Month: July 2011

New “Young Justice: Season One, Volume One” DVD Home Video Release Now On Sale

Today sees the release of the first Young Justice DVD title from Warner Home Video, collecting the first four episodes from the hit Cartoon Network animated series. Young Justice – Season One, Volume One is the first in a series of planned home video releases for the acclaimed comic book-inspired cartoon. The featured episodes include “Independence Day,” “Fireworks (Independence Day, Part Two),” “Welcome to Happy Harbor,” and “Drop Zone.” Further artwork and details are below.

Description:

A new half-hour animated DC Universe series for a new generation starring Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis . The six raw teenage heroes are Young Justice the Justice Leagues secret weapon against the forces of evil. Based out of The Cave, the teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the League proper (with its incandescent star-power) to handle covertly. In addition, these kids are in constant training to take their place alongside the great heroes. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training, and Batman will hand out their assignments. And of course, Young Justice will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what theyve been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg.

Young Justice – Season One, Volume One, on sale for the suggested retail price of $14.97, is available at all retail and online retailers. Further home video volumes, at least Volume Two, for the acclaimed animated are expected to be announced later this year.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released details on a special Collector’s Edition release of the highly-anticipated Batman: Arkham City video game. Batman: Arkham City will be available October 18th, 2011 in North America for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows PC and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. Details and package artwork are available below.

Batman: Arkham City Collectors Edition Revealed


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unveiled details and images for this falls hotly-anticipated Batman: Arkham City Collectors Edition. The package will be available in limited quantities for $99 beginning Oct. 18, 2011 in North America for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows PC.

The Batman: Arkham City Collectors Edition will include the following extensive bonus content:

-Custom Batman statue produced by Kotobukiya
-Collectible art book
-Early access to the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns skin
Batman: Arkham City album from WaterTower Music including original songs by hit artists, available via digital redemption
-Bonus DC Universe animated original movie, Batman: Gotham Knight
-Four collectible cards

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 iconic brands DC Comics (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 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, Rocksteady’s 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.

About Kotobukiya:
With over 50 years experience in the toy industry, Kotobukiya has grown into Japans number one collector toy company with an undisputable reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Many international fans and collectors have been thrilled by Kotobukiyas high end line of figures, statues, and model kits based on various anime, video games, movies, and original characters. Kotobukiya continues to attract the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best the toy and collectibles industry has to offer.

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 PlayStation3, Xbox 360, 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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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold,” “Young Justice” October 2011 Comic Solicitations

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s October 2011 library of releases, including details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #12, the acclaimed comic title based on the popular Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series. Official details for can be found below. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look at the cover art.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #12

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Ethen Beavers
Cover by: Rick Burchett & Dan Davis

Batman and Zatanna have to take a walk on the weird side if theyre going to solve a break in at The House of Mystery! Before you can say boo, some of the spookiest bad guys around come knocking and theyre not looking for treats!

On sale October 12th, 2011. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

Click here for updated comic guides and further details and on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series.

DC Comics has also released details on the October 2011 issue of Young Justice, the comic title based on the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series of the same name. The Young Justice comic series expands on the continuity of the hit animated series, telling stories taking place between episodes of the top-rated cartoon. Further details are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #9

Written by: Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art by: Christopher Jones and Dan Davis
Cover by: Christopher Jones

The team is taking Espionage 101 from Captain Atom. Their class project is to solve a cold case that involves a forty-year-old murder mystery, a military conspiracy and a half-decent chance that none of them will come out alive.

On sale October 19th, 2011. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

Young Justice features work by the new creative team of artist Christopher Jones and writers Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps. Weisman is one of the producers for the Young Justice animated series, and Hopps a regular fixture in of the show’s creative team.

Finally, DC Comics has released details on a new DC Direct product slated to tie into the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series program coming to Cartoon Network. Details are as follows below.

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES HAL JORDAN MAQUETTE

Sculpted by Paul Harding

COMING SOON TO CARTOON NETWORK!

The power ring shines its emerald light across a darkened universe, a symbol of law and order wielded by intergalactic police officer Hal Jordan.

Chosen by the ring for his ability to face fear head on, test pilot Hal Jordan possesses the strength of will to overcome even the most mind-numbing of terrors. Now, as an integral part of the Green Lantern Corps, he patrols the galaxy as the protector of Sector 2814, wielding emerald energy against evil wherever it manifests.

Measuring approximately 12.3 high x 6.4 wide x 5.5 deep, this hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition.

On sale March 7, 2012 * Statue * $125 US

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Trade Ad Released For Upcoming “Batman: Year One” Direct-To-Video Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has released a new trade ad for the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature, slated to arrive on home video October 18th, 2011. The animated feature adapts the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. Click on the image below for a closer look at the ad.

According to the ad, the Batman: Year One animated feature has a run time of 64 minutes and will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and single-disc DVD.

Click here to view the Batman: Year One trailer and for a further breakdown of the Blu-ray Combo Pack bonus features.

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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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment passed along the following Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters behind-the-scene video featuring Ryan Reynolds, along with additional press details. Hitting shelves on June 7th, 2011 for all major consoles, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters ties into the recent Green Lantern theatrical film. Please click on the thumbnail image below to view the nearly four-minute video in the Quicktime format.

Green Lantern is a smash-hit! The Green Lantern movie has proven to be quite the Summer blockbuster, and Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters has also been a hot game of the Summer, so now Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at both properties with a brand new trailer entitled Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – Bringing a Legend to Life.

Featuring Geoff Johns the legendary Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, Marv Wolfman, who wrote the story for the game and is a veteran DC Entertainment writer, and the star of the movie himself Ryan Reynolds, the new video talks about how the team went about creating a game that captures the essence of who Green Lantern is, and also goes about telling its own epic story apart from the plot of the film. Wed love for you to share this new video with your readers to see how Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters really gives the fabled comic book hero a whole new depth and is a great play whether youve seen the movie or not.

Featuring the voice talent and likeness of Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan players will harness the power of the Green Lantern Ring, giving them access to an arsenal of constructs including a gatling gun, giant fists, and more!

From Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is now available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Home Video Releases “Batman: Year One” Home Video And Comic-Con Details

Continue below to view the new press release promoting the home video release of the Batman: Year One direct-to-video animated feature and details on its Comic-Con premiere. Additionally, click on the thumbnail image below to the trailer for the film in the Quicktime format, available in both standard definition and high definition. The following press release also provides a closer look at the Blu-ray cover art for the home video release of Batman: Year One and a rundown of Blu-ray bonus features.


Click the above image to view the trailer in standard definition.
Click here for the High-Definition trailer

LEGENDARY TALE COMES TO ANIMATED LIFE

FRANK MILLERS ORIGIN STORY OF THE DARK KNIGHT IS AN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
BATMAN: YEAR ONE COMING OCTOBER 18, 2011 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Three-time Emmy Award Winner Bryan Cranston and Southland Star Ben McKenzie Joined by Fanboy Faves Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff in Stellar Voice Cast
Available as Blu-rayTM Combo Pack & DVD

Release also includes DC Showcase short Catwoman


Comics legend Frank Millers classic retelling of Batmans gritty, formative days makes its full-length animated debut in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Download. Order due date is September 13, 2011.

Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Waynes return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.

Primetime television stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) provide the core voices for Batman: Year One. Three-time Emmy Award winner Cranston gives voice to young Jim Gordon, while McKenzie makes his animated voiceover debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Fanboy favorites Dushku and Sackhoff fill the roles of Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Detective Sarah Essen, respectively. Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone.

Animation master Bruce Timm is executive producer of Batman: Year One. Directors are Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Sam Liu (All-Star Superman) from a script penned by Academy Award nominee Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse).

Batman: Year One offers fans and newcomers alike an animated perspective on one of the true benchmark works in Batman comics history, said Hersin Magante, Warner Home Video Marketing Manager, Family &, Animation.. Bruce Timm and the Warner Bros. Animation team have gone to great lengths to realize Frank Millers ground-breaking, influential vision. Batman: Year One stands tall as the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie.

Batman: Year One Blu-ray Combo Pack has almost 3 hours of exciting content, including:
-Feature film
-Sneak Peek at Justice League: Doom, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
-DC Showcase Animated Original Short Catwoman: This all-new entry to the growing canon of DC Universe animated shorts features the first first solo tale centered around Catwoman. The felonious felines adventure takes her through the seedy streets of Gotham City. Catwoman is voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling).
-Featurette Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots: The Dark Knight Returns provided the denouement of Batman’s life. Frank Miller’s next seminal work would provide his near-mythic origin in Batman: Year One. This documentary uncovers the contemporary genius of Miller and the audience that was poised to appreciate the depths of his work.
-Featurette Conversations with DC Comics: The Batman creative team at DC Entertainment discusses the personal influence of Batman: Year One on their careers. Batman producer Michael Uslan leads the chat amongst well-known writers, editors and artists of the Batman lore, focusing their dialogue on the darker, realistic interpretation of Batmans origins by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
-Audio Commentary with Alan Burnett, Sam Liu, Mike Carlin and Andrea Romano
-Batman: Year One, Chapter 1 Digital Comic Book
-Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, handpicked by Bruce Timm
Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
-Digital copy on disc of the feature film compatible with iTunes and Windows

BASICS
Street Date: October 18, 2011
Order Due Date: September 13, 2011
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Color / Closed Captioned
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Batman: Year One
Blu-ray Combo Pack – $24.98 SRP
SD 1 Disc – $19.98 SRP
BD Combo Pack UPC: 1000165432 / 883929153602
1-DiscUPC: 1000165430 / 883929153589

About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere, part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, specializes in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms. Past projects include Another Cinderella Story, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Batman: Under the Red Hood, as well as the digital series Watchmen Motion Comics. Warner Premiere is at the creative forefront in the made-for-home entertainment marketplace, producing properties that exemplifythe 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, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, 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 Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

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.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics. (s11)

About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology, and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. In 2010, WBA unveiled three new CG cartoon shorts that feature iconic Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. The films have been released theatrically, attached to Warner Bros. Pictures releases. For television, WBA currently produces Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Looney Tunes Show, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, MAD and Young Justice for Cartoon Network, and will soon launch ThunderCats, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and more. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studios rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with 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).

Warner Home Video has also provided details on the Comic-Con debut of Batman: Year One, available below.

Batman: Year One will premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Ballroom 20. The premiere screening will be followed by a panel discussion amongst voice cast members Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as well as executive producer Bruce Timm, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano and directors Lauren Montgomery & Sam Liu.

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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Latest Issue Of “The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic Now Available

The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #9, the latest issue of the all-ages DC Comics title based on the acclaimed Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The issue, written by Sholly Fisch with artwork by Rick Burchett, features Batman teaming up with Hawkman. Official details for this issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series are available below.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #9

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Rick Burchett
Batman teams up with Hawkman and though they may have beaten the bad guy, the real battle is just beginning. Now, they have to bring their prisoner to jail on the planet Thanagar…and his gang’s waiting to make sure they never get there alive!

Don’t miss the latest issue of the comic based on the hit cartoon series!

The cover price for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #9 is $2.99US. Further details on both the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series and comic title are available at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite.

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