Month: August 2016

IDW Publishing Releases Details For “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” #1

IDW Publishing has released details on Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1, the first issue of the comic mini-series co-publishing venture with DC Comics. The six-issue series brings together the worlds of Batman: The Animated Series with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. The series is written by Matthew K. Manning with artwork by Jon Sommariva. Issue #1 will hit retail and digital outlets on November 9th, 2016 with a cover price of $3.99US. Details and cover artwork are available below.


Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Jon Sommariva

The Story: When villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham, Batman seeks to track them down. What happens when he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and entered the TMNT’s New York City?

Bullet Points:
-The animated worlds of the current TMNT Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series!
-The greatest all-ages crossover of all-time!
-Featuring villains and allies from both universes!
-The influential Batman: The Animated Series returns to comics!
-Variant covers by Hilary Barta, and Nick Bradshaw!

Release Date: November 9th, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Further details on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic mini-series can be found at the Batman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for additional content and coverage, including an interview with writer Matthew K. Manning, here in the coming weeks.

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Trailer, Press Release For “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” Animated Feature

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the trailer and press details for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, an animated movie based on the classic 1960s live-action Batman TV series. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the movie will hit physical media on November 1, 2016 and Digital HD on October 11, 2016. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), reprising their respective roles from the original TV series. Click on the player below to view the film’s trailer, with the press release following.




Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP). Order due date is September 27, 2016.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans). Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is an excellent addition to the ever-growing canon of Batman entertainment, offering a fun, playful animated version of the character’s adventures,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to initiate a series of animated movies – under the new ‘DC Classics Collection’ brand – and honored to have Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar give life to these iconic characters.”

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray Enhanced Content includes:
-“Those Dastardly Desperados” featurette – Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler are impossible not to watch! Those Dastardly Desperados explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.
-“A Classic Cadre of Voices” featurette – A new talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to viewers for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting October 11, 2016, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

*Digital HD allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s16)

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

An assortment of screengrabs from the above trailer can be found at The World’s Finest.

Additional details are still expected to be forthcoming. Stay tuned to The World’s Finest and The DC Animation Forum for further updates on this title.

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Also, click here to check out The World’s Finest’s review of the recent “Batman: The Complete Classic Television Series” Blu-ray collection, available to own from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The CW Announces “Freedom Fighters: The Ray” Animated Series For CW Seed

The CW and CW Seed announced that Freedom Fighters: The Ray will be their next online animated venture. Like the current animated webisode series Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray will delve deeper into the world established by the hit live-action series Arrow. The series will debut in 2017. Only initial details have been released, which are available to view below.


CW Seed, the digital channel of The CW Network, will debut a new animated series in 2017, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, based on the characters from DC and produced by Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content.

freedom fighters: the rayIn DC’s Multiversity series, writer Grant Morrison updated the Freedom Fighters to better reflect American demographics. Inspired by Morrison’s new take on the character, the series Freedom Fighters: The Ray will introduce the first gay Super Hero to lead a show.

Based on the characters from DC, Freedom Fighters: The Ray is from Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon Content, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).

Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice – he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.

FIRST DC APPEARANCE: Justice League of America #107 (October 1973)
REAL NAME: Raymond “Ray” Terrill
EYES: Brown
HAIR: Black
SPECIAL POWERS/ABILITIES: Light manipulation, energy blasts, flight

Stay tuned for further select updates on this forthcoming animated series right here at The World’s Finest. Additional details on Freedom Fighters: The Ray can also be found at The DC Animation Forum.

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Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman: The Killing Joke”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and through most digital outlets. A complicated movie that makes some very questionable choices in story-telling and character portrayals, Batman: The Killing Joke is definitely an animated movie that will divide fans. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke is available now via digital outlets and physical media.

A small subsite dedicated to Batman: The Killing Joke has also been added to The World’s Finest, including an assortment of new stills and video clips from the feature. Click on the review link above to further access the dedicated additional content. Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest.

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