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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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“Young Justice: The Complete First Season” Blu-Ray Coming Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Warner Archive Collection, a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment specialty label, has announced the upcoming Young Justice: The Complete First Season Blu-ray release is now available for pre-order. The collection, featuring the first 26 episodes from the acclaimed animated series from Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation, inspired by the DC Comics characters, will be available starting August 12, 2014 for $24.95US. The release will be available through most online retail outlets and is now up for pre-order. The details were announced at the Warner Archive Collection “A Batman for All Seasons” panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. The San Diego Comic-Con convention is held every year, and focuses on a host of different genres and pop culture events.

Initial details and cover art can be found below.

Young Justice: The Complete First Season
Studio: Warner Archive Collection
Street Date: 08/12/14

Episodes: Independence Day, Fireworks (Independence Day, Part Two), Welcome to Happy Harbor, Drop Zone, Schooled, Infiltrator, Denial, Downtime, Bereft, Targets, Terrors, Homefront, Alpha Male, Revelation, Humanity, Failsafe, Disordered, Secrets, Misplaced, Coldhearted, Image, Agendas, Insecurity, Performance, Usual Suspects, Auld Acquaintance

Synopsis: 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? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? 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. From Warner Bros. Animation and based on DC Comics characters, Young Justice is a bold new animated series. Are you in?

Young Justice: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection, and will be available starting August 12th, 2014 for $24.95US. The collection is currently up for pre-order through most online retails outlets. Stay tuned for additional details, including press details and additional artwork and imagery.

In Young Justice, teenage heroes Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis are tasked by the Justice League to act as their covert operations team. Armed with superior skills, weaponry and powers, the team must do battle against a wide array of villains from the DC Universe while trying to prove to themselves, and to their superhero mentors, that they too have what it takes to be a hero. The series, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, amassed a diverse, loyal fan-following. Further details on the series can be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

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Media For Next Week’s New “Teen Titans Go!” Episode And “DC Nation” Short

Cartoon Network has provided The World’s Finest with stills and a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode “Real Magic,” airing Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 6:30pm (ET/PT). The half-hour comedy/adventure series – which features two 15-minute episodes – airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing at select times during the week. The new Teen Titans Go! segment “Real Magic” will be paired with a re-airing of a previously-aired 15-minute episode. Please note the new earlier Wednesday timeslot.

View a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode in the video player below, followed underneath by a selection of still images.


Teen Titans Go!
“Real Magic” airs Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 on Cartoon Network

Robin starts performing magic tricks after seeing the Amazing Mumbo Jumbo, much to the delight of the other Titans — except Raven, who warns Robin that doing lame tricks will upset the Magic God.

Teen Titans Go! © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Teen Titans and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics

Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing throughout the week on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network has also provided a video clip and stills from the new DC Nation animated short accompanying the new episode of Teen Titans Go!. The DC Nation animated short Super Pets is set to air immediately after the conclusion of the Teen Titans Go! episode “Real Magic.” DC Nation is a banner covering short-form content based on the vast library of DC Comics-based properties, including animated shorts and featurettes.

View a clip from the DC Nation animated short in the video player below, followed underneath by a selection of still images.

Super Pets
“Have Your Cake and B’Dg Too”
Airs Wednesday, May 14
6:40 p.m. on Cartoon Network

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!. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on the animated-themed channel.

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“Beware The Batman,” “Young Justice,” DC Nation Nab Daytime Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and a few DC Comics-inspired animated programs received nominations. Beware The Batman leads the pack with four nominations in total, three specifically for the episode “Secrets.” Young Justice and the DC Nation-branded animated shorts also nabbed one nomination each. The Daytime Emmy Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. Beware The Batman, Young Justice, and DC Nation all aired on Cartoon Network and amassed significant fanbases, despite troublesome scheduling issues and lengthy hiatuses.

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Specific nomination details can be found below.

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producers – Glen Murakami, Mitch Watson
Line Producer – Amy McKenna

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special
Beware the Batman Cartoon Network
Casting Director – Andrea Romano

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Supervising Director – Butch Lukic
Directors – Curt Geda , Sam Liu , Rick Morales
Voice Director – Andrea Romano

Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design
Beware the Batman – “Secrets”
Cartoon Network
Animation Supervisor – T.J. Sullivan

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Animation
Young Justice
Cartoon Network
Re-Recording Mixer – Konrad Piñon

Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program
Deadman – “Deadman Catch”
Cartoon Network
Executive Producer – Sam Register
Producer – Ben Jones
Written, Directed and Produced by – Carl Greenblatt

Six out of Cartoon Network’s ten total 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations come from DC Comics-based programming. A complete listing of nominees can be found on the official 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards website.

The CG-animated series Beware The Batman is slated to return to Cartoon Network, after a lengthy seven-month hiatus, as part of it’s older audience-skewering Adult Swim programming counterpart starting Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at 3:00am (ET/PT). Young Justice, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, finished its 46-episode run on Cartoon Network last year. Both programs aired as part of the now defunct DC Nation hour-long programming block, which used to air weekend mornings on Carton Network. The block itself is now reduced to a banner name under which DC Comics-inspired short-form programming airs. These shorts currently air during the first commercial break following episodes of Teen Titans Go!. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

Check out the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite and the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite for further details on both acclaimed cartoon shows.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony and awards presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Additionally, the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala, which honors the crafts behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre, will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20, 2014. Jose Lopez, a character designer for The Batman, is one of the five nominees who will be awarded and recognized in the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation category at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony.

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May 2014 Sees Single New Episode Of “Teen Titans Go!” Scheduled On Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has provided details for the sole new episode of the Teen Titans Go! animated series slated to air on the network for May 2014. Teen Titans Go!, a half-hour comedy/adventure series comprised of two back-to-back 15-minute episodes, follows the hilarious antics of the teenage superhero team as they deal with what happens between major battles. The DC Comics-inspired cartoon airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with regular re-airings throughout the week on the animated-themed channel. Continue below for further details.

Teen Titans Go!
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 6:30pm (ET/PT)

“Real Magic” – Robin dabbles with magic, ignoring Raven’s warning that he will anger the magic god.

Save for the sole new episodes, Cartoon Network is slated to air predominantly reruns of the comedic Teen Titans Go! cartoon for the month of May 2014.

Airing with Teen Titans Go! is the short-form program DC Nation, featuring animated shorts and behind-the-scenes content starring a host of DC Comics characters. The short-form programming banner also airs Wednesday nights on Cartoon Network, usually during the commercial break following the 6:30pm (ET/PT) episode of Teen Titans Go!.

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Media For Next Week’s New “Teen Titans Go!” Episode And “DC Nation” Short

Cartoon Network has provided The World’s Finest with stills and a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode “Grandma Voice,” airing Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 6:30pm (ET/PT). The half-hour comedy/adventure series – which features two 15-minute episodes – airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing at select times during the week. The new Teen Titans Go! segment “Grandma Voice” will be paired with a re-airing of a previously-aired 15-minute episode. Please note the new earlier Wednesday timeslot.

View a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode in the video player below, followed underneath by a selection of still images.


Teen Titans Go!
“Grandma Voice” airs Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 on Cartoon Network

In order to defeat Mother Mae Eye, Cyborg starts using a grandma voice, but soon that persona takes over and he begins making the other Titans dress warmly and clean their dishes.

Teen Titans Go! © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Teen Titans and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics

Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing throughout the week on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network has also provided a video clip and stills from the new DC Nation animated short accompanying the new episode of Teen Titans Go!. The DC Nation animated short Shazam is set to air immediately after the conclusion of the Teen Titans Go! episode “Grandma Voice.” DC Nation is a banner covering short-form content based on the vast library of DC Comics-based properties, including animated shorts and featurettes.

View a clip from the DC Nation animated short in the video player below, followed underneath by a selection of still images.

Shazam – “Courage”
Airs Wednesday, April 30
6:40p.m. on Cartoon Network

Billy Batson transforms into Shazam in order to see an R-rated, scary movie. Maybe not the best idea before a dark and spooky walk home.

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!. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on the animated-themed channel.

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DC Nation “Batman Beyond” Animated Short Availability Goes Wide

The “Batman 75″ DC Nation animated short “Batman Beyond,” which debuted over the weekend at the WonderCon 2014 comic convention, is now available wide for all online outlets. The special animated short was created as part of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics’ combined celebration efforts to mark the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in the 1939 comic Detective Comics #27.

The nearly 90-second short-form adventure revisits the world of the classic Batman Beyond animated series, bringing together members of the original show’s cast and crew. The “Batman Beyond” animated short was written and directed by Darwyn Cooke; starring the voices of Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy; featuring music by Kristopher Carter, Mike McCuistion & Lolita Ritmanis; with additional guitar work by Gabe Moses. Batman Beyond follows the adventures of a young Batman in the future mentored by an aging Bruce Wayne.

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“Batman Beyond” will make its official broadcast debut Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 on Cartoon Network – under the DC Nation programming banner – during an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! at 6:30pm (ET/PT). For more on the Batman Beyond classic animated series, check out the The World’s Finest Batman Beyond subsite. The World’s Finest first broke the news of this animated short back in October 2013.

“Batman Beyond” 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.

The annual WonderCon Anaheim convention is a massive celebration of comics and pop culture . With over 56,000 attendees in 2013, WonderCon Anaheim continues to be one of the top comics and pop culture events in the country. 2014 marks the event’s 28th continuous year.

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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“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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Images, Video Clip From Next Week’s New Episode Of “Teen Titans Go!”

Cartoon Network has provided The World’s Finest with stills and a clip from the new Teen Titans Go! episode “Mas y Menos,” airing Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 6:30pm (ET/PT). The half-hour comedy/adventure series – which features two 15-minute episodes – airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing at select times during the week. The new Teen Titans Go! segment “Mas y Menos” will be paired with a re-airing of a previously-aired 15-minute episode. Please note the new earlier Wednesday timeslot.

View the new Teen Titans Go! clip in the image player below, followed by a selection of new still images from the episode.



Teen Titans Go!
“Mas y Menos” airs Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 on Cartoon Network

Mas y Menos visit the tower to get superhero lessons from Robin. The twins become fast friends with the other Titans, but Robin just wants to focus on the training.

Teen Titans Go! © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Teen Titans and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics

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