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Warner Home Video Re-Releasing “Batman: Gotham Knight” In New Holiday Collection

On November 3rd, 2009, Warner Home Video is slated to release the Blu-ray Batman Collection, bringing together the Blu-ray releases for The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Batman: Gotham Knight into one collection. The new Blu-ray Batman Collection release will feature all three titles housed in a new cardboard slipcase and retail for the suggested price of $49.99. The discs will be identical to the existing releases, meaning no change in technical specs or new bonus content.

The Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature previously premiered on home video, DVD and Blu-ray, in 2008 to coincide with the live-action The Dark Knight theatrical release. Below is the official synopsis for the feature along with images.

Batman: Gotham Knight
Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. From some of the world’s most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

The Blu-ray Batman Collection release, bringing together the Blu-ray releases for The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Batman: Gotham Knight into one collection, hits shelves on November 3rd, 2009. More details on the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Gotham Knight subsite. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Warner Bros. Animation Planning Multiple Animated Batman Projects

Sources have confirmed for The World’s Finest that fans can expect to see many different animated projects focusing on Batman over the next few years. Outside of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, premiering in November 2008, at least one new solo Batman direct-to-video animated feature is in the works, as well as a possible series based on the upcoming Lego Batman: The Videogame console release. Despite the recent cultural popularity of the comic book icon, it will likely be late-2008 at the earliest before any official announcements will be made on these assorted Batman projects.

Working off the high pre-release buzz, a computer-animated spin-off based on the upcoming Lego Batman: The Videogame console release is currently being developed as a single 20-minute animated program, with the possibility for future installments on a regular basis. Whether this will be a direct-to-video release or a televised or web-based premiere remain to be seen. A specific animation studio has yet to be confirmed and no further details are expected at this time.

Warner Bros. Animation, currently working on the initial 26-episode order of Batman: The Brave and Bold, is also working on the next slate of releases under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner. This includes wrapping post-production on Wonder Woman, slated for a February 2009 released, and continuing work on the next two in-production titles in the line, Green Lantern (working title) and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (working title). Early pre-production work on the first of two possible direct-to-video solo Batman features has also begun, with no further details available at this time. The World’s Finest confirms the details listed above. Warner Home Video is expected to announce further details on these upcoming releases later this year.

On a related note, Warner Bros. Animation also continues to work on an online Plastic Man animated series, with a premiere date that is expected to be announced soon.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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Please note there will be no update on Monday, September 1st, 2008 due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular updates will return on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008.

The DTV That Could Have Been – “Batman: Asylum”

Countless projects are shut down at various stages of production. Whether it’s just after the initial idea pitch or early into design work, etc., some productions just aren’t able to make it for one reason or another. This is a brief look at Batman: Asylum, a Direct-To-Video feature that could have been.

After the success of the 1998 direct-to-video feature Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero, Warner Bros. Animation commissioned a new Batman DTV. Boyd Kirkland was slated to produce and Steven E. Gordon (X-Men: Evolution) was set to work on character design. The movie was dubbed Batman: Asylum. What made this project unique was that Kirkland was able to convince Warner Bros. Animation to allow all the characters to be redesigned from scratch for the project.

However, Batman: Asylum was eventually canceled and scrapped in lieu of the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker DTV. Thankfully, the character design work is available to view on Steve E. Gordon’s website. Below are two images of two of the redesigns Gordon did for the canceled movie. Click on the images below for a closer look.

For more Batman: Asylum images, head over to the official Steven E. Gordon website.
Thanks to Steven E. Gordon for his assistance.

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