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Timm Steps Down, Tucker Steps In As Executive Producer Of DC Universe Animated Original Movie Line

A representative for Warner Home Video has confirmed recent online reports that Bruce Timm has stepped down as Executive Producer of DC Comics’ assorted animated projects, including the DC Universe Animated Movies line for the studio, with James Tucker replacing him. According to the representative, the plan is for Timm to eventually return to the role, but for now the famed animator is focusing on a bevy of personal projects, both in the field of animation and elsewhere, and he has not “left” Warner Bros. Animation. Timm is best known among fans for his work on Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, assorted DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, among countless other acclaimed bodies of work. Tucker worked with Timm on Justice League, among other shows, and spearheaded his own popular works including Legion of Super-Heroes and Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

“Bruce Timm continues his amazing work at Warner Bros. He’s only taking a break from DCU films to develop more of the stuff you love,” said Warner Home Video publicist Gary Miereanu. “Bruce Timm is stepping away from the DCU Animated Original Movies for a bit … but he’ll be back – in a very big way.”

Timm actually stepped down from the role as Executive Producer as production on the DC Universe Animated Original Movie feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two to focus on Green Lantern: The Animated Series – the acclaimed CG-based Cartoon Network animated series Timm was also heavily involved in at the time. Tucker has been actively involved with the DC Universe Animated Original Movie home video line since late 2011.

In the role of Executive Producer of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, Tucker said he hopes to introduce audiences to more characters from the DC Universe, with the three 2014 DC Universe Animated Original Movies titles slated for release scheduled to do just that. While the both studio and Warner Home Video representative have not been able to confirm this for The World’s Finest, the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow is slated to play a role in one of the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movies titles.

While Timm has stepped down as Executive Producer for DC Comics’ assorted animated projects, he has not left Warner Bros. Animation. Timm is currently involved in some-yet-to-be-announced projects from the animation studio, including at least one major project featuring a familiar brand, along with additional side projects which will be announced later this year. A representative for Warner Bros. Animation confirms that he will work on DC-oriented projects again sometime in the future. However, Tucker is set to remain very active as Executive Producer and heavily involved for the foreseeable future as supervisor of DC Comics’ animated productions.

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“Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Young Justice,” “Teen Titans Go!” Reruns For April 2013 On DC Nation

Reruns of previous Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice episodes, along with reruns of the new series Teen Titans Go!, will dominate the April 2013 schedule of DC Nation. The weekly hour-long DC Nation programming block airs Saturdays beginning at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with an encore run the following Sunday at 10:00am (ET/PT). A rundown of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice and Teen Titans Go! reruns airing in April 2013 can be found below. Details provided by Cartoon Network.

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “Intervention”

The team embarks on a desperate endeavor to free Blue Beetle.

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “Summit”

The Light calls a Summit to decide the final fate of Aqualad, the team… and the entire planet Earth!

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “Endgame”

On the verge of finally ending the alien invasion, the team discovers the price of victory may be the entire planet Earth!

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Young Justice: Invasion airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The above content can also be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

Additionally, as of the April 27th, 2013 installment of the DC Nation programming block, Teen Titans Go! will take the place of Young Justice, airing regularly at 10:30am (ET/PT). Cartoon Network is slated to release episode specific details for Teen Titans Go! shortly. A rerun of the first Teen Titans Go! episode is slated for April 27th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/PT).

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Homecoming”

Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns breach Oa, can Hal get there in time?

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “The New Guy”

Hal finds out that a new Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, has been named his replacement on Earth. Hal and Guy get along like gas and fire, which doesn’t help in their battle against an entirely new threat — autonomous killing machines known as ‘Manhunters.’

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Reboot”

Hal tries to reassemble the team in order to take on a new threat- the Anti-Monitor.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Steam Lantern”

After being blasted by the Anti-Monitor, Hal finds himself in a steampunk world!

Please note schedule details are subject to change. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT) with encore presentations the following Sunday at 10am (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation on Cartoon Network. Continue to the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite for more content and details from the Warner Bros. Animation production.

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“White Collar” Star Matt Bomer Joins “Superman: Unbound” Panel At WonderCon

Warner Home Video has released details for the Superman: Unbound panel slated for the 2013 WonderCon. Actor Matt Bomer will be joining the panel, along with other members of the film’s cast and crew. Hitting home video and digital outlets on May 7th, 2013, Superman: Unbound is the latest installment of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Superman: Unbound adapts the acclaimed comic storyline “Superman: Brainiac” by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Further panel details can be found below, provided by Warner Home Video.

WHITE COLLAR STAR MATT BOMER
TO ATTEND WORLD PREMIERE OF SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 AT WONDERCON 2013

Matt Bomer, star of USA Network’s hit series White Collar, has joined the panel for the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Superman: Unbound this Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the WonderCon marquee evening event in the Anaheim Convention Center.

As the voice of Superman, Bomer will headline the post-screening panel discussion alongside Castle star Molly Quinn (the voice of Supergirl), producer/director James Tucker (Justice League), screenwriter Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Moderator Gary Miereanu will guide the proceedings, offering glimpses into future DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and exclusive prizes for some lucky fans in attendance.

In Superman: Unbound, a destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy – with Earth next in its sights – and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 DC Comics release “Superman: Brainiac,” the film’s stellar voicecast also includes John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, and Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Unbound will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and For Download on May 7, 2013.

Prior to the premiere, the Superman: Unbound panelists Quinn, Tucker, Goodman and Romano will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.

Click here to view the trailer for Superman: Unbound along with additional release details. Press release details can also be found here.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman: Unbound animated feature arrives May 7th, 2013 on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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Cartoon Network Canada Airing “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Finale This Weekend

The series finale of Green Lantern: The Animated Series is scheduled to air this weekend on Cartoon Network Canada. The Canadian branch of the Cartoon Network brand airs Green Lantern: The Animated Series Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT), paired with a 10:00am (ET/PT) airing of Young Justice. Continue below for further images and media from the Green Lantern: The Animated Series finale episode “Dark Matter,” debuting Saturday, March 30th, 2013 on Cartoon Network Canada. Please note the content below does contain spoilers.

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series – “Dark Matter”
Airs Saturday, March 30th, 2013
10:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network Canada

Synopsis: In the season finale episode, the Aya Monitor returns to the dawn of time to stop all emotion and all life from ever existing. Now, Hal must find a way to stop her – while Razer realizes the only way to save the universe may mean killing the woman he loves.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Green Lantern: The Animated Series and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

The above content is also available on the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite, along with additional images and videos.

“Dark Matter” will also re-air later in the same day, on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 5:30pm (ET/PT). Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network Canada, paired with a 10:00am (ET/PT) airing of Young Justice. DC Nation animated shorts air throughout the week on Cartoon Network Canada, with no set schedule.

First season of episodes of Young Justice continue to air on Cartoon Network Canada, with second season Young Justice: Invasion episodes delayed until Fall 2013 where the network will pair it with either Beware The Batman or Teen Titans Go. Cartoon Network Canada has not yet solidied its Fall 2013 scheduling plans.

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Second “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Comic Collection Coming January 2014

Preliminary details for the next Green Lantern: The Animated Series trade paperback release, collecting six more issues from the current Green Lantern: The Animated Series monthly comic title, have been released by DC Comics. The collection Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Volume Two is set for a January 2014 release. The Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic title features stories which take place in continuity with the animated series source material. The early details for the next Green Lantern: The Animated Series trade paperback are available below.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Volume Two TP
Writers: Art Baltzar, Franco, Ivan Cohen and Cecil Castellucci
Artists: Dario Brizuela and Luciano Vecchio
Collects: Green Lantern: The Animated Series #6-11

Synopsis: Green is the color of will power, and one of the most powerful lights in the universe. The Guardians have harnessed this power to create an intergalactic police force wielding green power rings. What happens when Hal Jordan and Kilowog find one of these rings abandoned in space? Has one of their comrades fallen, or is something even more sinister happening?

$12.99 US, 128 pg

Further details for the Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Volume Two comic collection are set for release later this year. Additional comic details can be found here.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series recently aired its final episode earlier this month on Cartoon Network. The series is set to remain in reruns as part of the DC Nation programming block. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest, including further details on the next Green Lantern: The Animated Series home video release.

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December 2013 Brings “Young Justice: Invasion – Volume One” Comic Collection

Preliminary details for the next Young Justice trade paperback release, collecting the final six issues of the recent Young Justice monthly comic series, have been released by DC Comics. The collection Young Justice: Invasion – Volume One is set for a December 2013 release. The Young Justice comic title expanded on the continuity of the hit animated series, telling stories which took place between episodes of the top-rated Cartoon Network series. The early details for the next Young Justice trade paperback, tentatively scheduled to be the final collection, are available below.

Young Justice: Invasion – Volume One TP
Writers: Kevin Hopps and Greg Weisman
Artists: Christopher Jones
Collects: Young Justice #20-25

Synopsis: Based on the highly anticipated, all-new hit animated show from Warner Bros. airing on Cartoon Network, Young Justice: collects single issue, all-ages appropriate stories featuring the popular characters from the hit Cartoon Network show.

In this action packed collection, the Young Justice team adds to its ranks in an effort to battle the impending invasion by The Collector of Worlds, and one of the DC Universe’s favorite villains, Braniac.
$12.99 US, 160 pg

Further details for the Young Justice: Invasion – Volume One comic collection are set for release later this year.

The final issue of the Young Justice comic series was released in February 2013. Additional comic details can be found here.

Young Justice recently aired its final episode earlier this month on Cartoon Network. The series is set to remain in reruns for at least a couple more weeks before being shuffled out of the DC Nation programming block. Young Justice airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest, including details on the next Young Justice home video release.

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Little Orbit Releases Cover Art, Sketches For Upcoming “Young Justice: Legacy” Video Game

Publisher Little Orbit has officially released cover artwork for the upcoming Young Justice: Legacy video game title, which is slated to hit September 10th, 2013 on all major consoles. Little Orbit is the studio handling the upcoming video game based on the acclaimed Cartoon Network animated series inspired by the DC Comics characters. Young Justice: Legacy, released in conjuncture with Warner Bros. Interactive, is an Action-RPG based on the popular Young Justice animated series. The video game will launch for an assortment of consoles including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS and Wii-U. Continue below to view the final cover artwork along with preliminary sketches released by the studio.


A representative for Little Orbit said that a new trailer and additional promotional material is set to be released in the coming weeks. Additional details on the upcoming video game, including game facts and a press release, can be found here and here. The gallery of images can also be found here.

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Young Justice: Legacy, released by Little Orbit through Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, willhit all major home consoles on September 10th, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Young Justice” Finale Top-Rated Cartoon Network Show, “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Cracks Top Five

Both Young Justice: Invasion and Green Lantern: The Animated Series saw an increase in ratings as both celebrated animated series aired their respective finales on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. The block airs at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Saturday mornings, with re-airings the following Sunday. Turner Broadcasting released preliminary ratings data for the week of March 11th – 17th, 2013 for a bevy of Turner-owned networks, including Cartoon Network.

The Young Justice: Invasion series finale episode “Endgame” was the top-rated show for Cartoon Network for the week of March 11th – 17th, 2013, beating out other network stalwarts such as Regular Show, Adventure Time, and Dragons: Riders of Berk. The episode also beat a Sunday prime-time showing of the movie Dairy of a Wimpy Kid. The March 16th, 2013 Saturday, 10:30am (ET/PT) timeslot for the Young Justice: Invasion episode “Endgame” brought in an estimated 2.05 million viewers from an estimated 1.3 million households. The 10:30am (ET/PT) Sunday re-airing of “Endgame” on March 17th, 2013 brought in an additional 1.1 million viewers from 900,000 households. Click here to view exclusive content and media from this episode.

Young Justice: Invasion averaged an audience of 1.9 million viewers every Saturday since returning to Cartoon Network with new episodes in January 2013.

The finale episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Dark Matter,” which aired Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT), brought in an estimated 1.82 million viewers from 1.2 million households. The finale Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode beat out airings of Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Ben 10: Omniverse. The 10:00am (ET/PT) Sunday re-airing of “Dark Matter” on March 17th, 2013 brought in an additional 1.21 million viewers from 800,000 households. Click here to view exclusive content and media from this episode.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series averaged an audience of 1.7 million viewers every Saturday since returning to Cartoon Network with new episodes in January 2013.

Combining overall weekend performance, both Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice: Invasion pulled in three million viewers over the two airings of their respective finale episodes. While both airings were not the highest-rated outings for both series, the finale airings saw a notable uptick from the previous weeks’ airing.

Please note, the above data does not take into account legal iTunes (and similar media) episode downloads, or DVR and PVR airings. DVR and PVR recorded airings, on average, can increase a program’s viewership from 5 – 10%.

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Warner Home Video Announces WonderCon Panels For “Superman: Unbound,” “Lego Batman: The Movie”

Warner Home Video has issued a press release announcing appearance plans for WonderCon 2013. Warner Home Video will host two panels, one for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie Superman: Unbound and another for the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature Lego Batman: DC Superheroes Unite. Both titles are set to hit home video and digital outlets in May 2013. Full details, and three new images from Superman: Unbound, are available below.

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
BRINGS SUPERMAN, BATMAN TO WONDERCON 2013
SUPERMAN: UNBOUND WORLD PREMIERE
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 – 6:00 PM

LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPERHEROES UNITE
SCREENING & PANEL – SUNDAY, MARCH 31 – 2:00 PM

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bookend the WonderCon weekend of March 29-31 in Anaheim with animated film adventures featuring DC Comics’ greatest heroes, first presenting the World Premiere of Superman: Unbound as Friday night’s marquee event, then capping Sunday’s programming with a screening of LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite.

Both presentations will be supported with expansive post-screening panel discussions by cast and filmmakers, autograph opportunities for fans, and interview opportunities for media in attendance.

On Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m., fans lucky enough to gain admission to the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena will witness the World Premiere of Superman: Unbound, the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie. A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy – with Earth next in its sights – and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 DC Comics release “Superman: Brainiac,” the film’s stellar voicecast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl and Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane. Quinn will be on hand to lead the post-premiere panel discussion alongside producer/director James Tucker (Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), screenwriter Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). As always, the panel discussion will include exclusive prizes and some potential glimpses into future DCU animated films by moderator Gary Miereanu. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Unbound will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and For Download on May 7, 2013.

Prior to the premiere, the Superman: Unbound panelists will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.

On Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 300AB, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will present the first West Coast screening of LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite. The ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages, LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman’s technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.

A lively panel discussion will follow the screening featuring TT Animation’s award-winning director/producer Jon Burton and renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City), Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show), Christopher Smith (Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe), Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) and Laura Bailey (The Super Hero Squad Show). Once again, special prizes will be awarded to a lucky few audience members by moderator Gary Miereanu.

Prior to the screening/panel, LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite panelists will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from Noon-12:45 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.

From TT Animation, creators of the best-selling video game upon which the film is based, LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite will be released May 21, 2013 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman: Unbound animated feature arrives May 7th, 2013 on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download. Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, the upcoming animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series, arrives on home video and for download come May 21st, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates and additional content here soon at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” Moves Over 165,000 Total Units In First Week


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two direct-to-video animated feature has moved an estimated 167,000 units in its first week – the weekend ending February 3rd, 2013, with 62,000 of those sales coming from DVD and 105,000 from the Blu-ray format. The latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, currently available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Download, and onDemand, is the second in a 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.

To compare, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One moved an estimated 157,500 units in its first week – the weekend ending September 30th, 2012, with 60,500 of those sales coming from DVD and 97,000 from the Blu-ray format. The previous DC Universe Animated Original Movie has been a consistent seller since its release, having sold over 300,000 units in combined Blu-ray and DVD sales.

Blu-ray sales have accounted for an estimated 71% of total Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One home video sales since its first week, with the high-definition format easily the dominant media. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers. Additionally, please note that the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release did not go wide until March 16th, 2013.

A source at Warner Home Video indicates that a possible Batman: The Dark Knight Returns special edition release, combining both parts of the animated feature together, will likely happen soon.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature and its respective Blu-ray and DVD home video releases.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Classic Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest reviews of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature and Blu-ray release. Continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: The Dark Knight Returns subsite, a single destination for both installments of the two-part animated feature, for more details and content.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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