Hidden in the shadows, The Batman casts a protective eye while tracking the thugs, thieves and criminal masterminds that claim Gotham City's dark alleys each night. This is the young Bruce Wayne who assumes the role of Gotham's greatest defender in a fresh retelling of the Dark Knight's beginnings.
Riddle me this: who's the latest villain to set his sinister sights on Gotham City? The Riddler, of course, and only The Batman has the answers to stop this enigmatic evildoer. In this season, Gotham's greatest protector stumps The Riddler and other favorite villains like the Joker, Mr. Freeze and The Penguin, and his obsession with justice earns the trust of up-and-coming police detective Jim Gordon.
The Batman has women problems! Best friends Barbara Gordon and Pamela Isley are spirited teens, passionate about their campaign of eco-terrorism against the city's corporate offenders. But when a strike against a chemical plant goes bad, their lives change forever and Gotham gains two more players in the showdown of good and evil! Barbara aka Batgirl becomes The Batman's feisty sidekick while Pamela aka Poison Ivy becomes the newest thorn in The Batman's side.
When tragedy strikes a circus troupe and leaves young Dick Grayson an orphan, Bruce Wayne offers his home to the boy. However, Bruce soon realizes that Dick's quest for revenge needs more guidance than he can provide. Enter The Batman!
Meanwhile after TV talk show host/psychologist Harley Quinn pulls an over-the-top stunt on her show, The Joker shows up at her door to sweep her off her feet and into a life of crime!
Gotham City teems with heroes as criminal masterminds from around the globe make their way to Batman's turf. Drawn by Wayne Industries' technological advances, villains like Mirror Master, Lex Luthor and Count Vertigo bring their own brand of chaos. But with every evil newcomer, there is a Super Hero on the trail, and as Batman works side by side with heroes like Superman, The Flash and the Green Arrow, the roots of the Justice League grow.
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
DCU Animated Original Movie
From executive producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel; follow Batman on a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Discover Joker's humble beginnings as a struggling comic to the fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything. Now escaped from Arkham Asylum, the Joker sets out to prove that one bad day can make anyone just as insane as he is. With the Joker's sights set on Commissioner Gordon, can Batman stop the demented plan in time? 🦇
Sounds like a great premise... If only that were all this was. This is one of DC's saddest pranks they have ever played on fans. What is actually featured here are 2 DC Showcase Shorts... The latter being The Killing Joke. Judging just that part... I thought it was a phenomenal translation of the graphic novel. Not perfect but great.
As for the "first half" of this "movie"... It should have been a DC Comics Showcase Short, (like they made for Shazam, Spectre, Jonah Hex, Catwoman, Green Arrow, etc.), titled something related to Batgirl. The focus is entirely on Barbara Gordon and her final nights as Batgirl...before that fateful evening with her pale-faced, gun-toting surprise visitor. The idea is to show that Barbara Gordon was outgrowing her role as second-string sidekick and looking for a niche that was worthy of the woman she is becoming. It was a well written story, but utterly shameful that it was released under "The Killing Joke" title.
The voice talents of Batman: The Animated Series Legends Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill definitely make this worth getting. Naturally their performances were great. . .
Just remember that this is NOT one feature length movie focusing on the Joker. It is TWO (2) DC COMICS SHOWCASE SHORTS featuring Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
DC Universe Animated Original Movie
We all wish for the chance to go back in time and change things, and for the Flash, that chance is within reach. As a boy, Barry Allen had his life torn apart when his mother was a victim of a violent crime, but now, using his power of super speed, he will traverse time to change that fateful day.
His intentions are good, but changing the past has repercussions that could prove disastrous, as a fractured, alternate universe now exists in place of the familiar one. Stumbling through a twisted reality where even Superman is nowhere to be found, The Flash seeks the trusted wisdom of Batman, only to find a grittier, more violent Dark Knight in his place.
The Flash and Batman, with the help of Cyborg, race to restore the original timeline while the alternate world is ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman's Amazons and the Atlanteans led by a battle-hardened Aquaman.
This animated feature stayed very true to the original "Flashpoint" graphic novel. I appreciate that rather than follow Flash on the "Road to Flashpoint", the creative team chose to create a JL storyline that focuses on The Flash and his importance to the team. I felt this only heightened the level of despair when you discover the Titans of Justice, Diana and Arthur, at each other's throats. A must-have for any hardcore Justice League fan. Considering that this is the event that gave way to the birth of the current DCU and DCAU, it would be one that I recommend you pick up.
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
(Graphic Novel/Animated Movie Combo)
Batman already has his hands full trying to take down Black Mask, Gotham's reigning crime boss, when a new adversary takes the city by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, this newcomer (calling himself Red Hood) begins cleaning up Gotham City with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. Killing IS an option. But who is this masked opponent who causes trouble for both heroes and villains alike? Is Red Hood just another criminal or is there a familiar face behind the mask -- someone from the Dark Knight's past come back to haunt him? Ever the detective, Batman won't rest until he has uncovered the truth behind this new foe that can anticipate his actions a bit too well.
Old wounds are reopened and shocking revelations take hold when the Red Hood is revealed to be former Robin... Jason Todd.
As Batman starts to desperately search for clues to how his one-time partner can be alive, the Hood is busy tearing apart Gotham's underworld and planning revenge on the man who killed him, the Joker! Will the Caped Crusader and his bygone Boy Wonder put aside their differences long enough to fend off the assembly of antagonists that want them both dead and will Batman allow Jason final retribution against his erstwhile killer? You'll have to read or watch this story for those answers.
THIS STORY IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY! HANDS DOWN ONE OF MY FAVORITES!
The one thing I didn't like about the combo pack is that the graphic novel is only Volume 1. I already had both volumes from an earlier release so it doesn't bother me as much... The full story of both volumes; however, is part of the digital download of the graphic novel.
VOL. 3: I Am Bane
The Vengeance of Bane
He is not a joke. He is not a riddle. He is not a bird or a cat or a penguin, not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet. He is not a fairy tale or a circus act, a broken friend or a regretful mentor. He is no rich boy pretending to be a knight.
He is Bane. The Batman invaded his home, scarred his mind and broke his back. Now Bane has returned to Gotham City for a single purpose: break the Batman once and for all. But first, he'll destroy everyone the Dark Knight has ever loved...or loathed.
The young heroes who've worn the mantle of Robin. The cops, crime-fighters and vigilantes who make up Batman's army of allies. Even the madmen and monsters that haunt the halls of Arkham Asylum. Batman will need all of their help---and more---to fend off this unstoppable challenger.
Because both Batman and Bane know one thing: only one of them will walk away from their final confrontation unbroken. . .
• BATMAN 16-20, 23-24
• BATMAN ANNUAL 1
This is what I've been waiting for since Tom King first started writing this title. His banter between the Robins is classic and his storytelling has finally found a stride. As always David Finch's artistry is satisfyingly awesome. This volume is simply eximious.
VOL. 3: Burning Down The House
The saga of the world's most dangerous super-team continues, with comics legend John Romita Jr. joining the Squad for a story that will shake Task Force X to its very core!
Deep within the world is a hidden flame---an inferno of hatred and vengeance that consumes everything it touches. In the aftermath of the war between the Suicide Squad and the Justice League, one of Amanda Waller's greatest foes has seized that flame and now he's going to use it to burn down everything she holds dear---starting with her home base, the Belle Reve Penitentiary.
The result is one of the Squad's greatest challenges yet: holding together as a unit while fighting to keep their fellow super-villains behind bars. When faced with the chance to escape Waller's control, however, one member of the team will seize the opportunity---and launch a bloody betrayal in the process.
Can an enraged Harley Quinn expose the traitor---and take down the mastermind behind the mutiny---before Task Force X is terminally disbanded?
• SUICIDE SQUAD 11-15
• SUICIDE SQUAD SPECIAL: WAR CRIMES 1
I LOVE THE SQUAD! Mayhem, murder, and immorality all in the name of the greater good. This title has been twisted from the beginning but it only gets you hooked on reading it. The story was clever and the art was definitely solid. I find myself continuing to read this title, that must say something.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
DC Universe Animated Original Movie
Batman has planned for the unexpected, but is he prepared for the unthinkable?
The Justice League consists of Earth's finest super heroes and protectors of humanity. But in the mind of the Dark Knight, it contains potentially the most dangerous people on the planet. Over time, Batman has compiled top-secret contingency plans should any of them go rogue. When these files are stolen by a rising group of super villains, the Justice League embarks on a collision course that will test the very fabric of its alliance.
With a stellar voice cast headed by Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Nathan Fillion, this thrilling DCU Animated Original adventure will challenge what you know about the Justice League as well as redefine what heroes are made of!
This was a positively great movie pulling a lot of fan-favorites together into one feature. It was a solid storyline and the animation was on-point.
BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
DC Universe Animated Original Movie
Welcome to Gotham City's heart of darkness. At the center of the shadows rises Arkham Asylum, a festering depository of the vile, the dangerous and the delirious, with an ever-growing population courtesy of the Dark Knight. But when Batman foils the Riddler's latest caper and a crucial piece of evidence needs to be secretly recovered from Arkham, the solution comes from an unexpected source: a covert government strike team assembled from Gotham City's underworld and Belle Reve Penitentiary's worst. The assassin Deadshot leads the Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, King Shark and Black Spider, a roster of rogues who know Arkham Asylum and its residents all too well. Get ready for an all-out assault as Batman faces a fearless legion of criminals with nothing to lose. Some will live, some will die and some just want revenge. It's an unadulterated adventure through the criminal mind in this DC Universe animated movie.
Featuring the voice of Batman: The Animated Series veteran Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight.
I positively love this film. This movie makes the DCEU Suicide Squad movie look like crap. The story is solid and the animation is truly on point. If you haven't seen this one yet, what are you waiting for?
BATMAN and HARLEY QUINN
DC Universe Animated Original Movie
She's the wisecracking wild card who packs a punch!
From a story by animation legend Bruce Timm comes as all-new DC Universe animated movie. When a break-in at S.T.A.R. Labs leads to a secret dossier being stolen by the gruesome duo of Poison Ivy and Floronic Man, aka Jason Woodrue, it's a green light for crime and mayhem. The Dark Knight and Nightwing are on the case, but they look to a certain wild card for help: Harley Quinn!
Recently released from Arkham Asylum and trying to acclimate to life out of the super villain spotlight, Harley finds herself suiting up and mouthing off once again. So pucker up, Puddin'. . .
Featuring the voice talents of Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Melissa Rauch and Kevin Michael Richardson, this action-packed adventure is filled with high-speed chases and brawlin' bad guys.
Being a HUGE fan of the original Batman: The Animated Series, I genuinely enjoyed revisiting that universe in a more mature light. Kevin and Loren return as the voices of Batman And Nightwing, which is awesome right from the jump. Melissa Rauch of Big Bang Theory fame is cast as Harley Quinn and I personally think she does a good job of holding down that Brooklyn gal swagger. She's no Arleen Sorkin, but it works. There was a whole lot of plant life in this film, including an appearance by Swamp Thing, himself. I would recommend checking this one out to any fan of the original animated series.
THE FLASH | ARROW
I love these figures, but I also love both shows. Arrow, being the oldest of the DCTV shows on right now, pushed the envelope and opened the door to a whole new universe of DC programming. The Flash, being the second of these shows to air, brought the popularity of the Flash to a new all-time high. Anyone that is interested in the DCU that has not checked any of these shows out... What are you waiting for?
DCTV Shows Still Airing To Check-Out:
• The Flash(CW)
• DC's Legends of Tomorrow(CW)
DCTV Shows No Longer Airing (But Still Worth Checking Out):
These shows give me hope for the upcoming Titans series that will be available only through DC Comics' new streaming service.