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The World’s Finest “Batman Beyond: The Complete Series – Deluxe Limited Edition” Blu-ray Set Review

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman Beyond: The Complete Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray release, now available for purchase through traditional and digital retail outlets. In short, if you want to watch the best possible presentation of Batman Beyond, this hefty Blu-ray collection is your ticket. The HD remaster is genuinely stunning, bursting with details and amazing colors. Even the “smart rezzed” episodes look solid, considering the circumstances. Plus, the included bonus content is absolutely staggering, and the exclusive extended featurettes are both fantastic – especially the nearly hour-long creatives roundtable discussion. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

Batman Beyond: The Complete Series

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes the collection as follows:

The extraordinary Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Limited Edition package features approximately 1,500 minutes of entertainment spread over four Blu-ray discs, plus the two bonus discs of enhanced content. In addition to a newly-remastered Blu-ray presentation of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, there are 15 featurettes on the bonus discs, highlighted by two new inside looks at the beloved television series, led by Nostalgic Tomorrow, a gathering of Batman Beyond production talent and cast led by executive producer Bruce Timm and actors Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle, the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. The bonus discs also spotlight four episodes with audio commentary from Timm and select members of the production team.

Collectibles within the stunning packaging include an exclusive chrome Batman Beyond Funko POP, and four beautifully-designed lenticular art cards produced especially for Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition. This ultimate collectors Blu-ray box set will be individually numbered for a Limited Edition release of 50,000.

The Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray collection is now available for purchase through traditional and digital retail outlets. Stay tuned for further updates and content from Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Limited Edition right here at The World’s Finest

Plus, check out the Batman Beyond subsite right here at The World’s Finest for a wealth of content, including extensive interviews, reviews, images, videos, special easter eggs, exclusive content and so much more. Also, click here for a review of last year’s Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray collection.

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The World’s Finest also recently reviewed Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond, a massive hardcover tome that, in short, is basically a must-own for fans. Click here to check out the review!

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,” New Clips, Images

The World’s Finest has published its review of DC Universe Movie’s Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, now available to own on digital and physical media, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack. In short, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is an enjoyable trip through Amazonian Princess’ massive world. Both the movie and the characters look great, and the cast is on point. The story might not bring anything new to the table, and the dialogue is pretty ham-fisted at times, but it’s still a worthwhile journey with a satisfying destination. To read the complete review, click on the image below. New clips and images follow.


The World's Finest reviews Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also provided a new clips and images from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. The clip features the birth of a powerful villain with the creation of Silver Swan (voiced by Marie Avgeropoulos of The 100 fame). Check out the clip in the player below, followed by three images.

















Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Wonder Woman: Bloodlines as follows:

In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s paradise home. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder!

Check out the Wonder Woman: Bloodlines subsite here at The World’s Finest for additional videos, images and content. Stay tuned for additional updates on Wonder Woman: Bloodlines right here at The World’s Finest. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is available now on Digital, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the DC Animated Movie Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, now available to own on physical and digital media. In short, Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans a goofy, enjoyable romp that 2003 Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! fans will undoubtedly enjoy. The movie is not just a welcome addition to both of these series, it’s also a love letter and tribute to the history of the DC Comics super team. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans as follows:

In Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans, the comedic modern-day quintet takes on their 2003 counterparts when villains from each of their worlds join forces to pit the two Titan teams against each other. They’ll need to set aside their differences and work together to combat Trigon, Hexagon, Santa Claus (that’s right, Santa!) and time itself in order to save the universe.

Stay tuned for further select coverage on this Teen Titans Go! animated feature right here at The World’s Finest! Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans is now available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD. Click the link below for more!

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Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

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Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

Publisher: Insight Editions
Release Date – Oct. 29, 2019


Since his 1939 debut in the pages of Detective Comics, Batman has become an icon, instantly recognizable the world over. Through the years, Gotham City’s guardian has been interpreted in so many radically different ways that we all now have our own Batman. To some, he’s the colorful Caped Crusader who dispatches villains with a POW! To others, he’s the grim Dark Knight hell-bent on avenging the death of his parents. And to others still he’s made of LEGO, has great abs and likes to eat lobster thermidor!

BatmanIn celebration of the Dark Knight’s 80th Anniversary, this deluxe volume tells the complete story of Batman and the many forms he’s taken across comics, TV, animation, film, video games and beyond, to present a compelling portrait of one of the most recognizable and versatile characters in the history of fiction. Covering the complete history of Batman in vivid detail, the book features exclusive commentary from the key creatives who have been instrumental in building the Dark Knight’s ongoing legacy, including Neal Adams, Tim Burton, Paul Dini, Steve Englehart, Mark Hamill, Grant Morrison, Julie Newmar, Christopher Nolan, Denny O’Neil, Joel Schumacher, Scott Snyder and Zack Snyder.

Along with taking readers on an unparalleled journey into the creation of the most memorable Batman moments in the character’s eighty-year history—from the “Knightfall” comics arc to Tim Burton’s films and the Arkham video game series—the book offers incomparable access to the DC and Warner Bros. archives to deliver an avalanche of never-before-seen visual treasures that are guaranteed to blow the minds of Batman fans everywhere.

This book contains new writing and never-before-seen content, including a foreword by Michael Keaton, a preface from Dennis O’Neil, an introduction by Kevin Conroy, never-before-seen photography and concept art, along with sketches, animation cels, storyboards and much more! Filled with exclusive insert items, Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond, is the ultimate exploration of a true legend whose impact on our culture has no limits.


Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond
By James Harvey

It goes without saying, Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond is a book that you need to own, especially if you have any interest in Batman or the character’s storied history. As the title says, this book covers, well, nearly everything. Surprisingly thorough and even fairly up-to-date in terms of the character’s media status and comic book continuity,  Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond offers up everything you need to know on Batman’s impressive 80-year career, shining a signal on both his biggest events and some of his not-so-well-known adventures.

Written by Andrew Farago and Gina McYntir, Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond not only delivers on the lofty premise of its title, but actually exceeds expectations. Not every era or iteration gets the same amount of coverage, but the authors offer up an commendable balance of the bigger events coupled with some of the more lesser-known happenings of the Caped Crusader. The book is split into chapters covering either a specific spin or time period of The Dark Knight, and is laid out in a mostly chronological order, though some chapters focusing on a specific aspect of Batman’s history cause the book to slightly jump around (the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher content, for example). There’s a wealth of knowledge on display here, and it’s a safe bet most readers will be hit with a fair amount of new details from Batman’s assorted multi-media career.

While the book does cover the different cowls Batman has worn over the decades, the character’s four-color origins remain the base for this tome, which serves as a nice connective tissue throughout. Even though the book does end on some of the character’s more recent interpretations (Gotham, the DC Extended Universe), Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond never forgets where this all began. What’s impressive about this book is how, given the 80 years covered here, not only is the coverage balanced, but it’s easy to digest and never over-whelming. There’s a clear appreciation for the character here, so the book never feels like a history lesson but instead a testament to the icon’s incredible cultural impact. It’s an engaging read no matter how familiar one may be with Batman, which is commendable given the 400-ish page count.

Every era of Batman, on the page or otherwise, is given its proper due here. Whether it’s the dark avenger from the 1930s, the upbeat super-hero from the 1960s, the established vigilante of the 1980s and 1990s, up to the refreshed, rebirth-ed armored crime-fighter of today, all of the character’s different portrayals are laid out and, especially in the context of a book such as this, it’s fascinating to see how the character has evolved over the years. His assorted comics over the decades – Batman and Detective Comics, along with his assorted spin-off books and team titles – get plenty of ink, as do key storylines from throughout the years (think “Death in the Family,” “Knightfall,” “The Court of Owls,” “The Dark Knight Returns,” “The Killing Joke,”No Man’s Land,” and so on). Looking at all these events captured and broken down in one book makes you appreciate just how many changes and events Batman has endured during his publishing history. Naturally, given how big some of these events are, be it in terms of storytelling or the impact on Batman’s pop culture status, some do get dedicated chapters (like The Dark Knight Returns), while other are grouped together primarily on their placement in the timeline (Tim Burton’s Batman gets a chapter to itself, for example, and rightfully so, as does Batman: The Animated Series).

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That said, there’s a notable lack of coverage concerning all the action figures and similar collectibles that Batman has inspired over the year. An odd oversight, but by no means is it a major blow to the book, just unfortunate (though likely with a legitimate reason why).

For what’s included, nearly all of it is supported with a wealth of supplemental materials and inserts. Batman’s introductory story in Detective Comics #27 is reprinted here in a slightly larger than standard comic trim size insert, and it looks great. To offer a small taste, the book also offers up the 1950s Batmobile schematics, select storyboards from the Batman-centric The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians episode “The Fear,” Batman: Year One script pages, character designs from the movies, and much more. There’s behind-the-scenes photos, character and costume designs, storyboards, sketches and much much more. There’s one particular insert at the very end of the book that is cool, so neat, that I don’t want to spoil it here. And all of this is on top of a cool foreword by Michael Keaton, a history-laden preface by Dennis O’Neil and a wonderful introduction by Kevin Conroy (coupled with a fantastic full-page splash of the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series). They’re all extremely well-written and the perfect way to set the tone of this massive tome.

All this incredible content is housed in an attractive, and surprisingly heavy, oversized package. It’s a big, weighty book, make no mistake, but it’s thankfully binded in a way that doesn’t make it cumbersome or awkward to read. It lays out flat and is easy to flip through. The overall design of the book too is attractive, with simple, themed page layouts and some fantastic cover artwork by John Guydos that succinctly encapsulates the Dark Knight’s history across page and screen. The comic book version of Batman appropriately looms over all the different media interpretations that have sprung forth since Detective Comics #27. It’s admittedly cool to see all these different versions of Batman share the same cover.

Like the cover, the book essentially tells Batman’s story throughout the decades both on the page and in the real world. Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond takes us from his early, scrappy beginnings to his current status as an icon known around the world, and it makes for an interesting and at-times fascinating read. To watch the character evolve throughout the decades is engaging and, even if we know where this journey may (hopefully) never end, it’s still a page-turner. There’s a level of respect on display here by the authors, who make sure that nearly every aspect of the character’s legacy is given it’s due. Even some of the lesser moments are given their due in a way that isn’t disrespectful or mocking, which is a testament to Farago and McYntir’s thoughtful approach to the material. 

A massive love letter to Batman’s 80-year history, both on and off the page,Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond is an impressive release from Insight Editions. Everything about this book, from the content within to its overall design and presentation, is top-notch. Not only is it a book that every Batman fan should add to their collection, but for those new to the character, it’s an incredible summation of the Dark Knight’s first 80 years. And, equally important, it’s just as well-written as it is meticulously researched. There’s an undeniable flow from paragraph to paragraph that makes this book nearly impossible to put it down, even with it clocking in at around 400 pages. Even at the suggested retail price of $75, this book is worth every penny (and it’s the ideal gift for yourself or for the Bat-fan in your life). No question about it, this is a book needs to be in your collection. Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond is a Must Own!

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Please note that while Insight Editions provided a copy of this book for review, that did not impact or influence the product’s final assessment.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman: Hush, New Clip, Images Released

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: Hush animated feature, now available to own on 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD. In short, Batman: Hush may not exactly be what most will be expecting when it comes to bringing this classic comic story to life, but it shouldn’t be dismissed because it zigs instead of zags. It takes chances and, ultimately, is a better story for it. Plus, the included DC Showcase Sgt. Rock animated short is not to be missed! To read the complete review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Batman: Hush

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also provided a new clip and a selection of images from Batman: Hush. The clip finds Batman working through all the clues to try and discover Hush’s ultimate plan. Check out the clips in the players below, followed by three images.












Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Batman: Hush as follows:

A mysterious villain puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces leads the Dark Knight into uncharted waters in Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Check out the Batman: Hush subsite right here at The World’s Finest for additional content, including images, videos and more. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, Batman: Hush is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Despite Warner Bros. Home Entertainment stating it would debuting August 6, 2019 on DC Universe, Batman: Hush will appear on the streaming service starting August 13, 2019. Click on the link below to discuss this news.

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