Month: May 2014

Animated Batman Part Of “Batman at 75: Screenings From The Paley Center Collection”

For the entire month of May 2014, and into June 2014, The Paley Center for Media will be showcasing a host of both live-action and animated Batman presentations. The presentations – being held at both the The Paley Center for Media In New York and The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles – include regular movie screenings, episode screenings, and special live events focused on different eras of Batman’s long entertainment history.

Details on some select events can be found below, with a complete rundown available at the official The Paley Center for Media website.

Paley Presents Screenings
Batman at 75: Screenings from the Paley Center Collection

Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, June 1, 2014
Starts at 12:30 pm
New York and Los Angeles

Even your grandmother could name Batman’s sidekick or home base (or maybe both). The Dark Knight is arguably the world’s most popular superhero and one of the most iconic and influential fictional characters of all time. Celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of his first appearance, in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) every weekend in May at the Paley Center with a wide variety of Bat-entertainment, from the cheesy propaganda of the 1943 movie serial up to today’s critically acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Justice League: Doom and LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite.

Saturday & Sundays
May 24 & 25
May 31 & June 1

12:30 pm – Justice League: Doom
This animated superhero motion picture features the Justice League of America, consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and the Flash, as they battle the Legion of Doom, with a distinct disadvantage: the villains have hacked into the Batcomputer, which reveals how to most effectively rend each hero’s powers useless. Voiced by Kevin Conroy, Phil Morris, Olivia d’Abo, Tim Daly, Carl Lumbly, Paul Blackthorne, Nathan Fillion, and scripted by the late, great Dwayne McDuffie. (2012; 77 minutes)

3:20 pm – Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Journey to the Center of the Bat”
When villain Chemo infects Batman with an insidious “silicate” disease, Aquaman and the Atom venture within the Dark Knight’s body to stop its spread. Also featuring appearances by DC’s two super-stretchable heroes, Plastic Man and Elongated Man. (2009; 22 minutes)

3:45 pm – LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite
In this lively animated movie featuring Lego versions of DC superheroes and archvillains, the Joker and Lex Luthor join forces to oppose Batman and Superman. Highlight: The Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel confound their foes by switching each other’s Lego body parts! (2013; 71 minutes)

Details on other Batman-related screenings – including episodes of the classic 1960s Batman television show and the 1940s Batman series – can be found at the official The Paley Center for Media website.

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, focuses on the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. The Center plays hosts to many events throughout the month, touching upon different areas of the vast entertainment industry.

These screenings at The Paley Center for Media are part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

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Main Cast And Crew Details For Upcoming “Son Of Batman” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest has the main creative team details for the upcoming Son of Batman direct-to-video animated feature. The 20th installment of the ongoing DC Universe Original Movie line will arrive Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and for Digital Download. Son of Batman is inspired by the acclaimed Batman comic book storyline “Batman and Son” written by Grant Morrison, wherein Batman discovers he has a son – named Damian – with Talia Al Ghul. The complete main cast and crew rundown for the Son of Batman animated feature, are as follows below.

Son of Batman
from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Jason O’Mara as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Stuart Allan as Damian
Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke
Morena Baccarin as Talia
Dee Bradley Baker as Man-Bats
Xander Berkeley as Langstrom
Giancarlo Esposito as Ra’s Al Ghul
Sean Maher as Nightwing/Dick Grayson
David McCallum as Alfred
Diane Michelle as Francine
Andrea Romano as Suit #2
Fred Tatasciore as Killer Croc
Bruce Thomas as Gordon/Ubu
Kari Wahlgren as Rebecca

Voice Direction – Andrea Romano
Editor – Christopher D. Lozinski
Music By – Frederik Weidmann
Based on the DC Comics Characters
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Executive Producers – Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan Supervising Producer – James Tucker
Co-Producer – Alan Burnett
Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment
Story by James Robinson
Teleplay by Joe R. Lansdale
Directed By Ethan Spaulding

Animation Services – The Answerstudio
Lead Character Design – Phil Bourassa
Character Design – Dusty Abell, Brendan Clogher
Storyboard – Tim Divar, Charles Drost, Steve Jones, Juno Lee, Doug Murphy, Chris Rutkowski, Keo Thongkham, Kirk Van Wormer, Adam Van Wyk, Young Ki Yoon
Lead Background Design – Jay Hong
Background Key Design – Fedja Jovanovic, Pakin Liptawat
Background Paint – Bill Dunn, Juan C. Garrido, Chun Liu, Todd Uyeminami, Youa Vang, Wei Zhao

Check out the The World’s Finest Son of Batman subsite for additional details and content from the upcoming animated feature.

Son of Batman is also being released as part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

Son of Batman hits Blu-ray, single-disc DVD, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and Digital Download on May 6th, 2014 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Please note the Son of Batman: Two-Disc Special Edition DVD is exclusive to Wal-Mart for six weeks before going wide.

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“Beware The Batman,” “Young Justice,” DC Nation Nab Daytime Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and a few DC Comics-inspired animated programs received nominations. Beware The Batman leads the pack with four nominations in total, three specifically for the episode “Secrets.” Young Justice and the DC Nation-branded animated shorts also nabbed one nomination each. The Daytime Emmy Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. Beware The Batman, Young Justice, and DC Nation all aired on Cartoon Network and amassed significant fanbases, despite troublesome scheduling issues and lengthy hiatuses.

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Specific nomination details can be found below.

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producers – Glen Murakami, Mitch Watson
Line Producer – Amy McKenna

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special
Beware the Batman Cartoon Network
Casting Director – Andrea Romano

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Supervising Director – Butch Lukic
Directors – Curt Geda , Sam Liu , Rick Morales
Voice Director – Andrea Romano

Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Animation Supervisor – T.J. Sullivan

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Animation
Young Justice
Cartoon Network
Re-Recording Mixer – Konrad Piñon

Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program
Deadman – “Deadman Catch”
Cartoon Network
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producer – Ben Jones
Written, Directed and Produced by – Carl Greenblatt

Six out of Cartoon Network’s ten total 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations come from DC Comics-based programming. A complete listing of nominees can be found on the official 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards website.

The CG-animated series Beware The Batman is slated to return to Cartoon Network, after a lengthy seven-month hiatus, as part of it’s older audience-skewering Adult Swim programming counterpart starting Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at 3:00am (ET/PT). Young Justice, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, finished its 46-episode run on Cartoon Network last year. Both programs aired as part of the now defunct DC Nation hour-long programming block, which used to air weekend mornings on Carton Network. The block itself is now reduced to a banner name under which DC Comics-inspired short-form programming airs. These shorts currently air during the first commercial break following episodes of Teen Titans Go!. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

Check out the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite and the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite for further details on both acclaimed cartoon shows.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Additionally, the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala, which honors the crafts behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre, will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20, 2014. Jose Lopez, a character designer for The Batman, is one of the five nominees who will be awarded and recognized in the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation category at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony.

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