Month: July 2016

First Trailer For “The Lego Batman Movie” Released

Following a host of teasers, special promotional spots and a Comic-Con preview, Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie animated feature. The highly-anticipated The Lego Movie spin-off hits theatres on February 10, 2017. Check out the trailer in the player below.

Warner Bros. Pictures describes the film as follows:

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The Lego Movie as the voice of Lego Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (Muppets Most Wanted, the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s Arrested Development) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

The Lego Batman Movie will be directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The Lego Movie. It is written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, with additional screenplay material by Jared Stern & John Whittington, based on LEGO Construction Toys. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures / Lord Miller / Vertigo Entertainment production, The Lego Batman Movie will open in theaters on February 10, 2017. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces “Justice League Dark,” “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract,” “Batman and Harley Quinn” Animated Movies

Revealed during the San Diego Comic-Con 2016 debut of Batman: The Killing Joke World Premiere panel, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced three DC Universe Animated Original Movies slotted for 2017. The movies will be a mix of animated features taking place in the growing ‘New 52″-inspired animated continuity of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles along with an original stand-alone story.

First out of the gate will be Justice League Dark, an adaptation of DC Comics title of the same name, which will bring John Constantine to the world of animation for the first time. The studio says the movie will offer a look into the largely unexplored corner in DC’s connected universe of animated movies until now. The title will be released in Early 2017.

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will follow in Spring 2017 and will serve as a follow-up to the 2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans animated feature. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment originally planned a Teen Titans: The Judas Contract in 2008, but plans were scrapped. The animated feature will be heavily inspired by the classic comic book storyline of the same name.

Lastly, the 2017 lineup of DC Universe Original Movies concludes with Batman and Harley Quinn, a brand new, wholly original story from DC animation legend Bruce Timm. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment says the storyline for the feature is tightly under wraps, and official details will be released starting Spring/Summer 2017.

Other animated movies based on DC Comics titles, but taking place outside the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, will also be released during the remainder of 2016 and in 2017. At least one animated movie based on the classic Batman TV series is slated to hit shelves, along with additional Batman Unlimited and DC Super Hero Girls animated titles.

Further details are expected to be released in the coming months for all three upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles. Check out the Batman: The Killing Joke subsite at The World’s Finest for more content, images, videos and exclusive content. Stay tuned for further updates here soon a The World’s Finest.

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Justice League Dark Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Batman and Harley Quinn Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
DC Comics Animation – General Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)

IDW Publishing, DC Comics Announce “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Comic Mini-Series

IDW Publishing and DC Comics have announced the companies will co-publish Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, a comic mini-series slated to hit shelves later this year. The series will bring together the Batman: The Animated Series universe and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon universe for an all-new original series. The series was announced with another comics series, also to be co-published by IDW Publishing and DC Comics. The official press release for the upcoming series can be found below, along with a promotional image.

New Batman/TMNT Adventures
and Star Trek/Green Lantern Crossovers Forthcoming

IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment will continue their successful partnership and bring fans two new comic book crossovers based on some of their most popular properties, including a sequel to the smash-hit co-publishing venture Star Trek/Green Lantern and an all new crossover with animation-inspired versions of Batman and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will once again cross paths with the Green Lantern Corps in a sequel to last year’s Star Trek/Green Lantern series. The creative team of Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez will reteam for another epic space opera, this one picking up the new status quo where it left off and introducing additional cosmic heroes and villains familiar to fans of both series. This series is slated for a winter 2016 launch.

Following the recent success of Batman/TMNT, IDW, DC, and Nickelodeon are also happy to announce another pairing between the Caped Crusader and the Ninja Turtles: Batman/TMNT Adventures, coming this November. Based on the animated versions of both series, this storyline for fans of all ages will bring the Dark Knight of the beloved Batman: The Animated Series in contact with Nickelodeon’s animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The dynamic duo of writer Matthew K. Manning (Beware the Batman) and artist Jon Sommariva (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures) will team on the series.

“The previous Star Trek/Green Lantern and Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossovers were a huge hit with fans of each of the characters,” said Hank Kanalz, DC SVP of Editorial Strategy and Administration. “Bringing these characters back again, and expanding Batman and the Turtles to the realm where they’re most recognized by comic fans and fans of the TV series will make for a great story that any fan can’t wait to read.”

“It’s always a blast to pair up beloved characters in comic series, and our recent pairings with DC have been especially satisfying on a creative level and in regards to fan satisfaction, too,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “We’re happy to extend both the partnership with DC and these particular storylines in new ways, and being able to bring Ciro Nieli’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the amazing animated Gotham envisioned by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski is just an added bonus.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming news regarding these massively popular pairings from two of today’s most premier comic book publishers.

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Stay tuned for further updates on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic mini-series, arriving to retail and digital outlets come November 2016. For more information on Batman: The Animated Series check out the Batman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest.

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Sizzle Reel Released For Upcoming “Justice League Action” Animated Series

Cartoon Network released the sizzle reel for the upcoming Justice League Action animated series, slated to debut this Fall, at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

Justice League Action marks the return of Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), beloved by fans worldwide as one of the most iconic voices of Batman, to a weekly-animated television series. The series will also deliver an all-star lineup of regular and guest cast voices, including Mark Hamill as Joker, James Woods as Lex Luthor, Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold and many more portraying your favorite DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer with Butch Lukic (Justice League, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) serving as producers.

Details on the animated series are relatively light at the moment, but more info will roll out as the show’s Fall 2016 debut nears. Click here to read the official Justice League Action announcement press release. To watch the sizzle reel, click the player below.

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The World’s Finest Interviews The Dynamic Music Partners on “Batman: The Killing Joke” And More

The World’s Finest caught up with Dynamic Music Partners to discuss their involvement in the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, along with the new soundtrack releases for the aforementioned Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, Justice League and Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Four. All three soundtracks, released
by La-La Land Records, will be available first starting July 20, 2016 at the San Diego Comic-Con 2016 before being
made available on the official La-La Land Records website – and other online retailers – on July 26th, 2016.
Dynamic Music Partners – consisting of Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter –
will also be on hand at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 not only to promote their upcoming major soundtrack releases,
but to also take part in the convention’s panel discussion. Click on the image below to check out the interview, right here at The World’s Finest!

For more information on Dynamic Music Partners, along with the assorted works and projects – past, present and future – check out their official website. DMP can also be found on Twitter at @DynMusPartners and on Facebook. Details on the soundtracks for Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League and Batman: The Animated Series can be found by clicking the respective artwork below.

Batman: The Killing Joke arrives July 26, 2016 on Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics. The animated feature will also hit Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on August 2, 2016. Select theatres across the globe will also be holding a special one-night-only presentation of Batman: The Killing Joke on July 25, 2016. Check local listings for details.

Further details on Batman: The Killing Joke can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Killing Joke subsite. Stay tuned for further coverage, including reviews, exclusive content and more.

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