Month: July 2017

The World’s Finest “Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Blu-ray Review

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray release from Warner Archive, which is now available to own. In short, the classic animated movie looks magnificent on Blu-ray, and the difference between the original DVD release and this new Blu-ray HD remaster is staggering. The image has never looked better and the audio track is noticeably improved. To read the entire review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

The above review also includes a series of screengrabs from the Blu-ray release, highlighting the included full-frame and widescreen editions of the movie. And, for more content – including other reviews, exclusive interviews, production art and so much more – check out the The World’s Finest Batman: Mask of the Phantasm subsite. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is now available for purchase through Warner Archive and the WB Shop, along with other online vendors and some retail outlets, as well as in Digital HD. To check out the HD trailer for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, click on the player below.

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“Batman: Gotham by Gaslight,” “Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay,” Two-Part “Death of Superman/Reign of the Supermen” Animated Movies Announced

Revealed during the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Batman and Harley Quinn World Premiere panel, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced three DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles slated for 2018 and a peak into 2019. The movies will include animated adaptations of classic DC Comics stories and a title set the DC Universe Animated Original Movie continuity.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight adaptation coming to DC Universe Animated Original Movie lineFirst out of the gate will be Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, an adaptation of DC Comics title of the same name. In the classic Elseworlds story, Batman is re-imagined as a detective in Victorian times and is pitted against the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper. The title will be released in Early 2018.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will follow in Spring 2018 and is the first Suicide Squad movie set within the DC Universe Original Movies’ shared continuity. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will feature an original story and an extensive voice cast.

Lastly, the 2018 lineup of DC Universe Original Movies concludes with Death of Superman, the first part of the two-parter. Adapting the legendary story of Superman’s fatal battle with Doomsday, this will actually be the second DC Universe Original Movie to adapt the material. The first, 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, was the very first DC Universe Original Movie and condensed and altered the original comic book event. The upcoming adaptation will be more faithful to the source material, much less condensed and will include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.

In early 2019, look for Reign of the Supermen, the second part of the two-part adaptation. The film will show the rise of the Superman alternates that took his place during the year after his death. Further details will be released in the future.

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 2017 and in 2018. A sequel to the acclaimed Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated feature is slated to hit shelves, along with another installment in the DC Super Hero Girls animated movie line.

Additionally, a soundtrack release is coming for the Batman and Harley Quinn animated feature through WaterTower Music, though specific details are not yet available. Information will likely be released in the coming weeks.

Further details are expected to be released in the coming months for all three upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles. For information on the next title, though, check out the Batman and Harley Quinn 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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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Death of Superman Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread (Spoilers)
Reign of the Supermen 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)

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“Young Justice: Outsiders” First Look Revealed At San Diego Comic-Con

Warner Bros. Animation released a first look at the core cast of Young Justice: Outsiders at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. The first look, along with initial press details, can be found below. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer hi-res look.

YOUR FAVORITE TEENAGE DC SUPER HEROES ARE BACK

New Character Designs — and a Brand New Character — Are Revealed at
Friday’s Young Justice: Outsiders Comic-Con Panel


(Photo Caption/ID, from left to right: Static, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Spoiler, Blue Beetle, Thirteen, Arrowette, Arsenal and Beast Boy.)

Fans at Comic-Con were treated to an inside look at Young Justice: Outsiders — the highly anticipated third season of the popular Young Justice series — during the show’s panel on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the world’s largest pop culture convention.

Producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti, along with art director Phil Bourassa, debuted new looks for the DC Super Heroes, and they also revealed that a new character, Thirteen, will be joining the Young Justice universe.

Young Justice: Outsiders will be coming soon to the DC-branded digital service. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register is executive producer.

Additionally, DC Comics released a series of images from the Young Justice: Outsiders panel at Comic-Con. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look.



The images released by DC Comics include a look at Artemis, Nightwing, Black Lightning and Superboy in stealth costumes. Also revealed during the panel, the third season of Young Justice is expected to run episodes in length. The third season is, currently, in various stages of production, and is still on track for a 2018 debut. Fourth and fifth seasons of Young Justice are currently plotted out.

Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action) is executive producer of Young Justice. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Gargoyles) are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa (Young Justice, Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) serves as the series’ art director.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic book mini-series, now available to own in the trade paperback format. In short, writer Matthew K. Manning and artist Jon Sommariva skillfully weave a fun story which finds Batman and the Ninja Turtles facing off against some of their biggest respective threats, including the likes of Shredder, The Joker and a wealth of surprise foes that are better left unspoiled. With clever twists, brilliant homages, smart dialogue and some legitimate surprise appearances, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures is a terrific story that fans should pick up. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures

In further Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures coverage, The World’s Finest recently interviewed both Manning and Sommariva about their respective work on the comic series. Click here to check out Manning’s interview and click here to read Sommariva’s interview. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures is now available to own in the trade paperback format through online and traditional retail outlets, though single issues are also still readily available online or through your local comic vendor.

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“Batman: Gotham By Gaslight” Slated As Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie Title

Revealed on back cover artwork on the forthcoming Batman and Harley Quinn 4K Blu-ray release, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is tentatively the next title in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. An official confirmation, along with further details, is expected during San Diego Comic-Con 2017. An early 2018 release is also expected. The classic Batman: Gotham by Gaslight graphic novel re-imagines Batman as a Victorian-era vigilante-detective investigating famed serial killer Jack the Ripper. Continue below for back cover art from the Batman and Harley Quinn 4K Blu-ray release confirming the title, along with artwork from the original comic.

Batman and Harley Quinn Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, published by DC Comics in 1989 as a one-shot graphic novel, was written by Brian Augustyn and featured artwork by Mike Mignola. The synopsis for the original Batman: Gotham by Gaslight graphic novel release is as follows:

In an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike? The very first Elseworlds tale re-imagines the Dark Knight detective in Victorian times and pits him against the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper.

Expect further details on this forthcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title during San Diego Comic-Con 2017, along with other titles in the line expected to be released in 2018. While the creative team and voice cast are unlikely to be revealed at this time, a rough release schedule is expected. A first look at Batman: Gotham by Gaslight will be included in the bonus features on the August 15, 2017 digital release and August 29, 2017 physical media release of Batman and Harley Quinn.

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