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NYCC 2013: Warner Bros. Brings Seven Super-Powered Panels/Premieres

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings a fanboy buffet of super hero-inspired presentations to New York Comic Con this week, October 10-13, with the spotlight covering several exciting upcoming releases: the highly-anticipated animated film, Justice League: War; a star-studded salute to Superman’s 75th Anniversary, including the premiere of a Zack Snyder/Bruce Timm-produced animated short; the World Premiere of an all-new documentary, Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics; new revelations from Batman: Arkham Origins, the next installment in the blockbuster videogame franchise; insightful Warner Archive Collection panels on both Alex Toth and classic, yet forgotten TV super heroes; and Warner Archive Collection’s special Friday night panel featuring Batman: The Brave and the Bold at The Paley Center for Media.

The chronological schedule for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s seven panels, and two associated autograph sessions, is as follows:

Necessary Evil-SuperVillains of DC ComicsWorld Premiere of “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics”

Thursday, October 10
5:00-6:30pm
Room 1A06

Behind every great super hero is an even greater rogues gallery, and that’s where the spotlight lands in the all-new documentary, “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics.” From the Joker and Deathstroke to Lex Luthor and Darkseid, the film investigates the inner-workings of the most nefarious collection of baddies in comics history. Join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment for the World Premiere of this compelling film, which is narrated by everyone’s favorite villain, Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings & Star Wars films).  “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 25, 2013.

Justice League War-NYCC“Justice League: War” Autograph session

Friday, October 11
Noon-1:00pm
James Tucker, Jay Oliva, Andrea Romano (possible surprise guests)
Autograph area – Table 2

First Look – “Justice League: War”

Friday, October 11
2:45-3:45pm
Theater 1D

Be among the first to witness an extended look at “Justice League: War,” the latest addition to the popular line of DCU animated films. As an exclusive NYCC presentation, fans will be treated to full clips and lively discussion – courtesy of the new voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas, Life on Mars), producer James Tucker (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox), director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Man of Steel), 8-time Emmy Award winning dialogue director Andrea Romano and some surprise guests from the all-star cast. Moderator Gary Miereanu will be handing out some unique prizes for a few lucky fans, and dropping a few intriguing tidbits about future DCU releases. Starring the voices of O’Mara, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Alan Tudyk (Serenity, Firefly, Suburgatory), Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible III, The Bourne Supremacy), Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) and Sean Astin (LOTR films), “Justice League: War” will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in early 2014.

Batman The Brave and the Bold-NYCCWarner Archive, Paley Center for Media celebrate New York Comic Con with “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” event

Friday, October 11
7:00-8:30pm
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street)

Warner Archive and The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, present an evening of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” on Friday, October 11 at 7:00pm. Join the voices of Batman and Aquaman, respectively, Diedrich Bader (Office Space, The Drew Carey Show) and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time), producer James Tucker, 8-time Emmy Award winning dialogue director Andrea Romano, Warner Archive podcasters Matt Patterson & DW Ferranti, and moderator Gary Miereanu as they take an in-depth look at the popular Warner Bros. Animation series – in anticipation of its Warner Archive Blu-ray release in early November. Limited tickets are available to fans via a special lottery – send an email to BatmanBATB@gmail.com with body copy listing ONLY your name & email address to enter for tickets.

superman-75-years-logo-310513Superman 75th Celebration

Saturday, October 12
12:30-1:30pm
Theater 1D

As the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman has flown high in film, TV, radio, animation, video games and, of course, comics for 75 glorious years. Join a star-studded panel covering the gamut of Supes’ incarnations as they discuss the beloved character’s many personifications, impressive history, and ongoing relevance within society and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the World Premiere of a special 75th Anniversary animated short created by “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and “Superman: The Animated Series” producer Bruce Timm (who will be on-hand to present the short). Award-winning writer Scott Snyder, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio, comics icon Paul Levitz and Mike Carlin, Creative Director/Animation, DC Entertainment will anchor the panel alongside stars of film and television, including “Castle” star Molly Quinn, the voice of Supergirl. As a perfect complement to the panel, make sure you tour the special “Superman 75” costume exhibit on display as part of the DC Booth all weekend at NYCC.

Hanna-Barbera and the Designs of Alex Toth

Saturday, October 12
5:30-6:30pm
Room 1A03

What do Space Ghost, The Herculoids, The Mighty Mightor, Shazzan and Thundarr all have in common? Besides being classic Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoons, they all feature unforgettable character designs by the legendary Alex Toth. Join longtime comics writer/editor/educator Danny Fingeroth and all-knowing, fan-favorite Warner Archive Podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti for a salute to this animation sensation and his iconic influence on Saturday mornings.

“Batman: Arkham Origins”

Saturday, October 12
7:45-8:45pm
Theater 1E

Witness the next installment in the blockbuster videogame franchise. Developed by WB Games Montréal, “Batman™: Arkham Origins” features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career and sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.  Don’t miss the lively panel discussion between WB Games Montréal Creative Director Eric Holmes and actors Roger Craig Smith (Resident Evil) and Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us), the voices of Batman and The Joker, respectively, moderator Lucas Siegel and other surprise guests. Be on the look out for new NYCC-exclusive reveals! “Batman: Arkham Origins” will be released worldwide on October 25, 2013.

Warner Archive Collection: Almost Forgotten Heroes – Autograph session

Sunday, October 13
Noon-1:00pm
Jerry Ordway, signing special “Shazam” poster
Autograph area – Table 2

Warner Archive presents “Almost Forgotten TV Heroes”

Sunday, October 13
1:30-2:30pm
Room 1A10

Did you know there were two TV Wonder Women BEFORE Linda Carter’s turn beneath the tiara? Or that none other than Ed MacMahon roasted members of the Justice League – on prime time TV? With Smallville’s triumphant 10-season run still fresh in our memories, and a certain Man of Steel soaring high in the cinema, Warner Archive think it’s worth a look at some lesser known super-shows. Join renowned writer/artist Jerry Ordway and Mike Carlin, Creative Director/Animation, DC Entertainment alongside the ever-informed, fan-centric Warner Archive Podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu as they take a look at the syndicated “Adventures of Superboy” (from  the producers of “Superman: The Motion Picture” and featured scripts from some of comicdom’s most noted scribes), Cathy Lee Crosby’s superspy version of Princess Diana, Hanna-Barbera’s notorious live-action primetime “Superfriends: Legends of the Super Heroes” and clips from some choice “super” pilots.

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