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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 Airing “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature On Halloween Night

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2005 The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT) as part of its “Superfan Friday” programming block. The airing, the second time this month, will wrap up the network’s month-long special Halloween-themed programming. The feature-length adventure is spun-off from the late Kids’WB! animated series The Batman, which ran from 2004 – 2008, featuring the early adventures of the Caped Crusader. The Batman Versus Dracula will air in the place of the regular programs found on the “Teletoon Superfan Friday” block, including Beware The Batman, for this week only.

Official details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

The Batman Versus Dracuka
Teletoon, Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT)

Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions? With supernatural strength, speed and mind control Dracula might prove to powerful for the Dark Knight. The movie also stars tenacious reporter Vicky Vale and fan-favorite villains The Joker and The Penguin.

Teletoon recently aired The Batman Versus Dracula on Friday, 0ctober 17th, 2014 as part of the “Teletoon at Night” programming block, and before that in mid-August 2014.

The 2013 DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two is scheduled to air directly after The Batman Versus Dracula on Friday, October 31st, 2014, starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT). More details on that airing can be found here.

Further details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature can be found right here at the The World’s Finest The Batman subsite. The Batman Versus Dracula airs Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon, wrapping up the network’s Halloween-themed programming.

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Teletoon Schedules “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature To Air This Week

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2005 The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature as part of the network’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The feature-length adventure is spun-off from the late Kids’WB! animated series The Batman, which rain from 2004 – 2008, featuring the early adventures of the Caped Crusader. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

The Batman Versus Dracuka
Teletoon, Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions? With supernatural strength, speed and mind control Dracula might prove to powerful for the Dark Knight. The movie also stars tenacious reporter Vicky Vale and favourite bad guys The Joker and The Penguin.

The animated feature is also part of the network’s month-long Halloween-related programming.

Further details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature can be found right here at the The World’s Finest The Batman subsite. The Batman Versus Dracula airs Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

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Teletoon Superfan Friday Airing “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature This Week

The Canadian network Teletoon is slated to air the 2005 The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature during the network’s “Teletoon Superfan Friday” programming block on Friday, August 22nd, 2014. The feature-length adventure is spun-off from the late Kids’WB! animated series The Batman, which rain from 2004 – 2008, featuring the early adventures of the Caped Crusader. 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 The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

The Batman Versus Dracuka
Teletoon, Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT)

Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions? With supernatural strength, speed and mind control Dracula might prove to powerful for the Dark Knight. The movie also stars tenacious reporter Vicky Vale and favourite bad guys The Joker and The Penguin.

Further details on the The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature can be found right here at the The World’s Finest The Batman subsite. The Batman Versus Dracula airs Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 7:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon.

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Warner Home Video Announces Two New Animated “Batman Double Feature” Releases

Four previously-released animated movies featuring Batman are getting repackaged in two new home video DVD releases. Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero, Batman Beyond: The Movie, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and The Batman Versus Dracula, all previously released on four separate DVD titles, will get packaged together for two new upcoming releases from Warner Home Video. These two new Batman Double Features DVD releases bring together previously-released content in new affordable titles. The following releases join the wave of animated DC Comics content previously announced to hit home video shelves in October 2012, with details on those titles available here. Continue below for cover artwork and official press details for these two latest Batman Double Feature DVD titles.

Batman Double Feature – Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero / Batman Beyond: The Movie
Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Synopsis: Battle battles his biggest foes in two action-paced features. Batman faces his coolest case ever in Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero when Batgirl is kidnapped by the cold-blooded villain Mr. Freeze. And as new villains overrun Gotham City of the future, a triumphant new Batman is born in Batman Beyond: The Movie.

Batman Double Feature – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker / The Batman Versus Dracula
Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Synopsis: Battle battles his biggest foes in two action-paced features. It is no laughing matter when the greatest villain of all comes out of the past to threaten Batman, Bruce Wayne and all of Gotham in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. And in the Batman vs Dracula, Gotham City sleeps under the cover of darkness while two legendary bats take flight.

The bonus content on the above listed releases will be identical to the initial releases for each title. The same content is simply being repackaged in a new release. All four titles features in the new Batman Double Feature releases have been part of previous similar DVD titles, released multiple times over the past fifteen years. Batman Double Feature – Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero / Batman Beyond: The Movie and Batman Double Feature – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker / The Batman Versus Dracula will both hit shelves on October 9th, 2012 for the MSRP of $14.99. Details on previous releases for the above animated features are available right here at The World’s Finest but exploring the subsites dedicated to the content features on the above titles.

Demand for the Blu-ray releases of animated Batman and DC Comics content – particularly Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero – remains high in the fan community. A Blu-ray release for Batwoman: Mystery of the Batman, set to hit shelves earlier this year but delayed without explanation, remains ready to hit the home video market once scheduled.

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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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Teletoon Schedules “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature For June 2010

The direct-to-video The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature is slated to air next month, June 2010, on the Canadian network Teletoon. The animated feature is scheduled to air on Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Feature Friday” programming block on Teletoon. Further details on the feature are available below.


The Batman Versus Dracula
Teletoon, Friday, June 25th, 2010, at 10pm (ET)

Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions? With supernatural strength, speed and mind control Dracula might prove to powerful for the Dark Knight. The movie also stars tenacious reporter Vicky Vale and favourite bad guys The Joker and The Penguin.

Further details on the direct-to-video The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature can be found at the The Batman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Teletoon Schedules “The Batman Versus Dracula” Animated Feature For Later This Month

The direct-to-video The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature is slated to air later this month on the Canadian network Teletoon. A tie-in to the network’s Halloween-themed programming, the animated feature is scheduled to air on Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 10:00pm (ET) as part of the “Feature Friday” programming block on Teletoon. Further details on the feature are available below.


The Batman Versus Dracula
Teletoon, Friday, October 30th, 2009, at 10pm (ET)

Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions? With supernatural strength, speed and mind control Dracula might prove to powerful for the Dark Knight. The movie also stars tenacious reporter Vicky Vale and favourite bad guys The Joker and The Penguin.

Further details on the direct-to-video The Batman Versus Dracula animated feature can be found at the The Batman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for further updates.

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New “The Batman Double Feature” Two-Sided DVD Release Now Available For Purchase

A new Double Feature DVD release from Warner Home Video hits shelves today, featuring two animated Batman adventures. The new release, titled The Batman Double Features, features both The Batman/Superman Movie and The Batman Versus Dracula on a single flipper-disc, with one movie featured on each side of the disc. Bonus content on this release is identical to the previous DVD releases of both features. The Batman Double Feature should be readily available at discount prices. Front and back cover art for the release is available below.


This title marks the third animated Batman-themed Double Feature release from Warner Home Video, with the first such release including Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and the second featuring Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The press release for this title, featuring specific details for this release, is available here.

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