Monday, May 7, 2018

What I've Been Watching: DC/WB Edition

SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY:




Synopsis:

  It’s batter up at Belle Reve and that can only mean that Amanda Waller, the penitentiary’s cold and calculating warden, has a mission that only the damned will take on. It’s time to unleash Task Force X again, stacked with seasoned vets such as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn, these crafty criminals are joined by newcomers Copperhead, Killer Frost and the martial art master, Bronze Tiger!


With the target objective being a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it, you can be sure it will be collision of chaos, gunfire and attitudes. So, take aim for a raging road trip with the Suicide Squad!

Thoughts:

For anyone who still has a bad taste in their mouth due to the live action Suicide Squad movie, this is the movie for you. Suicide Squad, is one of DC's sleeper groups and really should be given more attention considering all the great characters involved. Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang are all legendary characters and still have so much to offer in other mediums, unfortunately they haven't been as exploited as they should. I think a major reason I love this particular release is because it focuses more on the strengths of the characters. The animation, as always, provides the perfect medium to tell a story of all these villains turned hitmen for Amanda Waller and the government. I think if this movie were released before the live action movie, more people would be willing to embrace the movie itself and accept these characters as a new team in the DCEU.


BATMAN NINJA:



Synopsis: 

 
Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan—along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies—including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family—to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.


The visually stunning Batman Ninja is the creative result of a trio of anime's finest filmmakers: director Jumpei Mizusaki (Opening animation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), writer Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) produced the original movie with Warner Bros. Japan. The script was then reinterpreted and rewritten for English-language distribution by award-winning screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.


Thoughts:


Without a doubt, this is one of the most impressive DC animated movies I've ever seen. Enlisting the assistance of some of the best anime artists and animators help make this the most ambitious and stunning animated movie in DC's long history. The character designs, with heavy Japanese inspiration, provide a different look at Batman's legendary battle with the Joker and other members of his rogues gallery. The costumes and battles have an old school anime feel, so if you're a fan of things like Fist of the North Star, Akira and Ninja Scroll, this will be a favorite of yours. I truly believe this overtakes Batman: Gotham By Gaslight as the best animated film since Justice League Dark and has a lot of rewatchability value.

2018 has become a great year for DCA films and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for us from DC/WB.



-Chad
 

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