“Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Comic Collection Coming July 2017

IDW Publishing and DC Comics announced a collection of the monthly Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic mini-series will hit shelves in July 2017. The mini-series, written by Matthew K. Manning with art by Jon Sommariva, has been a successful venture for the co-publishers, earning both critical and fan acclaim. In Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham and Batman seeks to track them down, but he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and gone to the New York City of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures is currently available at your local retail and digital outlet. Details for collection can be found below.

BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES TPB

Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Jon Sommariva

The Story: The animated worlds of the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series featuring fan-favorite characters from both universes! Villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham and Batman seeks to track them down, but he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and gone to the New York City of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Collects issues #1-6!

Bullet Points:
-The first Batman: The Animated Series new material since 2004 when The Batman Adventures concluded.
-Advance solicited for July release!

Release Date: July 2017
Cover Price: $19.99

Single issues of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series are currently available at retail and digital outlets everywhere. The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures trade paperback collection will be available everywhere July 2017 for $19.99US.

The World’s Finest recently interviewed Matthew K. Manning on how this awesome mini-series came together, which can be found here. For more details on this series, including issue previews and more, check out the Batman: The Animated Series subsite right here at The World’s Finest.

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“Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Blu-ray, “Static Shock,” “The Zeta Project” DVDs Coming In March 2017

Warner Archive is slated to release new Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Static Shock and The Zeta Project home video titles in March. Both Batman: The Brave and The Bold and The Zeta Project will see their respective final seasons released while Static Shock will finally get a proper release of its first season. Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three, Static Shock: The Complete First Season and The Zeta Project: Season Two will all be available to order from Warner Archive in March through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets. Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be a Blu-ray title, while Static Shock and The Zeta Project will be DVD titles.

An official press release for all three titles has yet to be issued, but Warner Archives has released details on each, which can be found below.


Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Complete Season Three Blu-ray
Release Date: March 21st, 2017
MSRP: $21.99
Run Time: 297 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Widescreen (16×9)
Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0)

Synopsis: Join the Caped Crusader and a wealth of DC’s finest as they team up to battle injustice in the third and final season of this cutting-edge series! Evil never sleeps in these diabolical schemes plotted by the world’s most infamous criminals, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Equinox and Ra’s Al Ghul! Fortunately, Batman and his many allies, including Superman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, are always up for the challenge! Circle this globe and others, and even travel through time, in these 13 action-packed, fun-filled episodes!


Static Shock: The Complete First Season DVD
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
MSRP: $24.99
Run Time: 275 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: (Dolby Stereo 2.0)
Audio: Original Aspect Ratio – 1.33, Standard

Synopsis: Synopsis: Based on characters from the DC Comics series, superhero Virgil Hawkins and his classmates confront real problems and issues faced by today’s teens: peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse, urban neighborhood.

Meet Virgil Hawkins, a mild-mannered teen in the wrong place at the wrong time when a chemical explosion rocks the streets of Dakota City- changing him from supergeek to super-hero. Based on the Milestone/DC Comics property, this animated series about the adventures of the first African-American teenage superhero follows quick-witted Virgil, who finds himself imbued with electromagnetic superpowers after being exposed to a mutagenic gas. Taking on the guise of Static, an urban hero of his own creation, he must learn to control his powers, figure out how to patrol the skies at night and still make it home in time to study for school. Virgil’s greatest discovery becomes the real “charge” he gets out of helping people and making a positive difference as a super-hero in his community. The series confronts real problems and issues faced by today’s kids, including peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood.


The Zeta Project: Season Two DVD
Release Date: March 14th, 2017
MSRP: $24.99
Run Time: 269 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: (Dolby Stereo 2.0)
Audio: Original Aspect Ratio – 1.33, Standard

Synopsis: They created him to kill their enemies, but he refuses to destroy anymore…

Renegade “synthoid” Zeta (voice of Diedrich Bader, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), marked for reprogramming after developing a conscience and defying his evil orders, flees from a ruthless government agent. Capable of transforming himself at will into any human shape and possessing amazing cybernetic resources, Zeta joins Ro (voice of Julie Nathanson, Beverly Hills 90210) a 15-year-old street kid in her own kind of trouble with the law. In this spin-off from the blockbuster animated series Batman Beyond, futuristic vehicles, weapons and technology meld with the touching and humorous story of two misfits who need each other to survive in a dangerous world.


Warner Archive will also re-release The Zeta Project: Season One to DVD on March 14th, 2017. The original The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, has long been out of print.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive are expected to release further details on these titles. For additional details on each series, please check out the Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Static Shock and The Zeta Project subsites right here at The World’s Finest. Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Complete Season Three, Static Shock: The Complete First Season and The Zeta Project: Season Two will all be available to order from Warner Archive in March through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets.

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John Takis Talks “Justice League,” “Batman” and “Caped Crusaders” Soundtracks with The World’s Finest

The World’s Finest pulled Producer John Takis aside to discuss his work on an assortment of 2016 DC Comics-based animated soundtracks from La-La Land Records, including the massive Justice League soundtrack release and the new Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders score release. Takis digs into how these titles came together, shares his thoughts on an assortment of different score releases, and how crucial it is for fans to support these releases. He also teases what could be coming down the pipeline for upcoming DC Comics animated-based soundtrack releases. To read the entire two-part interview, click on the image or respective links below.


Part One: Justice League & BatmanPart Two: Return of the Caped Crusaders

The soundtracks for Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and more are available from La-La Land Records and can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers. To discuss these releases, click on the discussion links below.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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The World’s Finest Interviews “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Writer Matthew Manning

The World’s Finest caught up with writer Matthew Manning to discuss his work on the new Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series. The series, co-published by IDW and DC Comics, features the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series and the Heroes in a Half-Shell from the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, thrust into an exciting animated adventure. On the eve of the six-issue mini-series’ launch, Manning was able to answer a few questions about what fans can expect from the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series, along with his influences, his other works and why this is going to be a mini-series fans will not want to miss.

Preview images from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 can be found at the end of the Q & A.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 will be available November 9th, 2016 through comic shops and via digital. The series is a co-production between IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

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The World’s Finest Interviews Dynamic Music Partners on “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”

The World’s Finest caught up with Dynamic Music Partners to discuss their work in scoring the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated feature. In this Q & A, Dynamic Music Partners – consisting of Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter – touch upon their score for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, their influences, their favorite tracks and much more. The soundtrack for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, available from La-La Land Records as of November 8th, 2016, can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers.

Click on the image below to check out the interview, right here at The World’s Finest!




For more information on Dynamic Music Partners, along with the assorted works and projects – past, present and future – check out their official website. DMP can also be found on Twitter at @DynMusPartners and on Facebook.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and on Digital HD. Further details on Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders subsite. Stay tuned for further coverage, including reviews, exclusive content and more.

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Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews “Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated feature, now available on Digital HD and coming November 1, 2016 to Blu-ray and DVD. In short, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is a great ride from start to finish, full of great moments, smart commentary and genuine laughs. Viewers will undoubtedly find themselves grinning ear to ear for the entire running time. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

A small subsite dedicated to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is also available on The World’s Finest, and includes an assortment of images and video clips from the feature, along with exclusive content. Click on the review link above to further access the dedicated additional content.

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IDW Publishing Releases Details For “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” #1

IDW Publishing has released details on Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1, the first issue of the comic mini-series co-publishing venture with DC Comics. The six-issue series brings together the worlds of Batman: The Animated Series with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. The series is written by Matthew K. Manning with artwork by Jon Sommariva. Issue #1 will hit retail and digital outlets on November 9th, 2016 with a cover price of $3.99US. Details and cover artwork are available below.

BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES #1 (of 6)

Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Jon Sommariva

The Story: When villains start to mysteriously escape Arkham, Batman seeks to track them down. What happens when he discovers that they have left Gotham completely… and entered the TMNT’s New York City?

Bullet Points:
-The animated worlds of the current TMNT Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series!
-The greatest all-ages crossover of all-time!
-Featuring villains and allies from both universes!
-The influential Batman: The Animated Series returns to comics!
-Variant covers by Hilary Barta, and Nick Bradshaw!

Release Date: November 9th, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Further details on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic mini-series can be found at the Batman: The Animated Series subsite here at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for additional content and coverage, including an interview with writer Matthew K. Manning, here in the coming weeks.

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Trailer, Press Release For “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” Animated Feature

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the trailer and press details for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, an animated movie based on the classic 1960s live-action Batman TV series. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the movie will hit physical media on November 1, 2016 and Digital HD on October 11, 2016. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), reprising their respective roles from the original TV series. Click on the player below to view the film’s trailer, with the press release following.

ADAM WEST, BURT WARD & JULIE NEWMAR PROVIDE VOICES OF BATMAN, ROBIN, CATWOMAN
FOR ALL-NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURE IN WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S

BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS

FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM ARRIVES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD & DIGITAL H>

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP). Order due date is September 27, 2016.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans). Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is an excellent addition to the ever-growing canon of Batman entertainment, offering a fun, playful animated version of the character’s adventures,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to initiate a series of animated movies – under the new ‘DC Classics Collection’ brand – and honored to have Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar give life to these iconic characters.”

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray Enhanced Content includes:
-“Those Dastardly Desperados” featurette – Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler are impossible not to watch! Those Dastardly Desperados explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.
-“A Classic Cadre of Voices” featurette – A new talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to viewers for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting October 11, 2016, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD
*Digital HD allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. 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 one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and ©DC Comics. (s16)

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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IDW Publishing, DC Comics Announce “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” Comic Mini-Series

IDW Publishing and DC Comics have announced the companies will co-publish Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, a comic mini-series slated to hit shelves later this year. The series will bring together the Batman: The Animated Series universe and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon universe for an all-new original series. The series was announced with another comics series, also to be co-published by IDW Publishing and DC Comics. The official press release for the upcoming series can be found below, along with a promotional image.

New Batman/TMNT Adventures
and Star Trek/Green Lantern Crossovers Forthcoming

IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment will continue their successful partnership and bring fans two new comic book crossovers based on some of their most popular properties, including a sequel to the smash-hit co-publishing venture Star Trek/Green Lantern and an all new crossover with animation-inspired versions of Batman and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will once again cross paths with the Green Lantern Corps in a sequel to last year’s Star Trek/Green Lantern series. The creative team of Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez will reteam for another epic space opera, this one picking up the new status quo where it left off and introducing additional cosmic heroes and villains familiar to fans of both series. This series is slated for a winter 2016 launch.

Following the recent success of Batman/TMNT, IDW, DC, and Nickelodeon are also happy to announce another pairing between the Caped Crusader and the Ninja Turtles: Batman/TMNT Adventures, coming this November. Based on the animated versions of both series, this storyline for fans of all ages will bring the Dark Knight of the beloved Batman: The Animated Series in contact with Nickelodeon’s animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The dynamic duo of writer Matthew K. Manning (Beware the Batman) and artist Jon Sommariva (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures) will team on the series.

“The previous Star Trek/Green Lantern and Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossovers were a huge hit with fans of each of the characters,” said Hank Kanalz, DC SVP of Editorial Strategy and Administration. “Bringing these characters back again, and expanding Batman and the Turtles to the realm where they’re most recognized by comic fans and fans of the TV series will make for a great story that any fan can’t wait to read.”

“It’s always a blast to pair up beloved characters in comic series, and our recent pairings with DC have been especially satisfying on a creative level and in regards to fan satisfaction, too,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “We’re happy to extend both the partnership with DC and these particular storylines in new ways, and being able to bring Ciro Nieli’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the amazing animated Gotham envisioned by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski is just an added bonus.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming news regarding these massively popular pairings from two of today’s most premier comic book publishers.

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Year-End Sales Numbers For 2014 “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Releases

Sales for the three 2014 titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment seemed to inch up this year, despite an overall mixed reaction to the products and major growth in the digital download market. Selling just over 1.3 million during the calendar year, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line saw a successful year thanks to a highly-publicized reboot of the line and promotional tie-ins from the Batman brand. The numbers below number comes from the three DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: War, Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated physical home video numbers only, combining both the DVD and Blu-ray sales for the listed time period, based on research and market analysis.

Interest in Justice League: War, the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie 2014 title and the official “reboot” of the home video line, which will now put more of a focus on continuity and design consistency, moved 115,000 in its first week and nearly 225,000 unit in its first month of release. The title, which went on sale the week ending February 9th, 2014, was heavily promoted by the studio, and marketed as a big creative and thematic shift for the popular home video line. The push did work, with Justice League: War amassing nearly 400,000 physical units sold since hitting shelves despite a soft reaction from fans and critics. The brand’s new emphasis on continuity and visual consistency helped the title remain fairly active on the low-end of the sales spectrum for the majority of the year after the initial sales boom trickled off. It’s worth noting that sales between both the DVD and Blu-ray editions were nearly neck and neck during the year, with the DVD sales occasionally surpassing Blu-ray, partially due to legal download sales eating into Blu-ray numbers and the DVDs being targeted as more of an impulse buy. Legal download numbers are expected to account a small but notable percentage of Justice League: War sales.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title of the year, Son of Batman, was also the highest-selling title of the line for the year. The title moved 165,000 in its first week, the week ending May 11th, 2014, and managed to hold in the following weeks, experiencing drops smaller than usual for the line. By the end of May 2014, sales reached an estimated 250,000. The title likely experienced a stronger hold due the overall “Batman 75” brand promotion during the year, as both Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics celebrated the 75th anniversary of the popular comic icon, resulting in increased brand presence throughout the year. And due to said promotions and special tie-ins, Son of Batman managed to surpass 500,000 physical units moved during 2014. Despite an overall mixed response from both fans and critics, the title remains a popular seller and is still placed prominently on store shelves and in displays with other Batman paraphernalia. Sales for both the Blu-ray and DVD edition are nearly on par, akin to Justice League: War, though the Blu-ray edition remains the overall dominant selling format for the title.

Lastly, the final 2014 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: Assault on Arkham, also benefited from the year-long “Batman 75” sales promotion, having moved close to 405,000 units since its release in early August 2014. The title moved 130,000 units for the week ending August 17th 2014, and managed to keep subsequent drop-offs small due to a host of factors. The most critically-acclaimed installment of the line for 2014, Batman: Assault on Arkham was able to benefit off the “Batman 75” brand promotion, it’s connection to the popular, highly-acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series and the cult following of Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad – the main characters of the movie. Like Son of Batman, Batman: Assault on Arkham remains prominently placed on stores shelves and in displays as part of the ongoing “Batman 75” promotions. However, unlike Son of Batman and Justice League: War, sales between the DVD and Blu-ray editions are clearly in favor of Blu-ray, with the high-definition format accounting for over 60% of physical home video sales.

It’s worth noting that, this year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment started selling legal downloads for many of their movie titles two weeks before the street date of the physical home video release. This gave many titles a two-week window of digital download sales before the subsequent DVD or Blu-ray titles were sold. This practice, which is starting to become the new standard for home video sales, does change the home video sales landscape, something that will likely become very apparent in 2015 as physical media becomes more and more a secondary market behind digital. Physical sales will likely shrink considerably next year, and it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. Next year will likely be a very crucial year for the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, a film line dependent on home video sales.

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 2014 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.

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.

Justice League: War Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: War Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Assault on Arkham Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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