Month: October 2011

Bryan Cranston On Voicing James Gordon For “Batman: Year One” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Batman: Year One direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with actor Bryan Cranston as he discusses his major role in the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie title. The studio has also provided new images and a clip from the animated feature, along with six interview video clips with Crantson. The first seven images below consist of six interview clips and the movie clip, presented in the Quicktime format, all available by clicking the first seven thumbnails below. Click on the other thumbnails below for larger images.



Three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston brings Lt. Jim Gordons origin story to animated life in October 18 release of Batman: Year One

Breaking Bad stars gritty performance is key to DC Universe Animated Original Movie
on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download today from Warner Home Video

Three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston flips to the other side of the law as the voice of Lt. James Gordon for the animated retelling of Frank Millers landmark comic in Batman: Year One, 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 Batman: Year One arrives today October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

Cranston earned Emmy Award nominations in three of his seven years as the lovable, goofy father on Malcolm in the Middle. It took a shift toward the dark side as chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White in AMCs Breaking Bad to start a record-tying run as only the second actor in history to score three consecutive Emmy wins.

As Lt. Gordon, Cranston gets to find a middle ground between his two best known roles providing a moral center for the gritty tale of two men striving to bring their own idea of justice to an unjust world.

Cranston is joined in the stellar voice cast by Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.) as Batman, Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as Detective Sarah Essen. Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone.

Following his initial recording session for Batman: Year One, Cranston had the chance to discuss his thoughts on initially turning down the role of Jim Gordon, his love of the inner monologue, the inward journey afforded by comic books, his chances of one-day playing a certain Edwrd Nygma opposite a live-action Dark Knight, and much more. The man has won three Emmys he obviously has important things to say. Read on

QUESTION: You were Warner Bros. first choice for the role of Jim Gordon, but the feeling wasnt mutual you initially declined. What made you change your mind?

BRYAN CRANSTON: I always talk about the writing Ive gotten to a point in my career where I dont want to just take a job, I want to be part of great storytelling. I always say that I dont care if its a childrens play, Ill do it so long as its great writing. Ive done some animation work and, quite frankly, I havent loved all of it. So when they first offered this to me, I turned it down. I didnt want to do something that I just assumed was goofy or cartoony.

Fortunately, my representatives convinced me that I needed to give this material a fair shake and Im so glad they did. I had no idea that animation could have such depth and sophistication. This is adult storytelling, handled in intrinsically adult ways. Its interesting and thoughtful and dark and nothing that I thought Id find in an animated script.

Jim Gordon is trying to find his moral center. He keeps getting shot down. He doesnt want to work in this hellhole of a city, hated by his fellow cops, hated by his superiors. His wife is pregnant and hes conflicted about bringing a child into this troubled world. Hes on an island. I was really surprised in a good way. This script was well-written, unpredictable, good storytelling. And so I happily ate my hat because Im so glad they forced me to read it.

QUESTION: The name in the film’s title is Batman, but this is just as much Jim Gordon’s story, isn’t it?

BRYAN CRANSTON: What I was first attracted to in reading Batman: Year One was that James Gordon actually is the star. That’s the way I look at it, anyway. That was really unexpected, especially the way hes portrayed. My first experience with Batman was through the comics, but the Batman television series really had an impact. So I thought, Oh, Gordons an old Irishman with that big, thick over-the-top brogue. But there was no comic book silliness there were twists and turns, darkness and light, and truly human mistakes that Id never anticipated. And its as much Jim Gordons story as it is a story about Batmans origins.

QUESTION: So is this your chance to finally put that education in police work to use?

BRYAN CRANSTON:(laughs) In thinking about James Gordon, basically I used my own background. I went to college to become a police officer. There’s a certain similar decorum that all police officers have its a skepticism and a curiosity and a bit of cynicism, too. And what I found in reading the script was that all those elements seem to be in place for the character. So all I wanted to do is to bring out that sensibility and make him real. He has to be a real guy, someone you believe could be this police officer, in order for you to accept the plight and the dismay that he’s going through, and trying to do the right thing in a city that is surrounded by corruption.

QUESTION: So all that time on Malcolm In The Middle, playing that great dad, you really were just waiting for some truly dark roles to present themselves?

BRYAN CRANSTON: Malcolm In The Middle was a great seven years. We had a great time. And I think what made that story work is that at the core you had a real family that was striving to do the right thing. And when you look at what Gordon is to Batman: Year One, he is a guy who’s still striving to do the right thing. Anytime you have that, an audience will even allow you to do the wrong thing if they know that you’re trying to do the right thing. So they’ve got you. It’s like they know that, at the core, you’re a good person, and that’s what he is. So when an issue comes up that forces him to walk a fine line between what is right and what is wrong, and certain things pull him in one direction or the other, the audience empathizes with his struggle. That makes it interesting.

QUESTION: What makes Batman an interesting character to you?

BRYAN CRANSTON: As a character, Batman is someone who has a righteousness about him. And yet, it’s not pure. He is a vigilante. He’s taking matters into his own hands. So you could say that he’s doing good things, but I don’t know that you could say he’s a good guy because of the manner that he approaches his actions. That’s what always makes characters more interesting, that they walk the line of good and bad.

QUESTION: Was there any element of the script that you particularly enjoyed?

BRYAN CRANSTON: I didnt have any particular favorite lines or scenes, but what I really appreciated about doing Lieutenant Gordon was the inner monologue. I don’t remember having (a role) that had that kind of sensibility that allows the character to be honest and open, vulnerable, and let the audience then determine if they’re welcome into this man’s soul or not. So that was probably my favorite part to be able to have that running inner monologue going on, which I find fascinating.

QUESTION: Whats your take on comic books?

BRYAN CRANSTON: To a kid growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, comic books were pretty much one of the only written material that was a diversion for kids. There were three television stations, and movies were few and far between as far as access to them. So you’d get together with your friends and you’d open up comic books when you got tired of playing football in the street, or baseball or whatever. And then you’d allow your imagination to go and to wonder. And the great thing about comic books is that it allows the reader to be his or her own art director. You can see a glimpse of Gotham behind in the tall buildings and you start to imagine the heights of the building, Batman looking down. And when he swoops down, you put that all into your head and fill in the blanks. Sometimes in the comic books, it appeared to me like it was like an impressionistic painting. Where (you thought), What’s that in background? I can’t quite make out what that is, but it feels real. So you fill in the blanks, and that makes it more interesting and like you’re a part of the storytelling itself.

QUESTION: Must you take a different acting approach when playing a real-life individual or a fictional icon as opposed to a character specifically written for the page?

BRYAN CRANSTON: Yes. You approach each character with a little different idea of how and what you need to shape him. I played Buzz Aldrin in From The Earth To The Moon about the Apollo project for HBO, and that I did approach differently. This is a real person, an American hero, a worldwide hero, and he’s still alive. And there’s something in the back of your head that says, I really want him to be proud of this. I want him, above all else, to be able to say that I gave an honest depiction of the sensibility of what was going on then and who I was at that time. I think thats, in a sense, the same when working with an iconic figure like Jim Gordon in Batman: Year One. Everybody has a pretty good idea of Gordon who he is and how he sounds so you can’t go too far against that grain. You need to be in the ballpark. Hes an established character, but the script will give you a good idea of how far you can stretch here or there.

QUESTION: There are a few fan sites spreading a rumor that you’re going be the The Riddler at one point or another in a live-action Batman film. Any truth in these rumors?

BRYAN CRANSTON: I would love to be able to jump into a character like that whole hog and play The Riddler. That would be fun. Although I haven’t been lobbying for that, and there’s a certain part of me that is really fatalistic about (rumors like) that. Its like, if it’s supposed to happen, then it’s supposed to happen. But I can only say that I’d be interested in playing something like that and see how it turns out.


Additional content is also available at the The World’s Finest Batman: Year One micro-site. A review of the Batman: Year One Blu-ray release and animated feature can also be found at The World’s Finest.

Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Year One animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases, along with the included DC Showcase: Catwoman animated short.

Batman: Year One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Year One DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Catwoman Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today issued a new press release for the Batman: Arkham City video game, now available in North America for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows PC and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. Also included are four new images to promote the release of the highly-anticipated video game title. Please click on the thumbnails images for a closer look.

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY

Become the Dark Knight in Rocksteady Studios Highly Anticipated and

Critically Acclaimed Videogame Available Now in North America for Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 system

The wait is finally over for fans to don the Batsuit again! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that Batman: Arkham City, the critically acclaimed and highly anticipated videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios, is now available at retailers in North America for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. The Games for Windows version will be available beginning Nov. 15, 2011.

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum the new maximum security home for all of Gotham Citys thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham Citys most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the critical and commercial success of Batman: Arkham Asylum and firmly solidifies the Arkham brand as a triple-A action adventure franchise, said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Rocksteady has developed a game that includes all the makings of a blockbuster immersive story, memorable characters and outstanding gameplay, and we are very proud to bring the game to players around the world.

“Getting to work in the Batman universe again has been a privilege for us at Rocksteady Studios. We have worked tirelessly to take Batman from the Asylum into the heart of Gotham City and to deliver the game The Dark Knight deserves, said Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady Studios. The response so far has been phenomenal and we can’t wait for everyone to experience becoming The Batman swooping through the streets of Gotham.”
Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, Batman: Arkham City introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay.

The game was written in collaboration with Paul Dini, Batman author and five-time Emmy Award winner whose credits include Lost season one and Batman: The Animated Series, and features the incredible voice talent of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy. Both reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively. Stana Katic of the popular series Castle joins the cast as the voice of Talia al Ghul.

Fans looking for the ultimate Batman: Arkham City package can purchase the Batman: Arkham City Collectors Edition, which includes extensive bonus content, including a custom Batman statue produced by Kotobukiya, a collectible art book, early access to the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns skin, Batman: Arkham City The Album featuring original music by top artists and a bonus DC Universe animated original movie, Batman: Gotham Knight.

Two official versions of a strategy guide for Batman: Arkham City will be offered by BradyGames a Signature Series and a Limited Edition. In addition, an iOS Map App for locating collectibles and a series of official strategy videos will be available through Brady’s iOS Strategy Feed app and through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360.

Players can also look forward to the Nightwing Bundle Pack on Nov. 1 and the Robin Bundle Pack scheduled for release on Nov. 22. The downloadable content will be available on Xbox LIVEMarketplace for 560 Microsoft Points and PlayStationNetwork for $6.99.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics core Batman license and rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com for more information about the game.

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DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. 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.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

About Rocksteady Studios Ltd
Rocksteady Studios is a multi-award winning videogame developer based in London, England. Located in a spacious, purpose built converted factory, with full motion capture and audio studio capabilities, Rocksteady is an energetic company formed by a core team of senior industry professionals. This creates an ideal balance of drive, talent, proven methods, experience and cutting edge technology to make AAA games. Now employing over 90 people, Rocksteady’s mission is to be a highly professional, efficient company whose purpose is to make great games, and have happy and healthy team members. This philosophy is the heart and soul of the company. Rocksteady received the coveted studio of the year award at the 2009 VGA awards.

Batman: Arkham City is now available for PlayStation3, Xbox 360, with the Windows PC version available November 15th, 2011. Click here for additional Batman: Arkham City content, including images and videos. Stay tuned for further updates.

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“Batman: Year One” Animated Feature Now Available On Blu-ray And DVD, Download

The all-new direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. The new animated feature adapts the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal download. The Blu-ray release for Batman: Year One features exclusive extras, including a commentary with Alan Burnett, Sam Liu, Mike Carlin and Andrea Romano. The cover artwork for the separate home video releases are available below.


Further information on this latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Year One animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases, along with the included DC Showcase: Catwoman animated short.

Batman: Year One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Year One DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Catwoman Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Batman: Year One Blu-ray release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

Continuing, the Batman: Year One home video release also includes a look at the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, Justice League: Doom. Click on the thumbnails below to view a selection of images from the “A First Look at Justice League: Doom” featurette available on all Batman: Year One home video releases. The following images are exclusive to The World’s Finest and are not to be removed without permission.






Justice League: Doom, the next direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie release, is slated to hit DVD and Blu-ray Spring 2012. Further details are available here.

Additionally, today also sees the release of the highly-acclaimed Batman: Arkham City video game from Warner Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady. Warner Bros. Entertainment has featured Batman: Year One in media cross-promotions with this title. To discuss the new video game below, along with the new Green Lantern home video release, please click on the links below.

Batman: Arkham City Video Game Talkback (Spoilers)
Green Lantern Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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Cartoon Network, Teletoon Announce “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Events

The following press release has been issued by Cartoon Network promoting the special one-hour Green Lantern: The Animated Series event, scheduled to air Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET). Continue below for the press details, along with a similar announcement from the Canadian network Teletoon.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series Arrives on Cartoon Network
Hour-Long Special Event Airs Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (ET, PT)

Green Lantern, a DC Comics mainstay for more than 70 years, will be seen in an entirely new way when Warner Bros. Animation’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) comes to Cartoon Network in a one-hour special event. With stunning, stylized CG animation, Green Lantern: The Animated Series takes viewers on a journey of cosmic proportions as Hal Jordan and his band of heroes fight to save the universe. The special premieres Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) as a precursor to the series debuting on Cartoon Network next year as part of the new DC Nation programming block.

As Earths Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations but hes never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion by the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an epic space adventure that has something for everyone, and we are delighted for fans to see it November 11 on Cartoon Network. We cant wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero one that represents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be produced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been rendered in CG, said Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation, who also serves as an executive producer of the series. Green Lantern: The Animated Series is inspired by current and classic Green Lantern mythology, but its also an all-new story one that is the perfect vehicle for the great Bruce Timms take on the character.

Its exciting for me to see Hal Jordan re-imagined in such a compelling way, with fantastic CG and visual effects that only enhance the story, stated Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Entertainment and longtime writer of the Green Lantern comic book series. Working with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network to create Green Lantern: The Animated Seriess has been a great experience, and most importantly, weve created a show that I cant wait for people to see.

Based on the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation. Bruce Timm and Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) are the executive producers. Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender) is the producer, and Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) is the producer/story editor. The voice cast for Green Lantern: The Animated Series includes Josh Keaton (Transformers Prime) as Hal Jordan, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Razer, Kevin Michael Richardson (Young Justice, ThunderCats) as Kilowog and Grey DeLisle (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) as Aya.

DC Comics will release a Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic book as a companion to the new series and the first issue will be released to coincide with the November special on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99.7 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action comedy programming for young adults 18-34.

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.

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 Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, ThunderCats and Young Justice, for Cartoon Network. WBA will also produce series and additional original content for Cartoon Networks multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block, which debuts in 2012. In 2010, WBA unveiled three new theatrically released CG cartoon shorts that featured iconic Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. Three new shorts featuring Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, as well as Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote will be released in 2011 and 2012. 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 Studios 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)

In additional Green Lantern: The Animated Series news, the Canadian network Teletoon has announced a special one-hour programming event for the highly-anticipated new series also scheduled to air on November 11th, 2011. Continue below for the details.

SUPERFAN FRIDAY SPECIAL

As a special sneak peek for superfans, Teletoon will be airing the first two episodes of the new Green Lantern: The Animated Series series back-to-back on November 11.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Sneak Peek)
Airs Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, the series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

The special hour-long Green Lantern: The Animated Series event debuts Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET). Additionally, Teletoon will also air the special event on the same night at 8:00pm (ET).

Click here for a recent Q & A with actor Josh Keaton, voice of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation and overseen by world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm. Stay tuned for further updates on Green Lantern: The Animated Series here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold,” “Young Justice” January 2012 Comic Solicitations

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the publisher’s January 2012 library of releases, including details for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #15, the acclaimed comic title based on the popular Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, and Young Justice #12. Official details for Batman: The Brave and The Bold can be found below. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look at the cover art.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #15

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Rick Burchett & Dan Davis
Cover by: Rick Burchett & Dan Davis

Batman finds himself in a death trap with no way out. Its going to take a miracle to save himMister Miracle, that is. But can even the worlds two greatest escape artists find their way out of an endless maze filled with nonstop danger?

On sale January 11th, 2012. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

Click here for updated comic guides and further details and on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series.

Details for the January 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. Cover art is also available by clicking the thumbnail.

YOUNG JUSTICE #12

Written by: Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art by: Christopher Jones
Cover by: Christopher Jones

Theres a new menace in Gotham City: a creature so strange and so versatile that not even the combined might of the entire Young Justice team can stand against it. Witness the origin of…Clayface!

On sale January 18th, 2011. Cover price is $2.99 US. Rated E.

Young Justice features work by the creative team of artist Christopher Jones and writers Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps. Weisman is one of the producers for the Young Justice animated series, and Hopps a regular fixture in of the show’s creative team.

Further Young Justice comic details can be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

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Producer James Tucker Discusses New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode

The World’s Finest caught up with Batman: The Brave and The Bold Producer James Tucker to discuss the latest episode of the acclaimed animated series, “Bold Beginnings!” The all-new episode debuts tonight, Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. The episode brings together Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Plastic Man and features a series of flashbacks. Continue below for the all-new exclusive Batman: The Brave and The Bold Q & A with Tucker.

The World’s Finest: Right off the bat Space Ghost! How did this teaser come about? Why Space Ghost? Is this the first non-DC Comics character to appear on the series?

James Tucker: The whole idea for having teasers at the beginning of the show came from my love of those Hanna-Barbera superhero shows from the late 1960s that were divided into multiple shorts like Space Ghost, Birdman, Mightor, The Galaxy Trio, and so on. Space Ghost was the best of them and I always had a fondness for the character and he seemed the most on par with our Batman. After our episode with Scooby-Doo, we figured everythings open game for the show.

WF: To the main story. Why were these particular heroes chosen Green Arrow, Plastic Man and Aquaman? Does this tie in with how they were considered regulars during the first season?

JT: This story actually started out as a DTV (direct-to-video movie) script written years ago that was to feature the Batman: The Animated Series-version of Batman in a The Brave and the Bold-type movie featuring three segments consisting of Batman teaming up with Elongated Man, Green Arrow and Zatanna written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett. Id place it around the time of Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, either right before or right after, I dont recall. For whatever reason the script didnt get produced and it sat on the shelf for years. Fast forward to our third season. We were a bit behind of getting in a finished script for our deadline and had gotten a hold of the script for the aborted DTV. We took two of the segments and adapted them to what became the Green Arrow and Plastic Man (formerly Elongated Man) segments in the episode. Steve Melching wrote the rest of the episode and did a great job of condensing those segments and creating a great framing device using Aquamans thwarted efforts at telling his story. I thought the episode turned out well, especially given considering its convoluted path from a 75 minute DTV to a 22-minute TV show.

WF: As a semi-follow-up to the previous question, are there any other characters you wouldve like to have created a first adventure with Batman story for?

JT: Ive never thought about what other characters Id want to do a first episode with. Obviously Aquaman, Plastic Man and Green Arrow worked out well because they each have a different relationship to Batman and they were also some of the most regular cast members we have on the show. I suppose if we had the time and another season, it would have been fun to show the first meeting with Superman and Wonder Woman. One of the aspects I loved about this show was the liberal use of flashbacks wed use to show the earlier stages of Batmans career, so that would have been fun to do.

WF: Batman: The Brave and The Bold revisits Batmans past a few times over the course of the series. What is the interest in going back to the early days of the Caped Crusaders career? Is there anything you try to avoid doing when looking back?

JT: I may have answered some of this question in the last response, but for me going back into Batmans past was always a way to show earlier versions of Batman that I knew from the comics into one long continuity. Generally, I hate continuity, but I have always had this wish to tie the earliest versions of Batman with the most current Batman because to me its all the same character. I dont fragment the character to prefer one era over another. So yes, our Batman probably did carry a gun in his first adventure, but he also was the one who time traveled and went to different planets and got superpowers and had a 5th Dimension Imp stalk him. Hes also the same Batman who had tiny ears and then impossibly long ears. He was the superhero and he was the detective. Hes all the same character in all those iterations. Its all Batman, so using flashbacks was my way of incorporating these different aspects of Batman into one ‘universe.’

WF: Green Arrow, Plastic Man and Aquaman find themselves in a rather chilly situation, facing off against Mr. Freeze. Why was this villain chosen? Additionally, both Mr. Zero and Mr. Freeze appeared on this series as separate characters, but didnt they end up the same villain (Mr. Freeze) in the comics? Why change that here?

JT: Actually, Mr. Zero and Mr. Freeze are the same character in the series. He just became Mr. Freeze between seasons. I dont believe theres anything that would contradict that in the show but admittedly on a show like this with so many characters to juggle, there are bound to be slips. But we always assumed Mr. Zero became Mr. Freeze. I didnt realize there was any confusion on that point.

WF: There were some particular design choices used in the flashbacks, such as Batmans original costume and a beardless Aquaman. How many designs do characters usually go through before a final one is settled upon, be it in this episode or any episode?

JT: There is no set rule. We were always tweaking designs on this show because we were always trying to up our game all the way up to the end of the series. Sometimes it seems just as we finally think weve figured out the show, its almost over. As for different versions of Batman to use, I just wanted to incorporate all the different versions of the character whenever it was appropriate. As for designs, it takes me a long time to settle on one character design when Im doing the designing. I do a lot of drawing if time allows. Sometimes it only takes a few tries though. I tended to use the actual source material and wanted to draw the characters as close to their original style as possible. So characters like the Shazam family, Doom Patrol, Spectre, etc. were pretty faithful to their original comic book looks. There was no reason to change them.

WF: Lastly, is there anything else you can tell us about ‘Bold Beginnings,’ set to debut tonight on Cartoon Network?

JT: As usual, I think this turned out to be a fun episode that allows the audience to see Batman through the eyes of his closest friends, and was a fun change of pace for our series. Also, you cant go wrong with a Space Ghost teaser!

The all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Bold Beginnings!” debuts tonight, Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Continue to the Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite for further details and media for this episode, including hi-res images. Batman: The Brave and The Bold airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET).

Additionally, an all-new episode of Young Justice also debuts tonight on Cartoon Network. The episode “Revelation” debuts at 6:30pm (ET), featuring an appearance by the Injustice League, before an all-new episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates, including exclusive updates, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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In additional news, The World’s Finest and WaterTower Music have teamed up to give fans the opportunity to receive a free copy of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album 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: Arkham City – The Album Soundtrack CD release to ten lucky recipients, courtesy of WaterTower Music.

Batman: Arkham City – The Album is now available on Amazon, iTunes and other digital music retailers. 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 12:00 midnight tonight (ET), October 14th, 2011. Please label the email “Batman: Arkham City CD Contest.” Only one entry per person, per household will be accepted. From there, ten entries will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Batman: Arkham City – The Album 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: Arkham City – The Album is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers. Official details for the Batman: Arkham City – The Album CD release from WaterTower Music are available here.

Continuing, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released a new trailer for the upcoming Batman: Arkham City video game. The trailer focuses on assorted villains who will plague the Dark Knight in the highly-anticipated video game. Batman: Arkham City will be available October 18th, 2011 in North America for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows PC and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. Click on the thumbnail below to view the footage in the Quicktime format, along with additional press details for the title.

Batman: Arkham City will be available nationwide Tuesday, October 18, and to help prepare you for the intense melee combat, sprawling cityscape and dangerous encounters in Arkham City, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are presenting a new Batman: Arkham City trailer featuring some of Gothams greatest villains. Mr. Freeze, Hugo Strange, Two-Face, Penguin and The Joker are just some of the adversaries who are out to stop the Dark Knight in this hotly-anticipated release. Batman: Arkham City is rated T for Teen and will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the new maximum security home for all of Gotham Citys thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics core Batman license. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com to sign up to receive updates regarding the game and join the discussion on the recently launched community site at http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com to participate in forums, read upcoming developer diaries and stay abreast of all the latest Batman: Arkham City news.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles as Batman and Joker in Batman: Arkham City, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, along with Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini again penning the story.

Batman: Arkham City hits PlayStation3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC on October 18th, 2011. Additional content from Batman: Arkham City can be found at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Click on the image above to view a trailer for “Green Lantern”

Green Lantern flies onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group – Now Available!

Green Lantern is available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, for $40.99; Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, for $35.99; and on single disc DVD with UltraViolet Digital Copy for $28.98. The extended cut will be in hi-definition on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack only.

UltraViolet Digital Copy allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.

Starring Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) in the title role, DC Comics legendary super hero soars to the edges of space as Green Lantern, where a war has been raging between those who rule with fear, and those who protect life: the Green Lantern Corps.

The Canadian retail chain Future Shop will be selling an exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray release of Green Lantern, featuring collectible artwork, for $27.99CAN.

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