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“Justice League Unlimited,” “All-Star Superman” Writer Dwayne McDuffie Passes Away

The World’s Finest has learned that animation producer, writer, editor, and comic industry vet Dwayne McDuffie has passed away. He was 49 years old. McDuffie died Monday, February 21st, 2011, a day after his birthday, due to complications after undergoing emergency heart surgery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, said Gary Miereanu, a publicist for Warner Home Video.

McDuffie is remembered for his work with Milestone Media, classic animated television programs including Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, among many, many others. His most recent projects included the animated series Ben 10 and the just-released All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. A highly influential creator in his field, his work was noted by many others as the high mark to which they aspire to.

McDuffie recently attended the Paley Center Los Angeles premiere of All-Star Superman, which was held last week, and was active across his website and social media accounts as of this past weekend. All-Star Superman, which was officially released today, was his latest long-form animation project, though he had at least two others in various stages of development.

This news has hit both his colleagues and the fan community tremendously hard. Other media outlets have also picked up this tragic story. Dwayne McDuffie is survived by his wife.

The World’s Finest would like to express our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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Cast And Crew Details For “All-Star Superman” Animated Feature, Contest Details

The complete main cast and crew rundown for the All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature, as listed in the official credits for the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie animated feature, are as follows below. Further extensive coverage on the All-Star Superman release is forthcoming here on The World’s Finest.

James Denton as Superman/Clark Kent
Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane
Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor

Edward Asner as Perry White
Obba Babatunde as Judge
Steve Blum as Atlas
Linda Cardellini as Nasthalthia
Catherine Cavadini as Floral
Frances Conroy as Ma Kent
Chris Cox as Lead Agent
Alexis Denisof as Dr. Quintum
John Dimaggio as Samson
Robin Atkin Downes as Solaris
Michael Gough as Parasite
Matthew Gray Gubler as Jimmy Olsen
Finola Hughes as Lilo
Kevin Michael Richardson as Steve Lombard
Fred Tatasciore as Krull
Arnold Vosloo as Bar-El

Voice Direction by: Andrea Romano
Editor: Margaret Hou
Music by: Christopher Drake
Based on the DC Comics characters
Superman created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Executive Producer: Sam Register
Producer: Bruce Timm
Co-Producer: Alan Burnett
Based on the DC Comics Graphic Novel by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by: Sam Liu
Character Designers: Dusty Abell, Joshua Middleton, Jon Suzuki
Storyboard: Christopher Berkeley, Eric Canete, Michael Chang, Gary Hartle, Kalvin Lee, Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva, Alan Wan, Adam Van Wyk
Animation Services: Moi Animation Studios

Click here for The World’s Finest review of the All-Star Superman animated feature and Blu-ray disc release. Click here to view the trailer for the All-Star Superman animated feature and click here to view the All-Star Superman subsite.

In further All-Star Superman news, Warner Home Entertainment and The World’s Finest has teamed up to giveaway five Blu-ray editions of the highly-anticipated All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature, available everywhere February 22nd, 2011. To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com including your name, mailing address and phone number. Additionally, please label the email “All-Star Superman contest.” The contest runs from 12:00am (ET) February 15th, 2011 to 12:00am (ET) February 23rd, 2011. Only the winners will be contacted upon closure of the contest and recipients selected. Please note this contest is open to Canadian residents only.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthors perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earths safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsenand Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Catherine Cavadini (The Powerpuff Girls), Finola Hughes (General Hospital), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Obba Babatunde (That Thing You Do!), Michael Gough (Batman) and John DiMaggio (Futurama) round out the voice cast.

All-Star Superman, the latest entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, arrives February 22, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly-anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video Canada as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Stay tuned for further All-Star Superman updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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The World’s Finest Would Like To Wish Everyone A Safe And Happy Holiday Break

Hello and Happy Holidays, everyone!

The 2008 Holiday Season is now upon and with that comes the end of another big year for fans of DC Animation. We had quite a topsy-turvy year full of major highs and major lows, including some huge fan-anticipated releases and some popular cartoons and comic books coming to an end, marking the end of era for many fans.

On the upside, the score to assorted Batman: The Animated Series episodes received the soundtrack treatment this year with the first of many possible CD soundtrack releases. Batman: The Animated Series also had a lavish “Complete Series” 17-Disc DVD release hit shelves in November. DC Animation fans also enjoyed a host of new animated projects this year, including Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight, and Batman: The Brave and The Bold. On the downside, we had two shows come to an end, The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes, and, with that, we also lost four animated comic titles, as well. The Batman Strikes!, Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century, Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Unlimited all printed their final issues this year. We lost so much, but, thankfully, theres a lot going on right now, as well as new projects on the horizon, that should fill the void left by the departure of these comics and animated series. Now, much more happened this year in the world of DC Animation, but the above is just a quick overview of some of the major events of 2008.

While 2008 passed by quickly, it was a busy year here for all of us. New movies, new television series (more of both to come in the coming years, by the way), new comics, all of which has kept us both busy and talking. And, as we wind down the year, wed like to inform everyone that the news staff here at The Worlds Finest will be taking a two-week holiday vacation to recoup from a very busy year. In fact, the staff has been working overtime to provide a solid months worth of news before taking a holiday sabbatical. There will be no regular daily news updates posted, beginning today, until we return on January 5th, 2009 with a whole new year of news to report. However, there will still be the occasional news story to report between now and then, so be sure check back over the next two weeks. While our regular daily reporting will be suspended for the next two weeks, we will also still report on any major developments during that time if they arise. We may even drop some news on the forums, too. On top of that, we’ll still be around to answer any emails, PMs, or forum posts!

Outside of the news, The Worlds Finest has many plans already underway for the new year, including new features, new subsites (such as the long-delayed Legion of Super Heroes subsite), and much more. In fact, we have a very cool surprise for Batman: The Animated Series fans coming before the end of the year, so keep your eyes peeled. January 2009 will see the kick-off of our 10th anniversary celebration for Batman Beyond, and thats only the beginning. Remember the Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated feature isn’t far behind, arriving in March 2009, and we have lots of exclusive Batman: The Brave and The Bold content planned for 2009. We have some great stuff planned for both The Worlds Finest and our spin-off site The WF DVD Report for the coming year! Stick around and keep checking back. Oh, before we forget, if you have any site updates you’d like to see, please PM (via the forums) or email Bird Boy and/or James Harvey. We’ll get to them quicker that way!

Now, in the spirit of the season, we here at The World’s Finest would again like to wish everyone here a great holiday season! Why not pop in Justice League‘s “Comfort & Joy,” or Batman: The Animated Series‘ “Christmas with the Joker” and “Holiday Knights” to celebrate this festive time? And why not crack open some of the holiday-themed Batman Adventures comics? There are some great stories to be read there.

Wed also like to thank the strong creative teams of our favorite programs, movies, and comics for providing a year of great entertainment. Whether its the direct-to-video features, the animated television series, or the comic books, weve had a lot to talk about, and well have a lot more to talk about next year! There’s more DC-themed cartoons and animated movies coming down the pipeline with major announcements right around the corner! It’s been a great year here and we’d like to thank everyone who has made stopping by here everyday part of their daily ritual. We strive to do our best, even when it seems like there’s too much on our plate and not enough hours in the day, and we are honored to retain our status as both the No. #1 largest DC Animation site and Batman animation site on the net. To those who contribute and provide content for the site, to those who post on the forums, etc., wed like to express our sincere thanks for helping us build a better site. There’s a lot more to come in 2009, so stick around!

Happy Holidays!

-James Harvey
-Zach Demeter

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