Month: December 2012

Press Release For “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has provided the press release for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the sequel to the September 2012 animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One. The animated feature, the second installment of the two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns, is the first of three DC Universe Animated Original Universe titles arriving in 2013. Continue below to view the complete press release.

PRIMETIME STARS MICHAEL EMERSON & MARK VALLEY JOIN VOICE CAST AS JOKER & SUPERMAN IN
ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2
COMING JANUARY 29, 2013 FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Epic Animated Conclusion to Frank Miller’s Comic Masterpiece
Comes to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand & For Digital Download

Batman must battle old friends and foes on two fronts in the epic animated conclusion to Frank Miller’s masterpiece in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, 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 January 29, 2013 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*.

With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) from a screenplay by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10), Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Benjamin Melnicker (The Dark Knight Rises) are executive producers.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is epic animated filmmaking at its finest Crafted by an impressive team of filmmakers and voice talent alike it’s the perfect complement to the initial installment,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. “Just when you thought the story couldn’t become any more intense, the Joker and Superman arrive to up the ante – and Michael Emerson’s approach to the Joker is particularly chilling. This is a film no fan can do without.”

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has more than 2 hours of exciting content, including:
• Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
• UltraViolet™*
• Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette – “The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death” – An all-new featurette. A fitting tribute to the Joker, giving perspective as to why this engrossing character is the true arch nemesis of Batman.
• Documentary – “Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide” – An all-new documentary. Batman and Superman have a long history of friendship and conflict. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns brought an end to that conflict. This is the story behind that battle.
• Featurette – “From Sketch to Screen” – An all-new featurette. Director Jay Oliva gives a fascinating animatic breakdown of five of his favorite moments from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
• Look Back – Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
• Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series (“The Last Laugh” and “The Man Who Killed Batman”) and an episode from The New Batman Adventures (“Legends of the Dark Knight”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
• Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller.
* Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 UltraViolet offer is a limited time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment:
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 iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment 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. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s12)

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. For TV, WBA produces series such as Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice: Invasion, as well as the forthcoming Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original content — including animated shorts — for Cartoon Network’s multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block. In addition to TV programming, WBA produces theatrically released CG cartoon shorts featuring iconic Looney Tunes characters, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. 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 Studio’s 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).

Click here to view the trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

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 Two animated feature – the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie for 2013 – arrives January 29th, 2013 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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Cartoon Network Issues Press Release For The January 2013 Return of DC Nation

Cartoon Network has issued the following press release announcing the long-anticipated return of the DC Nation block – along with other new programs – to the network’s Saturday morning line-up starting January 2013. News broke yesterday that the block was confirmed to return Saturday, January 5th, 2013 after a sudden three-month hiatus. Continue below for the press release.

Cartoon Network Invites Action Fans to Wake Up with the Heroes

Aziz Ansari Guest-Stars on Ben 10 Omniverse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Returns with Episode 100, All-New Episodes of Young Justice: Invasion and Green Lantern: The Animated Series premiere during DC Nation

Ring in the New Year with a Rousing Saturday Morning Line-Up Starting January 5 at 9 a.m. (ET, PT)

Cartoon Network revs up its Saturday morning slate with new episodes during its hit and beloved action block, including Ben 10 Omniverse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and DC Nation beginning January 5th. Cartoon Network Studios’ original series, Ben 10 Omniverse kicks-off the Saturday morning line-up at 9 a.m. (ET, PT) with guest star Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), followed by the special 100th episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars at 9:30 a.m. (ET, PT). The highly-anticipated return of DC Nation rounds out the morning at 10 a.m. (ET, PT) featuring all-new content, including episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice: Invasion and all-new animated shorts featuring characters from the DC Comics universe.

Ben 10 Omniverse welcomes Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) as he makes his Omniverse debut as Billy Billions, Ben’s childhood rival, in the episode “Arrested Development.” Ben and Rook, animation’s newest odd couple, see their troubles grow as they are literally downsized when Billy Billions traps them in their own pre-pubescent bodies. The pint-sized heroes face giant challenges and must stop the evil Robots from Dimension 12 and save Bellwood.

Season five of Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars ushers in the 100th episode of the series, “Missing in Action.” In a nearly vacant town on a strange planet, the intrepid members of D-Squad discover Gregor, a clone commando who has lost his memory, and is toiling away as a dishwasher. The all-droid squad and their gruff leader must help Gregor regain his memory so they can steal a heavily guarded shuttle and return to the Republic.

Warner Bros. Animation’s DC Nation programming block comes soaring back, bringing action from the pages of DC Comics to the television screens of comic book fans of all ages. Green Lantern: The Animated Series goes retro-futuristic when it starts the block with the episode “Steam Lantern.” After being blasted by the Anti-Monitor, Hal finds himself in a steampunk world. Young Justice: Invasion answers lingering questions from the past season with “Before the Dawn,” when Blue Beetle, Miss Martian and the team go on a covert mission to rescue some of their own, uncovering shocking secrets and devastating truths. In between episodes, fans will enjoy all-new DC animated shorts starring some of their favorite DC Comics characters.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

DC Nation returns January 5th, 2013 to Cartoon Network, featuring new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, plus new animated shorts and content.

Additional images and content from the above-listed episodes are available at The World’s Finest. Click here for more images from the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode “Steam Lantern,” and click here for additional images from the Young Justice episode “Before the Dawn.”

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New “Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Episodes Return January 5th, 2013

Cartoon Network has confirmed the January 5th, 2013 return of the DC Nation programming block. With the return of the block comes new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and new DC Nation animated shorts. A representative for Cartoon Network told The World’s Finest the network is expected to issue a press release about the return of the programming block. Continue below for details on the Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice episodes currently slated to air for DC Nation’s return to the Cartoon Network schedule.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Steam Lantern”

After being blasted by the Anti-Monitor, Hal finds himself in a steampunk world!

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “Before the Dawn”

On a covert mission to rescue some of its own, The Team, Blue Beetle and Miss Martian uncover shocking secrets… and devastating truths!

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice.

The episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice slated for January 5th, 2013 were both originally set to debut on October 13th, 2012 before Cartoon Network unexpectedly pulled the DC Nation programming block off the air. Repeats of other Cartoon Network titles were aired in place of the programming block during its hiatus. Representatives for Cartoon Network have yet to provide an explanation for the last-minute pulling of the programming block.

Additional images and content from the above-listed episodes are available at The World’s Finest. Click here for more images from the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode “Steam Lantern,” and click here for additional images from the Young Justice episode “Before the Dawn.”

DC Nation returns January 5th, 2013 to Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Initial Cover Artwork, Synopsis For “DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013” Title

The Free Comic Book Day Committee has announced some of the free titles that will be available for Free Comic Book Day 2013, which will be held Saturday, May 4th, 2013, including what will be available from DC Comics. Among their slated releases, DC Comics is set to publish a special DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013 one-shot featuring new stories based on the DC Nation programming block. This title is targeted at the all-ages demographic. A complete list of titles being made available specifically for Free Comic Book Day, from DC Comics and other publishers, can be found at the official website for the special annual event. Countless other comic publishers will also be offering free titles on Free Comic Book Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, 2013. Cover art and the official description for DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013 are available below.

DC NATION SUPER SAMPLER
(W/A) Various

This super sampler is the perfect place to check out two sensational series from the DC Kids line, Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, based on Warner Bros. Animation’s new animated series coming soon to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming block. It includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!

Please note only a low-res version of the cover art is currently available.

Both Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, two new animated series from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, are currently scheduled to hit the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network in the first half of 2013.

DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013 will be available for free on Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 4th, 2013. More details on Free Comic Book Day can be found at the official website for the annual event or at your local comic book/hobby store. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Latest Issue Of Monthly “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Comic Title Now Available

Green Lantern: The Animated Series #9, the latest issue of the new ongoing DC Comics title based on the acclaimed animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. A digital copy will also be available through ComiXology and DC Comics. The Green Lantern: The Animated Series monthly title features stories which take place in continuity with the animated series source material. Issue #9 expands upon the story originally featured in the DC Nation Free Comic Book Day 2012 comic title. Official details for this issue are available below.

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES #9


Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Dario Brizuela

• 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!

This issue features the last complete story by the original Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic title writing team of Art Baltazar and Franco. Ivan Cohen will be the new ongoing writer for the series starting with issue #10, shipping January 2013.

The cover price is $2.99US. Green Lantern: The Animated Series #9 is available through both comic book stores and digital outlets.

Additional details on the Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic series can be found here. Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive Green Lantern: The Animated Series content and more, here soon at The World’s Finest

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