HBO Max has announced the films, series, and specials that are coming and leaving the U.S.-based streaming service during January 2023, with a collection of acclaimed DC Comics-based animated series as part of the programs leaving. Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold will all be removed from HBO Max on January 31, 2023 after nearly two years on the service. All three series were added to HBO Max in February 2021. No explicit reason was given for the removal of all three programs.
HBO Max and Warner Media have provided the following program descriptions for Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and The Bold, all of which are available below:
Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Batman isn’t going at it alone this time! The Caped Crusader teams up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and others fight crime alongside Batman, although their differing powers and personalities are often at odds with the Dark Knight’s style. While still based in Gotham, Batman often travels beyond the Gotham City limits, facing situations both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman still relies on his stealth, resourcefulness, and limitless supply of cool gadgets to uphold justice.
In this action-packed adventure series, the world’s greatest superheroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, join forces as the Justice League to battle powerful villains, supernatural creatures and evil entities determined to take over the world and destroy the League. Based on the DC Comics characters.
Justice League Unlimited
In a world of extraterrestrial invasions, powerful sorcerers, vast shadowy conspiracies and ancient gods, the galaxy’s most powerful superheroes return to battle the allied villains and criminal plots that endanger the universe. Two years ago, the world’s greatest heroes banded together as the Justice League and dedicated themselves to battling threats too great for any single hero to handle. Since then, they’ve saved the world countless times from unimaginable dangers. But the price has been high. With their ranks diminished after fighting off an alien invasion and with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace, the remaining Justice League crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and manpower than they have at hand. A lot more. These heroes come home to roost in their high-tech Watchtower, sporting space-based energy weapons and a powered-up fleet of Javelin spaceships. The team members tap innovative matter-transporters that zip them from one location to another in a flash. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern continue to lead the universe’s most powerful superheroes, including such well-known defenders as Supergirl, Green Arrow and the Atom as well as Booster Gold, Hawk & Dove, Elongated Man, Mister Miracle, Big Barda and Zatanna. These fearless fighters and many others are the Justice League Unlimited.
For more content and material from the above three series, check out the The World’s Finest Justice League / Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsites. Stay tuned for additional details on where these three programs, among other DC Comics-based animated series, may end up in terms of other streaming services.
Update: As of February 1, 2023, all three series remain on HBO Max. Stay tuned for additional developments.
In further related news, the recent DC Animated Movie title Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons will be joining the streaming service January 17, 2023. Further details on that animated feature can be found here. Stick around The World’s Finest for further updates and more. Discuss this news by clicking the link below.
The World’s Finest has published its review of DC Animated Movie title, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, available now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital. In short, with its entertaining story, strong characters and slick soundtrack, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons offers up a fun, gleeful adventure that fans of all ages will undoubtedly enjoy. To read the complete review, click on the image below.
In addition to a detailed review, the above image link also leads to additional content, including videos, imagery and more. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons as follows:
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons begins as 11-year-old Jonathan Kent discovers he has superpowers, thrusting the half-Kryptonian into the complicated world of Super Heroes and Super-Villains – who are now under attack by a malevolent alien force known as Starro! It’s a race against time as Jonathan must join forces with assassin-turned-Boy-Wonder Damian Wayne to rescue their fathers (Superman & Batman) and save the planet by becoming the Super Sons they were destined to be!
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, and released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital HD. Also available for purchase is the official Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons soundtrack by Dynamic Music Partners, released for digital purchase and streaming by Dynamic Soundtrack Records. Stay tuned for further updates and coverage right here at The World’s Finest!
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons Studio: Warner Bros. Animation Runtime: 79 minutes Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 4K UltraHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Digital – October 18, 2022
Synopsis: The adventure begins when 11-year-old Jonathan Kent discovers he has superpowers, thrusting the half-Kryptonian into the complicated world of Super Heroes and Super-Villains – who are now under attack by a malevolent alien force known as Starro! It’s a race against time as Jonathan must join forces with assassin-turned-Boy-Wonder Damian Wayne to rescue their fathers (Superman & Batman) and save the planet by becoming the Super Sons they were destined to be!
Jack Dylan Glazer and Jack Griffo lead the voice cast as Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, respectively. The supporting cast features Troy Baker as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Superman/Clark Kent, Laura Bailey as Lois Lane, Darin De Paul as Lex Luthor & Starro, Tom Kenny as Green Arrow & Penguin, Zeno Robinson as Jimmy Olsen & Melvin Masters, Nolan North as Jor-El, and Myrna Velasco as Wonder Girl & Lara.
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons Animated Feature Review
By James Harvey
A fun, endearing adventure starring the next generation of DC Comics’ finest, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons skillfully captures the hilarious dynamic between Jon Kent and Damian Wayne and plops them right in the middle of a burgeoning alien invasion. With its amusing concept and charming cast, Warner Bros. Animation has released one of the strongest DC Animated Movie titles yet, excelling thanks to the film’s extremely enjoyable younger heroes, along with its delightful story, excellent voice work, and inspired score.
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Supersons finds 11-year-old Jonathan Kent discovering on his birthday that his dad is Superman and that he has latent superpowers of own. The half-Kryptonian is quickly thrown into the complicated world of superheroes and supervillains – who are now under attack by a malevolent alien force known as Starro! It’s a race against time as Jonathan must join forces with assassin-turned-Boy-Wonder Damian Wayne to rescue their fathers – Superman and Batman, respectively – and save the planet by becoming the Super Sons they were destined to be!
Spoilers will be kept light, as usual, but some specific plot points and scenes will be mentioned in this review.
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons soars on the backs of its respective leads, Jon and Damian, who shine when the movie finally matches them up after an extended set-up for the Man of Steel’s first born. As with the comics, Jon here is cheery, likeable and seeks adventure, making him the perfect foil for the more brooding and unpredictable Damian. Batman’s little bird lacks social skills and is a bit of a curmudgeon, but clearly longs for friendship and affection, something he might not exactly realize but sees with Jon. It’s a crucial relationship but one here handled with care.
And it’s that sense of caring that carries throughout the rest of Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons. Director Matt Peter and writer Jeremy Adams skillfully weave every moment and twist with clear confidence in their abilities. The duo even adds a crucial little wrinkle to one of pop culture’s most retold tales – the destruction of Krypton – that might seem a little weird at first but its importance quickly becomes apparent. Given the movie’s 80-ish minute running time, not a moment can be wasted, and Adams truly makes every second, and every word, count.
There’s a fair amount of set-up here in Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, with the entire first act dedicated to Jon’s discovery of his super-heritage and his own special abilities. As a result, we’re not introduced to Damian until Jon is nor do we get the dive into his origin like Jon. The focus on young Kent makes sense, offering arguably the strongest frame for the story, but fans of Damian might be a little let down with his Smallville counterpart getting the lion’s share of the spotlight. Damian’s backstory is mostly filled-in throughout the film’s second and third act, and it’s more than enough to make it work (and it occasionally gets some pretty good laughs).
Peters and Adams have put together a consistently delightful adventure fans would be remiss to pass up, even if the story is about with our heroes fending off yet another alien invasion. It’s pretty simple and straightforward but holds up well and even acts nicely as a quasi-adaptation of some of DC Comics’ recent Rebirth titles. More than a few moments in Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons pull from Peter J. Tomasi’s recent runs on both the Super Sons and Superman DC Comics titles, even visually reproducing some key scenes (and Jorge Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason’s brilliant artwork) from said comics.
The animation quality for Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is unfortunately not as dependably pleasing as its story. It does look really good, and has some neat hand-drawn touches here and there, but it also suffers from some of the same issues found in the DC Animated Movie line’s 2D-animated projects. Movements can occasionally look awkward or clumsy, which can be noticeably distracting during some of the film’s quieter moments. Movements just aren’t consistently smooth. Action scenes, however, are thrilling and even stunning at times. The fast fisticuffs and massive set pieces look great and provide some of the movie’s strongest and most satisfying moments. While the movie could’ve benefited from some refinement, the DC Animated Movie line’s first foray in CG animation – outside of Warner Bros.’s previous Lego features and the Japan-produced Batman Ninja – is a commendable albeit imperfect effort.
It’s worth noting that, for such an upbeat movie, it really knows how to rattle the nerves a little. Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons approaches its protagonist, Starro, as the horror show that it is. There are a couple “transformation” sequences (for lack of a better term) that are a little more intense than expected. Nothing younger viewers can’t handle, but Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons definitely gives Jon and Damian a run for their money.
Selling every moment of this rollicking animated adventure is its stellar voice cast, lead by Jack Dylan Glazer and Jack Griffo as Jon Kent and Damian Wayne, respectively. Glazer shines as the quippy, awkward, good-natured Kent, and has great chemistry with Griffo’s arrogant, moody Damian. They’re an amusing duo, and they should definitely reprise these roles again down the road.
Other major players joining our young leads include Troy Baker and Travis Willingham, respectively playing Batman and Superman, along with Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Darin De Paul pulling double-duty as Lex Luthor and Starro. All four put in fantastic work, but Bailey really shines as Lois Lane. Whether she’s consoling Jon or playing a key role in fending off an invasion, Bailey’s performance is rock solid as DC Comics’ most prolific reporter, and her scene where she explains the virtues of journalism to Jon is perfection. Tom Kenny, Zeno Robinson, Nolan North and Myrna Velasco also deserve nods for their consistently satisfying work, here being no exception.
Also unquestionably (and immensely) satisfying is the film’s score by the always reliable Dynamic Music Partners, who here turn in rousing work which runs the gamut. Whether its tender moments, suspenseful sequences, or massive set pieces, every note clicks. Superman and Jon’s first flight together around the world in this movie is that much more of an emotional moment becuase of how the score just hits those right buttons. Dynamic Music Partners really nailed the assignment and, without a doubt, fans will love their modified take on the Superman: The Animated Series theme heard here and the occasional appearance of a very Justice League Unlimited-sounding guitar.
Packed with heart and slick action, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is, simply, a lot of fun and its appeal should stretch fairly wide. The story here is maybe a little basic at times, but it’s still a heckuva really good time. Whether a new or younger viewer, a fan of the Super Sons, a long-time DC Comics reader or animated output viewer, whatever, there’s a lot to latch onto here.
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is another clear success for the DC Animated Movie line. Even though it hits a small bump or two along the way, it should still hit the spots for fans and, likely, leave them wanting for another Super Sons feature. With its clear love of the source material, an enjoyable story, a tremendous score and slick action beats – led by two very likeable leads – fans should find plenty to enjoy in this playful adventure. Highly Recommended!
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, and released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital HD. Also available for purchase is the official Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons soundtrack by Dynamic Music Partners, released for digital purchase and streaming by Dynamic Soundtrack Records.
Dynamic Music Partners announced their score to the upcoming Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons animated feature from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be available to own and stream starting October 18, 2022. The World’s Finest caught up with the acclaimed collective for some comments on the upcoming soundtrack, being released through their Dynamic Soundtrack Records label. Continue below for more, along with imagery from Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons‘ scoring sessions.
The World’s Finest: What’s it like being able to be scoring the beginning of a new generation of super heroes with your latest project, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons?
Lolita Ritmanis: When I saw the first cut of Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, it was beyond thrilling! The music was immediately playing in my mind! Composing the score during the pandemic was deeply healing, allowing me to savor every moment of creating soaring melodies, exuberant action music, and heartfelt themes. Producer Rick Morales wanted music to connect us all to our inner child. I am thrilled that Michael, Kristopher and I have an opportunity to share our music with you.
Michael McCuistion: I’ve been so fortunate to have had Batman and Superman in my scoring life for many years, writing music that has become an iconic part of many children’s lives. How cool is it now to be able to score their children’s music?! It feels like such a fresh start, a real beginning of a new era for these beloved heroes with their new families. Being a part of Warner Bros. first full-length CGI project is terrific, too – another beginning – and I am incredibly excited to see what adventures unfold in the near future!
Kristopher Carter: As the father of a just-barely-teenager, myself, I could relate to both the very normal-mortal-person challenges as well as pure joy our two heroes experienced with their kids, and I constantly was drawing upon those feelings as I worked on the score. This movie has so much to offer fans, parents, kids and I’m excited that the music is available to be enjoyed outside the movie too!
Composers Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion, and Lolita Ritmanis, along with LA’s finest musicians
Bring their legacy of scoring to the next generation of super heroes in
“Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons”
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons Album Credits Original Soundtrack Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted and Produced by
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Orchestrations & Music Preparation
The soundtrack release for Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons will be available to purchase and stream on all digital platforms, simultaneously with the release of the film itself on October 18th, 2022. The soundtrack is available courtesy of Dynamic Soundtrack Records. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons as follows:
When 11-year old Jonathan Kent discovers he has super powers, the half-Kryptonian is thrust into the world of heroes and villains now under attack by a malevolent alien force known as Starro! Joined by assassin-turned-Boy Wonder Damian Wayne, they both team up in a race against time to save their fathers (Superman and Batman) and the world by becoming the Supersons they were destined to be!
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, the latest entry in the DC Animated Movie line, arrives October 18, 2022 on Blu-ray and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Check out the dedicated The World’s Finest subsite for more details, and stay tuned for further updates and a complete review.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, along with other titles from the studio, will be featured at the upcoming annual New York Comic Con pop-culture event. New images from Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons and Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind were also released. Continue below for the press details and imagery.
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
ACTING, FILMMAKING TALENT FOR PREMIRES/PANELS
AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2022
A bevy of popular acting and filmmaking talent will join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) to debut three new animated films at New York Comic Con with world premieres and panels of Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons and Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind over October 5-9, 2022.
On Thursday, October 6, WBHE will host the World Premiere of Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm at 8:30pm on Main Stage of NYCC. In addition to the screening, the event will lead off with a panel discussion amongst filmmakers and cast, including Carey Means and Dana Snyder, who voice Frylock and Master Shake, respectively, and series co-creators and the film’s directors/writers Dave Willis (who also voices Meatwad) and Matt Maiellaro.
WBHE will host the World Premiere of Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons on Friday, October 7 at 3:30pm on Main Stage, followed by a panel featuring members of the cast and crew led by Jack Dylan Glazer and Jack Griffo, the voices of Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, respectively, aloongside Travis Willingham (voice of Superman/Clark Kent), Laura Bailey (voice of Lois Lane), director Matt Peters, screenwriter Jeremy Adams and supervising producer Rick Morales
And on Saturday, October 8, actors Ron Yuan (voice of Kuai Liang/Sub-Zero) and Courtenay Taylor (voice of Kira), producer/director Rick Morales and screenwriter Jeremy Adams will offer behind-the-scenes details and entertaining anecdotes about the making of Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind on a panel at 3:30pm on Main Stage.
In addition, a limited number of free tickets remain for a special premiere screening of Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30pm at Hudson Yards. See below for more details and instructions to request tickets.
WBHE panels will spotlight never-before-seen footage, discussions with filmmakers and actors. All three panels will be live-streamed through NYCC’s partnership with Popverse, and specific panel links will be found via the NYCC website at www.newyorkcomiccon.com.
About Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm
Be among the first to experience the all-new mystery-adventure feature-length film based on the famed Adult Swim series when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents the World Premiere of Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm. The R-rated film features everyone’s favorite rascals, the Aqua Teens: the brainy Frylock, the mouthy Master Shake, the loveable Meatwad, and everyone’s favorite perverted neighbor, Carl, as they split up then get back together to fight everyone’s favorite corporate overlord, Amazin, led by everyone’s favorite tech mogul, Neil and his trusty scientist sidekick, Elmer. In addition to the screening, filmmakers and key cast members will hold a panel discussion, including audience Q&A. Panelists confirmed thus far are Carey Means (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show) and Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies), who voice Frylock and Master Shake respectively, and series co-creators Dave Willis (who also voices Meatwad) and Matt Maiellaro. The movie was also written and directed by Willis and Maiellaro, and produced by Williams Street Productions. Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm will be available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray starting November 8, 2022.
About Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons
Witness the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animation’s first-ever all-CG animated, feature-length film when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents the World Premiere of Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons. Ahhhh, to be young … and charged with saving the world from impending doom! That’s the burden that 11-year-old Jonathan Kent and reluctant young sidekick Damian Wayne face in this all-new DC Animated Movie. On his birthday, Jonathan Kent learns his dad is Superman and that he has latent superpowers of his own! He also meets the legendary Dark Knight and current Boy Wonder, Damian. But when the two boys are forced to team up to protect their loved ones from a hostile alien force, will they become the Super Sons they’re destined to be? Following the screening, filmmakers and key cast members will hold a panel discussion, including Jack Dylan Glazer (Shazam!, Luca, It) and Jack Griffo (The Thundermans), who lead the voice cast as Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, respectively, alongside Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Sofia The First) as Superman/Clark Kent, Laura Bailey (The Legend of Vox Machina, Naruto: Shippûden) as Lois Lane, director Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War), screenwriter Jeremy Adams (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise) and supervising producer is Rick Morales (Injustice, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders). Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital starting October 18, 2022.
About Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment marks the 30th anniversary of the blockbuster Mortal Kombat video game series with an inside look at the making of Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind, the third in a series of MK-inspired feature-length animated films. Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind finds vicious, power-mad Kano determined to take over Earthrealm, one soul at a time. Assisted by a trio of cold Black Dragon mercenaries, he embarks on a brutal assault from town to defenseless town. The choice is simple: kneel or be annihilated. But when the cocky and talented but undisciplined Kenshi doesn’t take a knee, Kano and his clan destroy the young warrior, taking his eyesight and his confidence. Under the tutelage of reluctant, retired Kuai Liang, the only one powerful enough to challenge the malevolent Kano, Kenshi finds renewed hope and a clear path to redemption. But will it be enough to stop Kano from decimating all of Earthrealm? The presentation will include thrilling film clips and an entertaining panel discussion amongst Ron Yuan (Mortal Kombat 11, Mulan), the voice of Kuai Liang & Sub-Zero; Courtenay Taylor (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines), the voice of Kira; producer/director Rick Morales (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise, Injustice) and screenwriter Jeremy Adams (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Games, Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital on October 9, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray on October 11, 2022.
Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the World Premiere of Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind on October 5 must apply via email to WBHE.RSVP@gmail.com. The body of all fan RSVP emails need only include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) the number of tickets being requested (limit two per entry). Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email. Please note that Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind is Rated R and anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.