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WARNER BROS. TO RELEASE 'BATMAN: THE ANIMATED MOVIE' ON DEC. 25 AT THEATERS NATIONWIDE

 Full-length Film Features New Villain, Innovative Animation
 BURBANK, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros. has further extended its reputation as the chronicler of The Dark Knight with the creation of the all-new feature-length "Batman: The Animated Movie" for theatrical release Christmas Day 1993. The announcement was jointly made today by Jean MacCurdy, president of Warner Bros. Animation, and Bruce Berman, president of Worldwide Production for Warner Bros. Pictures.
 "Batman: The Animated Movie," co-produced by Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, is inspired by Burnett, Radomski and Timm's Warner Bros. hit television series. The executive producer is Tom Ruegger. It will bring an even higher quality of animation to the screen than is currently seen on the series, including Warner's first-ever use of computer-generated animation. The movie will duplicate and visually expand the series' striking look, which Radomski and Timm, who also serve as the show's designers, describe as "Dark Deco."
 The film introduces several new characters to the Batman legend, including a completely new villain named Phantasm and offers a glimpse into Bruce Wayne's past and his first love.
 "Batman: The Animated Movie" is based on characters created by Bob Kane for DC Comics. It has a screenplay by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini and Martin Pasko and Michael Reaves, based on a story by Alan Burnett, and is produced by Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melnicker. Animation art will be provided by Dong Yang Animation in Korea and Spectrum Animation in Japan.
 The all-star cast of "Batman: The Animated Movie" features the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred, the butler; and Mark Hamill as The Joker -- the same actors who have brought the major characters to life in the weekly television series. Talent voicing new characters created especially for the movie includes Dana Delany as Andrea Beaumont; Abe Vigoda as mobster Salvatore Valestra; Hart Bochner as Councilman Arthur Reeves; and Stacy Keach Jr. as Carl Beaumont.
 The animated "Batman" series, from Warner Bros. Television, has consistently earned critical and popular acclaim since its debut in Fall 1992, for its sophisticated, sleek graphics and its action- packed storylines.
 "We are extremely proud of the work that's been done on this special new feature film" said MacCurdy. "It's unusual for an animated TV series such as `Batman' to draw so much critical praise; we feel that the talent involved represents the strong commitment Warner Bros. has made to the development of its animation division."
 Stated Berman, "`Batman: The Animated Movie' offers terrific entertainment to a broad spectrum of viewers. As the studio responsible for bringing two history-making `Batman' movies to the screen already, Warner Bros. is proud to further develop the legend of The Dark Knight in this stylish, exciting animated motion picture."
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 /CONTACT: Stacy Ivers of Warner Bros., 818-954-6217/


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