Month: September 2012

New Video Clip Released From Animated “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One”

Warner Home Video has released a new video clip from the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One 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. Click on the thumbnail below to view the new clip in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format, followed by accompanying text.

The all-new clip from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One in which Batman deals with criminals and cops with his own style of diplomacy.

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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DC Comics Releases Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Series, Available In Print And Digitally

Young Justice #20, 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. This issue features scripting duties by Greg Weisman with Christopher Jones providing the art. Young Justice #20 launches the team five years into the future, matching the status quo of the second season Young Justice: Invasion storyline. Official details and preview pages are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #20


Written by: Greg Weisman
Art by: Christopher Jones
Cover by: Christopher Jones

• Following the animated series, it’s now five years later!
• Aliens have infiltrated the Earth!
• Nightwing’s new team includes Batgirl, Blue Beetle, Wonder Girl and Beast Boy!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #20 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

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Artist Christopher Jones On Bringing The “Young Justice” Comic Into The Future

Christopher Jones, the artist for the current ongoing Young Justice series published monthly by DC Comics, recently answered a few questions concerning a major change in the acclaimed companion comic series. The Young Justice comic series expands on the continuity of the acclaimed animated series, airing Saturdays on Cartoon Network, providing a more in-depth look at the world. Starting with its current second season, the Young Justice animated series shot five years into the future and added the subtitle Invasion to its title. And just like the latest episodes of the animated series, the Young Justice comic will be doing just the same beginning with issue #20, hitting shelves this week. Jones is no stranger to the DC Comics-inspired animated works, having provided artwork on such titles as Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and The Batman Strikes in the past. Enjoying his current gig on Young Justice, The World’s Finest passed along the following questions to Jones …

The World’s Finest: First up, how does the Young Justice comic deal with the time-jump? How early on were you aware that there’d be a substantial shift in the book’s narrative?

Christopher Jones: As of issue #20, the “present” for our book shifts to the December before the events of episode one of the second season of the TV show – so we’re about one month prior to those events. And then like the show, we are having flashbacks and other indications of things that have gone on in the five years since the timeframe of season one. As soon as I learned that season two of the TV show was jumping forward five years in the narrative, it was obvious that the comic would do the same, the question was when we would make the jump. Originally we’d planned on making that jump five or six issues later with a few more stories in the season one timeframe first, but DC wanted us to get to the season 2 stuff sooner.

WF: Do you have any thoughts on the new ‘Invasion’ crew? Any early favorites? Are there a couple characters you find particularly enjoyable to draw?

CJ:As much as I’m a big Ted Kord fan, the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle is a really fun character, so it’s great to have him in the group. I enjoy drawing Beast Boy, but most of the time it’s effectively drawing animals and putting that funny little collar on them. I’ve done that more than I’ve drawn him in his default “monkey boy” form so far. Lagoon Boy is fun to draw, although I haven’t had the occasion to draw him in his “puffed up” form yet. I’m having a good time with Wonder Girl and Batgirl. All the new team members are fun, but I’m probably taking the most satisfaction from drawing Dick Grayson as Nightwing. Given the specifics of the storyline we’re doing, we’ve had a ton of guest stars in the comic – Justice League members and villains – so
that’s had as much of an impact on who I’m drawing as the season two team lineup!

WF: What about the updated character designs? Superboy may basically look the same, but now we have an older Nightwing and a new Robin to deal with, plus a new look for Miss Martian. Are there challenges to drawing an aged character, even if it is a few years?

CJ: So far there’s been relatively little of drawing season one characters older except for Dick Grayson. As you mentioned, Superboy and Miss Martian essentially just have costume changes. Because of the flashbacks, those changes have actually been really handy to differentiate the different time periods.

WF: What do you think of the actual time-jump? Will you miss telling stories of the ‘original’ team, or revel in new story possibilities with the new team? Do you see it as kind of a reboot? Are there any stories of the ‘original’ team that we’ll be missing out on due to the emergence of the ‘invasion’ team?

CJ: Given that we’ve had so many flashbacks to the season one timeframe (or shortly afterward), I don’t feel like there’s anything to miss – it just feels like the scope has opened up. We’ve had the season one team, the season two team, the Justice League, and more bad guys than you can shake the Watchtower at. There were a couple of of storylines that we were cooking up that have been set aside because of the need to get to the season two stuff. I don’t want to go into too much detail because we might still be able to do them in some form, but one of them was a
Marvel Family story that I really was looking forward to drawing!

WF: Finally, what can we expect in this first issue with the ‘Invasion’ team? Is it a solid jumping-on point? Any teasers you can drop for readers? Why should we rush out and pick up Wednesday’s issue?

CJ: There’s a lot going on in Young Justice #20, but when isn’t there a lot going on in an issue of Young Justice? Greg does a great job as always of covering the exposition and major story points in the comic but in not exactly the same way as it had been done on the TV show, so that the comic doesn’t just duplicate the TV show experience.

So what’s not to be missed in Young Justice #20?

The introduction of the expanded team.
The many loves of Nightwing.
The recruiting of Blue Beetle.
Superboy tries to give flowers to M’Gann.
And the introduction of a major DC villain to Young Justice continuity!

Young Justice #20 goes on sale Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at all retail and digital comic outlets. Cover price is $2.99. Click here to view more artwork and content by Christopher Jones, including more Young Justice material and much more.

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“Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” December 2012 Comic Solicitations

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s December 2012 library of releases, including details for the latest issues of the ongoing Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice comics titles.

A rundown for Green Lantern: The Animated Series #9, the December 2012 issue for the new ongoing comic title based on the animated series of the same name, can be found below. Green Lantern: The Animated Series presents new tales taking place within the continuity of the acclaimed CGI-animated series.

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES #9

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
On sale DECEMBER 12• 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

• The Interceptor crew is attacked!
• Hal and Razer get sucked into Myrwhydden’s pocket dimension!
• How will Kilowog and Aya fare against the Red Lanterns?
• The Free Comic Book Day story is completed in this issue!

More details on the new ongoing series, including interviews and production art, can be found here at The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite.

Details for the December 2012 issue of Young Justice, the DC Comics title based on the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, can be found below. 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. Stories from both the animated series and comic title will directly tie into each other, with the comic providing more background on events happening in the animated core series. Cover art is also available by clicking the thumbnail.

YOUNG JUSTICE #23

Written by GREG WEISMAN
Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
On sale DECEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

• Batgirl takes on Match—alone!
• Alpha Squad infiltrates Brainiac’s ship as it hovers above Metropolis!
• Superboy and the Justice League battle their captor, Kylstar!

Further Young Justice comic details can be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite, including previews for current and upcoming issues along with creator interviews.

DC Comics has also slated a trade collection for the first six issues of the Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic title. The collection will retail for $12.99 and will hit comic shelves January 16th, 2013.

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New Video Clip And Image From Animated “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One”

Warner Home Video has released a new video clip and an image from the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One 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. Click on the thumbnail below to view the new clip in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format, followed by an additional image and accompanying text.

The all-new clip from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One featuring a little humor from within the film, courtesy of the sarcastic wit of Bruce Wayne’s loyal valet/friend/father figure, Alfred.

Alfred is voiced by Radio Hall of Fame commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson. Previously, Jackson has provided the voice of the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet for the DCU animated film, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

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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