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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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“Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite” Animated Feature Airing June 2014 On Teletoon

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite animated feature on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 10:00am (ET/). Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite is the 2013 full-length CG-animated movie based on the popular TT Animation video game franchise. The film was released last year to home video and digital download, garnering critical acclaimed and positive feedback. Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite has aired frequently on Teletoon, the popular animation network available in Canada, since it’s release. Details and images for the animated feature can be found below, provided by the network.


Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite
Airing Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Teletoon
Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman’s technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.

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In additional news, Warner Interactive has announced a new title in the Lego Batman videogame franchise – Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group state Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning Fall 2014 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system, the Wii U system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, as well as for Windows PC. The official press release can be found below.

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP
ENTER THE NEXT FRONTIER WITH
LEGO BATMAN™ 3: BEYOND GOTHAM

Best-Selling LEGO Batman Videogame Franchise
Takes Batman and Robin Outside Gotham and Into
An Out-of-this-World Adventure

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning Fall 2014 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system, the Wii U system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, as well as for Windows PC.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the next installment to the blockbuster LEGO Batman: The Videogame and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes videogames. To-date, LEGO videogame sales have reached more than 100 million units worldwide.

“Building on the incredibly successful LEGO Batman franchise, we are working to make Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham the ultimate super hero videogame this year for all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “The TT Games team is bringing LEGO Batman and an astounding amount of characters from the DC Comics universe to the next frontier with a new epic story, more gadgets and unexpected challenges.”

In Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favorite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also will allow players to explore iconic locations such as the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and the Justice League Watchtower. They will be able to access Batman’s training modules on the Bat Computer and take part in various challenges, battles and races.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gothamis being developed by TT Games and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/LEGOBatmanGame

About TT Games
TT Games (www.ttgames.com) is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit games LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, LEGO® Indiana Jones™: The Original Adventures and BIONICLE® Heroes. Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families.

About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group (www.LEGO.com) is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit www.LEGO.com. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

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.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham software © 2014 TT Games Ltd. Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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Animated Batman Part Of “Batman at 75: Screenings From The Paley Center Collection”

For the entire month of May 2014, and into June 2014, The Paley Center for Media will be showcasing a host of both live-action and animated Batman presentations. The presentations – being held at both the The Paley Center for Media In New York and The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles – include regular movie screenings, episode screenings, and special live events focused on different eras of Batman’s long entertainment history.

Details on some select events can be found below, with a complete rundown available at the official The Paley Center for Media website.

Paley Presents Screenings
Batman at 75: Screenings from the Paley Center Collection

Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, June 1, 2014
Starts at 12:30 pm
New York and Los Angeles

Even your grandmother could name Batman’s sidekick or home base (or maybe both). The Dark Knight is arguably the world’s most popular superhero and one of the most iconic and influential fictional characters of all time. Celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of his first appearance, in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) every weekend in May at the Paley Center with a wide variety of Bat-entertainment, from the cheesy propaganda of the 1943 movie serial up to today’s critically acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Justice League: Doom and LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite.

Saturday & Sundays
May 24 & 25
May 31 & June 1

12:30 pm – Justice League: Doom
This animated superhero motion picture features the Justice League of America, consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and the Flash, as they battle the Legion of Doom, with a distinct disadvantage: the villains have hacked into the Batcomputer, which reveals how to most effectively rend each hero’s powers useless. Voiced by Kevin Conroy, Phil Morris, Olivia d’Abo, Tim Daly, Carl Lumbly, Paul Blackthorne, Nathan Fillion, and scripted by the late, great Dwayne McDuffie. (2012; 77 minutes)

3:20 pm – Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Journey to the Center of the Bat”
When villain Chemo infects Batman with an insidious “silicate” disease, Aquaman and the Atom venture within the Dark Knight’s body to stop its spread. Also featuring appearances by DC’s two super-stretchable heroes, Plastic Man and Elongated Man. (2009; 22 minutes)

3:45 pm – LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite
In this lively animated movie featuring Lego versions of DC superheroes and archvillains, the Joker and Lex Luthor join forces to oppose Batman and Superman. Highlight: The Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel confound their foes by switching each other’s Lego body parts! (2013; 71 minutes)

Details on other Batman-related screenings – including episodes of the classic 1960s Batman television show and the 1940s Batman series – can be found at the official The Paley Center for Media website.

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, focuses on the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. The Center plays hosts to many events throughout the month, touching upon different areas of the vast entertainment industry.

These screenings at The Paley Center for Media are part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

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First Official Clip, New Images From “Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite” Animated Feature

The first official clip from the upcoming Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite animated feature has been released by Warner Home Video. Hitting home video and digital outlets on May 21st, 2013, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite is the full-length animated feature film based on the popular TT Animation video game. The film will be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and OnDemand, though is now available to own via Digital Download. Initial Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD release will include an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last. Click on the thumbnail below to view the new clip in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format, and click the additional thumbnails for stills.

The clip features a first-look at the Batcave and a quick interaction between Bruce Wayne/Batman and Martian Manhunter, who reaches out from the Justice League’s Watchtower (lots of Easter Eggs in the
background).

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman’s technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.


Click here to view the trailer for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, the animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series, arrives on home video and for download come May 21st, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates and additional content here soon at The World’s Finest.

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