I reviewed quite a few of the DC Animated Universe (or DCAU) films, and I’m pretty big fan of most of them. Warner Bros. is making it a little easier to check out these movies for those who haven’t seen them or for fans like myself that want them all in one place with the DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection. Featuring a massive 30 films, all with their respective special features plus a bonus disc with even more extras, it’s a bit pricey, but this is the ultimate collection that fans and newcomers will want in their lair.
From their first feature, Superman: Doomsday, to the latest one with Batman and Harley Quinn, WB has all 30 of the released DCAU films are here in this collection. Each film also features all of the special features and extras that accompanied them with their release, making for hours upon hours of entertainment that makes sure you’re getting your $200 worth. Yeah, it’s a tad pricey, but WB is making sure it’s well worth it by having all of those movies and their extras, and including a bonus disc with even more extras that I’ll go into.
First there’s “The Hero in All of Us” that goes into why people are fascinated with superheroes and how they inspire us to be real life heroes that in turn inspire comic book creators to make superheroes. “A Comic Book History of Justice League Dark” takes viewers into the history of Justice League Dark members John Constantine, Zatanna, and Deadman as they take on supernatural threats that the standard Justice League can’t handle. A favorite extra of mine on here is “Mark Hamill: Finding The Laugh” that shows us how the beloved actor came up with the voice, and more importantly the laugh for the Joker, arguably one of the greatest villains of all-time. “DC Universe Original Movies 10th Anniversary Panel at 2017 Comic-Con International” this nice feature goes into the past ten years and thirty films Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has brought to fans by having various cast and crew members discuss it at Comic-Con. Some of the people featured include producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker, co-producers/screenwriters Alan Burnett and Jim Krieg, as well as actors Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, John DiMaggio, Vanessa Marshall and Christopher Gorham.
A touching extra is “Panel Discussion – A Tribute to Darwyn Cooke” which takes us into the life of writer and artist Darwyn Cooke who sadly passed away in 2016. Here some of his closest friends and co-workers celebrate his life through personal and professional anecdotes, as well as the many wonderful things Darwyn brought to his work and personal life that touched millions. There’s even an oldie but goodie extra with the “2008 Comic-Con International Wonder Woman (Animated) Panel” that takes us back to the 2008 Comic-Con where production was underway on the animated adaptation of Wonder Woman that was just re-released earlier this year. Here some of the cast and crew such as former DC Publisher Paul Levitz, DC Universe executive producer Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman director Lauren Montgomery, the famed casting director Andrea Romano, and Nathan Fillion who voiced Steve Trevor in the film talk about the movie as DC executive Gregory Noveck moderates.
If you have $200 and you’re fan of the DCAU or just want to dive in fully into this amazing universe, you’ll want to throw on your tights and pick up the DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection. It’s a bit much, but you’re definitely getting your money’s worth and then some with the days of content here on top of the special features and bonus disc that add even more depth and time you’ll spend on this collection that will have you soaring with these heroes in no time.