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SDCC2009: "Green Lantern: First Flight" Encore on Jul 26; DC Shorts Confirmed

No awesome animated movie shall escape their sight
Green Lantern: First Flight filmmakers were present at Comic-Con International to promote the film’s July 28, 2009 release. From left, screenwriter Alan Burnett, director Lauren Montgomery, executive producer Bruce Timm and casting/voice director Andrea Romano.

Due to heavy demand, Warner Home Entertainment has added an encore screening of Green Lantern: First Flight for San Diego Comic-Con International attendees, slated for Sunday, July 26, at 2:15 PM. One highlight of the Thursday premiere (described in Toon Zone News’ coverage of the event) was producer Bruce Timm leading the 4,200 attendees in a recital of the Green Lantern Oath, which will be a world record pending official certification from Guinness World Records.

During the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies panel, DC Comics Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck confirmed that a program of animated shorts is underway, in conjunction with the successful program of DTV animated movies. While Noveck did not announce any titles, release dates, or distribution methods, he did admit that a Jonah Hex short written by Joe Lansdale would be in the initial series of shorts.

In addition, Warners has also issued information about the warm reception for voice actors Kevin Conroy and Clancy Brown, along a signing on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and that the cast of the live-action cast of the Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins movie will be appearing on Sunday.

The full press release follows. Click on any image to enlarge to full-size.

Return to Toon Zone’s coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con International 2009.


“GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT” ADDS ENCORE PRESENTATION AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL ON SUNDAY, JULY 26

The overwhelming success of Thursday night’s World Premiere of “Green Lantern: First Flight” at Comic-Con International – which drew a SRO Crowd of 4,200+ fans, yet turned away 1,500 more – has led Warner Home Entertainment Group to add an encore presentation of the film at CCI on Sunday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m.

In brightest day, in blackest night...
Green Lantern: First Flight executive producer Bruce Timm shows off his Green Lantern illuminating ring, one of the popular giveaway items at the Warner Bros. booth at Comic-Con International.

Those lucky enough to gain entrance to Thursday’s screening were treated to an introduction from the film’s executive producer, Bruce Timm. The animation legend then prompted an unofficial world record event. Timm encouraged all 4200+ to stand a recite the Green Lantern oath along with him – and nobody stayed seated. Official certification by Guinness World Records is pending.

Warner Home Video will distribute the all-new film – as a special edition 2-disc DVD, a Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def edition, as well as single disc DVD – on July 28, 2009. The action-packed movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, July 28, 2009.

Sunday’s encore presentation will be held in Room 6BCF. CCI credentials/passes are required to gain admittance to the Convention Center and, thus, the screening.

In other news from Warner Home Video …

KEVIN CONROY AND CLANCY BROWN GET GRAND CCI GREETING

The definitive voices of Batman and Lex Luthor, Kevin Conroy and Clancy Brown, respectively, made their long-awaited appearances at CCI during a Superman/Batman: Public Enemies panel on Friday, July 24. The pair was greeted with an extended round of cheers and applause from a crowd of 2,100 fans during the early evening panel.

I am vengeance. I am the night. I. Am. BATMAN!!!!
Kevin Conroy, the definitive voice of Batman for the past two decades, returned to Comic-Con International for the first time in six years for a Superman/Batman: Public Enemies panel on Friday, July 24.

Conroy has not attended CCI in six years, while Brown has never made an appearance at the San Diego convention. Both fan favorites will be signing autographs at the Warner Bros. booth (4239 on the Comic-Con main floor) on Saturday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. until Noon.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the sixth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 29, 2009 as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD and On Demand.

It's better to burn up than to fade away!!
Clancy Brown, the voice of Lex Luthor, makes his first appearance at Comic-Con International for a Superman/Batman: Public Enemies panel on Friday, July 24.

DC SHOWCASE ANIMATION SHORTS ANNOUNCED

During Friday evening’s Superman/Batman: Public Enemies panel, DC Comics Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck confirmed the internet rumors that the co-producers of the DC Universe animated original movies – Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video and DC Comics – are indeed now producing a series of animation shorts.

While Noveck said the group was not yet prepared to issue any details of titles, distribution or release dates, he did admit that a Jonah Hex short – written by Joe Lansdale – would be among the initial series of animation shorts.

FULL CAST & FILM OF SCOOBY-DOO! THE MYSTERY BEGINS TO APPEAR AT CCI ON SUNDAY, JULY 26

Everyone’s favorite crime-solving Great Dane joins the Comic-Con International schedule as as Warner Premiere & Cartoon Network present the first public screening of Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins on Sunday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6DE of the San Diego Convention Center.

Comic-Con International credentials are required for admittance to the screening.

The highly-anticipated movie reveals the never-before-told tale of how the Mystery Inc. crew originally came together along with the world’s most famous Great Dane. A co-production of Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins is directed by Brian Levant (Beethoven, Snow Dogs) and produced by Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn, Skinwalkers). The film uses adventurous storytelling and stylized visuals of both live-action and CGI technology to entertain fans of all ages. Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins follows the Mystery Inc. gang, a mismatched quartet of unlikely teenage pals, uniting for the first time to solve the haunting of their high school. Along the way, fans will discover the back story of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.

Following the screening, fans are invited to stay for a fun-filled panel featuring Levant and Gilbert, and introducing the all-new live-action cast: Robbie Amell (Life With Derek, True Jackson VP) as Fred, Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy.

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins will premiere on Cartoon Network this September and be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 22.

An autograph session with the filmmakers and cast will precede the screening. The autograph session is slated from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Warner Bros. Booth, located at position 4329 on the Comic-Con main floor.

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