Month: May 2017

“Batman And Harley Quinn” Arrives Aug. 15 On Digital HD, Aug. 29 On 4K, Blu-ray, DVD

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided press details for the forthcoming Batman and Harley Quinn animated feature. The upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie will hit Digital HD on August 15th, 2017, followed by an Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD release on August 29th, 2017. The animated film features Batman and Nightwing teaming up with Harley Quinn to stop Poison Ivy from destroying civilization. Complete press details are available below, along with the trailer. Two additional clips and images can be found below the press release.

BATMAN LEADS AN UNLIKELY TRIO TO SAVE HUMANITY AS
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND
DC ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE THE ALL-NEW ANIMATED
DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIE

BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN
ARRIVES ON ULTRA HD BLU-RAY™, BLU-RAY™ DELUXE GIFT SET, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 29

A New Original Story From Animation Icon Bruce Timm

A looming global catastrophe forces Batman and Nightwing to partner with an unlikely hero in Batman and Harley Quinn, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Original Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new, feature-length animated film arrives August 15 on Digital and August 29 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD.

Batman and Harley QuinnSpawned from an original story by animation icon Bruce Timm, Batman and Harley Quinn will be available in several popular formats as the first Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($44.98 SRP) release of a DC Universe Original Movie; Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 SRP), featuring an exclusive Harley Quinn figurine; Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP); DVD ($19.98 SRP); and Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

In Batman and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before.

The latest DC animated film features a stellar voice cast led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) reprising his role as the Dark Knight, alongside Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) making her debut as the irrepressible Harley Quinn. Loren Lester, the voice of Robin in Batman: The Animated Series, returns as Nightwing. Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) provide the voices of the villainous duo Poison Ivy & Jason Woodrue, respectively.

Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) directed from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) with a teleplay written by Timm & Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Co-Producer is Alan Burnett (The Batman). Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

“In this all-new movie, we give Harley Quinn the starring role she deserves as she partners with Batman and Nightwing to save the day,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are thrilled to showcase the latest story from the remarkable mind of Bruce Timm for all fans to enjoy.”

Batman and Harley Quinn boasts enhanced content including multiple featurettes and sneak peeks into what is next for the DC Universe.

Batman and Harley Quinn Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray and Digital
-The Harley Effect (Featurette): Harley Quinn, has a deep history with the fans of the DC Universe. This featurette traces her humble roots from her creators, to those that portray her at Comic book conventions. She is a symbol of strength and beloved by many.
-Loren Lester: In His Own Voice (Featurette): This documentary examines actor Loren Lester’s legacy within Batman The Animated Series, Dick Grayson’s character, and the popularity that surrounds Lester’s interpretation of the Boy Wonder.
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie: A behind-the-scenes look at the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Original Movies, featuring thoughts from the talented filmmakers and voice cast.
-From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “Harley and Ivy” and “Harley’s Holiday”

DVD
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie: A behind-the-scenes look at the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Original Movies, featuring thoughts from the talented filmmakers and voice cast.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On August 15, Batman and Harley Quinn will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On August 29, Batman and Harley Quinn will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL
Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster Video, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. 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.

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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 Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service. As home to 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, Blu-ray® and digital media. 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).

A two-minute clip from Batman and Harley Quinn is also available to view below, and features Batman and Nightwing investigating a crime scene. Additionally, click on the thumbnail images below to view two images from the Batman and Harley Quinn animated feature.

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Batman and Harley Quinn arrives on Digital HD on August 15th, 2017, followed by Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD releases on August 29th, 2017. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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“DC Super Hero Girls” Animated Series Coming 2018 To Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has announced a DC Super Hero Girls animated series, based on the popular global initiative, will debut on the network in 2018. The series will be spearheaded by producer Lauren Faust, known for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Super Best Friends. DC Super Hero Girls is Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s massive initiative to provide special content and products specifically aimed for young girls. Official press details on the forthcoming animated series can be found below.

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS EMBARK ON NEW ADVENTURES,
WITH NEW ANIMATED SERIES COMING TO CARTOON NETWORK IN 2018​

Production has begun on DC Super Hero Girls, an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy® Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), DC Super Hero Girls will be coming to Cartoon Network in 2018.

Current DC Super Hero Girls designs, charactersThe world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.

Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.

The new series is a global initiative with Cartoon Network and builds on the successful DC Super Hero Girls direct-to-video movies as well as digital webisodes launched in 2015 and viewed by millions of fans on the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel, as well as the DC Super Hero Girls mobile app.

Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action) serves as executive producer.

About DC Super Hero Girls
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise provides kids with a relatable world filled with aspirational characters, immersive stories and action-packed missions that inspire viewers to be smart, courageous and empowered to be an everyday Super Hero. Centered around the most renowned DC Super Heroes (Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee) and Super-Villains (Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Poison Ivy) as they learn to develop and harness their super powers, work as a team and strengthen their friendships, while still getting their homework done on time.

DC Super Hero Girls is an all-encompassing universe based on the well-known DC characters. DC Super Hero Girls encourages kids to discover their own super-heroic potential with new animated content, including webisodes, TV specials, and made-for-video movies; as well as a merchandise program across toys (including action figures and action dolls), costumes and role play, apparel and accessories, publishing and many other categories, and supported by best-in-class partners including Mattel, LEGO, Rubie’s Costumes, Jerry Leigh, and Random House, among many others.

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 Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service. As home to 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, Blu-ray® and digital media. 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 DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. 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 Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is Turner’s global entertainment brand and the #1 animation network in the U.S., offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball. Seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, Cartoon Network inspires the next generation of creators and innovators by engaging its audience at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its award-winning pro-social initiative, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an acknowledged and often used resource for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.

Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Super Deluxe, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.

The new DC Super Hero Girls animated series will debut on Cartoon Network in 2018. Additional details, including character designs and storylines, will be reelased in the coming months. Stay tuned for further select DC Super Hero Girls news and updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition” Blu-ray Release

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition Blu-ray release, which is now available to own. In short, Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition is definitely a great purchase for those looking to pick up this movie for the first time. However, fans who own the previous 2009 Blu-ray release might not find this new edition a worthwhile purchase. To find out more on what’s on this new release, and what’s been left out, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition

The above review includes four newly-released clips from the Wonder Woman animated movie. And, for more content – including other reviews, exclusive interviews and so much more – check out the The World’s Finest Wonder Woman subsite. Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition is now available for purchase, through online and traditional retail outlets, on Blu-ray/DVD and in digital formats. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also released a special montage clip from Wonder Woman to promote the new release. Check it out in the player below.

On a related note, The World’s Finest also reviewed the recent DK Publishing hardcover release Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior. To check out that review, which includes brief thoughts on the Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – The Awesome Guide book title, simply click here.

Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest.

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The World’s Finest Interviews “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Artist Jon Sommariva

The World’s Finest caught up with artist Jon Sommariva to discuss his work on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series, which wraps up with issue #6 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The series, co-published by IDW and DC Comics, features the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series and the Heroes in a Half-Shell from the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, thrust into an world-colliding adventure. In the interview, Sommariva talks about his work on the book, his career, adapting his personal style to meet the needs of the mini-series, and much more. Preview images for Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #6 can also be found in the Q & A. Click on the image below to read the interview.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #6 is available Wednesday, May 10, 2017 through comic shops and via digital outlets. Stay tuned for further updates and more right here at The World’s Finest!

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