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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 New “Batman/Justice League – Double Feature” DVD Release

Warner Home Video has announced another special Double Feature compilation release, this time bringing the early DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles Justice League: The New Frontier and Batman: Gotham Knight together in the same package. The freshly-announced Batman / Justice League Double Feature – Batman: Gotham Knight / Justice League: The New Frontier Blu-ray release feature the previously-released titles in an affordable new package, arriving on shelves October 9th, 2012 for the suggested retail price of $24.98. All previous bonus and presentation content is carried over with no new material added. Continue below for back cover art and product details for this latest Batman-themed Double Feature home video title.

Batman / Justice League Double Feature – Batman: Gotham Knight / Justice League: The New Frontier (BD)
Available 10/09/12!

Synopsis: It’s twice the action from Batman and the Justice League. Acclaimed screenwriters join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spelling binding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crime to The Dark Knight in Batman: Gotham Knight. Then witness the epic saga of how Earth’s greatest champions formed the most powerful alliance from good ever assembled in Justice League: The New Frontier.

Program Content
Batman: Gotham Knight • Justice League: The New Frontier

The Batman / Justice League Double Feature – Batman: Gotham Knight / Justice League: The New Frontier Blu-ray relase hits shelves on October 9th, 2012 for the MSRP of $24.98. Details on previous releases for the above animated features are available right here at The World’s Finest by exploring the subsites dedicated to the content features on the above titles.

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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Select “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Releases To Include Movie Money

Previously-released Blu-ray titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie library, from Warner Home Video, are set to be repackaged to include special coupons redeemable toward the upcoming live-action Green Lantern theatrical feature. This new promotion starts on May 10th, 2011. Warner Home Video has released the following press details concerning the upcoming promotional tie-in.

Green Lantern Movie Cash On DC Universe Animation Blu-ray
$8.00 Movie Cash for Green Lantern with each Blu-ray!

Green Lantern: First Flight is one of the Blu-ray titles to include Movie Money this summer. When Hal Jordan first becomes a Green Lantern, he is put under the supervision of senior Lantern, Sinestro, only to discover that his so-called mentor is part of a secret conspiracy that threatens the entire Green Lantern Corps.

Specially marked packages include $8.00 Movie Cash to see Green Lantern in theaters. Restrictions apply. Green Lantern, in theaters June 17th, 2011, is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and more. DC Universe animation library has shipped over 6.7 million units!

Nine specially marked Blu-rays include Movie Cash Offer. Get up to $8.00 off of one admission ticket to see Green Lantern at participating theaters. Coupon valid from June 17th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2011. Restrictions apply. While supplies last.

Titles in the promotion also include:

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Justice League Crisis On 2 Earths
Superman/Batman Public Enemies
Wonder Woman
Justice League New Frontier
Superman/Doomsday
Batman: Gotham Knight

Specially marked packages hit shelves May 10th, 2011.

Stay tuned for further DC Universe Animated Original Movie news in the coming weeks right here at The World’s Finest. Click on the image below to view the theatrical trailer for the live-action Green Lantern feature film in the Quicktime format.


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Teletoon Airing “Batman: Gotham Knight” July 2010, Upcoming Releases Update

The 2008 direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature will return to the Canadian network Teletoon on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Feature Friday” programming block on Teletoon. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Official details on the Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature are available below.


Batman: Gotham Knight
Teletoon, Friday, July 2nd, 2010, at 10:00pm (ET)

Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. From some of the world’s most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

More details on the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Gotham Knight subsite. Teletoon is also slated to air the DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Superman/Batman: Public Enemies earlier on the same day, July 2nd, 2010, at 8:30pm (ET). The Canadian network is also scheduled to air Green Lantern: First Flight during the month of July 2010. Further details on those airings can be found here.

In related news, Warner Home Video has recently issued several new titles for upcoming home video releases from the studio. The following titles added to Warner Home Video’s upcoming slate of releases, in relation to upcoming related animated projects, include Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Batman: Year One and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. DC Showcase is still listed by Warner Home Video as an upcoming title. Titles Batman & Superman 75th Anniversary Collection and DC 75th Anniversary Theme Compilation are also listed, but there is no designation on whether these releases are live-action or animated. Warner Home Video is also producing a documentary on the 75th anniversary of DC Comics. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Home Video Re-Releasing “Batman: Gotham Knight” In New Holiday Collection

On November 3rd, 2009, Warner Home Video is slated to release the Blu-ray Batman Collection, bringing together the Blu-ray releases for The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Batman: Gotham Knight into one collection. The new Blu-ray Batman Collection release will feature all three titles housed in a new cardboard slipcase and retail for the suggested price of $49.99. The discs will be identical to the existing releases, meaning no change in technical specs or new bonus content.

The Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature previously premiered on home video, DVD and Blu-ray, in 2008 to coincide with the live-action The Dark Knight theatrical release. Below is the official synopsis for the feature along with images.


Batman: Gotham Knight
Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. From some of the world’s most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

The Blu-ray Batman Collection release, bringing together the Blu-ray releases for The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Batman: Gotham Knight into one collection, hits shelves on November 3rd, 2009. More details on the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Gotham Knight subsite. Stay tuned for further updates.

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New “DC Universe Ultimate Movie Collection” DVD Box Set Scheduled For November 2009

Collecting the currently available DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles – Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern: First Flight – and the upcoming Superman/Batman: Public Enemies direct-to-video animated feature, Warner Home Video is releasing DC Universe Ultimate Movie Collection on November 3rd, 2009. The collection is slated to include the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD releases of each title in the popular direct-to-video line housed in a sturdy cardboard slipcase.

Warner Home Video released a gift set with the same name earlier this year, in July 2009, housing Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Batman: Gotham Knight and leaving room for two additional titles to be included. This latest DC Universe Ultimate Movie Collection is slated to be an expanded version of the earlier release, now with room for the first six titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line.

No additional bonus features or extra discs are slated to be included in this collection. Cover art is available by clicking the available image.

In related news, Warner Home Video has recently issued the title DC Universe: Showcase, for both DVD and Blu-ray, but no release date, cover art, or any details whatsoever are currently available for that listing.

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” Animated Feature Scheduled To Air On Teletoon In May 2009

The Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature, which previously premiered on home video in 2008 to coincide with the live-action The Dark Knight theatrical release, is slated to air Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 9:30pm (ET) as part of the Teletoon Detour programming block on Teletoon. Below is the official synopsis for the feature.


Batman: Gotham Knight
Teletoon, Friday, May 22nd, 2009, at 9:30pm (ET)

Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. From some of the world’s most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

Teletoon is scheduled to re-air the Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature directly after the 9:30pm (ET) airing again at 11:00pm (ET) on the same day. More details on the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Gotham Knight subsite. Teletoon, the Canadian animation-themed network, previously aired the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature in October 2008.

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Note: The World’s Finest News Staff will be on vacation next week, from April 13th – April 17th, 2009, meaning there will be no regular news updates posted during that time. However, any special reports or breaking news will be posted, so check back daily and keep an eye on the forums. Expect the regular news updates to return on April 20th, 2009.

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” Featured On Upcoming “The Dark Knight” DVD Release

The Batman: Gotham Knight trailer is featured on the second disc of the upcoming The Dark Knight: Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release. The trailer plays before the main menu kicks in.

Batman: Gotham Knight is expected to get an extra boost in sales this holiday season with The Dark Knight being released to DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday, December 9th, 2008. The The Dark Knight DVD and Blu-ray releases are expected to be the top-sellers of the year. Batman: Gotham Knight has shipped over one million units to date, including DVD and Blu-ray, since it premiered earlier this year.

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“Batman: Gotham Knight,” “Justice League: The New Frontier” Nominated For Annie Awards


Announced earlier this week, both Batman: Gotham Knight and Justice League: The New Frontier have received nominations in the 36th Annual Annie Awards, the awards that recognize the years best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects. The nominations are as follows.

Batman: Gotham Knight
-Best Animated Home Entertainment Production
-Music in an Animated Feature Production

Justice League: The New Frontier
-Best Animated Home Entertainment Production

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in a total of 24 categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting.

More information can be found at the official website for the 36th Annual Annie Awards. Winners will be announced on January 30th, 2009, so stay tuned for further updates.

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