Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Year-End 2012 Sales For “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Animated Titles

Debuting three new feature-length titles in 2012, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Home Video moved nearly 1.1 million home video units during the calendar year. The above number comes from the three DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: Doom, Superman Versus The Elite and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two – and those numbers are expected to see some growth, though likely slight, during the 2012 holiday season. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated numbers only, based on research and market analysis.

Among the three new DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles, the February 2012 Justice League: Doom animated feature has moved the most units since its release date, predictably so given it’s early in-the-year release date, moving an estimated 615,000 units combined in the DVD and Blu-ray formats since hitting shelves. The title benefited from strong word-of-mouth throughout the year, along with multiple award nominations and recognition for the work of the late Dwayne McDuffie, who penned the feature. The direct-to-video Justice League: Doom animated feature debuted to 265,000 home video units copies sold in its first week of sales, the week ending March 5th, 2012.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title of the year, released Summer 2012, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature has moved 206,000 units in both the DVD and Blu-ray format since its debut. The title was easily the lowest profile release in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line for 2012, barely selling over 130,000 units combined in its first frame, the week ending June 17th, 2012. Criticism of the film’s design work resulted in negative word-of-mouth for the feature, something it was unable to overcome.

Lastly, the final 2012 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One has proven to be a solid seller on the home video market. The title moved 210,000 total DVD and Blu-ray units in its first week, and over 260,000 to date. The majority of sales, over 70%, came from the Blu-ray format. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is expected to finish out the year with consistent sales thanks to the home video release of the theatrical feature The Dark Knight Rises, as well as the anticipation for the January 2013 release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers or legal download numbers. Sales numbers are estimates gathered through independent research, market analysis and various home media retailing outlets. Additionally, sale numbers from titles released before the 2012 calendar year are not taken into account. Also remember to take into account release date and character marketability when comparing sales numbers for each title.

Stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles here at The Worlds Finest, including exclusive content and more. More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie line can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite. Please click on the links below to discuss the assorted releases covered in this article.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman Versus The Elite Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Superman Versus The Elite Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doom Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Doom Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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Warner Home Video Announces Bi-Coastal Premieres For “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two,” New Images

Warner Home Video has provided the following press details for the bi-coastal premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Arriving on home video January 29th, 2013, this latest animated DC Comics-based film is the conclusion to the two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime. Similar to previous titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, including the first installment of this two-part animated feature, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two is receiving a big-screen debut in partnership with the historic The Paley Center for Media. Continue for the full details and click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at new images from upcoming animated adaptation.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets bi-coastal premieres of
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2
at The Paley Center for Media in New York, Los Angeles

Epic Conclusion to Screen on January 23 in NY & January 28 in LA;
Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screenings;
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the epic conclusion to Frank Miller’s comic masterpiece and the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. The film will have its World Premiere in New York on January 23, 2013 and its West Coast Premiere in Los Angeles on January 28, 2013. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

On Wednesday, January 23, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:15 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, cast and filmmakers – led by eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano – will take part in a panel discussion of the film. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.

On Monday, January 28, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring cast and filmmakers including executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Bob Goodman and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants will be announced as confirmed.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on January 23 must RSVP via email to DKReturns2NY@gmail.com.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 28 must RSVP via email to DKReturns2LA@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails MUST include the following:
Name of the entrant
A valid email address
The name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening

Tickets to both events will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2:
With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 29, 2013.

Click here to view the trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature – the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie for 2013 – arrives January 29th, 2013 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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Press Release For “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has provided the press release for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, the sequel to the September 2012 animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One. The animated feature, the second installment of the two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns, is the first of three DC Universe Animated Original Universe titles arriving in 2013. Continue below to view the complete press release.

PRIMETIME STARS MICHAEL EMERSON & MARK VALLEY JOIN VOICE CAST AS JOKER & SUPERMAN IN
ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2
COMING JANUARY 29, 2013 FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Epic Animated Conclusion to Frank Miller’s Comic Masterpiece
Comes to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand & For Digital Download

Batman must battle old friends and foes on two fronts in the epic animated conclusion to Frank Miller’s masterpiece in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives January 29, 2013 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*.

With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) from a screenplay by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10), Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Benjamin Melnicker (The Dark Knight Rises) are executive producers.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is epic animated filmmaking at its finest Crafted by an impressive team of filmmakers and voice talent alike it’s the perfect complement to the initial installment,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. “Just when you thought the story couldn’t become any more intense, the Joker and Superman arrive to up the ante – and Michael Emerson’s approach to the Joker is particularly chilling. This is a film no fan can do without.”

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has more than 2 hours of exciting content, including:
• Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
• UltraViolet™*
• Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette – “The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death” – An all-new featurette. A fitting tribute to the Joker, giving perspective as to why this engrossing character is the true arch nemesis of Batman.
• Documentary – “Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide” – An all-new documentary. Batman and Superman have a long history of friendship and conflict. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns brought an end to that conflict. This is the story behind that battle.
• Featurette – “From Sketch to Screen” – An all-new featurette. Director Jay Oliva gives a fascinating animatic breakdown of five of his favorite moments from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
• Look Back – Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
• Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series (“The Last Laugh” and “The Man Who Killed Batman”) and an episode from The New Batman Adventures (“Legends of the Dark Knight”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
• Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller.
* Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 UltraViolet offer is a limited time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

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 Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s12)

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. For TV, WBA produces series such as Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice: Invasion, as well as the forthcoming Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original content — including animated shorts — for Cartoon Network’s multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block. In addition to TV programming, WBA produces theatrically released CG cartoon shorts featuring iconic Looney Tunes characters, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studio’s rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with 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).

Click here to view the trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two.

A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature – the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie for 2013 – arrives January 29th, 2013 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One” Moves Nearly 250,000 Total Units In Home Video Sales


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One direct-to-video animated feature has moved close to 250,000 units on home video in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales in its first month of release. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title moved an estimated 157,500 units in its first week – the weekend ending September 30th, 2012, with 60,500 of those sales coming from DVD and 97,000 from the Blu-ray format. During the remainder of the month, the title managed to garner nearly 100,000 additional units sold, bringing its current cumulative total to an estimated 248,500 copies of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One. Sales numbers are up to the end of October 2012. While currently unconfirmed, it is likely the title is now over 250,000 in estimated sales.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One is expected to maintain strong sales for the remainder of the year, partly due to the upcoming marketing efforts for the home video release of the The Dark Knight Rises theatrical feature and the January 2013 home video release of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated movie. Reports cite that some retail outlets have included copies of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One alongside copies of The Dark Knight Rises in special promotional standees and displays.

Blu-ray sales have accounted for an estimated 71% of total Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One home video sales since its first week, with the high-definition format easily the dominant media. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

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

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

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Initial details on the home video release for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two can be found here, reported first at The World’s Finest.

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“The Dark Knight Rises” Now Available
On Blu-ray Combo-Pack, DVD, OnDemand, and Digital Download!
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DC Universe Animated Features, DC Nation Programming, Animated “Green Lantern” Score 2012 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 40th Annual Annie Awards earlier today, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Assorted DC Comics-based animated projects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, Justice League: Doom, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and a DC Nation short all nabbed nominations for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. The 2012 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation
-Before Orel – Trust – Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
-Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning – Disney TV Animation
-Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury – DreamWorks Animation
Justice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation

Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
-Andy Bialk ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: Alvin and the Outcasts’ – DreamWorks Animaton
Andy Suriano DC Nation – Plastic Man: The Many and the Fowl – Big Hair Productions, Inc.
-Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang, Kim Jin Sun The Legend of Korra: Welcome to Republic -City – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-“C” Raggio IV Kick Buttowski: Petrified – Disney TV Animation
-Derrick Wyatt, Chap Yaep, Steven Choi Ben 10: Omniverse: The More Things Change, Pt. 2 – Cartoon Network Studios
-Gordon Hammond T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dudley Do-Wrong – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-Robert Valley Disney Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part I – Disney TV Animation
-Thaddeus Paul Cauldron ‘Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: Secret Mountain Uncle Grandpa’- Cartoon Network Studios

Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
-Adam Berry ‘Penquins of Madagascar: Private and the Winky Factory’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-Alf Clausen ‘The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Frederik Wiedmann Green Lantern The Animated Series: Into the Abyss – F. Wiedmann, Composer
-Guy Moon ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy: Really Big Mission’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-John Paesano ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation
-Michael Rubin ‘Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairytale!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Previous DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Batman: Year One, have received Annie Award nominations. Additionally, this is the third Annie Award nomination for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, following 2011 nominations for Best General Audience Animated TV Production and Nominated Music In a Television Production – Frederik Wiedmann.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. The 2012 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 40th Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

Click here for an interview with musician Frederik Wiedmann, again nominated for his work on Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Visit the following links for further details on the related nominated projects – Justice League: Doom subsite, Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One subsite. Stay tuned for further details right here at The World’s Finest.

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