Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DC Animated Productions

Initially I wanted to review these two movies separately, but since I do have a lot of ground to cover as it is, I will join them together. The other reason is because despite being animated both DC productions are so close to each other. I usually connect Superman with Wonder Woman via the JLA comic books and the Unlimited animated series, which I adored and well a recent 2009 production, I guess DC follows Marvel.

“Wonder Woman” was the first I watched chronologically and was positively surprised, simply because I never found Wonder Woman exciting as a character or any number of DC super heroes, simply because they are too moral, too noble and thus go into the category human ideal of inner perfection, while Marvel are more adept at giving the anti hero, but I am not here to discuss this. With this production I was convinced that DC are to be further looked into. Starting from the artwork, which was solid and sharp and the storyline of how Diana grows from Amazon princess to Wonder Woman and here I actually understood the whole mystery behind her costume. In my mind it made no logic to come from an isolated island and wear the US flag on your breasts, though in her case it’s not that tacky. Now back to the movie. There is carnage, there is magic, there is Greek mayhem and an almost all out war between the US military and magically empowered Amazons and sadly Lincoln Memorial goes down again. I also need to mention that Diana is voiced by Kerri Russell, the fuzzy girl from “Felicity” and “Bedtime Stories” to name a few, and her love interest the brave pilot Steve is voiced by Nathan Fillion, from “Firefly”, “Two Guys, One Girl and a Pizza Place” and also known as Captain Hammer from “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”.

“Superman: Doomsday” features Adam Baldwin as Kal-El; Anne Hechi as Lois Lane and James Marsters as Lex Luthor. I actually felt so exalted the first twenty minutes, because Superman died and I am not in love with the guy. He is one of those too good for their own good people and I wanna see him getting pounded. Of course DC would never kill their beloved character, never in a million years and they did involve a misguided clone and a very interesting concept about his alien vitals falling so low the big man would seem dead, when in fact he is just healing. That was a downer on my account, but I loved the fight scenes. Super strength and fragile buildings always go hand in hand. As a result time flies so fast you can’t feel it at all. Best was Lex Luthor, who has a breakdown, when Superman dies from an alien and not from one of his devious plans. Talk about a man with issues and James outdid himself in the lunatic department. In the originality department I can’t say there is much improvement. As far as I can remember even the short series of Superman I watched as a child had the same plot: threat comes along, Superman gets pummeled, then he gets up and kicks ass and get Lois. Now the only difference is that DC made it a big bigger.


T.D. Newton said...

I definitely did NOT enjoy Superman Doomsday. Aside from the weird pit-lines in Superman's face making him look absolutely horrid, the story was lame and boring. I think I maybe watched 30 minutes before I turned it off and returned it to Netflix. I like Superman, but that feature doesn't do him justice.

daydream said...

I loved the beggining because he died and after that it was, ugh just out of curiosity what will happen. It was boring, but well I started something, so I had to finish it.

T.D. Newton said...

I used to have qualms about not finishing a movie I started watching, but I just don't have time anymore. Try watching Zombie Strippers and tell me you survived, because I sure as hell didn't.

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