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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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Warner Home Video Announces Two New Animated “Batman Double Feature” Releases

Four previously-released animated movies featuring Batman are getting repackaged in two new home video DVD releases. Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero, Batman Beyond: The Movie, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and The Batman Versus Dracula, all previously released on four separate DVD titles, will get packaged together for two new upcoming releases from Warner Home Video. These two new Batman Double Features DVD releases bring together previously-released content in new affordable titles. The following releases join the wave of animated DC Comics content previously announced to hit home video shelves in October 2012, with details on those titles available here. Continue below for cover artwork and official press details for these two latest Batman Double Feature DVD titles.

Batman Double Feature – Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero / Batman Beyond: The Movie
Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Synopsis: Battle battles his biggest foes in two action-paced features. Batman faces his coolest case ever in Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero when Batgirl is kidnapped by the cold-blooded villain Mr. Freeze. And as new villains overrun Gotham City of the future, a triumphant new Batman is born in Batman Beyond: The Movie.

Batman Double Feature – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker / The Batman Versus Dracula
Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Synopsis: Battle battles his biggest foes in two action-paced features. It is no laughing matter when the greatest villain of all comes out of the past to threaten Batman, Bruce Wayne and all of Gotham in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. And in the Batman vs Dracula, Gotham City sleeps under the cover of darkness while two legendary bats take flight.

The bonus content on the above listed releases will be identical to the initial releases for each title. The same content is simply being repackaged in a new release. All four titles features in the new Batman Double Feature releases have been part of previous similar DVD titles, released multiple times over the past fifteen years. Batman Double Feature – Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero / Batman Beyond: The Movie and Batman Double Feature – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker / The Batman Versus Dracula will both hit shelves on October 9th, 2012 for the MSRP of $14.99. Details on previous releases for the above animated features are available right here at The World’s Finest but exploring the subsites dedicated to the content features on the above titles.

Demand for the Blu-ray releases of animated Batman and DC Comics content – particularly Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero – remains high in the fan community. A Blu-ray release for Batwoman: Mystery of the Batman, set to hit shelves earlier this year but delayed without explanation, remains ready to hit the home video market once scheduled.

Stay tuned for further updates on these titles and other upcoming home video releases here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” Animated Feature Now Available On Blu-ray

The critically-acclaimed Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video. This new Blu-ray release carries over the original special features, save for trailers, from the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker – The Original, Uncut Version DVD release. The main feature is presented in high-definition fullscreen. The package artwork for the Blu-ray home video release is available below.


Bonus content on the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Blu-ray release includes a commentary, a featurette, animatics, deleted scenes, a trailer for Young Justice, and more. Further information on this release is available by clicking on the images above. Click on the link below to discuss the new Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Blu-ray home video release. The World’s Finest review for this product is also available to view by clicking the images above.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment passed along the following images, details, and a new trailer for the upcoming Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game. Hitting shelves on June 7th, 2011 for all major consoles, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters ties into the upcoming Green Lantern theatrical film. Please click on the images below for a closer look. Click on the first thumbnail image below to view the trailer in the High-Definition Quicktime format.




GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS FACTS

RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2011
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
DEVELOPER: Xbox 360 and PS3: Double Helix Games
Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS: Griptonite Games
RATING: T with Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence: PS3 and Xbox 360
E10+ with Fantasy Violence: Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS
GENRE: Third-Person Action Adventure
PLATFORMS: Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Nintendo DS

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
Harness the power of the ultimate weapon! Inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures superhero feature film Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters soars onto game consoles this summer, extending the theatrical experience of one of DC Entertainments most popular superheroes. Playing as gifted pilot Hal Jordan, the first human Green Lantern, gamers will create an arsenal of ring constructs and take flight in outer space and beyond to restore intergalactic order. Players will use the Power Ring to build an array of weapons from green energy to defeat the Manhunters an evil android race bent on destroying the Green Lantern Corps.

Packed with intergalactic missions, alien androids and out-of-this-world combat, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is an action-adventure videogame that delivers the Green Lantern experience right into the hands of gamers. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/greenlanternvideogame.

PRODUCT FEATURES:
-Enhanced Graphics and 3D Capabilities – The Nintendo 3DS version of the game is designed specifically to take advantage of the systems stereoscopic 3D capabilities and delivers multi-plane graphics that delve players further into the Green Lantern universe.

-Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers can play in anaglyphic 3D with technology that is compatible with all standard TV sets and visible while wearing the 3D glasses that come packaged with the videogame product. Fans can also enjoy the game in stereoscopic 3D when playing on any 3D HDTV while wearing active shutter glasses that are compatible with the television.

-Master the Green Lantern Power Ring Take control of the most powerful weapon in the universe the Green Lantern Power Ring and conjure a spectacular range of hard-light constructs including a gatling gun, giant fists, and much more, all of which can be linked together to form an endless number of combinations.

-Team Up and Battle Together Gamers playing the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions will have the ability to team-up and battle the Manhunters in seamless drop-in/drop-out local co-op gameplay as Hal Jordan or Sinestro.

-Take Flight Soaring across the universe in intergalactic flight, gamers will dodge past asteroids and blast through planets while destroying armies of Manhunters.
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters for Xbox and PS3 includes the likenesses and voice talent of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan.

Further details on this upcoming video game release are expected in the near future, including new content.

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“Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker” Animated Title Hitting Blu-ray April 2011

The controversial and acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is set to hit Blu-ray on April 5th, 2011 from Warner Home Video for $19.98. The Blu-ray feature will include the PG-13 “uncut” edition of the first feature-length Batman Beyond animated feature. For further details on “uncut” controversy with Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, more details can be found here at The World’s Finest, the site that first reported and originally spearheaded the idea to campaign for Warner Home Video to release Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker in its original intended format. Cover artwork and initial details, provided by the studio, are included below.

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER

Synopsis: The greatest villain of all comes out of the past to threaten Batman, Bruce Wayne and all of Gotham City in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the first feature-length Batman Beyond movie.

The sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back with his own unique brand of havoc and mayhem. While trying to uncover the Joker’s secrets, the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker’s latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever.

Get ready for heart-stomping action, awesome adventure and amazing revelations in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Special Features:
-Commentary by the Filmmakers
-Featurette Batman Beyond: The Legend Lives
-Animation Tests
-Music Video
-Animated Character Bios

Main Feature:
-1080p High Definition 4×3 matted
-DTS-HD MA-English 5.1, Dolby Digital French, Spanish
-76 Mins.
-Rated PG-13 for Violence
-Street Date: 4/05/2011
-MSRP: $19.98

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker will be available on Blu-ray beginning April 5th, 2011 from Warner Home Video for $19.98. Stay tuned for further updates, including new DVD and Blu-ray home video announcements from Warner Home Video.

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Cartoon Network Schedules “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” Feature This Weekend

The fan-favorite direct-to-video Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker animated feature will air Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 6:30pm (ET) as part of the special weekend programming on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker animated feature are available below. Please note schedule details are subject to change by Cartoon Network without notice.


Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
Cartoon Network, Saturday, January 16th, 2010, at 6:30pm (ET)

The sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back with his own unique brand of havoc and mayhem. While trying to uncover the Joker’s secrets, the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker’s latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever. Get ready for heart-stomping action, awesome adventure and amazing revelations in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Further details on the Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker direct-to-video animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest. The 2009 direct-to-video animated feature Green Lantern: First Flight is scheduled to makes its Cartoon Network debut immediately following the special Cartoon Network presentation of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, starting at 8pm (ET) on the network.

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“Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker” Animated Feature To Air August 2009 On Teletoon

The Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker animated feature is slated to air Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 at 11:00am (ET) as part of the Action Force programming block on Teletoon. Below is the official synopsis for the feature.

Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
Teletoon, Sunday, August 23rd, 2009, at 11:00am (ET)

Batman (Terry McGinnis) must deal with the threat of The Joker, who has mysteriously appeared in the future, and with the revelations of Bruce Wayne’s past. This new Joker knows all about Bruce! But what does this have to do with Tim Drake?

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Teletoon Highlights Upcoming “Batman Beyond,” “Batman: The Brave and The Bold” Events


The Canadian network Teletoon has scheduled Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker to air Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 11am (ET). This encore presentation of the acclaimed animated movie is the second “Batman”-related programming for the day, with the Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Invasion of the Secret Santas!” airing earlier in the morning at 9am (ET). The episode sees Batman and Red Tornado fight to stop Fun Haus’ Yuletide crime spree.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is also scheduled to air on Cartoon Network at 8pm (ET) on Saturday, January 31st, 2009.

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WHV Announces New Combo DVD Release Featuring “Batman Beyond,” “Batwoman”

Warner Home Video describes the release as follows:

“The Clown Prince of Crime is back with a vengeance in the first-ever Batman Beyond movie – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Side A). Standing in the way of the fiendish Joker is a new Batman for a new generation, Terry McGinnis. Get ready for heroic, eye-filling adventures as the Caped Crusader shuts down his archrival’s crime spree – and unravels a great mystery surrounding the original Batman, Bruce Wayne. Also in this dynamic DVD duo: Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (Side B). An unknown masked crimefighter prowls the night, but when her actions cross the criminal line, it causes Batman to wonder not just who is she,but is she an ally? The suspense and excitement won’t end ’til the mask comes off!”

The double-sided DVD will contain the exact same bonus materials found on the previous Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Edited) releases. For further product detail, click here for more.

The DVD will hit shelves on September 2nd, 2008, and retail for $14.97 MSRP.

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