Month: August 2012

Trade Ad For Upcoming “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One” Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has released a new trade ad for the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature, slated to arrive on home video on September 25th, 2012. The animated feature adapts the acclaimed landmark 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns, featuring an aged Batman forced out of retirement to save a crumbling city. Click on the image below for a closer look at the ad.

According to the ad, the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature has a run time of 78 minutes and will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack and single-disc DVD. A two-disc Special Edition DVD release is likely, though currently unconfirmed.

Click here to view the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One trailer and for a further breakdown of the Blu-ray Combo Pack bonus features. A gallery of images from the trailer can be found here, exclusive to The World’s Finest.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature debuts September 25th, 20122 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.

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“Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Episode Schedule For August 2012

Repeats of both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series are slated to air on Cartoon Network for the month of August 2012. Both series air back-to-back as part of the hour-long DC Nation programming block, airing Saturdays at 10am (ET) on Cartoon Network, with encores on Sundays at 10am (ET/PT). New animated shorts still air during the programming block even when the main anchor programs are in reruns.

After fifteen consecutive new episodes, Young Justice continues its summer break by airing installments from the second season of the acclaimed animated series. New episodes will debut Fall 2012. Young Justice airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the DC Nation programming block, with encore presentations the following Sunday at 10:30am (ET/PT). Continue below for the August 2012 episode schedule details, provided by Cartoon Network.

Young Justice
Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “#26 Auld Acquaintance”

The Team finally learns the identity of the traitor in their midst, forcing a battle against an enemy more dangerous than any they’ve ever faced before!

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “#27 Happy New Year”

The Team takes on the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo… as a precursor to an alien invasion!

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “#28 Earthlings”

Miss Martian, Superboy, Beast Boy and Adam Strange arrive on the distant planet Rann to stop the alien infiltration of Earth at its source…

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “#29 Alienated”

The Team and the Justice League continue to hunt the Kroloteans that have invaded earth – but the aliens have help from an extremely unexpected source…

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “#30 Salvage”

While Superboy and Blue Beetle battle Intergang, Nightwing and company try to salvage the soul of a former comrade fallen from grace.

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Young Justice airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The above content can also be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

Continuing, encore presentations for first season episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series will continue on for the month of August 2012. The second season debut for Green Lantern: The Animated Series is slated for Fall 2012. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with encores the following Sunday at 10am (ET/PT), as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. The episode breakdowns are provided below.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “#10 Regime Change”

Hal and the gang must return to the planet Betrassus to help Queen Iolande defend her world. Her brother Ragnar has received a red power ring and eagerly accepts it. Now, Hal, Kilowog and the rest of the crew must save Queen Iolande and Betrassus before Ragnar takes over the planet… or destroys it altogether.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “#11 Flight Club”

The Green Lanterns travel to a prison asteroid to find a legendary code that holds the key to crossing an impenetrable asteroid barrier called “The Maelstrom” before Atrocitus and his Red Lantern armada can do so. Unfortunately, a Thanagarian prisoner named Byth Rok is the only one that knows the code.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “#12 Invasion”

Hal and the Green Lanterns travel to one of the Ancient Wonders of the Galaxy – the Lighthouse – so they can seal off any path through The Maelstrom and prevent the Red Lantern armada from getting through. Atrocitus, the Red Lantern leader, sets a trap for Hal and manages to steal the ship so that he may finally have his vengeance on the Guardians.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “#13 Homecoming”

Atrocitus wreaks vengeance on Oa, as the Red Lantern armada crosses into Green Lantern space – with only Kilowog to stop them. It’s up to Hal to take the shortcut back to Earth by teleporting across the universe from the Star Sapphires’ homeworld of Zamora and stop Atrocitus and Zilius Zox from killing the Guardians.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “#4 Into the Abyss”

The Green Lanterns are called upon to save a cargo ship caught in a dangerous black hole-type anomaly. With help from Red Lantern Razer and Aya, the Interceptor’s AI, Hal and Kilowog must bring the ship and it’s valuable cargo to safety before they’re crushed alive.

Please note schedule details are subject to change. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT) with encore presentations the following Sunday at 10am (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation on Cartoon Network. Continue to the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite for more content and details from the Warner Bros. Animation production.

Stay tuned for further schedule updates and coverage on Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and the DC Nation programming block – including exclusive content and much more – right here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Home Video Announces Bonus Features, Release Date For “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One”

Warner Home Video has provided the following press release, Blu-ray cover art with bonus feature details, and trailer for the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature. Due to hit shelves on September 25th, 2012, the animated feature adapts the acclaimed comic series of the same name. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is set to cover the first two installments of the four-part comic series. Continue below to view the trailer – in high-definition and standard definition – along with an early look at the Blu-ray cover art and the official announcement press release.

FRANK MILLER’S COMIC MASTERPIECE IS NOW AN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1 COMING SEPT. 25, 2012 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

RoboCop star Peter Weller leads Stellar Voice Cast as Batman in Animated Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD


High-Definition Trailer


Standard Definition Trailer

Frank Miller’s landmark graphic novel about fear, hope and redemption is celebrated with proper measures of haunting visuals and intense action in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 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 film arrives September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™.

The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have been a fan favorite since debuting in 2007 with Superman Doomsday. Now averaging three releases each year, the DCU animated films are based on classic tales from DC Comics’ revered library or original stories featuring DC’s fabled characters. Stars of feature film and primetime television populate the stellar voice casts of the DCU animated films. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One represents the 15th film in the ongoing series.

Fanboy demi-god Peter Weller (RoboCop) leads a stellar voice cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining Weller behind the microphone is David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, three-time DCU veteran Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

In the bleak and ominous future of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with racecars and liquor – but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new … and old.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) from a screenplay by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10) and Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom) are the executive producers. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two will provide the epic story’s thrilling conclusion with its release in early 2013.

“Frank Miller’s classic re-imagining of Batman has been faithfully recreated under Bruce Timm’s skilled guidance as a masterpiece of storytelling,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “This story has been treated with great reverence, including a tour-de-force performance by science fiction legend Peter Weller as the voice of Batman. We know our fans will not only love this film as a stand-alone, but will clamor for the release of the second half next year.”

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has more than 2 hours of exciting content, including:
• Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
• UltraViolet™*
• Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette – “Her Name is Carrie … Her Role is Robin” – An all-new featurette. Experience the role of Robin, through the eyes of a female warrior.
• Featurette – “Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story” – A documentary comprehensively chronicling the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.
• Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series handpicked by producer Alan Burnett: Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2
• Digital Comic – “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” (digital comic with cover art and three full comic pages)

*Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 UltraViolet offer 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 Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s12)

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 and Young Justice: Invasion, as well as the forthcoming Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original content — including animated shorts — for Cartoon Network’s 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 Studio’s 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).

To note, Warner Home Video has reverted the DC Comics Premiere Movie line name back to the original DC Universe Animated Original Movie title. No specific details can be confirmed at this time, but brand identity played a key role in the line’s umbrella reverting to it’s original moniker.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One hits Blu-ray, DVD and assorted download platforms September 25th, 2012. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Animated Batman Part Of The Hub’s Special “Summer Nights” Event Week Two

Batman: The Animated Series and will be part of the second week of The Hub Network’s special programming “Summer Nights” event, currently airing Monday – Friday at 8:00pm (ET/PT). “Summer Nights” highlights the top-rated shows currently airing on the network. The two-week event will feature a two-hour block of select back-to-back episodes from an assortment of top shows currently airing on The Hub. The initiative kicked off earlier this week, on Monday, July 30st, 2012, with back-to-back Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond episodes.

For the second week, Batman: The Animated Series will be paired with Transformers Animated. Continue below for a description of the programming event and episode details for Batman: The Animated Series.

Monday, August 6th, 2012
8:00pm (ET/PT) – Batman: The Animated Series Shadow of the Bat, Part One”
When Gordon is framed for taking bribes from Rupert Thorne, his daughter Barbara pleads with Batman to show up at a rally being put on in the commissioner’s behalf. But when Batman disappears after finding the person behind the frame-up, Barbara takes the law into her own hands as Batgirl.

Monday, August 6th, 2012
8:30pm (ET/PT) Batman: The Animated Series “Shadow of the Bat, Part Two”
Robin discovers that Gil Mason is in league with the underworld and goes to investigate him. He encounters Batgirl along the way, and go their separate ways to stop Mason. They then meet again to learn that Gil is working with Two-Face to take out Gordon, and have Batman (as Matches Malone) captured.

Further details on the special “Summer Nights” programming event on The Hub can be found here.

The special airing of Batman: The Animated Series episodes follows a 90-minute block of Batman Beyond and Batman: The Animated Series episodes, with the Batman Beyond episode “Spellbound” airing at 6:30pm (ET/PT), followed by the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Heart of Steel, Part One” at 7:00pm (ET/PT) and the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Heart of Steel, Part Two” at 7:30pm (ET/PT).

Batman: The Animated Series airs regularly Monday – Thursday at 7:00pm (ET/PT) on The Hub, with additional airings throughout the week. Stay tuned for further updates, including schedule updates and exclusive content, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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