Friday, September 24, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Premieres 10/20 on Disney XD

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Premieres 10/20 on Disney XD
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"The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!," an all-new animated series featuring the best of the best in the Marvel Universe, premieres Wednesday, OCTOBER 20 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series stars the world's greatest heroes -- Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Ant-Man/Giant Man and Wasp -- who form the Avengers, a team assembled when the powers of a single hero are not enough to save the world.  
Beginning Wednesday, September 22, Disney XD,,, and Disney XD Mobile will roll out 20 micro-episodes introducing the team's core members. Each five-and-half-minute episode focuses on the back story, allies and nemeses of the heroes before the Avengers were formed.  

In the two-part series premiere, "The Breakout," Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp have defeated some of the most dangerous Super Villains on the planet. But when the Super Villain prison system mysteriously shuts down, chaos is unleashed on the world. Earth's Mightiest Heroes must now band together as the Avengers to protect the planet from the threats that no single Super Hero could face alone. Their first task is to try and stop Graviton, a being whose power dwarfs anything ever seen. He's after Nick Fury, but will destroy the world to get to him. Individually the heroes have no chance, but together they can make a difference.
The complete multiplatform rollout is:
 Wednesday, September 22
  • Disney XD will air a special sneak peek of the first micro-series episode, "Iron Man is Born!," at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT directly following premiere of the network's newest series, "Pair of Kings."  
  •,, and Disney XD Mobile will unveil a new micro-episode every day, for 20 days, leading up to the micro-episodes’ premiere on Disney XD. will also feature a gallery of each of the Avengers and offer inside information about Kang, Loki and the rest of the "most wanted" Marvel Super Villains.
Tuesday, October 5  
  • Select micro-episodes will be made available as a free preview on iTunes.
Monday, October 11
  • Disney XD will roll out all 20 micro-episodes during "Avengers Week" from Monday, October 11 to Friday, October 15, with four micro-episodes stacked each night at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT.  
  • The complete micro-series becomes available on Disney XD on Demand on AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Cox. 
Wednesday, October 20
  • The highly anticipated series premiere of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" airs with two back-to-back episodes from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., ET/PT. The series also launches on, and 
Thursday, October 21
  • Full episodes launch on iTunes, Xbox Live, Sony Playstation and Disney XD Mobile VOD.
Monday, October 25
  • The series becomes available on Disney XD on Demand on AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Cox.  
Beginning with the "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" movies in 2008, the release of "The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!" follows Marvel’s overall "Avengers Assemble" strategy, introducing the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe through various content platforms. This includes the feature films "Iron Man 2" in May of 2010, "Thor" in May of 2011 and "Captain America: The First Avenger" in July of 2011, all building up to "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" theatrical film in 2012. Disney XD, the single largest distributor of Marvel content around the world, currently showcases approximately 20 hours of Marvel series (including "The Spectacular Spider-Man," "Fantastic Four" and "Iron Man") each week. 

Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for Kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. Disney XD branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 77 million households via its basic cable affiliates. Disney XD channels are in the UK, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Latin America and Japan.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

HBO’s Game of Thrones Teasers Fuel Fans’ Fever for Martin’s Saga & Related Merch

HBO’s Game of Thrones Teasers Fuel Fans’ Fever for Martin’s Saga & Related Merch
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An original television series for HBO based on New York Times bestselling author George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire and starring Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) and Lena Headey (300), Game of Thrones started filming in Belfast on July 26th and will premiere in Spring 2011. HBO premiered a new teaser trailer and featurette for the upcoming series immediately before the third season finale of True Blood on September 12, reaching a vast audience ripe for fantasy and the products carried by specialty stores. Check out the trailers at HBO’s official ‘Game of Thrones’ website.

Winter is coming, and the struggle for the Iron Throne begins – now! Take up your sword and shield, and unfurl your banner in anticipation of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones series, coming to television in 2011!

Sony Pictures releases The Green Hornet Visual Synopsis

Sony Pictures has posted a motion comic online that serves as the “visual synopsis” of The Green Hornet, the super-hero film starring Seth Rogen scheduled to hit theaters on January 14, 2011. Source:
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gaiman’s Sandman in Development at DC Sister Company WBTV

Gaiman’s Sandman in Development at DC Sister Company WBTV
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ABC News and multiple other sources are reporting that Eric Kripke, creator of the CW’s Supernatural, is the front-runner to develop DC Comics/Vertigo’s The Sandman as a television series for Warner Bros. TV.

When multiple award-winning author Neil Gaiman introduced his carefully crafted, post-modern mythology in The Sandman, the literary community and readers worldwide immediately took notice. The series won Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards, as well as a nomination for a Hugo. In its pages, readers also met Death, Dream’s sexy older sibling, and other members of The Endless like Destiny, Desire and Delirium.

Like DC’s Watchmen, The Sandman revolutionized comic book storytelling. And, like the months preceding the release of Warner Bros.’ Watchmen movie, prior to The Sandman series debut you can expect a spike in demand for related merchandise tied to Gaiman’s “dreamy” saga.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New York Post Reveals DC’s Plans for Batmen & Robin

New York Post Reveals DC’s Plans for Batmen & Robin
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For decades, DC Comics’ Dynamic Duo have battled the super-villains of Gotham City, striking fear into the hearts of cowardly, superstitious criminals and carting them off to jail and Arkham Asylum. Over the years, numerous heroes have donned the cape & cowl of the Dark Knight, most recently Dick Grayson, the world’s first Robin the Boy Wonder, who assumed the "Mantle of the Bat" when his mentor was "killed." Now, the original is back, as Bruce Wayne returns to the DC Universe and Gotham City. But, who will be Batman now?

As it turns out, both Wayne and Grayson will operate as Batman (Batmen?), according to a report published in the August 30th edition of The New York Post. In writer Jeremy Olshan’s “Now two Batmen,” The Post provides several “spoilers” for events in upcoming DC titles like Batman and Robin and Batman, Inc., including the possibility that there may be more than two Batmen running around before everything’s done.

DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio revealed that former Robin Dick Grayson will continue to guard the streets of Gotham with the new Robin, Bruce Wayne’s son Damian, while the multibillionaire behind internationally connected Wayne Enterprises will take a more “global” approach to crimefighting.

You can read the original article here, and glean further details from The Source, the official blog of the DC Universe.

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