Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Blu-ray, “Static Shock,” “The Zeta Project” DVDs

The World’s Finest has reviewed the new Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three Blu-ray and Static Shock: The Complete First Season and The Zeta Project: Season Two DVD titles from Warner Archive. For fans of DC Comics-based animated series, these are three titles that fans should definitely consider adding to their collection. Not only does Warner Archive bring the final episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold and The Zeta Project to home video, the label finally gives Static Shock the attention it deserves with the complete first season finally collected. To check out each review – which includes images and a closer look at each respective title – click on the images below.

Please note Warner Archive provided The World’s Finest with review copies of each title.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three, Static Shock: The Complete First Season and The Zeta Project: Season Two are all available to order directly from Warner Archive and from select digital retailers. Further details on each title can also be found in the reviews linked above.

Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest. More home video title news is coming, so check back soon!

Discuss these home video titles in the following discussion threads at The DC Animation Forum linked below:

Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
Static Shock: The Complete First Season DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
The Zeta Project: Season Two DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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Preview Image From Upcoming “Batman and Harley Quinn” Animated Movie

A preview image from the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn animated feature is spotlighted on the iTunes Extras page for the Teen Titans: The Judas Contract animated feature. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is set to hit shelves come April 2017. No official details for Batman and Harley Quinn have been released as of yet, save for the movie title and Bruce Timm’s involvement as Producer, but that is expected to change in the coming weeks. Early details – including a trailer, cast, creative team and release date – are expected to be announced shortly. Until then, continue below for a first look at the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title.

Please note the above image was taken by The World’s Finest and not released officially by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

While the animated title does appear to use character designs from the The New Batman Adventures-era of Batman: The Animated Series, there is no official statement yet of whether or not Batman and Harley Quinn takes place in that continuity.

More details are forthcoming, so stayed right here at The World’s Finest for more on Batman and Harley Quinn, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie due out Summer 2017, in the coming weeks. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract debuts April 18th, 2017 on physical media and April 4th, 2017 on digital media. Both digital and physical releases of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will feature a preview of Batman and Harley Quinn.

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“Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Comic Collection Coming July 2017

IDW Publishing and DC Comics announced a collection of the monthly Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic mini-series will hit shelves in July 2017. The mini-series, written by Matthew K. Manning with art by Jon Sommariva, has been a successful venture for the co-publishers, earning both critical and fan acclaim. In Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham and Batman seeks to track them down, but he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and gone to the New York City of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures is currently available at your local retail and digital outlet. Details for collection can be found below.

BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES TPB

Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Jon Sommariva

The Story: The animated worlds of the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series featuring fan-favorite characters from both universes! Villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham and Batman seeks to track them down, but he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and gone to the New York City of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Collects issues #1-6!

Bullet Points:
-The first Batman: The Animated Series new material since 2004 when The Batman Adventures concluded.
-Advance solicited for July release!

Release Date: July 2017
Cover Price: $19.99

Single issues of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series are currently available at retail and digital outlets everywhere. The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures trade paperback collection will be available everywhere July 2017 for $19.99US.

The World’s Finest recently interviewed Matthew K. Manning on how this awesome mini-series came together, which can be found here. For more details on this series, including issue previews and more, check out the Batman: The Animated Series subsite right here at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Blu-ray, “Static Shock,” “The Zeta Project” DVDs Coming In March 2017

Warner Archive is slated to release new Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Static Shock and The Zeta Project home video titles in March. Both Batman: The Brave and The Bold and The Zeta Project will see their respective final seasons released while Static Shock will finally get a proper release of its first season. Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three, Static Shock: The Complete First Season and The Zeta Project: Season Two will all be available to order from Warner Archive in March through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets. Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be a Blu-ray title, while Static Shock and The Zeta Project will be DVD titles.

An official press release for all three titles has yet to be issued, but Warner Archives has released details on each, which can be found below.


Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Complete Season Three Blu-ray
Release Date: March 21st, 2017
MSRP: $21.99
Run Time: 297 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Widescreen (16×9)
Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0)

Synopsis: Join the Caped Crusader and a wealth of DC’s finest as they team up to battle injustice in the third and final season of this cutting-edge series! Evil never sleeps in these diabolical schemes plotted by the world’s most infamous criminals, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Equinox and Ra’s Al Ghul! Fortunately, Batman and his many allies, including Superman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, are always up for the challenge! Circle this globe and others, and even travel through time, in these 13 action-packed, fun-filled episodes!


Static Shock: The Complete First Season DVD
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
MSRP: $24.99
Run Time: 275 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: (Dolby Stereo 2.0)
Audio: Original Aspect Ratio – 1.33, Standard

Synopsis: Synopsis: Based on characters from the DC Comics series, superhero Virgil Hawkins and his classmates confront real problems and issues faced by today’s teens: peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse, urban neighborhood.

Meet Virgil Hawkins, a mild-mannered teen in the wrong place at the wrong time when a chemical explosion rocks the streets of Dakota City- changing him from supergeek to super-hero. Based on the Milestone/DC Comics property, this animated series about the adventures of the first African-American teenage superhero follows quick-witted Virgil, who finds himself imbued with electromagnetic superpowers after being exposed to a mutagenic gas. Taking on the guise of Static, an urban hero of his own creation, he must learn to control his powers, figure out how to patrol the skies at night and still make it home in time to study for school. Virgil’s greatest discovery becomes the real “charge” he gets out of helping people and making a positive difference as a super-hero in his community. The series confronts real problems and issues faced by today’s kids, including peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood.


The Zeta Project: Season Two DVD
Release Date: March 14th, 2017
MSRP: $24.99
Run Time: 269 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: (Dolby Stereo 2.0)
Audio: Original Aspect Ratio – 1.33, Standard

Synopsis: They created him to kill their enemies, but he refuses to destroy anymore…

Renegade “synthoid” Zeta (voice of Diedrich Bader, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), marked for reprogramming after developing a conscience and defying his evil orders, flees from a ruthless government agent. Capable of transforming himself at will into any human shape and possessing amazing cybernetic resources, Zeta joins Ro (voice of Julie Nathanson, Beverly Hills 90210) a 15-year-old street kid in her own kind of trouble with the law. In this spin-off from the blockbuster animated series Batman Beyond, futuristic vehicles, weapons and technology meld with the touching and humorous story of two misfits who need each other to survive in a dangerous world.


Warner Archive will also re-release The Zeta Project: Season One to DVD on March 14th, 2017. The original The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, has long been out of print.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive are expected to release further details on these titles. For additional details on each series, please check out the Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Static Shock and The Zeta Project subsites right here at The World’s Finest. Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three, Static Shock: The Complete First Season and The Zeta Project: Season Two will all be available to order from Warner Archive in March through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets.

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John Takis Talks “Justice League,” “Batman” and “Caped Crusaders” Soundtracks with The World’s Finest

The World’s Finest pulled Producer John Takis aside to discuss his work on an assortment of 2016 DC Comics-based animated soundtracks from La-La Land Records, including the massive Justice League soundtrack release and the new Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders score release. Takis digs into how these titles came together, shares his thoughts on an assortment of different score releases, and how crucial it is for fans to support these releases. He also teases what could be coming down the pipeline for upcoming DC Comics animated-based soundtrack releases. To read the entire two-part interview, click on the image or respective links below.


Part One: Justice League & BatmanPart Two: Return of the Caped Crusaders

The soundtracks for Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and more are available from La-La Land Records and can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers. To discuss these releases, click on the discussion links below.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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The World’s Finest Interviews “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Writer Matthew Manning

The World’s Finest caught up with writer Matthew Manning to discuss his work on the new Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series. The series, co-published by IDW and DC Comics, features the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series and the Heroes in a Half-Shell from the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, thrust into an exciting animated adventure. On the eve of the six-issue mini-series’ launch, Manning was able to answer a few questions about what fans can expect from the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series, along with his influences, his other works and why this is going to be a mini-series fans will not want to miss.

Preview images from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 can be found at the end of the Q & A.

Click on the image below to read the interview.




Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 will be available November 9th, 2016 through comic shops and via digital. The series is a co-production between IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

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The World’s Finest Interviews Dynamic Music Partners on “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”

The World’s Finest caught up with Dynamic Music Partners to discuss their work in scoring the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated feature. In this Q & A, Dynamic Music Partners – consisting of Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter – touch upon their score for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, their influences, their favorite tracks and much more. The soundtrack for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, available from La-La Land Records as of November 8th, 2016, can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers.

Click on the image below to check out the interview, right here at The World’s Finest!




For more information on Dynamic Music Partners, along with the assorted works and projects – past, present and future – check out their official website. DMP can also be found on Twitter at @DynMusPartners and on Facebook.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and on Digital HD. Further details on Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders subsite. Stay tuned for further coverage, including reviews, exclusive content and more.

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Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated feature, now available on Digital HD and coming November 1, 2016 to Blu-ray and DVD. In short, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is a great ride from start to finish, full of great moments, smart commentary and genuine laughs. Viewers will undoubtedly find themselves grinning ear to ear for the entire running time. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

A small subsite dedicated to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is also available on The World’s Finest, and includes an assortment of images and video clips from the feature, along with exclusive content. Click on the review link above to further access the dedicated additional content.

Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest.

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IDW Publishing Releases Details For “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” #1

IDW Publishing has released details on Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1, the first issue of the comic mini-series co-publishing venture with DC Comics. The six-issue series brings together the worlds of Batman: The Animated Series with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. The series is written by Matthew K. Manning with artwork by Jon Sommariva. Issue #1 will hit retail and digital outlets on November 9th, 2016 with a cover price of $3.99US. Details and cover artwork are available below.

BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES #1 (of 6)

Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Jon Sommariva

The Story: When villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham, Batman seeks to track them down. What happens when he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and entered the TMNT’s New York City?

Bullet Points:
-The animated worlds of the current TMNT Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series!
-The greatest all-ages crossover of all-time!
-Featuring villains and allies from both universes!
-The influential Batman: The Animated Series returns to comics!
-Variant covers by Hilary Barta, and Nick Bradshaw!

Release Date: November 9th, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Further details on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic mini-series can be found at the Batman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for additional content and coverage, including an interview with writer Matthew K. Manning, here in the coming weeks.

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Trailer, Press Release For “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” Animated Feature

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the trailer and press details for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, an animated movie based on the classic 1960s live-action Batman TV series. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the movie will hit physical media on November 1, 2016 and Digital HD on October 11, 2016. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), reprising their respective roles from the original TV series. Click on the player below to view the film’s trailer, with the press release following.

ADAM WEST, BURT WARD & JULIE NEWMAR PROVIDE VOICES OF BATMAN, ROBIN, CATWOMAN
FOR ALL-NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURE IN WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S

BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS

FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM ARRIVES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD & DIGITAL H>

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP). Order due date is September 27, 2016.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans). Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is an excellent addition to the ever-growing canon of Batman entertainment, offering a fun, playful animated version of the character’s adventures,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to initiate a series of animated movies – under the new ‘DC Classics Collection’ brand – and honored to have Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar give life to these iconic characters.”

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray Enhanced Content includes:
-“Those Dastardly Desperados” featurette – Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler are impossible not to watch! Those Dastardly Desperados explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.
-“A Classic Cadre of Voices” featurette – A new talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to viewers for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting October 11, 2016, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD
*Digital HD allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. 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 one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s16)

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

An assortment of screengrabs from the above trailer can be found at The World’s Finest.

Additional details are still expected to be forthcoming. Stay tuned to The World’s Finest and The DC Animation Forum for further updates on this title.

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Also, click here to check out The World’s Finest’s review of the recent “Batman: The Complete Classic Television Series” Blu-ray collection, available to own from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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