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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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“Son Of Batman” Animated Feature Returns January 2015 To Teletoon

Son of Batman will return to Teletoon as part of the Canadian channel’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The animated feature, part of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Orignal Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is based on the “Batman and Son” comic book storyline published by DC Comics, which introduced Batman to his son, Damian Wayne. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the Son of Batman animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.




Son of Batman
Teletoon, Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal. With help from Gotham’s finest, including Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing, Batman will soon discover that his son and most trusted ally are one and the same!

Complete details on the direct-to-video Son of Batman animated feature can be found at the Son of Batman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Son of Batman airs Friday, January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Son of Batman animated feature, its respective home video releases, and other related discussions.

Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman and Son Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Son of Batman is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Details on other titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line at The World’s Finest. Teletoon is slated to air numerous titles from that home video line throughout the year, including some world network premiere debuts.

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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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New Release Dates For “Son Of Batman,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Superman: The Animated Series” Collectibles

Originally scheduled to hit shelves last month, DC Comics has provided updated shipping details for a slew of DC Collectibles figures based on an assortment of animation projects, including Batman: The Animated Series and Son of Batman, among others. DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers, the DC Collectibles line is highly regarded and sought after by fans and collectors for its quality and limited availability.

Official details and updated shipping dates for the upcoming figures are available below.

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES ACTION FIGURES
MR. FREEZE – THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES – 6.75″
TWO-FACE – THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES – 6″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

The highly anticipated line from DC Collectibles is finally here! Based on the designs from the hit New Batman Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series comes the first wave of figures of Batman, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and Two-Face! Each figure comes with multiple accessories!
$24.95 US • December 3rd, 2014 * Allocations May Occur

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN STATUE
BASED ON SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
SCULPTED BY JAMES SHOOP

The Man of Steel from the popular Superman: The Animated Series rockets into your home with this latest installment in the popular line of statues celebrating the World’s Greatest Super Hero.
Limited Edition of 5,200 • Measures Approximately 7.5″ Tall
$79.95 US • December 17th, 2014 * Allocations May Occur

DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED MOVIES
SON OF BATMAN: DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN, ROBIN AND NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURES
ROBIN – 4.75″
NIGHTWING – 6.85″
DEATHSTROKE – 6.75″
BATMAN – 6.9″
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

Based off designs of the much anticipated Son of Batman animated movie comes the next wave of action figures from DC Collectibles!

$19.95 US * December 17th, 2014 * Allocations May Occur

All the delayed figures listed above were originally scheduled to ship on November 26th, 2014.

DC Collectibles is the exclusive collectibles division of DC Comics, manufacturing and marketing over 100 products every year. Ranging from action figures to cold-cast porcelain statues to finely detailed prop replicas, these products are based on the world famous DC Comics Super Heroes, the edgy stars of Vertigo, the timeless icons of MAD Magazine and some of the most popular licensed properties from TV, film and videogames. The line is available exclusively through comics shops and specialty retailers.

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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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Network Debut Of “Son Of Batman” Animated Feature Coming This Week To Teletoon

Son of Batman will make its Teletoon network debut on the Canadian channel’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The animated feature, part of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Orignal Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is based on the “Batman and Son” comic book storyline published by DC Comics, which introduced Batman to his son, Damian Wayne. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the Son of Batman animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.




Son of Batman
Teletoon, Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal. With help from Gotham’s finest, including Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing, Batman will soon discover that his son and most trusted ally are one and the same!

Complete details on the direct-to-video Son of Batman animated feature can be found at the Son of Batman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Son of Batman airs Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Son of Batman animated feature, its respective home video releases, and other related discussions.

Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman and Son Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Son of Batman is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Interview With “Son Of Batman” Composer Frederik Wiedmann

With the Son of Batman – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie soundtrack release available to own on compact disc courtesy of La-La Land Records – through the label’s website and a host of online retail vendors – The World’s Finest caught up with Son of Batman composer Frederik Wiedmann to discuss his work on the recent animated feature. In the interview Weidmann covers a host of topics – including the composing process, his favorite themes, putting together a soundtrack, and much more. Click on the image below for the full interview, exclusive to The World’s Finest.

The Son of Batman – Music From The DC Universe Animated Movie soundtrack release from La-La Land Records is currently available for the retail price of $19.98. The compact disc soundtrack, available for purchase through both www.lalalandrecords.com and other soundtrack boutiques, is a limited edition of 1500 units. A separate digital download edition of the soundtrack is also available through online vendors. Click on the links below to discuss both the Son of Batman animated feature and its respective releases.

Further details and content for Son of Batman, including exclusive content and more, are available at the The World’s Finest Son of Batman subsite. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Son of Batman animated feature, its respective home video releases, and other related discussions.

Son of Batman Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Son of Batman Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman and Son Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Son of Batman is also being released as part of the year-long “Batman 75” celebrations, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. More details on “Batman 75” can be found here. Son of Batman is now available on Blu-ray, single-disc DVD, and Digital Download as part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.

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