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DC Entertainment Plans Special Events, Projects To Celebrate 80th Anniversary of Batman

DC Entertainment has released details on its plans to commemorate 80 years of Batman. Plans include a special worldwide Bat-Signal light-up event, theatrical screenings, convention panels, special projects and more. Special projects include previously-announced titles – such as Batman: Hush and Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – and a selection of yet-to-be-announced titles. Complete press details are below, along with key artwork and two animated clips for the 80th anniversary celebrations.

Long Live The Bat
DC Commemorates 80 Years of Batman
With Worldwide Fan Celebration

DC Releases Landmark Detective Comics #1000 Issue;
Iconic Bat-Signal to Light Up Across the Globe;
Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs Of America;
Exclusive Fan Festivities; and More

Yearlong Celebration Kicks Off at SXSW with
1.5 Million Bats Flying from Austin’s Congress Bridge​

Batman

To mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, DC today unveiled plans for a global commemoration of the World’s Greatest Detective. Kicking off this March at SXSW, the multifaceted campaign for DC’s Caped Crusader will feature exclusive celebrations, special theatrical engagements, the milestone release of Detective Comics #1000, live events and first-ever Batman brand partnerships. As fans join together under the campaign’s tagline of #LongLiveTheBat, DC’s timeless character will be honored through Batman Day in September when the Bat-Signal lights up in major cities worldwide.

First appearing as socialite turned crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans for 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, apparel and lifestyle products, as well as, blockbuster animated and live-action films. There have been Batman trading cards, board games and newspaper cartoon strips, and the U.S. Postal Service has even honored Batman with his own postage stamps. Batman is a multi-billion dollar icon who continues to reign as the most popular single Super Hero ever created.

To commemorate this milestone, custom artwork was created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media. The Batman profile pencil design is by beloved longtime DC artist José Luis García-López, and digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. This graphic will be featured throughout the celebration.

DC will honor #LongLiveTheBat throughout 2019, including Batman’s 80th anniversary on March 30 and Batman Day on September 21. As part of this yearlong celebration, there are many ways fans can participate.

Read Batman:
-Paying homage to the Super Hero’s 80-year publishing history, DC will present two commemorative books: including the landmark collector’s issue of Detective Comics #1000, on sale at comics shops March 27, and a special hardcover release, Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman – The Deluxe Edition, available March 19.

Experience Batman:
-SXSW in Austin, Texas, will kick off the global celebration with multiple fan experiences, photo opportunities, limited-edition merchandise and Instagrammable mural by a local artist. SXSW will also set the stage for an incredible moment when more than 1.5 million bats fly into the night over Austin’s famous Congress Bridge on March 15.
-DC will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with panels at major conventions, including a dedicated “Happy Birthday, Batman!” panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on the actual anniversary, March 30.
-Generations of fans across the globe will gather together to honor the timeless hero on Batman Day, September 21. The Bat-Signal will light up in major cities worldwide, alongside a wide array of fan celebrations, including interactive photo opportunities, live music, food, games and more. Plus, fans will race across the finish line in their favorite Caped Crusader attire in a series of 5K and 10K runs in select cities.
-Families can celebrate #LongLiveTheBat at multiple Six Flags locations across North America in August with extended hours, exclusive Batman-themed experiences and special merchandise. Warner Bros. theme parks across the globe, including Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Parque Warner Madrid and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, will host Batman 80th anniversary events.
-Madame Tussauds locations in Orlando and Sydney will unveil interactive fan-friendly experiences, photo opportunities and special merchandise in September.
-In May, collectible art boutique MONDO will host a curated anniversary exhibit at its Austin gallery celebrating iconic Batman cover art throughout the years.
-The global touring exhibition The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes will celebrate the Dark Knight with a special Batman edition, beginning this September in São Paulo, Brazil.
-Romics—the comic book, animation and gaming convention in Rome, Italy—will host an immersive Batman 80th anniversary exhibit in April.
-Designed for fans of all ages, visitors to Shanghai this summer will be treated to a first-of-its-kind special exhibit celebrating Batman.
-Otter Media brands Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, VRV and Fullscreen will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary through a variety of programming and social campaigns designed to amplify DC’s global campaign.
-AT&T will activate across retail, digital and DIRECTV, which will celebrate the anniversary with a Batman-branded channel. Plus, AT&T customers will get insider access through AT&T thanks to Batman content, comics, merchandise, exclusive fan experiences and more.

Watch Batman:
-Television broadcast partners worldwide will host Batman programming marathons in March and September.
-Cartoon Network in the U.S. and key territories will host exclusive Batman themed programming and stunts for kids in March and September.
-DC Universe – DC’s digital subscription service – will be celebrating in a big way with the promotion of Batman content in March and September.

Join Batman:
-Boys & Girls Clubs of America will join Batman in a first-ever partnership to celebrate kids, teens and youth development professionals who stand up for positive change in their communities. The campaign kicks off in April during National Boys & Girls Clubs Week.
-In honor of military appreciation month this May, DC will partner with the USO, the iconic military support nonprofit, on a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, games and more. The kit will offer a fun diversion for service members stationed in remote locations around the globe, connecting them to home and all things Dark Knight.
-Fans in the UK can join in raising awareness of Genetic Disorders UK by wearing an exclusively designed Batman t-shirt on Jeans for Genes Day in September.

Shop Batman:
-WB and DC are also joining forces with an extensive list of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play, among others.
-Global partners such as LEGO, Mattel and Funko will release exclusive Batman 80th anniversary products throughout the year.

Conceived by artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger, Batman is humanity’s timeless hero. And he’s just getting started. More details on the global celebration will be released in the coming months.

Fans can join in on social media using the hashtag #Batman80 and #LongLiveTheBat. Visit www.Batman80.com for the latest news and updates.

About DC
Home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, DC is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia. DC 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 is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition” Blu-Ray Set

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray release, now available for purchase through traditional and digital retail outlets. In short, the best Batman cartoon ever made has simply never looked better, and that’s not hyperbole. The HD remaster quality is staggering and genuinely stunning. Tack on an engaging and interesting documentary on the show’s place in history, and house it all in a handsome box set, and you have one release that can not be missed. The Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray collection is the real deal. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

Batman: The Complete Animated Series

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment described the collection as follows:

The impressive Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition package features approximately 2,700 minutes of entertainment spread over 10 Blu-ray discs, plus the two bonus discs – not counting 11 specially-selected episodes with audio commentaries by cast and crew. In addition, Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition includes an exclusive ensemble of collectibles highlighted by three Funko mini-figurines (Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn) and seven beautifully-designed lenticular art cards. The entire box set is housed in a stunning layflat-book with a dazzling slipcase. And a digital copy of all 109 episodes is included in the box set.

The Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray collection is now available for purchase through traditional and digital retail outlets. Stay tuned for further updates on Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition, including a wealth of screengrabs from the Blu-ray, in the near future.

Check out the Batman: The Animated Series subsite right here at The World’s Finest for a wealth of content, including extensive interviews, reviews, images, videos, special easter eggs, exclusive content and so much more. Also, for a closer look at the recent Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero high-definition remasters, click here and click here. Also, be sure to discuss the Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray collection at the link below!

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Increases “Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition” Blu-ray Run To 70K

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced it will increase the run of the Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray release to 70,000 to meet demand. Remastered for the first time since its broadcast airing, the massive 12-disc Batman: The Complete Animated Series box set for $112.99 SRP will be available on October 30, 2018. Complete press details, along with four new images of the release, are available below.

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND,
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
INCREASES LIMITED EDITION SIZE FOR

BATMAN:
THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES
DELUXE LIMITED EDITION

GRAND TOTAL OF 70,000 BLU-RAY™ BOX SETS
NOW AVAILABLE TO OWN ON OCTOBER 30, 2018

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has increased its run of Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition to 70,000 to accommodate overwhelming demand for the most anticipated Blu-ray box set release of 2018. Remastered for the first time since its broadcast airing from 1992-1995, the stunning box set for $112.99 SRP will be available on October 30, 2018.

“As many fans and media have noticed, Amazon and other notable retailers were forced to suspend sales of Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition due to unprecedented demand for this beloved series,” explained Jeff Brown, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Television, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Sales surpassed our initial run of 30,000 limited edition box sets about four weeks ago and, rather than leave so many fans wanting, we implemented new production orders to accommodate the requests for this prized collection. A significant portion of those increased numbers have already sold, and all sites are accepting orders again.”

The impressive Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition package features approximately 2,700 minutes of entertainment spread over 10 Blu-ray discs, plus the two bonus discs – not counting 11 specially-selected episodes with audio commentaries by cast and crew. In addition, Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition includes an exclusive ensemble of collectibles highlighted by three Funko mini-figurines (Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn) and seven beautifully-designed lenticular art cards. The entire box set is housed in a stunning layflat-book with a dazzling slipcase. And a digital copy of all 109 episodes is included in the box set.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the Emmy Award-winning series captured the imaginations of generations, setting the standard for super hero storytelling for the past quarter-century with its innovative designs, near-perfect voice cast and landmark approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition box set includes all 109 thrilling episodes, plus two bonus disks containing the recently-remastered, fan favorite animated films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, The box set’s premiere bonus feature is, The Heart of Batman, an impressive 90-minute documentary on the making of Batman: The Animated Series that includes interviews with nearly three dozen members of the cast and crew, detailing the intricacies of production behind the landmark animated show.

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), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia. 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.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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. Theatrically, WBA’s full-length film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, released on July 27, 2018. WBA’s TV series include Teen Titans Go!, Unikitty! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes, Wacky Races and the upcoming Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for DC Universe; Animaniacs for Hulu; and the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons content initiative. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, 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).

Further details for Batman: The Complete Animated Series are available on The World’s Finest.

Stay tuned for further updates on this title – including a review – in the coming days and weeks. For a closer look at the recent Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero remasters, click here and click here. Also, check out the Batman: The Animated Series subsite right here at The World’s Finest for a wealth of content, including extensive interviews, reviews, images, videos, special easter eggs, exclusive content and so much more.

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“Batman: The Complete Animated Series” Regular Edition Blu-ray Package Art, Release Date

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided details on a regular edition release of the upcoming Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Edition Blu-ray box set, which will be available on November 27, 2018. The regular edition release will include slimmed down packaging and all of the same on-disc content as the Deluxe Edition, but will not feature any of the physical extras. The Batman: The Complete Animated Series regular edition will retail for $89.95 MSRP. Click on the image below for a closer look at the cover.

The Batman: The Complete Animated Series regular edition collection is described as follows:

Batman: The Complete Animated SeriesAll 109 episodes (Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures) of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series that redefined the Dark Knight with its thematic sophistication, aesthetics, voice acting, and orchestral score, have been remastered for the first time since their broadcast airing and are now all here in this 12-disc Blu-ray set, which also includes a Digital version. This 12-disc set includes a brand new, in depth featurette on the legendary storytellers behind the series, loads of in-depth featurettes, and commentaries on 12 episodes with animation creators.

To compare, the Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition exclusive content includes three Funko mini-figurines (Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn) and seven lenticular art cards, all of which is housed in a layflat-book with a slipcase. That content will not be included on the regular edition. However, all on-disc content – including bonus features and bonus movie discs – will be identical across both releases. Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition hits shelves on October 30, 2018, four weeks before the release of the regular edition. Both editions of the Batman: The Complete Animated Series are available for pre-order.

Further details for Batman: The Complete Animated Series are available on The World’s Finest, including additional package shots for both editions. Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition arrives on October 30, 2018, followed by the Batman: The Complete Animated Series regular edition on November 27, 2018.

Stay tuned for further updates on these titles. For a closer look at the recent Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero remasters, click here and click here. Also, check out the Batman: The Animated Series subsite right here at The World’s Finest for a wealth of content, including extensive interviews, reviews, images, videos, special easter eggs, exclusive content and so much more.

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New “Batman Ninja” Clip, Images, Movie Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new clip from the Batman Ninja animated feature, now available to own Blu-ray and DVD, along with Digital HD. Batman finds himself thrust into the past and forced to do battle with The Joker in order to return home. The clip is available in the player below. Also below are new images from the new DC Animated Movie title.

Additional Batman Ninja content can be found at The World’s Finest, including a review of the epic animated adventure.

Warner Bros. has also released a selection of images from both the animated movie and of the film talent during a pair of recent events in New York – a May 1 screening at The Directors Guild of America, and a May 2 Q&A and signing at Kinokuniya Bookstore. The talent pictured is director Jumpei Mizusaki, writer Kazuki Nakashima, character designer Takashi Okazaki, Roger Craig Smith (voice of Batman), Tony Hale (Joker), Grey Griffin (Catwoman) and Tara Strong (Harley Quinn).









Produced by Warner Bros. Japan and DC Entertainment, Batman Ninja is now available to own on Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film will be available in 4K UHD for Digital only in a release planned for Summer 2018. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes the film as follows, as seen below.

Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City

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