DC Animated Movie Universe Films Ranked
Here's our ranking of the DC Animated Movies!
Ranking The DC Animated Movie Universe!
Since 2013, the folks over at Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have produced a series of films set in the same continuity that has told stories and brought beloved characters to life. Fans of DC Comics will surely want to check these out, but even if you've never read a comic book this is a great way to get into the superhero lore of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest. These films are usually under 90 minutes long and still manage to deliver audiences a stellar story with quality animation and excellent voice acting based on these character's long history and adapt it for their own franchise. Check this series of movies out and tell us if our ranking is right!
10. Batman: Bad Blood
The problem with Batman: Bad Blood is that is juggles too many characters and storylines. First we have the Batman and Damien storyline continuing from previous films, then we have Nightwing coming into the picture, next Batwoman shows up, and finally Batwing appears on top of all that. However, it does all come together in the end for a pleasantly surprising adventures with the Bat family. The very comic book-y twist may turn off some viewers, and the overall emotion just doesn't come through as well as it does in some of the other movies. Still there's great action here, solid animation, and a pretty good voice cast too.
9. Justice League Dark
Taking some big risks Justice League Dark doesn't always pay off, but when it does, it works really well. The strength here is in the characters and voice actors bringing them to life. Matt Ryan is perfect as John Constantine, Nicholas Turrturo is hilarious as Deedman, and Ray Chase is great as Jason Blood and his alter ego Etrigan the Demon. It unfortunately falls into superhero movie tropes by the end, but the lead up has our heroes on a very unique journey into the mystical side of the DC Universe. It's worth watching and again features wonderful animation some of which is the most visually stunning of the entire series.
8. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Introducing the Teen Titans into the continuity, this film brings together a disparate group of young adults who must work together with their newest and most digruntled teammate, Robin. It's got an enthusiastic voice cast and a surprisingly dark storyline that's balanced out by the character-based humor and the relationships between the individual members of the team. They spend a lot of time with each of the Titans and do a welcome amount of team-building through each of their meaningful interactions. It's a fun film with both humor and heart.
7. Son of Batman
Son of Batman starts off with an awesome action sequence inside League of Assassins HQ as Ra's al Ghul, his daughter Talia, and her son Damien fight off Deathstroke and his band of marauders. It's a stunningly animated scene that's full of surprises and represnets what's best about these movies. The rest of the story has Talia taking Damien to Gotham City to meet his father: Batman. Father and son instantly clash because Damien's extremely violent behavior does not fly with this vigilante father. They must overcome their differences and Damien must learn how to reconcile his former life with his new one as Batman learns how to be a responsible parent. This one has some of the best action of the series and builds the characters relationships very well.
6. Justice League: War
To ward off an invading alien attack, Batman joins forces with Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This movie does a great job of introducing the characters to the audience as none of them have met before. They fight each other first and then team up to take on the real threat making for an earned and satisfying conclusion. Sean Astin is having a blast as teenage funnyman Shazam and Shemar Moore turns in an astonishingly dramatic performance as Cyborg. You won't find a more fun film in this continuity and it sets everything up, thus welcoming new fans as well as lifelong ones.
5. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
One of the heavier and more emotional in the shared universe is this Teen Titans follow-up. Here we have the team dealing with a dangerous cult and a deadly former enemy as the inter-team dynamics are also being threatened. It's a got a bizarre villain storyline, but everything that happens with the team itself is excellent. This is based on the best and most famous comic book storyline featuring the teen heroes in which one of their own betrays them causing a serious rift in the group. There are some incredible fight scenes in this one, but the highlight is the character dynamics (particularly Beast Boy and Terra and Starfire and Nightwing) which are at the heart of this groundbreaking and emotional story.
4. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Finally bringing Aquaman into the continuity, Throne of Atlantis takes the New 52 comic book and capitalizes on it by telling Arthur Curry's origin story as a Lord of the Rings-esque game of thrones as his half-brother Orm wants to rule Atlantis and wage war on the surface world. Matt Lanter does a great job as Aquaman and Sam Witwer is fantastic as Orm, and the two have an extremely intense and antagonistic relationship as bitter rivals. There are some really cool visuals and huge battles in this one that make is stand out from the rest.
3. Batman vs. Robin
The relationship between Jason O'Mara's Batman and Stuart Allen's Robin come to a head as father faces off against son in this twisty storyline full of intrigue and danger. The Court of Owls comic book story is wonderfully adapted into this movie to make it fit the DC Animated Movie Universe continuity flawlessly. It's interesting having Damien on his own path in this film as he finds his place in the world. This one also goes deep into the past of the Batman mythos that changes the lore in significant ways. It all works so well for this story though, and that makes it one of the most complex, emotional, and action-packed ever.
2. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
This is the one that kicked off this universe and it did so with one of the biggest and most shocking stories in the history of DC Comics. When Flash goes back in time to save his mother it results in an alternate timeline which has the world suffering due to a global war between Aquaman and the forces of Atlantis and Wonder Woman's Amazons. Now, Flash must enlist the help of the Justice League including government agent Cyborg, a murderous vigilante Batman, and a captured Superman to get back to his own timeline and prevent this terrible world from becoming a reality. It has some of the most brutal action, most stunning animation, and the most emotionally poignant story of the bunch.
1. The Death of Superman
The best DC Animated Movie Universe film is The Death of Superman. This film has it all: great action, excellent voice acting, solid writing, wonderful direction, and an emotionally-driven story that packs a punch in more ways than one. There's so much ground covered in the way of character development, especially between real-life husband and wife Rebecca Romijn's Lois Lane and Jerry O'Connell's Clark Kent that works so well even with the short runtime. They're able to make us feel for these characters and care about their relationship more than we have since Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in 1978's Superman: The Movie. The rest of the Leaguers who show up including Rosario Dawson's Wonder Woman, Jason O'Mara's Batman, Christopher Gorham's Flash, and Nathan Fillion's Green Lantern each play their parts well and add a lot to the overall story and it's place in the DCAMU. This film has the most epic action of the franchise and the battle between Superman and Doomsday is totally brutal. This is what the DC animated films do best which is make us care about who we're watching, connect to the story, and enjoy an action-packed superhero romp.