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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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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)

Note: Thanks to everyone for a great year here at The World’s Finest! Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit this site in 2012, and hopefully will continue to do so in 2013. Happy New Year!

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“Superman Versus The Elite” Animated Feature Makes Fine Debut On Home Video Market


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature made a serviceable debut on the home video market. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 131,500 units in its first week, with 42,500 of those sales coming from DVD and 89,000 from the Blu-ray format. Blu-ray sales accounted for an estimated 68% of total Superman Versus The Elite home video sales in its first week, with the high-definition format easily the dominant media. These sales numbers are for the week ending June 17th, 2012, the first week of the availability for the animated title. 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 Superman Versus The Elite Two-Disc Special Edition release is currently exclusive to all Wal-Mart chains, though will go retail wide come July 24th, 2012.

To compare, the previous DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Justice League: Doom debuted with an estimated 265,000 copies sold on DVD and Blu-ray editions sold during its debut week in February 2012 – nearly double Superman Versus The Elite‘s numbers. DC Comics Premiere Movie Executive Producer Alan Burnett stated to The World’s Finest in a previous interview that Justice League: Doom exceeded sales expectations.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature. Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Superman Versus The Elite home video release and continue to the Superman Versus The Elite micro-site for more media and content from the animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

-Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Superman Versus The Elite DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
-Action Comics #775 Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

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Interview With “Superman Versus The Elite” Composer Robert Kral, New Images

The World’s Finest has caught up with composer Robert Kral for an all-new interview concerning his work on the Superman Versus The Elite animated feature, now available to own on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Kral is a familiar name to the DC Comics Premiere Movie animated line (and the Man of Steel), having scored the very first feature Superman Doomsday, among other installments in the acclaimed home video series. Now, Kral takes a few moments out of his busy schedule to answer questions about this latest blockbuster Superman tale and what he has in store for us. Click the image below for more.

Additionally, Warner Home Video has provided six new images from the current Superman Versus The Elite home video release. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at each image.



The above content can also be found at the The World’s Finest Superman Versus The Elite subsite, along with exclusive coverage and additional content. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

-Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Superman Versus The Elite DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
-Action Comics #775 Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

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Writer Joe Kelly Discusses “Superman Versus The Elite” Animated Feature, New Clip And Images

The World’s Finest presents a new studio-conducted interview, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with writer Joe Kelly, who adapts his own work from Action Comics into the latest new DC Comics Premiere Movie title. Kelly is a prolific writer in both comics and animation, working on such titles as JLA and Ben 10. Superman Versus The Elite is now available to own from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Please note the first thumbnail below leads to a clip from the movie, in the Quicktime format, and the remaining thumbnails lead to high-res images.

Award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly adapts heralded
“What’s So Funny About Trust, Justice & the American Way”
Into engaging, surprising Superman Versus The Elite
All-new DC Comics Premiere Movie available Today in multiple formats



Award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly has crafted an engaging, thought-provoking, action-packed thriller in adapting his 2001 Action Comics #775 classic tale (“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way”) into Superman Versus The Elite, the latest DC Comics Premiere Movie.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated Superman Versus The Elite arrives today – June 12, 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.

In Superman Versus The Elite, Superman’s effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as “The Elite,” appear on the scene. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy — putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical and decidedly non-lethal Man of Steel.

“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way” was lauded by Wizard Magazine as the “Greatest Superman Story of All Time,” and the magazine ranked the epic tale at No. 21 on its list of the “Top 100 Comics of the last 30 years.” It is arguably Kelly’s masterwork from a career of notable comics, including such titles as Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Action Comics and JLA.

Today, Kelly is one-fourth of the comics-oriented quartet known as Man of Action Studios. The group are superstars in the comic and TV animation/action world already as the creators/producers and writers of the megahit, Ben 10. Their Ben 10 empire has generated over three billion dollars in sales based on their four television series and merchandising and now Joel Silver is producing a feature film adaptation of their creation. Ben 10, arguably the most successful youth brand and superhero franchise of the last decade, has also launched two live-action TV movies and is seen in more than 168 countries and 312 million households. Man of Action Studios also created Generator Rex, write/produce Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD, and they create/write/produce video games, TV shows, films, comic books, graphic novels, stage productions, etc. Joining Kelly at Man of Action Studios, which began in 2000, are renowned writers Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Steven T. Seagle. The quartet are now in development/production on numerous TV and film projects including The Great Unknown, Kafka, Disco Destroyer and, of course, Superman vs. The Elite. They proudly have their own Man of Action imprint at Image Comics, where they continue to flourish in the creator-owned comics world.

Kelly spoke about the creation of the film, the transition from page to screen, and his favorite scenes in a chat late last week. Here’s what the wordsmith had to say …

QUESTION: For the uninitiated, what was the genesis for the original story of this comic?

JOE KELLY: The germ for the story really came from a very visceral reaction I had to a comic I was reading at the time – The Authority. It was a dark anti-hero comic. I really like The Authority and its characters, but there was an issue in particular that felt like it had pushed the boundaries of what makes a hero and what makes anti-hero. I found myself getting ‘fanboy mad,’ which I don’t normally get. We had an anniversary issue, and I asked Eddie (Berganza) if we could directly address those characters. I wanted Superman to take those characters on. And that became the germ for Action Comics #775.

QUESTION: As Action Comics #775 was a single issue, how much did you need to add to the story to make it a full-length film?

JOE KELLY: We wrote a lot of new content for the film, and it was funny looking back at the comic because I forgot how much is discussed rather than shown. There’s so much going on between the panels. So it was very exciting to get to see the action sequences that were just hinted at. I’d always seen them in my head, now I get to see them played out in animation.

QUESTION: What was the purpose of adding the Atomic Skull to the story?

JOE KELLY: We knew we needed a villain or a character that would externalize Manchester Black’s argument against the revolving door jail policy. We wanted that parallel to be personal and easily identifiable. Originally it was the Parasite, but he’d been used in a recent previous film, so it became the Atomic Skull. And I really thought the Atomic Skull came out very cool. He worked well visually and for the story. Not having Parasite meant we lost a smidgen of the thematic approach – the Parasite really fit well in terms of his name and what he does to the people around him. But that’s just being picky.

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite scene in Superman Versus The Elite?

JOE KELLY: I’m especially proud of the quiet scenes. It’s very difficult to get quiet emotion in animation and to let the silence actually play on screen. But when you look at the quiet scenes in this film — Pa Kent and Clark on the porch, or Lois and Clark on the couch – those scenes really give us the chance to see Superman questioning himself with the people he trusts the most. And those scenes play beautifully in the film.

It’s like in one of my favorite scenes – just before the Elite takes over the airwaves and makes their grand announcement. I think it’s in the original, but it really came to life for me in the film. Lois and Clark are having a little debate, and he asks if she believes that criminals deserve the Elite’s sense of justice and punishment. And she says “Some days I think they do.” That’s just like a punch in the gut. It’s really an awesome scene, especially because it’s one of those moments in animation that you don’t expect. The big battle with the Atomic Skull is pretty great, too. And the finale is awesome. But I love the quiet moments.

QUESTION: Whose sense of justice do you side with: the Elite or Superman?

JOE KELLY: I’m definitely more in the Superman camp. There are plenty of people I get angry about, and the eye-for-an-eye mentality does flash though my head. I think it does for anybody. But at the end of the day, I do believe we need to aspire to higher ideals. Maybe I’m being naïve, and I may not be able to achieve those ideals myself, but we must make the attempt. You’ve got to try. My dad was a cop and he had very strong opinions about this stuff, but he would straddle the line. He had his days when he’d think “kill them all and let God sort them out,” but there were far more days where he believed that the law is the law, even if its broken, and we live in the best country on Earth because of those laws. So that definitely informed my weird sense of justice.

QUESTION: Did the voices of the actors portraying these characters match the voices in your head while writing the film?

JOE KELLY: The voice acting is so good in this film. Robin (Atkin Downes) is such a good Manchester. He’s got all the snark and all the personality, and his line deliveries are so spot on for that guy. It’s funny because everybody says the same thing: you can’t do an actual Manchester accent and expect to be understood, but Robin’s modified Mancunian accent is awesome. And understandable. The rest of the Elite’s voices are perfect: Menagerie is scary and sexy; Coldcast wears his “angry man” on his sleeve; and everyone giggles when The Hat comes on. I can’t say enough about George (Newbern) – I had heard his acting before, and he does such a great Superman. It’s terrific to see George portray the range of emotion he gets to do in this story. And Pauley (Perrette) so knocked it out of the park – I was immediately in love with Lois. Pauley gets all the smarts of the character. The two of them as a partnership really comes across, which is critical to the story. Lois keeps Clark grounded, and she’s literally the only one that can tug on Superman’s cape. Lois can bust his chops, and that comes through in Pauley’s voice. She’s terrific in the quiet moments, as well. Pauley sells it all so, so well.

QUESTION: Are there other stories you’ve written as comics that you could see adapting to animation?

JOE KELLY: In the DC realm, I’m very proud of Justice League Elite because the characters that pick up from this story are darker and very layered. It’s all about how messy you can get before you become a monster. I love that theme. If we could ever pull off Justice League Obsidian, that would be amazing – it’s just an insane, gigantic epic, and to see those characters animated would be incredible.

The above content can also be found at the The World’s Finest Superman Versus The Elite subsite, along with exclusive coverage and additional content. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

-Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Superman Versus The Elite DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
-Action Comics #775 Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest reviews of the Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and Blu-ray release.

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“Superman Versus The Elite” Animated Feature Now Available On Home Video, Download

The all-new direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. The new animated feature is loosely based on the acclaimed Action Comics #775 story “What’s so funny about Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal download. The Blu-ray release for Superman Versus The Elite features exclusive extras, including a creative team commentary and featurettes. The cover artwork for the separate home video releases are available below.


Further information on this latest DC Comics Premiere Movie title can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

-Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Superman Versus The Elite DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
-Action Comics #775 Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest reviews of the Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and Blu-ray release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

Continuing, the Superman Versus The Elite home video release also includes a look at the next DC Comics Premiere Movie title, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One. Click on the thumbnails below to view a selection of images from the “A Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One” featurette available on all Superman Versus The Elite home video releases. The following images are exclusive to The World’s Finest and are not to be removed without permission or credit given.



Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, the next direct-to-video DC Comics Premiere Movie release, is slated to hit DVD and Blu-ray Fall 2012. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Warner Home Video Releases New Images, Interview Clips From “Superman Versus The Elite”

Warner Home Video has released six new images from the upcoming direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature, the next installment of the DC Comics Premiere Movie ongoing series. Superman Versus The Elite – which hits Blu-ray, DVD and Download on June 12th, 2012 – adapts the acclaimed story “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” where Superman finds himself dealing with a new team of heroes called The Elite and finds himself struggling with a moral dilemma.

Continue below for the new media, including descriptions of each image, with the thumbnails below leading to hi-res images from the animated movie.



Dee Bradley Baker voices the Atomic Skull.

1. The Elite at the Fortress of Solitude to issue a mandate to Superman
2. Superman recuperating
3. The Atomic Skull and Manchester Black matching eruptive powers
4. Menagerie catches Superman by surprise with a lip-lock
5. The Hat unleashes one of his mystical creations
6. Superman … angry. Very angry. Crazy angry.

Two studio-conducted interview clips with Pauley Perrette have also been released by Warner Home Video, and are available to view here and here. Both clips are in the Quicktime format. All previously mentioned content can be found at The World’s Finest Superman Versus The Elite subsite.

Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of Superman Versus The Elite. Complete home video details for Superman Versus The Elite are available here.

Superman vs. The Elite, a DC Comics Premiere Movie, is produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video. The all-new, PG-13 rated film is scripted by award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly and the story is adapted from his original 2001 DC Comics release, Whats So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way? The single-issue comic, Action Comics #775, was lauded by Wizard Magazine as the Greatest Superman Story of All Time, and ranked the epic tale at No. 21 on its list of the Top 100 Comics of the last 30 years.

In Superman vs. The Elite, Superman’s effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as “The Elite,” appear on the scene. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy — putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical, yet preferably non-lethal Man of Steel.

George Newbern (Father of the Bride) reprises his Justice League animated television role as Superman, and primetime television star Pauley Perrette (NCIS) provides the voice of Lois Lane. Downes steps in as Manchester Black, leader of The Elite. David Kaufman (Justice League: Doom) also reprises his Justice League TV series role as Jimmy Olsen.

The film is directed by Michael Chang (Batman: Brave and the Bold). Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One) is executive producer, and Alan Burnett (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) is producer.

In further Superman Versus The Elite news, Warner Home Entertainment and The World’s Finest has teamed up to giveaway five Blu-ray editions of the highly-anticipated Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature, available everywhere June 12th, 2012. To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com including your name, mailing address and phone number. Additionally, please label the email “Superman Versus The Elite contest.” The contest runs from 12:00am (ET) May 28th, 2012 to 12:00am (ET) June 11th, 2012. Only the winners will be contacted upon closure of the contest and recipients selected, which will happen by June 15th, 2012. Please note this contest is open to Canadian and United States residents only.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature debuts Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.

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Pauley Perrette Discusses Playing Lois Lane In “Superman Versus The Elite,” New Media

The World’s Finest presents a new studio-conducted interview, provided by Warner Home Video, for the Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for an interview with Pauley Perrette, who brings Lois Lane to life in the new DC Comics Premiere Movie title. Perrette is known for her work on the popular NCIS television series. Superman Versus The Elite arrives June 12th, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Please note the first three thumbnails below lead to interview clips in the Quicktime format, and the remaining thumbnails lead to high-res images.

NCIS star Pauley Perrette makes Lois Lane even feistier in Superman Versus The Elite
All-new DC Comics Premiere Movie available June 12


Strong willed, intelligent, feisty, relentless, outspoken. Youd be speaking of Lois Lane or Pauley Perrette?

Actually, both which made the NCIS star the perfect match as the voice of the resourceful reporter for Superman Versus The Elite, the latest DC Comics Premiere Movie coming June 12 courtesy of Warner Home Video.

Perrettes raspy vocal tones and spunky, never-back-down approach gives a new-yet-familiar perspective to the animated Lois Lane, particularly playing opposite the strong, traditional performance of Justice League veteran George Newbern in reprising his role as Superman.

Over nine seasons and more than 200 episodes, Perrette has mesmerized audiences with her portrayal of Gothy forensic specialist Abby Sciuto on NCIS, regularly the top rated drama series on primetime television. The role has elevated Paulettes popularity into are air in August 2011, she registered the top Q-score in all of primetime television. Not only was she the only female to rank among the Top 10 TV actors, her score matched that of feature film luminaries like Tom Hanks.

In addition to NCIS, Perrette has appeared in feature films like The Ring and Almost Famous, and had recurring roles on The Drew Carey Show, Jesse, Dawsons Creek, 24 and Murder One. For the 2009 indie short To Comfort You, Perrette earned the award for Best Female Performance at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in the Short Film Drama category.

And while Perrette doesnt boast a large amount of experience in animation, this isnt her first time in the Bruce Timm pool having given voice to a police officer in an episode of Batman Beyond.

In Superman Versus The Elite, Superman’s effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as “The Elite,” appear on the scene. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy — putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical and decidedly non-lethal Man of Steel.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives June 12, 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.

The ever-gracious Perrette spent some time after her initial recording session to chat about her love of Superman and Abraham Lincoln, her hatred of bad guys, her own super heroic efforts on behalf of numerous human rights charities, and the benefits of a criminal science collegiate background in acting today.

QUESTION: Was there any special personal significance for you to act in a Superman movie?

PAULEY PERRETTE: When I was little, I think that I wanted Superman to be my boyfriend. So this is the next best thing. I get to pretend to be Supermans girlfriend. Although the older Ive become, Ive sort of decided that I would rather be Superman myself. So Im trying (she snickers).

But even my first memory of a super hero was of Superman, because I had a crush on him. Well, it was on Clark Kent, Superman and Christopher Reeve, all rolled into one.

QUESTION: Did you have any preconceived ideas of how you wanted to play Lois Lane?

PAULEY PERRETTE: When youre doing voice work, and I said it right when I came in the door, I said, Im very obedient, and I will take direction. Because the people who have written this, and the ones who have been envisioning the animation in their head, they have such a specific concept on what they want, that its good for me to say, Give it to me. Give me every piece of direction you want. Ill do it 10 different ways. Whatever you want. Its their vision, and I want to achieve that. If I get an idea while Im doing a voice, I will offer it Hey, can we try this? But its still up to them.

QUESTION: Your emphasis in college was rooted in studying subjects like sociology, psychology and criminal science. How do you think thats benefited you as an actress and, in particular, has it lent new perspective on Lois Lane?

PAULEY PERRETTE: I do think my background in sociology, psychology and criminal science has helped me as an actor because I spent years and a years and years studying human behavior as a science, and as an actor — in approaching a role like Lois Lane or any character its always fascinating to me to try to figure them out psychologically and sociologically. In many ways, acting is really like a science to me to figure out the human behavior of any character that Im playing.

QUESTION: Now we know how you come to understand your characters. Do you have any acting tricks to then convert that information into a portrayal?

PAULEY PERRETTE: I always tell myself that when youre playing a character, pretend like theyre on trial and youre giving the best witness of their life. You really need to think about every element of the character and represent them properly, as if they were a real person. You want to give 100 percent of what theyre worth and what they deserve as people.

QUESTION: Do you see Lois Lane as an important role model for girls, and who inspired you as a kid?

PAULEY PERRETTE: Lois Lane is an inspirational character because shes a smart and powerful woman. Even when shes with Superman, she has no problem putting him in his place, and giving her opinion. Its quite an honor to give voice to Lois Lane and be part of that legacy. My personal inspirations were a lot of the smart women throughout history, like Marie Curie and Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Those are the ones that really inspired me. And the love of my life, Abraham Lincoln.

QUESTION: It seems as though you spend almost as much time volunteering for charities as you do on set. With as much charity work as you do, arent you a bit of a super hero yourself?

PAULEY PERRETTE: My life outside of work is pretty much about charities. I have a big passion about civil rights for everyone whoever is being downtrodden at the moment, it doesnt matter: racial discrimination or sexual orientation or gender. Whatever it is, Im there. I think I was a born civil rights activist. I cant stand the smashing of a community. Its not fair and its not right. Were supposed to be here for liberty and justice for all, right?

QUESTION: Is there a geek within Pauley Perrette?

PAULEY PERRETTE: My geekiness is in science and math. So if I had an ultimate geek role to play, Id be a super scientist who was also a crime fighter. But on NCIS, Im actually playing a crime-fighting super scientist right now, so maybe all my geeky dreams have come true!

In further Superman Versus The Elite news, Warner Home Entertainment and The World’s Finest has teamed up to giveaway five Blu-ray editions of the highly-anticipated Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature, available everywhere June 12th, 2012. To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com including your name, mailing address and phone number. Additionally, please label the email “Superman Versus The Elite contest.” The contest runs from 12:00am (ET) May 28th, 2012 to 12:00am (ET) June 11th, 2012. Only the winners will be contacted upon closure of the contest and recipients selected, which will happen by June 15th, 2012. Please note this contest is open to Canadian and United States residents only.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature debuts Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.

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Complete Cast And Crew Details For Upcoming Animated “Superman Versus The Elite”

The World’s Finest has further creative team details for the upcoming Justice League: Doom direct-to-video animated feature. The complete main cast and crew rundown for the Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature, as listed in the official credits for the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie animated feature, are as follows below.

George Newbern as Superman/Clark Kent
Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane
Robin Atkin Downes as Manchester Black
Dee Bradley Baker as Atomic Skull
Ogie Banks as Terrence
Catero Colbert as Coldcast
Grey DeLisle as Young Manchester
Melissa Disney as Menagerie
Paul Eidling as Pa Kent
Troy Evans as Pundit
Jennifer Hale as Kid Playing Superman
David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
Andrew Kishino as The Hat
Pamela Kosh as Abigail
Jeff La Lensee as Falling Man
Dave B. Mitchell as Shocktrooper
Sumaless Montano as Newscaster
Laraine Newman as Newscaster #3
Nolan North as Pokolistani Terrorist
Henry Simmons as Efrain
Stephen Stanton as Bialyian Ambassador
Tara Strong as Young Vera
Fred Tatasciore as Perry White
Bruce Timm as MI-5 Agent
Julie Wittner as Cowering Woman
Rick Zieff as Desiccated Man

Casting and Voice Direction – Dawn Hershey, CSA
Editor – Christopher D. Lozinski
Music By – Robert J. Kral
Based on the DC Comics Characters
Executive Producers – Sam Register, Bruce Timm
Co-Producer – Alan Burnett
Based on the DC Comics story “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” (Published in Action Comics #775) by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke with Lee Bermejo Written by Joe Kelly
Directed By – Michael Chang
Storyboard – Michael Chang, Lynell Forestall, Christie Tseng, Adam Van Wyk
Character Design – Jon Suzuki
Animation Services – Telecom Animation Film Co., LTD.

The above content is also available at the The World’s Finest Superman Versus The Elite subsite.

In further Superman Versus The Elite news, Warner Home Entertainment and The World’s Finest has teamed up to giveaway five Blu-ray editions of the highly-anticipated Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature, available everywhere June 12th, 2012. To enter, simply send an email to bbeyond@yahoo.com including your name, mailing address and phone number. Additionally, please label the email “Superman Versus The Elite contest.” The contest runs from 12:00am (ET) May 28th, 2012 to 12:00am (ET) June 11th, 2012. Only the winners will be contacted upon closure of the contest and recipients selected, which will happen by June 15th, 2012. Please note this contest is open to Canadian and United States residents only.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature debuts Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video.

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