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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 Superfan Friday Airing “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Movie In August 2014

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2010 direct-to-video movie Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths during the network’s “Teletoon Superfan Friday” programming block on Friday, August 1st, 2014. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, part of the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, finds the superhero team facing off against their evil alternate reality doubles. The weekly “Teletoon Superfan Friday” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 7:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero animated television proagrams and movies.

Official details on the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths
Teletoon, Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT)

In an alternate universe, a heroic Lex Luthor battles to save his planet from an evil variation of the Justice League. To save his earth, Luthor enlists the help of the good Justice League to do battle with their evil counterparts. In the ultimate battle of good versus evil, not only the fate of two earths hangs in the balance, but also the continuation of all existence.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature can be found at the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

In additional DC Universe Animated Original Movie news, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed the cast list for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the early 2015 installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line.
Matt Lanter will voice the role of Aquaman, Jason O’Mara will voice Batman, Shemar Moore will voice Cyborg, Christopher Gorham will voice The Flash, Nathan Fillion will voice Green Lantern, Sean Astin will voice Shazam, Jerry O’Connell will voice Superman, Rosario Dawson will voice Wonder Woman, Sam Witwer will voice Orm and Sumalee Montano will voice Mera. The story will explore Aquaman’s origins and first interactions with the Justice League.

The World’s Finest was the first to break news on the forthcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated feature. Click here for the early details and stay tuned for official details coming soon.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download in early 2015 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.

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Teletoon Superfan Friday Airing “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” This Month

The 2010 direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature is slated for a special presentation airing Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, part of the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line released by Warner Home Video, features the superhero team facing off against their evil alternate reality doubles. The animated feature airs as part of Teletoon’s month-long special programming initiative. Official details on the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths
Teletoon, Friday, December 30th at 7:00pm (ET)

In an alternate universe, a heroic Lex Luthor battles to save his planet from an evil variation of the Justice League. To save his earth, Luthor enlists the help of the good Justice League to do battle with their evil counterparts. In the ultimate battle of good versus evil, not only the fate of two earths hangs in the balance, but also the continuation of all existence.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature can be found at the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon.

In additional DC Universe Animated Original Movie news, background artist William Dunn has revealed to The World’s Finest that he is currently working on the upcoming two-part The Dark Knight Returns animated feature. The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is due for release, under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner from Warner Home Video, in late 2012. The animated feature adapts the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name.

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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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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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.

Discuss these holiday-themed episodes on The DC Animation Forum:

Batman: The Animated Series “Christmas with the Joker” Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Animated Series “Holiday Knights” Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League “Comfort & Joy” Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Invasion of the Secret Santas” Talkback (Spoilers)

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Teletoon To Debut “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” In November 2010

The 2010 direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature will make its Canadian network debut on Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 6:00pm (ET) as a special Teletoon presentation. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths is part of the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie line released by Warner Home Video. Official details on the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.


Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths
Teletoon, Friday, November 12th 2010 at 6:00pm (ET)

In an alternate universe, a heroic Lex Luthor battles to save his planet from an evil variation of the Justice League. To save his earth, Luthor enlists the help of the good Justice League to do battle with their evil counterparts. In the ultimate battle of good versus evil, not only the fate of two earths hangs in the balance, but also the continuation of all existence. (Network Premiere)

Complete details on the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths animated feature can be found at the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths 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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“Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Video, “Wonder Woman” Soundtrack Updates


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature remained a solid seller for Warner Home Video in its second week, keeping in the Top 20 on the DVD sales charts. The acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 60,000 copies for the week ending March 7th, 2010, the second week of availability for the title. Since its February 23rd, 2010 release, the animated feature has sold a cumulative 265,000 estimated units on DVD and an estimated 74,000 on Blu-ray. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the The Spectre DC Showcase animated short.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
The Spectre Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Continue to the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and details on the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature.

Additionally, the long-awaited Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie score soundtrack compact disc release will be made available to own beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 from La-La Land Records. Copies of this limited edition CD release will be available to order beginning at 12pm Pacific Time / 3pm Eastern Time on April 7th, 2010 through the La-La Land Records website and other online supporting soundtrack specialty stores. Only 1200 copies will be available. WaterTower Music currently has the Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie score available to own as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music outlets.

Wonder Woman Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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Interview With “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” Composer James L. Venable

To view the new James L. Venable Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths interview, exclusive to The World’s Finest, please click on the image below.


Continue to the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and information on the direct-to-video animated feature and subsequent soundtrack release. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie is now available from WaterTower Music as an Amazon-exclusive CD release or as a digital download through iTunes and other digital music distributors. Click on the links below to discuss both the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature and soundtrack release, along with the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature is now available to own DVD and Blu-ray disc. The title is also available through OnDemand and Pay-Per-View. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” Feature Debuts To High Home Video Numbers


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature was the top performer for Warner Home Video in its debut week, outselling both the home video releases of Warner Home Video’s The Informant! and The Box by roughly 50,000 units. The animated feature hit the DVD sales chart at #2 in its first week, selling an estimated 205,500 copies for the week ending February 28th, 2010. Additionally, the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Blu-ray release also moved nearly 60,000 estimated units in the same time period. 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 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies debuted with an estimated 198,000 DVDs sold during its debut week in September 2009.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature, the respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases and the The Spectre DC Showcase animated short.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
The Spectre Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

Continue to the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage and details on the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated feature.

Stay tuned for further updates from both the “DC Universe Animation Original Movie” line and the companion “DC Showcase” line.

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