Month: March 2016

“DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis” Graphic Novel Set For June 2016 Release

DC Comics has released details for comic titles hitting shelves in June 2016, including the synopsis for the DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis graphic novel. DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, hitting shelves June 29, 2016, is the first in an ongoing series of graphic novels based on the expansive DC Super Hero Girls initiative. DC Super Hero Girls is a multi-media, multi-platform initiative aimed at encouraging girls to discover their own super-heroic potential with animated shorts, TV specials, graphic novels, comics and made-for-video movies; as well as a merchandise program across all categories, and more. Continue below for details on DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals CrisisDC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 1: FINALS CRISIS TP

Written by SHEA FONTANA
Art and cover by YANCEY LABAT

Preparing for high school exams is hard enough, but at Super Hero High, even the tests are super-tough! Principal Waller keeps an eagle eye on her students, drilling them in math, science, literature—and other subjects like flying and powers! And no one wants to fail, because Principal Waller hands out detention faster than a speeding bullet. In the first-ever all ages DC Super Hero Girls original graphic novel, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Poison Ivy are studying hard—well, maybe not Harley Quinn— when they are each abducted by a mysterious villain! Will the students outsmart their captor, save Gotham City, and still pass their finals?
On sale JUNE 29 • 128 pg, FC, 6” x 9”, $9.99 US

DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC universe during their formative high school years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring DC’s icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more, each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero.

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Teaser Trailer For “The Lego Batman Movie” Released

Warner Bros. Pictures released the teaser trailer for the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, the forthcoming The Lego Movie spin-off, slated to hit theatres on February 10, 2017. Will Arnett plays the Caped Crusader in the animated comedy. Check out the teaser in the player below.

The studio has also released a brief synopsis for the film. The film is described as follows:

The story is set around the solitary figure in his killer hide-out – all the Batsuits and silk kimonos he wants – but whose main relationship is with his butler Alfred (voiced by Ralph Fiennes). Batman’s world upends with the introduction of Dick Grayson (or Robin, voiced by Michael Cera) and Barbara Gordon (or Batgirl, voiced by Rosario Dawson).

The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay.

The Lego Batman Movie hits theatres on February 10, 2017. Stay tuned for further select updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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La-La Land Records Releasing “Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman” Soundtrack

La-La Land Records is slated to release the soundtrack to the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman animated feature on March 29th, 2016. The soundtrack, which will be a limited edition of 2000 copies, will be available to order directly from the La-La Land Records website at 12noon PST, along with other online venues. The CD soundtrack release features the score work of Lolita Ritmanis. Click on the image below for a complete rundown of the track listing and additional information.

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First Image From Upcoming “Batman: The Killing Joke” Animated Feature

Actor Mark Hamill released a first look at the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on the classic 1980s Batman graphic novel of the same name. Hamill also confirmed he and Kevin Conroy will reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman for the film. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will debut the film Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer before releasing it onto digital and physical media platforms. Click on the image below for a closer look.

Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland, throws the spotlight on Batman and The Joker’s twisted relationship. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point to madness, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Refusing to give up, Gordon struggles to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman in a desperate effort to best the madman.

Both Conroy and Hamill originally debuted in their respective roles of Batman and The Joker for the landmark cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, and have since been considered the iconic voices to these classic DC Comics characters. Both have respired these roles for multiple projects over the last 25 years across multiple mediums – including other cartoons (such as Justice League and Batman Beyond) and video games – and will continue to do so with the forthcoming Justice League Action animated series.

It has also been confirmed that Ray Wise will voice Commissioner Gordon and Tara Strong will reprise her role as Batgirl, from The New Batman Adventures, for the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature.

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“DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High” Animated Special Airing March 19, 2016 On Boomerang

Cartoon Network has issued press details for the forthcoming DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High animated special, slated to debut March 19th, 2016 at 10am (ET/PT) on Boomerang. The hour-long TV special, building off the first season of online animated shorts, features the debut of Supergirl in the DC Super Hero Girls universe. The complete press release is available below.

SCHOOL IS IN SESSION FOR DC SUPER HERO GIRLS ​
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPER HERO HIGH PREMIERES SATURDAY, MARCH 19 ON BOOMERANG​
THE ALL-NEW ANIMATED SPECIAL IS FROM ​
WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS, DC ENTERTAINMENT, ​
WARNER BROS. ANIMATION AND MATTEL​

Tune into Boomerang on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. for an action-packed hour with DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High, a special featuring the stellar lineup of female Super Heroes from DC Super Hero Girls, the new comic universe from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Mattel. In addition to the special, exclusive shorts inspired by this fun and immersive world that encourages girls to discover their own super-heroic potential are also now available to view on the Cartoon Network video app.

DC Super Hero GirlsSuper Hero High is buzzing with excitement over new student, Supergirl. But when Supergirl crash lands into the cafeteria, it’s evident that though she has incredible power, she has a long way to go before she becomes a Super Hero. Too intimidated by the other supers to ask them for assistance, Supergirl turns to helpful I.T. girl, Barbara Gordon. Barbara takes Supergirl under her wing and introduces her to the sweet, old librarian, Granny Goodness. As Barbara helps Supergirl learn to harness her powers, Wonder Woman joins them and becomes a mentor and friend to Supergirl. Meanwhile, the Junior Detective Club (The Flash, Bumblebee and Hawkgirl) investigates a mysterious rash of security breaches centered around the teleportation “Boom Tubes.” Could it all be because of reformed Super-Villain and Super Hero High Vice-Principal Gorilla Grodd – or something far worse?

The DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High television special stars Anais Fairweather as Supergirl, Mae Margaret Whitman as Barbara Gordon and features an all-star voice cast of DC Comics universe veterans, including Greg Cipes, Tara Strong, Ashley Eckstein, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Helen Slater and Dean Cain. Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers) is the television special’s producer and director. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer. Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) serves as writer of the television special and animated shorts, as well as the DC Comics graphic novel.

The DC Super Hero Girls world centers on the female Super Heroes of the DC Comics universe during their formative high school years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more, make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise is on shelves nationwide, exclusively at Target. Featured products from the new line include: toys, dress up, apparel, accessories, publishing and more. Master toy partner Mattel unveils its new DC Super Hero Girls collection, featuring the industry-firsts: the first-ever 6-inch action figures designed for girls; first 12-inch collection of action dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses; and first-ever action role-play toys for girls.

About Boomerang Launched in the U.S. on April 1, 2000, and now aligned across 13 international feeds, Boomerang is Turner’s global 24-hour, all-animation network for kids and families dedicated to showcasing both timeless cartoons from the Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Cartoon Network libraries, as well as exclusive acquisitions and original productions from around the world. Turner, 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.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
arner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

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 one of the largest English- language publishers of comics in the world.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won 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).

About Mattel
The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, MEGA® Brands, including MEGA BLOKS® and RoseArt®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel.

The DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High animated special debuts March 19th, 2016 at 10am (ET/PT) on Boomerang. Stay tuned for further select DC Super Hero Girls news and updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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