of the animated series will be reproduced in 3D with unprecedented detail and immersive technology. The complete press release, along with promotional images, are available below.

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Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and OTOY take fans inside the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series in industry’s first commercial holographic video deployment for virtual reality and light field displays

Fans can explore the Batcave from the Emmy Award–winning television series
in a fully immersive DC Comics animated universe; OTOY’s ORBX holographic
video powers groundbreaking cinematic experience on consumer VR devices

Warner Digital Series, DC Entertainment and visual effects pioneer, OTOY Inc., today announced work on a groundbreaking immersive entertainment experience that will see the Batcave from the acclaimed Emmy® Award–winning Batman: The Animated Series brought to life via interactive holographic video for virtual reality displays. The interactive narrative experience will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before, allowing them to feel what it is like to be inside the show’s stylized universe on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, and on forthcoming ‘glasses-free’ light field displays that will power future TV and mobile devices.

First aired on network television in 1992, Batman: The Animated Series defined the classic DC Comics character for a generation of fans. The success of the highly influential show led to a multi-decade run of critically acclaimed television series and animated original movies set in the DC Comics animated universe it helped establish.

Using OTOY’s OctaneRender™ and light field technology, Warner Digital Series and OTOY are faithfully recreating the look and feel of the animated series in unprecedented detail, collaborating with Batman: The Animated Series producer Bruce Timm. Timm is guiding the meticulous adaptation of the original 1992 designs into a fully realized universe with volume and depth. OTOY is also developing tools that perfectly preserve the show’s distinct visual drawing style in 3D space, without requiring any post-production work or manual artist intervention. OTOY’s OctaneRender™ scales this process through light field rendering on the cloud, translating the show’s unique aesthetic, immediately recognized by millions of fans, into cinematic virtual reality.

The project represents the first of many commercial endeavors leveraging OTOY’s rendering and holographic streaming technology which aim to deliver next-generation media and entertainment experiences to emerging content platforms in the coming years.

“We are continuously exploring new and exciting ways to tell stories and share experiences with audiences around the globe, and we’re excited to be working with OTOY on this cutting-edge adaptation from Batman: The Animated Series,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “More to the point: It’s super-cool, eye-popping stuff, and fans are going to love it. We can’t wait for them to have the chance to see the Batcave from the show again — for the very first time.”

“Warner Bros. has always been at the forefront of technology and entertainment, exemplified again today in its partnership with OTOY in bringing this Batman: The Animated Series experience to new audiences through holographic video,” said Jules Urbach, Founder and CEO, OTOY. “We’re thrilled to be part of this project. Our work with Warner Bros. validates the tremendous potential of VR as a new cinematic medium.

Work on the Batman: The Animated Series project is already underway with a first release targeting this winter through the ORBX viewer app.

About OTOY Inc.
OTOY Inc. is the definitive cloud graphics company, pioneering technology that is redefining content creation and delivery for media and entertainment organizations around the world. OTOY’s Academy Award®-winning technology is used by leading visual effects studios, artists, animators, designers, architects, and engineers, providing unprecedented creative freedom, new levels of realism, and new economics in content creation and distribution powered by the cloud. For more information, visit www.otoy.com.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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New “Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered” Special Airing Late October On Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has released the initial logline for the upcoming animated one-shot Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered, a new special tying in to the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game, airing Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:00pm (ET/PT). The one-shot movie special, written by Jim Krieg and produced by Brandon Vietti, is based on the highly-popular Lego DC Comics and Lego Batman franchises. The special is part of Cartoon Network’s “Hallo-Week” promotion, a week-long event of all-new special programming airing weeknights at 6:00pm (ET/PT) from Monday, October 27th, 2014 to Thursday, October 31st, 2014.

The initial synopsis is below with further details set to follow later in the month.

Lego DC Comics: “Batman Be-Leaguered”
Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network
Batman prides himself on being a loner, a totally self-sufficient one-man-band. Just ask anyone; Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, Alfred… anyone. So, he is understandably irritated when his nightly cleanup of Gotham City villains is interrupted by Superman, who pesters Batman to join his new superhero team, The Justice League. After Batman makes it quite clear to the Man of Steel that his invitation has been declined, Superman flies off disappointed… whereupon he is overcome with a strange energy and vanishes!

Additional information – including voice cast details, new images and more – should be available soon.

On a related note, it was also reported today that Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to release a theatrical Lego Batman animated feature in 2017, spun off from the character’s appearance in the 2014 hit The Lego Movie. Expect further details to be released for that movie in the coming months.

Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered airs Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:00pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for additional updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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Network Debut Of “Son Of Batman” Animated Feature Coming This Week To Teletoon

Son of Batman will make its Teletoon network debut on the Canadian channel’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The animated feature, part of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Orignal Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is based on the “Batman and Son” comic book storyline published by DC Comics, which introduced Batman to his son, Damian Wayne. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the Son of Batman animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.




Son of Batman
Teletoon, Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal. With help from Gotham’s finest, including Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing, Batman will soon discover that his son and most trusted ally are one and the same!

Complete details on the direct-to-video Son of Batman animated feature can be found at the Son of Batman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Son of Batman airs Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Son of Batman animated feature, its respective home video releases, and other related discussions.

-Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
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-Son of Batman Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
-Batman and Son Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Son of Batman is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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