5 Great DC Animated DVDs

It seems interesting that for a company that has not been able to stick a landing in the theaters (the Batman movies excluded),  DC Comics’ animated DVDs are head and shoulders above the competition (namely, Marvel).  Given the choice, I would much rather watch any of the DC titles that have come out on DVD than the few Marvel titles, most of which have just been pretty bad.

For those who are looking for a good watch, and are not sidled with the conception that animation is only for children, I have a few suggestions for you.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Technically, this represents 2 DVDs since it was released in two parts.  Still, Dark Knight Returns manages to capture everything that made the original 1986 mini-series written by Frank Miller.  The visuals match Miller’s artwork, and the voice acting is awesome.  The casting of Peter (Robocop) Weller as the senior Bruce Wayne/Batman is just as good as the casting of Kevin Conroy for Batman: The Animated Series.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

The second of the Green Lantern animated DVDs, Emerald Knights is an anthology that uses the return of Krona as its framing story.  The stories find their sources from GL stories told throughout the years, including the tale of the first Lantern, Kilowog’s training, and why Mogo does not socialize.  A nice touch to this DVD is that it includes Sinestro as a member of the Corps, rather than his future villainous self.

DC Showcase: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

The headline feature of this DVD is based on the return of Shazam to the DC Universe.  This is a quick run that focuses on the battle between the Man of Steel and the World’s Mightiest Mortal against Black Adam, a villain with the same powers as Captain Marvel.  Also featured on this DVD is three other shorts.  It is interesting that one of these three shorts is Jonah Hex in a story that is far better than the live action movie that would come out  later.

Justice League: The New Frontier

Like the series that this was based on, The New Frontier tells the story of the bridging of the Golden Age with that is the Silver Age.  Classic icons like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman stand side by side with the next generation of heroes, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern as the Earth faces a foe from beyond the stars.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

Based on the Grant Morrison graphic novel, JLA: Earth 2, This movie pits the Justice League against evil alternate versions of themselves from a parallel Earth.  An all-star voice cast headlines as the Justice League soon finds that it is not only the alternate world that is in danger, but their own as well.

About chyrondave

Avid comic reader, amateur writer, music fan, and someone with opinions, lots of opinions.

Posted on February 19, 2013, in Cartoons, DVD, Media and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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