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With all the attention of comic book movies going to the live action, big screen flicks, I wanted to shift gears and take a little look at their animated DVD counterparts. In doing so, I wanted to focus on one of the two titans in the comic industry, DC.
Both Marvel and DC have given us some blockbuster films over the last few years, including: Spider-Man 1 & 2 (Marvel), Batman Begins & Dark Knight (DC), Ironman (Marvel) and Catwoman (DC). Okay, I'm kidding about Catwoman. But for all those dollars spent on the big screen, both these companies have put out some good to very good straight to DVD animated movies as well. I really think DC has outshined Marvel, however.
Growing up I was always a fan of Batman: The Animated Series. I loved the dark, classic feel of the cartoon. And perhaps one of my favorite things to come out of that series was the introduction of Harley Quinn. If I remember correctly, she was the first character to be "born" outside the comics for DC and later have her own self-titled comic - a comic whose series sells for a pretty penny, might I add.
About two years ago I noticed the seasons of this show on sale for $12 each at Best Buy. I scooped them up. I told my friend about it and we went back to the store several days later. He showed me the Justice League and Batman Beyond series. They were also on sale, so I grabbed them too. I'm glad I did. All the shows provided hours of great fun.
As for those stand alone movies, DC's most recent releases were hits in my eyes. The first of these was Wonder Woman. People seem to either love or hate her, but there is something about the historic aspect of her background that I find interesting. As for the movie, I loved the artwork and epic feel that her backstory provided. With this not being a TV movie, DC was even allowed to be a little more PG13 when compared to that of the TV shows. There were a few times my friends and I who watched this looked at each other and said, "Wasn' expecting them to go there!"
Next up is Green Lantern: First Flight. I will be honest when I say I know very little about the Green Lantern comics. I do know that there are multiple Lanterns and this movie focuses on Hal Jordon, not the John Stewart Latern from the Justice League shows. The movie starts off with some backstory, but gets rolling once it goes off into space. There was a great sci-fi feel to this one and it felt different than any of the cartoons I had watched from DC because of it.
Years ago some of you might have remembered the whole ordeal about Superman being killed. Well, DC recently released Superman Doomsday. This one is a bit darker than your average DC release. Not dark like the Batman Animated Series, dark in that it deals with some of the lower aspects of society - at least in the Superman realm, which is generally shiny and politically correct.
Lastly, there is Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. To be up front about this, I simply loved this one because it had a wealth of characters in it from the DC Universe and made use of them in logical ways. It was just a fun little movie for a comic book fan.
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