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A Message From The World’s Finest

First off, apologies for the rather bland subject line up there. It comes off more ominous than it should. Sorry about that! Anyways…

With 2014 now done and over with, the last news story from The World’s Finest has officially been posted up. As I mentioned on this site a year ago, it’s time to ease back on the overall workload of this site, and that starts with wrapping up the daily news post for the foreseeable future. Thousands and thousands of news posts, including three straight years of news posts at least five days a week, without a single weekday missed. And, with 2015 now here, that ends as The World’s Finest will return to its roots as an unbeatable resource for fans. An archive of content, a collection of materials covering a host of different shows and movies, a wealth of information – call it what you will, but The World’s Finest will be embracing that once again.

What does that all encompass? Well, don’t get alarmed … it’s all good! As the site shifts into a content destination, certain aspects of the site will stop while an emphasis will be placed on others. Daily news posts will cease, as I said, and no new subsites will be added to the site as of this time. Does that mean the end of updates and new material? No – there will always be new content added here, but the site will now just be easier for me to manage.

Site updates will continue going forward, reviews will still be posted, more content will be added (images, behind-the-scenes material, etc.), along with the odd interview. However, now, the site updates will now fall more onto the resource side of things. As I said, there will be no new additional subsites added to The World’s Finest going forward, with the possible exception of smaller pages dedicated to installments of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Assorted DVD, Blu-ray, and other media releases will also still be covered. A new Batman: The Brave and The Bold Blu-ray? We’ll cover and review it – 100%. New soundtrack release? We’re on it – count on it. The only thing really changing is the end of daily news posts (which, honestly, it didn’t seem like a lot of people noticed anyway, given how so many stories broken here went unnoticed or stolen over the years).

A lot of factors played a role in this decision. For one, this site is too unwieldy for one person to handle. I cover about 95% of the work on the site, the forums and social media outlets. This includes emails, press work, reviews, finding reviewers and content, all of that. I spend many hours a day working on this site, volunteering countless hours. Juggling that with a regular job, a family, etc., and, well, something has to give. I have more responsibilities than ever before and there are just not enough hours in the day. But I can’t just abandon the site – no way. Given how long I’ve been working on this site, from its first iteration back in 1997, and how attached I am to it, I opted not to pass the torch. I did ask for help, more than a few times, but no one came to bat. So, I opted to scale the site responsibilities down to its skeleton in order to keep it going. I am expecting to reduce my presence and update rate overtime, though. The forum duties will be passed over to someone else entirely, for example. Still, with this, I’m able to balance my workload easier, have a bit of a better life, and explore other options.

This site is not going away. It’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay right here. There’s no way I could let it go, anyways. All the content that you see here is not budging an inch. The only thing really changing is the removal of daily news updates and an easing back on the frequency of updates. This site will always be here for you to access and explore. In fact, to this day, there are some nifty secrets still not uncovered here on the site, which tells me there’s plenty for all of you still to explore.

For those worried, this isn’t the end. All you need to do is keep an eye on the “Site Updates” section to see that. Over the next few days, you’ll see the main page here change a little. The news will be replaced with links to the major site sections here, and the daily news shuffled off into an archive (where it will be readily accessible to look through). All portions of this site, I think, will be more easily accessible for those wanting to look around and just see what we have to offer. This site is the biggest DC Comics-animation (and Batman animation) site out there to this day, and I doubt that’ll change, even with the evolving trends of internet culture. But hey, no matter how much all of that changes, The World’s Finest will always be right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to drop a line. The social media portals for The World’s Finest will remain up until I decide what to do with them. I can be easily reached there, or through the contact links scattered throughout the site here. If all that fails, just catch me on the forums.

I’d like to express a quick “thanks” to all the folks who have helped me over the years. Zach, Ian, James, Barry, Eileen, Brian, Michael and a wealth of other people I can’t thank enough. This seems like a nice moment to tip my hat to them as I follow the site through a few minor changes and lifts. For your daily news fix, which plenty of you are clearly already getting elsewhere, I suggest you keep it tuned to Toonzone and DCAU Resource. The forums right here are also a good spot for any developments or concerns, as well. I may post the odd piece up from time to time there.

And that’s all from me for now, folks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Don’t hesitate. That’s what I’m here for. Thanks!

-James

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Package Art For “DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided updated package artwork for the new two-disc DVD compilation release collecting classic episodes of Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. The new DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime collection will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97 as part of the Justice League branded line. The two-disc DVD set will include thirteen episodes in total.

Continue below for the complete package artwork, along with product details and a rundown of episode content.

DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 7th, 2014 (10/7/14)

Synopsis:A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

Episodes:
Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2

The two-disc DVD compilation collection DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97. Further similar released are expected from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment throughout the remainder of the year.

For further details on the cartoons featured on this release, please click the links below.

The World’s Finest Justice League subsite
The World’s Finest Justice League Unlimited subsite
The World’s Finest Batman Beyond subsite

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New “DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Compilation Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a new two-disc DVD compilation release collecting classic episodes of Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. The new DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime collection will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97 as part of the Justice League branded line. The two-disc DVD set will include thirteen episodes in total. Continue below for package artwork, initial details, and a rundown of episode content.

DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 7th, 2014 (10/7/14)

Synopsis:A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

Episodes:
Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2

The two-disc DVD compilation collection DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97. Further similar released are expected from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment throughout the remainder of the year.

For further details on the cartoons featured on this release, please click the links below.

The World’s Finest Justice League subsite
The World’s Finest Justice League Unlimited subsite
The World’s Finest Batman Beyond subsite

Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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DC Nation “Batman Beyond” Animated Short Availability Goes Wide

The “Batman 75” DC Nation animated short “Batman Beyond,” which debuted over the weekend at the WonderCon 2014 comic convention, is now available wide for all online outlets. The special animated short was created as part of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics’ combined celebration efforts to mark the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in the 1939 comic Detective Comics #27.

The nearly 90-second short-form adventure revisits the world of the classic Batman Beyond animated series, bringing together members of the original show’s cast and crew. The “Batman Beyond” animated short was written and directed by Darwyn Cooke; starring the voices of Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy; featuring music by Kristopher Carter, Mike McCuistion & Lolita Ritmanis; with additional guitar work by Gabe Moses. Batman Beyond follows the adventures of a young Batman in the future mentored by an aging Bruce Wayne.

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The animated short can also be viewed here.

“Batman Beyond” will make its official broadcast debut Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 on Cartoon Network – under the DC Nation programming banner – during an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! at 6:30pm (ET/PT). For more on the Batman Beyond classic animated series, check out the The World’s Finest Batman Beyond subsite. The World’s Finest first broke the news of this animated short back in October 2013.

“Batman Beyond” is part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

The annual WonderCon Anaheim convention is a massive celebration of comics and pop culture . With over 56,000 attendees in 2013, WonderCon Anaheim continues to be one of the top comics and pop culture events in the country. 2014 marks the event’s 28th continuous year.

DC Nation, featuring new short-form animated stories and behind-the-scenes content starring a host of DC Comics characters, airs Wednesday nights on Cartoon Network during the commercial break following new episodes of Teen Titans Go!. Stay tuned for further schedule updates and coverage on the DC Nation programming block – including exclusive content and much more – right here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment And DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have issued a press release announcing initial details for the company’s plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. Plans include multiple home video release, animated features, and special initiatives. Since his creation and first published appearance, Batman has become arguably the most popular comic book character across the world. Highlights from the press release include special promotions for upcoming Batman-centric animated movie titles Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham, new DC Nation animated shorts by Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke, and special home video releases. Further details and the first look at the Batman 75 commemorative logo can be found below.

Warner Bros. Entertainment And DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

A Super Hero For Every Generation

Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero. Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame. There will also be 75th anniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become the world’s most popular Super Hero and dominate all media. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.

“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on Batman than any other comic book character. In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever. Batman consistently breaks records in every incarnation of his character and remains the gold standard by which all other comic book sales are measured.

“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans. He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

The first published adventure of The Bat-Man (as he was then known) was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story. The character was so successful, that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the Caped Crusader’s adventures, Batman #1, hit newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

Now, DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Pictures, Television, Animation, Interactive Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary 75th anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products.

The new commemorative logo, also released today across social media and websites, takes its cue from the famed Bat symbol, and features block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out on Batman-related promotions, products and initiatives.

Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

*DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusive Batman variant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

*Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

*Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own, original interpretations of Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

*Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s Batman feature film will be released in the fall.

*Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.

*Television –Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita)

*Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.

*Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.

*DCComics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.Batman75.com. The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.

The World’s Finest was the first website to report on the forthcoming Batman Beyond DC Nation animated short, as confirmed in the press release above.

Additional initiatives and promotions will be unveiled throughout the year. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest, including exclusive content and news.

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