John Takis Talks “Justice League,” “Batman” and “Caped Crusaders” Soundtracks with The World’s Finest

The World’s Finest pulled Producer John Takis aside to discuss his work on an assortment of 2016 DC Comics-based animated soundtracks from La-La Land Records, including the massive Justice League soundtrack release and the new Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders score release. Takis digs into how these titles came together, shares his thoughts on an assortment of different score releases, and how crucial it is for fans to support these releases. He also teases what could be coming down the pipeline for upcoming DC Comics animated-based soundtrack releases. To read the entire two-part interview, click on the image or respective links below.


Part One: Justice League & BatmanPart Two: Return of the Caped Crusaders

The soundtracks for Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and more are available from La-La Land Records and can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers. To discuss these releases, click on the discussion links below.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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The World’s Finest Interviews “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Writer Matthew Manning

The World’s Finest caught up with writer Matthew Manning to discuss his work on the new Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series. The series, co-published by IDW and DC Comics, features the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series and the Heroes in a Half-Shell from the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, thrust into an exciting animated adventure. On the eve of the six-issue mini-series’ launch, Manning was able to answer a few questions about what fans can expect from the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series, along with his influences, his other works and why this is going to be a mini-series fans will not want to miss.

Preview images from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 can be found at the end of the Q & A.

Click on the image below to read the interview.




Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 will be available November 9th, 2016 through comic shops and via digital. The series is a co-production between IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

Stay tuned for further updates and more right here at The World’s Finest!

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Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews Soundtracks For “Batman,” “Justice League,” Animated Movies

The World’s Finest has published reviews for the Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Four, Justice League, Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack titles, all released by La-La Land Records. In a nutshell, each soundtrack release is worth adding to one’s collection, with Justice League and Batman: The Killing Joke easily the stand-outs among all four reviews. However, all four titles are feature fantastic work and each deserve a spin. All soundtracks are currently available for purchase through the official La-La Land Records website and through most online resellers.

To read the reviews, please click on the respective images below.

Please note the review for the Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack can also be found on the Batman: Bad Blood subsite.

Each review above is part of a larger subsite dedicated to each highlighted property, with each including more exclusive content and features. Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the days and weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest. Click on the links below to discuss each soundtrack release.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Killing Joke Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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La-La Land Records Releasing “Batman: The Killing Joke,” “Justice League,” “Batman: The Animated Series” Soundtracks

La-La Land Records is slated to release soundtrack titles for the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature and the Justice League animated series, along with a fourth installment in their Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack series on July 26, 2016. The soundtracks, which will be a limited edition titles, will be available to order directly from the La-La Land Records website at 12noon PST, along with other online venues. Attendees of San Diego Comic-Con will get a chance to pick up all three soundtrack titles early starting July 20, 2016 at La-La Land Record’s booth at Booth 4536, which will also include in-booth composer, author and artist signings, announcements about upcoming releases and promotional offers. Click on the artwork below for details – including complete track listings, pricing, autograph availability and more – on the three aforementioned soundtrack titles:




Other related La-La Land Record soundtrack titles slated to debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, before going wide on July 26, 2016, include Supergirl: Season One, The Flash: Season Two and the Wonder Woman single vinyl. Further details of each (along with many others) can be found at the official La-La Land Records website.

Stay tuned for additional coverage on these upcoming releases right here at The World’s Finest, including an interview with Dynamic Music Partners.

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Site Update: Blu-ray Reviews, New Content For “Justice League Unlimited,” “Batman: The Animated Series”

The World’s Finest has added new content for the classic series Batman: The Animated Series, the fan-favorite cartoon Justice League Unlimited and the live-action DC Comics-based series Arrow, The Flash and Gotham. First, click on the cover artwork for the forthcoming Justice League Unlimited – The Complete Series Blu-ray collection for a look at the initial details for the highly-anticipated release. More details to follow soon. Secondly, click on the artwork for the recent Gotham: The Complete First Season, Arrow: The Complete Third Season and The Flash: The Complete First Season Blu-ray titles for a full review of each Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release.

Lastly, the Test Promo Reel for Batman: The Animated Series was added to the “Backstage” section of the subsite dedicated to the acclaimed series, but it can also be viewed below. The video offers a glimpse into the early production history of what would become the one of the most acclaimed renditions of the Caped Crusader ever made. Click on the player below to check it out, but be sure to check out the “Backstage” section for more behind-the-scenes content, most of it exclusive to The World’s Finest.

Stay tuned for many more updates and announcements to come!

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Site Updates: “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: The Brave and The Bold”

The World’s Finest has added new content to the dedicated Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsites. First, details have been added for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s upcoming repackage DVD release Batman: The Brave and The Bold – The Complete Second Season. Hitting shelves on April 7th, 2015, the release collects previous DVD releases of the acclaimed animated series in a new package. There is no new additional content. Click on the image below for further details. The World’s Finest has also added new Batman: The Animated Series production art, which can be viewed by clicking on the second image below. The additions feature early design work for the series by Kevin Nowlan.

Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and The Bold discussion can be found on The DC Animation Forum.

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“The Batman Adventures – Volume Two” Trade Paperback Details

Details on the second The Batman Adventures trade paperback collection, coming May 27th, 2015 from DC Comics, have been added to the Batman: The Animated Series subsite. The ten-issue collections includes The Batman Adventures #11 – 20 and will retail for $19.99US. Click here to check out further details on the The Batman Adventures – Volume Two collection at The World’s Finest.

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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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Preview For Summer 2015-Scheduled “The Batman Adventures – Volume Two” Trade Collection

The World’s Finest has an extended preview of the The Batman Adventures – Volume Two trade paperback release, collecting the ten issues of the classic The Batman Adventures comics series, slated to hit shelves in Summer 2015. The critically acclaimed comic book, inspired by Batman: The Animated Series and running for nearly a decade through an assortment of revamps and reboots, published some of the most celebrated modern-era Batman stories ever written.

The Batman Adventures – Volume Two collects The Batman Adventures #11 – 20, with stories featuring Man-Bat, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, The Joker and more. Continue below for artwork and additional details on the release.

THE BATMAN ADVENTURES VOLUME TWO




Writer: Kelley Pucket
Artist: Mike Parobeck

Summary: A special all-ages Batman collection! This graphic novel collects the serialized adventures from the classic Batman: The Animated Series, with appearances from The Joker, Batgirl, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Man-Bat and Scarecrow. From writer Kelley Puckett (Batman: No Man’s Land, Batgirl), these tales will connect with Dark Knight fans from 5 to 75! Collects Batman Adventures #11-20.

The Batman Adventures – Volume Two, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, will be available June 2015 for $19.99US. Details on the The Batman Adventures comic book series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

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Batman: The Complete Television Series and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham are both now available to own from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive, respectively. Click on the links below to discuss these new releases!

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