Interview With “Batman: Assault On Arkham” Character Designer Jon Suzuki

The World’s Finest caught up with Character Designer Jon Suzuki to discuss this work on the recent Batman: Assault on Arkham animated feature, the latest installment in the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The animated movie – which is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD – features a story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. Suzuki discusses process of working on an animated project, the surprising difficulties that come with and some of his favorite works, his work on the DC Universe Animated Original Movie and why fans should check out Batman: Assault on Arkham.

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Package Artwork For Recent “Batman: Assault on Arkham” Soundtrack Release

The World’s Finest has a collection of select package images from the recent Batman: Assault on Arkham – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie Limited Edition soundtrack release from La-La Land Records. The compact disc soundtrack, available for purchase through both www.lalalandrecords.com and other soundtrack boutiques for $19.98US, is a limited edition of 1500 units. Batman: Assault on Arkham – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie features music by Robert J. Kral, acclaimed composer behind Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman Unbound, among others.

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The Batman: Assault on Arkham – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie Limited Edition soundtrack release from La-La Land Records is now available starting at $19.98US. The compact disc soundtrack can be through both www.lalalandrecords.com and other soundtrack boutiques. Please note a digital download version of the Batman: Assault on Arkham soundtrack is also currently available from WaterTower Music.

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Second “The Batman Adventures” Trade Paperback Collection Coming June 2015

Initial details for upcoming comic collections slated for early-to-mid 2015 from publisher DC Comics have been released, and among them is the second trade paperback collection for the acclaimed 1990s The Batman Adventures series. The critically acclaimed comic book, which ran for nearly a decade through an assortment of revamps and reboots, featured stories which took place in continuity of Batman: The Animated Series. The Batman Adventures – Volume Two, set to replace the original out-of-print trade paperbacks released nearly twenty years ago, will include the Issues #11 – 20 of the original classic comic series and retail for $19.99US. The collection is slated to hit shelves June 2nd, 2015.

These early details are provided by DC Comics to an assortment of retail and online outlets to plan publishing initiatives for the next twelve months. Continue below for the initial details for this new The Batman Adventures collection.

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.

On Sale Date:
June 2, 2015

$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD – 232 pages – Trade Paperback Comics

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The Batman Adventures – Volume Two, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, is slated to hit shelves come June 2015 for $19.99US. Stay tuned for additional updates on the release, including finalized details and package artwork. 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 “Batman: Assault On Arkham – Limited Edition” Soundtrack Release Available Today

The new Batman: Assault on Arkham – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie Limited Edition soundtrack release from La-La Land Records is available starting today for the retail price of $19.98. The compact disc soundtrack, available for purchase through both www.lalalandrecords.com and other soundtrack boutiques, is a limited edition of 1500 units. Batman: Assault on Arkham – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie features music by Robert J. Kral, acclaimed composer behind Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman Unbound, among others.

The animated movie, the latest installment in the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, features a story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. In Batman: Assault on Arkham, a routine mission by the Suicide Squad to stop The Riddler goes awry when The Joker gets involved, drawing the attention of Batman. Batman: Assault on Arkham is currently available on Blu-ray, single-disc DVD, and for Digital Download.

La-La Land Records, the specialty record label with thousands of soundtrack titles available for purchase, provided the following release details.

BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM: LIMITED EDITION
LLLCD 1316
Music by Robert J. Kral
Limited Edition of 1500 Units

STARTS SHIPPING AUGUST 26
RETAIL PRICE: $19.98

ORDER BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM: LIMITED EDITION on 8/26 starting at 12pm (PST) at www.lalalandrecords.com and get your copy autographed by composer Robert J. Kral at no additional charge. Autographs are while supplies last and are NOT guaranteed.

La-La Land Records, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics present the original motion picture score to the DC Universe Animated Movie, Batman: Assault on Arkham, directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding. Acclaimed composer Robert J. Kral (Green Lanrtern: First Flight, The Haunting in Connecticut, Duck Dodgers, Angel) returns again to the DC Universe with a dynamite action/thriller score that is the perfect compliment to this action-packed tale, based on the hit video game series, in which Batman infiltrates The Suicide Squad, who have been tasked to kill The Riddler. Scored like a contemporary, urban crime thriller by way of the Batman universe, this is a great listen! Produced by Robert J. Kral and MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson, this is a special limited edition of 1500 Units features four exclusive tracks not available on the digital download version and liner notes from co-director Jay Oliva. Bat-riffic art design is courtesy of Dan Goldwasser.

TRACK LISTING:
Music By Robert J. Kral
1. Nygma’s Confrontation/It’s Batman 3:11
2. Criminal Montage 3:06
3. Task Force Indoctrination 2:42
4. Dropping Down 2:00
5. Gearing Up/Beer Room Challenge 1:51
6. Welcome Back Cowboy!* 1:05
7. Harley Arrested to Arkham 3:02
8. Infiltrating Arkham & Joker Assault 5:33
9. Killer Frost’s Kiss & Black Spider’s Microwave 2:00
10. Harley Bait & King Shark’s Work 1:28
11. Suicide Squad in the Big House 3:45
12. Batman’s Gotham & Property Room Access 2:59
13. Batman Fights Suicide Squad 2:12
14. Riddler Proposes a Cure* 1:14
15. Joker’s Out/Suicide Squad vs. SCU 3:35
16. Shocking Solution* 2:25
17. Joker Attacks Batman 1:41
18. Prisoners Released 2:46
19. Chopper Fight/Poison Ivy/The Batplane 2:03
20. Chopper Crash 2:25
21. Harley’s Rage* 0:57
22. Final Confrontations 2:08
23. Batman: Assault on Arkham End Credits 3:05

TOTAL ALBUM TIME: 57:58
*album exclusive track

Plase note a digital download version of the Batman: Assault on Arkham soundtrack is also currently available from WaterTower Music.

Additional soundtrack releases based on animated series inspired by DC Comics characters are expected to be released later this year, including Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Three from La-La Land Records. Details will be available soon.

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Details For “Batman: Assault On Arkham – Two-Disc Special Edition” DVD Release

Details have emerged for the Batman: Assault on Arkham – Two-Disc DVD Special Edition release, which is currently a Wal-Mart exclusive until Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014. The animated movie, the latest installment in the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, features a story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. In Batman: Assault on Arkham, a routine mission by the Suicide Squad to stop The Riddler goes awry when The Joker gets involved, drawing the attention of Batman. Batman: Assault on Arkham is currently available on Blu-ray, single-disc DVD, and for Digital Download.

Continue below for details on Batman: Assault on Arkham – Two-Disc DVD Special Edition, which will be available wide starting September 23rd, 2014. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the Wal-Mart retail chain have an agreement which gives the retail giant exclusive selling rights to Two-Disc DVD Special Edition of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie title for six weeks.

Batman: Assault On Arkham (2-Disc Special Edition)
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Wide Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

Synopsis: Welcome to Gotham City’s heart of darkness. At the center of the shadows rises Arkham Asylum, a festering depository of the vile, the dangerous and the delirious, with an ever-growing population courtesy of the Dark Knight. But when Batman foils the Riddler’s latest caper and a crucial piece of evidence needs to be secretly recovered from Arkham, the solution comes from an unexpected source: a covert government strike team assembled from Gotham City’s underworld. The assassin Deadshot leads the Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, King Shark and Black Spider, a roster of rogues who know Arkham Asylum and its residents all too well. Get ready for an all-out assault as Batman faces a fearless legion of criminals with nothing to lose. Some will live, some will die, and some just want revenge. It’s an unadulterated adventure through the criminal mind in the latest DC Universe animated movie.

Starring:
Troy Baker, Kevin Conroy, Martin Jarvis, Hynden Walch, CCH Pounder, Neal Mcdonough

Bonus Feature:
-Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
-The Joker’s Queen: Harley Quinn
-From the DC Comics Vault: 2 Bonus Cartoons

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Details For Upcoming “Batman: The Brave And The Bold – The Complete Second Season” Blu-ray Release

Warner Archive Collection, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment specialty label, has released official details for the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season Blu-ray title. The collection, coming Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, will include 26 episodes from the second season of the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series. The title will be available through the official Warner Archive website for $24.95US, along with select retail outlets, and is now currently available for pre-order. Details for the Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season Blu-ray are available below, from the studio.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season

Synopsis: Braver. Bolder. Season two of Batman: The Brave and the Bold delivers more of the action you want, as the caped crusader continues to team up with heroes from across the DC Universe in this latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring nonstop adventure with a touch of comic relief, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman frequently finds himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes at every turn, Batman must still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home. With more action-packed antics and characters like Firestorm and Metal Men, season two features the voices of guest stars Julie Newmar (Batman), Adam West (Batman), Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series), Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Playhouse) and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris).

Running Time: 590 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16 X 9 LETTERBOX|ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO – 1.78:1
Format: Blu-ray
Audio Format: MONO
Box Type: Amaray Case

Unlike the previous second season DVD releases of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, this collection is set to include the controversial “The Mask of Matches Malone” episode. The episode, which was censored for content, was relegated to bonus content on the Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Complete Season Three DVD title, details of which are available here.

Batman: The Brave And The Bold – The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection, and will be available starting September 9th, 2014 for $24.95US. The collection is currently up for pre-order through most online retails outlets. Stay tuned for additional details, including press details and additional artwork and imagery. Details on how to order can be found at the official Warner Archive website.

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Teletoon Superfan Friday Airing “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature This Week

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2005 The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature during the network’s “Teletoon Superfan Friday” programming block on Friday, August 22nd, 2014. 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 Superfan Friday” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 7:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero animated television proagrams and movies.

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

The Batman Versus Dracuka
Teletoon, Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 7:00pm (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.

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Debut “Beware The Batman” Episodes On Toonami Draw Roughly 600,000 Viewers

Network-debut episodes of Beware The Batman have helped the series perform consistently as part of the popular Toonami programming block, found on Cartoon Network’s counterpart channel Adult Swim. The CG-animated series Beware The Batman, which features The Dark Knight as he faces off against Gotham City’s criminal underworld with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, airs Saturday nights at 2:30am (ET/PT). The network debut episode “Darkness,” which aired Saturday, August 9th, 2014, grabbed nearly 600,000 viewers, keeping average with the standard ratings pull for an episode of Beware The Batman. While not the highest-rated program in the massive programming block, it ranks first in its timeslot among male-dominated demographics for Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The information above comes from a mix of Nielsen Media Research data, independent research, and official information from Turner Broadcasting. Below is an excerpt from a press released issued by Turner Broadcasting to outlets concerning the performance of the Toonami programming block on August 9th, 2014.

Within Adult Swim’s Toonami block on Saturday night, Attack on Titans (11:30 p.m.) and Bleach (12 a.m.) ranked #1 in their respective time periods among all targeted adults and men. Space Dandy (12:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among all targeted adults and men 18-24 & 18-49, while One Piece (1:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among adult 18-24 and men 18-24 & 18-49. Naruto: Shippuden (1 a.m.) and Blue Exorcist (2 a.m.) ranked #1 in their respective time periods among men 18-24 & 18-49. Beware the Batman (2:30 a.m.) and Black Lagoon (3 a.m.) both ranked #1 in their respective time periods among adults 18-24 & 18-34 and all targeted men. Attack on Titans earned year-over-year growth among all targeted adults and men, ranging between 6 percent and 14 percent.

To note, the Beware The Batman episode “Fall” played to an audience of 656,000 on the night of Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, and the episode “Attraction” nabbed 511,000 viewers on the night of Saturday, July 26th, 2014. Ratings for the series have been consistent since its Toonami debut. “Fall” and “Attraction” officially debuted on home video earlier this year.

Please note, the above data does not take into account DVR and PVR airings. DVR and PVR recorded airings, on average, can increase a program’s viewership from 5 – 10%.

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. After a lengthy hiatus, the show joined the Toonami programming block on Adult Swim back in May 2014, details of which can be found here. Representatives for Adult Swim state the network is committed to airing all 26 episodes.

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New Images Released For “Batman: Assault On Arkham,” Animated Feature Now Available

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a batch of new images from Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest installment in the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The images highlight Batman and the Suicide Squad. The animated movie – which is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD – features a story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. In Batman: Assault on Arkham, a routine mission by the Suicide Squad to stop The Riddler goes awry when The Joker gets involved, drawing the attention of Batman.

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New Video Clip From “Batman: Assault On Arkham,” Animated Feature Now On Sale

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new video clip from the Batman: Assault on Arkham animated feature, the latest installment in the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The clip features an attack by the deadly the Suicide Squad. The animated movie – which is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD – features a story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. In Batman: Assault on Arkham, a routine mission by the Suicide Squad to stop The Riddler goes awry when The Joker gets involved, drawing the attention of Batman.

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