Top 10 Best Animated DC Comics Films of All Time

It’s pretty obvious to say that in the war between Marvel Comics and DC Comics that DC mops the floor with Marvel.  Ever since the Batman: The Animated Series DC’s animated films have been, for lack of a better word, awesome.  This post list the best DC Comics animated films.

10. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Directors: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm

Batman Mask of the Phantasm

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm follows the heroic Batman(Kevin Conroy) who is pitted against a mysterious figure who is rubbing out Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, and who many believe is the caped crusader himself.  Great characters with a compelling story and a lot of movie moments makes this film a must see.  Not to mention, it was the one animated movie that started everything.

9. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

Director: Jay Oliva

Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox

The Flash () causes a temporal ripple that creates a fractured reality where the Justice league has never formed, Superman does not exist and a war rages between Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshal) and Aquaman (Cary Elwes).

8. Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)

Directors; Shoujirou Nishimi, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki, Toshiyuki Kubooka, and Jong-Sik Nam

Batman Gotham Knight

7. Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)

Director: Lauren Montgomery

Green Lantern First Flight

The Green Lantern, Hal Jordan (Christopher Meloni) must race against time to stop Sinestro (Victor Garber) from unleashing a sinister plot.

6. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 & 2 (2012 & 2013)

Director: Jay Oliva

Batman The Dark Knight Retuns

Batman (Peter Weller) and his new sidekick, Robin (Ariel Winter), deal with the Joker’s (Michael Emerson) newest plot, while Superman (Mark Valley) brings a global catastrophe to Gotham.

5. DC Showcase: Catwoman (2011)

Director: Lauren Montgomery

DC Showcase - Catwoman - Selina Kyle(1)

Catwoman (Eliza Dushku) attempts to bring both a Gotham City crime boss called Rough Cut and his smuggling ring to an end, stumbling upon a mysterious cargo shipment far worse than just smuggled diamonds.

4. Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)

Director: Sam Liu

Justice League Gods and Monsters

In an alternate universe, the Justice League uses brutal force to maintain order on Earth. When scientists begin dying, the world’s governments challenge the League’s dominance.  What makes this movie great is the idea.  Superman is Zod’s son, Batman is a vampire, and Wonder Woman is a new god.  And they have no qualms about killing.  But it’s the interesting backstories that make this movie compelling.

3. Wonder Woman (2009)

Director: Lauren Montgomery

Wonder Woman

A modern man’s trespass of the island of the Amazons enables an imprisoned war god to escape and Princess Diana (Keri Russell) wins the responsibility to recapture him.  If there were any representation of Wonder Woman that stands out, it would be this one.  It does manage to tell a really entertaining story especially Diana’s experiences in a new world.

2. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

Director: Brandon Vietti

Batman Under the Red Hood

Batman faces a vigilante known as the Red Hood, who aims to clean up Gotham City but does not follow his moral code. What happens when the Dark Knight fights an enemy who knows everything about him.  We have Batman: Under the Red Hood, perhaps one of the most emotionally stimulating animated films under the Batman name.  The Red Hood is easily one of Batman’s most impressive enemies, not only because of his knowledge of Batman, but because of the twisted past that the two share.  Definitely one of the absolute best.

 1. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

Director: Lauren Montgomery

Superman - Batman Apocalypse

Superman (Tim Daly) and Batman (Kevin Conroy) join forces to save Superman’s cousin, Kara (Summer Glau), from the evil Darkseid (Andre Braugher).  This film makes the number one spot because there are so many elements that work for it.  It tells a compelling story while focusing on finding one’s own identity.  This relationship between Clark and Kara gets quite moving at times but other highlights of the film are the action sequences.  There are so many and they’re pretty brutal. Especially the climatic battle between Clark and Kara against the almighty Darkseid.

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