Month: December 2012

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.

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