Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Superhero Flicks, Part 3.9: DC Animated (Part 4)

Hokay, let's catch these up....

So, when we left off on December 5th, 2011, there were three new animateds in the pipeline.

The two I'm about to review, and "The Dark Knight Returns".

Justice League: Doom

The origin of The Legion Of Doom into the modern DC animated universe.

So, Vandal Savage brings together Bane, Metallo, Star Sapphire, Cheetah, and Mirror Master into the first lineup for the Legion Of Doom (Lex is absent for some unknown reason), and via hacking the Bat Computer, they learn everyone's secret identities and weaknesses.
Mayhem ensues.

Pretty good.
Sort of a long retroactive lost-episode of the Justice League show, really.
Enjoyable on a fan level, but nothing I'd pay a ticket price to go see.

Superman vs. The Elite

Based on "what's so funny about truth, justice, and the American way?".

An alleged response to the worldview presented in "The Authority", having not read those books, I can't tell if this is a straw-man, it feels like one in my gut, but, if the characters in that are really assholes like in this...then, yeah, fuck 'em.

Now...maybe I'm reading too much into it...but it seems like it's not just knocking "The Authority", but all the water that's gone under the bridge since the 90's, and a bit of the 80's.

Manchester Black feels like he's supposed to represent Alan Moore, which would make Hat Neil Gaiman, Menagerie..looks like Witchblade, so...Image period, probably Todd McFarlane, and Coldast would be...Frank Miller?
He's Marv, but black?
Eh, it kinda breaks down, but I think there might be something to it still...

Anyway, whatever industry politics are hiding there, it's a nice piece of entertainment.

And, getting back to the politics, IMHO, it's good for kids to see.
I'd personally rather they embraced Superman, than be made cynical and mean by the post-9/11 morals presented in shit like "24".

It makes its point, I'm just not sure whether it's a false-dichotomy against what "The Authority", is saying or not, because, again, haven't read it.

As a Superman story, it soars.
As a "movie",, same deal with the JL one, feels like a big TV episode.

As industry comment, judgement reserved.
Probably a discussion better to have in the comments section.

So....those out of the way, we're finally down to Dark Knight.

Here, have a preview.
Watch it before the WB cops kill it.

Edit- It's here! See my review!

Okay, retro-linking this back to part 3 now....

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