I the age of mega million dollar movies about the comic world you can understand why that DC Universe Animated Original Movies have done so well in the superhero market. DC Universe Animated Original Movies are direct-to-video film projects being created by Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Comics. Currently, thirteen feature-length films have been released with additional films slated for release. The first film was released in 2007 and in each year since two to three have been released. Additionally, five short films have been released. The first of these projects was Superman: Doomsday, which was loosely based on the popular 1992–1993 storyline “The Death of Superman” where Superman fights Doomsday in a duel to the death. It was released on September 21, 2007. It made $9,448,768 in the US and sold 683,530 units DVD/Blu Ray. With the cost of a the major movie production vs the animated releases it has been a popular way for Warner Bros. to bring the iconic superhero characters in film. The gross proceeds of the 13 films has been $75,519,467 making room for the latest edition ‘Justice League: Doom’.
Justice League: Doom is an adaptation of Mark Waid’s JLA story arc, “JLA: Tower of Babel” wherein the Legion of Doom is formed to eliminate the Justice League using protocols created by Batman to take down the group should its members ever go rogue. The movie was adapted and written by Dwayne McDuffie shortly before his death in February 2011, and is directed by Lauren Montgomery and produced by Bruce Timm. It was released on February 28, 2012. The film dedicated to Dwayne McDuffie. The voice talent is very good: Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Michael Rosenbaum as the The Flash (Barry Allen instead of Wally West), Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter (likewise as Ma’alefa’ak), Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Phil Morris as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo as Star Sapphire, Alexis Denisof as Mirror Master, and David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen with the voice talents of Bumper Robinson as Cyborg, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Paul Blackthorne as Metallo, Claudia Black as Cheetah, Grey DeLisle as Lois Lane, and Robin Atkin Downes as Alfred Pennyworth.
The movie was well done and using the premise that Batman would have a contingency plan for the other Justice League members if they went bad is awesome, and causes a lot of flack between the heroes especially when the plan falls into the hands of villain Vandal Savage. It also introduces the voice of Bumper Robinson as Cyborg who plays a major roll in the story. Producer Bruce Timm and his fellow movie makers have a good formula of making past stories into film and making them successful, entertaining reproductions of the superheros we know. This movie is also very entertaining and worth buying. The superhero world is alive and well at Warner Bros. Animation.
There is a preview in the DVD/Blu Ray that I got of an up coming project call Superman vs The Elite (Click Link to see trailer) which is based on the comic book Action Comics 775 titled “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?”. It’s about ultra-violent super-heroes who routinely killed their enemies and who flaunted their powers and willingness to kill to prevent others from opposing or criticizing them and how Superman deals with these violent people who may be more powerful than he. This is also for release in 2012. We are on the watch for you here at Comics Talk. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt