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Year-End 2011 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles in 2011, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Home Video moved over 1.2 million home video units during the calendar year. The above number comes from the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – All-Star Superman, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Batman: Year One – and those numbers are expected to see some growth, though likely slight, during the 2011 holiday season. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated numbers only based on research and market analysis.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the February 2011 All-Star Superman animated feature has moved the most units since its release date, predictably so given it’s early in-the-year release date, moving an estimated 265,000 DVD units and 275,000 Blu-ray units since hitting shelves. Home video retail outlets are expecting the title to finish with nearly 550,000 of combined units sold by the end of 2011. The direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature debuted to 187,000 home video units copies sold in its first week of sales, the week ending February 27th, 2011.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title released this year, released Summer 2011, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature has moved 183,000 DVD copies and 204,000 on Blu-ray since its debut. The direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature debuted to 230,000 combined Blu-ray and DVD copies sold in its first week of sales, during the week ending June 12th, 2011. The animated feature experienced a boost in sales with due to the summer big-budget Green Lantern theatrical feature. The Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature is expected to close the year with roughly 390,000 in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales.

Lastly, the final 2011 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: Year One has proven to be a solid seller on the home video market. The title moved 167,000 total DVD and Blu-ray units in its first week, and over 290,000 to date. The majority of sales, over 60%, came from the Blu-ray format. The high-definition format is quickly becoming the dominant avenue for consumers purchasing titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. The critically-acclaimed direct-to-video animated feature is also expected to finish out 2011 with a projected estimate of 300,000 combined Blu-ray and DVD units sold according to home video retail outlets.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers or legal download numbers. Sales numbers are estimates gathered through independent research, market analysis and various home media retailing outlets. Additionally, sale numbers from titles released before the 2011 calendar year are not taken into account. Also remember to take into account release date and character marketability when comparing sales numbers for each title.

A detailed look at the sales of each release can be found in the news archives here at The World’s Finest.

Stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here at The Worlds Finest, including exclusive content and more. More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, including the DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts, can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite. Please click on the links below to discuss the assorted releases covered in this article.

Batman: Year One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Year One DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
DC Showcase: Catwoman Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
All-Star Superman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
All-Star Superman DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” Network Debut Hits January 2012 On Teletoon

The direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature will make its network debut Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on the Canadian network Teletoon. This continues a month of special DC Universe Animated Original Movie-themed events on the Teletoon Fred At Night programming block. Teletoon will be airing various titles from the popular DC Universe Animated Original Movie line every Sunday night at 9:00pm (ET) during the month of January 2012, with further information on the programming initiative available below. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse features Batman and Superman trying to save the newly-discovered Supergirl from the evil clutches of Darkseid. Official details on the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature, released by Teletoon, are as follows.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Teletoon, Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET)

The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight return in an all-new adventure, one in which the fate of the world rests in the balance.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated feature can be found at the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse subsite here at The World’s Finest. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse airs Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on Teletoon, with an encore presentation immediately following on the same night at 11:00pm (ET).

Three other DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles will air on the Fred At Night block during January 2012 – including Batman: Under The Red Hood, Wonder Woman, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – one feature airing each Sunday during the month beginning with Batman: Under the Red Hood on January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET). Further details on the Batman: Under the Red Hood airing can be found here. Additionally, as previously reported here, Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon.

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New “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic Collection Slated For August 2012

Six issues of the current The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic title, published by DC Comics and based on the acclaimed Batman: The Brave and The Bold Cartoon Network series, are set to be collected later this year in a new trade collection for the title.

The issues collected, issues #7 – 12, feature Green Lantern, Aquaman, Hawkman, Zatanna, Joan Hex, and a host of other classic DC Comics characters. All collected stories are written by Sholly Fisch and feature artwork by Rick Burchett and Ethen Beavers.

While an exact street date has not been set, The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Help Wanted is set to hit shelves in August 2012. Please note the name of the collection may possibly change before the final product and street date details are released by DC Comics.

While this is the second trade paperback collection for the The All Batman: The Brave and The Bold DC Comics title, it is the fifth overall for the two comic titles based on the fan-favorite animated series, the previous volume simply titled Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Three other trade paperbacks for the previous Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series have been published.

More details on the comic titles inspired by the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Stay tuned for further details here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Teletoon, Cartoon Network Schedule Update For “Young Justice” Animated Series

The Canadian network Teletoon has released schedule details for January 2012, including press information for new episodes of Young Justice slated to debut during the month. While complete specific episode details will not be available for Teletoon until next week, below is the overall description provided by the network.

Young Justice (New Episode)
Airs Friday, January 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

Being a teenager means proving yourself over and over to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and ultimately, to yourself. But what if you were a teenage superhero? How much harder would it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Would you be ready for life-or-death rites of passage? Would you be ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis will find out as members of Young Justice.

The episode “Alpha Male” is schedule to debut Friday, January 6th at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon, with further episode specific details slated for availability next week.

In further schedule news, Cartoon Network has released details for the month of January 2012. No new episodes of Young Justice are slated to debut during the month, with the series completely absent from the current schedule listings. Batman: The Brave and The Bold is also completely absent from the schedule listings for January 2012.

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“Batman: Under The Red Hood” Animated Feature Airs January 2012 On Teletoon

The 2010 direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature is slated to kick off a month of special DC Universe Animated Original Movie events on the Fred At Night programming block beginning Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on the Canadian network Teletoon. Batman: Under The Red Hood features Batman facing off against a mysterious vigilante with ties to his past. Official details on the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.

Batman: Under The Red Hood
Teletoon, Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET)

A figure from the Dark Knight’s past unexpectedly returns, forcing him to revisit the most tragic event of his crime-fighting career. A twisted, disfigured character known as the Black Mask has seized control of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, but his supremacy is undermined by the arrival of the mysterious Red Hood. As the violence escalates and the truth unfolds, the Caped Crusader soon comes to the painful, shocking realization as to whose face is really under the hood. Starring Bruce Greenwood and Jensen Ackles.

Complete details on the direct-to-video Batman: Under The Red Hood animated feature can be found at the Batman: Under The Red Hood subsite here at The World’s Finest. Batman: Under The Red Hood airs Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at 9:00pm (ET) on Teletoon, with an encore presentation immediately following on the same night at 11:00pm (ET).

Three other DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles will air on the Fred At Night block during January 2012 – including Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Wonder Woman, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – on each subsequent Sunday. Additionally, as previously reported here, Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths airs Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET) on Teletoon.

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Warner Home Video Announces “Young Justice – Three-Pack Fun” DVD Collection

Initial details for the freshly-announced Young Justice – Three-Pack of Fun, a three-disc collection featuring 12 episodes from the acclaimed animated series, have been released by Warner Home Video. Young Justice – Three-Pack Fun, hitting shelves April 17th, 2012, collects the two previous single-disc Young Justice DVDs and the upcoming third single-disc release under one cover. Official details provided by the studio are available below.

Young Justice: Season 3-Pack of Fun

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? 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 found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. Based upon characters from DC Comics. This collection includes the first 12 episodes of the series.

Includes:*
Young Justice – Season 1 Volume 1
Young Justice – Season 1 Volume 2
Young Justice – Season 1 Volume 3
*Young Justice – Season 1 Volume 3
includes a digital comic as EC.

Young Justice – Three-Pack of Fun will retail for the suggested price of $19.98. Click on the images above for a closer at the front and back packaging artwork. Details on each Young Justice DVD home video release can be found here. Young Justice – Three-Pack of Fun arrives on shelves April 17th, 2012.

In additional Young Justice news, scheduling details for the program airing on both Cartoon Network and Teletoon should be available next week.

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“Justice League: Doom” To Premiere February 13, 2012 At New York Paley Center

Continue below to view the press release announcing the world premiere of the upcoming Justice League: Doom animated feature. Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy. New images are also included below.

Warner Home Video & MTV Geek Present the World Premiere of
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
February 13, 2012 in New York at The Paley Center for Media
Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screening;
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in New York on February 13, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans in the New York City area wishing to receive free tickets to the NY event on Feb. 13 must RSVP via email to JLDoomNY@yahoo.com. Fans should include their first and last name and a valid email address.

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. MTV Geek will also be giving away special seating for the event.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knights contingency plans for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waids much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel.

The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, including Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Jonn Jonzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg. The cast features three villainous alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia dAbo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The filmmaking team includes executive producer by Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery, producer Alan Burnett and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Justice League: Doom is the final DC Universe film script from the late Dwayne McDuffie.

Voice cast members and filmmakers will be announced as confirmed for the event. The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Click here to view the trailer for Justice League: Doom.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuts February 28th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Further details are available here. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Comic Series Available Both In Print And Digitally

Young Justice #11, the latest issue of the new DC Comics title based on the current Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. This issue features scripting duties by Greg Weisman with Christopher Jones providing the art. Young Justice #11 throws the focus on Batman and Robin as they deal with the villainous Ra’s Al Ghul. Official details for this issue are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #11

Written by: Greg Weisman
Art by: Christopher Jones
Cover by: Christopher Jones

The spotlight turns to Robin, who must leave his teammates to fight alongside his crimefighting mentor, Batman. And the stakes couldn’t be higher for the Dynamic Duo as they face off against the Demon’s Head himself: Ra’s al Ghul!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #11 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

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The World’s Finest Q & A With Christopher Jones, Comic Artist For “Young Justice”

Young Justice comic series artist Christopher Jones recently sat down to answer a collection of fan-submitted questions from select users at The World’s Finest. While the questions may focus on his work for the acclaimed comic title based on the animated series of the same name, other queries also delve into his earlier work and what he does when he’s not penciling the adventures of the youthful hero team of Young Justice. Continue below for much more.

The latest issue of the comic title – Young Justice #11 – hit shelves on December 21st, 2011. Further details on the comic series are available at The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite. Stay tuned later this week for more Young Justice updates.

The Young Justice animated series airs Fridays at 6:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released a new images and trailers for the acclaimed Batman: Arkham City video game. The trailer promotes the new downloadable content, including new challenge maps and character skins, along with bundle packaging previous downloadable content. Batman: Arkham City is currently available on Xbox360 and Playstation3. Click on the first two thumbnails below to view the footage in the MP4 format, and continue on for additional press details and images for the new content.


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced two new DLC packs, as well as a free Batman Inc. Batsuit Skin for Batman: Arkham City are available now in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, PlayStationNetwork and Games for Windows Marketplace.

The Arkham Bundle brings together the Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack and the Arkham City Skins Pack for 1,200 Microsoft Points, or $14.99 on PSN and Games for Windows Marketplace.

Also available for download today is the Challenge Map Pack, which includes The Jokers Carnival Challenge Map, Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map, and a brand new invisible predator challenge map, The Batcave. The Challenge Map Pack is available for 240 Microsoft Points, or $2.99 on PSN and Games for Windows Marketplace.

Fans of the game will be treated to the new Batman Inc. Batsuit Skin at no cost. This skin can be worn in the story campaign upon completion of the main story and in the challenge maps.

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the new maximum security home for all of Gotham Citys thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics core Batman license. Fans can find us online at www.batmanarkhamcity.com.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles as Batman and Joker in Batman: Arkham City, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, along with Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini again penning the story. Click here for more content from the Batman: Arkham City video game. To discuss the video game below, please click on the links below.

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Writer Greg Weisman Teases Upcoming Stories For “Young Justice” Comic Series

With the first year of the Young Justice comic title coming to a close – the comic based on the acclaimed animated series of the same name – The World’s Finest caught up with writer Greg Weisman to both look back at the past 12 months worth of adventures and provide a peek on what’s to come for this junior Justice League. Weisman is both producer of the acclaimed Young Justice animated series and its tie-in comic title. Click on the image below for more.

The latest issue of the comic title – Young Justice #11 – hit shelves on December 21st, 2011. Further details on the comic series are available at The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite. Stay tuned later this week for an interview with Young Justice comic artist Christopher Jones.

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