Eliza Dushku Talks “Batman: Year One” And “Catwoman,” New Images And Videos

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Batman: Year One direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with actress Eliza Dushku as she discusses her role in the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie title. The studio has also provided four interview video clips with Dushku, available by clicking the first four thumbnails below, along with new images from the Batman: Year One animated feature. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.

Buffy, Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku is a purr-fect fit for Catwoman in Batman: Year One & animated short

Fanboy favorite provides voice for Selina Kyle and her vigilante alter ego in all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie & accompanying DC Showcase animated short; Blu-ray & DVD available October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video

Eliza Dushku has taken command of Catwoman and shes not about to give her back.

The star of Dollhouse and Tru Calling, and a vital part of the amazing Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast, provided the voice of Selina Kyle/Catwoman for Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. A few short months later, Dushku was quick to accept a return to the role as the title character of the DC Showcase animated short Catwoman.

From the moment she accepted the role, Dushku was keen on making this character her own and coming back to play the character as often as possible. Given her performance, its doubtful casting director Adnrea Romano and executive producer Bruce Timm would look elsewhere the next time the sometimes vigilante, sometimes villain appears in a script.

Timm and Romano will be at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 14 to present the world premiere of the Catwoman animated short and to discuss Batman: Year One during a panel from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the IGN Theater.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated Batman: Year One arrives October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Batman: Year One is also now available in a special download-for-purchase early window through iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune, VUDU HD Movies and Video Unlimited on the PlayStation Network & Sony Entertainment Network.

Following her initial recording session, Dushku was happy to download some of her thoughts regarding a number of subjects related to Catwoman, the Batman legacy, felines, bad girls and comic books. And heres what she had to say

QUESTION: You seemed to easily groove into this character. Where did you go to discover who Selina Kyle is?

ELIZA DUSHKU: I found the attitude for this character deep down in the Eliza Dushku archive of bad girls (she laughs). They’re in there somehow, somewhere for some reason, and I tap into them when I need them. Theyre characters with an edge. I grew up with three older brothers in Boston, and my mother was a single mom. So I spent my early years running the streets with the boys. After I fell into the film and television business, I went back to public school in Boston, and kids didn’t think it was that cool. So I had to kind of fight for my street cred. I adopted this really sort-of-hard exterior, and got in a couple fights. So by the time I graduated high school and came out to make Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it was really art imitating life. I was fighting for my life.

QUESTION: Does being part of the Batman mythology have any special significance to you?

ELIZA DUSHKU: It’s incredible being part of the Batman legacy. It’s iconic. It’s Batman. I grew up with brothers and we would play Batman and Robin. Well, I would always try to get in and play, but usually they would let me join the game as some character or another, and they would immediately kill me off (laughs). So, I used to watch from afar. So now look brothers I get to be a part of this and you don’t. (laughs hard)

QUESTION: Do you have a pet cat? How do you feel about cats?

ELIZA DUSHKU: I had hobo cats growing up. We had cats that would climb up on the roof of the house. We would get them off the roof, then two nights later they would be meowing on the top of the roof again. They have little attitudes, too. I ended up with dogs, mainly, but if a cat could act like a dog and could play like a dog and can play rough, then those cats got along with me. I just dont want house cats or Siamese cats they’re a little too snooty for me.

QUESTION: Did you enjoy attempting to bring a comic book to animated life?

ELIZA DUSHKU: I love that in the DC Comics world, the stakes are high from the get-go. A week ago, I was watching The Dark Knight. I love what they did, but its different from what we did for Batman: Year One and Catwoman. When you’re recreating comics, there’s different intonations and character strengths that come out. Thats what I was focused on bringing forth. Its a little exaggerated, a little nuanced, a little more dramatic. But it’s also full of layers and seething with this very cool energy.

QUESTION: Do you enjoy voice acting?

ELIZA DUSHKU: I’ve had a great time doing voiceovers. It started with videogames the first was a Buffy The Vampire Slayer videogame and really I did it because I thought it would be cool to have my nephews be able to play me on their videogames. They wont talk to me right now theyre at that stage of being a teenager so I thought maybe we could have a connection through the videogames. I did a videogame called Wet last year that was a lot of fun. Then I have some friends over at Family Guy. And then, more and more, I’ve been sort of reaching out and peeking around to see what things are available to build my voiceover resume. It’s fun for me, and completely different from what we do in live action. Voice acting is really invigorating. It still feels like you have to bring the same amount of character and energy into the room. And then to watch it morph into the animated version is really kind of magnificent.

QUESTION: Was there anything you wanted to personally add to the character that made the experience of voicing Catwoman that much more fun?

ELIZA DUSHKU: Well, I wanted to purr, and they let me purr so that was really like getting a bit of extra credit. I wanted to get in there and really emphasize her relationship with her cats, as I think its very feral and very significant. And everyone was really cool about letting me play around with my ferocity.

QUESTION: What is it you enjoy most about working in this genre?

ELIZA DUSHKU: I love my fanboys. Without my fanboys, so many of the projects that I’ve done wouldn’t have had the extraordinary life that theyve enjoyed. The fanboys have been there with enthusiasm and the support, and their loyalty and their love has made this so rewarding and exciting. It makes me just want to give them more, more, more, more.

QUESTION: The Whedonverse has provided many actors for the first 16 DC Universe Animated Original Movies. What do you think makes Joss Whedons casts fit so nicely in the DC Universe?

ELIZA DUSHKU: Joss is such a die-hard comic book fan himself that theres a natural connection. And when you play in his worlds worlds that are fantasy-related with all this metaphorical, deep magic going on, it sort of preps you to think the unthinkable and go places with your character that most projects don’t give you the opportunity to do.

QUESTION: Your parents are educators. Did comic books fit into place as literature in your house?

ELIZA DUSHKU: My father was actually a fourth grade elementary school teacher, so we had a lot of fun with dad growing up as far as comic books and trading baseball cards. That was actually one of the things that my brothers and my father and I did together play with action figures and Star Wars and G.I. Joes and Transformers, and trade and read comic books and baseball cards. My dad actually worked at and had a baseball card shop for a while, and he had comics in there. So comic books were definitely a huge part of my childhood.

Additional content is also available at the The World’s Finest Batman: Year One micro-site. A review of the Batman: Year One Blu-ray release and animated feature can also be found at The World’s Finest.

Details on the home video release of Batman: Year One, including a rundown of Blu-ray extras, can be found here, with additional media available here. Warner Home Video is expected to cross-promote the release of Batman: Year One with Batman: Arkham City, the latest entry in the Batman videogame franchise from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is also scheduled for an October 18th, 2011 release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature debuts October 18th, 2011 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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In additional news, The World’s Finest and WaterTower Music have teamed up to give fans the opportunity to receive a free copy of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music. Beginning today and for this week only, The World’s Finest will be giving away ten copies in total of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album Soundtrack CD release to ten lucky recipients, courtesy of WaterTower Music.

Batman: Arkham City – The Album is now available on Amazon, iTunes and other digital music retailers. The soundtrack is available as both a digital download (Click here for iTunes!) and an Amazon-exclusive compact disc release (Click here to purchase!).

To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com, including your name, full mailing address and phone number by 12:00 midnight tonight (ET), October 14th, 2011. Please label the email “Batman: Arkham City CD Contest.” Only one entry per person, per household will be accepted. From there, ten entries will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music. Please note this special giveaway is only available to residents of the United States. Only those randomly chosen to receive a copy of the CD release will be notified via email shortly after the closure of the contest. Please note the terms and conditions of this special giveaway are subject to change without notice.

Batman: Arkham City – The Album is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers. Official details for the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music are available here.



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Green Lantern flies onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group – Now Available!

Green Lantern is available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, for $40.99; Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, for $35.99; and on single disc DVD with UltraViolet Digital Copy for $28.98. The extended cut will be in hi-definition on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack only.

UltraViolet Digital Copy allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.

Starring Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) in the title role, DC Comics legendary super hero soars to the edges of space as Green Lantern, where a war has been raging between those who rule with fear, and those who protect life: the Green Lantern Corps.

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New “Catwoman” Animated Short To Premiere At New York Comic Con This Friday

The World’s Finest presents the latest press release from Warner Home Video promoting the home video release of Batman: Year One, arriving on October 18th, 2011. The latest press details highlight the debut of the new Catwoman animated short, included exclusively on the home video release of Batman: Year One. Continue below for further details.


Catwoman animated short premiere is centerpiece of DC Universe Animated Panel at New York Comic Con

Eliza Dushku reprises Batman: Year One role as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in 15-minute short; Animation guru Bruce Timm, nine-time Emmy-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano and fan favorite voice of Batman Kevin Conroy to also discuss upcoming Justice League: Doom



Warner Home Video will present the world premiere of Catwoman, the latest addition to the DC Showcase Animated Shorts series, as part of its DC Universe Animated panel on Friday, October 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the IGN Theater at New York Comic Con.

Catwoman is included in the October 18 Blu-ray/DVD release of Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

The panel includes animation legend Bruce Timm, nine-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano, and the fan favorite voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. The panelists will discuss the Catwoman short, the upcoming release of Batman: Year One, and next springs release of Justice League: Doom.

The world premiere of the Justice League: Doom trailer is another New York Comic Con exclusive to be unveiled during the panel.

Catwoman/Selina Kyle is voiced by Eliza Dushku, well known for her television roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. The 15-minute short is penned by respected comics/animation writer Paul Dini.

The short finds Catwoman posing as an entertainer in a strip club to get close to black market diamond smuggler Rough Cut who doesnt take kindly to Catwomans interference in his business, leading to an all-out battle through the streets of Gotham City.

When Alan Burnett and I first started discussing the idea of a Catwoman short, we both agreed that we wanted to make the story and the settings as adult as we could, Dini explains. The world of burlesque has returned in a big way to the contemporary consciousness, and that proved to be a very natural setting for this Catwoman story. At the time I wrote the initial screenplay, I didn’t know the short would be paired up with Batman: Year One, but the steamy setting that Selina inhabits in that book also proved to be ideal for the short.

For the short, Dini created the character Rough Cut, a villain whose smuggling interests beyond diamonds catches Catwomans attention.

I liked the idea of a villain who was obsessed with diamonds, but as this story takes place in the down and dirty side of Gotham, I felt the bad guy couldn’t be too glamorous, Dini says. I came up with the name Rough Cut both to describe the man and the kinds of crude, unfinished diamonds he pedals. There’s always a market for industrial diamonds, but lately Rough Cut has been feeling the economic pinch, so he’s smuggling more precious cargo. That’s what brings Catwoman into the picture.

Dushku was very happy to return to her Batman: Year One role, having already taken equity in the part of Catwoman/Selina Kyle. Dushku has definitely found a clear understanding of her characters emotional make-up.

A lot of people are familiar with the characters Ive played these strong and vicious women who are, very deep down inside, really wounded women with an entirely unexpected side, so theres nothing black and white about them, Dushku says. I think people identify with the characters I play because even though they do terrible things, theres a humanity there. Theyve got lots of layers. Theyre not just good or evil. Selina is a prostitute, and shes abrasive and in your face, but she also has this maternal, protective, loyal quality to her. Her relationship with Holly is a perfect example it shows a side you might not expect.

Additional content is also available at both the The World’s Finest Batman: Year One micro-site and The World’s Finest DC Showcase: Catwoman micro-site. A review of the Batman: Year One Blu-ray release and animated feature, including the Catwoman animated short, can also be found at The World’s Finest.

Details on the home video release of Batman: Year One, including a rundown of Blu-ray extras, can be found here, with additional media available here.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature debuts October 18th, 2011 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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In additional news, The World’s Finest and WaterTower Music have teamed up to give fans the opportunity to receive a free copy of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music. Beginning today and for this week only, The World’s Finest will be giving away ten copies in total of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album Soundtrack CD release to ten lucky recipients, courtesy of WaterTower Music.

Batman: Arkham City – The Album is now available on Amazon, iTunes and other digital music retailers. The soundtrack is available as both a digital download (Click here for iTunes!) and an Amazon-exclusive compact disc release (Click here to purchase!).

To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com, including your name, full mailing address and phone number by 12am (ET) midnight Friday night, October 14th, 2011. Please label the email “Batman: Arkham City CD Contest.” Only one entry per person, per household will be accepted. From there, ten entries will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music. Please note this special giveaway is only available to residents of the United States. Only those randomly chosen to receive a copy of the CD release will be notified via email shortly after the closure of the contest. Please note the terms and conditions of this special giveaway are subject to change without notice.

Batman: Arkham City – The Album is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers. Official details for the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music are available here.



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This October 14th, Green Lantern flies onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

Green Lantern will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, for $40.99; Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, for $35.99; and on single disc DVD with UltraViolet Digital Copy for $28.98. The extended cut will be in hi-definition on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack only.

UltraViolet Digital Copy allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.

Starring Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) in the title role, DC Comics legendary super hero soars to the edges of space as Green Lantern, where a war has been raging between those who rule with fear, and those who protect life: the Green Lantern Corps.

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Warner Home Video To Debut New “Catwoman” Short, “Justice League: Doom” Footage

The following press released, issued by Warner Home Video, features details for upcoming events surrounding the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The line, a steady performer for Warner Home Video, spotlights characters from the DC Comics universe. Continue below for further details.

Warner Home Video to unveil Catwoman animated short, first Justice League: Doom footage at New York Comic Con

Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation proudly present an action-packed hour of first looks at DC Universe Animated Original Movies properties on Friday, October 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at New York Comic Con.

Central to the panel will be the world premiere of the animated short Catwoman, starring Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) as the voice of title character. The 15-minute short will be included on the release of Batman: Year One, which streets October 18 on Blu-ray, DVD, for Download and On Demand.

The panel will also include the very first footage to be seen from Justice League: Doom, the highly-anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

The panelists, which include the ultimate voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, DCU executive producer Bruce Timm and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, will offer a glimpse into the 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, give away some exclusive prizes to inquisitive audience members, and quite possibly welcome a few surprise guests to the stage.

An autograph session with the panelists will immediately follow the panel.

Details on the home video release of Batman: Year One, including a rundown of Blu-ray extras, can be found here, along with the official trailer. Warner Home Video is expected to cross-promote the release of Batman: Year One with Batman: Arkham City, the latest entry in the Batman videogame franchise from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is also scheduled for an October 18th, 2011 release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature debuts October 18th, 2011 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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The Track Team Talks Scoring The “DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts” Line

Jeremy Zuckerman recently took time to discuss the work of the acclaimed music and sound design production company The Track Team, which he co-founded in 2004 with Benjamin Wynn, on the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts line from Warner Home Video and DC Entertainment. Zuckerman and Wynn composed the music for the entire series of shorts, just one of their recent many projects in the realm of film and television.

And now, La-La Land Records has just released Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts on compact disc, collecting The Track Team’s entire works for the direct-to-video shorts. The Limited Edition release is now available through official La-La Land Records website and other online soundtrack specialty stores. Please continue below for the Q & A.

The World’s Finest: First off, care to introduce yourself and some of your past works?

Jeremy Zuckerman: I’ve been working in TV/Film since 2001. My first project came to me via a friend at BMI and was an ambitious short called Radius. Shortly after I began working for a company doing composition, sound design and audio engineering for commercials. After doing some time in the trenches I landed a gig composing the score to the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. That turned out to be a really excellent learning experience and really got my TV chops together. Currently, Ben and I are composing the score for the forthcoming TV series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. Outside of scoring, I’ve recently finished a dance piece for the Scottish Dance Theatre called Khaos; it makes use of traditional instrumentation as well as computer processing.

WF: How did you get on board for DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts. Are you a fan of DC Comics, or comics in general? Any favorite characters, or even comic-inspired animated series?

JZ: Joaquim Dos Santos (the director) brought us in. We had worked with him on the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was great for us to do a project with Warner Brothers. Really easy company to work with and the people have a lot of integrity.

Growing up I was a superhero nut like most kids. Although I have to admit, I was probably more of a fan of Underoos than comic books!

WF: The majority of these shorts bent more toward some of the lesser-known DC characters, such as The Spectre and Jonah Hex (well, lesser-known to those outside the comic world). Did that make it easier knowing you weren’t slave to anything that came before?

JZ: That’s a really good observation. Yes, it was liberating not having to work from pre-existing musical themes or much aesthetic history in general. We weren’t working with a completely blank slate but a blank state can be stifling. Option paralysis and all that… The parameters that were set in place by Joaquim, Bruce Timm and the little history that did exist, were just enough to get the creative juices flowing.

WF: Each short had a distinct style. The Spectre felt like a 1970s crime film, Jonah Hex a bleak western, and so on. Can you run us through your inspiration for all of the shorts you scored?

JZ: Sure. Joaquim had a very specific idea for the music in The Spectre The Corrigan stuff had an obvious and strong reference to Lalo Schifrin’s brilliant Dirty Harry score. For the Spectre moments we referenced those wonderfully cheesy and effective 80’s synth scores from the John Carpenter and George Romero movies. Jonah Hex was a bit less derivative. Bruce wanted it to sound like a score that Morricone could have written but never did. Morricone was definitely an influence in some of the instrumentation and harmony but we also used some more modern elements and things that were a little outside of the style of the western. We also listened to a bunch of early American frontier music, which informed the fiddle-like violin material. And of there was some good old ragtime piano music for some on screen material. The Spectre and Jonah Hex were the two that were most obviously referential.

WF: As a semi-follow-up to the previous question, was there any short that seemed to be “easier” in terms of scoring than the others? Why?

JZ: I’m a huge fan of 70s funk, as a matter of fact I play guitar in an old school funk ensemble. Also Ben and I both have a strong background in synthesizers and computer music. So The Spectre was a really good fit in that regard. I loved working on that score but strangely enough, I think I was most inspired by the Jonah Hex stuff. The narrative mood was really appealing to me and the themes were very rich in that there were a lot of ways to develop and vary them.

WF: Do you have any favorite moments, both in the actual shorts and your work on them, that you’d like to discuss? Were there any moments where, after watching the finished product for any of the shorts, you felt you just nailed it?

JZ: There are a lot of moments I’m really proud of in these shorts. The lonely cue that supports Jonah’s entrance, the Madame Lorraine violin and guitar music, the montage when Madame Lorraine and Jonah go to the mineshaft… I really like that scene in The Spectre when that dude in the hot rod is fleeing to Mexico. There’s a little synth melody in there that combined with those Linn drum sounds really captures that cheesy, yet stirring quality a lot of film and TV music from 80s possessed. The scene in Shazam where Black Adam snatches the female bystander out of the car and uses her to force Captain Marvel to return to his Billy Batson form really works for me… There are a lot of moments that I really like! What can I say? It was an inspiring project!

WF: Is it a relief to see your work on DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts get an actual CD release, given how the market here in North America tends to difficult toward these type of niche releases?

JZ: To be honest, I don’t know much about the history of the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts releases. But I will say that I know how hard it can be to get music property released and was amazed at how easy it was with this project. It’s a really unexpected and nice surprise that La-La Land Records wanted to do this. The fact that the music will be heard on it’s own is simultaneously terrifying and gratifying!

WF: To wrap this up, where will we be seeing your work next? Will you be sticking around the DC Comics world in addition to your other works?

JZ: We’d love to work on more projects like the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts. The niche stuff is really fun for me because there’s a bit more room for experimentation. It felt very fresh…

The next thing of ours you’ll be seeing is our work on Nickelodeon’s new Kung Fu Panda TV series. We’re really getting into Chinese instrumentation on this and are working with some amazing musicians. We’re excited to bring some sounds to American TV that are rarely heard. It’s a great opportunity to combine western scoring styles with some of the incredible beauty of traditional Chinese music.

In the future we both would love the opportunity to work in dramatic feature or dramatic hour-long TV. Ben and I feel that while we love working in animation, we also have a lot to bring to a musical landscape that fits a dramatic narrative.

The World’s Finest would like to thank Jeremy Zuckerman for his participation in this Q & A!

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Soundtrack Release For “DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts” Now Available

La-La Land Records is taking orders starting today for the new Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts CD release. The release features score music from the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Short titles released by Warner Home Video. The Limited Edition release is available through official La-La Land Records website and other online soundtrack specialty stores. La-La Land Records has previously released multiple soundtracks for DC Comics animated, television and movie properties over the last few years. Continue below to look at the package artwork for this release. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.

Click here to view the press release for this soundtrack title. To purchase the title, check out the official La-La Land Records DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts soundtrack site.

Original Soundtracks from the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts is now available to order through the official La-La Land Records website, and through other online soundtrack specialty stores. Stay tuned for further updates and coverage here soon at The World’s Finest.

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La-La Land Records Announces Limited Edition “DC Showcase” Soundtrack Title

La-La Land Records has announced plans to release a CD soundtrack for the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts line. The shorts were included on a handful of DC Universe Animated Original Movie home video releases as well as its own home video title. La-La Land Records, the label which has already released multiple soundtracks for DC Comics animated, television and movie properties, will release DC Showcase – Original Soundtracks to the Animated Shorts on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011. Continue below for the cover artwork and official press release.

AVAILABLE FROM www.lalalandrecords.com on April 12th, 1pm (PST)
DC SHOWCASE: SUPERMAN/SHAZAM! The Return of Black Adam / JONAH HEX /
GREEN ARROW / THE SPECTRE: LIMITED EDITION (LLLCD 1172)

Music Composed by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn
Limited Edition of 1000 Units
RETAIL PRICE: $19.98

Presenting the world premiere limited edition CD release of the original score soundtracks to the DC Showcase animated original shorts Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow and The Spectre. Composers Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, aka The Track Team (Kung Fu Panda: Legend of Awesomeness, Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Legend of Korra) expertly create a vast musical palette of dynamic musical environments in this thrilling collection of their music from these acclaimed DC Showcase original shorts. An eclectic array of styles and motifs are referenced here in exciting fashion, from old fashioned superhero spectacle to Spaghetti Western, 70s Grindhouse, horror and more! Produced by Jeremy Zuckerman, Benjamin Wynn and MV Gerhard, and mastered by James Nelson, this is a special limited edition release of 1000 Units.

Autographed copies will be available at no extra charge from www.lalalandrecords.com upon release. Note: Autographed copies are only while supplies last and are NOT guaranteed.

Additionally, autographed copies can also be obtained from Dark Delicacies now at www.darkdel.com

Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn will be appearing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA on April 16th at 2pm to greet fans and sign copies of the DC Showcase soundtrack purchased at Dark Delicacies. For more info: www.darkdel.com

TRACK LISTING:

1. WB Logo (0:29)
2. DC Showcase Main Title (0:47)

SUPERMAN/SHAZAM!: THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM
3. Black Adam (0:49)
4. Billy Batson (1:36)
5. Looking for Change (0:30)
6. Good is Hard (0:32)
7. Battle in the City (4:37)
8. The Subway Ride / The Wizard Shazam (3:51)
9. Back in the City (1:07)
10. Shazam! (3:11)
11. The Dam (1:28)
12. Gods and Ants (0:58)
13. Billy’s Had Enough (1:55)
14. Tawny’s Reveal (1:16)
15. Just One Word (0:23)
16. The Return of Black Adam End Credits (0:39)

JONAH HEX
17. Ella’s Rag (1:55)
18. Madame Lorraine (0:52)
19. Above the Bar, Red Doc
Gets Comfortable (0:51)
20. Jonah Rides into Town (1:31)
21. Madame Lorraine
and Jonah (1:25)
22. Jonah Takes Care
of Business (1:25)
23. To the Mine Shaft (2:47)
24. Jonah Hex End Credits (0:37)

GREEN ARROW
25. Late Again /Tension at the Airport (2:20)
26. Assassination Attempt / The Princess… The Queen (3:58)
27. The Conveyor Belt (2:00)
28. Merlyn andGreen Arrow Duel (1:04)
29. Safe? (Count Vertigo) (0:51)
30. Every Queen Needs a Consort (1:01)
31. Green Arrow End Credits (0:38)

THE SPECTRE
32. Mr. Brenner Takes a Dip (0:57)
33. Corrigan Assesses the Crime Scene (1:19)
34. The SurveillanceCamera Tapes (0:32)
35. Costumes (2:23)
36. Squashed (0:24)
37. Heading to Mexico (2:51)
38. An Old Friend / The Secret (2:35)
39. The Spectre End Credits (0:38)

Total Time: 60:42

DC Showcase – Original Soundtracks to the Animated Shorts will be available to order through the official La-La Land Records website, and through other online soundtrack specialty stores, on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011. Stay tuned for further updates and coverage here soon at The World’s Finest.

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

Debuting three new feature-length titles this year, along with an animated shorts-compilation release, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video animated feature line from Warner Home Video moved nearly 2.5 million home video release units in 2010. Over 2,100,000 of those sales came from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – and those numbers are expected to grow during the December 2010 holiday season. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated numbers only based on research and market analysis.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the July 2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature made the biggest splash of this years releases, moving 510,000 DVD units and nearly 275,000 Blu-ray units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with at least 800,000 of combined units sold by the end of 2010. The direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuted to 140,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending August 1st, 2010.

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

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

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

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers or legal download numbers. Sales numbers are estimates gathered through independent research, market analysis and various home media retailing outlets. A detailed look at the sales of each release can be found in the news archives here at The World’s Finest.

Stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here at The Worlds Finest, including exclusive content and more. More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, including the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts, can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite. Please click on the links below to discuss the assorted releases covered in this article.

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

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

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“DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts” Home Video Release Retains Sales


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection, anchored by the exclusive Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam animated short, held tight in its second week of sales, slipping just 50% from its previous week of sales. The release moved an estimated 35,000 DVD copies in its second week, along with an additional 12,000 units in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 47,000 home video units sold for the week ending November 21st, 2010. This brings the two week total sales, combining both DVD and Blu-ray sales, to nearly 142,000 units moved.

Sales for direct-to-video animated features, especially titles featuring comic book-based characters, tend to fall an average of 60 – 70% in the second week, but the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection managed to retain a higher numbers of sales in its second week. For comparison, the recent DC Universe Animated Original Movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse saw a 67% drop in sales for its second week, though has still moved over 500,000 DVD and Blu-ray units since its debut. Note the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Above is the cover art for all standard definition DVD and high-definition Blu-ray home video releases for the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection. Click on the links below to discuss both the recent Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam animated short, exclusive to this new collection, along with the home video release, accompanied additional animated shorts and other topics pertinent to this update.

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
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Additionally, when asked if consumers can expect to see future DC Showcase animated shorts, a representative for Warner Home Video simply stated “Maybe.” Stay tuned for further updates here soon on The World’s Finest, including further coverage on upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles and much more.

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Soft Debut For “DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts” Home Video Release


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection, anchored by the exclusive Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam animated short, was unable to crack 100,000 units sold in its first week available on the home video market. The release moved an estimated 70,000 DVD copies in its first week, along with an additional 24,500 units in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 94,500 home video units sold during its first week of sales, the weekend ending November 14th, 2010. The DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection debuted in the top 20 for DVD sales for its first week, and in the top 10 for Blu-ray. Note the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Above is the cover art for all standard definition DVD and high-definition Blu-ray home video releases for the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection. Click on the links below to discuss both the recent Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam animated short, exclusive to this new collection, along with the home video release and accompanied additional animated shorts.

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: The Spectre Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

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Director Joaquim Dos Santos Talks “DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection”

The World’s Finest presents an all-new studio-conducted interview, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam animated short, available exclusively on the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts Collection release. Continue reading below for an interview featuring DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts director Joaquim Dos Santos.

Additionally, click on the first two thumbnail images below to view two Quicktime format clips from the highly-anticipated Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam animated short. DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection is now available to own.


Director Joaquim Dos Santos discusses DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts Collection

Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam anchors Blu-ray & DVD release today from Warner Home Video


Joaquim Dos Santos brings his unique directing style to four diverse superhero segments with todays Warner Home Video release of the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts Collection, anchored by the never-before-seen Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.

Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video expanded the realm of superhero storytelling beyond the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movies with the introduction of the DC Showcase, a series of animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault. DC Showcase animated shorts initially appeared as special bonus content on the 2010 slate of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The 10- to 12-minute films include The Spectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow. All three titles are presented in extended formats along with the first-ever release of the 24-minute Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.

In Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam, Clark Kents latest interview subject is street kid Billy Batson. What Clark doesnt know is that Billy is more than a feisty kid with a lot of heart he has been chosen by an ancient wizard to represent the good of man as the Worlds Mightiest Mortal just by invoking the name of the wizard, “Shazam!” Billy’s powers come none-too-soon, as he also discovers he’s being pursued by a centuries’ old, murderous villain, Black Adam a foe so powerful, even Superman cant stop him alone. The all-star cast of Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam is led by Jerry OConnell (Crossing Jordan) as Captain Marvel, George Newbern reprising his Justice League role as Superman, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Black Adam and two-time Emmy Award winner James Garner (8 Simple Rules) as the wizard Shazam.

Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday) is executive producer and Joaquim Dos Santos (Justice League, Avatar: The Last Airbender) is director of the first series of DC Showcase titles. Michael Jelenic (Wonder Woman) wrote the 24-minute script for Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.

Other shorts included on the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts Collection:

The Spectre A detective story with an ethereal twist featuring an otherworldly character. The short is written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and the voice cast includes Gary Cole (Entourage) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed).

Jonah Hex The tough-as-nails bounty hunter always gets his man – until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just his bounty from Jonah Hex. Based on a story from the award-winning Jonah Hex comic series, and scripted by world-renowned author Joe Lansdale. The voice cast is led by Thomas Jane (Hung), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), Michelle Trachtenberg (Mercy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder).

Green Arrow At the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, Oliver Queen is forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. Greg Weisman (Young Justice) pens this action-packed tale, which features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) as the title character and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage) as his foe.

Dos Santos took time this week to chat about the four shorts that are available everywhere on Blu-ray and DVD today. Heres what the director had to say

QUESTION: Lets start with the obvious — do you have a favorite among the four shorts?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: Its Jonah Hex. I just think tonally it all came together. Its a nice, clear cut homage to spaghetti westerns, and I thought Joe Lansdales writing was pushing the envelope in a good way as he dealt with themes that were a bit more mature. The overall art direction was the most consistent — the color direction was really strong, and Im especially proud of the look and feel of the saloon. Its got these great, warm colors that make it feel lived in. You can try to write that scene and you can try to draw it and art direct it, but this really translated Madame Lorraines saloon felt like a real place.

QUESTION: Do you have favorite moments in each short?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: I love our big monster homage in The Spectre when the make-up artist gets his come-uppance, only because Im a huge fan of horror films and we got to put a little homage to all my faves. Plus, The Track Team, our composers on the DC Showcase, did a great job of capturing that late 70s, John Carpenter, Goblins, Susperia vibe.

In Green Arrow, the fight on the conveyor belt between Green Arrow and the thug was a lot of fun. I boarded that sequence myself, adding little martial arts disciplines that I thought both Green Arrow and the thug would employ. And it was kind of cool that Green Arrow didnt necessarily win the fight he got his bell rung by the thug.

For Shazam, I like the opening sequence with Billy waking up in the morning. Its such a great story point that heres this kid basically squatting in a dilapidated apartment complex inhabited with thugs and ladies of the night, and yet he still has this chipper outlook on the world. It was a ton of fun to see that scene fully realized when hes doing pull-ups, hes snapping his fingers, as if to say Im not doing too bad here. I like the juxtaposition of the contemporary, rundown setting against his cheery attitude.

QUESTION: Where did you hide the Easter Eggs?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: Theres a bunch of them. The Spectre has a lot of my favorite monsters in the backgrounds, like Regan from The Exorcist. The werewolf that attacks the make-up artist is a tribute to Michael Jackson in Thriller. Plus we get a little homage to Christine. In Jonah Hex, Red rides into town past a sign that says Lansdale Mortunaries a little nod to our writer, Joe Lansdale. In Green Arrow, Oliver Queens phone list on his cell shows names like Bruce, Clark, Diana all members of the Justice League. And in Shazam, theres a story in the newspaper thats about Dr. Silvana.

QUESTION: What attracts you to the Superman/Shazam story?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: It was tough because Bruce (Tiimm) had already done the quintessential animated Superman/Shazam battle on Justice League, and it was incredible. For me, not having them fighting with each other was a big point. And the fact that it was really sort of a play on Billys insecurities and delving deeper into his backstory was far more important than creating a big slugfest. We do have a lot of action, but we get a lot of the cerebral stuff into a short amount of storytelling time including the death of Billys parents, the way he looks up to Superman as an ideal, his being a foster kid, overcoming his insecurities. Its all in there in just 24 minutes of film.

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite casting choice?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: James Garner. My hero. It was just awesome to meet the man. He wasnt necessarily the obvious choice I think people often think of the wizard Shazam as being regal and maybe having a British accent. But to me, it makes perfect sense to have James Garner. Shazam is real Americana, and James Garner sort of represents that aspect of the entertainment industry. Hes an icon. You cant mistake that voice for anybody.

QUESTION: What did Michael Jelenic bring to the Shazam short?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: Michael was awesome. Everybody sort of expected to see a script that would at least start out with Superman and Shazam in a fight, but Michael didnt go the obvious route. He cut right to Billy dealing with an internal struggle, and used Superman as the representation of the good aspect of that struggle, and Black Adam as the other direction. And he did it all in 20-something minutes. It was a monumental task to fit that amount of epic in that amount of time.

QUESTION: Did you need to be sold on any of the characters?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: I was not a fan of The Spectre growing up he was probably a little before my time so I wasnt as enthused as I probably should have been. But Bruce (Timm), being a huge fan, kind of gave me an insight into the character, and I realized I hadnt quite given him the chance he deserved. Im a huge horror fan, and when the spin got out there that we could set the short it in the 1970s, and make him this sort of a Freddy Krueger type who dispatched his victims in over-the-top, ironic ways, and then I read Steve Niles script, I was pretty much locked in.

QUESTION: How did you approach the art direction on the four shorts?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: Theyre not drastically different in design style, because it all got filtered through me, and Ive got a really straight forward anatomical style. But they are different in their tone and in their color direction. The Spectre has a very Grindhouse feel we put a dirt and grain filter effect on after the animation to add even more to the ambience of the period plus some of the tones are pretty muted. With Green Arrow, youll notice there almost seems to be kind of a green filter over everything its all a different shade of green. With Jonah Hex, the color palette is much more sepia-toned, and thats to reflect the old spaghetti westerns. Shazam is the most straight up, super heroic story were telling, and the palette definitely represents that vision. Its a much more of a contemporary story with brighter colors on the whole. I tend to have more of a de-saturated color palette than what most people have come to expect. Things just dont look bright and shiny to me. In the real world, things arent as bright and shiny as they are in animation, so I tried to bring more of the naturalistic color palette to these films.

QUESTION: Do you prefer the short form or long form of animated story-telling?

JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: I do like the short form a lot, and coming off my previous project where I was doing shorts also, I think this allowed for me, just as a storyteller, to fit in enough content without it feeling like it was overflowing, and without it feeling like it was too crammed. After Showcase, though, Im definitely ready to tackle something a bit longer form. The shorts are awesome, though. What I like is that theyre nice little packages its like eating your candy at a movie. Youve got your Raisinettes and your Sour Patch stuff, and you love them, but every once in a while you want to sit down to a full meal. These are really good candy.

Warner Home Video has also released the two following press releases advertising the releases of DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection, featuring Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, and Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics to home video. Scroll down to view both press releases.

SUPERMAN/SHAZAM! THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM ANCHORS DC SHOWCASE ORIGINAL SHORTS COLLECTION

THE SPECTRE, JONAH HEX GREEN ARROW INCLUDED ON BLU-RAY, DVD TODAY FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO


Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video have expanded the realm of superhero storytelling beyond the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movies with the introduction of the DC Showcase, a series of animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault. On November 9, 2010, Warner Home Video will distribute the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts Collection, the first quartet of animated adventures featuring the never-before-seen Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam, as a Special Edition Blu-Ray for $29.99 (SRP) and single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP). The DC Showcase will also be available OnDemand and for Download.

DC Showcase animated shorts initially appeared as special bonus content on the 2010 slate of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The 10- to 12-minute films include The Spectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow. All three titles will be presented in extended formats along with the first-ever release of Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.

In Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam, Clark Kents latest interview subject is street kid Billy Batson. What Clark doesnt know is that Billy is more than a feisty kid with a lot of heart he has been chosen by an ancient wizard to represent the good of man as the Worlds Mightiest Mortal just by invoking the name of the wizard, “Shazam!” Billy’s powers come none-too-soon, as he also discovers he’s being pursued by a centuries’ old, murderous villain, Black Adam a foe so powerful, even Superman cant stop him alone. The all-star cast of Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam is led by Jerry OConnell (Crossing Jordan) as Captain Marvel, George Newbern reprising his Justice League role as Superman, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Black Adam and two-time Emmy Award winner James Garner (8 Simple Rules) as the wizard Shazam.

Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday) is executive producer and Joaquim Dos Santos (Justice League, Avatar: The Last Airbender) is director of the first series of DC Showcase titles. Michael Jelenic (Wonder Woman) wrote the 24-minute script for Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.

Other shorts included on the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts Collection:

The Spectre A detective story with an ethereal twist featuring an otherworldly character. The short is written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and the voice cast includes Gary Cole (Entourage) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed).

Jonah Hex The tough-as-nails bounty hunter always gets his man – until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just his bounty from Jonah Hex. Based on a story from the award-winning Jonah Hex comic series, and scripted by world-renowned author Joe Lansdale. The voice cast is led by Thomas Jane (Hung), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), Michelle Trachtenberg (Mercy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder).

Green Arrow At the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, Oliver Queen is forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. Greg Weisman (Young Justice) pens this action-packed tale, which features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) as the title character and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage) as his foe.

DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection 1-Disc Special Edition DVD features more than 1 hour of exciting extra content, including:
Four animation shorts (est. 62 min)
Four additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm

DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection Blu-Ray features more than 2 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:
Four animation shorts (est. 62 min)
Commentaries by renowned writers Steve Niles, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman and Michael Jelenic
Four additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm

About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainments direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, 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 superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

DC SUPER HEROES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics. (s10)

About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, Sinkin’ in the Bathtub. Since then, WBAs characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the studios rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use and production of animated programming based on classic cartoon characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the most-honored animation studios in history.

SECRET ORIGIN: THE STORY OF DC COMICS

RIVETING DOCUMENTARY NARRATED BY RYAN REYNOLDS CELEBRATES THE CREATIVE TALENT BEHIND THE WORLDS GREATEST SUPER HEROES

AVAILABLE TODAY FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO


Warner Bros. Pictures presents an enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the Worlds Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on DVD for $24.98 (SRP). Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Behind the amazing tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a host of other well-known characters is the equally impressive story of the challenges, creativity and triumphs of the company that brought those characters to life. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful exploration of 75 years of DC Comics history.

Produced by the Academy Award -nominated team behind Spellbound (Feature Documentary), Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics combines excerpts from comics, films and television series with the insight of some of historys most influential comic book creators and editors, among them Neal Adams, Karen Berger, Mike Carlin, Dan DiDio, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Paul Levitz, Dwayne McDuffie, Grant Morrison, Dennis ONeil, Paul Pope, Louise Simonson, Mark Waid, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman.

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is written and directed by Mac Carter. Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound, The Office) served as executive producer. Producer is Gregory Noveck and co-producer is Ivan Cohen. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is produced by Sean Welch and Janet Eckholm.

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, 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 superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

DC SUPER HEROES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.(s10)

Discussion links for the aforementioned releases are available below. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Green Arrow Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: The Spectre Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics Documentary/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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