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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 Friday Night Superhero Movie Airing “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Animated Feature

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature as part of the network’s Friday Night Superhero Movie programming block. The 2010 direct-to-video title is slated to air Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on the Canadian network Teletoon. The weekly Friday Night Superhero Movie 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.

Batman: Under The Red Hood, which features Batman facing off against a mysterious vigilante with ties to his past, is part of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment. The DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is a regular fixture on Teletoon, with assorted titles airing multiple times throughout the year. Official details on the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Batman: Under The Red Hood
Airing Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon

Complete details on the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature can be found at the Batman: Under The Red Hood subsite here at The World’s Finest. Batman: Under The Red Hood airs Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET) on Teletoon.

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“Batman: Under The Red Hood” Animated Feature Airs January 2012 On Teletoon

The 2010 direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature is slated to kick off a month of special DC Universe Animated Original Movie events on the Fred At Night programming block beginning Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on the Canadian network Teletoon. Batman: Under The Red Hood features Batman facing off against a mysterious vigilante with ties to his past. Official details on the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

Batman: Under The Red Hood
Teletoon, Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET)

A figure from the Dark Knight’s past unexpectedly returns, forcing him to revisit the most tragic event of his crime-fighting career. A twisted, disfigured character known as the Black Mask has seized control of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, but his supremacy is undermined by the arrival of the mysterious Red Hood. As the violence escalates and the truth unfolds, the Caped Crusader soon comes to the painful, shocking realization as to whose face is really under the hood. Starring Bruce Greenwood and Jensen Ackles.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature can be found at the Batman: Under The Red Hood subsite here at The World’s Finest. Batman: Under The Red Hood airs Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on Teletoon, with an encore presentation immediately following on the same night at 11:00pm (ET).

Three other DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles will air on the Fred At Night block during January 2012 – including Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Wonder Woman, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – on each subsequent Sunday. Additionally, as previously reported here, Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon.

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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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“Batman: Under The Red Hood” World Broadcast Debut On Teletoon March 2011

The 2010 direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature will make its Canadian network debut and world broadcast premiere on Friday, March 17th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) as a special Teletoon presentation. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Batman: Under the Red Hood is part of the acclaimed direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line released by Warner Home Video. Official details on the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Batman: Under the Red Hood (World Broadcast Premiere)
Teletoon, Friday, March 17th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET)

A twisted, disfigured character known as the Black Mask has seized control of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, but his supremacy is undermined by the arrival of the mysterious Red Hood. As the violence escalates and the truth unfolds, the Caped Crusader soon comes to the painful, shocking realization as to whose face is really under the hood.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature can be found at the Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for further schedule updates and details on the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Year-End 2010 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles this year, along with an animated shorts-compilation release, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video animated feature line from Warner Home Video moved nearly 2.5 million home video release units in 2010. Over 2,100,000 of those sales came from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – and those numbers are expected to grow during the December 2010 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 July 2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature made the biggest splash of this years releases, moving 510,000 DVD units and nearly 275,000 Blu-ray units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with at least 800,000 of combined units sold by the end of 2010. The direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature debuted to 140,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending August 1st, 2010.

The third feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title released this year, released Fall 2010, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature has moved 350,000 DVD copies since its debut. The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature debuted to 155,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending October 3rd, 2010, with Blu-ray units trailing closely behind with 95,000 copies moved. The latest Superman/Batman animated adventure is expected to hit 600,000 in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales before the end of 2010.

Lastly, the first 2010 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths leaped out of the gate upon release, moving an impressive 205,000 DVD copies in its first week alone. Blu-ray sales for its first week also roughly totaled 60,000 units, for the week ending February 28th, 2010. Sales quickly evened out in the following weeks and remained steady throughout the year. The critically-acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature is also expected to finish out 2010 with a projected estimate of 700,000 combined Blu-ray and DVD unit sold according to home video retail outlets.

Additionally, theDC Showcase Animated Original Shortshome video collection, anchored by the exclusive Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adamanimated short, has remained consistent in sales after a soft debut. After debuting to the combined DVD and Blu-ray sales of 94,500 in its first week, the week ending November 14th, 2010, the title has remained a steady seller, averaging roughly 15,000 20,000 units weekly in sales since its debut. The title will likely top out with a respectable 250,000 – 300,000 in combined Blu-ray and DVD estimated units moved by the end of 2010.

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. 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.

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Also, the staff of The Worlds Finest would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year. Additionally, the staff here at The Worlds Finest will be taking a break from regular news updates for the next week, from December 27th, 2010 to December 31st, 2010. Regular news updates will return January 3rd, 2011. However, keep checking The World’s Finest and The DC Animation Forum daily for special updates and breaking news.

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Home Video Sales For “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Remain Consistent


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature continues to move an impressive amount of units more than a month after hitting shelves. The recent DC Universe Animated Original Movie title has moved an estimated 275,000 DVD copies as of September 5th, 2010, plus an additional 227,000 in Blu-ray editions during the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 502,000 home video units sold in the title’s first month of release. The recent Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature originally hit shelves on July 27th, 2010. Please note the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers, nor all retail and online outlets accounted for.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite for further details on the direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer for the Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature.

The next DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, is scheduled to hit shelves on September 28th, 2010. Click here to view the official press release and Blu-ray artwork for the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse direct-to-video animated feature, and click here to view the trailer. A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature debuts later this month on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Package Art For Recent “Batman: Under The Red Hood” Soundtrack Release

To view images from the recent Batman: Under The Red Hood soundtrack compact disc release from WaterTower Music, currently available to order as an Amazon-only CD release or as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music distributors, please click on the thumbnails below. The Soundtrack From The DC Universe Animated Original Movie – Batman: Under The Red Hood score release features music composed by Christopher Drake.


Check out the subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and information on the Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature is now available to own DVD and Blu-ray disc. The title is also available through OnDemand and Pay-Per-View. Additionally, Batman: Under The Red Hood Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers. Click on the links below to discuss both the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature and soundtrack release, along with the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the included DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
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Batman: Under the Red Hood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite for further details on the direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer for the Batman: Under the Red Hood 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 Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature is available to own from Warner Home Video.

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“Batman: Under The Red Hood” Feature Garners High Home Video Numbers


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature has garnered impressive sales. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 140,000 DVD copies in its first week, and moved an impressive 115,000 in Blu-ray editions in the same timeframe, resulting in an estimated 255,000 home video units sold in its first sales week of August 1st, 2010. The animated feature hit the DVD sales chart at #3 in its first week, and dropped to a respectable #9 in its second week, showing the title should remain a steady performer for the home video market. In its second week, the week of August 8th, 2010, Batman: Under The Red Hood moved nearly 66,000 DVD copies and 45,000 Blu-ray editions. 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 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths debuted with an estimated 205,500 DVDs and over 60,000 Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in February 2010.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the DC Showcase: Jonah Hex animated short.

Batman: Under the Red Hood Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Please continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: Under the Red Hood subsite for further details on the direct-to-video animated feature release. Click here to view the trailer for the Batman: Under the Red Hood 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 Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature is available to own from Warner Home Video.

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