“Justice League Action” Debuts Dec. 16th, 2016 on Cartoon Network, New Image and Clip

Cartoon Network has released premiere details and a clip for the debut of Justice League Action. The all-new animated series that will kick off with “Shazam Slam,” a four-part special event debuting, Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:00pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on iconic DC characters, Justice League Action will premiere new episodes Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network, beginning Dec. 24. Complete details, along with a clip and a new image, can be found below, courtesy of Cartoon Network.

The World’s Greatest DC Super Heroes Return!
Justice League Action Premieres on Cartoon Network with a
Four-Part Special Event, Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

The world’s greatest DC Super Heroes are heading to Cartoon Network in the premiere of Justice League Action, an all-new animated series that will kick off with “Shazam Slam,” a four-part special event debuting, Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on iconic DC characters, Justice League Action will premiere new episodes Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network, beginning Dec. 24.

In “Shazam Slam,” the villainous Black Adam battles Batman on the Rock of Eternity and unleashes a horde of Djinn determined to turn the Earth back to its pre-human, volcanic state. Affected by the otherworldly powers of these primordial monsters, Batman becomes possessed and is turned into a giant flying Batmonster laying waste to the Hall of Justice, with only Superman capable of taking the fight to the Dark Knight. One by one, the Justice League – with the help of Shazam (voiced by Sean Astin) and The Wizard (voiced by Carl Reiner) – must hunt down and defeat each Djinn in order to yet again save the world from destruction.

Justice League Action marks the return of Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), beloved by fans worldwide as one of the most iconic voices of Batman, to a weekly animated television series. The series will also deliver an all-star lineup of regular and guest cast voices, including Mark Hamill as Joker, James Woods as Lex Luthor, Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold and many more iconic DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer, with Butch Lukic (Justice League, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as producers.

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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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Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews Soundtracks For “Batman,” “Justice League,” Animated Movies

The World’s Finest has published reviews for the Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Four, Justice League, Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack titles, all released by La-La Land Records. In a nutshell, each soundtrack release is worth adding to one’s collection, with Justice League and Batman: The Killing Joke easily the stand-outs among all four reviews. However, all four titles are feature fantastic work and each deserve a spin. All soundtracks are currently available for purchase through the official La-La Land Records website and through most online resellers.

To read the reviews, please click on the respective images below.

Please note the review for the Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack can also be found on the Batman: Bad Blood subsite.

Each review above is part of a larger subsite dedicated to each highlighted property, with each including more exclusive content and features. Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the days and weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest. Click on the links below to discuss each soundtrack release.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Killing Joke Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

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La-La Land Records Releasing “Batman: The Killing Joke,” “Justice League,” “Batman: The Animated Series” Soundtracks

La-La Land Records is slated to release soundtrack titles for the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature and the Justice League animated series, along with a fourth installment in their Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack series on July 26, 2016. The soundtracks, which will be a limited edition titles, will be available to order directly from the La-La Land Records website at 12noon PST, along with other online venues. Attendees of San Diego Comic-Con will get a chance to pick up all three soundtrack titles early starting July 20, 2016 at La-La Land Record’s booth at Booth 4536, which will also include in-booth composer, author and artist signings, announcements about upcoming releases and promotional offers. Click on the artwork below for details – including complete track listings, pricing, autograph availability and more – on the three aforementioned soundtrack titles:




Other related La-La Land Record soundtrack titles slated to debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, before going wide on July 26, 2016, include Supergirl: Season One, The Flash: Season Two and the Wonder Woman single vinyl. Further details of each (along with many others) can be found at the official La-La Land Records website.

Stay tuned for additional coverage on these upcoming releases right here at The World’s Finest, including an interview with Dynamic Music Partners.

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Site Update: “Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series” Blu-ray Review Added

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series Blu-ray collection from Warner Archive and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It goes without saying that this is one release that fans need to add to their collection, as the studio has definitely done this series ample justice with this high-definition release. Every episode is sharp high-definition and a solid collection of bonus content is just the tip of the iceberg for this binge-watch worthy release. The full-length review of the Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series Blu-ray release can be found by clicking the image below.

Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series is available now via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

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Site Update: “Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series” Blu-ray Clips, Additional Details

Warner Archive and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released three clips to promote the Blu-ray release of Justice League: The Complete Series.” The release, available November 10th, 2015 via Warner Archive and a series of online retailers, features all 39 episodes of the epic animated series plus a collection of bonus extras. Continue below for all three clips, followed by additional details.







Click here to check out a press release with further details on this highly-anticipated Blu-ray release.

A review of the Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series Blu-ray release is coming, along with very overdue Blu-ray reviews for Arrow: The Complete Third Season, The Flash: The Complete First Season and Lego DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom. Additional media for the Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series Blu-ray release is up at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for more good stuff, coming soon!

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Site Update: Blu-ray Reviews, New Content For “Justice League Unlimited,” “Batman: The Animated Series”

The World’s Finest has added new content for the classic series Batman: The Animated Series, the fan-favorite cartoon Justice League Unlimited and the live-action DC Comics-based series Arrow, The Flash and Gotham. First, click on the cover artwork for the forthcoming Justice League Unlimited – The Complete Series Blu-ray collection for a look at the initial details for the highly-anticipated release. More details to follow soon. Secondly, click on the artwork for the recent Gotham: The Complete First Season, Arrow: The Complete Third Season and The Flash: The Complete First Season Blu-ray titles for a full review of each Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release.

Lastly, the Test Promo Reel for Batman: The Animated Series was added to the “Backstage” section of the subsite dedicated to the acclaimed series, but it can also be viewed below. The video offers a glimpse into the early production history of what would become the one of the most acclaimed renditions of the Caped Crusader ever made. Click on the player below to check it out, but be sure to check out the “Backstage” section for more behind-the-scenes content, most of it exclusive to The World’s Finest.

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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)

Note: The World’s Finest would like to thank everyone for a tremendous 2014 and wish the best to all for great 2015 and beyond. Stay tuned for a very special site update post going up on January 1st, 2015! Happy New Year!

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“Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League VS. Bizarro League” Blu-ray, DVD Package Artwork

The World’s Finest has a first look at the complete package artwork for the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the upcoming Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, the latest Lego-inspired animated title starring characters from the DC Comics character library. According to the studio, the 44-minute animated feature will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on February 10th, 2015. In Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, the Justice League finds themselves facing off against their bizarre duplicates.

Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at the package art for these releases along with product details.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 10th, 2015

Synopsis: Justice League vs Bizarro League – Batman has joined the just formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s bad (but well meaning) clone Bizarro and his creation of the Bizarro League, but an even bigger threat forces the two Leagues to join forces.

Bonus Content:
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered Animated Special
Be-Leaguered Bloopers
Me Am Bizarro! – The League Of Opposites

Additional updates on Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League can be found here. Click the player below to watch the trailer.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is slated for release on February 10th, 2015, with the Blu-ray Combo Pack retailing for $24.98SRP and the DVD retailing for $19.98SRP. The feature will also be available for Digital Download. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Batman: The Complete Television Series and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham are both now available to own from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive, respectively. Click here to read The World’s Finest review of Batman: The Complete Television Series and click here to read The World’s Finest review of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham! Check the links below for further discussion!

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Releases “Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis” Video Clip

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a video clip from the upcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated feature. The highly-anticipated movie, hitting Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015, spotlights the origins of Aquaman and his first meeting with the Justice League. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – a co-production between DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment – will retail for $24.98SRP on Blu-ray, $19.98SRP on DVD.

Click on the player below to view the clip, with plot details to follow.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Synopsis:
As Orm and Black Manta make their move against the surface world after the battle with Apokolips forces in Justice League War had deadly consequences for Atlantis, the queen of the lost underwater civilization searches for her other son, Orm’s half brother Arthur. Living on the surface world with powers he doesn’t understand, Arthur Curry steps into his destiny as Aquaman, teaming with the Justice League to save and unite all people of the world.

Additional updates on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis can be found here.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is set for release for Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest.

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