09 March 2010

Rank Some DC DTVs

#7 Batman: Gotham Knight was an easy pick for last place as it is the one that I really have no interest in revisiting. A classic example of style over substance, Gotham Knight promised a mature bridge between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and delivered a hodgepodge of freakish Batman designs loosely connected with a story that doesn't deserve to be remembered. It pains me greatly that I didn't fall in love with this Batmanime, but try as I might, even on attempted repeat viewing I haven't found much redeemable about this stylish mess.

#6 Superman Batman: Public Enemies while placing sixth on this countdown was still an enjoyable romp. While Gotham Knight was just dumb, this is dumb fun. As an adaptation of the comic book, this was very faithful, maintaining many of even the most obscure cameos with designs that were spot on (for better or worse). Though the story certainly wasn't deep, the movie delivered with one showdown after another. Actually, the plot points that deviated from the comic were actually welcome improvements. Consider this the Twinkie of the DC line. I wouldn't want to eat seven of them in a row, but one now in then hits the spot.

#5 Justice League: The New Frontier was a bit of a letdown on first viewing. There was something noble and nostalgic about the setup but the climax involving a dinosaur spewing flying island was a bit much to swallow. Since then, the movie has grown on me. I realized that the final villain wasn't really the point (though a better foe would have bumped this one up). I really appreciate that even though this is a Justice League film, it was Green Lantern, Flash, and the Martian Manhunter that really drove the story. Those three have never seemed so heroic.

#4 Superman: Doomsday was awfully ambitious in trying to tell the whole death and return of Superman story in a single outing. While the death part was done well, the retelling of Rise of the Supermen arc felt like a cheat. Instead we were basically given a retooled Identity Crisis episode from Superman: The Animated Series. Having said that, without comparison to the original comic or comparison to the animated series tale, this story is enjoyable enough. I probably like this one more than most, maybe I just like mullet Superman. Or maybe it is just the epic way that the opening fight with Doomsday introduced DCs new line movies making me forget just how bad was Brainiac Attacks.

#3 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths having just come out may settle higher or lower on the list but for now the briskly paced alternate reality adventure lands in number three. Highlights of the film were pretty much everything to do with Owlman including his diabolical scheme his jet, and his main squeeze. Also enjoyable were the evil versions of heroes, particularly notoriously unpopular members of the Justice League Detroit.

#2 Wonder Woman was a real surprise. Unfortunately a lot of people think Wonder Woman is outdated an lame but this movie proved that a big Budget Wonder Woman movie could be pretty great. Wondy offered the most violent outing of the bunch (well maybe second to Gotham Knight- both had beheadings) but was balanced with humor. Of all seven movies, this one exceeding my expectations the most.

#1 Green Lantern: First Flight finally gave the Green Lantern his own title. This was also the first in the line that didn't star any of the big three and the movie proved that GL deserves to be up there front and center. This space based action movie has a setting distinct from the other DC and even Marvel DVDs and in my opinion is begging for a sequel. Nevertheless, this movie felt like more than just a setup for another movie, a trap that many origin stories fall into. I would have liked a few more minutes of setup at the beginning giving Hal Jordan a bit more character, but I was overall quite happy with this movie. Finally, of all the DC movie made thus far GL easily looks the most polished and appealing.

Check out my ranking of the Marvel movies here.

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