This year is the tenth anniversary of DC’s Animated Film Division’s kick-off of their long and illustrious run of mostly great movies, plus The Killing Joke. I kid, but for years, the DC animated film slate contained the films I most eagerly anticipated every year. I still list the number one entry on this list as one of my favorite comic book movies of all time.
For the tenth anniversary, DC is releasing a thirty-movie box set that you should DEFINITELY buy. Those movies are awesome. But if you do buy the set, here are the ten best movies you’ll own. Watch ‘em fast.
10. Superman vs. The Elite (2012)
An adaptation of What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, this significantly less wordy film follows Superman’s struggle with a The Authority-type team called The Elite, who deal with criminals in extreme and often lethal ways.
The squad is led by British snarker Manchester Black, a dude who couldn’t be more of a clear Warren Ellis character parody if he also had wacky 3-D glasses. The Elite go around ridiculing sincerity and killing off villains. Meanwhile, Superman’s higher-minded attitude leaves him the victor in all ways.
Yes, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a strawman argument against one style of comic book writing, but it’s the best version of that you could ever possibly get. Although, to be honest, other than Black, the Elite themselves are incredibly unmemorable. Say what you will about The Authority, those are some well-written characters.
Pretty good movie, all things considered.