With DC Comics‘ newest animated film, Green Lantern: Beware My Power, receiving mediocre reviews on Letterboxd, it’s become the most recent addition in a line of poor reviews for recent DC projects in Letterboxd.
DC’s animated films as part of the DC Animated Universe or as standalone projects have been excellent in the past, however. Letterboxd users have been very generous to certain ones that captured the artistic style of their source comics well or told an excellent story. Animated projects and superhero films don’t always perform well on the site, so the ones who pull away with good scores have certainly achieved something.
Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo – 3.5
The Teen Titans animated series is probably one of the more unique choices in DC’s list of animated shows, as it strayed away from the style of the comics and leaned more into the Cartoon Network style of its era. Trouble in Tokyo is no exception to the show’s popularity.
With many Letterboxd users being in the age group to remember this show fondly, the movie likely holds a special place in the hearts of many. For many, Teen Titans is a major source of nostalgia, as the show’s run was extremely popular in the 2000s
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two – 3.5
As one of the first films of DC’s new animated film continuity, Batman: The Long Halloween had a ton of pressure with nailing the style of Batman, Gotham City, and a ton of Batman’s rogues. Fortunately, the films were a success, and Jensen Ackles flourished as The Dark Knight.
This film has been a high point of DC’s recent animation struggles, with the excellent storyline from the comics being able to resonate with Batman fans and film lovers alike. Film fans love the more grounded Batman takes, where he is less competent and focuses more on his detective work and mystery.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – 3.5
Marking the end of the DC Animated Movie Universe, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War saw the league facing off against Darkseid for the first time since Justice League: War, in a final battle with the continuity’s main antagonist. Despite introducing some of the strangest plot lines in the DCAMU, the final film was well received.
DC’s darker animated films tend to do better on Letterboxd, and Apokolips War is certainly dark. With many Letterboxd users following the DC Animated Movie Universe, the culmination pulls off a solid end is a testimony to its quality.
The Batman Superman Movie – 3.6
The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest was a collection of crossover episodes from the animated Superman and Batman series from the ’90s. Both series were beloved individually, so the team-up of the two heroes was a major excitement, causing it to also be released as a movie.
Like with Teen Titans, DCAU projects are still able to resonate with many Letterboxd users, as the average age ranges from 25-34. All of this universe’s shows were hits for this age group, and many remember the film where Batman and Superman first joined forces. The DCAU truly captured the best of DC’s beloved comic characters, and World’s Finest has some of the DCAU’s best quotes.
The Lego Batman Movie – 3.7
It’s rare to see such a lighthearted version of Batman, especially on the big screen. The Lego Batman Movie was a huge success for DC, bringing in over 300 million at the box office. The movie is simply a ton of fun, while also remaining respectful to the comic lore.
The Lego Batman Movie earns its Letterboxd rating, with performances from comedic legends like Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Cera, along with a massive cast of ridiculously talented voice actors. Being one of the few DC Animated films with a theatrical release, The Lego Batman Movie has the advantage of having far more attention from Letterboxd users.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – 3.8
After a handful of years of standalone animated films, The Flashpoint Paradox was used as a starting point for the series of films known as the DC Animated Movie Universe. In the Flash-centric story involving an alternate timeline of the world’s heroes, the film nails its adaptation of one of DC’s biggest storylines.
The Flashpoint plot line is expected to have some relevance in the upcoming The Flash movie, so for a quick catch-up, the movie is the way to go. Most comic fans will know of these events though, as they even made it into the live-action Flash series. Flashpoint is one of the most popular DC storylines in recent years, and with time travel and multiverse concepts becoming more mainstream, films that succeed with it tend to earn higher scores on review sites.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – 3.8
Adapted from the works of one of the greatest comic writers ever, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is one of the definitive Batman stories, and served as the main inspiration for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
For fans of the graphic novel and movies, Frank Miller is a comic-book writer worth following on Twitter. Letterboxd users love Batman films, and the recent Robert Pattinson portrayal has sparked a lot of views for past animated films, with The Dark Knight returns getting extra points for its influence on live-action Batman movies.
Batman: Under The Red Hood – 3.8
Following the tragic death of Jason Todd and his turn to becoming the Red Hood, the 2010 Batman film is one of DC animation’s best. The film uses its elements of mystery and darker tones for a dramatic and emotional retelling of the comic story.
This is one of the darkest Batman films, and stories that involve the Joker tend to get strong scores on Letterboxd. Jokeris one of Letterboxd’s most viewed films, and The Dark Knight is one of the highest rated. Fans love the character and viewing different adaptations of him.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 – 3.9
As a follow-up to The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the second installment shows the fallout of Batman’s fight with the Mutants, where he’s now pitted against The Joker and a government-controlled Superman.
The animation stays loyal to the art style of the graphic novels, and Part 2 offers one of the most faithful and thrilling comic adaptations to date. The film is also one of the highest-ranked DC Animated films on IMDb. With the popularity of The Dark Knight trilogy, stories with the idea of Batman’s legacy almost always perform well on Letterboxd.
Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm – 3.9
Pointing out the highlights of Batman: The Animated Series would be difficult, as there are so many great moments. The animated film, Mask of the Phantasm gives a unique take on the origin of the Batman, and an emotional tale of the tragedy that surrounds him.
Mask of the Phantasm is the DCAU and DC Animation at its very best. The old style of animation, darker themes, and originality of the film make Mask of the Phantasm a must-watch not only for fans of DC but also for animation, and Letterboxd users are quick to praise it.