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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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“Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Trailer, Press Details

Warner Bros. Animation has provided The World’s Finest with the trailer, press details and package artwork for the upcoming Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated feature. Batman joins the Mystery Inc. gang to catch a gaggle of villains wreaking havoc in the all-new animated feature produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be distributed January 9, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on DVD and Digital. Continue below for the trailer, press details and package artwork.




The ultimate crime-solving combination reunites when Batman joins the Mystery Inc. gang to catch a gaggle of villains wreaking havoc in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new original film will be distributed January 9, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on DVD ($19.98 SRP) and Digital.

Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). As always, you won’t know who the ultimate villain is until those “meddling kids” pull off the mask!

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The BoldAvid Scooby-Doo fans know this isn’t the first time the Caped Crusader has partnered with Mystery Incorporated. Forty-five years ago, Batman (and Robin) were the featured guest stars in a pair of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Premiering in 1972, the renowned detectives worked to solve crimes together in the hour-long television movies entitled The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair and The Caped Crusader Caper.

Diedrich Bader, who voiced the Dark Knight in the fan-favorite Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated television series, reprises his role for this all-new film alongside the longtime Scooby-Doo voice cast of Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo & Fred), Grey Griffin (Daphne and Black Canary), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Kate Micucci (Velma). The guest cast includes Jeff Bennett (Joker), Jeffrey Combs (The Question), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), Nika Futterman (Catwoman), Nicholas Guest (Martian Manhunter), John Michael Higgins (The Riddler), Tom Kenny (Penguin, Plastic Man), Kevin Michael Richardson (Detective Chimp), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy) and Fred Tatasciore (Harvey Bullock).

Jake Castorena directs the teleplay by Paul Giacoppo, based on a story by supervising producer James Tucker. Michael Jelenic is the producer. Executive Producer is Sam Register. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

“Scooby-Doo continues to be one of the most popular kids’ brands in the Warner Bros. canon, and we are thrilled to reunite the gang with Batman, the ultimate crime-stopper,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family and Animation Marketing. “Fans and families of all ages are in for a treat – and hopefully some Scooby snacks, too – when watching this all-new original movie on DVD and Digital.”

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be available to own on Digital starting January 9, 2018. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage through participating retail services including CinemaNow, Vudu and Flixster Video.

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, 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.

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.  © 2017 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. WBA’s TV series include Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! 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; 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, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe 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). 

For much more coverage on Batman: The Brave and The Bold – including extensive interviews and production content, along with exclusive interviews, commentary and much more – check out the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be distributed January 9, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on DVD and Digital. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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Interview With “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Director Giancarlo Volpe

The World’s Finest caught up with Producer/Director Giancarlo Volpe to discuss the new Target-exclusive JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature, hitting DVD on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging foes. Continue below for an exclusive Q & A with Volpe where he discusses exactly how this exciting animated project came about.

The World’s Finest: First off, how did you get involved in JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time and how did this animated adventure come to be?

Giancarlo Volpe: My boss Sam Register called me into his office and said Warner Bros. was interested in developing a more kid friendly version of the Justice League, which was conceived as a reboot of the 70’s Superfriends series. I was initially reluctant because I thought he wanted a pre-school version of the franchise. He quickly made it clear that JLA didn’t have to skew that young. Sam explained the tone we set on Green Lantern: The Animated Series was in the right ballpark of what they were aiming for. Once that sunk in, I was on board.

WF: To you, what is the appeal to a more light-hearted Justice League film?

GV: I love that WB allows our guys to push for more adult content in our direct to video movies. If you ever talk animation with me, you know that I’m always saying this medium doesn’t have to be just for kids. But at the same time, it felt like we were neglecting a very core, important demographic – kids who are a little too old for Teen Titans Go!, but not quite ready for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. This movie should fall in between those two, tonally.

Also, if you know me, or even follow me on Twitter, you can tell I like to laugh, and I like to joke around. I always felt movies could be equal parts epic as well as humorous. This movie is very much in my comfort zone.

WF: Can you give us a rundown of the story, spoiler-free, and the inspirations behind it? Were there any particular comics or showed you pulled from for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time?

GV: Lex Luthor allies himself with (DC comic villain) Time Trapper, who has the ability to travel through time. Lex wants to go to the past and meddle with Superman’s origin. His theory is that if Superman had never existed, then neither would the rest of the Justice League. Because Lex actually goes to the future to recruit Time Trapper, he unintentionally attracts the attention of (not yet) Legion of Superhero members Karate Kid and Dawnstar. They follow Lex to modern day and have to warn the Justice League of his evil intentions.

The storyline is very much inspired by an older episode of the Superfriends that writer Mike Ryan really loved. In the old version, Lex sent members of the Legion of Doom to alter the origins of Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. In ours, we simplified it to just Superman.

Bonus points to viewers who watch both versions to compare the two. I assure you, ours has a much different ending than the original.

WF: The movie feature a mix of traditional JLA members, plus some new ones. Why did you include the likes of Dawnstar and Karate Kid, both well-known for being Legion of Super-Heroes characters, and Robin in this generally adult-heavy team?

GV: Lynell Forestall (who helmed DC Nation’s Black Lightning shorts) was brought on to to design a promotional poster for this project before I was attached to it. I think it may have been Sam Register’s idea to bring in some of the Legion of Superhero members to help diversify the JLA line up so it wasn’t mostly older, white males. I thought that was a great call.

In our continuity, we made Karate Kid asian. Dawnstar was always of Native American origin (her people were actually abducted by aliens, but that’s another story). Because they’re younger, they’re aspiring to be super heroes like the rest of the Justice League. Robin fit into that thematically because he’s also trying to prove his worth to his mentor, Batman – but isn’t getting the trust and responsibility he thinks he deserves.

There’s a great scene where Karate Kid and Dawnstar get into a fight with Robin over a little misunderstanding. It’s one of my favorite bits from the movie.

WF: Any chance you can run us down the creative team for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time, and perhaps some of the cast, too? Some cool cats worth noting?

GV: Sure! As I mentioned above, JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time was written by Michael Ryan, who wrote some fan favorite episodes for us on Green Lantern. Lynell Forestall, who worked on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and helmed the Black Lightning shorts was lead designer. Freddie Wiedmann, who scored Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Beware the Batman did an outstanding job on the soundtrack. We also brought a lot of great board artists and designers who I worked with on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, as well as some new comers who recently graduated from art school. I’m pretty happy with the results.

As far as the voice actors are concerned, I had fun casting some of my favorite actors from previous projects I’ve worked on. Dante Basco, who played Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender plays Karate Kid. Jack DeSena, who was Sokka on Avatar: The Last Airbender makes for a very funny Robin. We even brought on Jason Spisak to play the Flash, as a subtle nod to the Young Justice fans who were so heartbroken about Wally West.

There’s also a slew of voice actors I hadn’t worked with before who did incredible work. I really loved Laura Bailey as Dawnstar, Michael David Donovan as Bizarro, Peter Jessop as Superman, and Tom Gibis as Toyman. There’s honestly so many it’s too much to list here. Just watch the credits. I love them all!

WF: To wrap things up, tell us why we should storm our local Target stores on Tuesday and pick up this all-new original animated JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD?

GV: If you were excited about the upcoming Justice League: War, you’ve now got a chance to get twice the dose of Justice League by simply picking up this movie.

But more importantly, I hope the fans really realize there’s an industry-wide reluctance towards action adventure shows because animation studios don’t think they can turn a profit. Now’s a great chance to prove them wrong!

Who knows, if this sells really well, maybe there will be a lot more of this kind of genre: action adventure comedy with a twist of epic.

Stay tuned for additional updates and details on JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time coming soon, right here at The World’s Finest. Previous coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here and its initial announcement details here.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – hits DVD on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, available only at American Target locations.

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