We are living on the edge of a nerd renaissance (a nerdaissance?) – we all have Trek-esque communicators, Dr. Who is a household name, video games are finally being recognized as art, and every single summer, movie theaters across the world are jam-packed with Super Hero blockbusters! That said there’s a whole library of spectacular Animated Super Hero features that for whatever reason still don’t seem to get the attention they very much deserve… I would even argue that many of these titles from the last couple decades are in some cases better than their live action contemporaries.
Many people automatically assume that if it’s animated it’s geared towards kids, because here in the US the most mainstream animated films just so happen to be Disney or Pixar (which tend to be family friendly, not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Although that may have been true at one time or another, that misconception can be very easily dismissed by many award-winning Japanese classics that are simply put – not for kids (Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Ninja Scroll, most movies by Miyazaki, etc).
As any critic can tell you, animation itself is not actually a genre, but rather a medium of storytelling and much like graphic novels can be just as immersive and compelling as books that don’t utilize sequential art. Which brings me to DC comic’s recent line of animated movies. Although Marvel has been killing it at the box office as of late, it’s DC that’s really been hitting it out of the park with their line up of PG-13 straight to digital Animated Movies.
For starters there have been A LOT of them over the last ten years or so, and they’ve all been good, which made narrowing down a list of them that much more challenging. There’s a few factors that make these especially noteworthy: they’re faithfully based on the actual comics, unlike most live action super hero movies that are ‘inspired by’ the source material, these ones even emulate the art styles of the original creators. Not only that, but the comic creators themselves are often heavily involved in adapting these stories for the screen. And lastly if nothing else, these are all worth watching for the voice talents alone (including many a celebrity) who bring these iconic characters to life.
So without further ado…
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