Thinking about the buzz I've seen on this movie on the internet got me to wondering how is the DCU Animated series doing sales wise. Since the sales numbers are readily available from various sources, I was able to whip up a graph of my findings showing units sold for each feature:
The first thing that jumped out at me was it looks like the features are rapidly declining in popularity - aside from a few upticks (Justice League: Doom, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1)
Why has there not been another Wonder Woman movie? The first one actually outsold the first Batman, Green Lantern and Justice League movies, so you would think it would be a no brainer to produce another one.
Why did New Frontier sell so poorly? Was because it wasn't more directly marketed as a Justice League movie? (It seems to be titled as such, but I can't remember how it appeared in places like Best Buy when it was released.)
Of course I had to do the same thing for the Marvel Animation movies (which are fewer in number)
Here are the dollar figures for DC:
|Justice League: The New Frontier||$5,242,952|
|Batman: Gotham Knight||$8,072,890|
|Green Lantern: First Flight||$6,260,099|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||$8,470,749|
|Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||$5,405,463|
|Batman: Under the Red Hood||$7,131,753|
|DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection||$4,034,257|
|Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||$2,741,247|
|Batman: Year One||$2,763,042|
|Justice League: Doom||$4,073,754|
|Superman vs. The Elite||$1,279,222|
|Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1||$2,650,510|
|Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2||$1,467,026|
|Ultimate Avengers 2||$7,866,932|
|The Invincible Iron Man||$5,255,593|
|Thor: Tales of Asgard||$2,300,286|
Looking at the last number on both charts, I have to wonder if Thor: Tales of Asgard or Superman: Unbound broke even. I enjoyed a lot of the movies on both lists, but I perfectly understand why the Marvel line petered out based on the sales of T:ToA.
I think the Flashpoint Paradox is going to do a good bit better than Superman: Unbound. I would beg it for at least as good as Justice League: Doom ($4 million).
After that, I have heard that the plans are to adapt the first arc of the Geoff Johns/Jim Lee Justice League. As that is fresh in the mind of readers at the moment, it might do pretty well too.
After that, I don't know what would sale well. Sinestro Corps Wars perhaps?
What would you like to see as the next comic book animated feature?