Last bit, dug into the early years of DC animated flicks, now, the newer stuff.
The Batman Superman Movie
Three episodes of the 90's Superman series stitched together into a film.
Excellent, I fucking love it.
Thanks for reminding me of this one, and recommending it, Max.
Fuggin' Wikipedia didn't have this one listed under movies.
In the last entry, I bemoaned some of them being "long episodes", well, this one actually IS a 3 part episode of the fucking Saturday morning show, cheap animation and all, and it kicks the asses of those "long episodes", movies.
SubZero, Batwoman, Brainiac Attacks, Titans in Tokyo, the lot.
Budget is no excuse for slacking, this is the proof.
Anyway, it's Superman and Batman retroactively meeting for the first time, and vs Luthor, and his henchwoman, and Joker, and Harley.
If you love these characters, it shows all of them at their best.
For crossovers, I put this up there with Batman/Hulk.
Yep, I liked it THAT much.
I'd tell ya more, but I don't wanna give a damned thing away.
Oh, okay, favorite scene, Superman x-ray-ing Batman's mask, Supes exclaiming "Bruce Wayne!?", and Wayne/Bats deadpan grumbling "you peeked...".
Again, thanks, Max.
Okay, now, to the 00's/10's...
Pretty damned good.
Encapsulates the whole "Death Of Superman", comics arc, but...I gotta say, I dig this version better.
Changes made include-
Doomsday fight confined to Metropolis, and beefier.
The death blow isn't just hand to hand now, Supes smashes Doomsday all the way up from orbit, and goes through a re-entry impact.
Which, is what it would really take to kill/coma these guys.
Eradicator, and Clone-Superboy are merged into one character, of a bad adult Superman clone pretending to be risen Supes.
No Cadmus, now it's directly Lexcorp.
There is no John Henry Steel.
There is no Cyborg-Superman, or side bullshit with Green Lantern, and Mongul.
Funeral is short and sweet, no every hero and villain in the DCU prattling on.
Supes coming back weaker, with long hair, and a black cyber-suit is about the same, but he gets right down to business fighting the clone.
This second fight is great, not tiresome like the one in "Brainiac Attacks", it's paced very much like the Zod/Ursa/Non in Metropolis fight in "Superman II".
Pretty damned impressive little production, I recommend.
Read the comics back in the day.
Had to withstand sniffy, jerky, stereotypical comic-book-guys to do so.
Thanks for ending that fucking era, internet.
Justice League: The New Frontier
Based on the graphic novel that I didn't read.
Pretty much a retro alterni-verse of these characters starting out in the 50's/60's.
What it really seems to be though, is DC (at long last) shrugging off the bad mojo of the bad-old-days when they bent over like bitches for the Senate Subcommittee Hearings, and the shitty Comics Code Authority they birthed.
Here, we see the DC heroes as they should have/would have been back then.
Questioning authority, acknowledging the issues of the day, all the stuff they finally do now, but, as I said, retro to the 50's/60's.
Think Watchmen without the rape, and prostitutes, and looming gloom.
I applaud the effort, and the film is pleasant to watch, but....it wasn't the "masterpiece", I've heard fanboys claim.
It's just good.
Maybe the book is better, but I gotta judge this on its own merits.
Anyway, worth a watch.
Batman: Gotham Knight
The animated in-between-quel to "Batman Begins", and "The Dark Knight".Eh, I didn't say much about Animatrix that applied, since I liked Animatrix, but hated The Matrix.
Another anthology in the vein of "The Animatrix".
So, ditto a lot of what I said about that.
Including counting this as Heavy Metal 3.
I love the Nolan-verse films.
Forgot to mention in that entry, Kevin Conroy plays Bats for this one.
I refuse to say "returns to the role", because..well, he's had more retirements than Rocky.
Arkham City is supposed to be the last for him, but..come on...he'll be back.
Pretty damned good.
The Wonder Woman flick we'll probably never get to see in live-action.
But, hey, Warners, prove me wrong.
I love how DC Animation makes these pretty much to say "this is how you fuckin' do it, Hollywood!".
Not for tiny little kids though, lotta violence.
Flat out decapitations, and fully exposed impaling.
Heavy sexual innuendo too.
Oh,...I'd say 7 and up, depending on the kid.
Hey, WW is spun off of Greek/Roman myth, you gotta have war and tragedy in there...
They have WW back to her radical feminist roots too.
I mentally cheered at a couple scenes of her looking down her nose at modern American women for being gutless fluffy conformist pushovers using bimbo-ism for their flirting games.
Little girls need Wonder Woman more than ever, who else is their heroes?
If you let your daughters watch that Kardashian shit, choke yourself.
Choke yourself right the fuck out.
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter
The missing chunk of Watchmen.
It's also in that ultra-mega-ultimate-director's edition, or whatever the fuck they call it.
I gotta get that...
It's fucking great.
Just like the book.
The "Under The Hood", interviews are good too.
Green Lantern: First Flight
From the comments thread in this post, re: live-action "Green Lantern"....
Hmm, well, I expected way more goofiness outta Reynolds, and there's a sprinkle of it, but he more often kinda puppy-dog-eyes acted his way through the mushy stuff, and the self-doubt stuff.
Once he goes to Oa, it plays out like a straight ahead CG-ed reboot issue of Green Lantern Corps.
Some nice stuff about overcoming fear for the kiddies, a nifty boogeyman to slay, s'alright.
A bit too much goes into the "save it for later", bin, like the fall of Sinestro, and now there won't be a sequel so, pppt.
Worth a buck outta Redbox, anyway.
Okay, so, this film did the origin first, so, how did it differ?
Hal gets the ring a lot sooner, and we jump right ahead to that he's had a couple weeks of practice out in the desert, THEN he goes to Oa, then, they get right down to the turning of Sinestro, which is what the live-action sequel would have covered.
So, you can just watch this, and you get that lost sequel.
Overall quality of this one...pretty decent.
Another edgy adult one, lotta mild cursing, and referencing of rectums and such.
These direct-to-DVD ones aren't even trying to be for kids anymore, although, I'd still recommend them to mature/bright kids.
Yep, this stretch was consistently enjoyable, Warners/DC really has their shit together now.
This wasn't always so.
Let's just hope the streak holds....
Up next, the last batch of these.
(This goes between this, and this)
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