Month: March 2012

Producer James Tucker Discusses The Latest “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” DVD

Batman: The Brave and The Bold Producer James Tucker spent a few moments answering questions for The World’s Finest concerning the latest DVD collection of his acclaimed animated series. Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two arrives March 20th, 2012 on two-disc DVD from Warner Home Video. The two-disc DVD collection includes fourteen episodes from the second season of the acclaimed animated series. Continue below for more from Producer James Tucker.

The World’s Finest: Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two hits home video on March 20th, 2012 from Warner Home Video. These episodes see the inclusion of some more A-list heroes like The Flash and Superman. What was your thought-process when bringing in these more recognizable heroes was it easier or harder to adapt them to the Batman: The Brave and The Bold-style?

James Tucker: Im really glad that in our first season we adhered very closely to our plan to only use the lesser known heroes because had we used the A-listers in season one we wouldnt have had as much fun with them. By the time season two and three came around, we knew the tone of show we were making, and we were able to find the fun in these more well-known characters.

With the The Flash episode “Requiem for a Starlet Speedster!,” I wanted to focus more on the Flash family aspects of that character. The idea that theres an older original Flash, the adult 30-something Flash and a younger Kid Flash. Theres something about the legacy/lineages of DC characters that Ive always liked, but that we were never able delve into in past series Ive worked on because it seemed to complicated to convey. With Batman: The Brave and The Bold, just kind of did the stories we wanted to do and didnt worry about them being too comic book-specific. I hope one of the legacies of this show is that it exposed little kids to superheroes in a way that made them curious to explore and learn more about those characters and actually read comic books.

With Superman, we knew we didnt want to just do a regular Superman episode since we only had two shots at using him. I think the episode “Battle of Superheroes!” managed to show the fun side of the Superman mythos that most long-time fans know but mesh it with a pretty solid story showing Batmans friendship with Superman. I had grown tired of Batman always sneering at Superman in the last few animated versions of their friendship. Basically, I didnt want Batman to be such a jerk to him. Michael Jelenic had the idea of using the Super-dickery aspect of the 50s Superman covers and we kind of built the episode around that. I really loved how that episode turned out and gave me ideas about doing a Superman show based on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold template.

WF: This collection also happens to contain the fan-favorite episode Knights of Tomorrow. While you worked on that episode a few years ago at this point, any chance you can quickly run-through the inspiration behind it? Is it safe to say you were inspired by the recent works of Grant Morrison on Batman?

JT: It wasnt lost on us by the time we got to the end of our first season that we were pulling from the same source material, the silver age Batman stories, that Grant Morrison was. I think Grant was aware of it too because he mentioned our show in a positive light in a few interviews given at the time (which was a huge compliment!). Knights of Tomorrow was mostly inspired by a story a 50s Batman story called The Son of the Joker where Bruce Wayne gets married and passes the cowl to Dick Grayson and Bruce Jr. becomes the new Robin. We used that as a jumping off point and built our own story around that premise. As an homage to Grant, we changed the name of Bruce Jr to Damian Wayne (the coolest Robin ever!) and we had a few scenes that included some of the Batman villains hed created in his run on the comic.

WF: Another notable episode is the ambitious Bat-mite Presents: Batmans Strangest Cases. How difficult was this episode to pull together, given the different animation styles, models, and…basically everything. Save for the Bat-mite wraparounds, not much in this episode was really tried before on Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Can you run us through the production on this episode?

JT: This episode was a huge undertaking! Luckily everyone brought their A-game! For one thing, all the characters except for the Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo section, had to be designed from scratch. All the backgrounds and color had to be specific to each segment. For the shots of Bat-Mite in his studio, we had to use photo reference and actually stage a real life set that was photographed to include all of the actual stuff Bat- Mite had in his study. The ‘Bat-boy and Rubin’ teaser was probably the most labor intensive since it had the actual CGI opening on the cover and the transitions between the panels. Folks should refer to Bill Dunns background painting blog on the show to get more detailed info on this episode, or check out Ben Joness blog for insider tidbits on this episode because Im surely forgetting some things!

WF: For those who may be new to the series, or havent caught a single episode, are there any episodes youd point out from this collection that they should give a shot? Why?

JT: Its hard to single out any one episode because theyre all so different from each other. We always tried to ring the bell as much as we could and challenged ourselves not to make the same type of episode twice so I think theres something for everyone on this disc. For those blood-thirsty types who like more straight serious storytelling, Id recommend “The Last Patrol” or “Knights of Tomorrow!” For high adventure and superhero action, the “The Siege of Starro!” two-parter and “Darkseid Descending!” is fantastic. One of my personal favorites is “The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!,” which is basically a mash up of Turnabout Intruder, Mildred Pierce and Some Like It Hot. I doubt many superhero cartoons can make that claim to fame! “Plague of the Prototypes!” features the return of Adam West voicing a character on the show. “Cry Freedom Fighters!,” “The Malicious Mr. Mind!” and “Menace of the Madniks!” are both funny but have a lot of heart. Both “Emperor Joker” and “Bat-Mite Presents” are just off the wall wacky with tons of easter eggs for long-time Batman fans. “Battle of the Superheroes!” is just full of great super dickery bits and is really an homage to Supermans 50s Eisenhower-era version. Thats probably my favorite episode on this disc.

WF: Any last thoughts on the episodes included on and the DVD release of Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two? Why should we rush out and pick up this DVD release come Tuesday?

JT: I personally think this is our best run of episodes and has the most variety of the sets that have been released! But I say that about all the season sets! Why should you run out and buy this set next Tuesday? Well, I want to do a Batman: The Brave and The Bold direct-to-video movie, dang it! So buy as many copies of this as possible and prove theres a demand for more Batman: The Brave and The Bold goodness! Help the economy! Give them as gifts to friends. If you hate the show, give them to enemies. Just by the darn thing!

WF: Just one last question – Warner Home Video has just announced Batman: The Brave and The Bold: The Complete Third Season for June 2012. Is it a relief knowing the entire series will be on DVD by summer? Given how the home video market has been changing, it actually seems like a genuine accomplishment that not many shows are getting anymore.

JT: Its nice to get all the episodes officially out on DVD. While iTunes and downloads are nice and convenient, theres nothing like having an actual DVD set in your hands and on your shelf. I really hope the series will make it to Blu-ray with a complete series set. What would really make me even happier is getting the second season of Legion of Superheroes out on DVD! I think we really did a good job with that second season and its a shame its not out on DVD for more people to discover. Okay! Hoping off my soapbox now…

Further details on the Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two DVD collection can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Released by Warner Home Video, Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two will be available at all retail and online outlets on March 20th, 2012. Click here to read the The World’s Finest review for this release.

Additionally, Warner Home Video has announced a June 19th, 2012 release for Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Complete Season Three, a two-disc set collecting the remaining episodes from the acclaimed animated series. Full details on this upcoming DVD title can be found here.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two will be available at all retail and online outlets on March 20th, 2012. Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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New Updates On “Green Lantern: The Animated Series, ” Young Justice,” Other Projects

New updates on Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line and the DC Nation programming block were announced over the weekend at the WonderCon 2012. WonderCon is one of the country’s top comics and pop culture conventions, and was held at Anaheim, California and the Anaheim Convention Center for the weekend of March 16 – 18, 2012. Friday night saw a special airing of the upcoming Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and special Q & A, while Saturday brought about DC Nation panel focusing on the DC Nation shorts and Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

During the Friday night screening of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Superman Versus The Elite at WonderCon, more details on the home video release are available here, 78 seconds from The Dark Knight Returns, Part One was shown after the main feature. The footage provided clean looks at many of the main characters, including Batman, Robin and the Mutant Leader. The footage was screened exclusively for the convention, but expect a trailer for The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, the Fall 2012 installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, to be released by summer 2012.

Continuing, new updates for Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series – the current cartoon titles airing on the DC Nation Saturday morning block on Cartoon Network – were revealed during the DC Nation panel discussion held on Saturday at WonderCon. The panel was attended by Young Justice producer Brandon Vietti, Young Justice producer/story editor Greg Weisman, Green Lantern: The Animated Series producer/story editor Jim Krieg, Green Lantern: The Animated Series producer Giancarlo Volpe, and DC Nation shorts producers Ben Jones and Lauren Faust.

During the panel, Jones announced that the current season of DC Nation shorts are currently underway. Upcoming shorts for this season include more Super Best Friends Forever, DC Worlds Funnest, Black Lightning, Superman of Tokyo, Amethyst, The Atom, Vibe, Doom Patrol and more. Ideas are currently being pitched for an upcoming wave of cartoons, with a second season of DC Nation shorts currently in the works.


A preview of upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series episodes was shown during the WonderCon panel. Clips from the preview included Skallox fighting Kilowog, Carol Ferris returning as a delirious Star Sapphire, Razer meeting Saint Walker, and Hal Jordan facing off against the Thanagarians. Krieg and Volpe also hinted that Sinestro is coming to Green Lantern: The Animated Series at some point, and that other human Green Lanterns may be appearing in the future.

Volpe also mentioned he has a plan to adapt the acclaimed “Blackest Night” DC Comics story-line, but it depends on if the show is a hit and he and his production crew have the chance to do more episodes.

A sizzle reel for Young Justice was shown during the panel, providing an overview of the first season and preview of season two – Young Justice: Invasion. The reel included clips of Blue Beetle, Lobo, Clayface, the Flying Graysons, Superboy in his new costume, and Lagoon Boy. Concerning the second season, Vietti says Young Justice: Invasion is a “big, long story” of aliens invading Earth. Nine different alien races from the DC Universe will pop up during the season, plus a visit to Rann. Vietti added that Blue Beetle will play a big role in the second season, and Lagoon Boy will appear, but the size of their roles is being kept under wraps. Jay Garrick will have a much larger role in the second season, Weisman states. 62 new characters will appear in the second season. Weisman called the second season a “20-chapter novel.” The second season of Young Justice is slated to start in April 2012, according to participants of the panel, though the network did not confirm any given dates.

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold – Season Two, Part One” Menu Screens, DVD Images

Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at the package artwork, disc art and menu screens for the Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two DVD home video release from Warner Home Video. This latest Batman: The Brave and The Bold home video release collects the final fourteen episodes from the second season of the acclaimed series. Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two arrives March 20th, 2012 on two-disc DVD. Continue to view the exclusive images.




Released by Warner Home Video, Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two will be available at all retail and online outlets on March 20th, 2012. Click here to view the above content and read the The World’s Finest review for this release.

Additionally, Warner Home Video has announced a June 19th, 2012 release for Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Complete Season Three, a two-disc set collecting the remaining episodes from the acclaimed animated series. Full details on this upcoming DVD title can be found here.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season Two, Part Two will be available at all retail and online outlets on March 20th, 2012. Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Josh Keaton Discusses The All-New Season Of “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”

With Green Lantern’s light shining bright once again on Cartoon Network, The World’s Finest caught up with Josh Keaton – the voice of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: The Animated Series – to discuss the return of the Emerald Knight to the airwaves. Green Lantern: The Animated Series hits hard with all-new episodes, airing as part of the DC Nation programming block, Saturday mornings at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Continue below for more!

Continue to the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite for more content and details from the Warner Bros. Animation production. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) with all-new episodes as part of DC Nation on Cartoon Network! Cartoon Network airs Green Lantern: The Animated Series encores Sunday mornings at 10:00am (ET/PT). Further March 2012 episode details for both series can be found right here at The World’s Finest News.

Additionally, click here for an exclusive interview with Green Lantern: The Animated Series Producer / Showrunner Giancarlo Volpe.

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Warner Home Video Unveils “Superman Versus The Elite” Home Video Release, Trailer

Continue below for the official trailer and home video announcement from Warner Home Video for Superman Versus The Elite. Warner Home Video will host the World Premiere of Superman Versus The Elite tonight, Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. as the featured Friday night event of WonderCon in Anaheim. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring director Michael Chang, screenwriter Joe Kelly, and versatile actor Robin Atkin Downes, who provides the voice of Manchester Black, leader of the Elite. Continue below for more details. Please note the first two images lead to the theatrical trailer, the third to key art for the release.


High Definition Trailer — Standard Definition Trailer

WORLD SAVED, HUMANITY LOST
GET READY FOR THE NEXT
ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
COMING JUNE 12, 2012 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

NCIS star Pauley Perrette teams with Justice League alum George Newbern
in animated Blu-rayTM Combo Pack & DVD version of Joe Kellys heralded Whats So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?

The Man Of Steel comes face-to-face with powerful villains, daunting rivals and a society more interested in retribution than justice when a new, less-ethical breed of super hero arrives in Metropolis in Superman Versus The Elite, 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 film arrives June 12, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly has crafted a taut, thrilling screenplay, adapted from the original 2001 DC Comics release, Whats So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?, by Kelly and Doug Mahnke with Lee Bermejo. The single-issue comic, Action Comics #775, was lauded by Wizard Magazine as the Greatest Superman Story of All Time, and ranked the epic tale at No. 21 on its list of the Top 100 Comics of the last 30 years.

In the film, Superman’s effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as “The Elite,” appear on the scene. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale,to stop villainy — putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical and decidedly non-lethal Man of Steel.

George Newbern (Father of the Bride) reprises his Justice League animated role as Superman, and primetime television star Pauley Perrette (NCIS) provides the voice of Lois Lane. Versatile voice actor Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5, Justice League: Doom) steps in as Manchester Black, leader of The Elite. David Kaufman (Justice League: Doom) also reprises his Justice League TV series role as Jimmy Olsen.

The film is directed by Michael Chang (Batman: The Brave and the Bold). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10) and Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One) are the executive producers. Alan Burnett is producer.

Superman Versus The Elite adds to the rich legacy of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, spotlighting an important chapter in the annals of Man of Steel stories, said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. Bringing back George Newbern gives the film a nice touch of nostalgia for fans of the Justice League animated series, and Pauley Perrette gives Lois Lane altogether new dimensions with her performance.

Superman Versus The Elite Blu-ray Combo Pack has 3 hours of exciting content, including:
-Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
-UltraViolet Digital Copy*
-Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
-Featurette The Elite Unbound: No Rules, No Mercy A short documentary focused upon The Elite, and their arc of character throughout the comics. Even the anti-heroes have their own struggles and triumphs. Its all highlighted in this compelling film that begins with the inspiration of The Authority, and how The Elite became the answer to that book, and a fresh approach for DC Comics in the post 9/11 world. It was an unexpected twist to the pages of Action Comics, and this documentary summarizes the true potency of these Elite.
-Featurette Superman and the Moral Debate Theres a prevailing thought about ending terrorism and ridding our Earth of the maladjusted once and for all by fighting fire with fire! This is the story of The Elite, a band of fringe Superheroes who were compelled to eradicate the Earth of its scum, its tyranny and evil once and for all, not with words, but with raw unadulterated action, designed to kill their opponents. This is their controversial story.
Creative team audio commentary
-Two bonus episodes from Superman: The Animated Series handpicked by producer Alan Burnett: Brave New Metropolis and Warrior Queen.
-Digital Comic — Action Comics #775 -“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?”
All-Star Superman revisited: sneak peak
Batman/Superman: Public Enemies revisited: sneak peak
-Photo Gallery- The upcoming The Dark Knight Rises Theatrical Release
* Superman vs. The Elite UltraViolet Digital Copy is a limited time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.

About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere specializes in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms. Past projects include A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster and Batman: Year One, as well as the digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Aim High. Warner Premiere is at the creative forefront in the made-for-home entertainment marketplace, producing properties that exemplify the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment 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. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroesa giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroesto raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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About Warner Bros. Animation
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 Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, ThunderCats and Young Justice, for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original content for Cartoon Networks multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block. In addition to TV programming, WBA produces theatrically released CG cartoon shorts featuring iconic Looney Tunes characters, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. 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).

Additional details on Superman Versus The Elite can be found here, here, and here.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature debuts Summer 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.

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