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“DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High” Animated Special Airing March 19, 2016 On Boomerang

Cartoon Network has issued press details for the forthcoming DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High animated special, slated to debut March 19th, 2016 at 10am (ET/PT) on Boomerang. The hour-long TV special, building off the first season of online animated shorts, features the debut of Supergirl in the DC Super Hero Girls universe. The complete press release is available below.

SCHOOL IS IN SESSION FOR DC SUPER HERO GIRLS ​
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPER HERO HIGH PREMIERES SATURDAY, MARCH 19 ON BOOMERANG​
THE ALL-NEW ANIMATED SPECIAL IS FROM ​
WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS, DC ENTERTAINMENT, ​
WARNER BROS. ANIMATION AND MATTEL​

Tune into Boomerang on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. for an action-packed hour with DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High, a special featuring the stellar lineup of female Super Heroes from DC Super Hero Girls, the new comic universe from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Mattel. In addition to the special, exclusive shorts inspired by this fun and immersive world that encourages girls to discover their own super-heroic potential are also now available to view on the Cartoon Network video app.

DC Super Hero GirlsSuper Hero High is buzzing with excitement over new student, Supergirl. But when Supergirl crash lands into the cafeteria, it’s evident that though she has incredible power, she has a long way to go before she becomes a Super Hero. Too intimidated by the other supers to ask them for assistance, Supergirl turns to helpful I.T. girl, Barbara Gordon. Barbara takes Supergirl under her wing and introduces her to the sweet, old librarian, Granny Goodness. As Barbara helps Supergirl learn to harness her powers, Wonder Woman joins them and becomes a mentor and friend to Supergirl. Meanwhile, the Junior Detective Club (The Flash, Bumblebee and Hawkgirl) investigates a mysterious rash of security breaches centered around the teleportation “Boom Tubes.” Could it all be because of reformed Super-Villain and Super Hero High Vice-Principal Gorilla Grodd – or something far worse?

The DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High television special stars Anais Fairweather as Supergirl, Mae Margaret Whitman as Barbara Gordon and features an all-star voice cast of DC Comics universe veterans, including Greg Cipes, Tara Strong, Ashley Eckstein, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Helen Slater and Dean Cain. Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers) is the television special’s producer and director. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer. Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) serves as writer of the television special and animated shorts, as well as the DC Comics graphic novel.

The DC Super Hero Girls world centers on the female Super Heroes of the DC Comics universe during their formative high school years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more, make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise is on shelves nationwide, exclusively at Target. Featured products from the new line include: toys, dress up, apparel, accessories, publishing and more. Master toy partner Mattel unveils its new DC Super Hero Girls collection, featuring the industry-firsts: the first-ever 6-inch action figures designed for girls; first 12-inch collection of action dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses; and first-ever action role-play toys for girls.

About Boomerang Launched in the U.S. on April 1, 2000, and now aligned across 13 international feeds, Boomerang is Turner’s global 24-hour, all-animation network for kids and families dedicated to showcasing both timeless cartoons from the Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Cartoon Network libraries, as well as exclusive acquisitions and original productions from around the world. Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
arner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English- language publishers of comics in the world.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Mattel
The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, MEGA® Brands, including MEGA BLOKS® and RoseArt®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel.

The DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High animated special debuts March 19th, 2016 at 10am (ET/PT) on Boomerang. Stay tuned for further select DC Super Hero Girls news and updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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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.

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“Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leagured” Animated Special Pulls In Over 1.5 Million Viewers

The Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered animated special, which premiered Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:00pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, pulled in high ratings for the animation network. The one-shot special – written by Jim Krieg, directed by Rick Morales and produced by Brandon Vietti – is based on the highly-popular Lego DC Comics and Lego Batman toy franchises. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered pulled in 1.552 million total viewers during the half-hour special presentation, and was the top rated program for its timeslot.

Cartoon Network recently released the following press details about the successful animated special’s debut.

Among Cartoon Network special event programming, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered (Monday, 6-6:30 p.m.) resonated with all targeted kids and boys, charting as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 2-11 & 6-11, and #1 in its time period among all kids and boy demos. The animated special earned double and triple-digit delivery gains across all targeted audiences vs. the same time period in 2013, with kids 2-11 increasing by 85%, kids 6-11 by 85%, kids 9-14 by 70%, boys 2-11 by 124%, boys 6-11 by 120% and boys 9-14 by 103%.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment confirmed that the Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered animated special will be included as a bonus feature on the home video release of the upcoming Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Versus Bizarro League animated movie, hitting shelves on February 10th, 2015. Click here for further details on Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered, and Click here for the official announcement of Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League.

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Images, Description For Next Week’s “Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leagured” Animated Special

Cartoon Network has provided six images the upcoming animated one-shot Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered, a new special tying in to the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game, airing Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:00pm (ET/PT). The one-shot movie special, written by Jim Krieg and produced by Brandon Vietti, is based on the highly-popular Lego DC Comics and Lego Batman toy franchises. The special is part of Cartoon Network’s “Hallo-Week” promotion, a week-long event of all-new special programming airing weeknights at 6:00pm (ET/PT) from Monday, October 27th, 2014 to Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

Continue below for six images from Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered, followed by its official description.



Lego DC Comics: “Batman Be-Leaguered”
Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network

Batman prides himself on being a loner, a totally self sufficient one-man band. He is understandably irritated when his nightly cleanup of Gotham City villains is interrupted by Superman, who pesters Batman to join his new Super-Hero team, the Justice League. After Batman makes it quite clear to the Man of Steel that his invitation has been declined, Superman flies off disappointed … whereupon he is overcome with a strange energy and vanishes!

With Earth’s mightiest super-being missing, it’s time for the World’s Greatest Detective to spring into action. With no time to lose and the entire planet to search, Batman enlists the aid of the fastest man alive, The Flash. Together their high- speed search leads them to the villainous Captain Cold, who is stealing an ancient artifact in Egypt. After the Flash has likewise vanished at the end of their battle with evil, Batman teams up with Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg to fight famous costumed Super-Villains before vanishing one-by-one at the hand of a mysterious enemy. It now falls to the Dark Knight, who alone must free the newly-formed Justice League from a powerful foe. But can Batman learn the value of being a team-player before the Justice League is lost forever?

Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered is directed by Rick Morales. The cast for the animated special includes Troy Baker as Batman, John Di Maggio as both Lex Luthor and Joker, Nolan North as both Superman and Alfred, and Paul Reubens as Batmite. A previously released video clip can be found below:

Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered airs Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:00pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for additional updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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