Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 1, 2017)
DC ANIMATED UNIVERSE: 10th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: “An adaptation of a famous graphic novel, Superman/Doomsday creates a tight little superhero adventure. It mixes action and drama to turn into a lively tale."
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER: “With an intriguing story and a good cast, Justice League: The New Frontier offers reasonable entertainment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t achieve all its goals because it’s far too short for its ambitions.”
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT: Not reviewed.
WONDER WOMAN: “As an origin story, Wonder Woman gives us a competent overview. Though inconsistent, the movie comes with reasonable entertainment value as a whole.”
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT: “I’m sure a good animated Green Lantern film can be made, but First Flight doesn’t achieve that goal. While it provides a watchable movie, it doesn’t turn into anything memorable.”
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES: “While it lacks the political complexity its theme promises, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies compensates with other strengths. In particular, it throws out so much fine action that it creates a genuinely fun, exciting adventure.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS: “If I recall correctly, I enjoyed the multiple universe concept found in earlier DC Comics. As explored in Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, however, the theme provides only sporadic pleasures. Essentially a lot of fighting without much story, the film remains pretty average.”
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD: “Arguably the best of the animated DC Comics adventures, Batman: Under the Red Hood packs a wallop. It delves into its characters and situations with uncommon power and keeps us gripped from start to finish.”
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE: “With Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, we find a pretty average comic book adventure. It comes with an intriguing story and some decent action, but it doesn’t quite come together in the end.”
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN: not reviewed.
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS: “Despite a strong narrative, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights provides pretty good entertainment. It tells a mix of short tales that vary in quality but often deliver fun and excitement.”
BATMAN: YEAR ONE: “Adapted from a much praised comic book, Batman: Year One has its moments, but it doesn’t provide a lot of satisfaction. At a mere 64 minutes, it simply lacks the breathing room to develop its characters and give us a vivid tale.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM: “Though not the most plot-driven superhero story ever told, Justice League: Doom offers just enough story to make it interesting. It adds bunches of good action and turns into a generally exciting piece.”
SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE: Not reviewed.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 1: “After many years, Frank Miller’s legendary graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns finally gets a cinematic adaptation. Unfortunately, it suffers from some poor choices and lacks the depth/darkness to make it really succeed.”
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 2: “While I admit I wasn’t wild about the first half of the story, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 offers a pretty solid conclusion to the tale. It seems truer to the tone of the source comic and provides a good punch.”
SUPERMAN: UNBOUND: Not reviewed.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX: “In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, we get a mostly satisfying superhero adventure. It struggles in its middle but it usually delivers excitement and emotion.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR: Not reviewed.
SON OF BATMAN: “As an animated adventure, Son of Batman brings us sporadic entertainment. While it comes with some good action, the story and character elements work less well and leave this as a spotty movie.”
BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM: Not reviewed.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS: "With Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman gets an animated revival that allows him to prosper. The movie mixes different heroes well and becomes a lively, exciting adventure."
BATMAN VS. ROBIN: Not reviewed.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS: “With an intriguing “alternate universe” premise, Justice League: Gods and Monsters looked like it’d offer a good adventure. Unfortunately, it suffers from pacing problems as well as a generally dull narrative.”
BATMAN: BAD BLOOD: “As an animated adventure, Batman: Bad Blood offers a decent experience. I don’t think it excels – partly due to too many characters and too many plot points – but it boasts enough excitement to keep us with it.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS: “Contrary to its title, Justice League Vs. Teen Titans doesn’t offer a balanced story, as it focuses heavily on its younger participants. That creates a problem, as those characters fail to become especially interesting, and the occasional action scenes don’t redeem the tedious teen bonding.”
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE: “An adaptation of a famous comic book, Batman: The Killing Joke doesn’t live up to the source. The film version feels tepid and fails to deliver the drama and horror at the tale’s core."
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: “With an unusual cast of characters, Justice League: Dark becomes moderately compelling. Though not a great movie, it gives us a tale with enough dynamic material to keep the viewer involved.”
TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT: “As a kid, I lacked a lot of interest in the Teen Titans, and The Judas Contract fails to alter that feeling. While the movie gives us enough action to offer mild entertainment, it never becomes anything memorable.”
BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN: “With Batman and Harley Quinn, we get an animated adventure that focuses on the Dark Knight and one of his most popular adversaries. Unfortunately, the movie seems thin and without much punch.”