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Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Preview and SDCC Interviews


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Comics are proud to present Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on Tuesday, August 18. The Digital HD version has been available since August 4th. In this article, you’ll see ToonBarn’s preview of the movie and San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) interviews with the voice cast and writer.

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It’s Halloween night in Gotham City and Scarecrow, Clayface, Silver Banshee and Solomon Grundy have hit the streets to stir up trouble! Batman is on the trail of the city’s spookiest villains while, further complicating matters, the clown prince of crime himself, The Joker, is ruling over this mysterious crew of misfit criminals. It’s up to the Dark Knight to stop this gruesome gang before they unleash “digital laughter,” a computer virus that’s part of a diabolical plan to jeopardize all of Gotham City’s vital technology. Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing and Red Robin must combine forces to battle these baddies and save the city.

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The following Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem clip features Batman, Red Robin, Nightwing and Green Arrow in hot pursuit of a few unwelcome treat-or-treaters in Gotham City on Halloween night — Solomon Grundy and Silver Banshee. Roger Craig Smith provides the voice of Batman, alongside Yuri Lowenthal (Red Robin), Will Friedle (Nightwing) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Green Arrow). Fred Tatasciore (Grundy) and Kari Wuhrer (Banshee) voice the villains.

ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell was on hand at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) to interview 6 voice cast members and the writer for this original movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Comics. See how the cast react to Marc’s questions about Monster Mayhem, and maybe a few surprises as well, in the clips below:

Yuri Lowenthal (Red Robin), who is best known for playing Ben Tennyson in the Ben 10 animated series, tells us why he still has his Mohawk, the role Red Robin plays in the movie, and whether he expects to ever play Ben Tennyson again.

Will Friedle (Nightwing), who is best known for playing Eric Matthews on Boy Meets World, talks about his role as Nightwing and his scenes together with Red Robin (Yuri Lowenthal), who his scariest ‘monster’ in the film is, and what role he would like to be a recurring role.

Troy Baker (Joker), who has been both the Joker and Batman in many different Warner Bros/DC films, talks about how his Joker fits in between Cesar Romero’s and Mark Hamill’s versions of Joker. He also lets us know why he has never cosplayed as Joker, and just how much he is looking forward to Bruce Timm’s The Killing Joke.

Roger Craig Smith (Batman), who also played Batman in the Arkham Origins video game, still can’t believe they call him Batman, and would never do disservice to the character by dressing up in the Batman costume. He thinks he may be better off cosplaying as a Batman villain.

Khary Payton (Cyborg), who also plays Cyborg in Teen Titans Go! and the LEGO DC Superheroes movies, talks about how Cyborg is involved with a Batman/Joker film, why laughing the way he did challenged him as an actor, and why he’d love to keep playing Cyborg in the future.

Dave B. Mitchell (Clayface), who has played many different characters in hundreds of animated shows and video games, talks about the powers that Clayface uses, how he’s such an angry guy, and why he works for The Joker.

Heath Corson (writer) who has written several Warner Bros/DC films, including Batman: Assault on Arkham and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, talked about what makes Monster Mayhem the sequel to Animal Instincts.

The DVD and Blu-ray have extra features that everyone will love. There is a featurette about making Gotham look futuristic, called Gotham of Tomorrow: Designing a Future World. There is also a collection of 10 DC Nation Shorts that originally aired as part of the DC Nation block that were on Cartoon Network in 2012-13 at 10 AM on Saturdays. The shorts on the disc include Animal Man, Deadman, Green Arrow, Shazam, Riddler, and more. The final extras include an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and a few trailers.

Imagine a future Gotham, full of color and activity, become dark and dismal, because of Joker’s “Digital Laughter” Virus. Then, imagine seeing how Batman and his friends go back to the basics to try and defeat Joker’s Monsters of Mayhem. Now, stop imagining and go get your copy of Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem now!

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I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.

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