RIVETING DOCUMENTARY NARRATED BY RYAN REYNOLDS CELEBRATES THE CREATIVE
TALENT BEHIND THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER HEROES
WARNER HOME VIDEO TO DISTRIBUTE DVD NOV. 9
BURBANK, CA (August 11, 2010) – Warner Bros. Pictures presents an
enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the World’s
Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an
all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic
company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics
archives. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC
Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on
DVD for $24.98 (SRP). Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will also
be available On Demand and for Download.
“Batman: Under the Red Hood” is available everywhere today, July 27.
The eighth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated
Original PG-13 Movies is being distributed by Warner Home Video. The
film screened to a packed house of 4,250 fans at the recently
concluded Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Animation, “Batman: Under the Red Hood” is available 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.
Below you will find links to an official clip from “Batman: Under the
Red Hood.” Also attached are a few new images from the film.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GOTHAM CITY MEETS A NEW VIGILANTE WITH A MYSTERIOUS, VIOLENT TWIST IN
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
I am truly looking forward to the DC MMO. The more I see from it, the more excited I get. In the DC MMO section, we have some new shots of Power Girl. I’ll be moving the previously released shots there as well this week. This game is shaping up to be awesome.
TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER JAMES WOODS
GIVE EVIL A SUBTLE TOUCH AS OWLMAN IN
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
Nobody captures villainy quite like James Woods. The two-time Emmy Award winning actor steals his every scene as the voice of Owlman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, an all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie now available from Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.
In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a “good” Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.
ACTRESS GINA TORRES PUTS A
SEXY SPIN ON EVIL AS SUPERWOMAN IN
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
Gina Torres mixes equal parts evil, sexy and powerful of conjure the
hypnotic voice of Superwoman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,
an all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie arriving TODAY,
February 23, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros.
Warner Home Video will distribute the full-length animated Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on February 23 as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD, and On Demand and Download.
Timm, the executive producer on “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,” has been the creative force behind many of Warner Bros. Animation’s modern-day successes, elevating DC Comics’ canon of super heroes to new heights of animated popularity and introducing 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 have drawn critical acclaim and further whetted the public’s appetite for comic book entertainment. “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” is the seventh film in the ongoing DC Universe series.
And here’s what Mr. Timm had to say …
What excites you about Juctice League: Crisis on Two Earths?
In a weird kind of way, this is a return to my favorite show Justice League Unlimited. The original script was intended to be the bridge story between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited to explain how we went from seven heroes to more than 50 super heroes. We loved the story and the script, and it floated around here for years while we tried to figure out what to do with it – it was considered for a comic, but fortunately that got shot down. Then we took a look at it and, with just a few slight tweaks, we jumped at the chance to make it a DC Universe movie.
What sets it apart from the TV version of Justice League?
It’s a very satisfying, grand scale adventure movie with a big cast of interesting, quirky characters. It’s amazing how much it feels like a great episode of Justice League Unlimited as a big, epic film with slightly different visual stylings. That’s a good thing.
Did this film present challenges that the first six DC Universe movies did not?
The biggest challenge, and this is kind of esoteric, was that we had to find the line between the original source material and making it feel like a stand-alone movie so anyone that didn’t watch JLU could follow it. We really didn’t have to tweak the script too much – I think about 95 percent remains untouched. In terms of visual styling, we also wanted it to stand on its own and not necessarily as a continuation of the old show. We have this brilliant character designer – Phil Bourassa – who draws in a style similar to my own in terms of simplicity, but slightly different. So it doesn’t look 180 degrees away from the old show, but it definitely feels unique.
What are the benefits of having two directors on the same film?
The positive for Sam and Lauren is that having two directors lightens the workload, because it’s a big movie. They have similar strengths, and they’re both very good at what they do. They’re both all around talented in terms of understanding story, acting, the emotional core of the story, and they’re both really good at directing big crazy action scenes. But they’re methodology is different. Sam thinks a lot, he’s very analytical. Lauren is more intuitive about everything. I just kind of stayed out of it when they had disagreements – fortunately I never had to be the tiebreaker, They just worked things out between the two of them.
What are Dwayne McDuffie’s strengths?
Dwayne is really well-rounded as a writer – he knows comics inside and out, he understands the lore, he knows what makes a good super hero story, and at the same time he’s really good with character dynamics and conflict. Plus he’s one of the best dialogue writers in the business.
Of this fairly huge cast, do you have a favorite character?
In this story, it’s probably Owlman. He’s a fascinating character himself, but the dynamic with Superwoman is so messed up as a couple, and yet really appealing in a weird kind of way. It’s a little similar to JLU’s relationship between The Question and Huntress. Superwoman is this badass hot chick, and he’s the quiet, brainy, nerd guy. They’re an interesting, odd couple. Plus I loved both James’ (Woods) and Gina’s (Torres) performances – they were spot-on. The amazing thing is we like to get all the actors to record as an ensemble, but in this case it wasn’t feasible, So they never met or performed together, but they totally mesh. It’s such an interesting chemistry considering they’ve never even met.
You’ve brought another all-star cast to this film. Anything fans don’t know about the casting choices this time around?
There’s an interesting side note in that Vanessa Marshall, who plays Wonder Woman, came this close to playing the role in Justice League. We were down to the final two choices, and they were neck and neck. The thing about Vanessa is that she sounded perfect for Wonder Woman – exactly what she should sound like. But Susan Eisenberg had this vulnerability. We thought it would be interesting to not play her to type, which ultimately played really well. When it came to casting for this movie, we thought, “What if we go down the road not taken?” So we opted for Vanessa in a full-length movie and she is great.
“Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” includes the premiere of the first DC Showcase animation short, “The Spectre.” How have the DC Showcase shorts changed your work day?
The DC Showcase is fun because it gives us an opportunity to play with characters that maybe don’t have a broad enough marquee value to support their own movie. As much as I like Batman, Superman, etc., the more lower tier, offbeat characters are really fascinating to me. It’s fun to mess around with others characters in the DC Universe. Super heroes are great, but it’s nice to do a change of pace, and that’s a lot of what we’ve done here. “The Spectre” is a supernatural thriller,; “Jonah Hex” is a western, and so on. So the Showcase is giving us a chance to stretch different muscles.
After taking a break from episodic TV for the past several years, are you enjoying a return to the short-form with the DC Showcase?
The interesting thing is these are really short form – they’re half as long as a half-hour TV episode. So the story has to be really tight and condensed – you have to cut away the fat, but it can’t be just wall-to-wall action. It still has to be a story. Fortunately we’re working with some really great writers, and because of that, every time we roll tape on these shorts, they feel like you’ve watched a whole episode of something. There’s a clear beginning, middle and end – a full story. So mission accomplished.
What made Steve Niles the right guy to write “The Spectre,” and how did you lure him into writing an animated short?
I’ve admired Steve Niles’ work for a long time and, honestly, it would have never occurred to me to approach him. That was Todd Casey’s suggestion. He contacted Steve, and Steve was thrilled to get the assignment. He’s a big Michael Fleisher/Jim Aparo fan, and a big fan of “The Spectre” – especially that 1970s era of the character. Steve is very into crime fiction and horror, so he was the perfect writer for it.
Does “The Spectre” hold any special significance for you?
“The Spectre” was one of my favorite characters back in the 70s. Even by today’s standards, those comics are pretty hard core, and they were written in 1974, I don’t know how they got some of that stuff past the comic code. It was so different from any other comic on the stands. It’s really dark, really nasty. The character is pretty easy to understand – he’s the dark avenger of the night, even more so than Batman. He punishes bad guys in horrible, horrible ways. He’s like the benign Freddie Krueger. I’ve wanted to use “The Spectre” for a long, long time and we never had a opportunity to do it, and this was our chance to go hog wild with him.
For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at www.JUSTICELEAGUECRISIS.com.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from
award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League)
rooted in DC Comics’ popular canon of “Crisis” stories depicting
parallel worlds with uniquely similar super heroes and villains. Bruce
Timm (Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern) is executive producer. Lauren
Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman:
Public Enemies) are co-directors.
The movie features an all-star voice cast led by Mark Harmon(NCIS) as
Superman, James Woods(Ghosts of Mississippi) as Owlman, Chris Noth
(Sex and the City, Law & Order) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin(Dirty
Sexy Money) as Batman, Gina Torres(Serenity, Firefly) as Superwoman
and Bruce Davison(X-Men) as the President.
Warner Home Video will distribute the full-length animated Justice
League: Crisis on Two Earths on February 23 as a Special Edition
2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD,
and On Demand and Download.