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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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“JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Now Available To Own, New Video Clip

To mark the wide home video release of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has issued a new video clip for the direct-to-video original movie. The acclaimed all-ages animated movie is now available to own on DVD and HD Digital Download, and can be purchased from all retail and online outlets. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging and classic foes. The animated feature has received positive reviews from both fans and critics, citing a fun original story and quality animation.

Continue to the player below to view a new clip from the film.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – is now available to own on DVD and HD Digital Download at retail and digital outlets everywhere.

Click here to read The World’s Finest review of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links provided below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Previous The World’s Finest coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here, initial announcement details here, and an exclusive interview with director Giancarlo Volpe here.

Also available today on DVD home video from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete First Season. This four-disc set collects the previous DVD releases Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season One, Part One and Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Season One, Part Two into one single package. Since this is a repackaged release, collecting the aforementioned previously-released two-disc DVD sets, no new bonus content is included. Artwork and details for the title can be found at The World’s Finest, with discussion for the topic being held at The DC Animation Forum.

Stay tuned for additional updates and details right here at The World’s Finest.

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New Video Clip Released For “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Animated Feature

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new video clip promoting the digital and wide release of the direct-to-video original movie JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time. The acclaimed all-ages animated movie will be available on DVD and for digital download starting Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging and classic foes. The animated feature has received positive reviews from both fans and critics, citing a fun original story and quality animation.

Continue to the player below to view a clip from the film.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – will be available on DVD and for digital download on May 20th, 2014. The animated feature is currently available exclusively at US Target retail store locations.

Click here to read The World’s Finest review of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links provided below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Previous The World’s Finest coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here, initial announcement details here, and an exclusive interview with director Giancarlo Volpe here. Stay tuned for additional updates and details right here at The World’s Finest.

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Canadian Bilingual Artwork For “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Home Entertainment Release

Warner Home Video Canada has provided The World’s Finest with a look at the bilingual artwork for the Canadian home entertainment release of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time. The acclaimed all-ages animated movie will be available at all retail and online outlets starting Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging and classic foes. While previously available exclusively in Target locations across the United States of America, this is the first time JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time will be available to purchase from Canadian retailers.

Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at the package artwork.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time
Release Date: May 20th, 2014

Synopsis: The Justice League must stop Lex Luthor from going back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman by changing their origin stories. With the help of teen superheroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the Justice League must face its biggest challenge ever… the threat of having never existed!

Click here to read The World’s Finest review of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – will be available on DVD at all retail and online outlets on May 20th, 2014. To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links provided below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to check out an exclusive The World’s Finest interview with JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Director Giancarlo Volpe. Additional updates for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time can be found here.

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New Video Clip, Wide Release Announcement For “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time”

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has issued a new press release announcing the wide release of the direct-to-video original movie JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – currently available exclusively on DVD at US Target locations. The acclaimed all-ages animated movie will be available at all retail and online outlets starting Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging and classic foes. The animated feature has received positive reviews from both fans and critics, citing it’s fun original story and quality animation.

Continue below to view a clip from the film, in the player below, and check out the press release for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME AS
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES
JLA ADVENTURES: TRAPPED IN TIME
ON DVD MAY 20, 2014

All-New 44-Minute DC Comics Original Movie Featuring Iconic Justice League Characters

Prepare for a battle of the ages when the Justice League takes on its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, and DC Entertainment unleash JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time. Packed with non-stop action, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time comes to DVD on May 20, 2014. The all-new original movie is a thrilling film for the whole family and features some of the Justice League’s most notable members. Fans won’t want to miss this action-packed hit!

After crafting a monumentally over-the-top plan to take over the world by expanding the polar ice caps, mastermind Lex Luthor is missing and widely presumed dead. One thousand years later, Luthor is discovered and memorialized in the Legion of Super Heroes’ museum, where the teenage super hero, Karate Kid, accidentally releases him. The museum contains both the knowledge of Superman’s secret identity and a way to time travel, in the form of the mysterious Time Trapper. Once Lex Luthor is free, he quickly sets out on a mission to permanently erase Superman from the time stream.

For the Justice League – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman – along with Robin and teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher. Facing the deadliest rescue mission to date, the future lies in the hands of the Justice League as it struggles to confront its most critical challenge: the threat of having never existed!

“Fans of the Justice League have been very passionate about wanting to see more stories involving their favorite characters,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Our hope with JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is to reward that passion with the same high levels of action and storytelling that fans have come to expect in a Justice League animated film.”

“We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new Justice League film with the release of JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “The Justice League brand is already a favorite and will continue to engage fans with its group of vibrant super heroes.”

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is directed by Giancarlo Volpe (Green Lantern: the Animated Series) from a script by Michael Ryan (Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery). The film features the voices of Diedrich Bader (Batman), Peter Jessop (Superman), Jason Spisak (Flash), Grey DeLisle Griffin (Wonder Woman), Dante Basco (Karate Kid), Laura Bailey (Dawnstar), Corey Burton (Time Trapper), Kevin Michael Richardson (Black Manta, Solomon Grundy), Fred Tatasciore (Lex Luthor), Travis Willingham (Gorilla Grodd), Avery Kidd Waddell (Cyborg), Liam O’Brien (Aquaman), Thomas Gibis (Toyman), Erica Luttrell (Cheetah), Michael Donovan (Bizarro) and Jack DeSena (Robin).

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Enhanced Content includes 2 bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault:
• The All – New Super Friends Hour: The Mysterious Time Creatures
• Super Friends: Elevator to Nowhere

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and ©DCComics.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network; original animated DC Nation shorts for Cartoon Network; and the forthcoming Mike Tyson Mysteries series for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – will be available on DVD at all retail and online outlets on May 20th, 2014. The animated feature is currently available exclusively at US Target retail store locations.

Click here to read The World’s Finest review of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links provided below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Previous The World’s Finest coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here, initial announcement details here, and an exclusive interview with director Giancarlo Volpe here. Stay tuned for additional updates and details right here at The World’s Finest.

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“JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Animated Feature Available Everywhere Starting May 20th, 2014

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the direct-to-video original movie JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – currently available exclusively on DVD at US Target locations – will be available at all retail and online outlets starting Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging foes in an all-ages animated feature. The animated feature has received positive reviews from both fans and critics, citing it’s fun original story and quality animation. Continue below for a look at the DVD package artwork and menu system, along with additional details.



JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time
Synopsis:
The Justice League must stop Lex Luthor from going back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman by changing their origin stories. With the help of teen superheroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the Justice League must face its biggest challenge ever… the threat of having never existed!

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – will be available on DVD at all retail and online outlets on May 20th, 2014. The animated feature is currently available exclusively at US Target retail store locations.

Click here to read The World’s Finest review of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links provided below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Previous The World’s Finest coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here, initial announcement details here, and an exclusive interview with director Giancarlo Volpe here. Stay tuned for additional updates and details right here at The World’s Finest.

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Package Artwork, Menu System For “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” DVD Release

The World’s Finest has a look at the menu system and package artwork for the new direct-to-video original movie JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time, now available exclusively on DVD at American Target locations. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging foes in an all-ages animated feature. Continue below for a look at the DVD package artwork and menu system.



JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time
Release Date:
January 21st, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Synopsis: Get ready for a battle of the ages when the Justice League faces off against its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, in an all-new movie from DC Comics. A mysterious being known as the Time Trapper arises, and a sinister plan led by Lex Luthor sends the Legion of Doom back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman before they become super heroes. For Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, along with teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher, the rescue mission never deadlier. So join the fight for the future as the Justice League confronts its ultimate challenge… the threat of having never existed!

Click here to read The World’s Finest review of JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time.

Details on a future Blu-ray or digital release for this title, and also when it will become available outside American Target locations, have not been provided at this time. To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links provided below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Previous The World’s Finest coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here, its initial announcement details here, and an exclusive interview with director Giancarlo Volpe here. Stay tuned for additional updates and details right here at The World’s Finest.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – is now available exclusively at US Target locations.

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All-New “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Animated Feature Now Available At Target

The all-new direct-to-video original movie JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time is now available exclusively on DVD at American Target locations. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging foes in an all-ages animated feature. Continue below for the film’s official synopsis and DVD release details.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time
Release Date:
January 21st, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Synopsis: Get ready for a battle of the ages when the Justice League faces off against its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, in an all-new movie from DC Comics. A mysterious being known as the Time Trapper arises, and a sinister plan led by Lex Luthor sends the Legion of Doom back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman before they become super heroes. For Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, along with teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher, the rescue mission never deadlier. So join the fight for the future as the Justice League confronts its ultimate challenge… the threat of having never existed!

The DVD-exclusive release also features trailers and two bonus episodes from classic DC Comics-based cartoons. The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time main feature is also presented in widescreen format. To discuss the original animated feature, or its DVD home entertainment release, please click on the links below.

JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

Details on a future Blu-ray or digital release for this title, and also when it will become available outside American Target locations, have not been provided at this time.

Stay tuned for additional updates and details on JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time coming soon, right here at The World’s Finest. Previous coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here, its initial announcement details here, and an exclusive interview with director Giancarlo Volpe here.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – is now available exclusively at US Target locations.

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Interview With “JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time” Director Giancarlo Volpe

The World’s Finest caught up with Producer/Director Giancarlo Volpe to discuss the new Target-exclusive JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature, hitting DVD on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – features the greatest heroes of DC Comics squaring off against their most challenging foes. Continue below for an exclusive Q & A with Volpe where he discusses exactly how this exciting animated project came about.

The World’s Finest: First off, how did you get involved in JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time and how did this animated adventure come to be?

Giancarlo Volpe: My boss Sam Register called me into his office and said Warner Bros. was interested in developing a more kid friendly version of the Justice League, which was conceived as a reboot of the 70’s Superfriends series. I was initially reluctant because I thought he wanted a pre-school version of the franchise. He quickly made it clear that JLA didn’t have to skew that young. Sam explained the tone we set on Green Lantern: The Animated Series was in the right ballpark of what they were aiming for. Once that sunk in, I was on board.

WF: To you, what is the appeal to a more light-hearted Justice League film?

GV: I love that WB allows our guys to push for more adult content in our direct to video movies. If you ever talk animation with me, you know that I’m always saying this medium doesn’t have to be just for kids. But at the same time, it felt like we were neglecting a very core, important demographic – kids who are a little too old for Teen Titans Go!, but not quite ready for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. This movie should fall in between those two, tonally.

Also, if you know me, or even follow me on Twitter, you can tell I like to laugh, and I like to joke around. I always felt movies could be equal parts epic as well as humorous. This movie is very much in my comfort zone.

WF: Can you give us a rundown of the story, spoiler-free, and the inspirations behind it? Were there any particular comics or showed you pulled from for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time?

GV: Lex Luthor allies himself with (DC comic villain) Time Trapper, who has the ability to travel through time. Lex wants to go to the past and meddle with Superman’s origin. His theory is that if Superman had never existed, then neither would the rest of the Justice League. Because Lex actually goes to the future to recruit Time Trapper, he unintentionally attracts the attention of (not yet) Legion of Superhero members Karate Kid and Dawnstar. They follow Lex to modern day and have to warn the Justice League of his evil intentions.

The storyline is very much inspired by an older episode of the Superfriends that writer Mike Ryan really loved. In the old version, Lex sent members of the Legion of Doom to alter the origins of Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. In ours, we simplified it to just Superman.

Bonus points to viewers who watch both versions to compare the two. I assure you, ours has a much different ending than the original.

WF: The movie feature a mix of traditional JLA members, plus some new ones. Why did you include the likes of Dawnstar and Karate Kid, both well-known for being Legion of Super-Heroes characters, and Robin in this generally adult-heavy team?

GV: Lynell Forestall (who helmed DC Nation’s Black Lightning shorts) was brought on to to design a promotional poster for this project before I was attached to it. I think it may have been Sam Register’s idea to bring in some of the Legion of Superhero members to help diversify the JLA line up so it wasn’t mostly older, white males. I thought that was a great call.

In our continuity, we made Karate Kid asian. Dawnstar was always of Native American origin (her people were actually abducted by aliens, but that’s another story). Because they’re younger, they’re aspiring to be super heroes like the rest of the Justice League. Robin fit into that thematically because he’s also trying to prove his worth to his mentor, Batman – but isn’t getting the trust and responsibility he thinks he deserves.

There’s a great scene where Karate Kid and Dawnstar get into a fight with Robin over a little misunderstanding. It’s one of my favorite bits from the movie.

WF: Any chance you can run us down the creative team for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time, and perhaps some of the cast, too? Some cool cats worth noting?

GV: Sure! As I mentioned above, JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time was written by Michael Ryan, who wrote some fan favorite episodes for us on Green Lantern. Lynell Forestall, who worked on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and helmed the Black Lightning shorts was lead designer. Freddie Wiedmann, who scored Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Beware the Batman did an outstanding job on the soundtrack. We also brought a lot of great board artists and designers who I worked with on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, as well as some new comers who recently graduated from art school. I’m pretty happy with the results.

As far as the voice actors are concerned, I had fun casting some of my favorite actors from previous projects I’ve worked on. Dante Basco, who played Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender plays Karate Kid. Jack DeSena, who was Sokka on Avatar: The Last Airbender makes for a very funny Robin. We even brought on Jason Spisak to play the Flash, as a subtle nod to the Young Justice fans who were so heartbroken about Wally West.

There’s also a slew of voice actors I hadn’t worked with before who did incredible work. I really loved Laura Bailey as Dawnstar, Michael David Donovan as Bizarro, Peter Jessop as Superman, and Tom Gibis as Toyman. There’s honestly so many it’s too much to list here. Just watch the credits. I love them all!

WF: To wrap things up, tell us why we should storm our local Target stores on Tuesday and pick up this all-new original animated JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD?

GV: If you were excited about the upcoming Justice League: War, you’ve now got a chance to get twice the dose of Justice League by simply picking up this movie.

But more importantly, I hope the fans really realize there’s an industry-wide reluctance towards action adventure shows because animation studios don’t think they can turn a profit. Now’s a great chance to prove them wrong!

Who knows, if this sells really well, maybe there will be a lot more of this kind of genre: action adventure comedy with a twist of epic.

Stay tuned for additional updates and details on JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time coming soon, right here at The World’s Finest. Previous coverage for JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time includes official logline and character details here and its initial announcement details here.

The JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time all-ages animated feature – a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation – hits DVD on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, available only at American Target locations.

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