Justice League Doom
The animated film market for 2012 belonged to DC and Warner Bros. Marvel pulled out of the fight this year and left DC solo to release some of their best DC Universe Animated Movies yet. The first of which was the late, great Dwayne McDuffie’s last script, “Justice League: Doom.” Doom was an adaptation of the comic arc “Tower of Babel” with some character and story changes. The voice cast was like a reunion of the “Justice League” animated series cast with some much loved additions in the form of Nathan Fillion voicing Green Lantern Hal Jordan, and Phil Morris returning as Vandal Savage. This film was action packed, and a pseudo-sequel to “Crisis on Two Earths”, another great JL animated film. Getting to see the JL go up against some of their greatest rivals was a great treat and McDuffie’s swan song was a hell of a way to go out.
Superman Vs The Elite
Not to be outdone by their first release of the year, “Superman Vs The Elite” is the kind of Superman story I love, the kind that pushes the boundaries of the character and what he stands for. Superman is always seen as the big blue boyscout. And that isn’t always a bad thing, but the world is edgy and that should come into conflict with the character, and that’s what this story is all about. George Newburn returns to voice the character from “Justice League/JL: Unlimited” with Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) voicing Lois Lane. The standout character is Manchester Black, leader of The Elite, a new group of heroes that are showing an affinity for violence that the public is just eating up. Anytime Superman gets to let loose is always a good time and I was not disappointed and nor will you be.
The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1
The story that put the dark back in Dark Knight, Frank Miller’s epic story of an aged Bruce Wayne coming out of retirement to take on the darkness that has all but swallowed Gotham has been on many comic fans wish list to see brought to life. And brought to life it is in some very stunning animation, that loses the voiceover but adds some visual flair to the static but always cinematic panels of the comic. The film even got me to like the Carrie Kelly/Robin character that I really couldn’t get behind in the comic. Broken up into 2 parts to give us a fuller film, this adaptation is pretty much spot on. The voice acting is amazing for this film, with Peter Weller (“Robocop”) voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman, and giving the character a deeper voice that evokes that image it intends, an old soldier going back to war. I personally can’t wait for Part 2 in February as we’ll get the Joker, Green Arrow and Superman in that installment. If you haven’t read the book, go find it and read it, and then go watch this, it’s fantastic.
So that’s it for CBMs from 2012. Light on the volume, but the quality more than made up for it. What are some of your favorite CBMs of 2012?
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