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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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Teletoon Schedules “All-Star Superman” Animated Feature To Air This Week

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the All-Star Superman animated movie as part of the network’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The animated feature, part of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Orignal Movie line, adapts the acclaimed All-Star Superman comic book series by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the All-Star Superman animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.




All-Star Superman
Teletoon, Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Fueled by hatred and jealousy, Lex Luthor masterminds an elaborate plot to kill the Man of Steel – and it works. Poisoned by solar radiation, Superman is dying. With weeks to live, he fulfills his life’s dreams – especially revealing his true identity to Lois Lane – until Luthor proclaims his ultimate plan to control the world with no alien hero to stop him. Powers fading, Superman engages in a spectacular deadly battle with Luthor that could truly trigger the end of Earth’s Greatest Protector. This startling and gripping DC Universe Animated Original Movie stars the voice talents of James Denton, Anthony LaPaglia, Christina Hendricks and Ed Asner.

Complete details on the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature can be found at the All-Star Superman subsite here at The World’s Finest. All-Star Superman airs Friday, November 28th, 2014, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

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Batman: The Complete Television Series and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham are both now available to own from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive, respectively. Click here to read The World’s Finest review of Batman: The Complete Television Series and click here to read The World’s Finest review of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham! Check the links below for further discussion!

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Year-End 2011 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles in 2011, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Home Video moved over 1.2 million home video units during the calendar year. The above number comes from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – All-Star Superman, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Batman: Year One – and those numbers are expected to see some growth, though likely slight, during the 2011 holiday season. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated numbers only based on research and market analysis.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the February 2011 All-Star Superman animated feature has moved the most units since its release date, predictably so given it’s early in-the-year release date, moving an estimated 265,000 DVD units and 275,000 Blu-ray units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with nearly 550,000 of combined units sold by the end of 2011. The direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature debuted to 187,000 home video units copies sold in its first week of sales, the week ending February 27th, 2011.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title released this year, released Summer 2011, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature has moved 183,000 DVD copies and 204,000 on Blu-ray since its debut. The direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature debuted to 230,000 combined Blu-ray and DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending June 12th, 2011. The animated feature experienced a boost in sales with due to the summer big-budget Green Lantern theatrical feature. The Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature is expected to close the year with roughly 390,000 in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales.

Lastly, the final 2011 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: Year One has proven to be a solid seller on the home video market. The title moved 167,000 total DVD and Blu-ray units in its first week, and over 290,000 to date. The majority of sales, over 60%, came from the Blu-ray format. The high-definition format is quickly becoming the dominant avenue for consumers purchasing titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The critically-acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature is also expected to finish out 2011 with a projected estimate of 300,000 combined Blu-ray and DVD units sold according to home video retail outlets.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers or legal download numbers. Sales numbers are estimates gathered through independent research, market analysis and various home media retailing outlets. Additionally, sale numbers from titles released before the 2011 calendar year are not taken into account. Also remember to take into account release date and character marketability when comparing sales numbers for each title.

A detailed look at the sales of each release can be found in the news archives here at The World’s Finest.

Stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here at The Worlds Finest, including exclusive content and more. More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, including the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts, can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite. Please click on the links below to discuss the assorted releases covered in this article.

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“All-Star Superman” Continues Successful Home Video Run, Nearly 500,000 Units Sold

According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature has been selling consistently for Warner Home Video in its first two months of retail sale. The acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movie title has moved nearly 250,000 units on DVD since it hit shelves on February 22nd, 2011. Additionally, the Blu-ray release of All-Star Superman has also continued to sell just as well, easily keeping pace with its DVD counterpart and moving upwards of nearly 210,000 copies on the high-definition format during the same timeframe. The All-Star Superman animated feature is expected to sell over 500,000 copies on both DVD and Blu-ray by the end of May 2011. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

The All-Star Superman animated feature adapted the acclaimed Grant Morrison comic book of the same name, and was written by the late Dwayne McDuffie.

The previous title in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, has moved over 650,000 units on Blu-ray and DVD since its September 2010. Additionally, the DC Animated Shorts release Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam! has moved nearly 375,000 copies on both Blu-ray and DVD since it bowed in November 2010.

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Please continue to the The World’s Finest All-Star Superman subsite for further details on the recent direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer and clips from the All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature is now available from Warner Home Video.

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“All-Star Superman” Animated Feature Debuts To Respectable Home Video Sales


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature made a respectable debut on the home video market. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 122,000 DVD copies in its first week, along with an impressive 65,000 units in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 187,000 total home video units sold in its first sales week of February 27th, 2011. The animated feature hit the DVD sales chart at #7 in its first week, and hit #3 on respective Blu-ray charts. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

To compare, the previous “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” title Superman/Batman: Apocalypse debuted with an estimated 250,000 copies sold on DVD and Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in September 2010. The last similarly themed release, the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts collection anchored by the exclusive Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam animated short, debuted to a combined total of 94,500 combined units sold in its first week in November 2010.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the recent All-Star Superman animated feature and its the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

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Grant Morrison Discusses, Comments On “All-Star Superman” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring author Grant Morrison, discussing bringing his classic story to the animated life. A new video clip is also featured below the interview.

RENOWNED WRITER GRANT MORRISON DISCUSSES PAGE-TO-SCREEN TRANSITION OF HIS LANDMARK ALL-STAR SUPERMAN

Tenth DC Universe Animated Original Movie now available on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video


Renowned comics writer Grant Morrison has found a lot to like in the transfer from page-to-screen of his Eisner Award-winning All-Star Superman, the critically-acclaimed, hot-selling new entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies available now from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.

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.

All-Star Superman is now available from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will is also available On Demand and for Download.

Morrison had a few moments to chat from his home in Scotland last week about the all-new film based on his landmark comics series, and the late Dwayne McDuffies impressive job in re-imagining Morrisons words into animated glory. Heres what Mr. Morrison had to say

Question: Did you have, and did you want, creative input into the script?

Grant Morrison: Once I knew someone else was going to do it, I kind of wanted to let it happen and not interfere. Im always excited to see how others translate things from page to screen. I didnt even know Dwayne (McDuffie) was involved at first, but Im so glad he did it. I was happy to see what the story might look like from someone elses perspective and he did a fantastic job.

Question: Overall, how did you feel your story translated from page to screen?

Grant Morrison:
I really loved it, which was why I wound up raving about it on so many of the DVD extras! Dwayne worked in a staggering amount of story, and he was able to give it this wonderful, strange episodic flavor where it seemed as if every day could bring some incredible and unexpected new challenge into Supermans life. I didnt really expect half of the material from the book to be in there, and loved the way it was organized and edited because it made the whole thing a very different experience for me.

Question: Were you disappointed that anything was cut out?

Grant Morrison: Youre always a little disappointed when some favorite detail doesnt make the cut, but what did make it was so well-done and faithful to the source that I cant really say I was upset. Its a long book that could easily make a six-hour movie, so Im amazed All-Star incorporated as much of the story as it did, more than anything else.

Question: Were you particularly pleased with the way certain things were condensed?

Grant Morrison: It was impressive that Dwayne was able to condense entire issues of 22 to 24 pages into tight, satisfying eight- or ten-minute complete scenes. To take a whole issue and make it into an episode that felt complete in itself inside a larger narrative was ingenious and was a great way to translate the books serial structure into a feature film. I hope Dwayne knew how much I appreciated his work on this.

Question: Are you a fan of animation?

Grant Morrison: I couldnt say Im a giant animation fan, but I love the obvious stuff from around the world. I always liked the Fleischer animation, the Superman cartoons and the old features they did. Im not a major animation fan but I do think the good stuff in any field stands the test of time.

Question: Which of your stories do you think would best translate to animation next?

Grant Morrison: I dont really think of the stories being done as films. When Im writing them, Im focused on what makes a good comic rather than a potential movie. Having said that, seeing All-Star Superman left me quite keen to see some more! I think it would be fun to see what they could do with Final Crisis or one of the Batman stories, like Batman R.I.P. in that dark Bruce Timm style. Id love to see something done with Doom Patrol or Seven Soldiers. Go for it.

For more information please go to AllStarSuperman.com.

Warner Home Video has also provided the following Quicktime video clip available below. The clip features a scene from the All-Star Superman animated feature, focusing on Lex Luthor and Clark Kent dealing with a power-hungry Parasite. Click on the thumbnail below to view the Quicktime clip.


The direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and Single-Disc DVD. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal day and date download. Click on the links below to discuss both the new All-Star Superman animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

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Christina Hendricks Discusses Working On “All-Star Superman” Animated Movie

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring actress Christina Hendricks discussing her role in the recently-released animated feature. New video clips are also featured below the interview.

Mad Mens Christina Hendricks fits childhood dreams into a busy mainstream schedule as the voice of Lois Lane in All-Star Superman
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Christina Hendricks is truly enjoying the best of both worlds.

While the Mad Men star is grabbing the spotlight for more mature mainstream opportunities as a judge on Bravos upcoming season of Top Chef and as the new face of designer Vivienne Westwoods Get a Life Palladium jewelry collection, Hendricks is also currently living her childhood dreams as the voice of Lois Lane in the all-new animated film All-Star Superman.

Hendricks stars alongside Desperate Housewives James Denton (Superman) and Without A Traces Anthony LaPaglia (Lex Luthor) in the critically-acclaimed, hot-selling DC Universe Animated Original Movie that poignantly captures Grant Morrisons beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Supermans heroic final days on Earth.

Along with husband Geoffrey Arend (500 Days of Summer), Hendricks was the featured attraction at the world premiere of All-Star Superman in New Yorks Paley Center for Media. The press corps and fans flocked to the event, lauding praise and adoration on the actress for her roles in everything from Mad Men to Firefly. Following the screening, the crowd gave Hendricks a resounding ovation for her performance as Lois Lane.

Hendricks is at the forefront of a stellar for All-Star Superman cast that includes Denton, LaPaglia, seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up), Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video, All-Star Superman is now available as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film is also available On Demand and for Download.

Hendricks sat for a few questions after her initial recording session for All-Star Superman, revealing her childhood adoration for the Superman characters, the trick to understanding the Lois Lane mindset, a penchant for playing Dungeons And Dragons, and the new street cred shes earned inside her own home. Heres what Christina Hendricks had to say

QUESTION: Did playing Lois Lane have a greater resonance for you than most characters?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: It’s incredibly special for me to get to play Lois Lane because when I was growing up in Oregon, the first movie I ever went to see at a drive-in movie theater and I think second overall — was Superman II. I can remember thinking, This is amazing. That was my first impression of what movies were the adventure and action and so this is me coming full circle. Now, I get to be Lois Lane. (laugh)

And I have been talking about playing Lois Lane for weeks now. I’ve been telling everyone that I get to be Lois Lane. It’s a big deal. There’s a few characters throughout your life that everyone knows and you’ve known your whole life. This is one of them. So to play Lois was really exciting.

QUESTION: Did you have any preconceptions about this role before entering the recording booth?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I think I probably had preconceived ideas about the role because I grew up watching Margot Kidder. She’s my Lois Lane. So I wanted to make sure that I did some research to know as much as I could about the character and where she originated. I grew up on Superman and Lois Lane, so a lot of the questions were already answered in my head. But I just wanted to get a little bit more background, and think about the original Lois Lane, and the intention behind the character. I didnt want to be copying someone.

QUESTION: Did you have any favorite scenes or lines?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I love the scene where they’re flying. I mean, everyone loves a Superman scene when they’re flying, and Lois Lane gets to fly. It was really fun to do something like this because anything can happen in animation. You can dance underwater or fly over Metropolis. And as the actress, you just are along for the ride. So that was exciting.

QUESTION: What it is about Christina Hendricks that made you the right choice for Lois?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I think I’m a good Lois Lane because I think I’m tough, and I think I’m up for adventure and curious and spontaneous. And I’d like to think that Lois Lane is all those things.

QUESTION: Theres a lot of Lois in this film shes the emotional barometer of this film, and she gets to do a lot of things she’d never done before on film. How did you approach visualizing those emotional and surreal aspects of playing Lois?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I think in order to play the emotions of Lois Lane in a situation where all sorts of fantastical things are happening, you really have to know that this is a world this woman already lives in. For Christina, these things are crazy flying and going under water and seeing the Titanic sitting there are foreign to me. But Lois Lane already lives in this world. So you have to be true to her and know that this isn’t her first time seeing all these things. And you have to keep reminding yourself of that.

QUESTION: When you were performing the role and going through these fantastical scenes and images, what are you envisioning to authentically act the role?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: The script is so descriptive its so beautifully written and the images are so perfect that it’s very easy to jump in and imagine. It’s like being a child and just going along with the flow. It’s very fun. And it’s all spelled out for you, so as long as you’re open to taking the trip, it’s quite easy.

I closed my eyes several times while I was doing the lines because I thought, Oh, I can’t think about these people looking in here at me. Let me imagine what this really would feel like. And you just have to feel the wind on your face. (laugh)

QUESTION: How does Lois Lane compare with other characters you’ve played?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I identify with Lois Lane in other characters that I’ve played and, of course, in my own self. She is strong and determined, but she also has a vulnerable side. She’s a woman, so she can take care of herself, but every once in a while, you know, Superman’s got to come and save her. I currently play Joan on Mad Men, who some might say is an incredibly strong character, which is what’s so fun about her. But like Lois Lane, you see moments of vulnerability and a softness to her. She’s still a woman, but she’s a strong woman.

QUESTION: You didnt record with Anthony LaPaglia, but you have played opposite our Lex Luthor previously. How was that experience?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I worked with Anthony LaPaglia some years back. I don’t know if he would remember me, but I did and episode of Without A Trace where I played an agoraphobic lesbian. Check it out. (she laughs) One of my better roles (laughs harder). I had scenes with Anthony LaPaglia where my character was stuck in a bowling alley. But not just stuck in the bowling alley, stuck underneath where they lift the pins. I had to lay under the machinery and Anthony’s character had to talk me out of it. Hopefully he’ll watch this and go, That was that girl? (laughs)

QUESTION: This was your maiden voyage in voiceovers for animation. Did it meet your expectations?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: It was kind of what I expected, and it was really fun. One thing you don’t get to do (in live-action) is say the line a couple different times with different ideas behind it. So it’s fun to actually get to experiment with all those choices all at once. I think it’s incredibly liberating to be able to go in and make three choices instead of one. And give them all equal time, and then let the director choose what they decide best suits the animation.

I think the enticement for voiceover is that you get to become a different person entirely. No one’s looking at your physicality, so you’re much more aware of your voice, and the power that your voice has. And it’s really learning to act in a very different way. If you love acting, which I do, it’s just another venue, another way to tell stories. And that’s exciting. I want to do more. This was fun. This was really fun.

QUESTION: Did you grow up with comic books or any of the current fanboy fascinations?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I grew up with my brother being a huge fan of comic books fan and sci-fi and fantasy. So even though I wasn’t fully aware of what was going on, it was always on the peripheral, just around the corner (laughs). I don’t know that I did sneak a look at my brother’s comic books. I don’t know that he would have let me. He was very protective of those.

But we played everything. My brother wants to be a director, and I’m an actress. So we played Dungeons And Dragons and Top Secret and all those things. We would get up and act everything out. We were oftentimes spies. There was a lot of James Bond spy stuff going on, and a lot of Dungeons And Dragons fantasy. To this day, I’m surrounded by the people who watch these things. My husband watches films like this. (laughs) You kidding me? This is my life. (laughs)

QUESTION: What is your impression of comic books?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I think not only are comic books incredible entertainment, but theyre great art. I got some comic books for my husband for Christmas during the first year we were together, and when you open the page you really have to retrain your mind to read a story in that format. It took me a few pages to sort of be able to look at the grand picture, and see this story and read in that style, and in the order that you’re supposed to read it. Youve got to really train your mind to see everything. And it’s amazing, beautiful art.

QUESTION: With your days as Saffron on Firefly, you are obviously no stranger to the fanboys. Whats your best anecdote dealing with the fans?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: I have been to many, many Cons over the years, and it really has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Firefly opened up this world to me and it’s been absolutely amazing. Not only have I been able to travel to all these incredible places, but Ive met people who are just so devoted and so excited about these projects, and really unite together. I like the Cons because theyre places where everyone is into the same thing it’s this family of people who completely understand one another, and a lot of them know each other because they’ll go from one Con to the other. I’ve been amazed that I’ll see someone in Scotland, and then I’ll see them in Texas. These people are passionate about it, and you don’t see that very many places. It’s really nice.

I’ve had a lot of weird questions (laughs), but for the most part everyone’s just incredibly respectful and really nice. I had someone make a Barbie of me from Firefly, and dressed it up and sent it to me. The most fun was a contest to see who could write the best song about Saffron — and they asked me to be one of the judges. You could not believe how talented these people were. It was really fun to listen to I still have the CD at home. Every once in a while I’ll put it in and be amazed. That was really cool.

QUESTION: Youre impressed with playing Lois Lane. How are those fanboy friends of yours reacting to you playing the role?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: During the recording session, my husband was sending me text messages all afternoon saying, I love you, Lois Lane. It’s so fun. My father, my brother, my husband, so many of my friends are gamers and into animation and comic books. So I’m going to be the most popular kid in town for at least a week. (laughs)

QUESTION: Weve got you as Lois Lane. What do you think of casting Jon Hamm as Superman and John Slattery as Lex Luthor?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Awesome. Fantastic. Jon Hamm would be good as any superhero. He’s kind of a superhero now, right? Everyone wants to be Jon Hamm right now. (laughs) Don Draper is like a superhero gone bad. (laughs) And John Slattery would be a great Lex Luthor. He’s just an incredible actor that guy can do anything. And he’s got a great voice. He’d be wonderful.

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Warner Home Video has also provided the four following video clips, in the Quicktime format, available below. The first clip features a scene from the All-Star Superman animated feature, and the remaining three are interview pieces featuring Hendricks discussing her experience with All-Star Superman. Click on the thumbnails below to view each of the four Quicktime clips.


The direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and Single-Disc DVD. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal day and date download. Click on the links below to discuss both the new All-Star Superman animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

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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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“All-Star Superman” Animated Feature Now Available From Warner Home Video

The all-new direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and Single-Disc DVD. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal day and date download. The Blu-ray release for All-Star Superman features exclusive extras, including a commentary with Grant Morrison and Bruce Timm. The cover artwork for the separate home video releases are available below.


Further information on this latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the links below to discuss both the new All-Star Superman animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

All-Star Superman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
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Continuing, the All-Star Superman home video release also includes a look at the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, which Warner Home Video officially announced earlier this month. Click here for the details. The Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature is slated to hit Blu-ray and DVD June 7th, 2011.

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, now available everywhere. 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.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature is now available from Warner Home Video.

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