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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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“Beware The Batman,” “Young Justice,” DC Nation Nab Daytime Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and a few DC Comics-inspired animated programs received nominations. Beware The Batman leads the pack with four nominations in total, three specifically for the episode “Secrets.” Young Justice and the DC Nation-branded animated shorts also nabbed one nomination each. The Daytime Emmy Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. Beware The Batman, Young Justice, and DC Nation all aired on Cartoon Network and amassed significant fanbases, despite troublesome scheduling issues and lengthy hiatuses.

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Specific nomination details can be found below.

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producers – Glen Murakami, Mitch Watson
Line Producer – Amy McKenna

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special
Beware the Batman Cartoon Network
Casting Director – Andrea Romano

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Supervising Director – Butch Lukic
Directors – Curt Geda , Sam Liu , Rick Morales
Voice Director – Andrea Romano

Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Animation Supervisor – T.J. Sullivan

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Animation
Young Justice
Cartoon Network
Re-Recording Mixer – Konrad Piñon

Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program
Deadman – “Deadman Catch”
Cartoon Network
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producer – Ben Jones
Written, Directed and Produced by – Carl Greenblatt

Six out of Cartoon Network’s ten total 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations come from DC Comics-based programming. A complete listing of nominees can be found on the official 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards website.

The CG-animated series Beware The Batman is slated to return to Cartoon Network, after a lengthy seven-month hiatus, as part of it’s older audience-skewering Adult Swim programming counterpart starting Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at 3:00am (ET/PT). Young Justice, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, finished its 46-episode run on Cartoon Network last year. Both programs aired as part of the now defunct DC Nation hour-long programming block, which used to air weekend mornings on Carton Network. The block itself is now reduced to a banner name under which DC Comics-inspired short-form programming airs. These shorts currently air during the first commercial break following episodes of Teen Titans Go!. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

Check out the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite and the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite for further details on both acclaimed cartoon shows.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Additionally, the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala, which honors the crafts behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre, will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20, 2014. Jose Lopez, a character designer for The Batman, is one of the five nominees who will be awarded and recognized in the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation category at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony.

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Media For Next Week’s New “Teen Titans Go!” Episode And “DC Nation” Short

Cartoon Network has provided The World’s Finest with stills and a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode “Grandma Voice,” airing Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 6:30pm (ET/PT). The half-hour comedy/adventure series – which features two 15-minute episodes – airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing at select times during the week. The new Teen Titans Go! segment “Grandma Voice” will be paired with a re-airing of a previously-aired 15-minute episode. Please note the new earlier Wednesday timeslot.

View a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode in the video player below, followed underneath by a selection of still images.


Teen Titans Go!
“Grandma Voice” airs Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 on Cartoon Network

In order to defeat Mother Mae Eye, Cyborg starts using a grandma voice, but soon that persona takes over and he begins making the other Titans dress warmly and clean their dishes.

Teen Titans Go! © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Teen Titans and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics

Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing throughout the week on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network has also provided a video clip and stills from the new DC Nation animated short accompanying the new episode of Teen Titans Go!. The DC Nation animated short Shazam is set to air immediately after the conclusion of the Teen Titans Go! episode “Grandma Voice.” DC Nation is a banner covering short-form content based on the vast library of DC Comics-based properties, including animated shorts and featurettes.

View a clip from the DC Nation animated short in the video player below, followed underneath by a selection of still images.

Shazam – “Courage”
Airs Wednesday, April 30
6:40p.m. on Cartoon Network

Billy Batson transforms into Shazam in order to see an R-rated, scary movie. Maybe not the best idea before a dark and spooky walk home.

DC Nation, featuring new short-form animated stories and behind-the-scenes content starring a host of DC Comics characters, airs Wednesday nights on Cartoon Network during the commercial break following new episodes of Teen Titans Go!. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on the animated-themed channel.

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“Superman 75” Animated Short Availability Goes Wide, Multi-Platform Rollout Schedule

The animated short “Superman 75,” by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and animation producer Bruce Timm, is now available wide for all online outlets. The animated short was previewed over the weekend at the 2013 New York Comic-Con. Directed by Snyder and produced by Timm, the two-minute animated short moves through highlights of the character’s many incarnations, from comics, to movies, video games, and more. The animated short was created under the “DC Nation” umbrella. Click on the image below to view the “Superman 75” animated short in the MP4 format.

Low-res MP4 and Quicktime versions of the “Superman 75” animated short can be found here at The World’s Finest, in addition to stills from the “Superman 75” preview held at the 2013 New York Comic-Con.

The “Superman 75” animated short will officially debut on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 6:58pm (ET/PT), followed by a special encore presentation during the weekend DC Nation programming block. The hour-long block airs each weekend morning starting at 10:00am (ET/PT), with the animated short airing during both the October 19th, 2013 and October 20th, 2013 installments. The “Superman 75” animated short will also be included on the Blu-ray and DVD home video release of the summer theatrical feature film Man of Steel, hitting shelves come November 2013.

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“Superman 75” Animated Short Nabs New York Comic-Con Debut, Upcoming DC Nation Short Update

The animated short “Superman 75,” by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and animation producer Bruce Timm, will debut this weekend at the New York Comic-Con, now currently underway. The convention – the East Coast’s biggest popular culture event spotlighting everything from comics to movies to television – is being held October 10th – 13th, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York. The animated short will premiere at the “Superman 75th Celebration” panel on Saturday, October 12th, 2013. The panel, scheduled to start at 12.15pm, will be held in Room 1D with Bruce Timm in attendance to introduce the animated short. The animated short will fall under the DC Nation umbrella. Official press details for the panel are available below.

Superman 75th Celebration
Date: Saturday, October 12
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: Main Stage 1-D
Speakers: Dan DiDio, Mike Carlin

As the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman has flown high in film, TV, radio, animation, video games and, of course, comics for 75 glorious years. Join a star-studded panel covering the gamut of Supes’ incarnations as they discuss the beloved character’s many personifications, impressive history and ongoing relevance within society and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the World Premiere of a special 75th Anniversary animated short created by Man of Steel Director Zack Snyder and “Superman: The Animated Series” Producer Bruce Timm (who will be on-hand to present the short). DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio and Mike Carlin, Creative Director/Animation, DC Entertainment will anchor the panel.

After its New York Comic-Con debut, the “Superman 75” animated short will then officially debut on Cartoon Network. The short will have its network premiere on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 6:58pm (ET/PT), followed by a special encore presentation during the DC Nation programming block on both Saturday and Sunday for the October 19th – 20th, 2013 weekend. The hour-long block airs each weekend morning starting at 10:00am (ET/PT). Additionally, the “Superman 75” animated short is slated to be previewed on select online news outlets on Monday, October 14th, 2013.

Lastly, the “Superman 75” animated short will also be included on the Blu-ray and DVD home video release of the summer theatrical feature film Man of Steel, hitting shelves come November 2013, according to Warner Home Video representatives.

In other DC Nation news, The World’s Finest has exclusively learned that Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke are set to reunite on an upcoming Batman Beyond DC Nation animated short. While we can not currently confirm if the short will be a single-installment or the start of a series, we can confirm it is set to debut in 2014 during the 75th anniversary celebration for Batman. Cooke will take the design and storyboard lead on the short. Expect further details in the coming months.

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Image And Clip From New DC Nation “Metal Men” Animated Short

Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation have released media for new animated short-form content set to debut this Saturday, September 28th, 2013 during the DC Nation programming block. The animated short “Metal Men – Identity Crisis” will make its debut this weekend. The hour-long DC Nation programming block airs Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The DC Nation animated shorts star a host of different DC Comics characters in varying styles, and are usually paired with live-action interstitials. The block is anchored by Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!. Continue below to view an image and a hi-res clip in the Quicktime format.



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Metal Men
“Identity Crisis”
New Animated Shorts
Airing Saturday, October 5th, 2013
10:00 a.m. ET/PT On Cartoon Network

The DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with an encore Sunday at 10:00am (ET/PT). The block kicks off with an episode of Beware The Batman at 10:00am (ET/PT), followed with an special encore presentation of Teen Titans Go! at 10:30am (ET/PT). DC Nation shorts and behind-the-scenes content air during commercial breaks of the two above-mentioned shows, and rotate and change every week.

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Image And Clip From New DC Nation “Deadman” Animated Short

Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation have released media for new animated short-form content set to debut this Saturday, September 28th, 2013 during the DC Nation programming block. The animated short “Deadman” will make its debut this weekend. The hour-long DC Nation programming block airs Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The DC Nation animated shorts star a host of different DC Comics characters in varying styles, and are usually paired with live-action interstitials. The block is anchored by Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!. Continue below to view an image and a hi-res clip in the Quicktime format.



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“Deadman”
Produced/Directed By: C.H. Greenblatt
New Animated Shorts
Airing Saturday, September 21st, 2013
10:00 a.m. ET/PT On Cartoon Network

The DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with an encore Sunday at 10:00am (ET/PT). The block kicks off with an episode of Beware The Batman at 10:00am (ET/PT), followed with an special encore presentation of Teen Titans Go! at 10:30am (ET/PT). DC Nation shorts and behind-the-scenes content air during commercial breaks of the two above-mentioned shows, and rotate and change every week.

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Image And Clip From New DC Nation “Super Pets” Animated Short

Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation have released media for new animated short-form content set to debut this Saturday, September 21st, 2013 during the DC Nation programming block. The animated short “Super Pets – The League of Just Us” will make its debut this weekend. The hour-long DC Nation programming block airs Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The DC Nation animated shorts star a host of different DC Comics characters in varying styles, and are usually paired with live-action interstitials. The block is anchored by Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!. Continue below to view the hi-res image and a clip in the Quicktime format.



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“Super Pets – The League of Just Us”
New Animated Shorts
Airing Saturday, September 21st, 2013
10:00 a.m. ET/PT On Cartoon Network

The DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with an encore Sunday at 10:00am (ET/PT). The block kicks off with an episode of Beware The Batman at 10:00am (ET/PT), followed with an special encore presentation of Teen Titans Go! at 10:30am (ET/PT). DC Nation shorts and behind-the-scenes content air during commercial breaks of the two above-mentioned shows, and rotate and change every week.

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Image And Clip From New DC Nation “Plastic Man” Animated Short

Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation have released media for new animated short-form content set to debut this Saturday, September 7th, 2013 during the DC Nation programming block. The animated short “Plastic Man – Superheroes Wear Pajamas” will make its debut this weekend. The hour-long DC Nation programming block airs Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The DC Nation animated shorts star a host of different DC Comics characters in varying styles, and are usually paired with live-action interstitials. The block is anchored by Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!. Continue below to view the hi-res image and a clip in the Quicktime format.



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“Plastic Man – Superheroes Wear Pajamas”
New Animated Shorts
Airing Saturday, September 7th, 2013
10:00 a.m. ET/PT On Cartoon Network

The DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with an encore Sunday at 10:00am (ET/PT). The block kicks off with an episode of Beware The Batman at 10:00am (ET/PT), followed with an special encore presentation of Teen Titans Go! at 10:30am (ET/PT). DC Nation shorts and behind-the-scenes content air during commercial breaks of the two above-mentioned shows, and rotate and change every week.

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