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For 2019 we are going to be doing something a little different. The Geekstalkers Community has been steadily growing over the last couple of years so we thought it was about time that you got to know our members a little better. Each month we will have at least one Geekstalker talk about…..anything they want to! We have a wide variety of interests which is one of the reasons we work so well!
This month’s featured Geekstalker is our very good friend, Markus aka @TheMarckoguy
When tasked with what to write about, I found myself at a bit of a crossroads. There’s a ton of stuff I absolutely love and could ramble on for ages about, so choosing something wasn’t easy. But then I finally figured it out. I decided to write about something that deserves a lot more appreciation than it deserves… the direct to video DC animated movies.
The first one I ever saw was technically the first one ever released, even though it did get a theatrical release. That movie being Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. I believe I was about five when I saw it, and it scared the hell out of me (Tiny Markus couldn’t handle dark stuff). Anyway, after Phantasm became a bit of a hit, DC and Warner Bros started making more of these animated movies, though relegating them all to direct to video (at least up until 2016’s The Killing Joke, which got shown in theaters briefly).
Though it took five years for the next animated feature to be released, with that being 1998’s Batman & Mr. Freeze: Zero. After that we got a few sprinkled here and there. But from 2005 and onwards, they started consistently releasing animated features at least once a year, with no real connection existing between each movie other than all of them being based on DC properties. It wasn’t until 2013’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox that we started getting a bit of a connecting thread going, with that movie being the start of a new, DC Animated Universe, which was then (in a sense) followed up with 2014’s Justice League: War. And since then we’ve gotten a connected movie universe currently consisting of 14 movies, with the most current one being 2019’s Batman: Hush. Though there are also a fair bit of standalone features that spin off from the main continuity, exploring interesting ideas that maybe don’t fit too well within that universe/timeline. These include such oddities as Batman Ninja, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (God damn, there’s a lot of Batman), Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
So why do I love these movies? Because they’re these generally fun, well made animated features that aren’t afraid of getting a bit cartoony and comic booky, when a fair bit of live action movies try to ground their characters. While they may vary in quality, it’s just fun to see these get made, adapting various comic book plots or creating original stories, really feeling like comics. Plus, I’m just a sucker for animated action. And since we’re here to talk about my love for these, how about I mention some of my favorites? Let’s start with my least favorite, the worst one, the one I wouldn’t recommend (yes, such a
thing exists). That is Batman & Harley Quinn a weird, awkward, unfunny buddy cop style movie that just doesn’t work.
Now with that crap out of the way, here are some of my favorites:
The previously mentioned Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, an absolute masterpiece of its sub-genre.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, a really engaging superhero adventure with some really heartfelt moments and an intriguing mystery.
Batman: Under the Red Hood, one of the first ones I saw and really took notice of, a really great Batman- themed thriller.
The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & 2, a two-part epic based on Frank Miller’s iconic comic book about an older Bruce Wayne.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a goofy action movie that has enough edge to be engaging, while still being really funny and silly.
Wonder Woman, a 2009 origin story about, well… Wonder Woman.
Justice League Dark, a supernatural action movie about the more mystical side of the DC universe, featuring a fun plot and the very welcome return of Matt Ryan as John Constantine.
Those were just a few of the many DC animations out there, but they are some of my absolute favorites.
Maybe you’ll check them out, maybe you won’t.
So yeah, I love DC animated movies, and I’ll happily continue supporting them. Have a good one.
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