Month: September 2012

“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One” Animated Feature Now Available On Home Video, Download

The all-new direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. The new animated feature is based on the acclaimed Batman: The Dark Knight Returns classic comic mini-series, originally published in the 1980s. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal download. The Blu-ray release for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One features an exclusive digital comic and a featurette. The cover artwork for the separate home video releases are available below.



Further information on this latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Classic Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest reviews of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature and Blu-ray release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

Continuing, the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One home video release also includes a look at the next DC Universe Animated Original title, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two. Click on the thumbnails below to view a selection of images from the “A Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” featurette available on all Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One home video releases. The following images are exclusive to The World’s Finest and are not to be removed without permission or credit given.



Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the next direct-to-video DC Comics Premiere Movie release, is slated to hit DVD and Blu-ray Winter 2013. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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New “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One” Images, Clip, Studio-Interview With Ariel Winter

The World’s Finest presents new media and a studio-conducted interview, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with Ariel Winter, who voices Robin in the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movies title. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One arrives tomorrow, September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Also available is a new Robin-centric clip from the animated feature and a series of new stills. The first thumbnail below leads to the Quicktime/MP4 clip, the remainder to stills.

Emmy on Sunday, Superhero on Monday!
Modern Family star Ariel Winter gives voice to the first female Robin in
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

It’s going to be a whirlwind 24 hours for Ariel Winter.

Sunday night, the young actress was on stage at the Emmy Awards along with her cast of Modern Family to claim the prize for Outstanding Comedy Series, and tonight she’ll be walking the red carpet at the premiere of her new animated film, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1.

Winter gives voice to the first female Robin, Frank Miller’s stroke of genius for his landmark comic book story. She’ll join co-stars Peter Weller and David Selby on the red carpet at the Paley Center in Los Angeles tonight, September 24, for the West Coast premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. Also on hand will be a quartet of filmmakers: executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Bob Goodman and dialogue director Andrea Romano. The event is completely sold out.

Now in her fourth season as Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, Winter has already carved out quite a career in her brief 14 years. On the big screen, Winter has been seen in films as varied as One Missed Called, Speed Racer, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and A Thousand Words. Anchored by a recurring role as Lucy Moore on ER, Winter’s television career includes guest roles on Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, Monk, Jericho, Bones, Crossing Jordan and The Ghost Whisperer.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 represents Winter’s second foray into animated DCU entertainment. Winter provided the voice of the savvy 10-year-old Princess Perdita of Vlatava, whom Oliver Queen races to protect in the DC Universe Animated Original Short, Green Arrow. She reprised the role for an episode of Young Justice. She has been particularly active in animation, providing voices for films such as ParaNorman, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Over the Hedge and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and TV series like Phineas and Ferb and The Penguins of Madagascar.

In many ways, Winter is a spunky teenager with equal amounts of smarts and sass. She is honest at every turn. So you know her answers were fun when we sat down to discuss Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

QUESTION: Imagining many of your fans are experiencing Batman: The Dark Knight Returns for the first time, describe your character Carrie Kelly’s place in the story.

ARIEL WINTER: Carrie is sort of a street kind of gangster girl who lives in this shady part of Gotham City. She’s always dreamed to meet her hero, Batman. One day she’s walking with her friend Michelle, and they get mugged by the Mutants – but Batman saves her. So she then sets out to be Batman’s partner in crime, er, crime-fighting. And eventually, she succeeds and becomes Robin.

QUESTION: How do you see Carrie’s sense of Batman?

ARIEL WINTER: I think Carrie feels super ecstatic when Batman includes her in his little facade of Batman and Robin. She feels so honored – it’s a really big deal for her. I think she’s not really not just a crime fighter, though – she’s kind of like his daughter. She really cares for him, and he really cares for her. They’re like family.

QUESTION: Are there similarities between Ariel Winter and Carrie Kelly, and how did that help/hinder getting into character?

ARIEL WINTER: Carrie and I share a lot of characteristics. We both like crime fighting. We both like Batman. We would both blow off school for crime fighting. (giggles) Actually, no, I would do my school during the day and then crime fight at night.

It wasn’t really hard getting into Carrie’s mindset because I’ve always wanted to play the sort of Tomb Raider, Kick-Ass role where the girl is really the brains behind the power. So I was excited when I got to do it. I just devoured the script. I was surprised. It was pretty violent. I read it and I saw some of the things and I was like, “Woah! That is so cool.” I’m a big fan of that action, thriller sort of thing, so it was exciting for me to read.

QUESTION: How important to you is being the first female Robin?

ARIEL WINTER: It’s really cool to be the first female animated Robin. There’s been so many amazing boys, but I think I can just bring something new that the fans have never experienced. So I’m really honored to be part of such a fantastic project.

Female empowerment really is important to me. I’m a big nerd of the books from the 15th Century and 16th Century, when the men had all the power and the women had none of it. So to have Robin be a girl is cool because it gives girls a chance to know that they can do everything boys can do, and even better. No offense (laughs), but it’s true.

QUESTION: Are you into comic books?

ARIEL WINTER: I’m an avid reader, so anything I can read is awesome. I go into comics stores and I can be in there for hours. It’s truly amazing when you open a comic book, because you’re immediately sucked in from the first line. The writing, the graphics, the artwork – it makes you feel like you’re inside the story.

QUESTION: You’re 14 and acting all the time. How do you balance acting with education?

ARIEL WINTER:
You have to be really smart to be an actor. It’s not just saying lines. You have to know the thoughts behind each line, to know what you’re saying. So I think it’s very important to get an education. And I won’t be going to college for acting or film school – I will probably go to college for medical research because it’s something that really interests me. I always tell kids that you’ve got to have something else to fall back on. Acting is my first love – I hope I can do it for the rest of my life. But I’m going to go to college and get a degree in something else. I really feel school is important.

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A review of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is available to view at The World’s Finest. Please click here to read the review, and stay tuned for additional coverage on the title coming very soon.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature debuts September 25th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.

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Print Advertisement For Animated “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One”

Regular advertisements for the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature are now appearing in titles published by DC Comics. The latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line – arriving on September 25th, 2012 to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Download, and onDemand – is the first in a two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime. Click on the thumbnail below to view a print advertisement for the animated feature.


The above content is also available at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One subsite. Additionally, a review of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is now available at The World’s Finest. Please click here to read the review, and stay tuned for additional coverage on the title coming very soon.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature debuts September 25th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the conclusion of the two-part epic, which will see reelase in Early 2013, will be previewed on the home video release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One.

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Confirmed Logline For Upcoming New Episode Of “Young Justice: Invasion”

A representative for Cartoon Network has confirmed for The World’s Finest the following logline for the upcoming Young Justice episode “Satisfaction.” The all-new episode debuts Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

Young Justice: Invasion
September 29th, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/PT)

“Episode #34 Satisfaction” – Roy Harper seeks vengeance against the man who ruined his life.

Stay tuned for further Young Justice: Invasion updates here soon at The World’s Finest, including exclusive content and more. Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice: Invasion return to the DC Nation programming block with new episodes starting September 29th, 2012 at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

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Complete Cast And Crew Details For Animated “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One”

The World’s Finest has further creative team details for the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One direct-to-video animated feature. The latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line – arriving on September 25th, 2012 to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Download, and onDemand – is the first in a two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime. The complete main cast and crew rundown for the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One direct-to-video animated feature, as listed in the official credits for the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie animated feature, are as follows below.

Peter Weller as Batman
Ariel Winter as Robin
David Selby as Commissioner Gordon
Wade Williams as Harvey Dent
Carlos Alazraqui as Hernando
Dee Bradley Baker as Don
Paget Brewster as Lana Lang
Maria Canals as Yindel
Catherine Cavadini as Joanie
Townsend Coleman as Morrie
Grey DeLisle as Anchor Carla
Richard Doyle as The Mayor
Greg Eagles as Mackie
Michael Emerson as Joker
Michael Jackson as Alfred
Danny Jacobs as Merkel
Maurice La Marche as Dr. Willing
Yuri Lowenthal as Son of Batman
Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper
Sam McMurray as Anchor Ted
Jim Meskimen as General Briggs
Rob Paulsen as Rob
Andrea Romano as Woman
Tara Strong as Michelle
James Patrick Stuart as Murray
Gary Sturgis as Silk
James Arnold Taylor as Mr. Hudson
Bruce Timm as Thomas Wayne
Jim Ward as Femur’s Lawyer
Frank Welker as Mayor Stevenson
Gary Anthony Williams as Mutant Leader
Jim Wise as Femur
Gwendoline Yeo as Lola Chong

Voice Direction – Andrea Romano
Casting Director – Meredith Layne, C.S.A.
Editor – Christopher D. Lozinski
Music By – Christopher Drake
Based on the DC Comics Characters
Executive Producers – Sam Register, Bruce Timm
Executive Producers – Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan
Co-Producer – Alan Burnett
Based on the graphic novel “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson published by DC Comics
Written by Bob Goodman
Directed By – Jay Oliva
Storyboard – Michael Chang, Brendan Clogher, Tim Divar, Lynell Forestall, Sam Liu, Rick Morales, Lauren Montgomery, Owen Sullivan, Keo Thongkham, Adam Van Wyk, Melchior Zwyer
Lead Character Design – Jon Suzuki
Character Design – Lynell Forestall, Stephen Jones, Danny Kimanyen, Coran Stone, Junpei Takayama, Brian Uchida, Melchior Zwyer
Animation Services – Moi Animation Studios

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A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature debuts September 25th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the conclusion of the two-part epic, which will see reelase in Early 2013, will be previewed on the home video release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One.

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