Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark has a promising concept but executes it half-heartedly, turning a visit to the magic-using side of the DCU into just another superhero-style battle. As the movie opens, people start seeing demons. Defending themselves, the humans attack, but the demons are really other people. It’s a truly horrific idea, with fear based on the concept of what we could find ourselves doing if seeing hallucinations. Unfortunately, after a suspenseful introduction that was my favorite part of the movie, […]

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Justice League Dark Second DCU Cartoon to Get R Rating; Trailer Now Available

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced release dates for Justice League Dark, a supernatural take on the DC universe that will be the second original animated movie with an R rating (after Batman: The Killing Joke). Here’s the description: When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City, and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, […]

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

I liked it! It’s fun! Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is my new favorite original DC animated movie, because it kept my interest throughout. In case you missed seeing the trailer, this feature-length cartoon is set in the “Batman ’66” world, based on the TV show, with the original voices of Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. This film is, as is typical of those in the past, 80 minutes or so […]

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DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year is the first — but likely not the last — original animated movie starring the redesigned teen girl versions of DC female heroes and villains. As a branding program, DC Super Hero Girls has been successful. They found an underserved niche — girls and their parents/adult friends who wanted heroic models for them — and made the most of it. That required redefining some of their best-known characters. For example, Harley Quinn […]

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Gets a New Trailer

The retro-styled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders put out a teaser trailer last week, and the idea of doing a new cartoon with the 1966-style characters (and original voices Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar) got a lot of attention. This more official trailer confirms that the dynamic duo will be facing off with the four classic villains: Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler. The cartoon will allow for more large-scale action than in the original TV show, […]

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Return of the Caped Crusaders a New Batman 66 Cartoon

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders this fall. It’s a retro-themed original animated movie that features the voices of the 1966 cast: Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. The movie will be available to purchase digitally on October 11 and on DVD or Blu-ray November 1. EW.com has the exclusive trailer, with hints of classic villains “in space”. It’s a shame that the blocky animation doesn’t […]

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DCU Animated Films Announced for 2017

ICv2.com reports that, at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that DC Entertainment will be releasing the following three as their next original animated direct-to-video movies. Justice League Dark, due this fall, is now being promoted in a sneak peek on the Batman: The Killing Joke release. It assembles the supernatural characters Black Orchid, Etrigan, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and John Constantine (who is voiced by Matt Ryan, who played the role on TV) to fight demons. Until Warner takes […]

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans

The latest original DCU animated movie is Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and it does what it says on the tin. It also tries to do more, which is admirable, but I thought its reach exceeded its grasp. There’s just too much in this movie for it to be called a success, although a lot of what they were trying to do I wanted to see. I’m talking mostly about the generational themes. This is the first appearance of the […]

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