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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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“Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman,” “Superman: Brainiac Attacks” Now Available On Blu-ray

The animated features Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Superman: Brainiac Attacks are both now available to own on the Blu-ray format from Warner Home Video. The suggested retail price for both titles is $14.98. Both titles were previously released to DVD and for legal download from select online vendors. The new Blu-ray releases for Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Superman: Brainiac Attacks carry over the majority of bonus material from the original DVD releases, with the exception of time-specific or format specific features. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman originally debuted on DVD home video in 2003, with Superman: Brainiac Attacks released to home video in 2006. Continue below for package artwork.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Superman: Brainiac Attacks are both now available to own on the Blu-ray format from Warner Home Video for the suggested retail price for both titles is $14.98. Additional details for Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman can be found here at The World’s Finest, with additional details for Superman: Brainiac Attacks also available here at The World’s Finest. Click on the links below to discuss the both the animated features and the new home video release of each respective title.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman: Brainiac Attacks Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman: Brainiac Attacks Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

Warner Home Video is expected to release further Blu-ray releases spotlighting DC Comics characters later this year and next year. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman,” “Superman: Brainiac Attacks” Blu-rays Announced

Warner Home Video has announced Blu-ray releases for the animated titles Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Superman: Brainiac Attacks. Both titles will street on March 12th, 2013 for the MSRP of $14.98. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman was originally set for a Blu-ray release earlier this year, but was delayed for undisclosed reasons. Superman: Brainiac Attacks is being released to coincide with the promotional push for the upcoming Man of Steel theatrical feature film. Continue below for official details on both titles released by the studio.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Street Date:
March 12th, 2013

Synopsis: The Dark Knight is back in this all-new feature-length thriller featuring the voices of Kelly Ripa (Live! With Regis and Kelly), Kyra Sedgwick (Born on the Fourth of July) and Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries). The Penguin and Rupert Thorn are criminal cohorts with a scheme to sell illegal weapons. But there’s a new super hero in Gotham City who has other plans for the evil entrepreneurs – Batwoman! With high-tech gadgets and powerful punches, Batwoman proves to be a formidable crimefighter – the only problem is that the Dark Knight has no clue who she is! And when Batwoman crosses the criminal line, Batman must identify whether or not this new player is really an ally! Join the world’s greatest detective in this exciting new adventure that will keep you guessing until the mask is pulled off!

The release includes an exclusive Batman animated short, “Chase Me” from the Emmy(R) Award winning writers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini.

Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Street Date:
March 12th, 2013

Synopsis: Superman, about to finally divulge his identity and his feelings to Lois Lane, suddenly finds his mighty hands full when Brainiac, a powerful computer, bent on universal domination and Lex Luthor team up to defeat him. Armed with new weapons and a special strain of kryptonite infused in his body, Brainiac becomes the most powerful enemy The Man of Steal has ever faced. When Lois Lane is critically injured by a force beam that was intended for him, Superman must race into the mysterious Phantom Zone to find a cure. Brianiac, believing Superman to be dead, betrays Lex Luthor and begins his attack on the city of Metropolis and ultimately Earth. Will Superman survive the Phantom Zone in order to defeat his deadly foes, save Lois and Metropolis?

Warner Home Video has confirmed both titles will be presented in the widescreen format.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Superman: Brainiac Attacks on Blu-ray will street on March 12th, 2013 for the MSRP of $14.98. Details on the above-mentioned Blu-rays are available on The World’s Finest here and here. Stay tuned for further updates, including additional package artwork for Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Superman: Brainiac Attacks here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Superman: Brainiac Attacks” Animated Feature Returns To Teletoon December 2011

The Canadian network Teletoon is scheduled to air the 2006 direct-to-video animated feature Superman: Brainiac Attacks later this month as part of the Superfan Friday programming block. Superman: Brainiac Attacks will air Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 7:00pm, pre-empting the usual programming for the night. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Teletoon has provided the following details as seen below.


Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Teletoon, Friday, December 16th at 7:00pm (ET)

Embittered by Superman’s (voiced by Tim Daly) heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor (voiced by Powers Boothe) forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac (voiced by Lance Henriksen). Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor redesigns Brainiac specifically to defeat the Man of Steel.

In additional Teletoon Superfan Friday programming news, Young Justice will be pre-empted for the month of December 2011 on Teletoon due to special programming events. The series will return January 2012 with new-to-the-network episodes. The series will resume airing on Superfan Fridays starting Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 7:00pm (ET0

Further details on the direct-to-video Superman: Brainiac Attacks animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Superman: The Animated Series subsite.

Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive content and much more, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released a new trailer for the acclaimed Batman: Arkham City video game. The trailer promotes the new downloadable content featuring a host of different character skins. Batman: Arkham City is currently available on Xbox360 and Playstation3. Click on the thumbnail below to view the footage in the MP4 format, along with additional press details for the release.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have confirmed that the Batman: Arkham City Skins Pack is available now in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points and for Games for Windows for $4.99. The pack is also available in North America in the PlayStationNetwork for $4.99.

Included in the pack are seven skins:
1970s Batsuit Skin
Year One Batman Skin
The Dark Knight Returns Skin
Earth One Batman Skin
Batman Beyond Batman Skin
Animated Batman Skin
Sinestro Corps Batman Skin

Batman: Arkham City is out now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Games for Windows.

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the new maximum security home for all of Gotham Citys thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics core Batman license. Fans can find us online at www.batmanarkhamcity.com.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles as Batman and Joker in Batman: Arkham City, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, along with Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini again penning the story. Click here for more content from the Batman: Arkham City video game. To discuss the video game below, please click on the links below.

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New “DC Kids,” DC Universe” Compilation DVDs Coming From Warner Home Video

Warner Home Video has released initial details for two upcoming compilation DVD releases featuring an assortment of animated movies and episodes starring DC Comics characters. The compilations, titled DC Kids 3-Pack Fun and DC Universe 3-Pack Action, collect three different previously-released titles into one package. A trade ad for both releases, along with the DVD package artwork for the DC Kids 3-Pack Fun DVD release, are available below. Both DC Kids 3-Pack Fun and DC Universe 3-Pack Action DVD releases hit shelves on May 31st, 2011.


The DC Kids 3-Pack Fun includes the animated features The Batman Versus Dracula, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, and episodes from Justice League Unlimited. The DC Universe 3-Pack Action features Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman Doomsday, and Justice League: The New Frontier. All content included on the above releases are identical to the previous single-disc home video releases of each title. Stay tuned for package artwork for the DC Universe 3-Pack Action DVD release.

DC Kids 3-Pack Fun and DC Universe 3-Pack Action 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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“Superman: Brainiac Attacks” Animated Feature Returns To Teletoon This June 2010

The Canadian network Teletoon is scheduled to re-air the 2006 direct-to-video animated feature Superman: Brainiac Attacks next month, on Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 8:30pm, airing back-to-back with the 2005 animated feature The Batman Versus Dracula. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Teletoon has provided the following details as seen below.


Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Teletoon, Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 8:30pm (ET)

Embittered by Superman’s (voiced by Tim Daly) heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor (voiced by Powers Boothe) forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac (voiced by Lance Henriksen). Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor redesigns Brainiac specifically to defeat the Man of Steel.

Before airing on Teletoon, Superman: Brainiac Attacks previously aired in regular rotation on the Canadian network YTV, having aired as recently as February 2010. Further details on the direct-to-video Superman: Brainiac Attacks animated feature can be found at the Superman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest. Additional Teletoon scheduling details for The Batman Versus Dracula can also be found here.

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“Superman: Brainiac Attacks” Animated Feature Network Debut This Week On Teletoon

The Canadian network Teletoon will host its network premiere of the direct-to-video animated feature Superman: Brainiac Attacks this Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Teletoon at Night” programming block. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Teletoon has provided the following details as seen below.


Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Teletoon, Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET)

Embittered by Superman’s (voiced by Tim Daly) heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor (voiced by Powers Boothe) forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac (voiced by Lance Henriksen). Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor redesigns Brainiac specifically to defeat the Man of Steel.

Superman: Brainiac Attacks previously aired in regular rotation on the Canadian network YTV, having aired as recently as February 2010. Further details on the direct-to-video Superman: Brainiac Attacks animated feature can be found at the Superman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest.

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