Review

Harry has seen JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS animated feature!!!

Published at: Jan. 18, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST by headgeek




JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS

God, I love getting to see DC UNIVERSE animated original movies so early! I wasn't blown away by the PUBLIC ENEMIES animated film, as it was little more than an excuse for battles. All under the pretense of Luthor being President. With JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS... well, we get a treat... a feature animated tale involving the concept of the Crisis on Infinite Earths type of story. Frankly, I wish the title had INFINITE instead of TWO, because while most of the action occurs on two Earths, it is very much a crisis that is a danger to infinite Earths... not just the two. And we do see multiple versions of Earth in the film. That said, it is MAINLY all about these two particular versions of Earth. Essentially we have one Earth that has the Justice League that we know and love as a benevolent organization that is out to protect the citizens of Earth from foul play, and another Earth where the like powered super-powered denizens formed a group called THE CRIME SYNDICATE... which is a super-powered team of mobsters that have divided up the Earth and have been tormenting, extorting and killing all those that would oppose their reign. Meanwhile, on that planet - we have the former leader of the superpowered resistance, LEX LUTHOR - travel to an alternate Earth, with our regular heroes. He manages to convince them to come back to thwart the evildoers. I've been familiar with the Crime Syndicate characters for ages now, but I have to say... hearing Owlman come to life with the voice of James Woods... bent on the destruction of existence itself. Watching how the Syndicate works... the way they operate... they're delightfully evil - and kinda remind me a bit of that episode of Classic Trek on the planet of Chicago Mobsters, which I always suspected influenced the creators of the Crime Syndicate. As with each of these ANIMATED features, the style is different yet again. Mark Harmon is a strong voice for Superman, who is more in command here, than in any of the previous incarnations. He sounds powerful & a bit cocky. William Baldwin's Batman feels tamer than James Woods' Owlman, but that's how it should be here. And truly they seem mere degrees off of one another... with Woods' OWLMAN just being all the way insane. This is another winning film for the DC UNIVERSE group. Sadly my screener didn't have the SPECTRE short, nor any of the other extras that this will come packed with, when it hits in late February. If I were ranking these so far, this would be behind NEW FRONTIER, GREEN LANTERN & WONDER WOMAN features, but above the rest. You'll love how this wraps up. I certainly did.





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  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    There's nothing quite as good as

    by Stan Arthur

    super heros with evil parellel world counterparts.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    These do seem entertaining

    by SoylentMean

    More DVD reviews

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Been looking forward to this since announced.

    by crankyoldguy

    If I can't manage to get a screener, will get it the day it comes out.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    You had me at James Woods

    by daggor

    James Woods as a Batman-alternate baddie? I'm sold.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Didnt Batman the bold and the brave just do this?

    by Darkestfuryan

    really though i could have sworn that show just had a three episode arc that dealt with a crisis on two earths

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Darkestfuryan

    by vic twenty

    Right you are. The only difference I can see is that is was the Joker (as Red Helmet or somesuch) coming back for Batman's help. It was really well done, too.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    SPOILER: BOTH EARTHS HAVE UWE BOLL IN THEM

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    You really don't want to live in either because of that one single fact.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Also been waiting for this

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Can't wait for it to come out...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    I like how...

    by nico_laos

    ... the alternate 'evil' Superman has a Chicago accent.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Great!

    by TedKordLives

    Now where's my 'Saga of the Blue Beetles'?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    calling bullshit on this

    by happyboy

    I'm thinking Harry isn't as familiar with these characters as he lets on. Lex Luthor crossing dimensions for help sounds like a direct rip of the JLA: Earth 2 graphic novel from 2000. Can we get a synopsis here or some kind of review??? All we get is some crap about how you read about these characters as a kid and a plug for James Woods. BTW the plot of the Earth 2 characters is always a rip off of the "mirror universe" from Star Trek... Evil Capt Kirk pretending he's Good Capt Kirk in the other universe etc.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    So it's worse than "Wonder Woman?"

    by Triple_J_72

    meh...

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Crisis on Infinite Earths as a sequel

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Maybe this movie is probably setting the stage for a Crisis saga?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    BIG.... BOSS... ?!?!?

    by StarWarsRedux

    Well, that's what "Mr. President" looks like to me. Or he would with his eye-patch on the other side... So, I guess... SOLIDUS... ?!?!?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Voices

    by RenoNevada2000

    Isn't Owlman Earth-2's Bruce Wayne? Therefore, shouldn't Owlman and Batman be played by the same voice actor?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I wanna believe you Harry...

    by kongoman

    but you are the one who praised that piece of crap Green Lantern: First Flight movie. The stink of that movie still pisses me off.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Behind... BEHIND GL, WW, and NF?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Damn. I had high hopes, but this isn't better than THOSE?? WW kinda had a few laughs. GL had its moments. NF was decent, yet rushed and flawed. Actually, I think NF would have been much better had it focused more on GL. Utterly forgettable, all of them, with no replay value whatsoever.<P>IMO and of the two... DC titles are superior on TV yet it is Marvel that almost always has the better DTV movies. Hell, I like Next Avengers even though I had no reason to on first blush. Hulk vs., Doctor Strange, etc. Looking forward to Planet Hulk!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Hopefully it's better than WONDER WOMAN

    by SpyGuy

    SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES was far more entertaining than watching Steve Trevor as a chauvinist douchebag. Still haven't seen any DC animated Direct-To-DVD projects that top JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER, though. Probably never will until they finally give us THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT or LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    No Manbat, No Deal

    by bgeek

    Oh yeah, I went there.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    So this doesn't actually have anything to do

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    with Crisis on Infinite Earths, does it? No Superboy?

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths = best comic limited series ever

    by Shaner Jedi

    .

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Where's a GREEN ARROW film without the Tween crap?

    by Monkey_King

    Thank God, Buddha, etc...for Comics because SMALLVILLE really ruined Oliver Queen for me.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Owlman

    by typhonicbeast

    Could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Owlman is that universe's Thomas Wayne, not Bruce. That would explain the different voices.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman was the best of the animated movies

    by Drath

    It worked the best of all of them. New Frontiers was too rushed and too truncated (and the solution turned the Green Lantern ring into a shameless deus ex machina). Green Lantern: First Flight suffered for the origin story already being told in New Frontier so that Hal just sucked as a lead character. Only Wonder Woman has been good enough that had it been a live action movie with a few more scenes to pad out the nuts and bolts (perhaps Steve Trevor being debriefed and the Americans learning of Paradise Island via him and Diana then), it would have kicked everyone's ass just like Ironman. If you don't agree, fuck you, you're a pussy.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    They ruined this concept in the comics

    by cookylamoo

    by making EVERYONE evil on Earth II. How can you have a society where EVERYONE is evil, except maybe in Arab countries,

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    The funny thing with these DC animated films

    by JettL93

    When one comes out, critics jizz all over it, then when the next one comes out they jizz all over that one but recant their gushing ovber the last one by saying "it was just ok" or "it didn't grab me, but this new one is amazing"<P>I did some script work on the wonder woman film and have also seen this film, and i have to say they are all excellent, even the much lauded superman doomsday

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    So the Earth 2 Arabs would be good, then. And... don't be racist. There's an Arab family 2 doors down from me and their the friendliest, best neighbors I've ever had. (Doubtful that they're extradimensional immigrants, too)

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Timing backwards

    by cfhuber

    Harry: You thought that the Star Trek episode with the gangster planet ("A Piece of the Action") influenced the Crime Syndicate? Actually, the Crime Syndicate first appeared in JLA#29 (1964), so it predates Star Trek completely. Actually, "Mirror, Mirror" (with evil Kirk, etc.) is a closer match to the Earth-3/Crime Syndicate world, though I'm sure Jerome Bixby didn't need JLA to inspire him.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen the Wonder Woman movie

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    But the Green Lantern one was ass. Seems like the producers of Warners/DCU Animated have forgotten all the lessons they learned in the 90's-early 00's. The animation is over-rendered, figures are awkward and the writing and plots generally suck. Sad, really.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    JettL93

    by Snookeroo

    The Wonder Woman movie was the best of all the DC animated movies thus far -- I was really pleasantly surprised, since DC has never handled the character very well. Too bad WB is too dense to do the same thing with a live-action movie.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I want to live on the parallel world

    by Snookeroo

    where every super hero movie doesn't have a "Choir of Doom" as the sound bed.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    TAYLOR LAUTNER IN TALKS FOR SPIDER-MAN

    by SuperWelling

    COOL!! http://www.comicbookmovie.com/spider-man_movies/news/?a=13943

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman

    by Wrath4771

    I still say Wonder Woman is clearly better than any of theother films - and I have enjoyed those immensely. But Wonder Woman is like the difference between the Majors and Double A ball.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman's the Best Yet

    by Z 008

    Have they announced the next DTV DC movie? Is it too much to hope for a great Flash one? Just adapt anything from Waid's run, hopefully Terminal Velocity.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Harry, I thought you loved comics.

    by yesiamaplant

    You know very well that if there is no Anti-monitor, there is no Crisis on Infinite Earths. They'd done dozens of these stories prior to COIE, and this is just another one of them.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Crime Syndicate predates Star Trek

    by tjwsports

    The Crime Syndicate first appeared in Justice League of America Nos. 29 and 30 in 1964, which predates Mirror Mirror and the Chicago Thugs episode referenced in the story. I believe Star Trek's first episode debuted in 1967, although Roddenberry had worked on the idea for a while. Anyway, parallel and semi parallel dimensions didn't originate in JLA or Star Trek. They had been a plot device in science fiction tales since at least the 1940s and well probably before. The two-issue story was the second team-up of the JLA and the Justice Society. Morrison adapted the Original for his Earth 2 graphic novel. A DC Comics Presents Annual from the early 1980s featuring Ultra Man also influenced Morrison and probably this story on the DVD. It featured at good Lex Luthor coming to Earth 1, seeking the help of Superman.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Count me In!

    by Autodidact

    This is a deluxe version of my favourite episode of the Justice League animated series from 2003ish. I agree, there's nothing better with superheroes than alternate universe or alternate takes on them...because shit can happen!

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Brave and the Bold did Owlman last year.

    by Squashua

    It was pretty good then.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by midgarddragon

    Disliked Public Enemies but liked that horrible Green Lantern movie? Oh man, that's rich.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Jaylenotook- I was kidding about the Arabs.

    by cookylamoo

    But don't tell Geoege Bush. He thinks they're all e-vil.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Jaylenotook- I was kidding about the Arabs.

    by cookylamoo

    But don't tell Geoege Bush. He thinks they're all e-vil.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Sorry,

    by rabidfnark

    But I really hated Green Lantern: First Flight. It seemed hollow, and had a weak plot. I thought Wonder Woman was good as well as New Frontier, but GL:FF, meh at best.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    PUBLIC ENEMIES = GREAT; GREEN LANTERN = AWFUL

    by Kal Reeve

    Public Enemies was dynamic, exciting, colorful, and perfectly captured the Superman/Batman dynamic. Plus, not all animated superhero ventures have to involve complex storytelling. And, of course, it was fantastic to see Daly and Conroy reunited. <p> Green Lantern, however, was monotone and suffered from weak writing and poor voice acting.

  • Jan. 18, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Only thing I didn't like about New Frontier...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ...super-hammy voice acting. I liked all the other movies except Superman/Doomsday.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman was indeed Teh Awesome...

    by Jobacca

    All the rest have been just OK....REALLY hoping they do something with Green Arrow next...how bout an animated version of the Kevin Smith story? Or better yet,the old Green Arrow/Green Lantern stories by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams...racisim,crooked politicians,super-heroes dealing with a failing economy and pollution...talk about some timeless issues that are still relevant today!!!!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Owlman is Thomas Wayne Jr.

    by Voice O. Reason

    Bruce Wayne' older brother on that Earth who saw his brother and mother killed and blames his father, who happens to be the police commissioner of their world's Gotham City.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Someone remind me

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    ...why was Green Lantern: First Flight so bad again? I can't quite remember anything particularly negative about it.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Wait, Green Lantern was bad?

    by MattmanReturns

    I loved it. I remember everyone loving it when it came out. Now it sucks? Huh?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    No...Green Lantern was OK...

    by Jobacca

    I liked it...most folks consider it the second-best of all the animated features so far. I think it goes Wonder Woman,Green Lantern,Public Enemies and New Frontier are kinda tied,Batman Gotham Knight and then at the bottom of the barrel is Superman:Doomsday.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    The Crime Syndicate.....

    by Droogie Alex

    is Ultraman, Superwoman, Power Ring, Jonny Quick, Owlman, Red Arrow The Justice LORDS are the JLA dopplegangers with the same names.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    The "Crime" Syndicate

    by Aquanaut

    how deliciously EVIL!! why not The Injustice League while we're being so brutally honest and not trying to justify our illegal activities with a more noble sounding name.<p>i guess one doesn't have to worry about that sort of thing when most of your members have superpowers. still, why not just "the syndicate".<p>i thought names like the legion of doom and the sinister six had become a thing of the past. where's skeletor at? that guy loves being EEEEEEVILLLLL!!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Bring Back JLU. Yeah, I Said It.

    by SEVGN

    Still the best voices with the most richly developed DC universe outside of the comics to date. These stand-alone releases would be immensely enhanced by linking them to the TAS universe (Although I realize then they wouldn't necessarily be stand-alone). You would gain continuity of character and design (each new DVD movie is slightly different and distances the audience for a while until they adjust.) with no loss of story telling. Even if you keep the references to the changes in the TAS universe to a minimum, the overall depth of the world would be evident on the screen and in the story. Plus you pull in jerk-arses like myself who can't let the series go. Yeah! Yeah!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    I don't understand the love for New Frontier.

    by thedarklinglord

    Everything about it was awful, particularly the visual style and the voices. Though, I'll freely admit that I went in somewhat biased to the voices used in Justice League and JLU, so I had major issues with the changed voices (especially J'onn J'onzz) and the way it altered the personalities of those characters. I positively hated the whole thing and would rank it at the very bottom, even beneath Batman: Gotham Knight which I felt was horribly uneven and jarring in style and storytelling. <br> <br> I haven't seen Public Enemies yet, but I'd say Green Lantern was probably the best - and pretty much exactly what the live action movie should have been (except for the ending) - with Wonder Woman being very close and even occasionally slipping into my #1 slot.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    GL:FFS

    by Rommel Catuncan

    Criticisms I heard about Green Lantern: First Flight was that the origin was rushed, Hal took to being a GL too easily, the intro to Oa was rushed, wacky Guardians, underdeveloped characterisation, more about Sinestro than Hal...I had some of these problems first watching it but watching it again I enjoy it, not that deep but fun. A short running time does affect the characterisation, but these cartoons usually do go straight to the action.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    New Frontier

    by Rommel Catuncan

    I think this movie does Flash and GL well, at least we get a fleshed out story esp. with Hal Jordan. When I first watched it I was a bit upset with how little screen time Wonder Woman and Superman got. Martian Manhunter's intro was rushed too but I like the retro feel of the whole thing.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Not a fucking chance

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Kevin Conroy is Batman, why are they doing half of these animated features with him and the others without, doesnt make any sense! <P> I want all of Batman's lines in The Dark Knight dubbed by Conroy.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 6 a.m. CST

    Little Billy Baldwin as Batman? GTFO

    by Cash907

    It's Kevin Conroy or no one, as far as I'm concerned. Why these moronic producers feel the need to replace the beloved originals with pathetic "big name" ringers is beyond me, but it annoys the hell out of me.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    AVATAR HAS BEEN PULLED FROM 1,628 CHINESE THEATRES!?! WTF!?!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    The communist nation's state-run movie distributor, China Film Group, unexpectedly began pulling the blockbuster science-fiction picture from 1,628 2-D screens this week in favor of a biography of the ancient philosopher Confucius.<br> <br>Paul Hanneman, co-president of international distribution for 20th Century Fox, the movie's distributor, confirmed the move, which the studio learned about Monday evening.<br> <br>According to the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, the switch was made at the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that "Avatar" is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions.<br> <br>Millions of Chinese have been uprooted to make way for high-rise buildings and government infrastructure projects in the fast-growing country. In "Avatar," human colonists try to demolish the village of an alien race to obtain a precious energy source buried under it.<br> <br>http://www.thenewstribune.com/apheadlines/outdoors/story/1034148.html

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it

    by CartoonFanboy

    Though I hope your wrong about it not being as good as New Frontier and GL First Flight. Sure those movies are good (despite what the assholes haters say on this talk back), but they are also very flawed. The former is a clearly rushed adaptation that feels overly crowded and underdeveloped. The later, while fun, contains exactly zero character motivation for Hal Jordan. Of the bunch Wonder Woman is still the most complete, and by far the best, with Public Enemies being the worst (thats what happens when you use a shitty Jeff Leob story as a basis for your movie).

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Other way around

    by YHF4

    The Crime Syndicate first appeared two years before Star Trek came on the air so I doubt the writers were influenced by that Chicago Mobsters episode.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    DC Animated

    by Rommel Catuncan

    Yes, Wonder Woman is the most complete origin story. In "Green Lantern: First Flight", Hal spends very little time on Earth, he leaves quickly and then it's mostly Oa. (I do like that yellow power battery planet Qward with the bugs.) Public Enemies is nice to look at but yes contains fight after fight and Superman isn't very likeable or sympathetic (he mostly sneers and punches.) I like the end fight in "Superman: Doomsday" and I grew to like Gotham Knight more- segments like Deadshot, but stuff like the first story is a bit groanworthy.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    New Frontier Sucked...

    by Judge Briggs

    Why does it get so much props?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Public Enemies sucked

    by David Cloverfield

    If you use Luthor you have to use him with care. In good hands, he's the best character ever, in bad hands he's fuckin annyoing. Of course Public Enemies was based on that piece of shit Loeb story...

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    And they're doing shorts now too?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Cool! "The Spectre" thing looks like it may be entertaining in an old-school pulpy sort-of way...

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Actually, how awesome would it be to get an animated Shadow...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    From Timm and Dini? The 1994 film was fun, but didn't capture the spirit of the old radio show.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Public Enemies was nice-looking, but

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    completely lacked any depth or narrative, besides "watch Supes and Bats punch shit for 90 minutes". I have to agree, I wish these new installments took place in the DCAU. Although, Major Force made for kind-of a cool villain.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    New Frontier

    by Rommel Catuncan

    I think New Frontier gets props because it is one of the few Justice League stories that references the history of the League and takes their teaming up seriously and puts it in some context. Although maybe it doesn't necessarily achieve that moment where we see why these separate superheroes decide to form this organisation and work together (as I said Superman, WW and even Batman aren't as important in the final fight.) But it still has a lot of references from comics history, and real life history.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Also, Keith David was a pretty damn good villain

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    In New Frontier. That guy doesn't get enough work. He's like an EVEN MORE evil-sounding James Earl Jones.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Keith David was the Villian in The Princess and the Frog

    by Spacezilla

    Shadow Man. BY FAR the best part of the movie. YEa, he is awesome. Disney really should have done more with the Gargoyles. That was great.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    oh DC...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...cant your whole universe collapse and just be left wit the cool heroes...ya know, not the god heroes that have every imaginable power even though none of them correlate to each other (xray vision and super speed?)...those aliens/gods/supernatural creatures/etc are ruinin the cool concepts like Green Arrow and Batman...I hate DC, but DC did bring us the greatest hero and villain ever, Batman and the Joker!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    and can we get...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...a Joker movie? seriously DC, he is one of your bigger assets (more so than Superman in my opinion) and I know ya can make monies of it...just get Luke back in the studio and boo ya!

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    1 DVD review in 3 weeks... not bad El Rojo Grande.

    by Rando Calrisian

    Where's the last three weeks of DVD columns?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    There were reports that the next DC animated movie

    by Rommel Catuncan

    is "Batman: Under the Hood."

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    DC Animated movies

    by grendel69

    I finally got around to seeing Green Lantern and I enjoyed it. Some cheesy dialogue, but it was fun. I didnt enjoy Wonder Woman as much, maybe Ill have to watch it again.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah Wonder Woman was the best so far

    by MRJONZ72

    nuff said

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah Wonder Woman was the best so far

    by MRJONZ72

    nuff said

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Fa_Tass_DinoMolester....the radio show????

    by brabon300

    changed the shadow because people couldnt see what was going on<p> read the pulp stories<p> the shadow is a hard boiled detective who is a master of disguise and voice and uses guns<p> the only prob with the 94 movie is that they mixed the radio show and the pulps together, when they shouldve just done away with the radio storyline<p> but ya, an animated shadow might work

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    how is it that dc gets animated films right

    by brabon300

    and marvel has such a hard time?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I dunno. James Woods pulls me out of a cartoon.

    by Royston Lodge

    Wherever he does a cartoon voiceover it totally takes me out of the movie. His voice is way too recognizable. I won't be able to just sit back and let the character sink in.<p> I mean, it's funny when he plays himself (see The Simpsons & Clerks: The Animated Series), but I think his voice will hurt my enjoyment of the Justice League flick.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    brabon300: The Warner Bros. animation department.

    by Royston Lodge

    I mean, when you own one of the oldest institutions of animation greatness, it's not too hard to pull it off.<p> Maybe now that Marvel is partnered with the OTHER oldest institution of animated greatness, we can get some decent animated Marvel movies?

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    GL, New Frontier and Public Enemies are the BEST DC DVDs, the wo

    by Davdaman

    ...Batman Gotham Knight and Superman Doomsday. GL and New Frontier each have minor flaws, but are largely faithful to the source material, and contain the same strengths. Even as a bunch of vignettes, Gotham Knight blows.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I didnt like New Frontier

    by Animation

    It had nice segments here and there, but overall, it was awful. Still, I expect I'll really like this Crisis one. I certainly loved the GL and WW ones.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    New Frontier

    by BooBoosDaddy

    had a neat take on The Batman, with Jeremy Sisto doing a pretty good interpretation. The rest of the movie was kinda the short form. I thought it was meh. I agree with the poster above that a "Shadow" movie would be great if done as a PG 13 animated feature.

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    AICN in the year 2030:

    by hesiod2k

    James Cameron has just released the first of three crappy Prequels to Avatar in fully immersive holodeck toucharama. "James Cameron just raped my childhood."

  • Jan. 19, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Suck it, Harry.

    by we_pray_for_mad_skillz

    Public Enemies was the best. <p> But, I guess we've already established that you know very little about comic books, so why should we expect you to accurately judge spin-offs of them?

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    The last couple of movies

    by solvseus

    <br><p>were ok. Each had their charms and their missteps. Even the Superman ones, which were more missteps. No one seems to be mentioning the one before Doomsday, with a slapstick Lex and Brainiac. Probably a reason for that. </br></p> The best were those early Batman DTVs after the series, hard to top those.

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    "Sadly my SCREENER didn't have the SPECTRE short"

    by TheManWhoCan

    screener! hummm (runs off to isohunt and mininova)

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Next up...

    by radjac33

    Batman The Red Hood. Is this known yet? If not, now you do.

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Yeah Sisto was far and away

    by lprothro

    the best thing about New Frontier; I think the reason it left some of us cold was the ridiculous "villian" for viewers like myself who hadn't read the source material; they just didn't lay in enough background or explanation for why a giant ball of prehistoric creatures suddenly shows up (see how crazy that sounds?) Public Enemies, however, was freakin' flawless and light years ahead of anything else they've done so far. It was pure entertainment.

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    That alternate universe shit is always stupid

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    This is the first DC animated film I really have no interest in seeing.

  • Jan. 20, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Smallville ruined oliver queen/green arrow?

    by Ryanbraun14

    smallville's green arrow is SPOT FUCKING ON.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    New Frontier the comic, full of wonder,

    by Dingbatty

    brilliant art, story almost there, rushed ending. New Frontier the animated movie, huge let down, rushed.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Wish they'd do some of their lesser known

    by Dingbatty

    stuff, like Warlord or Amethyst of Gemworld. A Justice League DCAU The Question would be cool, as well.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I second O'Neil/Adams GL/GA,

    by Dingbatty

    or Mike Grell era, Longbow Hunters and later.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Haunted Tank, Enemy Ace,

    by Dingbatty

    Any property of theirs out of the ordinary, instead of just cameos and homage in their mainstream toons.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I had a crisis

    by Super Joker

    on your mom.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    New Fontier

    by Stabby

    Just watched it last night on Netflix Instant. maybe I'm too old to enjoy cartoons like this, but it wasn't very good. Not enough time given to any particular hero, including Green Lantern even though this was basically his origin story. Well, his and whoever the alien guy was. Also, did not see the amazing artwork that Harry raved about.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    BATMAN VOICES...

    by Master Bruce

    I'm definitely TEAM CONROY as far as the voice of Batman is concerned, it just doesn't get any better than Kevin Conroy! That being said, I think they almost had it right in New Frontier; they had the right actors but in the wrong parts; they should've switched Miguel Ferrer & Jeremy Sisto around w/Ferrer as Batman & Sisto as The Martian Manhunter! Go back & listen again & tell me that I'm wrong.

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Deathstroke as the president?

    by Crooooooow

    nice

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    "Red Hood" movie? GASP...

    by Triple_J_72

    Please tell me Hamill's involved.

  • Jan. 22, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Has anyone seen the Animated Black Panther series?

    by Stalkeye

    The good news; It's actually good from the voice acting to the story which is based off Hudlin's run.<p>The bad news: it's based on the comic..litterly! It's like those superimposed Marvel cartoons back in the sixties, only difference is more animation has been implemented.Marvel should have paid more to get serious animation for this like they did for previous series; wolverine and the xmen, iron man armored adventures,etc.<p>Then again, since it's on BET, it shouldn't "matter".

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Overplayed

    by corvette63

    Haven't we seen this a million times? Brave and the Bold did this last season and I saw this in the archives as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jQAQml8ys&feature=related

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Bring back BATMAN BEYOND

    by Timmy!

    That show kicked ass..All the new direct to DVD releases have been fair at best.

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I cannot stand Smallville's Green Arrow.

    by Royston Lodge

    But that's just me.

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  • Feb. 17, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    This is the best one so far by a mile!

    by CeejayNightwing

    Watched it and was totally blown away by everything except the voices. There is no replacing Kevin Conroy, EVER! That said, everything else is superb in this flick, the story is compelling, the key art for the animation way better than the bloated crap they did for the SUPERMAN/BATMAN Public Enemies feature, and the best thing of all is the fight sequences, they just get better and better as they go along! 9/10 easy!

  • Feb. 18, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    A Crisis On Two Ideas

    by Scott_Daddy

    This thing started out with one of the other Earth's heroes getting a flaming sword throught he heart which gave me hope for a Watchmen type of story. This was bullshit though... It quickly just backed away to the boring safety of hand to hand combat with no effects, or blood or anything... What a fucking boring story... yawn!!!

  • Feb. 19, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    no Parallax?

    by v1cious

    don't know if want.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    by Scott_Daddy

    by CeejayNightwing

    Well you're getting the point of the two mixed up! Watchmen i written to show you the futility in the existence of the Superhero. It exists outside the DC Universe that Supes and Batman etc reside in which is a universe that's purpose is to present you the benefit of the existence of Superheroes. That's why this animated feature of a comic that first appeared in the 60's should not deliver any type of "Watchmen" type story, not a chance in hell. You obviously got off on the wrong perception and killed any chance of appreciating this for exactly what it is. An adaptation of a classic DCU comic event.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Agreed on the review

    by Powerring

    Definately good, better than most Marvel animated. The Spectre totally fucking rocked! He accomplished in 11 minutes what it took spawn a season to do. The spectre is bad ass!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    which version would you get?

    by Meadowe

    The target one with bonus disc with the legends episodes of jlu or the bestbuy one with owlman toy?

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    This movie kinda sucked

    by Disgustin_Justin

  • March 13, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Thought it was pretty good

    by Redmantle

    Though Batman got his ass kicked regularly throughout the film... there was nobody he could even come close to taking down, even his Earth 2 counterpart was wearing power armor. And Billy Baldwin's voice wasn't powerful enough to sell Batman. Mark Harmon was a good Superman... kind of. He was definitely a Superman who was sure of himself, intelligent, and in command, but a lot of that was in the script. Wonder Woman was also depicted in a very cool way. The evil Superwoman and Owlman really stole the show for me though. Especially Superwoman, sexy, evil, brutal... pretty cool stuff. You haters can suck it. LOL.