(April 27, 2010 – Burbank, CA) – Batman confronts new enemies, old foes and painful memories when a powerful vigilante with a penchant for violence comes to Gotham City in the intense graphic-novel-come-to-life “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” the next entry in the popular ongoing series of DC UNIVERSE Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming July 27, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length animated film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2 disc DVD for $29.99 (SRP) and $24.98 (SRP), respectively, as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP). Order due date for all versions is June 22, 2010. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download. The stellar voice cast has Bruce Greenwood (Captain Pike in the 2009 blockbuster “Star Trek”) donning the famed cowl as the voice of Batman. “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles is Red Hood, and Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) voices Nightwing. John DiMaggio (“Futurama”) and Jason Issacs (the "Harry Potter" films) round out the main cast as The Joker and Ra’s Al Ghul, respectively. “Batman: Under the Red Hood” is scripted by award-winning comics writer Judd Winick and based on his popular 2005 comics storyline and subsequent comics graphic novel of the same name. Animation guru Bruce Timm returns as Executive Producer, as he has for all eight DC Universe animated original movies. Director is Brandon Vietti, who served as Co-Director of “Superman Doomsday” and was responsible for the first one-third of that film, including the fatal battle between the two title characters. In “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” 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. Killing is an option. And when The Joker falls in between the two, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened. Fans will be treated to an incredible package of DC Universe storytelling as the Special Edition Blu-ray and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD include the second animated short in the all-new DC Showcase series – which features the popular DC Comics character, Jonah Hex. The short is scripted by renowned author Joe Lansdale, and stars the voices of Thomas Jane (“Hung”), Linda Hamilton (“The Terminator”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Mercy,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Michael Rooker (“Days of Thunder”). “Batman: Under the Red Hood - 2 Disc Special Edition DVD” will have more than two hours of fascinating bonus features, including: • Featurette – “Robin’s Story” – It was decided it was time to add a fresh face into the story mix, which turned out to be Dick Grayson, aka Robin. This is the story of Dick Grayson and how he transformed into Robin, with Batman as his father-figure role model. • Extended Sneak Peek at the next DC UNIVERSE Animated Original PG-13 Movie. • Widescreen (1.78:1) • Two title-themed episodes from Warner Bros. Animation’s 20-year history of "Batman" television series, hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm. “Batman: Under the Red Hood Special Edition Blu-Ray” will have more than three hours of bonus materials, including all the great extras from the 2-disc Special Edition DVD as well as: • Featurette: “Death in the House of Batman” –- The story of how DC Comics heard the fans’ cry that the new Robin was not going to fit the cape, and how the Boy Wonder was scheduled to die. • Two additional bonus Batman-themed episodes personally selected by Bruce Timm • Digital copy “‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’ is another terrific entry in the groundbreaking series of DC Universe animated movies, a shining representation of the adult story telling that comics-turned-to-film has to offer, and further evidence of the combined creative power within the collaboration of DC Entertainment, Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video,” said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President Production, Warner Premiere. “Judd Winick's and Doug Mahnke's story of a Robin gone wrong introduced Batman's most personal enemy to date. It's unbelievably cool to see it brought to life like this," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. “With each exciting new chapter of the DC UNIVERSE films, fans have come to expect more – and ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’ delivers with an action-packed tale of mystery and emotional struggle brought to animated life by an outstanding filmmaking crew and voiced by the all-star talents of Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris and John Dimaggio,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brand Marketing. “In his feature length solo directorial debut, Brandon Vietti has brought this dark, psychological thriller to the screen with all the action and emotion of a great Batman story,” said Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Animation.” 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 www.dccomics.com. 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.
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