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“DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection” Coming Aug. 15, 2017 To Digital, Nov. 7, 2017 To Blu-ray

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a new 30-movie DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary collection later this year, hitting digital outlets on August 15, 2017 and coming to Blu-ray on November 7, 2017. The studio says the release will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly released commemorative editions of Wonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The cllection will also include all five DC Showcase animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer. Continue below for a look at the box art and the announcement details.

DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIES:
10TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
COMING AUGUST 15 ON DIGITAL AND NOVEMBER 7 ON BLU-RAY™ FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC ENTERTAINMENT

All 30 Animated Films in Enduring Franchise PLUS All-New Special Features Included in Box Set

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7, 2017 to Blu-ray™. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15, 2017.

DC Universe Original MoviesLaunched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the stories range from films based upon iconic DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by themes from within DC history (Batman vs. Robin was inspired by “The Court of Owls,” Superman vs. The Elite was inspired by “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?”) to original stories (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman and Harley Quinn).

The DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to the all-new Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly released commemorative editions of Wonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The collection will also include all five DC Showcase animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer.

“It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.”

The 30-film DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray) will include:

1. SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
3. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
4. WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
5. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
6. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
7. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
8. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
10. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
11. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
12. BATMAN: YEAR ONE
13. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
14. SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
15. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
16. THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
17. SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
18. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
20. SON OF BATMAN
21. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
22. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
23. BATMAN VS. ROBIN
24. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
25. BATMAN: BAD BLOOD
26. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
27. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
28. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
29. TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
30. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

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.

DC characters and all related elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s17)

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 Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service. As home to 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, Blu-ray® and digital media. 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).

Check out the DC Universe Original Movies section here at The World’s Finest for subsites dedicated to all of the included animated titles and shorts.

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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.



Click on the image above to view a trailer for “Green Lantern”

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.

The Canadian retail chain Future Shop will be selling an exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray release of Green Lantern, featuring collectible artwork, for $27.99CAN.

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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.



Click on the image above to view the “Green Lantern” movie trailer

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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