Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SDCC brings Young Justice preview plus Brave and the Bold!

Update 2010-06-29


6:00–9:00 p.m.  Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings – Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television are proud to continue the tradition of presenting exclusive screenings of some of the most buzzed-about new television series of the upcoming season. For Comic-Con 2010, WBTV will offer multiple screenings of the premiere episode of the highly anticipated action hour Nikita, along with additional special video presentations. Ballroom 20

In the sexy and suspenseful series starring international action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) in the title role, Nikita has gone rogue. Division is an ultra-secret government agency whose operatives are recruited young people with severed ties to family, friends and society and who are trained to be invisible assassins. No one ever leaves Division – except the charming and deadly Nikita, who has managed to escape, making it her mission to undermine the now-corrupt organization. A force to be reckoned with, the rogue Nikita taunts Division, staying on their radar, but always one step ahead.  Yet as determined as Nikita is to bring down her former agency, there are those just as determined to stop her, including Division's newest recruit Alex, a beautiful young woman who seems destined to replace Nikita as their next top operative.

In addition to Maggie Q, Nikita stars Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), Shane West (ER), Aaron Stanford (X2: X-Men United), with Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) and Xander Berkeley (24). The executive producers are Craig Silverstein (Bones), Danny Cannon (the CSI series), McG (Supernatural) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural). From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at


5:00–6:00 p.m. Childrens Hospital Screening and Q&A – Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America, It’s Complicated), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week) and Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children. Room 25ABC

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

10:30–11:30 a.m.  Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screening and Q&A – The Caped Crusader swings back into San Diego as Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns to Comic-Con for its third consecutive year with an advance screening of an upcoming episode, as well as a lively discussion with voice of Batman Diedrich Bader (Surf's Up), executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producers James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) and Michael Jelenic (The Batman), and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). As a special bonus for fans, the panel will also screen the world-premiere trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice. Don’t miss this Comic-Con exclusive. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1, Part 1 will be released on DVD August 17. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at Room 6A

12:45–1:45 p.m.  The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A – It’s “Anything Can Happen Friday” at Comic-Con as The Big Bang Theory – which kicks off a new night of comedy on Thursdays for CBS this fall – returns to San Diego with a special screening and a Q&A featuring the show’s creators and stars. Resident Big Bang alum Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will moderate a lively discussion featuring executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT this fall on the CBS Television Network, and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 14. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at and follow The Big Bang Theory on Twitter at Ballroom 20


10:00–10:45 a.m. Chuck Screening and Q&A – Chuck returns to Comic-Con! Join executive producers and co-creators Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and Chris Fedak, along with series stars Zachary Levi (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming The Killer Elite), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness), Vik Sahay (Good Will Hunting), Scott Krinsky (The O.C.) with Sarah Lancaster (upcoming The Good Doctor) and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) for their usual hijinks – a Q&A to discuss the upcoming season four (made possible by the devoted fanbase) and a special video presentation. Produced by Fake Empire, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and Chuck: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 7. Become a fan of Chuck on Facebook at and follow the show on Twitter at Ballroom 20

10:00–11:00 a.m. Mad About MAD! – MAD Magazine has established itself as the original and most imitated and influential satirical publication across generations. This fall, MAD returns to TV screens with MAD, a new show for the next generation! Come join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, MAD art director Sam Viviano, legendary MAD artist Sergio Aragones, contemporary MAD artist Tom Richmond, MAD story editor/producer Kevin Shinick and the panel’s host, Peter Girardi (Senior Vice President, Series & Alternative Animation, at Warner Bros. Animation, the producers of the upcoming MAD animated television program), for a light-hearted look at the future of an American institution. Room 7AB

2:30–3:15 p.m. V Screening and Q&A – The cast and creative team behind this thrilling drama series about the world’s first alien encounter make their return to Comic-Con. V series stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Logan Huffman (America), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Charles Mesure (Xena: Warrior Princess) with Morena Baccarin (Firefly) and Scott Wolf (Go) will join executive producers Scott Rosenbaum (Chuck, The Shield) and Steve Pearlman (Related) for a Q&A session with fans and to screen a special highlight reel from the show’s first season. From HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television, V will return midseason on ABC, and V: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD this fall. Become a fan of V on Facebook at and follow the show on Twitter at Ballroom 20

3:15–4:00 p.m. Fringe Screening and Q&A – Fringe returns to Comic-Con as Lance Reddick and Blair Brown make their first appearance at the convention, joining fellow series stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble and Jasika Nicole, and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Join the discussion of this critically acclaimed thriller, which explores the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to worlds unknown. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 14. Become a fan of Fringe on Facebook at and follow the show on Twitter at Ballroom 20

4:15–5:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries Screening and Q&A – The cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries return to take a bite out of Comic-Con! Series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Roll Bounce), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), Michael Trevino (Cane) and Matt Davis (Blue Crush) join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson (Scream) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY) to show fans a fang-tastic season one highlight reel, followed by a Q&A session. This edgy, romantic drama quickly became the number one series on The CW in its first season. The Vampire Diaries director/co-executive producer Marcos Siega (Dexter) will moderate the panel. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries will return for its second season this fall, airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 31. Become a fan of The Vampire Diaries on Facebook at and follow the show on Twitter at Ballroom 20

5:15–6:15 p.m. Nikita Pilot Screening and Q&A – Comic-Con has gone rogue! International action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) stars in this sexy and suspenseful series as an agent who has escaped from the ultra-secretive and corrupt government agency that trained her to be an assassin … and then betrayed her. Come catch a sneak peek screening of this action-packed thriller, and join Maggie, series stars Shane West (ER) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), and executive producer Craig Silverstein (Bones) for an inside look at one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season. From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at Room 6BCF

6:15–7 p.m. Human Target Screening and Q&A – Based upon the popular DC Comics title, Human Target is an action-packed thrill ride about a mysterious private contractor who will stop at nothing to keep his clients alive – even if it means literally becoming a “human target.” The series moves to a new night – Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX – this fall, and executive producer Matthew Miller (Chuck) will join series stars Mark Valley (Fringe), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) and Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street) for a Q&A with fans and to screen a special video presentation. Human Target is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television. Human Target: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 21. Become a fan of Human Target on Facebook at and follow the show on Twitter at Room 6BCF

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010

10:00–11:00 a.m. Smallville Screening and Q&A – Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns for its last visit to Comic-Con in advance of the show’s 10th and final season. Series stars to be announced join executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips from the final season. From Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 7. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at Ballroom 20

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Supernatural Screening and Q&A – Join Supernatural cast members to be announced, executive producers Sera Gamble (Eyes) and Ben Edlund (Angel), and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman) for an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated sixth season of this thrill-ride series, which moves to a new day – Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW – this fall. The panel will answer questions from the audience and also show a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season DVD and Blu-ray™ release, in stores September 7. Supernatural is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at and follow Supernatural on Twitter at Ballroom 20

1:00–2:00 p.m.  Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A – Join the adventure!  Cartoon Network’s first live-action mystery series, Unnatural History, journeys to San Diego for its Comic-Con debut. Unnatural History chronicles the adventures of Henry Griffin, a teenager with extraordinary skills acquired while traveling the world with his anthropologist parents. His unique abilities come in handy when he moves to Washington D.C. – and begins exploring the mysteries of a charter high school within the National Museum Complex. Fans will be treated to a premiere screening of a never-before-seen episode, as well as a Q&A with series stars Kevin G. Schmidt (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Italia Ricci (Greek) and Martin Donovan (Weeds) as well as creator/executive producer Mike Werb (The Mask, Face/Off). From Warner Horizon Television, Unnatural History airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of the show at Room 6BCF

2:15–3:15 p.m. Scooby-Doo Screening and Q&A – Those meddling teens are at it again!  Find out what Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and, of course, Scooby-Doo are up to with a sneak peek at upcoming titles from this beloved family franchise. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) and art director Dan Krall (Coraline) as they screen a never-before-seen episode of the new Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (airing Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network) and take fan questions. Additionally, they will unveil the trailer to Warner Home Video’s upcoming all-new original animated movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (release date: September 14) and will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s forthcoming Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp videogame, coming September 14. Panel attendees will be served a full course of all things Scooby-Doo, as they will also hear about additional upcoming Scooby-related projects from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Room 6BCF

The Next Dc Universe Movie: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse



SEPTEMBER 28, 2010!

Andre Braugher, Summer Glau, Ed Asner join popular voices Kevin Conroy & Tim Daly;New DC Showcase GREEN ARROW on Special Edition Blu-ray & 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

BURBANK, CA, (June 29, 2010) – To save an earthbound Kryptonian, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again – this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid – in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition Blu-Ray™ and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).

After a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

In addition to the feature film, the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray™ and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD include the third DC Showcase animated short, Green Arrow. Screenwriter Greg Weisman’s story finds Oliver Queen at the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, only to be forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. The short features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage). Bruce Timm is executive producer.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features more than 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:

• Feature film (est. 75 min)

• DC Showcase: Green Arrow (10 min)

• Sneak Peak at the Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)

• Featurette: Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton - A

comprehensive look at The Maiden of Might from her introduction in the

classic age of comics to her death in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths”

crossover event to her appearance on Smallville and beyond.

• 2 bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray™ will include more than 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:

• All-New Featurette: The New Gods - This documentary covers Darkseid’s story, particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A primer on the wealth of material and stories contained in the New Gods series, along with a deeper understanding of why these characters – and especially Darkseid – are so memorable and important to the DC pantheon.

• All-New Featurette Pods

• Orion - The mightiest warrior on either New Genesis or Apokolips, Orion follows an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this classically tragic character.

Mister Miracle - This mini-featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the universe has ever known and how he was traded in a peace effort to be raised by Darkseid, the enemy of all New Genesis.

• 2 additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm

• Digital copy on disc of the feature film

“Great things happen when powerful entities come together, and the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation is proud to continue this popular film series by once again uniting the two most popular characters in the DC Universe in a story that truly tests their strength, trust, loyalty, ingenuity and heroism,” said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President Production, Warner Premiere.
"It is a testament to the larger-than-life nature of Jeph Loeb’s blockbuster storylines that two of the first nine DC Universe movies are based on his work," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse lets us see Superman and Batman in action side-by-side again, but this time along with Supergirl and one of DC's greatest villains, Darkseid."
“Just as Superman and Batman stand atop the DC canon of characters, so o the respective seminal voices of Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy in the earts and minds of fans. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will no doubt

please comic-centric and mainstream audiences alike – particularly in

the performances of Daly and Conroy opposite dynamic actors like Andre

Braugher and Ed Asner, and fanboy favorite Summer Glau,” said Amit

Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands.

About Warner Premiere:

Warner Premiere is a Warner Bros. Entertainment production company

focused on the development, production and marketing of

feature-length-DVD and short-form digital content for this growing

space. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront

in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-consumer

business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story,

production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a

Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros.

Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution

infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's

film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new

and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures,

Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New

Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros.

Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive

entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical

operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and

next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the

global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through

and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online

channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both

internal and third party videogame titles.

About DC Comics:

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest

English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such

iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman.

These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies,

television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace,

thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site

is located at

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About Warner Bros. Animation:

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original

animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, “Sinkin' in

the Bathtub.” Since then, WBA’s characters have set the standard for

innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable

television, online, home entertainment and feature films both

domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its

creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the

studio’s rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use and

production of animated programming based on classic cartoon characters

from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the

most-honored animation studios in history, including six Academy

Awards® and 35 Emmy® Awards.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Warner Home Video releases first official clip from "Batman: Under the Red Hood"

Below you will find a link to the first official clip to be released from "Batman: Under the Red Hood." The eighth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies will be distributed on July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video.

Click HERE to view the clip!
The 54-second clip features an encounter between Batman and Red Hood. In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two forces of justice, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Animation, "Batman: Under the Red Hood" will be distributed by Warner
Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as
well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Batman Magic Towels!

These are showing up at Dollar Tree stores.  There are three styles.  Can't beat Bat-Collectibles for $1, right?!  Plus, you can actually buy them and use 'em if you want.

Batman: Under The Red Hood Bruce Timm Q & A

Executive Producer Bruce Timm sets the record straight on DC Universe Animated Original Movies and Batman: Under the Red Hood

Who’s under the Red Hood? Bruce Timm knows, but he’s not telling. However, he answers a bevy of other questions in an interesting Q&A focused on the upcoming release of Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies.

Batman: Under the Red Hood is just the latest finished product to come from Timm’s canon of super hero vehicles at Warner Bros. Animation. A veritable legend among the creative forces in animation today, Timm has spearheaded the elevation of DC Comics’ characters to new heights of animated popularity and introduced generations of new fans to the characters via landmark television series and made-for-DVD films. The latter task includes the creation of the current series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, which now number eight in total and each has been greeted with critical acclaim and nifty sales. Batman: Under the Red Hood will no doubt send more fans to the comic book stores clamoring for caped entertainment.
From the producing triumvirate of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Under the Red Hood will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download. 

Timm paused long enough in his unthinkably busy schedule for a few cigarettes and a battery of questions, responding in true Timm form – whether it be discussing the casting and art direction, revealing his across-the-board love for all versions of Batman, or setting the record straight on quotes attributed to him from a certain widely reported interview-that-never-was. This is vintage Bruce Timm – read what the man has to say …

QUESTION: What made Brandon Vietti the right director for Batman: Under the Red Hood?
BRUCE TIMM: Brandon is one of our up-and-coming director/producer types who has been with (Warner Bros. Animation) for a while. I’ve known him for years – he actually worked for me back on the Superman/Batman series – and I’ve watched him work his way up from being a top storyboard guy to a director. His work on the first third of Superman Doomsday was very powerful. When we were looking around for a director for this film, Brandon was very anxious to do something completely on his own, and I knew he was ready.
The thing about Brandon is that, besides just being talented, he’s super, super thorough. He’s very detail oriented. So it was a relief to me to have someone like Brandon in charge, because I could pretty much leave it up to him to run the show and I knew he wasn’t going to make any missteps. The end result is a very good film across the board in terms of action, emotion and design.

QUESTION: How did Judd Winick convince you that his comic series/graphic novel would translate well to an animated film?
BRUCE TIMM: When we first heard that Judd wanted to pitch Red Hood as an adaptation for our DC Universe film line, Alan Burnett and I quickly got copies of the book and read through it. My first impression was that it was an entertaining comic, but it was quite a long mini-series and it had all these tangents of supporting characters who came and went through the course of the story. Quite frankly, it was confusing to me and I kept thinking to myself that I didn’t see how a lot of those things would work. The big thing about the story is that it’s a sequel to a big event in the history of DC comics – the death of Robin that happened back in the 1980s – and I didn’t see how we could set that up, because it all hinges on being a sequel to that story. Furthermore, the way the pitch was arranged, we were in a room in Burbank and Judd was in San Francisco and had to pitch over the speakerphone. But amazingly, every single problem I thought we’d have trouble making into a movie, Judd had fixed in the pitch. Judd had already clearly put a lot of thought into the entire film – how to stay focused on the main story, how to clean up the death of Robin thing, and how to eliminate all the extra baggage. He pitched for about 45 minutes and when he was done, Alan and I looked at each other and said, “Yeah, that’s a movie. Let’s do it.” And away we meant.

QUESTION: Batman Gotham Knight was a collection of short stories loosely tied together and produced in anime. What made Batman: Under the Red Hood the right story to be the first true Batman movie in the DC Universe animated franchise?
BRUCE TIMM: Seeing that this was going to be our first full-length Batman movie in the DC Universe line, we thought we really needed to have a strong story that wasn’t just another adventure story or a caper that Batman foils. We wanted it to be something that truly needed to be told in a PG-13 venue that had a fair amount of, for lack of a better term, adult content that you couldn’t normally do on television. And this story is loaded with it. It’s also a personal story to Batman – it does have an adventure plot and a crime plot, but the emotional arc of the story is rooted in Batman’s messed up history with family relations. And especially in our animated universe, Batman always had a kind of dysfunctional family dynamic going on. He’s famously an orphan, he’s got Alfred as his surrogate mother/father, he’s always bringing in surrogate sons to mentor, and it always kind of goes badly. And this is, once again, one of the big expressions of that. So it makes for compelling drama as well as an exciting adventure.

QUESTION: A few casting questions. Why Bruce Greenwood as Batman?
BRUCE TIMM: It’s always a challenge to cast Batman because we invariably have to ask ourselves, “Who can we find out there who can hold their own against the legend of Kevin Conroy?” I’ve been following the career of Bruce Greenwood for a long time – I’ve seen him in a zillion movies and TV shows, and he’s always struck me as an actor who has this excellent, interesting voice and impeccable acting chops. And around the same time we were casting this film, I saw the trailer for the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek – and there was Bruce Greenwood. So we tracked him down, he was agreeable, a great guy to work with, and he totally knocked it out of the park.

QUESTION: John DiMaggio has played many comical villains. How did you know he’d be best as a villain who is also comical?
BRUCE TIMM: The Joker is a very iconic part memorably voiced by Mark Hamill, and played in films by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Those are really big shoes to fill. John is a guy we’ve worked with for years playing tons of different kinds of parts, and every time we use him I think, “God, we’ve got to give this guy a bigger part.” He shouldn’t just be Thug #2 or the monster that Wonder Woman fights. We needed to give him a part that he could sink his teeth into. This Joker came up and it really required somebody who has comedic chops but also is a really good actor, and DiMaggio has got that in spades. He was definitely the right guy for the part. He came in and did something that didn’t sound anything like Mark Hamill or Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger or Cesar Romero, and yet he sounds exactly like the Joker. He’s funny, and he’s scary as hell, and that’s just what you want.

QUESTION: What did Jensen Ackles bring to the table as Red Hood?
BRUCE TIMM: Red Hood is such a pivotal role in that he needed to be somebody who was forceful, threatening, weirdly sympathetic, and also had to be of a certain age. Not too young, not too old, just right. Andrea and I both knew of Jensen’s work, and he was one of those guys we had in our “Gotta work with that guy some day” file. And he fit the bill perfectly. He’s got an intensity in the booth that really matched the material.

QUESTION: Were there any surprises along the way?
BRUCE TIMM: One of the things I like the most about this movie is that, in the best possible ways, it kind of reminds me of a weird mesh of the Batman Beyond movie, Return of the Joker, and our first Batman: The Animated Series feature film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It has a lot of the same kinds of themes, it has the same level of serious drama in it, and the same level of really good character development. I think it’s actually fully the equal of those two movies. It’s dynamite.
Another interesting takeaway I got from this movie is that Brandon and I agreed that we really wanted to work to give this movie a unique visual feel. We deliberately tried to not make it look like Batman: The Animated Series. We tried a number of things in the art direction to stay away from that. But no matter what we did, it still kind of looks like Batman: The Animated Series. It’s weird. So when you watch the movie, there will be about four or five minutes in a row where you’ll forget about the different cast and slightly different character designs and it actually kind of feels like the series. On another level, there is a certain influence from the Christopher Nolan movies. It’s kind of in the tone of the film and the way Batman himself is treated and the feel of Gotham City. It’s not quite as realistic – our Gotham City is a little more stylized than the Gotham of the Nolan movies – but there is similarity in tone, which makes for a very interesting Batman salad.

QUESTION: Judd Winick said his first introduction to Batman was the Adam West TV series, but that he knew even as a kid that it wasn’t the Batman he wanted to see. You’ve said that was your same entry point to the character – did you ever have the same sense of Batman’s positioning?

BRUCE TIMM: Yes, my first exposure to Batman as a character was Batman the TV series. But honestly, I didn’t know it was supposed to be a parody or campy. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Of course, I was 5 at the time. But all in one fell swoop, I became an instant super hero fan. Later on, as I got older and started reading more comics and getting into the super hero scene, I realized that the Batman show was kind of a comedy. I was reading Neal Adams comics and thinking, “Batman is kind of cooler than that show – he’s kind of scary and mysterious.” So my perception of Batman changed over time, and then I went through the periods with Frank Miller and the Tim Burton movies. So now I’ve got these warring Batmans in my head. I still love the Adam West/Batman show. I still love the Neal Adams take on Batman comics. I still love The Dark Knight. All of these things totally contradict each other, and yet it’s fine to me. I’ve said it over and over again – Batman as a character is such a strong concept, he’s the kind of character that you can take him in any number of ways and it still feels right. Batman: The Animated Series is a really good version of Batman. Batman: The Brave and the Bold – that’s a really good version of Batman. They have equal value.

QUESTION: There’s been a lot of internet banter regarding the discontinuation of the DCU series based on quotes attributed to an interview in Calgary with you. True or false?

BRUCE TIMM: Kinda false. First of all, it wasn't an actual one-on-one interview -- quotes were taken out of context from longer answers I gave on a panel at the Expo. Bottom line: the DCU films are definitely continuing. We've got projects lined up for the next two years at the very least – lots of films in different stages of development and production. I know there are a lot of rumors circulating about future films. Some are true, some are not. I'll tell you this much – anyone at our DCU/Batman: Under the Red Hood panel at Comic-Con will walk away with a very clear picture of the direction we're taking the DCU animated movies in the coming year.

For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mezco SDCC Exclusive Available for Pre-Order online!

We reported awhile back that Mezco now has the Batman license.  Now, you can pre-order their first offering.  Its a two-pack of Batman and Joker Mez-its!  You can get them online on the Mezco site.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Dark Knight Hits iTunes..and a new giveaway!

Dc Comics turns 75 this year, and we've partnered with WB to giveaway a great new Batman shirt and hat to one lucky fan! 

First, go check out the Dark Knight on iTUNES, you can order that today:

Then, drop us a line to enter the contest at @

You can find all the latest Bat-merchandise from WB at

New Adam West Interview

Mr. West gave a brief interview to Comcast at Wizard World Philadelphia......

Check out the interview on Comcast.  Click HERE

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dc Direct Product Solicits for September 2010


It’s a madhouse … and the lunatics are running the asylum!

After arriving on Arkham Island, Batman is greeted by Warden Sharp and security personnel. Although The Joker is securely strapped to a handcart for transfer to the deepest bowels of Arkham, he escapes nonetheless.

This is going to be the worst night of Batman’s life.

With The Joker free, inciting unrest among the inmates, Batman faces a riot from a cadre of Gotham City’s most wanted: killers and psychopaths who are screaming for vengeance and out for blood.

Batman’s blood.

His mission? Stop The Joker – and his accomplices –  at all costs

Welcome to the asylum. Arkham Asylum.

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES are based on the game designs of the “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever.”

Poison Ivy

6.5” h


6” h

Batman (Armored)

7” h (to top of ears)


6.75” h

All four figures feature multiple points of articulation and include a display base. Character-appropriate accessories are also included.

4-color clamshell blister card packaging

On sale February 2, 2011 * Action Figures * PI


Designed by Amanda Conner

Sculpted by Jim Maddox

Pretty Poison!

The gal of the green springs from the foliage, a lily blossom aloft in her hand – a deadly delight in bloom.

Designed by illustrator Amanda Conner, Poison Ivy is the  latest character to join the popular WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE  bust series.

The hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 7.23” high x  2.75” wide x  2.5” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box

Limited Edition.

On sale February 23, 2011 * Bust * $60 US


Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews

Steam & Sass!

Clockwork cute and dressed to impress, Duela Dent is steampunk chic, strutting her stuff,  backpack brimming with Joker toxin, and carrying a killer cane as she joins the popular Ame-Comi series!

Gears and steam, lace and goggles, the booted and brass-buckled beauty Duela Dent is a corseted cutie, decked out in futuristic Victorian vixen attire. The rumored daughter of The Joker is one deadly doll

Packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook, this non-articulated PVC statue stands approximately 9.25” high and includes a display base.

On sale February 9, 2011 * Statue * $70 US


Designed by Jim Lee • Sculpted by Jack Mathews

A classic moment captured in time

Crouched on one of Gotham City’s rooftops, the Dynamic Duo are ready to catapult themselves into the center of the seething criminal element.

This full color, hand-painted cold cast porcelain mini statue measures approximately 4.5” high x  5.73” wide x 4.5” deep, is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition

On sale February 16, 2011 * Mini Statue * $80 U

Friday, June 11, 2010

Judd Winick talks Batman: Under the Red Hood


Judd Winick has returned to Gotham City with a vengeance. The award-winning cartoonist has successfully transitioned one of his benchmark storylines from comic book pages to animated film with the upcoming release of Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latest entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. 

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, the University of Michigan graduate gained national fame as a cast member of MTV’S The Real World, San Francisco in 1994. In the wake of the death of his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, Winick embarked on a national AIDS education lecture tour. Later, the lecture and his friendship with Zamora was documented in his award-winning graphic novel “Pedro And Me.” 

Winick next created his original comic book series, “Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius,” and then began a long running stint as one of the top writers on mainstream super hero comics. Winick has scripted such titles as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Trials Shazam, Green Arrow and Outsiders (for DC Comics), Exiles (for Marvel) and Star Wars (for Dark Horse). He also was the creator and executive producer of Cartoon Network’s animated series, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. 

He is currently developing live action television and animation, writing the new bi-weekly comic title for DC Comics “Justice League: Generation Lost,” as well as the monthly “Power Girl.” 
In 2005, Winick presented his Red Hood storyline in the Batman comics and it was met with tremendous sales alongside powerful waves of controversy. He has evolved that story into the script for the all-new DC Universe film,  Batman: Under the Red Hood. In celebration of the film’s July 27 street date, DC Comics will distribute a six-issue mini-series, “Red Hood: The Lost Days.” Written by Winick and drawn by Pablo Raimondi, the mini-series offers greater insight into the back story of the title character. 

From the producing triumvirate of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Under the Red Hood will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download.  

Winick is thrilled with the way his words have transitioned from comic/graphic novel to screenplay to animated film in the form of Batman: Under the Red Hood, and is only too happy to talk about the end result. Here are some of his thoughts …

QUESTION: What was the greatest challenge in taking your graphic novel to script format?

JUDD WINICK:  I had to take two years of story and boil it down to 75 minutes of film, and that’s a challenge and liberating at the same time. It forces one to cut out all the fat and get to the heart of it. It’s about making a movie. And for those who know anything about movies, it’s about putting one foot in front of the other, building from one scene to the next to the next and so on. There are no cul-de-sacs or crossovers – it’s all about getting the story to its essence.

QUESTION: Were you disappointed with what you needed to cut out? 

JUDD WINICK:  Actually, I was thrilled about what went in. I’m really, really happy that the emotional core of the story is still there. We don’t really get to tell stories like this in animation. The opera of it all is usually reserved for live action. This story is about characters actually emoting and dealing with horrible situations. Animation usually gets just the action and the visualization, and not the characters actually feeling anything. So it was nice we got to do that.

QUESTION: Can you describe the gratification of watching your words come to animated life?

JUDD WINICK:  It’s great. And I don’t mean to take anything away from writing for comics, as this is just a different form of story telling. One of the fun parts of writing for film is that it allows you the freedom for your characters to just shut up and fight. We can’t do that in comics – there always has to be some banter or internal monologue. More importantly, it’s gratifying to see the words and action come to life in all the ways film affords – through  incredibly talented actors giving the words all that emotional impact; and to see the characters actually fight and run and yell and shout and cry. They become living, breathing beings. That’s a very exhilarating experience for a writer.

QUESTION: Do the voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris and John DiMaggio match what you had in your head while writing the dialogue?

JUDD WINICK:  I’ve been writing these characters for years, and it’s remarkable the job those actors did. Greenwood is about as Batman as you can get – which is exactly what you want. You don’t want to be surprised – as soon as he speaks, you want to say to yourself, “That’s Batman.” Nightwing is exactly as I’ve had him in my head – Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t possibly do it better. I’d like to do an entire feature with Bruce Greenwood as Batman and Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing.

Red Hood is funny for me because I thought I’d written this character in this incarnation more than anyone else, but I had no clue what he’d really sound like. And yet, when Jensen speaks, that’s the right tone and timbre. As far as Joker, that is one of the truly great characters that I think needs to be left up to interpretation. There’s only been a handful of people who have created Joker – Mark Hamill set the standard for animation, then you’ve got Jack (Nicholson) and Heath Ledger. But John (DiMaggio) has such versatility, he could go anywhere with it, and he made it totally his own. He really gives a very big and gruff and masculine performance, so deep and throaty and bass. He’s wonderfully scary and really gets the job done. 

Wade Williams as Black Mask absolutely cracks me up. He’s like a lion. Honestly, what came out in the animation came directly out of his performance. Wade made him into a caged animal who might go off at any second. He’s constantly roaring, which is an entirely different take than I anticipated and that’s awesome. That’s an actor making decisions and making it his own and really hitting the mark.
QUESTION: Executive Producer Bruce Timm says your pitch was unorthodox in that it was over the phone and yet was absolutely perfect and completely sold him. How’d you pull that off? 

JUDD WINICK: I’d given a rougher pitch to Gregory Noveck (DC Comics’s Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs) and he loved it, but we had to pitch it to the gang. The schedule worked out that I had to be in San Francisco, and they had to be in Burbank. That’s not the ideal way to pitch, especially for me – I like to jump around a lot, shout a lot, wave my hands and be theatrical. That’s especially true for this pitch because it’s a very emotional script. I kind of sold the idea in the first five minutes of the pitch, which was essentially describing the first five minutes of the movie.  

I thought this would be a cool animated feature, but to really tell this story, we had to find a way to show Robin dying. We had to get the history in quickly to start the movie with that emotional smack. So I’m on my head set, going through this scene, talking about Batman barreling down the street of Sarajevo, the Joker beating Robin to death,. I’m banging my hands on the desk, yelling as loud as I can, and by the time I said “Fade to black, cue to opening credits,” it was just dead quiet on the other end of the line. I said, “Is everybody still there?” And they said, “Yeah, that was awesome.” Done. Sold. 

QUESTION: How did you first enter the Batcave as a fan? 

JUDD WINICK: Like many people of my age, I’m sure I was reading the comics but I remember watching the TV series more – and not really liking it. It didn’t quite feel right. I know I enjoyed it more like watching Super Friends, but I really gravitated toward the comics more than anything. The series wasn’t dark enough. It didn’t have the edge I wanted in my Batman. Ultimately, the TV show gave me a sense of what I didn’t want Batman to be, even back then.
QUESTION: For The Real World fans out there … do you have any inclination to do another reality show? 

JUDD WINICK: I would say NEVER. Laughs. Doing reality was like elective surgery. I got the nose job, it worked out just fine. I don’t need a touch up, and I don’t need another one. When they started to do the follow-ups, we just kept saying “No” until they stopped asking us. We have jobs and responsibilities and really don’t need the money or the humiliation. And most importantly, we had a fairly extraordinary and terrible experience during the show and still came out positively. We are very lucky in that way, and I would not assume to tempt fate and do anything like it again.
QUESTION: Do you feel Batman: Under the Red Hood fits into Batman’s current live-action film tone? 

JUDD WINICK: I’d say Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was sort of the catalyst. After seeing that film, it got my juices going thinking that we could do something like that with a Red Hood arc. At the time, I didn’t even know what Warner Premiere was working on. It all started with a quick email to Gregory (Noveck) asking if they were looking for any more Batman features. Comics and film present very specific camps for the characters and the stories. Animation should be its own genre that straddles between the two that can give comic fans the product their hoping to see, and provide a new vision for the fans who only know these characters in the most mainstream way. 

QUESTION: Do you like presenting your stories in animated form? 

JUDD WINICK: I really do. I’m a cartoonist. I don’t draw for money, and mostly what I do is the writing. But that’s how I view myself more than anything else – as a cartoonist. I grew up on animation, and I always loved knowing that the cartoons on the page could actually come to life. I worshipped at the alter of Chuck Jones, and realized at a very young age that one guy did all the things I love best. I love it as a medium and I love how it’s evolved. Animation features have exploded – there is more high-end animation being produced now than ever before, and I think that’s great.
For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

New Batman: Brave and the Bold Jr. Laptop - Exclusive 1st pics!

 Thanks to our friends at WBCP for hunting down the very first pics of this product for the readers here at Legions of Gotham!

Young fans will appreciate a device worthy of the “Caped Crusader” himself
BURBANK, Calif., – June 4, 2010 – This summer, little learners will embark on a brain-teasing adventure through Gotham City like never before with the Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jr. Laptop.  Featuring an engaging assortment of eight interactive games, the laptop teaches letters, vocabulary, shapes, colors, numbers, counting and memory. The portable system is designed to capture children’s imaginations and encourage the learning process with exciting Batman graphics.  Designed with children in mind, the large-scale alphanumeric keyboard introduces typing skills and features keys perfectly sized for small hands to easily participate in learning activities independently.
“We are thrilled about this new laptop, which gives young fans everywhere the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Batman while engaging in an educational experience,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Oregon Scientific is synonymous with offerings that are both fun and educational and the adventures of Batman lend themselves perfectly to these products.”
“Our branded laptops continue to be best sellers year-after-year – fun, themed designs, easy-to-use features and a variety of activities that encourage learning, appeal to both mom and child,” said Bill Uzell, Executive Vice President, Oregon Scientific. “We are extremely excited to be working with Warner Bros. on our newest junior laptop - Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Batman married with interactive learning games and delivered in a portable laptop is sure to be a winning combination.”
The battery operated kid’s learning laptop will be available at Toys“R”Us and Walgreen’s this summer, retailing for $19.99. 

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

New Batman Activity & Sticker Book!

We found this sticker and activity book was found for only $1 at Michael's Craft Store!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Collette Celebrates the DC 75th Anniversary in style!


Top Names in The World of Designer Fashion Come Together to Create First-of-its-
Kind Collection of Apparel and Accessories Inspired by Beloved Super Heroes

BURBANK, CA, June 1, 2010 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), on behalf of
DC Comics, has joined forces with one of the most renowned stores in the world, colette, for
an exceptional alliance of exclusive merchandise, and in limited collection, prestigious
designers and powerful DC Comics Super Heroes, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of
DC Comics.

An all-star collection of the world’s top French designers have teamed up to unveil this
monumental anniversary line: Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Balmain, Lanvin, Repetto, Roger
Vivier, Maison Michel, Thierry Lasry, Julien David, Alexis Mabille and Pierre Hardy.
This collection is available in June at colette in exclusivity.

WBCP’s licensees including My Face (Apparel), New Era (Cap) and Superga (Shoes) will
round out the exclusive offerings.

“colette is happy to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the DC Comics Super Heroes and to put
forward Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Superman, The Flash, Plastic Man, Green Lantern,
Batman and The Joker,” said the colette’s team. “We like to dive into this universe, which,
consciously or unconsciously, has rocked our teenage and young adult years. Happy birthday
to DC Comics Super Heroes!”.

Starting on the 31st of May, colette will distribute this unique array of apparel and accessories
inspired by the DC Comics Super Heroes. Additionally, for a one week period the Super
Heroes will be featured on the famous colette showcase, with a decorative tribute to the DC
Comics covers.

“In this landmark anniversary year for DC Comics, we’ve enlisted the very best names in
fashion for a very special collection inspired by our iconic brands,” said Pilar Zulueta,
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Warner Bros.
Consumer Products. “colette is known as an epicenter of fashion not only in Paris, but around
the world and we couldn’t think of a better venue to house this once-in-a-lifetime offering of
clothing and accessories.”

DC Comics is home to the world's greatest Super Heroes, including Batman, Superman,
Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. These iconic characters have defined heroes in the
collective imagination, creating modern mythology for every generation across all media.

Items include: 

Superman bag
Superman saddle bag
Pierre Hardy
Plastic Man sunglasses
Thierry Lasry
Flash ballet pump
Catwoman boots
Roger Vivier
Green Lantern’s gloves
Karl Lagerfeld

They have inspired blockbuster movies, classic television shows, exciting video games and an
array of consumer products for fans of all ages everywhere in the world. DC Comics
celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, with numerous events and activities. The exclusive
collection developed for colette is the first of a long list in France.

Batman, Young Justice, Green Lantern & More at the WB Licensing Show 2010


BURBANK, CA – June 7, 2010 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) arrives at this year’s Licensing International Expo with a rich portfolio of entertainment properties to drive its licensing, merchandising and retail businesses. Leading the lineup is the highly anticipated feature film Green Lantern, along with the full breadth and scope of the DC Comics’ expansive character universe.  Other highlighted initiatives include a strong, multi-platform support for the beloved Looney Tunes characters and the continued evolution of the record-breaking Harry Potter franchise.  Rounding out WBCP activity is a number of strategic partnerships and promotional initiatives for other properties in the studio stable.  

“With the super heroes of DC Comics, the antics of the Looney Tunes, the magic of Harry Potter and an entire slate of diverse properties, we are able to offer our partners unparalleled access to merchandisable brands.  This year, we’re especially pleased to have so much content—creating even more momentum for our business,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.   

At the forefront of WBCP’s outstanding lineup is Green Lantern and the DC Comics property portfolio.  Green Lantern is set to hit theaters in summer 2011, with master toy licensee Mattel leading the charge on a vast array of film-inspired consumer offerings.  WBCP’s Super Hero line-up also includes DC Comics’ Batman and top-rated Cartoon Network series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well as the new Cartoon Network series Young Justice. 

The Looney Tunes property continues to be a cornerstone of the WBCP portfolio, with more than 1,000 licensees worldwide supporting the brand.  The broad appeal of the license has a proven track record of driving sales across multiple categories—apparel and accessories, domestics and home, stationery, publishing, toys, games, gift and novelties and more.   

Additionally, the Harry Potter franchise remains a marquee property with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter making its grand opening next week, on June 18, at Universal Orlando Resort.  The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final film in the blockbuster series, will premiere in November 2010 followed by Part 2 in 2011.   

The following is an overview of the properties and programs being spotlighted by WBCP at this year’s Licensing Show:  

Lighting up summer 2011 is the highly-anticipated film Green Lantern.  Bringing the enduringly popular DC Super Hero to the big screen for the first time, Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role as the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps.  Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers, but when a new enemy threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate, and the fate of Earth, lies in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. 
In support of the film, Mattel is launching a comprehensive line of products based on the film for both kids and adult fans alike.  The multi-category toy line includes Basic and Deluxe Action Figures, Figure/Vehicles, Role Play, Playsets, Games, Puzzles and Vehicles. Additionally, each Action Figure toy comes complete with a Green Lantern ring in order for kids to feel as if they too, have been “chosen” to be a Green Lantern.  The Deluxe Action Figures have a special feature that allows kids to truly replicate the elements in the film, and come with accessories that unfold into completely different items for unlimited hours of play.   

In order to fully realize the potential array of Green Lantern offerings, Mattel is supporting the film across key Mattel Brands such as Hot Wheels, Tyco R/C and UNO.  Collectors will also be pleased to discover that Mattel is releasing a Green Lantern “Movie Masters” line of highly detailed figures based on the film, which are sculpted by the “Four Horseman” design team.  Mattel’s Green Lantern product lines hit retail in summer 2011. 

This year, the Caped Crusader teams up with Super Heroes across the DC Universe in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, an animated television series that has dominated the ratings since its debut in 2009. Airing on Cartoon Network, the action-packed series’ licensing program is anchored by DC Comics’ master toy licensee, Mattel, and features other categories such as fashion separates (Isaac Morris and Wear Me Apparel), accessories (Berkshire), back-to-school supplies (Fast Forward), T-shirts (Giant, Trevco and Bioworld) and sleepwear sets (AME and Saramax).  Season 2 kicks off with new episodes slated to air this summer.   

Batman: The Brave and the Bold fans can also prepare for the release of “Total Armor” toys from Mattel. “Total Armor” means Batman and his allies will be equipped with additional, new weaponry and high-tech gadgets.  For example, “Magma Armor” Batman will feature a detachable water blaster with storage tanks.   Items in the “Total Armor” line will be available in spring 2011. 

Mattel is also rolling out products based on Young Justice, which will premiere on Cartoon Network during the 2010-2011 season.  This all-new series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Comics.  Featuring a team of teenage heroes, the show brings the popular comic to the small screen with favorites including Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis.  Product offerings from Mattel include figures, playsets and other show-inspired lines. 

This year marks a return to the big screen for Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, two of the most popular Looney Tunes characters of all time.  The studio will present animated 3-D shorts featuring the duo before three of its family features, all to be released this year.  In each new three-minute cartoon short, Wile E. Coyote is as determined as ever to catch the elusive Road Runner, now with an arsenal of state-of-the-art ACME gadgets to snag his quarry—all in stereographic 3-D.  The shorts and films they will appear before are as follows:  “Coyote Falls” (“Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” in theaters July 30); “Fur of Flying” (“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” in theaters September 24); “Rabid Rider” (“Yogi Bear” in theaters December 17).   

The characters also return to television with The Looney Tunes Show, an all-new half-hour animated television series for Cartoon Network.  No longer confined to seven-minute shorts, iconic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode's main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features cartoons within a cartoon. The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute Merrie Melodies music videos, and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote are featured in two-and-a-half-minute CG shorts. 

The Looney Tunes characters also serve as ambassadors of an active lifestyle for children with PSAs, “better-for-you” food products and a global initiative to get kids moving.  WBCP recently announced a partnership with the Ad Council and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to combat childhood obesity.  Looney Tunes characters appear in a series of four public service announcements, currently on-air, alongside some of today's most noteworthy athletes, including stars from the NFL, NBA and Olympics (Drew Brees, Kevin Durant, Tony Hawk and Misty May-Treanor).   

The Looney Tunes characters also promote the “Eating Right Kids” program featured in 1,700+ Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada.  The Looney Tunes characters serve as ambassadors of health and fitness on kid-friendly products across multiple food categories simplifying “better-for-you” nutritional choices for parents and children with foods that also happen to taste great.   

Looney Tunes Active!, a global initiative under the Looney Tunes umbrella, features the iconic characters as ambassadors of an active lifestyle for children.  The naturally energetic nature of the Looney Tunes, one of their defining characteristics, makes them the ideal representatives of a more active lifestyle for kids everywhere.  Launched in 2006, the program has quickly evolved into one of the world’s most dynamic licensing programs, with WBCP Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) helping to lead the charge.   

To date, EMEA has served as a key region for the Looney Tunes Active! initiative with 1 billion branded products sold at retail in three years across multiple categories. WBCP has forged global partnerships with Nestle Waters, McDonald’s and Intersport, with numerous local companies complementing this lineup.  WBCP has also partnered with sports associations, including Lega Basket (Italy), the Spanish (FEB, Men’s World and Europe Champions), UK and France (Women’s European Champions) Basketball Federations, to encourage kids to be and stay active.  These partnerships positively promote a more active lifestyle and the participation in physical activities through team sports. 

Expanding upon the health and wellness platform this past year, renowned Latina health expert, Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, teamed up with the Baby Looney Tunes to reach Hispanic mothers to promote healthy, happy babies.   

The Looney Tunes also strike a chord in the world of music, with this year seeing the debut of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, an original concert series that celebrates the 20th anniversary of Bugs Bunny on Broadway, a record-setting orchestra-and-film concert that created a new genre of symphony orchestra concert when it debuted in 1990.  The rechristened and newly-created concert sequel will play in 38 markets worldwide throughout 2010 and 2011, with high-profile, two-tiered world premieres.  The concert debuted in May 2010 with much fanfare at Australia’s famed Sydney Opera House and played to sold-out audiences.  Bugs Bunny at the Symphony will make its U.S. premiere at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in July 2010.   

The Looney Tunes are featured in variety of complementary global and country-specific initiatives, including 12 Six Flags theme parks, Warner Bros. Movie World Australia and Parque Warner in Spain. Additionally, Butlins Resort in the UK presents the all-new Looney Tunes live show entitled “Looney Tunes Live—The Experiment,” and seven Taubman Mall centers throughout the United States now contain innovative play areas, featuring larger-than-life Looney Tunes favorites that delight generations of fans. 

In the publishing arena, the Looney Tunes have a significant presence, with a number of high-profile initiatives around the world this year.  In the United States, DC Comics releases a set of Looney Tunes comic books, each with three original stories.  Also in North America, Canadian publisher Rofact International Canada produces a series of coloring-and-activity titles featuring the characters.  In Europe, a number of companies including Edizioni Play Press (Italy) and Panini (UK and France) publish a wide range of products for kids. 

Through WBCP’s partnership with Universal Orlando Resort, the world’s most highly anticipated theme park environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will be revealed this month on June 18.  Billed as “a theme park within a theme park,” fans will be able to fully immerse themselves into the world of Harry Potter with features and attractions directly inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and unforgettable characters.  Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be able to walk through the village of Hogsmeade and marvel at the towering Hogwarts castle.  All of the shops, attractions and the restaurant were pulled straight from the Harry Potter books and films – and are brought to life as some of the most sophisticated theme park experiences ever created. 

Also continuing WBCP’s growing global themed entertainment category is Harry Potter: The Exhibition, offering fans a first-hand look inside the famous wizard’s magical world with elaborate displays of authentic costumes, props and artifacts from recognizable locations featured in the films such as those from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Created in partnership with GES, the exhibition tours major cultural and entertainment venues, museums and institutions in the U.S. and internationally.  The exhibit made its world premiere in Chicago in April 2009 before traveling to Boston, and will reside in Toronto through August 2010.  Additional cities will be announced later this year. 

While fans around the world anxiously await the upcoming premiere of the seventh and final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in 2011, WBCP licensees across the globe, including Panini, DeAgostini, NECA, Corgi International Limited, Hasbro, Rubie’s Costume Co., Exhibitgroup/Giltspur, Noble Collection, Artbox Entertainment, Gentle Giant, Giant Merchandising, Jibbitz, BioWorld Merchandising Inc., Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Tonner Doll, among others, will be supporting the film’s release with a wide array of products. 

WBCP will also be supporting a merchandising program for Happy Feet 2, the sequel to the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, Happy Feet.  The upcoming film returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica, reuniting us with the world’s most famous tap-dancing penguin, Mumble; the love of his life, Gloria; and their old friends Ramon and Lovelace.  Mumble and Gloria now have a son of their own, Erik, who is struggling to find his own particular talents in the Emperor penguin world.  But new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working—and dancing—together to save them. 

Happy Feet 2 stars the voices of Elijah Wood, Hank Azaria and Robin Williams, as well as exciting new cast members yet to be announced.  The film is directed and co-written by George Miller, who won an Oscar® as the creator of the original Happy Feet. 

ThunderCats is set to roar back into the mainstream, with a new animated television series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network.  WBCP recently announced a powerhouse partnership with Bandai America Incorporated, as the global master toy licensee for ThunderCats.  Under the new agreement, Bandai and their international affiliates will create and distribute products worldwide that will complement both the classic brand property, as well as the fresh take on the animated series, with new television episodes set to air in 2011.     

The new ThunderCats, a 21st century reimagining of the series, will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise.  A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling.  As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.  The series marks a creative collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan.   

Since its debut in 1985, the ThunderCats pop culture phenomenon has had its paws sunk deeply not only in television, but also toylines, apparel and comic books.  Twenty-five years later, through the Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Bandai America collaboration, the beloved brand is poised to make a new audience of kids feel the magic and hear the roar once again. 

Girls continue to flex their muscles and the iconic power of the Supergirl S-shield remains an unmatched and universal symbol of independence and empowerment for today’s girl. WBCP has partnered with five-time Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin to create Supergirl by Nastia, the first-ever lifestyle merchandise line of its kind for girls available at major retailer, JCPenney.  Supergirl by Nastia will feature trend-savvy, affordable apparel that reinforces a message of empowerment, creativity, strength, intelligence and independence—the symbolic attributes of the iconic Supergirl S-Shield.  The collection, created for today’s girls, will be in stores and on beginning July 20, just in time for the back-to-school season.   

In addition, Warner Bros. will continue its support of female athletes through the 4th Annual Supergirl Jam, the only large-scale, all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle/music festival, designed to promote and celebrate female strength, independence and empowerment.  Event details will be announced soon.   

After more than 40 years, Scooby-Doo continues his reign as TV’s top dog. Building on the popularity of the Scooby-Doo franchise, the television series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc., brings Scooby-Doo and his four buddies, who call themselves Mystery, Inc., together to deliver a mix of comedy, mystery and adventure, as the fearless five solve new, scary mysteries in their seriously haunted town.   

The popular Zoinks Points, the first-ever Scooby-Doo online rewards program, continues to be a success with fans.  For every Scooby product purchased at retail or online, Scooby fans have access to exclusive games, video clips, podcasts, screensavers, wallpapers and more – all for free and only at
This summer, renowned dog behaviorist Cesar Millan will team up with Scooby-Doo to host the Great Dog Adventure Contest.  Contestants have the opportunity to join him and the world’s most famous dog for a lively weekend of canine ‘fun in the sun’ in San Diego, CA.  The contest marks the third collaboration between Scooby and Cesar.    The duo jointly celebrated their 40th birthdays together in September 2009, and most recently they joined forces to find the next “spokesdog” to star with Millan in a public service announcement. 

Scooby and the gang will also star in their next adventure, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, an all-new, live-action/CG movie follow-up to the record-setting Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009).  The family feature will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2010 and be released on DVD through Warner Home Video in early 2011. 

WBCP continues to be a leader in sports licensing, representing several powerhouse brands and the highest profile football/soccer tournaments. The Company’s portfolio of world-class football/soccer franchise properties include:  FC Barcelona, Manchester United FC, Juventus FC, São Paulo Football Club, Mexico’s National Team (FMF), Club America and the Brazilian National Team (Seleção). 

WBCP is seeking innovative licensing partners to broaden its product offering for the highly popular animated character Pucca.  WBCP’s representation of Pucca has expanded to include Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (Greater China) region, in addition to previous representation in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, further advancing the companies’ worldwide strategic partnership.   

Originally introduced online, Pucca debuted as a series of Flash-animated shorts produced by Vooz Co., Ltd. and fast became a true cultural phenomenon. Known for its "silent comedy" factor—creating humor with almost no spoken words—and its universal theme of love, the shorts revolve around 10-year-old Pucca, the daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner in Korea, who is in love with Garu, a 12-year-old warrior. Pucca’s dedicated online following led to its television debut in the U.S. 
This year, WBCP and Vooz launched a specialized apparel collection in the U.S. inspired by Pucca at the stylish Curve boutiques in New York and Los Angeles.
New Line Cinema’s library comprises a wide range of films including the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, one of the most successful film franchises in historyNew Line’s vast property vault also includes two of the most popular horror franchises, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, adding dimension to a portfolio that is already amongst the most comprehensive in licensed entertainment. 

Classic characters will remain a linchpin for WBCP at Licensing Show this year. With strong merchandising programs in play, licensees continue to support beloved franchises such as Tom & Jerry and Yogi Bear.  Additionally, everyone’s favorite picnic-basket-stealing bear is coming to the silver screen in 2010 in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Yogi Bear.