Month: July 2010

DVD Package Art For “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” CD Soundtrack Contest

Click on the thumbnails below to view exclusive images of the disc and package artwork for the upcoming single-disc DVD release of the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature. Batman: Under the Red Hood is the latest title under the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line released by Warner Home Video.



In further Batman: Under the Red Hood news, The World’s Finest and WaterTower Music have teamed up to give fans the opportunity to receive a free copy of the Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie CD release from WaterTower Music. Beginning today and for this week only, The World’s Finest will be giving away ten copies in total of the Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Soundtrack CD release to ten lucky recipients, courtesy of WaterTower Music.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie is available on Amazon, iTunes and other digital music retailers beginning Tuesday, July 27th, 2010. The soundtrack is available as both a digital download (Click here for iTunes!) and an Amazon-exclusive compact disc release (Click here to purchase!).

To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com, including your name, full mailing address and phone number by Friday, July 30th, 2010. Please label the email “Batman: Under the Red Hood CD Contest.” Only one entry per person will be accepted. From there, ten entries will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie CD release from WaterTower Music. Please note this special giveaway is only available to residents of the United States. Only those randomly chosen to receive a copy of the CD release will be notified via email shortly after the closure of the contest. Please note the terms and conditions of this special giveaway are subject to change without notice.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers beginning July 27th, 2010. Official details for the Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie CD release from WaterTower Music are available here.

The Worlds Finest has a review of the Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray release available here to view. Click here to view the trailer for the Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video.

In further related news, The World’s Finest can confirm that Dwayne McDuffie is the writer behind the upcoming All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. The upcoming installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is expected to hit shelves in Spring 2011. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Producer Alan Burnett On “Batman: Under The Red Hood” In Exclusive Interview

Alan Burnett, producer for Batman: Under the Red Hood, recently participated in a brief Q & A with The World’s Finest to discuss both the highly-anticipated animated feature and his future plans. Burnett has a well-established background in Batman-themed animation, working in a host of different creative capacities, including stints on the classic Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman, along with countless other animated features and series. The direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video.


The World’s Finest: As producer, can you explain your role in Batman: Under the Red Hood and the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line?

Alan Burnett: Im responsible for the development of all the scripts for the DCU.

WF: Right away, how does Batman: Under the Red Hood differ from other Batman DTVs that have come before? Why?

AB: The script, which is by Judd Winick, based on his comic series, is about as heart-wrenching a story as weve done. It puts Batman through the biggest emotional wringer yet. At its heart its a horror story, really, about a lost soul and a descent into hell.

WF: Some fans have asked why not just do Batman: A Death in the Family straight
out instead of using that tragedy as context. Is there a reason why this story was more appealing than the other?

AB: The way Judd pitched Batman: Under the Red Hood to us, Batman: A Death in the Family folded neatly into his story without having to go into any great detail about it. Also, Im not sure that a DTV ending with Batman carrying the
dead body of Robin away from the murder scene would have felt finished.

WF: Can you drop any hints or teases about this movie, as a final enticement for readers?

AB: People whove read the books know theres a big secret in Batman: Under
the Hood
, but I dont think knowing the secret spoils the video at all. Youll be trading mystery for suspense. I will say this, in the very last scene, in the very last minute, theres a twist that is different from any other ending weve done, and it packs a punch.

Oh, and for those fans clamoring for another Bruce Timm voice performance, in this one he plays a character with a lot of punctuation marks on him.

One more thing, theres a ten-minute DC Showcase short on Jonah Hex, which rocks.

WF: Lastly, can you give us a quick rundown of what youll be working on next?

AB:Uh, oh, the Warner Bros. publicist is lowering the Cone of Silence, so let me say real fast

The Worlds Finest has published a review of the Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray release, available here to view. Click here to view the trailer for the Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature.

San Diego Comic-Con 2010 will host the world premiere of the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature, along with details on upcoming releases in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, tonight during a special panel presentation. Further details on the premiere and panel presentation are available here.

In related news, Bruce Greenwood will be reprising his role as Batman from the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature for the upcoming Cartoon Network animated series Young Justice animated series. Other cast members include Rob Lowe as Captain Marvel, Jesse McCartney as Robin, Khary Payton as Aqualad, Jason Spisak as Kid Flash, Nolan North as Superboy, Danica McKeller and Miss Martian and Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. DC Showcase: Jonah Hex will be included on the Blu-ray and Two-Disc Special Editions of Batman: Under the Red Hood. Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive content, here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Exclusive Interview With “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Director Brandon Vietti

Brandon Vietti, director of Batman: Under the Red Hood, recently participated in a brief Q & A with The World’s Finest to discuss both the highly-anticipated animated feature and his future plans. Vietti has a varied background in animation, in a host of different creative capacities, including stints on The Batman and Batman: The Brave and The Bold. The direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video.


The World’s Finest – It goes without saying that directing Batman: Under the Red Hood is different than an episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Do you find your style changes when approaching two very different interpretations of the same character?

Brandon Vietti: Absolutely. When working with different interpretations of the same character, I think it’s essential to change up the directing style. The success of each interpretation depends on creating an unique identity for itself so that it doesn’t blend with something that came before. The directing style is one of the key elements that contributes to a show’s
identity.

I’ve been lucky to work on several different versions of Batman at this point in my career. The New Batman Adventures was the first and then The Batman after that. And recently Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Batman: Under The Red Hood. Each show had a different tone and aesthetic. Those are the things that guide my approach to directing and storyboarding. For instance, Batman: The Brave and The Bold is all about fun so I tried to find a lot of cartoony/comic book panel camera angles and camera movements to help sell the over-the-top quality of the show. Batman: Under the Red Hood is a more realistic story so I tried to use the camera in the same way a live-action director would.

WF: What attracted you to this story? This is unlike any Batman story you’ve worked on before.

BV: What I love most about this story is that it’s very human in nature and realistic in tone. These are the qualities of my favorite Batman stories. Super powered guys in brightly colored spandex don’t play into the big picture here. This is not about heroes punching through bad guys to stop some nefarious plot in the nick of time. Ultimately, this story is about characters working through tragedy, feeling regret, and questioning what’s right and what’s wrong. These are very realistic and human issues that ground the story in a reality that we don’t often get to explore in TV animation so that was pretty interesting to me. And while these qualities that add realism and strength to the story can be psychologically dark and heavy, there’s also a perfect counter balance of exciting action and fun supporting characters to keep the story moving. For me, this was the ultimate Batman story to bring to life in animation.

WF: Do you think fans will be surprised by the tone and content of this movie? Do you think it will go over well with viewers?

BV: Yes and yes. Again, this story runs psychologically deeper than a lot of our other stories. Our characters are pushed to new extremes which really ratchets up the tension and keeps you wondering what they will do next. That makes for great viewing no matter what characters you’re watching.

WF: With you working on the upcoming animated series Young Justice with Greg Weisman, does that mean this is the last DC Universe Animated Original Movie you’ll be doing for the foreseeable future? Can you provide any teasers on Young Justice?

BV: My producing duties on Young Justice keep me very busy, so I won’t be directing any DCU movies anytime soon. We’re keeping a lot of secrets regarding Young Justice at the moment, but I will say this – when Greg (Weisman) and I take breaks from our story planning for the series, we read some of the online fan forums. We understand there are a lot of questions about Young Justice. I think we’ll be answering at least a few of those questions at San Diego Comic-Con this year — so stay tuned for that.

WF: Lastly, is there one small final tease you can give on why fans should rush out for Batman: Under the Red Hood when it hits shelves next week?

BV: Well, I think this movie has a pretty unique treatment across the board and it offers up everything that Bat fans could want in a Batman story. The movie has some great secrets and twists — more than usual, I think. If you don’t see the movie right away. it’s more likely that someone who sees it before you might accidentally spoil the surprises. So, to the fans out there, buy Batman: Under the Red Hood and watch it early! Let us know that you want more movies like this one!

The Worlds Finest has published a review of the Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray release, available here to view. Click here to view the trailer for the Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuts July 27th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. DC Showcase: Jonah Hex will be included on the Blu-ray and Two-Disc Special Editions of Batman: Under the Red Hood. Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive content, here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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New Trailer For Upcoming “Batman: The Brave And The Bold – The Videogame”

Below is a new trailer for the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Videogame release, along with official details released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The new Batman: The Brave and The Bold videogame debuts Fall 2010 on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS consoles.


In Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame, available September 7, 2010 for Wii and Nintendo DS, players team-up to fight crime with friends as Batman or one of his powerful allies including Green Lantern, Robin and Blue Beetle. Featuring the same VO cast, great writing, humor, and action of the animated series, players will explore diverse environment, from Gotham City and London to mysterious island laboratories and strange planets.

Click here to view the trailer. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released official press details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Videogame earlier this year, and are available to view here, along with further details available here.

WB Games presents, in association with DC Comics, a Wayforward game, Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Videogame, hitting shelves September 7th, 2010. Stay tuned for further updates on this release here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Maquette Slated September 2010, DVD Artwork

Warner Home Video has released hi-res cover art for the separate Superman/Batman: Apocalypse single-disc and Two-Disc Special Edition home video releases, both to hit stands alongside the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray release on September 28th, 2010. The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature is the ninth installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Click on the thumbnail artwork below for a closer look at the package artwork.


Additionally, DC Comics has released details on an upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse maquette from the publisher’s DC Direct line. An image and official details of the maquette release are available below.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE DVD SUPERGIRL MAQUETTE

Sculpted by Phil Ramirez.

A mysterious space ship from Planet Krypton crashes on Earth with a beautiful girl inside and everyone wants to meet the new kid. Superman embraces the connection to his past, Batman suspects a traitor, Wonder Woman senses a kindred spirit and Darkseid desires a champion. But this feisty teen has her own ideas, none of which include a secret identity, a cape or heroics. It will take a life or death battle with Darkseid to uncover her true purpose on Earth. A dynamic voice cast Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Andre Braugher and Summer Glau highlights this DC Universe Animated Original Movie introducing the world to Supergirl.

This hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain maquette of Supergirl is based on art from the highly anticipated Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse!

Measuring approximately 11.25 high x 6 wide x 5 deep this statue includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. Limited Edition.

*Quantities may be allocated.

On sale September 29, 2010* Statue * $99.99 US

Click here to view the official press release and Blu-ray artwork for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature debuts September 28th, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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DC Comics has made available a promotional trailer for the home video release of the live-action Jonah Hex theatrical feature. Click on the image below to view the trailer in the Quicktime format.

Warner Home Video is expected to announce home video details for Jonah Hex in the coming weeks. Jonah Hex has grossed slightly over $10 million since its mid-June 2010 theatrical release.
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