The third, and I assume final, Wonder Woman short was just as slick and stylish as the first two, but I have long since abandoned any hope of getting a coherent plot. I would definitely mark this series as a triumph. After the Bat Man of Shanghai and this 70's Wonder Woman I am hoping the Man of Steel or Green Lantern are next in line for an out there but stylistic makeover. The Wonder Woman shorts stands as a great example of why DC Nation is a real opportunity for open-minded fans of DC characters.
04 January 2014
03 January 2014
Counting down my most anticipated superhero and comic book shows of 2014. I should note, there are also a number of TV shows in the works like DC's Hourman and a slew of Marvel characters (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage ) for Netflix leading up to a Defenders miniseries. I have not included them on the list because they are still in pre-production mode, though surely I hope they see the light of day. I am also really looking forward to the Batman Beyond and Batman: Black and White DC shorts but have no idea if they will really be out this year or not. Anyways, away we go.
In 2006, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract along with Superman Doomsday and Justice League: The New Frontier was one of the first titles announced for the direct to video line of animated DC features. After years of stalls, the title was officially revealed to have been cancelled in 2010. Citing lack of broad appeal in a Teen Titans movie, adult content, and potential rehash of the popular arc from the Teen Titans animated series, the film was shelved indefinitely to make way for the Batman: Gotham Knight and Wonder Woman titles. Alas, what could have been - and to think that to this day not even any designs from this potentially amazing project have been release. C'est la vie.
02 January 2014
After once again tinkering with the formula, Super Friends was back with a bit of a fresh boost that like a sugar-high quickly wore off. 10 minutes seemed a perfect length for most of the episodes allowing them a little time to breathe, but ending before dragging out somewhat hokey premises. Overall I enjoyed the series more than the last batch of 60 shorts, but I think it was wise that they would once again mix up the formula after this season.
01 January 2014
While quite a bit better than the abysmal Braniac Attacks, this foray with Brainaic is probably also more forgettable. Of Superman's animated movies in the modern DC line, this one also came off as a very head-scratching choice for an adaptation. At least Superman vs. The Elite was based on a very well regarded story as was All Star Superman and even Superman Doomsday. Superman: Brainiac was an okay story, but not an obvious choice for a movie.
The Friends faced a challenge of "monumental" proportions when an alien stole Earth's monuments including the Hall of Justice. This was actually pretty dull and pointless with Samurai once again proving the MVP where even Batman and Superman fell short. Old "Green Tornado's" combined wind and invisibility has apparently made him quite formidable. Anyways, the villain was forgettable and the plot a rehash so wouldn't you know it was time for some rejiggering.
Episode Count: 0493
Series Count: (14 of 14)
31 December 2013
30 December 2013
"Holy hairdo, it's a girl." Another classic line from Robin who was quite smitten by the space princess. Too bad she turned him into a statue like a regular Lando Calrissian. In fact, I am pretty sure this episode was very influenced by Star Wars as it also had a Death Star like planet killer aimed at a tragic demonstration planet. Once again, Darkseid elevated a mediocre tale to one that wasn't half bad. Now if only I could see him engage in a little hand to hand combat.
Episode Count: 0491
Series Count: (12 of 14)