ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell attended the Panel for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (being released on DVD/Blu-Ray Early in 2013, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment), which is a story all by itself. We will have that panel coverage coming soon in a separate article. Prior to the panel, the Press was given the opportunity to talk with Bruce Timm, Executive Producer, and Andrea Romano, Casting Director for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. Marc was limited to a few questions for both Bruce and Andrea, so that everyone in the Press Room would have a chance to interview them. So, let’s introduce our celebrity guests, and then watch the videos to see what Bruce and Andrea had to say about Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.
Bruce Timm is the Executive Producer of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. He is also a writer and artist working in comics, and is best known for his contributions building the modern DC Comics animated franchise, the DC animated universe (DCAU, or just DCU). Bruce is credited as Executive Producer for several DC universe animated series’, including Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, Batman: Year One, and The Dark Knight Returns. DCU projects associated with Timm (and his collaborators’) art styles are often referred to by fans as “The Timmverse” of DC comics, relating to those series’ distillation of popular storylines from the comic book versions or the outright introduction of new characters or relationships (such as Harley Quinn, alterations to The Question’s personality and background, or Batman and Wonder Woman’s romantic fling).
Here is one of the many drawings created by Bruce Timm (Batgirl), as mentioned by Marc Morrell, in his ToonBarn Interview with Bruce Timm at New York Comic Con last weekend:
Andrea Romano is a freelance casting director, voice director, and voice actor. Many people who have worked with her, refer to her as “arguably the best known casting/dialogue director on the animation scene today.” Since 2000, Romano has served as casting and voice director for several animated TV series, including: Justice League, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, The Batman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
She has also worked on the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/DC Comics direct-to-video films, including: Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood, and Batman: Year One. Her voice acting, as of 2010, consists of minor roles in television series, direct-to-video films, and video games.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2 is the first of three films to
be released as part of the DCU series in 2013. As announced at New
York Comic Con, the 2013 DCU Animated Original Movies to be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment includes:
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2, the epic animated conclusion
to Frank Miller’s masterpiece. Arrives in early 2013. Early 2013 roughly means January/February.
SUPERMAN: UNBOUND, based on Geoff Johns’ “Superman/Brainiac”
storyline, and streeting in mid-2013.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: FLASHPOINT, based on the 2011 Geoff Johns miniseries
“Flashpoint.” Expected release in the second half of 2013.
Here is a trailer for BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2:
There are more celebrity interviews and panels coming from New York Comic Con, so stay tuned. You don’t want to miss any of your favorites… on ToonBarn.