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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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“Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Feature Returning To Cartoon Network For August 2012

The 2006 direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature is slated to air next month on Cartoon Network. The animated feature returns for a special presentation on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 11:00am (ET/PT), following the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature are available below.


Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Cartoon Network, Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 11:00am (ET/PT)

When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

Further details on the direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature can be found at the Teen Titans subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2006 before arriving on DVD in 2007.

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“Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Feature Returning To Cartoon Network Later This Month

The 2006 direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature is slated to air later this month on Cartoon Network. The animated feature returns for a special presentation on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 11:00am (ET) as part of the special weekend of superhero-themed programming on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature are available below.


Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Cartoon Network, Sunday, July 24th, 2011, at 11:00am (ET)

When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

Further details on the direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature can be found at the Teen Titans subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2006 before arriving on DVD in 2007.

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Cartoon Network Schedules “Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” For New Year’s Eve

The 2006 direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature is slated to air in prime-time during Cartoon Network’s special movie-themed New Year’s Eve programming. The animated feature is scheduled to air Friday, December 31st, 2010 at 6:00pm (ET), one of the many features the network has scheduled for the day. Official details on the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature are available below.


Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Cartoon Network, Friday, December 31st, 2010, at 6:00pm (ET)

When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

Further details on the direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature can be found at the Teen Titans subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2006 before arriving on DVD in 2007.

Teen Titans can still be seen on Cartoon Network and the spin-off specialty network Boomerang. Stay tuned for further schedule updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Cartoon Network Preps “Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Animated Feature For Next Week

The 2006 direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature is slated to air next week in prime-time on Cartoon Network. The animated feature is scheduled to air on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 8:30pm (ET) as part of the special Wednesday holiday programming on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature are available below.


Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Cartoon Network, Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, at 8:30pm (ET)

When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

Further details on the direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature can be found at the Teen Titans subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2006 before arriving on DVD in 2007.

In further schedule news, Cartoon Network is also slated to air the a two-hour block of Teen Titans episodes from 12:00pm (ET) to 2pm (ET) on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. The Teen Titans episodes featured in the block of episodes include “Transformation,” “Bunny Raven…or….How to Make a Titananimal Disappear,” “Episode 257-494,” and “Go.” Please note schedule details are subject to change. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Update On “Batman: Gotham Knight,” “Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

The soundtrack, originally released on July 22nd, 2008, hit multiple snags during production, including an extended period of legal clearances for artwork and copyright trademarks before finally nailing down each respective release. However, despite the original release date, most businesses and consumers did not receive copies of either soundtracks until the second week of August 2008. The soundtracks, now having been officially released for nearly a month, is now readily available to purchase both at local stores and online.

The World’s Finest has reviews of both of the soundtrack releases, which you can read by clicking the thumbnails below.

More soundtracks based around DC Comics’ animated properties are currently in the works. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Updates and Press Releases For “Gotham Knight,” “Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

Before getting to the press releases, La-La-Land Records has informed us on the status of these soundtracks, which fans have stated difficulty in both finding and ordering. The soundtracks for Batman: Gotham Knight and Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo were officially released yesterday, however, La-La-Land Records tells The World’s Finest that both products will see a slight delay, and may not ship to most outlets until the end of the week. However, some outlets will start getting product as early as today. The product is also readily available to order on the official La-La-Land Records website.

Stay tuned for any further updates on this situation. La-La-Land Records has passed along the press release for both releases, as seen below.

TEEN TITANS: TROUBLE IN TOKYO ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS

La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo. Cartoon Networks Teen Titans series airs around the world. Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo was a direct-to-video film released on DVD in 2007. The music was composed by the Emmy winning team Dynamic Music Partners.

Dynamic Music Partners are a three-person team of composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, and Kristopher Carter.

Lolita Ritmanis is a nine time Emmy Award-nominated composer, having won in 2002 for her work on the animated series Batman Beyond. She is currently working on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ben 10: Alien Force. Lolita has worked as an orchestrator for composers Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, Mark Snow and Shirley Walker, on over 100 films, mini-series and television programs, including Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Files Movie, Swimfan, Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Final Destination and The West Wing.

Michael McCuistion is an Emmy Award-winning composer who has been working in film and television for over 15 years. Nominated for nine Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards, he has also composed and conducted the music for the Oscar-winning short film My Mother Dreams The Satans Disciples In New York, Activisions Spider-Man: The Movie Game and Spider-Man 2: The Game which were released simultaneously with both blockbuster motion pictures. McCuistion is currently composing for The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ben 10: Alien Force.

Kristopher Carter began his career as one of the youngest composers to work for Warner Bros. He received an Emmy Award for Batman Beyond, as well as six other Emmy nominations. His fifteen independent feature films have screened at many prestigious international festivals. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2001 with a commission from John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In the record world he has collaborated with the Wallflower’s Rami Jaffee and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

When a high-tech ninja from the Far East attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy spring into action and bring him down. But when Robin finds out the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun … our heroes realize that the action isn’t over — it’s just getting started. So the Titans pack their bags, hop in the T-Ship, and take off for Tokyo on a mission to track down Brushogun — and bring him to justice. But can our teenage heroes stay out of trouble in the City That Never Blinks? And can Robin solve the mystery of Brushogun before our villain takes down the Titans — and destroys everything Robin is?

The composers commented, Since this journey would be grander in scope than the weekly series, we knew our score would need to reflect that. Watching the characters explore their new surroundings, experience an unfamiliar culture and learn things about each other along the way (with occasional tributes to Japanese monster movies!) all provided a wonderful environment for musical inspiration.

Lolita, Kris and Michael did such an amazing job creating and crafting such original music for such a wonderful score. Without them the pictures would seem very lifeless and dull, said producer Glen Murakami.

The Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS

Composers Robert J. Kral, Kevin Manthei and Christopher Drake Join Forces With The Caped Crusader


La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Batman: Gotham Knight. The animated feature will be released on DVD on July 8, prior to the release of the new film in the Batman series The Dark Knight. Composers Kevin Manthei (Justice League: The New Frontier), Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday) and Christopher Drake (Hellboy Animated).

Batman: Gotham Knightis a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal point in American animation. Six interlocking stories reveal Bruce Waynes earliest adventures as Batman and the steps he took to become the grim avenger of Gotham City. Three different DVD packages will be released, a single DVD, a 2-disc collectors edition, and the 2-disc collectors edition on Blu-Ray DVD

To tell the six different stories, the executive producer turned to 3 composers: Kevin Manthei, Robert J. Kral and Christopher Drake. Our producer, Bruce Timms idea was to have the music be as unique and different as the visual style of each segment, Drake describes. The three of us were sequestered from each other, allowing each of us complete creative freedom.

Christopher Drake was selected by Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo del Toro to compose the music for two animated films Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. Drake also scored the upcoming game Hellboy: The Science of Evil. Based on his work on the Hellboy movies producer Bruce Timm hired Drake to score two of the six Batman: Gotham Knight segments.

Drakes segments include Have I Got A Story for You, and In Darkness Dwells, which was written by David Goyer, who co-wrote the screenplays for Batman Begins and the upcoming film The Dark Knight.

In addition to Drake, Timm turned to two composers with whom he had previously worked Kevin Manthei (Justice League: The New Frontier, soundtrack available on La-La Land Records) and Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday, soundtrack available on La-La Land Records).

Kevin Manthei has been working in the film, television and game arena for over 15 years. He has worked as the series composer on five animated TV shows including Invader Zim, Xiaolin Showdown, and Johnny Test representing over 130 half hour episodes, composed over 50 game soundtracks, including the recent releases of Marvel Universe Online & Kung Fu Panda, has made a mark composing music for animated features, independent films, as well as contributing additional music on many well-known feature films.

Manthei scored the segments Crossfire and Working Through Pain. His two segments are completely different from each other the former an east-meets-west score and the latter telling an emotional story as Wayne went on a soul-searching trip to India. Manthei describes, The angularity and oddness of the animation [in Crossfire] gave me freedom to go further than I usually dare to go. With this episode I really felt it needed to be organically electronic and that is should have some sort of repeating loop like electronic pulse that just forwards on the dread and unease of the episode. For Working Through Pain, Manthei incorporated Indian instruments into his score.

Robert J. Kral is no stranger to writing themes for characters battling evil. For five seasons, Kral contributed the score for the TV series Angel. The Australian film and TV composer also composed the scores for the TV series The Dresden Files, Jake 2.0 and Miracles. He earned an Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production for his work on Duck Dodgers.

Field Test and Deadshot were both scored by Kral. Field Test was more of a traditional superhero story and Kral created a score with a more recognizable feel. Deadshot is the segment that ties the others together. I realized, he said, one of the things that makes this project so unusual, so unique, is that each segment deals with the same hero, but with a different approach, so in the end, I really wanted to score it with new music, with different themes and motifs.

Warner Bros. Video presents Batman: Gotham Knight available on DVD and Blu Ray on July 8th. The Batman: Gotham Knight – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com.

Also included below is the composer-specific tracks for the soundtrack to Batman: Gotham Knight.

Batman: Gotham Knight.

“Have I got a Story for You” – Christopher Drake
1. Main Titles / Intro / Interlude / Punk Skater / Trouble At The Dock (2:28)
2. Living Shadow / Living Shadow Finale (1:45)
3. Skater Girl / Trouble In the City (0:50)
4. Batmonster Appears / Batmonster Do-Over / Batmonster Finale (2:18)
5. Rooftop Robbery / Robobat (1:44)
6. Have I Got A Story For You Finale (1:35)

“Crossfire” – Kevin Manthei
7. Crossfire (4:49)
8. Inferno (5:48)

“Field Test” – Robert J. Kral
9. New Device (1:22)
10. Trigger A Device / As Good As Your Drive (1:10)
11. A Russian In His Grave / It Works Too Well (3:53)

“In Darkness Dwells” – Christopher Drake
12. In Darkness Dwells Intro (1:00)
13. Gordonʼs Cannibal / Ghost Station (3:00)
14. Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (0:43)
15. Killer Croc / Hallucinations / Scarecrow Interrupted (3:19)
16. Escape And End (1:45)

“Working Through Pain” – Kevin Manthei
17. Working Through Pain / The Fall (1:46)
18. Bazaar (0:26)
19. There Is Another / Training (2:46)
20. Rejected And Despised (1:30)
21. Painless Fight/ I Canʼt (3:23)

“Deadshot” – Robert J. Kral
22. Parents Killed (0:54)
23. Gun Attraction / Park Killing (1:26)
24. Gordon / Batman / The Train (6:14)
25. His Life’s Quest (0:56)

26. Batman: Gotham Knight End Credits Suite (5:02)

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Batman: Gotham Knight Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
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Artwork for Upcoming “Batman: Gotham Knight” and “Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo” Soundtracks

Both soundtracks are tentatively scheduled for release on July 22nd, 2008 and are available for pre-order at Amazon:

Batman: Gotham Knight
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo

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