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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.

Check out the The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite for more details on this classic animated series.

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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DC Collectibles Unveils “Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis” Action Figure Line For January 2015

DC Comics has released new images and details for the upcoming DC Collectibles figures based on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the late 2014/early 2015-installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 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 upcoming figures, all scheduled to ship at the start of 2015, are available below. Click on the thumbnails for a closer look.


DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED MOVIES JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
OCEAN MASTER, AQUAMAN, BLACK MANTA AND MERA ACTION FIGURES

Based on designs of the much anticipated Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated movie comes the next wave of action figures from DC Collectibles!
OCEAN MASTER – 6.8″
BLACK MANTA – 6.75″
AQUAMAN – 6.75″
MERA – 6.6″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY
* $19.95 US * On January 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 stars of Vertigo, the icons of MAD Magazine and some of the most popular licensed properties from TV, film and videogames.

The World’s Finest was the first to break news on the forthcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated feature. Click here for the early details and stay tuned for official details coming soon.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis hits Blu-ray, single-disc DVD, and Digital Download in late 2014/early 2015 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.

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Warner Bros. And Mattel Extend Deal For DC Comics, Animation, Movies And TV Shows

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, with DC Entertainment, issued the following press release announcing an extension of their partnership with toymaker Mattel. Despite being mentioned in passing, this deal will also include any future animated DC Comics-based productions, including new animated television productions. DC Entertainment is planning a strategic multi-year roll-out of many of their big properties, with animated projects expected to be part of the event.

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products And Mattel Extend Strategic Alliance

Ongoing Collaboration Continues Rights to Massive DC Comics Universe
And Upcoming Film and Television Projects

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, with DC Entertainment, announced today that it has once again extended its successful relationship with leading worldwide toy manufacturer, Mattel, Inc. The new multi-year agreement grants Mattel rights to continue as master toy licensee for the entire universe of DC Comics characters. Under the terms of this strategic alliance, Mattel is granted unprecedented access to the complete breadth and scope of the DC Comics vault of characters, which includes more than a thousand world-famous DC Comics Super Heroes and DC Comics Super-Villains, such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and The Joker. The deal continues Mattel’s support of the universe of DC Comics characters across its entire portfolio of core brands, including Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, Barbie®, Mattel Games and Fisher-Price®.

“Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have an unrivaled portfolio of characters and a strong slate of content across all platforms which is essential to driving our global consumer products business—a business anchored by our long-term partnership with Mattel,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “With so much opportunity on the horizon, we know Mattel will bring the talents of its world-class organization to create and market product lines for fans of all ages.”

In addition to the rights to utilize existing DC Comics characters and existing content, the extension includes Mattel’s rights to produce toys based on future DC Comics films, animation and television projects that are developed and produced during the term of the agreement. Mattel is set to develop toy lines for two of Warner Bros.’ most highly anticipated theatrical releases: the summer 2016 release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the recently announced Justice League film, to follow.

The dominance of DC Comics storylines in the world of television has enabled Mattel to develop product based on the Warner Bros. Television primetime series Arrow, entering its third season, and brings new opportunity with the upcoming live-action series The Flash. Mattel will also have the opportunity to create product with newly announced DC Comics–based television series Gotham, Constantine and iZOMBIE, which will all debut during the 2014–15 television season.

“In our fifteen years of collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Mattel has been honored with bringing the stories and characters of the DC Comics universe to life in toy form,” said Doug Wadleigh, Senior Vice President, Global Brands Marketing, Boys and Entertainment for Mattel. “Mattel’s robust portfolio has helped extend DC Comics properties to new consumers utilizing the toy brands they know and trust. We are excited to continue our partnership, and look forward to supporting upcoming entertainment launches and franchise development.”

During its nearly 15-year partnership with WBCP, Mattel has created and delivered a number of successful toy lines that bring the fun, action-packed heroism and excitement of DC Comics’ characters to life, including top-of-the-line action figures, vehicles and role play accessories across all DC Comics brands, including tentpole films The Dark Knight Trilogy and the 2013 release of Man of Steel; to the vintage-styled line in support of the 60’s BATMAN™ Classic TV Series. Mattel’s Batman evergreen lines, Fisher-Price DC Super Friends Imaginext line, Hot Wheels® brand, as well as the multiple DC Comics Super Heroes action figure lines, together illustrate the commitment and success Mattel has had with the DC Comics brand over the years.

“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Mattel and the Warner Bros. Consumer Products teams to collaborate on compelling product lines that support the many exciting DC Comics initiatives slated for the coming years including film, TV, games and comics,” stated Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment.

Driving its core Batman business, WBCP and Mattel continue to maintain the momentum for the ultimate Super Hero with its exclusive evergreen Batman brand that has come to life in toys and at retail. This year, Mattel has released new and exciting products in the evergreen Batman toy line, including the Lights and Sounds 10ꞌꞌ Core figures, Hot Wheels® Batmobile Assortment, Batman Basic Figures, the all-new Batman 12″ Figure, as well as additional figures and characters to augment the assortment. Mattel has reinvigorated their collector offering with the new 6ꞌꞌ Total Heroes™ line for the gateway collector and the 3¾ꞌꞌ DC Multiverse line of hyper-detailed action figures for the more serious collector – both lines launched this year.

Fisher-Price continues to introduce the world of DC Comics to the next generation with their popular DC Super Friends pre-school line. Part of the Fisher-Price Imaginext line, DC Super Friends has proven to be incredibly successful in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Spain, as it continues to expand across Europe with its recent debut in German, and globally.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner 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 the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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.

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“Batman: Strange Days” Animated Short Availability Goes Wide

The “Batman 75” animated short “Batman: Strange Days,” which debuted earlier this week on Cartoon Network, is now available wide for all online outlets. “Batman: Strange Days” was storyboarded, written, produced, and directed by renowned animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles). The nearly three-minute short-form adventure provides an animated look at the original 1930s-era Batman. “Batman: Strange Days” was created under the DC Nation animated shorts banner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in the 1939 comic Detective Comics #27.

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“Batman: Strange Days” debuted Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 on Cartoon Network and was then released wide to all media outlets later in the week. Additional stills and production details for the animated short can be found at The World’s Finest.

“Batman: Strange Days” is part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

DC Nation, featuring new short-form animated stories and behind-the-scenes content starring a host of DC Comics characters, airs Wednesday nights on Cartoon Network during the commercial break following new episodes of Teen Titans Go!. Stay tuned for further schedule updates and coverage on the DC Nation programming block – including exclusive content and much more – right here soon at The World’s Finest.

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New Preview Images For Upcoming “Batman: The Animated Series” Figures From DC Collectibles

DC Collectibles has provided preview images for two figures from the upcoming Batman: The Animated Series 2014 line set for release by the collectable division of DC Comics. The preview images below provide a closer look at the sculpts used for the Mr. Freeze and Two-Face figures, both of which are slated to hit shelves later this year. DC Collectibles announced the release of a new line of action figures based on the highly influential Batman: The Animated Series cartoon earlier this year, part of DC Entertainment’s ongoing “Batman 75” anniversary celebrations. The DC Collectible Batman: The Animated Series line will feature a selection of figures based directly from the character designs of the famed animated series, including Batman and his allies and enemies.

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The DC Collectibles team is using the actual original character design sheets used by the Batman: The Animated Series creative team to ensure the figures are as accurate as possible. All of the figures are in the 1/12th or 6-inch scale and will be accurately scaled in relation to Batman.

The press release announcing the DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series line can be found here. Figures based on Batman and Catwoman will also be released later this year. The Two-Face and Mr. Freeze figures will be available to own starting November 2014.

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.

The DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series line is also as part of the year-long “Batman 75” 2014 celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here.

Check out the The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite for a host of content dedicated to the classic series.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment And DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have issued a press release announcing initial details for the company’s plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. Plans include multiple home video release, animated features, and special initiatives. Since his creation and first published appearance, Batman has become arguably the most popular comic book character across the world. Highlights from the press release include special promotions for upcoming Batman-centric 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. Further details and the first look at the Batman 75 commemorative logo can be found below.

Warner Bros. Entertainment And DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

A Super Hero For Every Generation

Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero. Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame. There will also be 75th anniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become the world’s most popular Super Hero and dominate all media. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.

“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on Batman than any other comic book character. In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever. Batman consistently breaks records in every incarnation of his character and remains the gold standard by which all other comic book sales are measured.

“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans. He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

The first published adventure of The Bat-Man (as he was then known) was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story. The character was so successful, that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the Caped Crusader’s adventures, Batman #1, hit newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

Now, DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Pictures, Television, Animation, Interactive Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary 75th anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products.

The new commemorative logo, also released today across social media and websites, takes its cue from the famed Bat symbol, and features block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out on Batman-related promotions, products and initiatives.

Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

*DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusive Batman variant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

*Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

*Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own, original interpretations of Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

*Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s Batman feature film will be released in the fall.

*Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.

*Television –Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita)

*Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.

*Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.

*DCComics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.Batman75.com. The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.

The World’s Finest was the first website to report on the forthcoming Batman Beyond DC Nation animated short, as confirmed in the press release above.

Additional initiatives and promotions will be unveiled throughout the year. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest, including exclusive content and news.

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