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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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“Wonder Woman” Direct-To-Video Animated Film Returns To Teletoon This Month

The direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature will return Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) to the Canadian network Teletoon. This continues a month of special DC Universe Animated Original Movie-themed events on the Teletoon Fred At Night programming block. Teletoon is airing various titles from the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie line every Sunday night at 9:00pm (ET) during the month of January 2012, with further information on the programming initiative available below. Wonder Woman recreates the classic origin story of Wonder Woman. Official details on the Wonder Woman animated feature, released by Teletoon, are as follows.

Wonder Woman
Teletoon, Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET)

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud warrior race of Amazon women thrives shielded from the corrupt world of man. But a betrayal leads to the escape of Ares, the God of War (Alfred Molina), and Amazon Princess Diana (Keri Russell) must capture him before he unleashes global chaos and destruction. With the aid of cocky fighter pilot Steve Trevor (Nathan Fillion), Diana tracks Ares to the United States for a battle unlike any humankind has ever face in this tale of the princess who becomes the world’s greatest super heroine.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature can be found at the Wonder Woman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Wonder Woman airs Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on Teletoon, with an encore presentation immediately following on the same night at 11:00pm (ET).

Three other DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles will air on the Fred At Night block during January 2012 – including Batman: Under The Red Hood, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – one feature airing each Sunday during the month beginning with Batman: Under the Red Hood on January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET). Further details on the Batman: Under the Red Hood airing can be found here and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse here.

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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Soundtrack Score To “Wonder Woman” Animated Feature Returns To iTunes Store

The soundtrack score to the acclaimed Wonder Woman 2009 direct-to-video animated feature is available again for legal download from the iTunes online music store. Wonder Woman composer Christopher Drake told The Worlds Finest the soundtrack was temporarily removed by WaterTower Music while the label updated its database. The entire score is available for download for $7.99. WaterTower Music also has the Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie score available to own as a digital download through other digital music outlets.

As previously reported by The Worlds Finest, Wonder Woman composer Christopher Drake will next be providing the music for the upcoming direct-to-video Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature. WaterTower Music is slated to release the soundtrack score for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title on July 27th, 2010. The soundtrack score release will be made available on compact disc and through digital download day and date with the home video release of the highly-anticipated Batman: Under the Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature.

Additionally, the Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie special limited edition compact disc release from La-La Land Records is also currently available to order through the official La-La Land Records website and other online supporting soundtrack specialty stores.

Continue to the Wonder Woman subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage on the 2009 direct-to-video animated feature. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Package Art From Recent “Wonder Woman” Animated Feature Soundtrack Release

To view images from the recent Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie compact disc soundtrack release from La-La Land Records, currently available to order at lalalandrecords.com and other online soundtrack specialty sites, please click on the thumbnails below. Only 1200 copies of this Limited Edition CD release are available. The Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie score release features music composed by Christopher Drake.


Continue to the Wonder Woman subsite here at The World’s Finest for further coverage on the 2009 direct-to-video animated feature. The Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie special limited edition compact disc release from La-La Land Records is now available to order through the official La-La Land Records website and other online supporting soundtrack specialty stores. WaterTower Music also 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.

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Animated “Wonder Woman” Soundtrack Score CD Release Available To Order Today

The press details, provided by La-La Land Records, are available below.

WONDER WOMAN: LIMITED EDITION
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Music by Christopher Drake
Limited Edition of 1200 Units

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RETAIL PRICE: $19.98

Order Wonder Woman: Limited Edition April 7th at www.lalalandrecords.com and get your CD autographed by composer Christopher Drake at no additional charge. Autographs are while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

Presenting the original motion picture score to the DC Universe animated original movie Wonder Woman, starring the vocal talents of Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina and Rosario Dawson. Acclaimed composer Christopher Drake (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Batman: Gotham Knight, Hellboy: Blood and Iron) honors the beloved, iconic title character with a robust, full-throttle music score that embodies all the film’s action, thrills and drama. Produced by Christopher Drake and MV Gerhard, and mastered by James Nelson, this special release is limited to 1200 units and features exclusive liner notes by Dan Goldwasser.

Track Listing:
1. The Battle/Origins (8:52)
2. Sparring (:40)
3. Ares Imprisoned (1:27)
4. Dog Fight Pt. I (1:46)
5. Dog Fight Pt. II (1:56)
6. Crash Landing (1:04)
7. Manhunt (1:59)
8. Let The Games Begin (1:21)
9. Persephone’s Betrayal (1:07)
10. Bracelets And Arrows (3:40)
11. Computer Room (:47)
12. Alley Thugs (1:26)
13. Deimos (2:57)
14. At The Gates Of Tartarus (4:29)
15. Cept Hemo Laudus (1:00)
16. Hades (3:34)
17. Ospedale And Ares Rally (1:09)
18. DC Battle (6:13)
19. Ares’ End (2:55)
20. She Misses Him (:59)
21. A New Nemesis (:37)
22. Wonder Woman End Titles (3:03)

Total Running Time: 53:47

Additionally, the La-La Land Records label is also releasing an extended soundtrack to the 1966 Batman: The Movie theatrical film today. Details on this title are available at the official La-La Land Records website.

Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie, along with other new titles set for release this week, will be available for order at lalalandrecords.com, and other supporting online specialty destinations, beginning today at 12:00pm noon (PST). Additionally, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Composer Christopher Drake Discusses “Wonder Woman” Score And Other Projects

To view the new Christopher Drake interview concerning the upcoming Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Limited Edition compact disc release from La-La Land Records, exclusive to The World’s Finest, click on the image below.


The long-awaited Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie score soundtrack CD release is will be available to own from La-La Land Records beginning Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Copies of this limited edition CD release will be available beginning 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.

Click here to view the complete track list for this upcoming soundtrack CD release.

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Soundtrack CD Release For “Wonder Woman” Animated Feature Arriving In April 2010

The Worlds Finest has confirmed with La-La Land Records that the long-awaited Wonder Woman Soundtrack From the DC Universe Animated Original Movie score soundtrack CD release is slated to be made available to own beginning Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Initially announced for a March 9th, 2010 release, this special limited edition compact disc release from La-La Land Records experienced production delays, pushing its release initially to late March 2010 before settling on its current April 2010 release. Copies of this limited edition CD release will be available beginning 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.

Click here to view the cover art and complete track list for this upcoming soundtrack CD release.

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