Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DC Animated

DC has a proud tradition of solid animated adaptations of their work, dating back nearly twenty years, now. And in the last few years, they've been cranking out some good direct to video animated movies. With the announcement of the latest one, I wanted to touch on each of them briefly.

  • Batman : Gotham Knights - This is the only one I haven't seen, and don't own. Obviously, I can't say much.
  • Superman / Doomsday - It's a B-minus effort, really. Kind of a slow early showing.
  • Justice League : New Frontier - This is a very solid adaptation of Darwyn Cooke's acclaimed miniseries, and one of the best of the bunch so far.
  • Wonder Woman - And this is the other best of the bunch. It's hilarious, without being goofy.
  • Green Lantern : First Flight - It's taken some flack for a pedestrian storyline, but it's solidly acted and visually interesting. This is the first of the bunch I bought on Blu-Ray.
Superman/Batman : Public Enemies is the next one due out, and I plan to snap that up. But they've also just announced a future one - Justice League : Crisis on Two Earths. With a title like that, I was hoping for a JLA/JSA team-up, but it looks like they've giving us the next best thing - the Justice League vs. the Crime Syndicate. While the Syndicate has been homaged in DC animated projects before, it's never actually appeared, with the exception of Owlman on Batman : Brave and the Bold. So Ultraman, Superwoman, Power Ring, and Johnny Quick should all be getting their first animated incarnations.

I still want a JSA animated movie though.

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