– To help promote the release of the latest of the Warner Brothers Home Video animated DVD feature films, “THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – PART ONE”, premiere events were held at the NY and CA branches of the Paley Center for Media. Both Newsarama (http://www.newsarama.com/tv/dark-knight-returns-animated-event-recap.html) and Comic Book Resources (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=41167) covered the event and dished some data with the film’s producer Bruce Timm, voice director Andrea Romano, script-writer Bob Goodman and director Jay Olivia. Timm notes that adapting Frank Miller’s ironic 1986 work was the toughest of the animated DVD films to produce and that WB’s refusal to authorize a 2-3 hour long animated film is the reason why it has been chopped into two releases. The first hits stores today, while the second hits shelves early next year. Goodman notes that since an animated film can’t utilize extended monologues via narration panels like a comic can, the film lacks this but utilizes the best lines in dialogue. Olivia notes that the content of the comic was translated and that any alterations were to adapt it to a new medium. The film stars Peter Weller as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Ariel Winter (“MODERN FAMILY”) voicing Carrie Kelly/Robin, among others. Romano notes that the film has a cast of roughly thirty-three actors, with thirty of them voice more than one character. Olivia is proud of having directed a PG-13 Batman animated film, even if he knows parents will usually always see Batman as “kid friendly”. To capitalize on the DVD release, DC Comics has announced a three day digital sale on Frank Miller’s Batman work (http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/09/24/the-batman-the-dark-knight-returns-sale).
– DC Comics’ official website has added a Talent Directory which lists all of their creators in alphabetical order along with credited work and photographs. The aim is to make it easier to look up back issues and trades as well as to offer easy access to information (http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/09/19/introducing-our-new-talent-directory).
– Newsarama has scanned over DC Comics’ solicitations for December and plucked the newest tidbits. G.I. COMBAT will be canceled as of its 7th issue, first of all. Captain Atom and Mr. Terrific, who both starred in their own books that got canned, will appear in other character’s books that month (FURY OF FIRESTORM and EARTH 2, respectively). Writer Frank Tieri will replace Rob Liefeld as writer on both GRIFTER and SAVAGE HAWKMAN, a fact he claims on Twitter that DC solicited incorrectly. Jack Kirby’s New Gods characters will be appearing in WONDER WOMAN – or at least Orion is. Finally, the mention of a “black diamond” in four titles suggests that the villain Eclipso may be returning (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/10-things-from-dc-december-solicitations.html).