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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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“Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature Returns To Teletoon Come March 2012

The 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will return to Teletoon on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 9:30pm (ET/PT) as part of the ‘Teletoon at Night’ programming block on the Canadian network. The animated feature will air in conjunction with the premiere of Green Lantern: The Animated Series on the regular Teletoon schedule line-up, the CGI-animated series joining the network on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 7:30pm (ET/PT). Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Official details on the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature are available below.


Green Lantern: First Flight
Teletoon, Saturday, March 17 at 9:30pm (ET/PT)

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guardians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training, unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro and saving the Green Lantern Corp. Starring Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber and Tricia Helfer.

Teletoon recently aired the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature back in November 2011, tying in to a special one-hour preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. The acclaimed new CGI-animated series is set to join the Superfan Friday line-up beginning March 23rd, 2012. Further Green Lantern: The Animated Series details can be found here.

Further details on the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature can be found at the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest.

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“Green Lantern: The Animated Series” New Print Ad, Special Teletoon Programming

Recent titles published by DC Comics are including a new print advertisement for the November 11th, 2011 one-hour Green Lantern: The Animated Series special event. Click on the image below for a closer look.

The ad features a new promotional image for the series along with the tagline, “It’s time for a hero whose only limitation is his imagination.”

In additional Green Lantern: The Animated Series news, the Canadian network Teletoon is planning special Green Lanter-themed programming to promote the debut of the one-hour special airing on November 11th, 2011. Teletoon will air the 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature on Friday, Novemebr 11th, 2011 at 6:25pm (ET) before the debut of the Green Lantern: The Animated Series hour-long special at 8:00pm (ET). Descriptions for both programs are available below.

Green Lantern: First Flight
Teletoon, Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 6:25pm (ET)

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guardians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training, unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro and saving the Green Lantern Corp.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series (One-Hour Sneak Peek)
Teletoon, Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 8:00pm (ET)

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, the series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

The network has also issued the following press release for the forthcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series event, as seen below.

TELETOON BRINGS A SPECIAL SUPERFAN SNEAK-PEEK OF
GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES

First two episodes of the highly anticipated series to air Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Teletoon will indulge superfans from all over with a special sneak-peek treat. Unable to hold back these episodes for too long, Teletoon announced today that the first two episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series will air Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Warner Bros. Animation is bringing the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm. As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, the series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

Teletoon is unreal. Its a network that believes that anything is possible. Its funny, surprising, playful and even a little bit mischievous. This attitude is reflected in everything Teletoon does, including its programming lineup featuring everything from heroic action shows to hilarious comedies to hit blockbuster movies. Watched in more than 7.7 million homes, Teletoon is available in English and French and offers kids, youth and adults the best in animated an animation-related entertainment. Teletoon Canada Inc. is made up of four nationwide specialty television channels Teletoon, Tltoon, Teletoon Retro and Tltoon Rtro, with select programming also available through On Demand, Mobile TV, iTunes and teletoon.com. Founded in 1997, TELETOON Canada Inc. is owned by Astral (50%) and Corus Entertainment (50%). For more information, please visit www.teletoon.com.

The Canadian network Teletoon will air the Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power” hour-long event on November 11th, 2011 at 8:00pm (ET). Please note both Young Justice and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be pre-empted on Teletoon for this special presentation. Green Lantern: The Animated Series will join Teletoon as part of the network’s regular line-up in 2012.

Additionally, the two-part Green Lantern: The Animated Series special event “Beware My Power” is also scheduled for Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Following this special airing, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is then slated to become a regular fixture on the network in early 2012 as part of the new DC Nation programming block. Please note that Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be pre-empted on November 11th, 2011 due to this special programming event, but an all-new episode of Young Justice is still slated to air that night at 6:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.

A review for Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Beware My Power” is available here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for further updates on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, including exclusive content and more – here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Package Artwork For Upcoming “DC Universe – 3 Pack Action” DVD Collection Release

Artwork for the upcoming Warner Home Video DVD release DC Universe 3-Pack Action is now available. The release features three titles from the DC Universe Original Animated Movies line – Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Justice League: The New Frontier – in one collection. The title hits shelves on May 31st, 2011. Continue below to view the artwork.


All content included on the above releases are identical to the previous single-disc home video releases of each title. DC Universe 3-Pack Action will be released alongside DC Kids 3-Pack Fun, a similar releases collection three “kids-friendly” titles in one collection. More details can be found here.

DC Universe 3-Pack Action and DC Kids 3-Pack Fun three-disc DVD releases hit shelves on May 31st, 2011. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Green Lantern: First Flight,” “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Schedule Updates

The 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will return to the Canadian network Teletoon on Friday, July 9th, 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 Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature are available below.


Green Lantern: First Flight
Teletoon, Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET)

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guanrdians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training., unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro and saving the Green Lantern Corp.

Further details on the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature can be found at the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest. Teletoon is also slated to air the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles Batman: Gotham Knight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies during the month of July 2010.

In additional schedule news, The World’s Finest spoke with a Cartoon Network representative earlier today who stated new episodes of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series are still set to air in late July 2010 despite current reports to the contrary. Please note that schedule details are subject to change, but new episodes are still slated as coming before Fall 2010 according to Cartoon Network officials. Further Batman: The Brave and The Bold details are available here.

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“Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,” “Green Lantern: First Flight” Titles Repriced

Warner Home Video has announced that the home video releases for the recent direct-to-video animated efforts Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Green Lantern: First Flight will be repriced to a lower suggested retail amount beginning this week. Both Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Green Lantern: First Flight, two animated features under the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Home Video, will find the suggested retail price for the single-disc DVD editions drop to $14.98. The reprice is a decrease from their respective $19.98 original price tag. These new prices go in effect March 16th, 2010.

Continue to the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies subsite and the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and information on these two direct-to-video animated features.

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Teletoon Scheduled To Air “Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature In February 2010

The 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will make its Canadian network debut on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Teletoon at Night” programming block on Teletoon. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Official details on the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature are available below.


Green Lantern: First Flight
Teletoon, Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET)

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guanrdians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training., unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro and saving the Green Lantern Corp.

Teletoon also recently featured the Canadian network debut of Wonder Woman, the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, in late 2009 on the “Teletoon at Night” programming block. The network is expected to revisit that animated feature later this year. Like the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature, Wonder Woman made its debut on home video in 2009.

Further details on the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature can be found at the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest.

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Cartoon Network Slated To Air “Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature This Month

The 2009 direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will make its cable network debut on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 8:00pm (ET) as part of the special weekend programming on Cartoon Network. Please note schedule details are subject to change by Cartoon Network without notice. Official details on the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature are available below.


Green Lantern: First Flight
Cartoon Network, Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 8:00pm (ET)

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guanrdians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training., unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro and saving the Green Lantern Corp.

Further details on the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature can be found at the Green Lantern: First Flight subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured Green Lantern: First Flight premiered on DVD and Blu-ray in July 2009, and has sold nearly 300,000 DVD copies since its release.

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Year-End 2009 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Feature Titles

Debuting three new titles this year, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video animated feature line from Warner Home Video moved nearly one million DVD units in 2009. Over 900,000 of those units came from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – and those numbers are expected to grow during the December 2009 holiday season.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the September 2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature made the biggest splash of this years releases, moving an estimated 342,000 DVD units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with at least a total 350,000 of units sold by the end of 2009. The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature debuted to an estimated 198,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending October 4th, 2009.

The second DC Universe Animated Original Movie title released this year, released during the summer sales season, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature has sold an estimated 286,000 copies since its mid-year debut. The direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature debuted to an estimated 160,000 DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending August 2nd, 2009. The Annie Award nominated feature is expected to finish 2009 with at least a total of 295,000 DVD units moved according to home video retail outlets.

Lastly, the first 2009 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Wonder Woman has moved an estimated 292,000 DVD copies since premiering during the first quarter of the year. The release has boasted consistently stable sales throughout the year despite having the lowest debut week of all the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles to date. Wonder Woman debuted with 107,000 in DVD sales in its first week, the week ending March 8th, 2009, though sales quickly leveled off after the standard second week plunge. The critically-acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature is also expected to finish out 2009 with a projected estimate of 295,000 DVDs unit sold according to home video retail outlets.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, legal download numbers, or high-definition release sales.

Additionally, though not under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, Warner Home Video and Warner Premiere also debuted the direct-to-video animated tie-in feature Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, tying into the live-action Watchmen Spring 2009 theatrical release. While the home video premiere title stumbled out of the gate with 42,000 in DVD sales for its first week, the week of March 29th, 2009, the title has since moved an estimated 198,000 copies since its debut, and will likely top out with a respectable 200,000 DVD units moved by the end of 2009.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is expected to release between two three new direct-to-video animated features in 2010, with the next title, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, set to debut February 23rd, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Two additional direct-to-video animated features are set to follow later in the year.

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 can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite.

2009 Sales information for Planet Hulk, the Marvel Animated Features production from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate Home Entertainment, is available at Marvel Animation Age. Click here for more details.

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Note: 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 28th, 2009 to January 1st, 2010. Regular news updates will return January 4th, 2010. However, keep checking The World’s Finest and The DC Animation Forum daily for special updates and breaking news.

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