Month: June 2011

“Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Comic-Con Panels Announced

Panel Descriptions for Warner Bros. Television events at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con have been officially released, including details on panels dedicated to Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Please note that scheduled times and dedicated panels are subject to change. Details for the related panels, provided by the studio, can be found below.

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011
2:003:00 p.m. Green Lantern: The Animated Series Video Presentation and Q&A
Warner Bros. Animation brings the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series for Cartoon Network from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series centers on Hal Jordan and his partner Kilowog who find themselves alone on the edge of the Guardian Frontier fighting off an invasion by the deadly Red Lantern Corps. Timm will headline a panel moderated by Warner Bros. Animations Sam Register (Teen Titans) which will also feature producer Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer/story editor Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm). In addition to the Q&A, fans in attendance will be treated to footage of this highly anticipated new series prepared exclusively for Comic-Con. Dont miss out, or youll be waiting til 2012. Room 6BCF

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
10:0011:00 a.m. Young Justice Screening and Q&A
Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Red Arrow and Superboy these arent your average sidekicks and this isnt your average cartoon. In a short amount of time, and with just a small number of episodes, fans have embraced this new action-adventure series as Warner Bros. Animation has brought some of their favorite DC heroes to life. Following a special screening, producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and additional members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions on what the future holds for the team. Young Justice Season 1, Part 1 is available on DVD now. Room 7AB

Comic-Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center on July 21-24, 2011, with Preview Night on July 20. The convention is held every year, focusing on host of different genres and pop culture events. Further convention schedule details can be found at the official San Diego Comic-Con website.

Warner Home Video is also expected to announce details on the San Diego Comic Con 2011 premiere of the Batman: Year One direct-to-video animated feature, along with details on the panel dedicated to the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Additionally, other related panels are subject to be announced at a later date.

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Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Comic Series Now Available Both At Stores And Digitally

Young Justice #5, the latest issue of the new DC Comics title based on the current Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The issue, written by Art Baltazar and Franco with artwork by Christopher Jones, features the young heroes taking a camping trip in an effort to learn more about each other. Official details for this issue are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #5


Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Christopher Jones

Aqualad, Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy and Miss Martian are ready for their first mission as a team. To get to know each other better, they decide to trade stories around the campfire, revealing how they all started as crimefighters. Will this bring them together or underscore their differences?

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #5 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

This issue also marks the debut of new regular series artist Christopher Jones (The Batman Strikes!). Click here for a recent exclusive The World’s Finest interview with Jones about his new work on the Young Justice comic series.

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Artist Christopher Jones Talks About Working On The “Young Justice” DC Comic Series

A familiar name to fans of DC Comics monthly series and animated titles, artist Christopher Jones brings his unique style to the Young Justice DC Comics title, a new comic book inspired by the animated series of the same name. In the following Q & A, Jones discusses his past work, such as his tenure on on the fan-favorite DC Comics title The Batman Strikes!, and the challenges that await for him with Young Justice. Continue below for more!

The World’s Finest: First up, care to refresh readers on your recent comic book work? Where might they know you from?

Christopher Jones: Well I’m probably most widely known for my run on The Batman Strikes, which I was the regular artist on over it’s entire run. Before that I’d done a number of things at DC, from other animation-based work like Justice League Adventures to some short stories in 80-page Giants, to fill-ins and even breakdowns on Day of Judgment, the crossover event series that turned Hal Jordan into the Spectre.

Prior to that I’d done horror, crime and sci-fi material for a number of smaller publishers.

Since The Batman Strikes, I’ve been doing a busy doing a lot of comics-related work that hasn’t actually been for comic books. I’ve done a bunch of work for DC Licensing, and for Disney and Marvel, but it’s all been marketing stuff and pin-ups. So it’s really fun to get back to telling stories in a monthly title again!

WF: Now, on to the Young Justice! How did you get the assignment and what can fans expect from your tenure? Are you in it fox six issues, like the previous creative team, or for the long-haul?

CJ: Well the previous creative team were solicited for six issues, but I’m actually take over the art as of issue #5, and then continuing on with the new writing team on #7 and beyond. At this point my commitment is open-ended.

WF: Some of your recent projects have resulting in adapting your own style to work with other styles, such as on The Batman Strikes, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, and now Young Justice. Is it tricky to find that balance where it’s still your style, but also recognizable as the style of the project your adapting for comics?

CJ: I don’t even think of it that way anymore, really. There’s a question of learning the main character models and getting a sense of the style of the design, but so much of what goes into drawing a page is still all me – my sense of storytelling, composition and design… even a lot of your own drawing style bleeds through, no matter how faithful you’re being to the animation models.

WF: As a semi-follow-up, even though you’re still early into your run, I’m curious to ask – how does working on the Young Justice comic compare to working on The Batman Strikes title, in terms of not just nailing the art styles but also having reference material and having more knowledge of the the cartoon Young Justuce is based on?

CJ: I seem to recall reference material being more scant when The Batman Strikes was first starting, but that changed quickly, and I’ve had a lot of support on Young Justice from the get-go, but from my editor Jim Chadwick and also directly from Greg Weisman. Of course the comic series was also four issues along and the show was already on the air by the time I started…

As for any other comparisons, I actually find the look of Young Justice less stylized than The Batman, so the drawing feels a lot more natural.

WF: You’ll be working on the title with Young Justice animated series producer Greg Weisman and series writer Kevin Hopps. Have you been in touch with them about their plans for the comic and how it’ll mesh with the animated series? Is there a certain kind of authenticity that comes with the comic having a creative team directly involved with the series itself?

CJ: I haven’t had a chance to talk to Greg at length about it yet, although I’ll be seeing him in person in a couple of weeks and am hoping to really pick his brain then.

There’s a problem that most multi-media spin-offs have where the spin-offs have to fit seamlessly into the “canon” continuity of the source material, which means they can’t really have stories that break new ground with any of the main characters or otherwise have lasting consequences.

But with Greg and Kevin writing the comic, there’s a very exciting opportunity for the comic to compliment the animated series in a really unique way. For example, the first two-parter they’ve written for the comic delves into Artemis’ backstory, stuff that hasn’t been revealed on the show. We even get a flashback to events seen in the show, but now seeing more of these scene, getting Artemis’ point of view. It’s cool stuff.

WF: Are there certain Young Justice characters that are already popping up as your favorites?

CJ: No favorites quite yet. I really like everybody. I haven’t gotten to draw a lot of the main team in costume yet! So much of my first two issues either had then in civilian clothes or were flashbacks featuring the characters out of costume. But I love that they’ve Aqualad badass. I love the laughing daredevil quality that Robin has. And that he’s as competent as he should be having been trained by Batman – but he’s still a 13-year-old kid. Wally West is Wally West. I like this version of Superboy more than I ever liked the comics character. I think I had been turned off by the character’s original haircut and costume…

WF: Any thoughts on being back in the Johnny DC fold, especially given your incredible work on 44 issues of The Batman Strikes? Do you hope for a similar run on Young Justice? Perhaps a guest-shot on Batman: The Brave and The Bold?

CJ: I have no idea how long this will run, so I’m not counting on 44 issues!

Back during the The Batman Strikes days, I was strongly advocating for a The Batman Strikes/Teen Titans Go! crossover, but that never happened.

Young Justice is an odd Johnny DC title. The show is written to be fairly adult, and I think with Greg and Kevin coming on board you’re going to be seeing the comic move a lot further in that direction.

And I never approach this stuff like I’m drawing a “kid’s book.” I think of them as all-ages books. They’re kid-friendly, but hopefully satisfying for adult readers as well. With The Batman Strikes I was always shooting tonally for the great Bob Haney/Jim Aparo Batman: The Brave and the Bold comics from the 1970s. Those were friendlier to a juvenile audience than a lot of modern-day Batman comics, but they still played the drama straight.

WF: Finally, can you drop any hints of what we’ll be seeing in Young Justice in the coming months? Any preview art you can share?

CJ: I’ve gotta keep the art under wraps until the books come out, but I’ll be happy to share some pencils and and behind the scenes stuff once the issues are out!

The only thing I can say about the future of the comic or the show, is if you’re expecting that Young Justice is about a team of sidekicks who’ll be face off against the second- and third-tier villains of the DCU, you expect wrong! The big guns are coming!

WF: Lastly, tell us why fans should pick up your debut of Young Justice!

CJ: Why pick up Young Justice #5? Because you’ll find out which Flash got how powers by accident, which one got them by design, and which one blew up his garage! You’ll learn how Kaldur earned his place as Aqualad. Learn what Superboy thinks about… sometimes…

And there are s’mores! And great art! and s’mores!

The World’s Finest would like to thank Christopher Jones for his participation!

Young Justice #5, Jones’ first issues in his ongoing tenure on the title, will be available tomorrow – Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 – both on comic book shelves and digitally. Further details on this issue are available here.

For previous interviews with Christopher Jones conducted here at The World’s Finest, check out the The Batman Backstage section. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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Cartoon Network Releases New Wallpaper For “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”

Cartoon Network has released a new wallpaper image, along with a character shot of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, from the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Also below is a shot of the series promotional logo. The network has also officially launched the official website for the upcoming animated series which includes a thirty second animated teaser. Click on the images below for a closer look.

Continue below for the recently-released description for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, made available from Cartoon Network.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Coming to Cartoon Network this Fall

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations – but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for.

Watch the new series this fall on Cartoon Network.

Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation and overseen by world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm. Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment are expected to release footage from the highly-anticipated animated series throughout the summer.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has passed along the following Batman: Arkham City press release revealing new details about the highly-anticipated video game. Also included is a new image showcasing Robin. Batman: Arkham City will be available October 18th, 2011 in North America for the Playstation 3 and XBOX360 video games consoles and Windows PC. Continue below for more. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look.

Tim Drake Version of Robin Confirmed as Playable Character in Batman: Arkham City Challenge Mode
Pre-Order at Best Buy North America for Exclusive Access to the Robin Pack!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today confirmed that Robin will be a fully playable character in the new and improved challenge mode in Batman: Arkham City. The Tim Drake Robin pack is currently available exclusively to North American fans who pre-order the game from Best Buy on any of the platforms for which the game will be available: Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows PC and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system.

Robin will come complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. The pack will also contain a bonus Red Robin character skin.

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the new maximum security home for all of Gotham Citys thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics core Batman license. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com to sign up to receive updates regarding the game and join the discussion on the recently launched community site at http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com to participate in forums, read upcoming developer diaries and stay abreast of all the latest Batman: Arkham City news.

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.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

About Rocksteady Studios Ltd
Rocksteady Studios is a multi-award winning videogame developer based in London, England. Located in a spacious, purpose built converted factory, with full motion capture and audio studio capabilities, Rocksteady is an energetic company formed by a core team of senior industry professionals. This creates an ideal balance of drive, talent, proven methods, experience and cutting edge technology to make AAA games. Now employing over 90 people, Rocksteadys mission is to be a highly professional, efficient company whose purpose is to make great games, and have happy and healthy team members. This philosophy is the heart and soul of the company. Rocksteady received the coveted studio of the year award at the 2009 VGA awards.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles as Batman and Joker in Batman: Arkham City, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, along with Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini again penning the story. Batman: Arkham City hits Playstation 3, XBOX360, and Windows PC on October 18th, 2011. Click here to view the full-length Batman: Arkham City trailer. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Impressive Debut For “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” According To Early Sales Data

Preliminary sales data shows Green Lantern: Emerald Knights making an impressive debut on both DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, hitting the #3 spot on both respectively. While exact numbers are not yet available, sales for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights are expected to exceed those of 2009’s Green Lantern: First Flight, which debuted to roughly 160,00 DVD units sold in its first week. Total units sold for Green Lantern: First Flight, both DVD and Blu-ray combined, stand at nearly 500,000 as of the week ending June 5th, 2011.

For the week ending June 12th, 2011, the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Blu-ray accounted for 56% of total unit sales for the Warner Home Video title. This shows a major increase in Blu-ray sales for a DC Universe Animated Original Movie title over its DVD counterpart, though this is not a surprise given the lack of regularly available Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Outside of the Blu-ray title, a standard one-disc DVD release is widely available, though the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD title is currently a Wal-Mart exclusive for the United States.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights was cross-promoted with both the big-screen Green Lantern live-action theatrical film and the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game, both produced under Warner Bros. Click on the image below to view the trailer for the Green Lantern theatrical feature.

Sales numbers are expected to be released next week.

Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Blu-ray release and check out the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights micro-site. Click here to view the trailer for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature. Click here to view the press details for the forthcoming Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature home video release, including a rundown of bonus content and artwork.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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