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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” Absent From Cartoon Network April 2014 Programming Schedule

Cartoon Network has provided The World’s Finest with programming details for the month of April 2014, and once again, new episodes of Beware The Batman are not included on the schedule. The CG-animated series was removed from Cartoon Network back in October 2013, marking seven months since an episode aired on the US channel. Despite repeated inquiries, Cartoon Network has still not provided any details for Beware The Batman‘s removal from the schedule. Beware The Batman originally aired Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network as part of the hour-long DC Nation programming block, but has since been replaced with back-to-back Teen Titans Go! repeats.

When recently asked again for a statement on the status of Beware The Batman, a representative for Cartoon Network would only say that there are future plans for the series but no specifics could be provided at this time.

Additionally, Beware The Batman was not mentioned in a recent press release co-issued by Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment concerning current planned events based around the 75th anniversary of Batman’s comic book debut. The press release – available here – did make reference however to special promotions for the upcoming animated movie titles Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham, new DC Nation animated shorts by Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke, and special home video releases.

While the remaining fifteen Beware The Batman episodes from the series’ first season currently remain unscheduled on Cartoon Network, two unaired episodes were included on the recent Beware The Batman – Season One, Part One: Shadows of Gotham DVD and Blu-ray release – “Attraction” and “Fall.” Details and a complete review of the Beware The Batman – Season One, Part One: Shadows of Gotham release, which collects the first thirteen episodes of the CG cartoon, is available right here at The World’s Finest. A second Beware The Batman home video release is expected within the next twelve-month period.

The original report on Beware The Batman‘s removal from the schedule can be found here.

Beware The Batman debuted July 2013 on Cartoon Network, netting average but consistent ratings for the animation-themed channel. The CG-animated series incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld. Only eleven episodes of Beware the Batman have been broadcast thus far.

The final issue of the monthly Beware The Batman comic, published by DC Comics, also hit shelves this week. Further details on that can be found here.

Please note that Beware The Batman still currently airs on Cartoon Network Canada, and it slated to debut the episode “Attraction” on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 8:00pm (ET), with the episode “Fall” airing the following Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at 8:00pm (ET). The series no longer airs on Teletoon, the Canadian network which shares programming with Cartoon Network. New episodes of Beware The Batman have also debuted in some other international markets, including New Zealand.

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“Beware The Batman” Arrives January 2014 On Cartoon Network Canada

The CG-animated series Beware The Batman, currently airing on the Canadian network Teletoon, will make its Cartoon Network Canada debut on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Details for the Cartoon Network Canada debut of Beware The Batman can be found below, courtesy of the network.


Beware The Batman Opening Credits

Beware the Batman
Network Premiere; Season 1
Premieres Saturday, January 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
(New episodes air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT)

A fresh take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie.

Additional images and content, including an exclusive review of the Beware The Batman episode “Hunted,” can be found here at The World’s Finest. Beware The Batman will make its Cartoon Network Canada debut on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT).

Beware The Batman currently airs Fridays at 8:30pm (ET/PT) as part of the Superfan Friday programming block on Teletoon. Additionally, Beware The Batman is set to return to Cartoon Network in January 2014 with all-new episodes. Stay tuned for further updates Beware The Batman updates here soon at The World’s Finest, including exclusive content and more.

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Young Justice” Reruns On Cartoon Network Canada

Reruns of the 65-episode series Batman: The Brave and The Bold, the entire 26-episode run of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and the first 26-episodes of Young Justice will be part of the regular Fall 2013 schedule on Cartoon Network Canada. These three series – based on popular DC Comics characters, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and critically-acclaimed – are some of the highest-rated programs on Cartoon Network Canada. The information was released through a press release announcing the upcoming season programming, including details for Teletoon, Teletoon Retro, Cartoon Network Canada, and Adult Swim. The Fall 2013 Cartoon Network Canada season starts on Monday, September 2nd, 2013. Continue below for details provided by the network.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Airs Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT
Starting September 2nd, 2013 on Cartoon Network Canada

Building on the iconic character of Batman, this interpretation of the classic Batman franchise finds Batman teaming up with heroes from across the DC Comics Universe, delivering non-stop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief in this stylish animated series. Best of all, Batman isn’t going at it alone! Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside him. Though still based in Gotham City, the Caped Crusader will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home!

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Airs Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT
Starting September 2nd, 2013 on Cartoon Network Canada

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations — but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion by the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space — and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

Young Justice
Airs Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
Starting September 2nd, 2013 on Cartoon Network Canada

In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over – to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice – Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis – will find out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero.

Click here for details on Beware The Batman, Teen Titans GO!, and Young Justice: Invasion, all hitting assorted outlets under the Teletoon Inc. umbrealla of networks starting Fall 2013.

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Please note that The World’s Finest will be hitting the road this week for FanExpo 2013 and, as such, there may be interruptions in regular website and social media updates this week and next.

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