DC Entertainment just released an impressive collection of animated movies (and 5 animated shorts) to celebrate their 10th Anniversary of movies with Warner Bros. The complete set is available digitally as of August 15th and will be released on blu-ray November 7th.
Ranging from 2007 to 2017 these movies focus on our favorite heroes including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League. Five animated shorts are also featured showing us separate stories from Catwoman, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, and The Spectre, as well as a fifth short titled “Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam”. The newest animated DC film “Batman and Harley Quinn” is also being included in the set but unfortunately Adam West’s animated movie “Return of the Caped Crusaders” did not make the cut.
Each movie will focus on its own individual plot are not all necessarily connected and even though the movies are animated it doesn’t mean they are all for kids. Most of the films are PG-13 and one of them; “The Killing Joke” is rated R. If you have not seen any animated super hero movies before then I would recommend keeping an open mind and watching them in order of release.
The DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection will include the following titles:
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (2011)
BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN (2017)
BATMAN VS ROBIN (2015)
BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM (2014)
BATMAN: BAD BLOOD (2016)
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT (2008)
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (2016)
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD (2010)
BATMAN: YEAR ONE (2011)
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS (2011)
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT (2009)
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (2017)
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS (2016)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS (2010)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM (2012)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS (2015)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX (2013)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER (2008)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS (2015)
JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR (2014)
SON OF BATMAN (2014)
SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE (2012)
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE (2010)
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009)
SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY (2007)
SUPERMAN: UNBOUND (2013)
TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT (2017)
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1 (2012)
THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2 (2013)
WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION (2009)
I remember watching any and all super hero cartoons as a kid. Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited and of course Hanna Barbera’s Superfriends. These cartoons are a major part of my childhood and because of them I have remained a huge fan of The DC Universe and superheroes in general. As I grew up, even though I had fond memories of these cartoons, the PG ratings made them slightly less enjoyable. The first DC animated movie I watched as an adult was “Batman: Year One”. Watching the cartoon version of Batman in a PG-13 setting was not only eye opening for me but it was incredibly enjoyable which caused me to watch more of these films and equally enjoy them.
I had the opportunity to see “The Killing Joke” in theaters when it was first released and I am hoping we get more R rated films like this one. I believe that showing people a dark and more realistic view of our heroes (and villains) is important, especially as we grow up. Relating to these heroes in the PG setting is great; teaching us that teamwork and friendship are important and that it is okay to be different. On the other hand, relating to our heroes in a way where we acknowledge that we both experience tragedy and defeat, as well as love and triumph is equally important. We should all agree on what is right and wrong both in real life and on screen, but sometimes it can be enjoyable to feel pity for the bad guy, or get upset with the good guy when they make a mistake.
The DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection can be purchased digitally iTunes, the blu-ray set will be available on Amazon as well as most retailers on November 7th.
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