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A DC Universe Animated Original Movies Introduction

Posted by cyberpfalcon on March 23, 2016

I wrote another superheroes related article for my newsletter at work (I’m quite sure that no one actually reads these now 😉 ), so I thought I’d share it here as well.

 

Most of us already know about and have seen most of the Marvel superheroes movies.

Compared to Marvel, DC has certainly lagged behind in translating their characters for the silver screen. After watching the recent Man of Steel (which I did not like), and from what I have heard and seen of the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad movies, I don’t have much hope in DC being able to successfully open up their universe for the live-action film audience.

Luckily for us, DC has already made a ton of great animated movies, under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. Below are some of my favourites, most of which should be available on Netflix.

 

Justice League: War

A great introduction to the DC Universe, this movie depicts the formation of the Justice League and their fight against Darkseid, tyrant and warlord of another planet. Featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Cyborg, and Shazam.

 

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

As of the time of writing, I have no idea if the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be any good. But, I know that this movie adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, which Batman v Superman takes inspiration from, is awesome. Mentioned already in my article in the previous newsletter, this movie tells the story of a retired Batman, who is forced out of retirement to fight against a Gotham that is even more decadent than the one that he left.

 

All-Star Superman

As mentioned in my last article, All-Star Superman is considered one of the best Superman stories ever told, and this adaptation does a faithful and superb job at translating it into an animated movie. When Superman is hit by a lethal overdose of solar radiation that will eventually kill him, he sets out to put his life’s affairs in order before his death. (Additional note: This movie is, in my opinion, way better than the recent Man of Steel.)

 

Son of Batman, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood

If you already have some idea as to who Batman is, then check out these three movies, which deal with Batman’s discovery of his son, who was raised by the League of Assassins.

 

Green Lantern: First Flight

Let’s be honest, pretty much nobody liked the Ryan Reynolds live-action Green Lantern movie (they even made fun of it in the Ryan Reynolds live-action Deadpool movie!). Luckily, we have Green Lantern: First Flight, a movie about Hal Jordan’s training as a member of the Green Lantern Corps (basically space cops) and his relationship with his mentor, Sinestro.

 

Wonder Woman

A great Wonder Woman film about Diana’s journey from the Amazonian island paradise of Themyscira into ‘man’s world’ and how she became Wonder Woman. An adaptation of the famous “Gods and Mortals” story by George Pérez.

 

Batman: Assault on Arkham

I know the title has “Batman” in it, but this is really a Suicide Squad film. Basically, a group of supervillains (the Suicide Squad) are blackmailed by the government into breaking into Arkham Asylum, a high security psychiatric hospital for supervillains, to recover highly valuable intel.

 

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

One of my favourite movies from this line, this movie depicts the Justice League having to deal with the Crime Syndicate, an evil, alternate version of the themselves.

 

And those were some of my favourite movies from the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. If you liked those, I recommend checking out more movies from that line. Also, if you have more time on your hands, check out the DC Animated Universe (which includes Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and more), Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Teen Titans.

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