by Alex Castle
As the world prepares for what looks to be a game-changing new Superman movie, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, produced by Dark Knight mastermind Christopher Nolan, it’s worth remembering that while Marvel Comics may seem to have totally dominated the live-action movie arms race, DC Comics has more than held its own in the animated department, with a range of stellar adaptations of classic stories as well as all-new stories featuring DC’s iconic characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and more. So while DC is at least a few years behind Marvel in terms of the world-building that could eventually lead to a Justice League movie, the animated version of that world is up and running and only a click away on Blockbuster On Demand!
Note: ‘animated’ does not necessarily mean ‘for kids.’ Some of these films are decidedly less appropriate for younger viewers.
The classic ’90s storyline “The Death of Superman,” one of the biggest-selling comics runs ever, is the basis here, with Kal-El battling a powerful villain called Doomsday to the death. (Spoiler Alert: Superman does not stay dead.)
Based on a 12-issue limited comic series, this one has Superman exposed to a lethal dose of solar radiation that also affords him more superpowers, so he sets about checking off his Bucket List and battling — who else? — Lex Luthor.
DC’s two biggest stars team up when President Lex Luthor declares the Man of Steel an enemy of the state, as a giant meteor threatens to destroy the Earth, while a huge army of supervillains keeps them off-balance.
Picking up where Superman/Batman: Public Enemies left off, Superman and Batman deal with the arrival of Superman’s Kryptonian cousin Kara on Earth, which is not without complications. Despite his top billing, Batman is only a supporting player here, but Wonder Woman is also a main supporting character; the villains are Apokolips and Darkseid.
The first feature-length animation by the creators of the wildly successful Batman: The Animated Series has the Caped Crusader framed for a series of macabre crimes while romancing a woman who, we learn in flashback, helped push orphaned millionaire Bruce Wayne into the vigilante business.
A masked criminal called the Red Hood has taken over Gotham City’s drug trade, in part Read More