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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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New Wave Of “Batman: The Animated Series” Figures From DC Collectibles Coming July 2015

DC Comics has released new images and details for upcoming figures from the ongoing DC Collectibles line based on Batman: The Animated Series. The figures listed below are scheduled to shelf come July 2015. DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded for its superior quality and limited availability.

Official details for the upcoming figures are available below.

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – BATMAN, BATGIRL, THE RIDDLER, AND THE PENGUIN ACTION FIGURES

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMAN – 6″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: BATGIRL – 5″
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE RIDDLER – 6″
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE PENGUIN – 4.5″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

Continue your animated Batman collection with the next wave of 6 inch scale action figures that bring the designs of the Emmy Award-winning animated series to life! Each figure comes with multiple show specific accessories and unique base!

$24.95 US • On Sale July 2015 * Allocations May Occur

DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Ranging from action figures to cold-cast porcelain statues to finely detailed prop replicas, these products are based on the world famous DC Comics Super Heroes, the edgy stars of Vertigo, the timeless icons of MAD Magazine and some of the most popular licensed properties from TV, film and videogames. DC Collectibles, highly regarded among fans and collectors, is available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers.

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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 here to read The World’s Finest review of Batman: The Complete Television Series and click here to read The World’s Finest review of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham! Check the links below for further discussion!

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Details For Upcoming “Batman: The Animated Series” Figures From DC Collectibles

DC Comics has released new images and official details for upcoming DC Collectibles figures based on an assortment of animation projects, including Batman: The Animated Series. The figures listed below are scheduled to shelf on May 2015. DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded and sought after by fans and collectors for its superior quality and limited availability.

Official details for the upcoming figures are available below.

BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: THE CREEPER, ROBIN, HARLEY QUINN, AND KILLER CROC WITH BABY DOLL ACTION FIGURES

THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: CREEPER – 6.25″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: KILLER CROC – 7″
BABY DOLL – 2.5″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: ROBIN – 4.75″
BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: HARLEY QUINN –5.25″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

Build your Batman collection with these highly articulated 6-inch scale action figures that transform the designs of the Emmy Award-winning animated series to poseable works of art.
Each figure comes with multiple show specific accessories!
$24.95 US • On Sale May 2015 * Allocations May Occur

DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Ranging from action figures to cold-cast porcelain statues to finely detailed prop replicas, these products are based on the world famous DC Comics Super Heroes, the edgy stars of Vertigo, the timeless icons of MAD Magazine and some of the most popular licensed properties from TV, film and videogames. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded and sought after by fans and collectors for its superior quality and limited availability.

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Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, OTOY Recreate Batcave For “Batman: The Animated Series” Project

Otoy has released the following press release announcing a joint ventures with Warner Digital Series and DC Entertainment to bring the Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series to life via virtual reality. Bruce Timm, producer on Batman: The Animated Series, is involved with the project. Using Otoy’s OctaneRender and light field technology, the look and feel of the animated series will be reproduced in 3D with unprecedented detail and immersive technology. The complete press release, along with promotional images, are available below.

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Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and OTOY take fans inside the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series in industry’s first commercial holographic video deployment for virtual reality and light field displays

Fans can explore the Batcave from the Emmy Award–winning television series
in a fully immersive DC Comics animated universe; OTOY’s ORBX holographic
video powers groundbreaking cinematic experience on consumer VR devices

Warner Digital Series, DC Entertainment and visual effects pioneer, OTOY Inc., today announced work on a groundbreaking immersive entertainment experience that will see the Batcave from the acclaimed Emmy® Award–winning Batman: The Animated Series brought to life via interactive holographic video for virtual reality displays. The interactive narrative experience will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before, allowing them to feel what it is like to be inside the show’s stylized universe on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, and on forthcoming ‘glasses-free’ light field displays that will power future TV and mobile devices.

First aired on network television in 1992, Batman: The Animated Series defined the classic DC Comics character for a generation of fans. The success of the highly influential show led to a multi-decade run of critically acclaimed television series and animated original movies set in the DC Comics animated universe it helped establish.

Using OTOY’s OctaneRender™ and light field technology, Warner Digital Series and OTOY are faithfully recreating the look and feel of the animated series in unprecedented detail, collaborating with Batman: The Animated Series producer Bruce Timm. Timm is guiding the meticulous adaptation of the original 1992 designs into a fully realized universe with volume and depth. OTOY is also developing tools that perfectly preserve the show’s distinct visual drawing style in 3D space, without requiring any post-production work or manual artist intervention. OTOY’s OctaneRender™ scales this process through light field rendering on the cloud, translating the show’s unique aesthetic, immediately recognized by millions of fans, into cinematic virtual reality.

The project represents the first of many commercial endeavors leveraging OTOY’s rendering and holographic streaming technology which aim to deliver next-generation media and entertainment experiences to emerging content platforms in the coming years.

“We are continuously exploring new and exciting ways to tell stories and share experiences with audiences around the globe, and we’re excited to be working with OTOY on this cutting-edge adaptation from Batman: The Animated Series,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “More to the point: It’s super-cool, eye-popping stuff, and fans are going to love it. We can’t wait for them to have the chance to see the Batcave from the show again — for the very first time.”

“Warner Bros. has always been at the forefront of technology and entertainment, exemplified again today in its partnership with OTOY in bringing this Batman: The Animated Series experience to new audiences through holographic video,” said Jules Urbach, Founder and CEO, OTOY. “We’re thrilled to be part of this project. Our work with Warner Bros. validates the tremendous potential of VR as a new cinematic medium.

Work on the Batman: The Animated Series project is already underway with a first release targeting this winter through the ORBX viewer app.

About OTOY Inc.
OTOY Inc. is the definitive cloud graphics company, pioneering technology that is redefining content creation and delivery for media and entertainment organizations around the world. OTOY’s Academy Award®-winning technology is used by leading visual effects studios, artists, animators, designers, architects, and engineers, providing unprecedented creative freedom, new levels of realism, and new economics in content creation and distribution powered by the cloud. For more information, visit www.otoy.com.

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 the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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Addtional details on this project are expected toward the end of the year and into early 2015. Stay tuned for further updates here very soon at The World’s Finest.

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