Month: October 2011

Warner Home Video Releases New Clip From “Batman: Year One” Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has released a new video clip from Batman: Year One, the upcoming animated feature based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. The clip below features Batman trying to avoid capture by the Gotham City Police. Click on the thumbnail image below to view the clip, available in the High Definition Quicktime format. Press details are also included.

The all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Download.

There is also an opportunity to download-for-purchase in an early window starting October 11 through iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune, VUDU HD Movies and Video Unlimited on the PlayStation Network & Sony Entertainment Network.

Warner Home Video will present a DC Universe Animated Original Movie panel at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 14. Among those participating are executive producer Bruce Timm, dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano and the perennial choice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. The panel, slated for 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the IGN, will feature the premiere of both the Paul Dini-scripted Catwoman animated short and the trailer for Justice League: Doom, as well as discussion of those two projects and Batman: Year One.

Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Waynes return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.

Primetime television stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) provide the core voices for Batman: Year One. Three-time Emmy Award winner Cranston gives voice to young Jim Gordon, while McKenzie makes his animated voiceover debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Fanboy favorites Dushku and Sackhoff fill the roles of Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Detective Sarah Essen, respectively. Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone.

Animation master Bruce Timm is executive producer of Batman: Year One. Directors are Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Sam Liu (All-Star Superman) from a script penned by Academy Award nominee Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse).

The above clip is also available at the The World’s Finest Batman: Year One subsite.

Details on the home video release of Batman: Year One, including a rundown of Blu-ray extras, can be found here, along with the official trailer. Warner Home Video is expected to cross-promote the release of Batman: Year One with Batman: Arkham City, the latest entry in the Batman videogame franchise from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is also scheduled for an October 18th, 2011 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 debuts October 18th, 2011 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Teletoon Releases October 2011 Episode Schedule Details For “Young Justice” Series

Teletoon has provided the following schedule details for episodes of the Young Justice animated series slated to air on the Canadian network during October 2011. Young Justice premiered last month on the Canadian network during the Superfan Friday programming block. Please note the episode details listed below are provided by Teletoon.

Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)- “Schooled”
Superboy’s anger over his non-relationship with Superman is getting out of control.

Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) “Infiltrator”
Artemis faces an uphill battle trying to win over her new teammates as she tries to fill Red Arrow’s boots on a mission he initiated.

Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) “Denial”
When the team investigates the disappearance of Kent Nelson, the scientific-minded Wally West is forced to confront his disbelief in magic.

Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) “Downtime”
After a disastrous mission with the team, Aqualad returns to Atlantis to choose between a life on the surface world … or one beneath the waves with the Aquagirl of his dreams.

New episodes of Young Justice will debut Friday nights at 7:00pm (ET) on the Teletoon Superfan Friday programming block, and will then re-air the following Sunday at 8:30am (ET). Young Justice will also air Saturdays at 1:00am (ET) as part of the Teletoon At Night programming block.

Additionally, for further details on the Young Justice animated series, please continue to the The World’s Finest Young Justice micro-site. The site features bios, episode and comic details, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content and more.

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“Beware The Batman” CGI Animated Series Coming For 2013, “DC Nation” Updates

Sam Register confirmed the title of the next animated Batman series, due in 2013. Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, closed the MIP Junior conference in Cannes, France on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, with a keynote address on upcoming Warner Bros. Animation plans. MIP Junior is an intensive two-day conference agenda of debates, interactive workshops, pitching and matchmaking sessions that update executives and consumers on the latest developments in kids entertainment. With a new Batman theatrical feature slated for next year, Register says it was synergy to bring about a new Batman animated series.

The next Batman animated series, debuting in 2013, is titled Beware the Batman. According to Register, the CGI animated series will spotlight a classic-looking Batman teaming up with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and a female ninja sidekick. Beware the Batman is executive-produced by Glen Murakami, and will explore the mythology’s more obscure villains, such as Professor Pyg, but also won’t shy away from featuring some of the more well-known Batman foes.

Concerning villains slated to appear in the series, Register commented, “We went in deeper into the villain library and pulled out some other villains. We didn’t want to do another Joker story…there’s too many of them.”

“We just needed to do something new, so we’re starting off with new villains,” he concluded.

In the series, Batman will team up with a younger female sidekick named Katana. During the keynote, Register added that Katana will fill the sidekick role, but won’t be a replacement for Robin.

“Katana is gonna be his new Robin, but not necessarily,” Register said.

Register also revealed new details about the forthcoming DC Nation block during his keynote address. Register states Cartoon Network has a three-year deal with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics to make material for the upcoming block. Highlights include Aardman Animation creating new claymation Batman shorts, Plastic Man animated shorts, and the creator behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic working on a series of animated shorts teaming Wonder Girl, Batgirl, Supergirl called Super Best Friends Forever. Additionally, there is also a series of Doom Patrol animated shorts in production. The block will also host a series of behind-the-scenes videos, special interviews, and much more. DC Nation, slated to run for at least three years on Cartoon Network, will debut in Spring 2012 with Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

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Josh Keaton Talks About Voicing Hal Jordan For “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”

While recently discussing his latest project – the new Spider-Man: Edge of Time video game set to hit all major home consoles on October 4th, 2011 from Activision, Beenox, and Marvel Entertainment – actor Josh Keaton took a few moments to talk about his upcoming stint as Hal Jordan in the forthcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series with The World’s Finest. Green Lantern: The Animated Series is set to debut on Cartoon Network with a special preview episode in November 2011 before settling down into a regular timeslot in early 2012. Continue below for Keaton’s thoughts on Hal Jordan.

The World’s Finest: Youll be tackling a whole different type of hero when Green Lantern: The Animated Series debuts for a one-hour special in November 2011. Care to fill us in on Hal Jordans space adventures and how he differs from Spider-Man?

Josh Keaton: The show’s going to center around Hal and Kilowog (buddy cop vibe). While Earth will figure into the show, it’s not an Earth based show. The universe is the limit. Spidey’s a neighborhood hero, Hal’s got a freaking massive neighborhood. I see Hal as funny, but not Spidey/jokey funny. I still see him as a military man with a certain amount of military bearing. He’s also a bit more comfortable in his own shoes than Peter.

WF: How true will the Green Lantern cartoon play to the comic mythos? And what of the CGI animation? Do you think itll work for a cartoon such as this?

JK: It’s going to pull from different parts and there will be some new things but the comics are definitely the backbone for the show. I’ve been seeing some final renders and the CG looks great. I can’t wait to watch it in hi-def.

WF: Comparing Green Lantern to Spider-Man is like apples to oranges. Do you find them to be possibly two sides of the same coins, or on completely different ends of the spectrum. Do you find that you have to stretch a little when playing Hal as opposed to a character like Spider-Man (or even Flash in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths)?

JK: They’re of the same coin but Hal’s definitely different from Spidey. Spidey really tends to think things through whereas Hal has this pretty much unfailing instinct that keeps him out of hot water. I personally tend to approach problems the Spidey way so it was a change to play a character as immediately sure of everything he does as Hal. The humor was also a bit different to pull off. Spider-man is a ham even when you take away spider-pig and Spider-ham. Hal is drier and more off the cuff. Again, I tend to do things more the Spidey way so Hal’s humor took a little thinking.

WF: Your voice work on Green Lantern sounds noticeably different than your work on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Is it a plus to be able to stretch and play such characters in such different situations (like Hal in space or Spider-Man time-traveling to save his own life)?

JK: Without a doubt. It’s always fun to get cast in something completely different from what I usually do. Yes, I’ve voiced several superheroes and Hal is a superhero, but most of my roles have been younger (teenage) roles. Hal’s a man. He’s taller than me and has the squarest jaw I’ve everervoiced. I’m also working on a new to Nickelodeon show called Winx Club in which I play an evil wizard. It’s definitely a plus to get to play parts different from my usual. It keeps things fresh and keeps the imagination sharp.

The complete interview is available to view at sister site Marvel Animation Age, along with further additional content on Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Spider-Man: Edge of Time is set to hit all major consoles – Playstation 3, XBox360, Wii, NintendoDS – on October 4th, 2011 from Marvel Entertainment and Activision.

Click here for further details on Green Lantern: The Animated Series. As announced last week, Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Animation have set a special panel for Green Lantern: The Animated Series at New York Comic Con 2011. Information is as follows.

* 10:3011:30 a.m. Green Lantern: The Animated Series World Premiere Screening and Conversation with Bruce Timm World-renowned producer, artist, animator and Comic Con favorite Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) will be on hand to unveil Green Lantern: The Animated Series, his latest television project from Warner Bros. Animation, coming soon to Cartoon Network. New York Comic Con attendees will be treated to the world premiere screening of this all-new CG action-adventure animated series, and will take part in a moderated Q&A with an animation icon. Room 1A10

* 1:302:00 p.m. Green Lantern: The Animated Series Signing at the DC Comics booth #1254

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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