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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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“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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The World’s Finest Review Round-Up: Static, Vixen, Wonder Woman, Injustice And More

The World’s Finest recently published a host of reviews covering an assortment of different DC Comics-based releases, including a long-awaited DVD title, a highly-anticipated video game and a wonderful live-action theatrical feature. Whether it’s getting a closer look at Static Shock: The Complete Second Season, or catching up with DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, or taking in Wonder Woman on the big screen, that is just a portion of the great readily-available DC Comics content out there right now. Click on either the buttons or links located below to check out these reviews.

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Static Shock: The Complete Second Season DVD Review
Vixen: The Movie Blu-ray Review
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games Feature Review
Injustice 2 Video Game Review
Wonder Woman (2017) Movie Review
Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection DVD Review

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Static Shock: The Complete Second Season DVD Talkback
Vixen: The Movie Digital HD/DVD/Blu-ray Talkback
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games Animated Release Talkback
Injustice 2 Video Game Talkback
Wonder Woman (2017) Feature Talkback
Wonder Woman Classic Live-Action TV Series Talkback

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“Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain” Animated Movie Hitting DVD Aug. 8, 2017

The latest full-length animated movie based on the DC Super Hero Girls franchise is coming to DVD on August 8, 2017, with an early digital release slated for July 25, 2017. The Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain animated feature finds the heroes at Super Hero High in the Lego style. The complete press release, provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is available below, along with the feature’s trailer and package cover art.

SUPERGIRL, WONDER WOMAN, BATGIRL & FRIENDS
SEARCH FOR THEIR STOLEN MEMORIES WHEN WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT,
DC ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO GROUP PRESENT
LEGO DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: BRAIN DRAIN
ON DIGITAL HD JULY 25 AND DVD AUGUST 8, 2017

Missing memories provide an intriguing mystery for everyone’s favorite young female protagonists in the all-new animated film, Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, the film – the first LEGO entry in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon – will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 25, 2017 on Digital HD ($19.99 SRP) and August 8 on DVD (SRP $19.98).

When Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Katana suddenly realize they cannot remember a single moment from their Monday at Super Hero High, the young DC Super Heroes spring into sleuthing action! Suspecting foul-play, they band together to retrace their steps and uncover the mystery of who exactly stole their memories – and what nefarious plan might be afoot?

Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain voice cast returns its core cast in Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy), Anais Fairweather (Supergirl), Teala Dunn (Bumblebee) and Stephanie Sheh (Katana), with Ashlyn Selich joining the group (as Batgirl). The cast also includes Yvette Nicole Brown (Amanda Waller), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Romi Dames (Lena Luthor), John DiMaggio (Gorilla Grodd, Wildcat), Jennifer Hale (Mad Harriet), Josh Keaton (Flash), Tom Kenny (Gordon), Rachael MacFarlane (Artemiz), Mona Marshall (Eclipso), Khary Payton (Cyborg) and Meredith Salenger (Lashina).

Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain DrainTodd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard, Star Wars: Detours) directs Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain from a script by Jeremy Adams (Justice League Action, Lego Scooby-Doo) . Rick Morales (Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood) serves as producer, with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!), Jill Wilfert (The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie) and Robert Fewkes (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) as executive producers.

Following the success of two home entertainment releases for the DC Super Hero Girls franchise – DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High and DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has brought together two of the world’s most recognizable brands in DC and LEGO for their first combined DC Super Hero Girls franchise production. The DC Super Hero Girls franchise aims to empower and connect with young girls through the brand’s vast digital content networks across LEGO.com, DCSuperHeroGirls.com, YouTube and social media.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to unite two extremely popular brands – Lego and DC Entertainment – to present the first ever Lego DC Super Hero Girls film,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Animated feature-length movies featuring DC Super Hero Girls and LEGO are extremely popular amongst our fans, so we look forward to bringing this first collaboration to life.”

BASICS
Street Date: August 8, 2017
Order Due Date: July 4, 2017
Run Time: 72 minutes
DVD Price: $19.98 SRP
DVD Audio – English
HD EST Price: $19.99 SRP
SD EST Price: $14.99 SRP

About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the brick & knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.

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, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WB Ultra.

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.

DC Super Hero Girls and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s16)

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 and Teen Titans Go! 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).

Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain arrives July 4, 2017 to digital outlets and August 8, 2017 to DVD. No Blu-ray release is currently scheduled. Stay tuned to The World’s Finest for additional select coverage and updates on the DC Super Hero Girls franchise.

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“The Lego Batman Movie” Coming To 4K Ultra, Blu-ray, DVD On June 13

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the acclaimed The Lego Batman Movie animated feature will hit physical media on June 13 and Digital HD on May 19. The acclaimed movie grossed $175.8 million in North America and $136.2 million internationally. Continue below for the press details.

DON’T MISS THE HILARIOUS FAMILY ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR WHEN
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
ARRIVES ONTO ULTRA HD BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK,
BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Own it early on Digital HD on May 19
Blu-ray debuts on June 13​

Bring home the year’s funniest family adventure when The Lego Batman Movie arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film features Will Arnett who reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie, as the voice of Lego Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.

The Lego Batman MovieThe film also featuresZach Galifianakis (the Hangover films, Muppets Most Wanted) starring as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s Arrested Development) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who worked together on The Lego Movie. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers. The story by Seth Grahame-Smith is based on LEGO Construction Toys characters from DC and the screenplay is written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington.

The Lego Batman Movie will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $43.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $43.99, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $39.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $31.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film in high definition, and a digital version of the film in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own The Lego Batman Movie via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 19.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, deleted scenes and 360° videos, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of The Lego Batman Movie will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

SYNOPSIS
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
The Lego Batman Movie Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack,3DBlu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
-Original Animation Shorts
–Dark Hoser
–Batman is Just Not That Into You
–Cooking with Alfred
–Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
-The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
-Deleted Scenes
-Featurettes
–One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
–Inside Wayne Manor
–Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
–Behind the Brick
–Me and My Mini Fig
–Comic Con Panel
-Rebrick Contest Winners
-Film Trailers
-Lego Life Trailer
-Social Promos
–Follow Me Online
–Don’t Skip
–Happy Holidays Jingle
–Batsby New Year’s
–Team Cutdown
-Director and Crew Commentary

The Lego Batman Movie Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
-Original Animation Shorts
–Dark Hoser
–Batman is Just Not That Into You
–Cooking with Alfred
–Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
-The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
-Deleted Scenes
-Featurettes
–One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
–Inside Wayne Manor
–Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
–Behind the Brick
–Me and My Mini Fig
–Comic Con Panel
-Rebrick Contest Winners
-Film Trailers
-Lego Life Trailer
-Social Promos
–Follow Me Online
–Don’t Skip
–Happy Holidays Jingle
–Batsby New Year’s
–Team Cutdown
-Director and Crew Commentary

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On May 19, The Lego Batman Movie will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favourite devices from select digital retailers including CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox and others. It will also be available for streaming in 4K Ultra HD from select digital retailers including Google Play. On June 13, The Lego Batman Movie will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET
*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favourite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Fandango Now, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices go towb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

BASICS
Standard Street Date:June 13, 2017
EST Street Date:May 19, 2017
DVD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish
BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish
BD Subtitles: English, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 104 minutes
Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and some action
Dolby Atmos®

THE CREDITS
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 (Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, 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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