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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” and “Teen Titans Go!” Score 2013 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 41st Annual Annie Awards earlier this week, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Both animated series Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, which debuted this year as part of the DC Nation programming block, nabbed nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. The 2013 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network Studios
Beware the Batman – Warner Bros. Animation
Disney Gravity Falls – Disney Television Animation
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Regular Show – Cartoon Network Studios
Scaredy Squirrel – Nelvana Ltd.
Teen Titans Go! – Warner Bros. Animation
The Legend of Korra – Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Previous DC Comics-based projects – including Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: Doom, and Batman: Year One – have received Annie Award nominations in the recent past. A host of DC Comics-inspired projects have won Annie Awards over the past twenty years.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. The 2013 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 41st Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

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DC Universe Animated Features, DC Nation Programming, Animated “Green Lantern” Score 2012 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 40th Annual Annie Awards earlier today, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Assorted DC Comics-based animated projects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, Justice League: Doom, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and a DC Nation short all nabbed nominations for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. The 2012 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation
-Before Orel – Trust – Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
-Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning – Disney TV Animation
-Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury – DreamWorks Animation
Justice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation

Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
-Andy Bialk ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: Alvin and the Outcasts’ – DreamWorks Animaton
Andy Suriano DC Nation – Plastic Man: The Many and the Fowl – Big Hair Productions, Inc.
-Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang, Kim Jin Sun The Legend of Korra: Welcome to Republic -City – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-“C” Raggio IV Kick Buttowski: Petrified – Disney TV Animation
-Derrick Wyatt, Chap Yaep, Steven Choi Ben 10: Omniverse: The More Things Change, Pt. 2 – Cartoon Network Studios
-Gordon Hammond T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dudley Do-Wrong – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-Robert Valley Disney Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part I – Disney TV Animation
-Thaddeus Paul Cauldron ‘Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: Secret Mountain Uncle Grandpa’- Cartoon Network Studios

Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
-Adam Berry ‘Penquins of Madagascar: Private and the Winky Factory’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-Alf Clausen ‘The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Frederik Wiedmann Green Lantern The Animated Series: Into the Abyss – F. Wiedmann, Composer
-Guy Moon ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy: Really Big Mission’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-John Paesano ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation
-Michael Rubin ‘Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairytale!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Previous DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Batman: Year One, have received Annie Award nominations. Additionally, this is the third Annie Award nomination for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, following 2011 nominations for Best General Audience Animated TV Production and Nominated Music In a Television Production – Frederik Wiedmann.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. The 2012 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 40th Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

Click here for an interview with musician Frederik Wiedmann, again nominated for his work on Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Visit the following links for further details on the related nominated projects – Justice League: Doom subsite, Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One subsite. Stay tuned for further details right here at The World’s Finest.

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Animated Batman, Green Lantern Productions Score 2011 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 39th Annual Annie Awards earlier today, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Batman: Year One, Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Green Lantern: The Animated Series all nabbed nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. The 2011 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Adventure Time: Thank You Cartoon Network Studios
Batman: Year One Warner Bros. Animation
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Blue Sky Studios
Kung Fu Panda Secrets of the Masters DreamWorks Animation
Prey 2 Blur Studio
Star Tours Industrial Light & Magic

Best General Audience Animated TV Production
Archer FX Productions
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Warner Bros. Animation
Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas Hallmark
MAD Warner Bros. Animation
Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Walt Disney Animation Studios
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
The Simpsons Gracie Films

Music in a Television Production
-Adam Berry, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon and Technicolor
-Ben Locket The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi
-Frederik Wiedmann Green Lantern The Animated Series Warner Bros. Animation
-Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Walt Disney Animation Studios
-Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda Pixie Hollow Games DisneyToon Studios
-Kevin Kliesch Thundercats Kliesch Music Inc.
-Shawn Patterson, Zeb Wells Robot Chicken ShadowMachine and Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim

Voice Acting in a Television Production
-Carlos Alazraqui as Denzel Crocker Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon
-Dan Harmon as Jekyll Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Daran Norris as Cosmo Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon
-Dee Bradley Baker as Obi-Wan Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
Diedrich Bader as Batman Batman: The Brave and the Bold Warner Bros. Animation
-H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer Archer FX Productions
-Jeff Bennett as Kowalski Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon and Technicolor
-Jeff B. Davis as Victor Frankenstein Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Jessica Walter as Malory Archer Archer FX Productions
-Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt Archer FX Productions
-Logan Grove as Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi
-Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
-Scott Adsit as the Creature Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Tara Strong as Timmy Turner Fairly OddParents Operation Dingleberg Nickelodeon

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. The 2011 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 39th Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

Click here for an interview with musician Frederik Wiedmann, nominated for his work on Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Visit the following links for further details on the related nominated projects – Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite, Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite, and Batman: Year One subsite. Stay tuned for further details right here at The World’s Finest.

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“Justice League,” “All-Star Superman” Writer Dwayne McDuffie Posthumously Honored

Announced last week, Dwayne McDuffie and Earl Kress are set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus 14th annual Animation Writing Award posthumously. The honor recognizes their animation writing work and their efforts to organize animation for the guild. McDuffie worked on plenty of high-profile animation projects, including Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, and the All-Star Superman animated feature. He passed away earlier this year. Continue below for the official press release.

Earl Kress and Dwayne McDuffie Receive 14th Annual WGAW Animation Writers Caucus Writing Award

Animation writers Dwayne McDuffie and Earl Kress have been posthumously named co-recipients of the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus (AWC) 14th Annual Animation Writing Award, recognizing their outstanding contributions to the craft of animation writing, as well as their work with the Writers Guild in organizing animation.

The AWCs lifetime achievement award will be presented to McDuffies and Kress widows, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie and Denise Kress, at the AWCs 2011 meeting, reception, and awards ceremony held tonight at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles. 2003 honoree Mark Evanier will present this years award to Kress, and AWC member Matt Wayne will make the presentation to (Fullerton) McDuffie. WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman is set to introduce the evening.

This year, animation lost two talented, hard-working people who have given much of themselves and their talent to our field. Dwayne McDuffie was a talented writer and creator of comics and animation who worked hard for others, particularly for minority writers. Earl Kress was a writer whose career included both feature and TV animation and hard work on behalf of all animation writers as a member of the WGA Animation Writers Caucus and the Animation Guild Board of Directors. Both were people I was glad to call friend and colleague, and whose efforts, it can truthfully be said, made all of us the better for them. They left us much too soon and too young, and I’m pleased we can commemorate their work and their memory with this year’s award, said AWC Chair Craig Miller.

Earl Kress spent 30-plus years working tirelessly to improve the lot of animation writers. He leaves behind a legacy of iconic cartoons and well-deserved awards, along with scores of fellow animation writers who have health and pension benefits because of Earl, and Earl alone, commented AWC member and 2009 AWC Animation Writing Award honoree Stan Berkowitz.

Dwayne McDuffie came to L.A. to work on Static Shock, the animated adaptation of an African-American comic book hero he co-created, and it wasnt long before he was one of the leading lights of superhero animation. Though his stories were often set at the edges of the universe and in other dimensions, they invariably reflected Dwaynes all-encompassing humanity, added Berkowitz.

Born on August 22, 1951, and a WGAW member since 1994, Kress recently died on September 19, shortly after turning 60, of complications due to liver cancer.

Launching his career in 1975 with The Oddball Couple, his cartoon adaptation of The Odd Couple, Kress animation writing credits over four decades include Transformers, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, Tom & Jerry Tales, The Smurfs, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Little Rascals, The Berenstain Bears, Ghostbusters, DuckTales, Pound Puppies, Tiny Toon Adventures, Kim Possible, Krypto the Superdog, and the memorable, final Road Runner Looney Tunes short Little Go Beep (co-written with Kathleen Helppie-Shipley), among many other animated programs. Kress animated feature co-writing credits include story work on Disneys The Fox and the Hound (1981), as well as several direct-to-video animated features such as the recent Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010) and Wakkos Wish (1999). His live-action TV writing credits include Down to Earth and Wally and the Beaver.

In 1998, Kress earned an Annie Award for his work on the Pinky and the Brain episode The Family That Poits Together Narfs Together (shared with co-writers Charles M. Howell IV and John Ludin). A five-time Emmy nominee, Kress shared two Daytime Emmys over the course of his career, one for Pinky and the Brain in 1999 (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, the other for Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain in 2000 (Outstanding Childrens Animated Program).

Over the course of his career, Kress worked at studios such as Warner Bros., Universal, and Disney, and animation production companies including Hanna-Barbera, Marvel, DePatie-Freleng, and Filmation.

In 1995, Kress joined the Animation Guilds executive board and was elected vice president of the Animation Guild (Local 839) in 2004, a position he held until his death earlier this year.

In addition to writing comic books for The Simpsons and Looney Toons, Kress most recently ghostwrote Life is a Pic-a-Nic: Tips and Tricks for the Smarter Than Av-er-age Bear with Yogi Bear, published in 2010 as a tie-in for the recent big-screen animated feature Yogi Bear. He also co-authored the 2009 autobiography of voiceover legend June Foray, Did You Grow Up with Me, Too? with co-writer and close friend Mark Evanier.

A man of diverse talents, Kress worked as a voice actor and a puppeteer for The Muppets, in addition to serving as a sought-after animated programming historian, playing a key role in producing several DVD box sets of classic Warner Bros. cartoons and contributing special feature supplemental materials to many animated TV series DVD collections, as well as working with Rhino Entertainment to release several CDs of vintage Hanna-Barbera cartoon soundtracks, among other animation-centric industry projects.

Well-respected comic book and animation writer McDuffie, who died at age 49 this past February 21 of complications after undergoing unsuccessful emergency open heart surgery to repair a ruptured aortic aneurysm, was co-founder of Milestone Media, a ground-breaking company that created multi-cultural comic lines which introduced black superheroes such as Hardware and Static.

As a comic book author, McDuffie contributed to Marvels Fantastic Four and DCs Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Justice League of America, among other popular comic book titles. As a television animation writer, story editor, or producer, his animated series writing credits include Static Shock (which he co-created with Christopher James Priest), Justice League, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Whats New, Scooby Doo?, Teen Titans, and Friends & Heroes, among other animated programs. McDuffie also penned the 2011 animated feature All-Star Superman, based on the comic book series by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, as well as several animated features in the DC Animated Universe Original Movies franchise series, including the upcoming Justice League: Doom, McDuffies adaptation of Mark Waids Tower of Babel JL story slated for release in 2012, and the videogame Justice League Heroes. McDuffies final work was developing the latest version of his global hit Ben 10 franchise for Cartoon Network, set to premiere in 2012.

Born on Feb. 20, 1962, and a WGAW member since 2003, McDuffie attended the Roeper School for gifted children in the Detroit suburbs of Bloomfield Hills. Later, he earned a bachelors degrees in both Physics and English, as well as a Masters degree in Physics, at the University of Michigan and attended film school at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts.

Launching his career in 1987 as a special comics editor at Marvel Comics, McDuffie wrote for Spider-Man and other major Marvel characters, and co-created the limited series Damage Control, centering on the novel idea of a firm that repairs property damages caused by epic battles between super-heroes and super-villains.

In 2003, McDuffie shared a Humanitas Prize for penning the Jimmy episode of Static Shock (teleplay by Dwayne McDuffie, Story by Alan Burnett, Dwayne McDuffie), which explored the topical issue of gun violence in schools. Over the course of his TV animation writing career, McDuffie earned two Emmy nominations, including a Daytime Emmy Award nom for Static Shock in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program category (shared with Sander Schwartz, Alan Burnett, Denys Cowan, Swinton O. Scott III, John Semper, Len Uhley, and Andrea Romano), and in 2005 McDuffie shared a Writers Guild Award nomination for co-writing the Justice League episode Starcrossed (Written by Rich Fogel, John Ridley, Dwayne McDuffie, Story by Rich Fogel).

After several years spent freelancing as a comic book writer, in 1992 McDuffie co-founded Milestone Media, whose comics were distributed by DC Comics. The company, like McDuffie himself, championed a more multicultural and inclusive approach to comics.

The WGAWs AWC Animation Writing Award is given to members of the Animation Writers Caucus or Writers Guild who have advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television throughout the years and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer. Founded in 1994, the WGAWs Animation Writers Caucus represents over 600 animation writers and works to advance economic and creative conditions in the field. Through organizing efforts, educational events, and networking opportunities, the Guilds AWC is a leading proponent for animation writers. Recent AWC Animation Writing Award honorees include Mike Scully, Al Jean, Michael Reiss, Brad Bird, Linda Woolverton, and Stan Berkowitz

The posthumous award was announced late last week. Click here for further coverage.

McDuffie wrote the recent direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature for the Warner Home Video “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” line, released in February 2011, which has moved more than 400,000 copies on DVD and Blu-ray since its release.

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Musical Episode Garners Emmy Nomination

Nominations for the 2010 62nd Primetime Emmys were announced this morning by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Batman: The Brave and The Bold received a sole nomination.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold garnered a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)’ category for the acclaimed episode “Mayhem of the Music Meister.” Music for the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode was composed by Dynamic Music Partners with lyrics by James Tucker and Michael Jelenic. The episode featured performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Grey Delisle, Jeff Bennet, James Arnold Taylor, among others. The official nomination listing is below.

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Batman: The Brave And The Bold Mayhem Of The Music Meister Cartoon Network Warner Bros. Animation

Michael McCuistion, Music By
Lolita Ritmanis, Music By
Kristopher Carter, Music By
Michael Jelenic, Lyrics By
James Tucker, Lyrics By

Complete episode details are available here at The World’s Finest. A complete list of nominations can be found at official 2010 Prime-Time Emmy Awards website. The awards will be presented on August 29th, 2010 on NBC. Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Alan Burnett Comments On Recent “Green Lantern: First Flight” Annie Award Nomination

Announced earlier this month, the Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature received a nomination in the 37th Annual Annie Awards, awards recognizing the years best animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and more. The nomination is as follows.

Green Lantern: First Flight
-Best Animated Home Entertainment Production

The Worlds Finest was able to talk to Alan Burnett, writer of the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature, for a statement on the feature’s nomination

“I was very grateful for everyone’s work on the film and how it turned out,” says Burnett. “Lauren Montgomery and her team visualized a whole new and quite extensive universe, which is no small feat considering the constraints of DVD production.”

When asked if he would consider writing a follow-up for Green Lantern: First Flight, Burnett seemed fond of the idea.

“Of course I would love to return to Oa,” exclaims Burnett. “These days it seems to be the happenin’ place.”

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in a total of 24 categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 37th Annual Annie Awards. Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 37th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Click on the above image to view complete coverage of the recent Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature, released to home video in July 2009. Stay tuned for further updates.

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“Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” Writer Berkowitz On Animation Writing Award Honor

Announced last month, Emmy-winning writer Stan Berkowitz received the West Animation Writers Caucus twelfth annual Animation Writing Award from the Writers Guild of America, recognizing his prolific career and creative contributions to the craft of film and television animation writing, as well as his efforts to organize animation on behalf of the Writers Guild. The press release is available to view here. The Worlds Finest caught up for a quick chat with Berkowitz concerning this prestigious lifetime achievement award.

The Worlds Finest: So, what are your overall thoughts on receiving this award. How did you find out and what kind of reaction have you received, from yourself and your co-workers and colleagues.

Stan Berkowitz: Im glad the Writers Guild still believes in organizing animation, even after failing to get it covered during their last negotiation with management. Theyre continuing to help writers get pensions, health insurance and credit arbitration. I found out about the award from a phone message from Linda Woolverton, last years winner, and the reaction has been very positive from just about everyone.

WF: How does it feel to be acknowledged for your career and contributions to the industry? And does winning this award any type of weight to your upcoming projects?

SB: Its a nice feeling to get an award like this, but Im not sure if it will lend any weight to my future aspirations. Only time will tell.

WF: Are there any specific projects or events you are particularly proud of during your ongoing career?

SB: Lots of individual scripts, too numerous to mention. Also, Im very pleased that I was able to help some writers get union benefits.

WF: What can we expect from you in the future? Any hints?

SB: Coming up is a new series called The 99. You can go to the99.org and see a preview as well as a copy of the comic book upon which the series is based. The producers are currently in negotiations for an American cable outlet. Check it out.

The WGAWs AWC Animation Writing Award is given to members of the Animation Writers Caucus or Writers Guild who have advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer. Recent AWC Writing Award honorees include Brad Bird, Al Jean, Jules Feiffer, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Michael Reiss, and the AWCs 2008 recipient, Linda Woolverton.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment passed along the following press release and trailer for the upcoming sequel to the acclaimed 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, both of which are available below.


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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
ANNOUNCES SEQUEL TO THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED
BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM VIDEO GAME

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Will Publish the Rocksteady Studios Sequel Worldwide


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced over the weekend that it will be the worldwide publisher of the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, one of the years most highly reviewed and top-selling video games. The sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum is currently in development with Rocksteady Studios and is based on DC Comics core Batman property. Fans can visit www.arkhamhasmoved.com to sign up to receive updates regarding the game.

We are thrilled to build a global game franchise from Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is receiving an incredible response from gamers and Batman fans around the world, said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Rocksteady has taken Batman to a new level in the video game space and we are committed to delivering a sequel the fans will love.

Getting the opportunity to create Batman: Arkham Asylumand seeing its success has been a dream come true for the team, said Sefton Hill, Game Director, Rocksteady Studios. We are honored to create the next chapter in this compelling story and promise to deliver another game worthy of the Dark Knight.

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DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics Web site is located at www.dccomics.com

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Software 2009 Eidos Interactive Ltd. Developed by Rocksteady Studios Ltd. Co-published by Eidos, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. Rocksteady and the Rocksteady logo are trademarks of Rocksteady Studios Ltd. Eidos and the Eidos logo are trademarks of Eidos Interactive Ltd. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are expected to reprise their respective roles as Batman and Joker in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum video game sequel, along with Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini contributing to the story. Further details on this upcoming video game release are expected in the near future.

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“Green Lantern: First Flight” Direct-To-Video Animated Feature Nominated For Annie Award

Click on the images below to view complete coverage of the recent Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature, released to home video in July 2009.


Announced earlier this week, the Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature received a nomination in the 37th Annual Annie Awards, awards recognizing the years best animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and more. The nomination is as follows.

Green Lantern: First Flight
-Best Animated Home Entertainment Production

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in a total of 24 categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting.

Batman: Gotham Knight and Justice League: The New Frontier, two previous titles from the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, were also nominated in the Best Animated Home Entertainment Production in 2008, but neither title took home the honors.

Additionally, ASIFA-Hollywood has announced Bruce Timm, along with Tim Burton and Jeffrey Katzenberg, as recipients of the Winsor McCay Award for 2009. The Winsor McCay Award may be awarded to a maximum of three individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching, or for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.

More details can be found at the official website for the 37th Annual Annie Awards. Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 37th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Stay tuned for further updates.

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