Month: May 2013

New Images And Video Clip From “Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite” Animated Feature

A batch of images and a new video clip from the upcoming Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite animated feature have been released by Warner Home Video promoting the film’s voice cast. Hitting home video and digital outlets on May 21st, 2013, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite is the full-length animated feature film based on the popular TT Animation video game. The film will be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and OnDemand, though is now available to own via Digital Download. Initial Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD release will include an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last. Click on the first thumbnail below to view the new clip in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format, and click the additional thumbnails for stills. Additional press details can also be found below.

FIRST-TIME VOICES OF BATMAN, SUPERMAN & JOKER SET NEW ACTION-PACKED, HILARIOUS TONE FOR
LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPERHEROES UNITE

Troy Baker, Travis Willingham, Christopher Corey Smith & Charlie Schlatter
take on iconic roles for new animated film coming to Blu-ray on May 21

The first day on a job is never easy. It only gets that much more difficult when you’re following a legend.

Such was the case for Troy Baker, Travis Willingham and Christopher Corey Smith – three talented young voice actors who stepped into the recording booth – and some very large shoes – for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite.

The trio was tasked with creating the voices of Batman, Superman and the Joker, all the while remaining respectful to the landmark performances of some very well-loved actors that had come before. Early reviews say the three actors hit their mark, as well as outstanding notices for the ever-hilarious performance of Charlie Schlatter as the voice of Robin.

None were strangers to the voiceover world. Baker has crafted an impressive resume as the lead character in Bioshock Infinite along with roles in video games like Batman: Arkham City. Willingham continues to expand his repertoire with roles in animated series like Avengers Assemble and The Super Hero Squad Show. Smith has supplied voices across the realms of television and video games, most notably in Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe. And Charlie Schlatter, recognizable for his live-action television roles in Diagnosis Murder and Ferris Bueller, has logged a significant number of hours in the recording booth prior to inheriting the role of Robin.

All four actors were taking on the iconic roles for the first time, and the esteemed task of meeting lofty expectations was not lost on any of them.

“It’s a different take on Superman, probably a lot funnier than you’ve ever seen him,” says Willingham, who admitted to doing his share of superhero role play as a kid – complete with Superman underwear and the blanket/cape tied around his neck. “In this piece, Superman is definitely a hyper-alpha-male, super boy scout, naïve to an extreme, and probably a little annoying. He’s the guy that reminds everyone that their greatest endeavor can easily be eclipsed by him doing the same exact thing — with only his pinky, and with both eyes closed. And it antagonizes Batman more than anyone.

“There was a lot of humor throughout, and deadpan deliveries are a big part of it. When you have Troy Baker on one side as Batman, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor, it definitely heightens the interplay. Then you’ve got Batman being sarcastic and Superman being naïve and not really getting the joke – that just makes it that much funnier.”

Baker is no stranger to the Batman universe, having played Two-Face in the popular videogame Batman: Arkham City, as well as some cool roles in Dark Knight productions on the horizon. But this was his first time providing the vocals under the cowl.

“There have been so many iterations of Batman – from Adam West to Christian Bale – and someone just recently asked me who my favorite Batman: for me, it is unequivocally Kevin Conroy,” says Baker of the voice actor from the original Batman: The Animated Series. “Kevin is the Batman that I grew up with. So when I was recording, there was always a little of that ‘what-would-Kevin-do’ in the back of my head. But I just tried to bring my own thing to the performance. Nobody can ever top Kevin Conroy. I just focused on trying to do the best Batman I can.”

Smith had an equally impressive task – bringing a new take to a role that has been defined several times by the likes of Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger, Richard Epcar and Kevin Michael Richardson.

“I did listen to various clips from different folks, but I also didn’t want to do a copy of anybody,” says Smith. “I didn’t want to do Mark Hamill or Richard Epcar, and I admire both of them greatly. I think I was able to find a bit of a regional dialect that wasn’t too noticeable, but separated him from people who have come before.”

For every version of the Joker, the actor must bring forth that sinister laugh. For Smith, as has been the case for so many others, the trick was not shredding his voice while conjuring that cackle.

“At first, the laughing did strain out my voice, because it doesn’t live in a comfortable place,” Smith admits. “After the first five or six times, you figure out where it needs to be in your range. It becomes a muscle memory thing, but it’s still a vocal work out. By the end of it, you are exhausted.”

Smith’s version of the Joker definitely impressed Baker, particularly coming off a job the two recently did where Smith filled the superhero role.

“Keeping in mind that Kevin Conroy is my Batman and Mark Hamill is my Joker, so anybody that tries to fill those boots is in for trouble,” Baker says, “But Chris just knocked it out of the park. From the first time he delivered a line and then did the Joker cackle, all of us turned and stared. We were speechless. It wasn’t Hamill, it wasn’t Heath Ledger, but it was perfect Joker.”

Based on the popular video game, the TT Animation produced LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite arrives May 21, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*. Release will include an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last.


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Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, the animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series, arrives on home video and for download come Tuesday, May 21st, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates and additional content here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Clancy Brown Reprises Lex Luthor Role For “Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite” Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has provided the following images and a studio-conducted interview promoting the upcoming Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite animated feature. Hitting home video and digital outlets on May 21st, 2013, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite is the full-length animated feature film based on the popular TT Animation video game. The film will be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and OnDemand, though is now available to own via Digital Download. Initial Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD release will include an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last. Continue below for the studio-conducted interview, and click on the thumbnails to view hi-res images from the animated feature.

CLANCY BROWN RETURNS AS LEX LUTHOR TO ANCHOR VERSATILE ENSEMBLE CAST FOR
LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPERHEROES UNITE

Star of The Shawshank Redemption, Highlander reprises iconic villain role for new Blu-ray/DVD feature-length animated film coming May 21

Over two nights in early February 2012, the versatile cast of Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite gathered to record the animated film in a spacious Studio City location. The room was filled with renowned voice talent, yet one man – literally and figuratively – stood above the rest: Clancy Brown.

As the definitive voice of Lex Luthor from his days creating the character for Superman: The Animated Series and numerous other series and films, Brown was the lone returning voice in a room of familiar heroes and villains. For the veteran actor known for memorable roles from The Shawshank Redemption to Highlander, voicing Lex Luthor in an animated Lego film offered an altogether new opportunity to play with the character.

“There’s lots of jokes in this version of Lex Luthor,” Brown says. “Lego knows their audience well – Jon Burton and the Lego team are very clever in the way they create entertainment that’s a little lighter but still hits all the notes. Lex is still Lex, but he’s got some funny asides and there are plenty of moments that’ll make both the kids and the adults laugh.

“I think Lex getting some laughs is a little overdue. And it’s fun for me to go a little bit out of character. Lex is usually so sincere and scary, and now he finally gets to say something clever to get some laughs. Of course, he doesn’t get the girl. Lex never gets the girl.”

For Brown’s self-proclaimed “fanboy” castmates like Troy Baker (Batman), Travis Willingham (Superman) and Christopher Corey Smith (Joker), acting alongside Brown was a dream come true.

“When Clancy’s voice rumbles, the whole room shakes,” Willingham says. “So when you’re playing back-and-forth with Clancy, you have to actually remember to say your line, because you’re so busy listening to him talk. It’s a total deer-in-the-headlights experience.”

“I am not going to lie – I kind of fanboy-ed out meeting Clancy,” Baker says. “Being a fan of the animated series and then getting to be in the room with him recording that role with that voice … that was a great fanboy moment for me.”

Smith had the good fortune of playing opposite Brown for much of the movie as the villains unite to battle their arch-rivals. “I’ve been a fan of his work for a long, long time, and it’s a good thing I was sitting at the other end of the room or I probably would’ve geeked out next to him. It was great that we were teamed up – putting the villains together, we got to make the crime. But Lex is not really a laugher, he’s not really a jolly fellow. I got to do most of the laughing. That was fun.”

Based on the popular video game, the TT Animation produced Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite arrives May 21, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*. Release will include an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last.

Click here to view the trailer for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, the animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series, arrives on home video and for download come Tuesday, May 21st, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates and additional content here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Video Clip, Images From Upcoming New Episode Of “Teen Titans Go!”

Cartoon Network has provided The World’s Finest with new stills and a clip from the upcoming Teen Titans Go! episode “Ghost Boy,” airing Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The half-hour comedy/adventure series – which features two 11-minute tales – airs new episodes Tuesdays at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing during the DC Nation programming block Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30am (ET/PT). Please note the new story “Ghost Boy” will be paired with a re-airing of a previously-aired 11-minute tale. Continue below to view a gallery of new images and a clip in the high-definition Quicktime format. The first image leads to the clip, and the remainder to episode stills.


Teen Titans Go!
“Ghost Boy” airs Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 on Cartoon Network

Beast Boy pretends to be a ghost haunting Starfire so she will do his bidding. When she figures out the ruse,
she and the other Titans convince him that he’s actually dead.

Teen Titans Go! © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Teen Titans and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics

The new Teen Titans Go! installment “Ghost Boy” will be paired with the previously-aired short “Legendary Sandwich.”

Cartoon Network also provided the following ratings details for Teen Titans Go! for the week of May 14th, 2013.

Ratings Highlights for 5/14/13

·#1 IN THE TIME PERIOD: #1 in the time period with Boys 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14 and Male Teens
·#1 KIDS PROGRAM ON ALL TV: #1 Kids program for the day on all kids’ networks with Boys 6-11, 9-14, and Male Teens

Source: Nielsen Media Research based on Live+SD. 05/14/13. Tuesday 6a-6a & 7:30-8p.

·Across its season-to-date, Teen Titans GO! was the #1 program of the day with boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14 on all TV.

Source: Nielsen Media Research based on Live+SD. 04/23/13-05/14/13. Tuesday 6a-6a.

Teen Titans Go! airs Tuesdays at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing weekends as part of the DC Nation programming block. Stay tuned for further updates Teen Titans Go! updates here soon at The World’s Finest. Please click the link below for more discussion.

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New Images And Video Clip From “Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite” Animated Feature

A batch of images and a new video clip from the upcoming Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite animated feature have been released by Warner Home Video. Hitting home video and digital outlets on May 21st, 2013, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite is the full-length animated feature film based on the popular TT Animation video game. The film will be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and OnDemand, though is now available to own via Digital Download. Initial Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD release will include an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last. Click on the thumbnail below to view the new clip in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format, and click the additional thumbnails for stills.

The clip features a first-look at Batman (and Robin) attempting to infiltrate Arkham after the inmates have, quite literally, taken over the asylum.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman’s technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.


Click here to view the trailer for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, the animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series, arrives on home video and for download come May 21st, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates and additional content here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: Arkham Origins” coming to all major video game consoles October 25th, 2013!

Latest Issue Of “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Comic Title Now Available

Green Lantern: The Animated Series #13, the latest issue of the ongoing DC Comics title based on the acclaimed animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. A digital copy will also be available through ComiXology and DC Comics. The Green Lantern: The Animated Series monthly title features stories which take place in continuity with the animated series source material. Official details for this issue are available below.

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES #13


Written by: Ivan Cohen
Art by: Dario Brizuela

The Interceptor crew visits an old friend for the intergalactic Aftel Cup Race! Hal puts his friend’s car through its paces as a mysterious competitor helps him out—and why is Lobo determined to stop him?

The cover price is $2.99US. Green Lantern: The Animated Series #13 is now available through both comic book stores and digital outlets. Please note that that Green Lantern: The Animated Series is on a bi-monthly publishing schedule, with the next issue due out come July 2013. The next issue – #14 – is also the title’s final issue.

Additional details on the Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic series can be found here. Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive Green Lantern: The Animated Series content and more, here soon at The World’s Finest

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