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    So far, I've seen 'Superman: Doomsday', 'Justice League: The New Frontier', and 'Wonder Woman. I'll try to explain my thoughts on them as best as I can.

    'While 'Doomsday' wasn't completely faithful to the 'Death Of Superman' story, it was at least better than 'Brainac Attacks'. (Which doesn't carry the 'DC Universe' label, but whatever.) Still, this movie could've been better if more thought went into it, but it wasn't terrible.

    'New Frontier' was A solid film showing how people of all walks of life can overcome A common enemy. It's also A good representation of how these characters would look, and behave in the Kennedy era. Thankfully, the overall tone of this movie doesn't reflect the 'silver age' silliness of that age because let's face it, all kinds of silliness went on in DC comics at that time, and most fans still cringe over that era in comics.

    'Wonder Woman' (AKA 'Wonder Woman Vs. Doc Oc.') was probably the closest we'll get to A feature length film of our favorite amazon since Warner Bros. proper still can't get their act together with DC super heroes that aren't Batman. It's A good updating on her basic origins, and A good coming of age story. The only big flaw in this one is how they couldn't explain The Invisible Jet properly. Since Themiscyra has some kind of magic force field protecting them from the outside world, they should've used that to explain how they might've used magic to make the jet invisible, or if it was actually Steve Trevor's jet that they made invisible. Other than that, solid movie, and I hope to see the rest of them at some point.
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    Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

    Flashpoint was the mini series that transitioned DC into the new 52 continuity. I only read the Batman portions of it, so most of it was really unfamiliar to me.

    The Flash (Barry Allen) is at his mother's grave, wishing he could have prevented her death when he was a child. After an encounter with Zoom, he's motivated to save her. It's unclear what exactly Flash did, but the entire world has changed because of it. Europe is destroyed by the Atlantians and the Amazons invade Great Britain. Both have declared war on the rest of the world and on each other. Barry never got his powers, Bruce's dad became Batman after watching his son die, it's a pretty awful world.

    That's about as much I want to give away. A ton more happens and it's awesome. I think it's one of the best DC animated films they've made and they've made some killer home runs. This is raw and often times just so dark, but it's amazing.

    Whoever writes or directs this stuff needs to give the live action people tackling Superman/Batman a crash course on how these core characters interact when meeting for the first time.

    Must see.

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    This was a very well done movie

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    Maybe I have to watch Flashpoint again but I just didn't like it. I REALLY hated the character designs/proportions. Superman had a tiny pinhead in many scenes and it was just really distracting for me.
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    Who'd love to see Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, COPS 88 show and Ninja Turtles 87 first 2 seasons fame) do The Killing Joke as a movie?

    And how about some Vertigo titles like Swamp Thing and Constantine or Sandman?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryCanyon View Post
    Who'd love to see Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, COPS 88 show and Ninja Turtles 87 first 2 seasons fame) do The Killing Joke as a movie?
    I wouldn't.

    I love Peter Chung, and I love The Killing Joke, but I don't see that as a good stylistic marriage.

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    Justice League: War

    I actually forgot I read this story issue by issue when it first started to hit comic shelves. And watching this adaption, I remembered why.

    This is the new 52 version of how the JLA met and got together. If you just follow the DC animated films, the events of Flashpoint sorta rebooted and changed the universe and now we have this.

    It's not bad, but pretty generic as far as a JLA story goes. It's slightly more interesting than the comic, but pretty accurate to the source material, which was also kind of whatever.

    I don't know, it's alright. Batman and Wonder Woman probably have the cool moments. If you're a Batman fan, he's given his Batman moments where he shines the most amongst his more powerful team mates. Wonder Woman is fun to watch interact with everyone really.

    They really raised the bar with Red Hood, DKR 1 and 2, and Flashpoint, so this really pales in comparison, but hopefully they get back on track with the Damian movie next.

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    There is a JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time DVD movie release that is a Target exclusive that was released this past week.
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    Personally. I would love it if they went back and made movies out of the old Elseworlds stories.

    Like:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Justice League: War

    They really raised the bar with Red Hood, DKR 1 and 2, and Flashpoint, so this really pales in comparison, but hopefully they get back on track with the Damian movie next.
    This was the first one in a really long time that I didn't like.

    It had the thinnest of stories, was about 80% fight scenes and was full of dialogue that sounded like what 40 and 50 year-old men think is cool.

    I thought it felt like it was 3 hours long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCI Guy View Post
    This was the first one in a really long time that I didn't like.

    It had the thinnest of stories, was about 80% fight scenes and was full of dialogue that sounded like what 40 and 50 year-old men think is cool.

    I thought it felt like it was 3 hours long.
    LOL! That was the criticism of the actual series a few years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    LOL! That was the criticism of the actual series a few years ago!
    The series was just as bad. It was clearly created as an excuse to let Jim lee draw as much cool stuff as he wanted.

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    Son of Batman

    After being disappointed with Justice League: War, I was looking forward to getting back to a pre-52 Batman story. While it's better than War, I again was disappointed. I'm going give it an okay. DC has had a long history of capturing the soul and essence of Batman multiple times through out the years with BTAS, JL, JLU, Young Justice, Under The Hood, so on and so on. This was just okay.

    Our story takes place with an attack on The League of Assassins lead by Deathstroke. In this story, Deathstroke was trained by the League and was meant to be Ras Al Ghul's heir, much like Bruce at one time. Things didn't workout for Slade and now he gets his revenge by killing Ras. Talia hands over Damian to Bruce for safety, while she goes after Slade herself. I'm sure most of you know Damian becomes Robin. Sound good on paper.

    The animation the last few films never bothered me since the writing and voice acting are usually out standing. But I didn't feel that here. If I closed my eyes, I wouldn't recognize Batman from Deathstroke from Ras. They're all kind of just there. It's mostly a Damian story. Deathstroke isn't even that powerful here. He and Damian are equals. Batman sorta takes a backseat. Damian himself is interesting and pretty faithful to his comic character.

    On that note, I'd be interested in a **** Grayson Batman film with Damian as his Robin.

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    I really liked Son of Batman, but then Damian is my personal favorite Robin and it was just fun to see him in action being all brutal and stabby, he kinda reminded me of Hit-Girl from Kickass.

    Tell the truth I have enjoyed pretty much all the DC animated movies except for just 3 and those were The Dark Knight Returns 1 & 2 (detested the graphic novels and feel the same way towards the movie) and Wonder Woman, it just bored me.

    The rest were all good with Batman: Under the Red Hood being pretty damn awesome and by FAR my fave of the lot

    But Son of Batman...good 4 stars (out of 5) I would say (Batman: UTRH would rate 7 stars out of 5 )
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    I got to see the "Son of Batman" premier at Wondercon and enjoyed it. There's stuff that might infuriate hardcore DC fans, but it's a lot of fun. Violent, but lighthearted in a stabby-stabby kind of way.

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    I saw "Son of Batman" and I thought that it was quite mediocre. Violence was quite over exposed nonsensically and I found it a little hard to swallow for Damian as a 10 year old boy. I read some stories of Damian and still today I found them quite odd, even though I like the character. However, him going against Deathstroke in hand to hand match is pretty too much.
    I really dread Batman in his father role and I find him totally out his character with his son. I thought that he was way much better with D i c k or Tim. Damian reminds me a lot to Jason a little before "Death in the Family".
    I find more interesting the sort of elseworlds stories with Batman & Superman sons from the 70's on what role they took as fathers.
    Something that I don't understand is how Bruce was so affected by the loss of his parents, Jason's death, similarly at Stephanie's apparent death but not too much on Damian's, his own son.
    Voice cast it is also weird. Batman never sounded so off character. Damian was ok.


    I had also watched "JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time", and I even campy and cheesy and kiddie as it resulted to be; I found it more entertained than "Son of Batman". It is a sort of love letter to 70's & 80's Super Friends series against the Legion of Doom and Cyborg appearance.
    I wasn't aware of this movie since it was not very publicized, but it is a quite a pleasant discovery once watched. It also hints some sort of continuation and I do wish they keep coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhanen View Post
    I saw "Son of Batman" and I thought that it was quite mediocre.
    I think it is worse than mediocre, I think it is terrible.




    Quote Originally Posted by Rhanen View Post
    Violence was quite over exposed nonsensically. . .
    The film is unnecessarily violent and the depictions of violence are needlessly gratuitous. This is also apparently, a world in which ordinary humans can move faster than the speed of sound and deflect bullets with swords, a 10-year-old boy is a physical match for adult men, and Batman tortures criminals to gain actionable intelligence by dismembering them with his bare hands.




    Quote Originally Posted by Rhanen View Post
    . . . I found it a little hard to swallow for Damian as a 10 year old boy . . . going against Deathstroke in hand to hand match is pretty too much.
    Damian Wayne is a Gary Stu in this film. He climbed a mountain with a broken wrist at 4-years-old and hacked into NORAD at 5. He understands forensic accounting and hacked the Batcave computer at 10. Absolutely incredulous.




    Quote Originally Posted by Rhanen View Post
    Damian reminds me a lot to Jason a little before "Death in the Family".
    The writers think they are making him "cool," but he they are only succeeding at making him completely unlikable. And like Jason Todd, I would not care if he was murdered. In fact, I would probably root for it.




    Quote Originally Posted by Rhanen View Post
    I really dread Batman in his father role and I find him totally out his character with his son. I thought that he was way much better with D i c k or Tim. . . . Something that I don't understand is how Bruce was so affected by the loss of his parents, Jason's death, similarly at Stephanie's apparent death but not too much on Damian's, his own son.
    Perhaps this has something to do with how Damian was conceived in the film. Considering the circumstances, I am surprised he is not more distant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    The main reason these don't make money IMO, is because most people can easily download them before they are released.
    It appears they've been making money for some time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCI Guy View Post
    It had the thinnest of stories, was about 80% fight scenes and was full of dialogue that sounded like what 40 and 50 year-old men think is cool.
    Hmmm. Specific terminology/slang maybe.

    But I thought the overall banter itself was cool as heck.

    Batman's taunting of Hal Jordan in the first real dialogue of the movie is fun, clever and diagrams the characters abilities and personalities while also setting up Bruce's letting Hal closer in to his life later on in the movie.

    Then again, maybe I'm saying that because I'm 42.

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    Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

    I had given up hope after being disappointed with both JL: War and Son of Batman's poor quality of writing and voice acting. It was a big drop off after the spectacular Flashpoint film. To my surprise, they are back on track with this awesome piece of work.

    While Batman is in this and he is one of the coolest portrayed animated Batmans in a while, this is a Suicide Squad anti-hero story. Batman apprehends the Riddler, but Amanda Waller has some sort of secret business of her own with him, so she assembles a new batch of Suicide Squad members lead by Deadshot.

    This is not for children. It's a very violent, sometimes soft core porn sexy, Arkham movie. They nail the characters very well and surprise you with the twists and turns they take, including Batman.

    DC animated is back on track.

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    That's great to hear! I'm really looking forward to this one!

    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

    I had given up hope after being disappointed with both JL: War and Son of Batman's poor quality of writing and voice acting. It was a big drop off after the spectacular Flashpoint film. To my surprise, they are back on track with this awesome piece of work.

    While Batman is in this and he is one of the coolest portrayed animated Batmans in a while, this is a Suicide Squad anti-hero story. Batman apprehends the Riddler, but Amanda Waller has some sort of secret business of her own with him, so she assembles a new batch of Suicide Squad members lead by Deadshot.

    This is not for children. It's a very violent, sometimes soft core porn sexy, Arkham movie. They nail the characters very well and surprise you with the twists and turns they take, including Batman.

    DC animated is back on track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

    I had given up hope after being disappointed with both JL: War and Son of Batman's poor quality of writing and voice acting. It was a big drop off after the spectacular Flashpoint film. To my surprise, they are back on track with this awesome piece of work.

    While Batman is in this and he is one of the coolest portrayed animated Batmans in a while, this is a Suicide Squad anti-hero story. Batman apprehends the Riddler, but Amanda Waller has some sort of secret business of her own with him, so she assembles a new batch of Suicide Squad members lead by Deadshot.

    This is not for children. It's a very violent, sometimes soft core porn sexy, Arkham movie. They nail the characters very well and surprise you with the twists and turns they take, including Batman.

    DC animated is back on track.
    How could DC go wrong when the movie is set in the Arkham video game universe? Other than the fact Mark Hamill isn't Joker in this, Troy Baker is a bland replacement
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    Joker is pretty awesome in this though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) ... To my surprise, they are back on track with this awesome piece of work.
    I agree. I was really disappointed by Justice League: War, but Assault on Arkham was really entertaining. And even though it has Batman's name in the title, it was refreshing that most of the screen time was devoted to the Suicide Squad. It was good to see Batman from the point of view of the "villains" instead of the film being from his perspective. I hope this bodes well for the upcoming Aquaman movie.

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    Thought it was mostly good. I felt Harley was a bit off in portrayal, not Suicide Squad bad though.
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    I actually didn't like Assault on Arkham as the main characters were all quite boring and I found it hard to care about them or their mission. Joker almost saved the movie but even he failed to make it anything more then "MEH"
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