“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)

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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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)

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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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New Images, Video Clip From Upcoming Animated “Superman Versus The Elite” Feature

Warner Home Video has released four new images and a video clip 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.

Continue below for the new media, with the first thumbnail below leading to the High-Definition Quicktime video and the remaining thumbnails to images from the animated movie.


Dee Bradley Baker voices the Atomic Skull.

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

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.

Stay tuned for further Superman Versus The Elite updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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George Newbern Talks Playing Superman, New Media From “Superman Versus The Elite”

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 George Newbern, who returns to the role of Superman in the new DC Comics Premiere Movie title. Newbern previously voiced the character in Justice League, among other projects. 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.

George Newbern reprises role of Man of Steel for Superman Versus The Elite
Justice League & Justice League Unlimited star returns to title role in
all-new DC Comics Premiere Movie available June 12


George Newbern makes his triumphant return as the voice of the Man of Steel in Superman Versus The Elite, the latest DC Comics Premiere Movie coming June 12 from Warner Home Video.

Newbern put all the resounding tones of truth, justice and the American way into the commanding vocals behind the animation of Superman in both the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited television series. He last reprised the characters voice for the DC Showcase original animated short, Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.

Newbern is a constant on primetime television, appearing on current hit series like NCIS, The Mentalist, Castle and Greys Anatomy, to name a but a few. Hes widely recognized for his starring turn opposite Steve Martin in Father of the Bride, and for the NBC series Providence. His latest projects include a recurring role on the new ABC hit series Scandal.

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.

Newbern is joined in the core cast by NCIS star Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane and versatile voice actor Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5) as Manchester Black, leader of The Elite. David Kaufman (Justice League: Doom) also reprises his Justice League TV series role as Jimmy Olsen.

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.

Newbern offered a few thoughts about playing Superman in a short chat following his final recording session for the film. Heres what Mr. Newbern had to say

QUESTION: Where do you start as an actor when trying to create a voice for Superman?

GEORGE NEWBERN: I think you watch an actor like Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Its a Wonderful Life, and you try to find the humanity of an everyman like that. When I think of an All-American hero, I think of an actor in a role like that. And thats what Superman really is an American hero. Super powers are just ancillary. Its that character, with all those principles and understanding, thats who he is right there.

QUESTION: Are there any specific characteristics you believe are essential to the voice?

GEORGE NEWBERN: I think I tried to portray a sense of trust and power and charisma for Superman. I think thats what we believe Superman is.

QUESTION: You had a guest role on Private Practice opposite Tim Daly, the actor you replaced as Superman for the Justice League animated series. Did the commonality come up for discussion while you were on set?

GEORGE NEWBERN: We laughed about it. I said something like Thanks for being busy, and he asked if I was having fun with it. We didnt really compare notes there was no secret handshake or anything. But there was an acknowledgment that were in an exclusive club.

QUESTION: Aside from Superman, do you have a favorite DC Comics character?

GEORGE NEWBERN: I like Flash a lot. He cracks me up. And always has something to say. Plus Michael (Rosenbaum) is hysterical. But all of those actors on Justice League were terrific a really great group of people. We had fun with the core cast in the old days. Susan (Eisenberg) and Michael and Carl (Lumbly) and the gang. Then we had these rotating guest casts as the seasons went on, and it was insane to see who would come through the door of the booth. It was guys like John Rhys-Davies, Ed Asner, Powers Boothe, Mark Hamill. There were so many great actors. It was funny because Id go to work on a TV series and Id look at one of the series regulars and immediately realize, Oh, he did a role on Justice League! So it was fun. It was a lot like doing a little readers play every week.

QUESTION: What value do you see for comic books in society today?

GEORGE NEWBERN: I see value in comic books, especially in terms of graphic art. Its sort of old school and I think it gives people something tangible. Kids are reading things like e-books, and people are starting to forget that reading can be held in your hand and seen and appreciated.

So theres a tactile benefit to it. And the old style is a great way to tell a story. Things dont have to be 3D or complicated. Thats where a comic book comes in its a simple, 2D way to tell a story with great art and words. Theres a lot of value in that.

QUESTION: What are your childrens impressions of you voicing Superman?

GEORGE NEWBERN: Since Ive been doing it so long, my two younger children, when they are asked, are quick to say, My dad is Superman. Thats the first thing they knew, the first thing they told the other kids at school. Forget about the other 93 things Ive done. To them, the coolest thing Ive ever done is to play Superman.

The above content is also available at 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.

Stay tuned for further Superman Versus The Elite updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

Discuss this in The DC Animation Forum!


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has provided a press release announcing the official release of Batman: Arkham City – Game of the Year Edition. The new edition of the video game is now available in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Click on the thumbnails below to view the trailer in the Quicktime format and the behind-the-scenes video in the MP4 format, along with additional press details for the release.

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
NOW AVAILABLE FOR Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3 SYSTEM

Critically Acclaimed, Top-Selling Action-Adventure Game of 2011 Returns Fully Loaded with the Complete Content Set Including the Brand New Harley Quinns Revenge Mission


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that Rocksteady Studios Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. The game is scheduled for release in Europe, Australia and other global territories in September.

Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition includes the award-winning Batman: Arkham City, one of the highest reviewed titles of 2011, along with all previously released downloadable content (DLC) packs, Batman: Year One movie download* (restrictions apply), and Harley Quinns Revenge, the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham City saga that adds more than two hours of completely new gameplay.

Featuring playable chapters for both Batman and Robin, the Harley Quinns Revenge chapter plunges players back into Arkham City to uncover Harleys plan for vengeance against Batman for the events that unfolded in Batman: Arkham City. Those who already own the original boxed edition of Batman: Arkham City can experience the new mission by downloading the Harley Quinns Revenge Pack, available worldwide beginning today in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStationNetwork. The DLC will be available for PC in early-June.

The DLC included on disc includes the Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack. All in, Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition packages new gameplay content, seven maps, three playable characters, and 12 skins in addition to the full original game.

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum the new maximum security home for all of Gotham Citys thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham Citys most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition is based on DC Comics core Batman license and rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com for more information about the game.

‘Batman: Year One’ Movie Download* (restrictions apply) offer expires March 31, 2013. Internet connection required. Offer available only through Xbox LIVE or PlayStationNetwork. Must be 13 years or older to redeem offer. Offer good in the United States and Canada only.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroesa giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroesto raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

About Rocksteady Studios Ltd
Rocksteady Studios is a multi-award winning videogame developer based in London, England. Located in a spacious, purpose built converted factory, with full motion capture and audio studio capabilities, Rocksteady is an energetic company formed by a core team of senior industry professionals. This creates an ideal balance of drive, talent, proven methods, experience and cutting edge technology to make AAA games. Now employing over 90 people, Rocksteady’s mission is to be a highly professional, efficient company whose purpose is to make great games, and have happy and healthy team members. This philosophy is the heart and soul of the company. Rocksteady received the coveted studio of the year award at the 2009 VGA awards.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

Click here for more content from the Batman: Arkham City video game. Batman: Arkham City – Game of the Year Edition, the expanded version of the award-winning blockbuster videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios, is how available in North America and will be available in Europe, Australia and other global territories in September 2012, for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. To discuss the new video game below, please click on the links below.

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New Promotional Posters For Upcoming “Superman Versus The Elite” Animated Feature

The first two in a series of posters promoting Superman Versus The Elite have been released by Warner Home Video. The two posters, available to view below, are part of the current marketing effort by Warner Home Video to promote the June 12th, 2012 release of the upcoming DC Comics Premiere Movie release. The set of posters will highlight all members of The Elite, opponents to the Man of Steel in the forthcoming animated movie, once the promotion is completed. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.

Menagerie and Coldcast are featured in the posters above. Further posters are set to be revealed over the coming weeks, leading up to the official home video debut of Superman Versus The Elite.

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.

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.

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.

Stay tuned for further Superman Versus The Elite updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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