Month: July 2009

Writer Jeph Loeb On The Upcoming “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest caught up with famed comic and television writer Jeph Loeb for a quick Q & A to share his thoughts on the upcoming direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature. The animated feature adapts the six-issue story arc of the same name, originally written by Loeb, from the Superman/Batman comic series currently published by DC Comics. The story features Superman and Batman facing off against Lex Luthor, now President of the United States.

The World’s Finest: Any thoughts on seeing one of your stories being adapted into an animated feature? Were you surprised by the announcement?

Jeph Loeb: I got a call fromDCasking if I wanted to write the script, which caught me totally off guard because I had no idea they were thinking about this series. I love theJustice League: The New Frontier DVD both in terms of look and how faithful they were to the story. My schedule wouldn’t allow it, so all I could do was hope for the best. And from what I’ve seen it’s better than the best!

WF: Have you been consulted about this project? Are there any moments you’d like to make sure appear in the animated movie, and do you think they’ll stick close to the source material?

JL: I didn’t have anything to do with it. I know the people involved and they are all first rate, top of their game in animation. I did some commentary that is on the DVD. I hope that’s not too embarrassing!

WF: Is there another Superman/Batman arc of yours you would like to see adapted?

JL: Sure! All of them! I’d love to see them adapt the next arc, Supergirl, and do it in Mike Turner’s style. That’s what makes these DVD’s so unique is that they have been following the designs of the specific artists. The McGuinness look to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies just rocks!

WF: Do you plan to check out Superman/Batman: Public Enemies when it hits shelves?

JL: On the shelves?! I’m hoping for an advance copy (laughs)! I’ve downloaded the trailer and play it all the time.

WF: There have been rumors that your other work, specifically Batman: The Long Halloween, may be adapted into animation at some point. Any details on that? Any thoughts?

JL: Haven’t heard a thing, but they keep secrets really well over there. Batman: The Long Halloween is certainly one of my favorite stories, and I was incredibly flattered how much has been used in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

WF: To wrap this up, can you give fans a quick update on what you’re up to right now, including current comic and entertainment work? What can we expect from you down the line?

JL: In movies and television there are a few huge announcements which I can’t really talk about at this time, but very soon. I am going back to television on a new series that is going to be huge!

In comics, my plate is very full. I’ve got the monthly Hulk book, featuring the all-new, all-deadly Red Hulk, with my Superman/Batman partner Ed McGuinness. Also, we’re finishing up Ultimatum with David Finch, which will both reinvent and reinvigorate the Ultimate Universeat Marvel and lead toward Brian Bendis’ newUltimate Spider-Man, Mark Millar’s Ultimate Avengers, and my own New Ultimates with Frank Cho. It’s going to be a very big year!

The World’s Finest would like to thank Jeph Loeb for his participation!

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will debut Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Click here to view the official press release for the upcoming direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature release.

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Warner Home Video Announces “Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature Contest

Official details are available below.

From June 30 – August 11, 2009, Green Lantern Fans Can Enter to Win a PlayStation 3,
40″ LCD HDTV, a Copy of Green Lantern: First Flight on Blu-ray and Much More

To promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Green Lantern: First Flight on July 28, a sweepstakes has been created to get fans involved and give them a chance to win cool prizes. Green Lantern fans can enter the sweepstakes and learn more about the fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Originals through a Facebook Power Ring widget.

Once the Facebook Power Ring Widget has been added to a fan’s page, they can “recharge their ring” continuously to keep it powered to 100% and automatically submit additional entries in the sweepstakes. Additional features of the widget include a Personality Quiz, Green Lantern IQ Test, Video, News and Updates, Downloads and Links.

Check it out now at GreenLanternSweeps.com.

Check out the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and information on the upcoming Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will debut Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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World Premiere Of “Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature Scheduled For Comic Con

Warner Home Video presents the World Premiere of
Green Lantern: First Flight at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Green Lantern: First Flight, the highly-anticipated fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, will have its world premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 23, 2009.

More than 4,000 fans will have the opportunity to see Green Lantern: First Flight on the big screen five days before the latest DC Universe film is distributed on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def. The film will premiere in the San Diego Convention Centers Ballroom 20 at 8:00pm.

A panel comprised of filmmakers and voice cast will be presented on the following day, Friday, July 24th, 2009. Details on that panel and its participants will be announced next week.

Acclaimed actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) fills the lead voice of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern. Meloni is joined by fellow Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (Milk, Titanic) as the villainous Sinestro, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as the voice of Boodikka, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as Kilowog. The cast also includes Juliet Landau (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer), John Larroquette (Night Court), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show), and David Lander (Laverne & Shirley).

Produced by animation legend Bruce Timm, Green Lantern: First Flight is helmed by heralded director Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Superman Doomsday) and scripted by four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett (The Batman).

Green Lantern: First Flight finds Hal Jordan recruited to join the Green Lantern Corps and placed under the supervision of respected senior Lantern Sinestro. The earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the illuminated heros first-ever full-length animated film is set for release by Warner Home Video on July 28, 2009. Green Lantern: First Flight will be available as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def, as well as single-disc DVD.

For two more additional images issued with this press release, check out the Green Lantern: First Flight Gallery.

Check out the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and information on the upcoming Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will debut Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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DVD And Blu-ray Art For Upcoming “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” Animated Feature

Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at the trade ad and package artwork for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Public Enemies direct-to-video animated feature.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will debut Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Click here to view the official press release for the upcoming direct-to-video Supermna/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature release.

Stay tuned for further Superman/Batman: Public Enemies updates coming soon!

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