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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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Package Art For “DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided updated package artwork for the new two-disc DVD compilation release collecting classic episodes of Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. The new DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime collection will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97 as part of the Justice League branded line. The two-disc DVD set will include thirteen episodes in total.

Continue below for the complete package artwork, along with product details and a rundown of episode content.

DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 7th, 2014 (10/7/14)

Synopsis:A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

Episodes:
Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2

The two-disc DVD compilation collection DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97. Further similar released are expected from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment throughout the remainder of the year.

For further details on the cartoons featured on this release, please click the links below.

-The World’s Finest Justice League subsite
-The World’s Finest Justice League Unlimited subsite
-The World’s Finest Batman Beyond subsite

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Details For “Justice League Unlimited” Episodes On Vortexx For August 2014

The World’s Finest has a look at the tentative August 2014 schedule for Justice League Unlimited episodes airing on the Vortexx programming block. The programming block airs Saturday mornings from 7am – noon (ET/PT) on The CW network. Vortexx – as described by the network – is an entertainment platform focused on delivering content, activities and products featuring high-energy action, adventure and comedy. Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited, the fan-favorite classic Cartoon Network animated series starring an assortment of DC Comics characters, air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) on Vortexx.

Please note this will be the last month for the Vortexx Saturday-morning programming block, which is wrapping at the end of August 2014 to make room for new educational programming.

Continue below for schedule details specific to Justice League Unlimited.

Justice League Unlimited
August 2nd, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Far From Home”

Supergirl, Green Lantern and Green Arrow travel into the future where they meet the Legion of Super Heroes and their enemies The Fatal Five.

Justice League Unlimited
August 9th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Ancient History”

The Shadow Thief returns and so does Hawkman as more mysteries from “Shadow of the Hawk” are explored.

Justice League Unlimited
August 16th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Alive”

In a knock-down drag out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history.

Justice League Unlimited
August 23rd, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Destroyer”

In a knock-down drag out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history.

Justice League Unlimited
August 30th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Initiation”

A reluctant Green Arrow joins forces with the new Justice League to stop a rampaging nuclear monster in Asia.

Schedule details are subject to change without notice. Please note the series may be pre-empted at least one weekend during the month of August 2014 due to specialty programming.

Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) as part of the Vortexx programming block on The CW. The show is proceeded by the fan-favorite animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man at 9:00am (ET/PT). Please note these episodes are edited from the original broadcast to meet the current standards of suitable entertainment set by the programmers behind Vortexx. These episodes may be edited for time and content. Click here for further details on this fan-favorite classic series.

Again, August 2014 is the final month for the Vortexx programming block and all the programs included within.

Stay tuned for further updates here soon, including exclusive coverage and more, right here at The World’s Finest.

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Details For “Justice League Unlimited” Episodes On Vortexx For July 2014

The World’s Finest has a look at the tentative July 2014 schedule for Justice League Unlimited episodes airing on the Vortexx programming block. The programming block airs Saturday mornings from 7am – noon (ET/PT) on The CW network. Vortexx – as described by the network – is an entertainment platform focused on delivering content, activities and products featuring high-energy action, adventure and comedy. Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited, the fan-favorite classic Cartoon Network animated series starring an assortment of DC Comics characters, air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) on Vortexx.

Continue below for schedule details specific to Justice League Unlimited.

Justice League Unlimited
July 5th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Dead Reckoning”

The ghost of a circus performer convinces Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to help him retrieve the stolen souls of a mystic order of Monks.

Justice League Unlimited
July 12th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Patriot Act”

When an out of control super soldier threatens Metropolis, Green Arrow leads seven non-powered Justice Leaguers, including Crimson Avenger and Shining Knight, in a battle they can’t hope to win.

Justice League Unlimited
July 19th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “The Great Brain Robbery”

A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash’s minds being swapped into each other’s bodies.

Justice League Unlimited
July 26th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Grudge Match”

Roulette starts Metabrawl (“Cat and Canary”) again, this time with an all-female fight card made up of Justice Leaguers.

Schedule details are subject to change without notice.

Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) as part of the Vortexx programming block on The CW. The show is proceeded by the fan-favorite animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man at 9:00am (ET/PT). Please note these episodes are edited from the original broadcast to meet the current standards of suitable entertainment set by the programmers behind Vortexx. These episodes may be edited for time and content. Click here for further details on this fan-favorite classic series.

The CW recently announced the Vortexx programming block will come to an end as of September 2014.

Stay tuned for further updates here soon, including exclusive coverage and more, right here at The World’s Finest.

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New “DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Compilation Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a new two-disc DVD compilation release collecting classic episodes of Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. The new DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime collection will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97 as part of the Justice League branded line. The two-disc DVD set will include thirteen episodes in total. Continue below for package artwork, initial details, and a rundown of episode content.

DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 7th, 2014 (10/7/14)

Synopsis:A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

Episodes:
Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2

The two-disc DVD compilation collection DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime will hit shelves on October 7th, 2014 and retail for $19.97. Further similar released are expected from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment throughout the remainder of the year.

For further details on the cartoons featured on this release, please click the links below.

-The World’s Finest Justice League subsite
-The World’s Finest Justice League Unlimited subsite
-The World’s Finest Batman Beyond subsite

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Details For “Justice League Unlimited” Episodes On Vortexx For June 2014

The World’s Finest has a look at the tentative June 2014 schedule for Justice League Unlimited episodes airing on the Vortexx programming block. The programming block airs Saturday mornings from 7am – noon (ET/PT) on The CW network. Vortexx – as described by the network – is an entertainment platform focused on delivering content, activities and products featuring high-energy action, adventure and comedy. Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited, the fan-favorite classic Cartoon Network animated series starring an assortment of DC Comics characters, air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) on Vortexx.

Continue below for schedule details specific to Justice League Unlimited.

Justice League Unlimited
June 7th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “I Am Legion”

Lex Luthor escapes from a maximum security prison, only to be invited to join Grodd’s unstoppable Legion of Doom.

Justice League Unlimited
June 14th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Shadow of the Hawk”

Batman is suspicious of Shayera’s new boyfriend, a mysterious archeologist with sinister ties to her Thanagarian past.

Justice League Unlimited
June 21st, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”

Supergirl, Stargirl and Green Lantern go to Skartaris, the fantastic, hidden world at the Earth’s core, to help free it from the rule of a brutal dictator.

Justice League Unlimited
June 28th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “To Another Shore”

Wonder Woman stumbles onto a plot to steal the powers hidden inside the 3000-year-old, frozen remains of the legendary hero, the Viking Prince.

Schedule details are subject to change without notice.

Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) as part of the Vortexx programming block on The CW. The show is proceeded by the fan-favorite animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man at 9:00am (ET/PT). Please note these episodes are edited from the original broadcast to meet the current standards of suitable entertainment set by the programmers behind Vortexx. These episodes may be edited for time and content. Click here for further details on this fan-favorite classic series.

The CW recently announced the Vortexx programming block will come to an end as of September 2014.

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April 2014 Schedule Details For “Justice League Unlimited” On Vortexx

The World’s Finest has a look at the tentative April 2014 schedule for Justice League Unlimited episodes airing on the Vortexx programming block. The programming block airs Saturday mornings from 7am – noon (ET/PT) on The CW network. Vortexx – as described by the network – is an entertainment platform focused on delivering content, activities and products featuring high-energy action, adventure and comedy. Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited, the fan-favorite classic Cartoon Network animated series starring an assortment of DC Comics characters, air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) on Vortexx.

Continue below for schedule details specific to Justice League Unlimited.

Justice League Unlimited
April 5th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Task Force X”

Five incarcerated super villains are offered suspended sentences if they can survive an impossible mission: steal a deadly weapon from the Justice League’s satellite headquarters.

Justice League Unlimited
April 12th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “The Balance”

Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl must put aside their feud and go to the depths of Tartarus when the evil sorcerer Felix Faust establishes dominion over Hades.

Justice League Unlimited
April 19th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Double Date”

Green Arrow and Black Canary race to stop The Question and Huntress from killing organized crime lord, Tobias Whale.

Justice League Unlimited
April 26th, 2014 at 9:30am (ET/PT) – “Clash”

The world’s mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel, joins the Justice League but even his power may not be enough to foil Lex Luthor’s latest plot.

Schedule details are subject to change without notice.

Classic episodes of Justice League Unlimited air Saturdays at 9:30am (ET/PT) as part of the Vortexx programming block on The CW. The show is proceeded by the fan-favorite animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man at 9:00am (ET/PT). Please note these episodes are edited from the original broadcast to meet the current standards of suitable entertainment set by the programmers behind Vortexx. These episodes may be edited for time and content. Click here for further details on this fan-favorite classic series.

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New “Justice League – Triple Feature” DVD Collects Episodes Of Classic Animated Series

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has recently announced a new Justice League Triple Feature DVD collection, slated to hit shelves on March 11th, 2014. The three-disc DVD set, which will retail for $19.97 MSRP, collects the previous single-disc volumes Justice League: Secret Origins, Justice League: Starcrossed, and Justice League: Paradise Lost into one release. Please note this collection is a repackaging of previous DVD titles and will not contain any new bonus features. Justice League features the famed super-team working together to overcome a dangerous array of intersteller invaders and world conquering megalomaniacs. Continue below for the cover art, product description, and a list of included episodes.

Justice League Triple Feature
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 11th, 2014

Synopsis: When global catastrophe strikes, the World’s Greatest Super Heroes answer the call to join Justice League. Justice League works together as a team to overcome a dangerous array of intersteller invaders and world conquering megalomaniacs.

When the Thanagarians visit Earth, Hawkgirl is forced to choose between loyalty to her people and love for her friends on her adopted planet Earth. This is the one battle that could rip the World’s Greatest Super Heroes apart forever!

The galaxy’s ultimate crime-fighting strike squad, Justice League, continues its on-going battle against enemies on the Earth and beyond! In “Paradise Lost,” sorcerer Felix Faust turns Wonder Woman’s Amazon sisters to statues of stone! Then, Superman is captured by the warlord Mongul and plunged into a gladiator-style fight to the finish on an alien planet. Now, only Green Lantern and Hawkgirl can save their caped friend from the battle zone known as War World.

Episodes:
-Justice League: Secret Origins
-Justice League: Star Crossed
-Justice League: Paradise Lost
• Paradise Lost (Part 1);
• Paradise Lost (Part 2);
• War World (Part 1);
• War World (Part 2)

Bonus Features
-Biographies
-Deleted Scenes
-Hawkman Featurette
-Introduction: Episode introductions with Producer Bruce Timm
-Justice League Watchtower Featurette
-Draw the Dark Side
-Escape from War World

Check out the The World’s Finest Justice League subsite for more details and content on this animated series. The Justice League Triple Feature three-disc DVD collection is slated to hit shelves on March 11th, 2014 for a MSRP of $19.97. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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Dynamic Music Partners To Attend Cinematic Symphony Concert Featuring Music From “Justice League”

Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion & Kristopher Carter – also known as Dynamic Music Partners – are scheduled to appear in Austin, Texas to attend the premiere of a suite of music from the classic animated series Justice League performed by the Cinematic Symphony. The performance will be in the Rotunda of the Texas Capitol building on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 12:00pm local time. Additionally, Dynamic Music Partners will also be giving seminars on the art and business of film composition. Details on those seminars will be available shortly, with Dynamic Music Partners providing further updates of the event on their official website.

Cinematic Symphony is a non-profit community ensemble dedicated to performing the memorable scores of film, television, and video games. Cinematic Symphony was organized to provide education, entertainment, and cultural enrichment, as well as to promote and renew interest in the great music of motion pictures. In addition to performing professional-caliber music, Cinematic Symphony concerts include large-screen visuals, costumed characters and unique demonstrations.

Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion & Kristopher Carter – also known as Dynamic Music Partners – have created hundreds of hours of music for a variety of different genres, including TV series, independent films, video games and live performance events. They have collectively earned twenty-eight Emmy Award nominations and six Annie Award nominations as composers for Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project and The New Batman Superman Adventures.

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