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Year-End 2012 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles in 2012, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Home Video moved nearly 1.1 million home video units during the calendar year. The above number comes from the three DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: Doom, Superman Versus The Elite and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two – and those numbers are expected to see some growth, though likely slight, during the 2012 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 2012 Justice League: Doom 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 615,000 units combined in the DVD and Blu-ray formats since hitting shelves. The title benefited from strong word-of-mouth throughout the year, along with multiple award nominations and recognition for the work of the late Dwayne McDuffie, who penned the feature. The direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuted to 265,000 home video units copies sold in its first week of sales, the week ending March 5th, 2012.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title of the year, released Summer 2012, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature has moved 206,000 units in both the DVD and Blu-ray format since its debut. The title was easily the lowest profile release in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line for 2012, barely selling over 130,000 units combined in its first frame, the week ending June 17th, 2012. Criticism of the film’s design work resulted in negative word-of-mouth for the feature, something it was unable to overcome.

Lastly, the final 2012 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One has proven to be a solid seller on the home video market. The title moved 210,000 total DVD and Blu-ray units in its first week, and over 260,000 to date. The majority of sales, over 70%, came from the Blu-ray format. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is expected to finish out the year with consistent sales thanks to the home video release of the theatrical feature The Dark Knight Rises, as well as the anticipation for the January 2013 release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

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 2012 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.

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 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: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman Versus The Elite Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doom Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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Titles For “Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Episodes Airing January 2013

Episode titles for episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series has been confirmed by Cartoon Network. Both animated shows return January 5th, 2013 to Cartoon Network as part of the DC Nation programming block. The majority of episodes set to debut in January 2013 were originally slated to air during October 2012 before the network unexpectedly pulled the DC Nation programming block for unexplained reasons. Continue below for the tentative schedule details provided by the network.

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
10:00am (ET/PT) “Steam Lantern”

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
10:00am (ET/PT) “Blue Hope”

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
10:00am (ET/PT) “Prisoner of Sinestro”

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
10:00am (ET/PT) “Loss”

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
10:00am (ET/PT) “Cold Fury”

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Young Justice: Invasion
10:30am (ET/PT) “Before the Dawn”

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Young Justice: Invasion
10:30am (ET/PT) “Cornered”

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Young Justice: Invasion
10:30am (ET/PT) “True Colors”

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Young Justice: Invasion
10:30am (ET/PT) “The Fix”

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Young Justice: Invasion
10:30am (ET/PT) “The Runaways”

Further episode and schedule details are expected to be made available soon.

DC Nation returns January 5th, 2013 to Cartoon Network, featuring new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, plus new animated shorts and content.

Additional images and content from Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice are available at The World’s Finest. Click here for more images from the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode “Steam Lantern,” and click here for additional images from the Young Justice episode “Before the Dawn” both set to debut January 5th, 2013 on Cartoon Network starting at 10am (ET/PT).

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Hi-Res Cover Artwork For “DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013” Title

The Free Comic Book Day Committee has provided The World’s Finest with hi-res cover art for the DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013 title DC Comics is set to publish as part of Free Comic Book Day 2013. Free Comic Book Day 2013 will be held Saturday, May 4th, 2013. The special one-shot features new stories based on the DC Nation programming block and is targeted at the all-ages demographic. A complete list of titles being made available specifically for Free Comic Book Day, from DC Comics and other publishers, can be found at the official website for the special annual event. Countless other comic publishers will also be offering free titles on Free Comic Book Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, 2013. hi-res cover art and the official description for DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013 are available below.

DC NATION SUPER SAMPLER
(W/A) Various

This super sampler is the perfect place to check out two sensational series from the DC Kids line, Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, based on Warner Bros. Animation’s new animated series coming soon to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming block. It includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!

Both Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, two new animated series from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, are currently scheduled to hit the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network in the first half of 2013.

DC Nation Super Sampler – Free Comic Book Day 2013 will be available for free on Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 4th, 2013. More details on Free Comic Book Day can be found at the official website for the annual event or at your local comic book/hobby store. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman Beyond” Animated Series Returns January 2013 To The Hub Network

After a brief hiatus from the network, Batman Beyond is set to return to the The Hub network beginning January 7th, 2013. The series will join network mainstays Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series as part of the Monday – Friday weekday line-up, airing at 6:00pm (ET/PT). Batman Beyond was part of the network’s initial schedule launch back in October 2010. Batman Beyond follows the adventures of a new futuristic Batman in Gotham City roughly 40 years in the future. Continue below for schedule details from the network.

Monday, January 7th, 2013
Batman Beyond
6:00pm (ET/PT) “Rebirth, Part One”

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Batman Beyond
6:00pm (ET/PT) “Rebirth, Part Two”

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Batman Beyond
6:00pm (ET/PT) “Black Out”

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Batman Beyond
6:00pm (ET/PT) “Golem”

Friday, January 11th, 2013
Batman Beyond
6:00pm (ET/PT) “The Winning Edge”

Batman Beyond airs regularly Monday – Friday at 6:00pm (ET/PT) on The Hub, with additional airings throughout the week, beginning January 7th, 2013. Additionally, also starting January 7th, 2013, Batman: The Animated Series will air Monday – Friday at 5:30pm (ET/PT) and Superman: The Animated Series will air Monday – Friday at 5:00pm (ET/PT).

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, with the network extending its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub launched on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households.

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November 2012 Sales Estimates For “Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Comics

Sales estimates for the November 2012-shipping issues of the Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic titles are now available. The sales numbers below are estimates based on the information provided by Diamond Comics Distributors made available earlier this month.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series #8 moved an estimated 5,961 copies to North American comic book stores during the month of November 2012. The comic title has experiencing a steady erosion of sales since its debut earlier this year, a normal occurrence for any comic title, but has now started to slip below its level of an estimated 6,000 sales per month. Sales for Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0 – the special preview issue of the title – hit 13,600 when it first debuted.

The November 2012 issue of Young Justice, issue #22, sold an estimated 7,344 copies to comic shops in North America. The title has been experiencing a slow growth in sales from month to month for the past year, but experienced a drop of roughly 200 ordered issues between October 2012 and November 2012. The decline in sales is likely attributed to the announcement of the title’s end with issue #25. Please note these numbers do not take into account copies appearing on newsstands or sold digitally.

For more on Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic title, please check out the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite. Additionally, details on the Young Justice comics title can be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

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The Hub Airing Holiday-Themed Episodes Of “Batman: The Animated Series”

The classic Batman: The Animated Series episodes “Christmas with the Joker” and “Holiday Knights” are scheduled to air as part of special holiday-programming on The Hub network. Both episodes feature Batman and his supporting cast facing off against villains with a holiday backdrop. The Hub will air the episodes back-to-back as part of a holiday programming event on Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 starting at 7:00pm (ET/PT). Official details, including airdates, are included below.


Batman the Animated Series – “Christmas with the Joker”
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 at 7:00pm on The Hub

The Joker takes over Gotham’s airwaves and terrorizes the city during Christmas. Holding Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock, and Summer Gleason hostage, he challenges Batman to find him before midnight, or else the hostages will have a very un-merry Christmas.



Batman the Animated Series – “Holiday Knights”
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 at 7:30pm on The Hub

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy kidnap Bruce Wayne with Ivy’s hypnotic lipstick, and use his credit cards to treat themselves to a Christmas shopping spree; Bullock and Montoya stake out a Gotham Department Store for pick pockets, but in actuality, it turns out to be the return of Clayface; Joker plans to kill all the people celebrating in Gotham Square on New Year’s Eve with a sonic weapon. It is up to Batman and Robin to stop him before the stroke of midnight.

Batman: The Animated Series airs regularly Monday – Thursday at 7:00pm (ET/PT) on The Hub, with additional airings throughout the week.

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, with the network extending its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub launched on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households.

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“DC Nation,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Young Justice” Teaser Videos Released

Cartoon Network has officially provided The World’s Finest with teaser videos for the upcoming January 2013 returns of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and the one-hour DC Nation programming block. Cartoon Network released these teaser videos earlier in the week solely through their assorted social media outlets. All three videos spotlight upcoming episodes of the DC Nation series Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, along with bonus material set to air during the hour-long programming block. Unlike other websites, The World’s Finest gained permission of the network to post the videos. All three videos are presented in the MP4 format. Click on the thumbnails below to view each teaser video.

DC Nation returns January 5th, 2013 to Cartoon Network, featuring new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, plus new animated shorts and content.

Additional images and content from Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice are available at The World’s Finest. Click here for more images from the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode “Steam Lantern,” and click here for additional images from the Young Justice episode “Before the Dawn” both set to debut January 5th, 2013 on Cartoon Network starting at 10am (ET/PT).

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Warner Home Video Announces Bi-Coastal Premieres For “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two,” New Images

Warner Home Video has provided the following press details for the bi-coastal premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Arriving on home video January 29th, 2013, this latest animated DC Comics-based film is the conclusion to the two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime. Similar to previous titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, including the first installment of this two-part animated feature, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two is receiving a big-screen debut in partnership with the historic The Paley Center for Media. Continue for the full details and click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at new images from upcoming animated adaptation.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets bi-coastal premieres of
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2
at The Paley Center for Media in New York, Los Angeles

Epic Conclusion to Screen on January 23 in NY & January 28 in LA;
Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screenings;
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the epic conclusion to Frank Miller’s comic masterpiece and the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. The film will have its World Premiere in New York on January 23, 2013 and its West Coast Premiere in Los Angeles on January 28, 2013. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

On Wednesday, January 23, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:15 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, cast and filmmakers – led by eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano – will take part in a panel discussion of the film. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.

On Monday, January 28, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring cast and filmmakers including executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Bob Goodman and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants will be announced as confirmed.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on January 23 must RSVP via email to DKReturns2NY@gmail.com.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 28 must RSVP via email to DKReturns2LA@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails MUST include the following:
Name of the entrant
A valid email address
The name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening

Tickets to both events will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2:
With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 29, 2013.

Click here to view the trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature – the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie for 2013 – arrives January 29th, 2013 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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DC Comics Releases Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Series, Available In Print And Digitally

Young Justice #23, the latest issue of the 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 #23 continues the six-part story-arc featuring the characters and setting from the Young Justice: Invasion second-season setting, the final story-arc for the comic title. Official details and preview pages are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #23


Written by: Greg Weisman
Art by: Christopher Jones
• Batgirl takes on Match—alone!
• Alpha Squad infiltrates Brainiac’s ship as it hovers above Metropolis!
• Superboy and the Justice League battle their captor, Kylstar!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #23 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

Additional details on the Young Justice comic series can be found here.

Young Justice: Invasion, and the entire DC Nation programming block, returns to Cartoon Network starting Saturday, January 5th, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates, including exclusive Young Justice: Invasion content and more, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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The Hub Schedules “Superman: The Animated Series” Two-Hour Mini-Marathon

The Hub has scheduled a two-hour mini-marathon of Superman: The Animated Series episodes to air today, December 18th, 2012. According to schedule details provided by the network, episodes “Apokolips…Now!” and “Little Girl Lost” will air back-to-back on December 18th, 2012 starting at 4:00pm (ET/PT). Following that, The Hub will air “Legacy, Part One” today at 6:30pm (ET/PT), with “Legacy, Part Two” airing tomorrow, December 19th, 2012 at 6:30pm (ET/PT). Continue below for specific episode details of the three-hour mini-marathon.

Superman: The Animated Series
December 18th, 2012 at 4:00pm (ET/PT) – “Apokolips…Now, Part One”

Darkseid brings his battle against Superman to Earth. While all looks hopeless, Orion, an escapee from Apokolips’ firepits, teams up with Superman to defeat Darkseid’s advances.

Superman: The Animated Series
December 18th, 2012 at 4:30pm (ET/PT) – “Apokolips…Now, Part Two”

Steppenwolf, a hunter from Apokolips, joins Darkseid in his battle to take over Earth, which results in a crushing blow to Metropolis and Superman — the death of a friend.

Superman: The Animated Series
December 18th, 2012 at 5:00pm (ET/PT) – “Little Girl Lost, Part One”

While Superman is exploring the remains of his home world of Krypton, he finds a teenage girl who is the last survivor of Argos, a sister planet of Krypton. He brings her to Earth where she gains superpowers like Superman’s. Wanting to prove herself, she single-handedly takes on Granny Goodness and the rejuvenated Intergang.

Superman: The Animated Series
December 18th, 2012 at 5:30pm (ET/PT) – “Little Girl Lost, Part Two”

When Granny Goodness calls upon her Female Furies from Apokolips for help, Superman comes to his “cousin’s” aid. When the Furies capture Superman and take him to Apokolips, it is up to Supergirl to rescue him.

The Superman: The Animated Series episode “Legacy, Part One” airs today, December 18th, 2012 at 6:30pm (ET/PT), with “Legacy, Part Two” airing tomorrow, December 19th, 2012 at 6:30pm (ET/PT). Superman: The Animated Series airs regularly Monday – Friday at 9:00am (ET/PT) on The Hub, with additional airings throughout the week, including Monday – Thursday at 6:30pm (ET/PT). Stay tuned for further updates, including schedule updates and exclusive content, here soon at The World’s Finest.

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, with the network extending its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub launched on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households.

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