Top 10 Animated Superhero Movies

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 6:16 pm, This is a list post.

Justice League Animated Superhero Movies It's a good time to be a fan of comic book movies, with Marvel's 'Phase Two' projects either filming or in development, and Man of Steel set to get things rolling for DC and Warner Bros. But in case that seems like too long a wait - especially since the first Justice League team-up won't arrive until 2015 - we've got you covered. Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been hard at work for years now, turning their best comic book arcs into animated films with the help of their most trusted talent. For comic book fans, or fans of good super-powered storytelling in general, we've decided on our Top 10 Animated Superhero Movies. See if your favorite made the list.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)

Justice League Crisis On Two Earths Director: Lauren Montgomery, Sam Liu Written By: Dwayne McDuffie Though Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths originally began development as a bridge between the Justice League animated series and Justice League Unlimited, it's more directly based on Grant Morrison's Earth 2, which was itself based on Earth 3 of the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book continuity. Crisis on Two Earths provides a look at an alternate reality; one where DC's heroes have become the villains, leaving Lex Luthor to seek out our world's Justice League to save the day. The plot offers an opportunity to see the darker sides of each hero not just highlighted, but taken to their villainous extremes. Unsurprisingly, it is Batman's counterpart who embodies the most terrifying and nihilistic ideals, offering the Bruce Wayne we know the chance to show what keeps him from ever becoming a true villain. The storytelling isn't as ambitious as other films on our list, but the wealth of super-on-super action and nods to fan-favorite heroes and villains make it a solid animated feature for the TV series' continuity.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

Superman Batman Apocalypse Director: Lauren Montgomery Written By: Tab Murphy, Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner Based on the critically-praised "The Supergirl From Krypton" comic book arc, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is centered around the heroic pair's discovery of, you guessed it, Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Supergirl. Superman's cousin and fellow Kryptonian survivor crashes into Gotham City blessed with all the Man of Steel's powers, but none of his discipline. Never one to miss an opportunity, Darkseid takes advantage of the newest piece on the board by enacting a plan to claim Kara as his own apprentice. A trip to Apokolips and a knock-down, drag-out fight with Granny Goodness and the Female Furies soon follows, showcasing some truly accomplished and memorable actions sequences that not only feature the principal characters, but supporting characters like Wonder Woman and Big Barda as well. Every effort is taken to translate Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner's words and art into motion, so those who know the books front to back may not be as surprised by the plot twists and turns. To anyone who missed the story, the journey to the realm of the New Gods is one we recommend.

Justice League: Doom (2012)

Justice League Doom Director: Lauren Montgomery Written By: Dwayne McDuffie, Mark Waid Justice League: Doom calls on all the best-known League members, pitting the world famous heroes against the Legion of Doom. In a pleasant surprise it's the villains who get the upper hand this time, exploiting each of their respective nemesis' weaknesses as part of a master plan for - what else? - world domination. Translating Mark Waid's original "Tower of Babel" arc wasn't easy, requiring several changes to the details and even a replacement of the central antagonist. But shockingly, the changes largely work in simplifying the story and building suspense. As entertaining as the action is, it's the justice paid to each of the heroes that most resonates. A truly dark and brooding glimpse into Batman's paranoia and chronic distrust, the film manages to blend classic mythos with DC's New 52, enhanced by sharp dialogue and crisp animation. Doom provides a fun but powerful Justice League story - a worthy tribute to the late (great) Dwayne McDuffie.

Superman: Doomsday (2007)

Superman Doomsday Animated Movie   Director: Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti Written By: Duane Capizzi, Bruce Timm It's the story that shocked the world (for a while), and with Superman: Doomsday those who missed the death of Superman the first time around now have their chance. The fist-fight with Doomsday starts the show, but is just the beginning of the story. Skipping over the long line of imitators and successors to Superman's vacant throne, the film instead focuses on the lengths to which Lex Luthor will go to attain his ultimate victory over Metropolis's guardian - even in death - and what it is that keeps Kal-El relevant after all these years. The only criticism we could level against Doomsday would be the noticeable absence of other heroes in the DC universe. That said, there's enough Superman - or, Supermen - to keep any fan of Superman: The Animated Series happy. Elements of the story will be familiar to some, and the scope may be smaller, but the plot gets to the heart of the character with skill and reverence. And for that, we love it.

Wonder Woman (2009)

Wonder Woman Animated Movie Director: Lauren Montgomery Written By: Michael Jelenic, Gail Simone With Wonder Woman, DC and WB provide a more mythically-infused introduction to the mystical, hidden island of Themiscyra and its inhabitants: goddesses in human form, none more potent than princess Diana. The plot may sound like a fairy tale, but that all changes when Colonel Steve Trevor crashes on the island, bringing the world of men and Amazons crashing together. The chemistry between Steve and Diana is the heart of the story, with writing that is charming, witty, and most of all, believable. The great dialogue is made even better by vocal performances from Nathan Fillion and Keri Russell. Understandably, signs that the same fiery relationship will be playing a significant role in casting the Wonder Woman TV show has us optimistic. But for those still skeptical about whether Amazon could work - or that a Wonder Woman film could both stand on its own and fit well into a Justice League universe - we think a viewing of Montgomery's film will change your mind.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

Dark Knight Returns Part 1

Director: Jay Oliva Written By: Bob Goodman, Frank Miller It was Frank Miller who helped shape Batman into the 'Dark Knight' we know and love, and with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 his pivotal story is recreated in painstaking detail. From the dark undercurrents of despair to the not-suitable-for-children violence, Miller's vision of an aging Batman pushed to extremes is brought to life better than we had hoped. Set ten years after being forced into retirement by laws against vigilantism, a fifty-five-year-old Bruce Wayne must put the cape and cowl back on to cleanse Gotham's streets before they are lost for good. Familiar faces appear along the way, as Batman is forced to suffer and brutalize like never before, putting every bit of him to the test. Commitment to the brutal violence and terror Miller made a key part of Batman makes The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 a must-see for any Batman fan. Part 2 will will release soon, promising a fight for the ages and the return of Batman's greatest foe. Better see the first chapter before then.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)

Superman Batman Public Enemies Director: Sam Liu Written By: Stan Berkowitz, Ed McGuinness, Jeph Loeb When DC first launched their Superman/Batman line of comics, they turned to writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness for the first story - ultimately, one of the best to date. Both the story and style of "Public Enemies" have been faithfully recreated here in animated form, and the results speak for themselves. After being elected President of the United States, Lex Luthor (surprising nobody) declares Batman and Superman enemies of the state. Sending both fellow crime-fighters and iconic supervillains to bring them in, the heroes-turned-outlaws have no choice but to outsmart and out-punch the rest, proving why they're the top dogs. Plenty of nods to both fan-favorite and lesser-known villains, memorable action and a story that sings in motion as much as it did on paper all make Public Enemies one of our most beloved animated superhero films. And yes, the Batman/Superman robo-rocket is still included.

Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010)

Batman Under the Red Hood

Director: Brandon Vietti Written By: Judd Winick An adaptation of the 2005 Batman comic book story line “Under the Hood” by Judd Winick, Batman: Under the Red Hood delves into the darkest chapter of Bruce Wayne's life under the cowl, and the Batman's greatest failure - the death of Robin at the hands of the Joker. If that wasn't enough of a challenge for director Brandon Vietti, traditional voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill make way for Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and John DiMaggio (Futurama) as Batman and Joker, respectively. Both actors don't just suffice, but offer new takes that may become overnight favorites for some. Supernatural star Jensen Ackles voices the eponymous villain, and does a good job of it. Those who've read the comics already know the mystery of the man under the mask, but the film manages to successfully change up the story and pacing for the new format, while still making every emotional moment land just as it was intended. Terrific action, stellar voicework and faithful versions of the entire Bat-family make it a must-see film for any comic book fan.

The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles Superhero Movie Director: Brad Bird Written By: Brad Bird Pixar's foray into the realm of superheroes, The Incredibles focused not on origin stories, but the impact exceptional gifts have when heroes settle down and start a family. And the resulting drama and comedy was, in many ways, a side to heroes and villains that had never been addressed. A family film that both kids and parents can take plenty away from (the dinner tables scenes rang a bit too true for some of us), writer/director Brad Bird didn't skimp on superhero antics (and a dose of 007 )that were genuinely refreshing. The action and style even helped Bird earn the task of saving the Mission: Impossible series. For The Incredibles' ability to make superpowers work on screen like never before (and in ways only digital animation made possible) it became an exceptional entry in the very genre it set out to explore - the mark of a truly great film, and one that proved the genre can still surprise us.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Batman Mask of the Phantasm Director: Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski Written By: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko, Michael Reaves While older than the other films on our list, there's no mistaking the fact: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is one of the best Batman movies made so far. The fact that it's animated is an afterthought, and at the time, it proved that cartoons weren't just for children anymore. Inspired shot composition, exceptional vocal performances, genuinely clever writing and unrelenting animation all work to make Phantasm one of the best-paced, best-directed superhero movies, period. Granting a glimpse at the life Bruce Wayne almost led, the film delivers a new story, a sliver of Batman's "Year One" origin and a hero more familiar, relatable and human than Christopher Nolan ever attempted. Those entrusted with rebooting Batman for Justice League aren't likely to follow our advice of simply remaking the film shot-for-shot, but a viewing of Phantasm would certainly teach them a few lessons.

Top 10 Animated Superhero Movies

Justice League Animated Superhero Movies Those are only ten, but everyone is sure to have their favorites on both the Marvel and DC sides. DC Comics has certainly gotten a head start on the animated front, but it remains to be seen if the company will be able to translate the proven track record of Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery and Co. into live action blockbusters. For Marvel it's the opposite: proven success with live-action, but still so much untapped potential on the animated feature front; hence why you find DC ruling this list. Fans still have The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 to look forward to next year. And with Superman: Unbound and Justice League: Flashpoint also confirmed, this list may need some adjustment before long. Which comic book stories do you think shined in animated motion? Or better yet, which ones should be next? - Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
TAGS: batman, batman under the red hood, green lantern, justice league, superman, superman batman: public enemies, wonder woman

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  1. Is this list exclusively for DC movies? because no animated superhero movie list is complete without the Incredibles. Even if this is strictly DC, I think All Star Superman deserves a spot. But overall, nice list. Its great to see the phenomenal Red Hood and underrated Wonder Woman made the cut.

    • The Incredibles was hotly debated due to the definition of ‘animation’ and its send-up of the formula. But after consideration, it warrants inclusion simply because of the self-referential and family-dynamic focus. :)

      • And because Pixar has ties with Disney, who owns Marvel xD

      • Great list. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is amazing.

  2. batman: under the red hood is probably my fav on the list – i love it.

    • Funny, it’s one of my least favorites.

  3. I agree with this list 100%

    “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” just screams Batman like no other film has

    • @ACW

      I agree, going through the list I already had planned a response about how this list only cares about the newer cartoons and would leave out a gem like Mask of the Phantasm, then the last page, BAM, Mask of the Phantasm. Good list guys. I LOVE Mask of the Phantasm. Nothing like the old team, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill…

      I liked Sub-Zero too, and the two episodes of Batman Beyond sold as a movie, Return of the Joker, was also very good…

  4. Nice list, will you put out a Marvel one too, or it just not worth it ?

    • When Marvel crafts a solid film, with compelling animation, and a truly well-written and constructed story line, we’ll absolutely consider it. Honestly, it baffles me that they haven’t gone all out on Civil War, Dark Reign, Spiderman Back in Black, etc.

      • “Spider-Man: Reign” would be flipping amazing

        • True. It’s interesting looking at DC’s animated films (some of their most praised arcs put into motion) and Marvel’s, who don’t really seem to know what they’re going for.

          • Yeah. Really, there is no excuse for it either. I mean, of all the money they rake in from Marvel movies, TV shows, and of course the whole run with Disney, they do have the finances to do a really good animated Marvel film.

            But they don’t, and nobody knows why. I think DC has the upper hand because their storylines come off as more intriguing (well, at least with Batman as far as I know), whereas Marvel…does something good every now and then. I mean, you see more DC graphic novels praised more than Marvel’s

          • Where Marvel lacks in animated films, they exceed in video games.

            • The Arkham games have been getting more praise than any Marvel game lately. Ultimate Alliance was very good, Ultimate Alliance 2 was okay. To be honest, it seems like Marvel is lacking in video games as years go by. You had the perfect design in “Spider-Man 2″ and then they took a few steps back in later Spider-Man games

            • Is the video game comment meant seriously?

              • I would hope not…

          • If you look at the stuff Marvel does, both on screen (live action) and in their comics, you see their heroes spend as much, if not more time, out of costume than in. It’s actually been one of their strongest points over the years, and having spent literally decades perfecting it, when the special effects finally caught up with the “costumed” part, there were a plethora of storylines they were able to exploit. You likely never think of Spiderman or Iron Man without also thinking of Peter Parker and Tony Stark. But Superman or Batman can do a whole movie and you may never even wonder about his alter ego. (No, I’m not saying that DC NEVER deals with the secret identity issue, but they don’t get into their character’s personal lives as much. “I’m The Batman, dammit”)

            Anyway, the animated movies work better when the supers are in costume, which DC excels at. While I have always been a Marvel fan, I honestly believe that DC’s characters are visually iconic in appearance, Batman in particular. In animation, once you take a character out of his/her costume, it’s very hard to make them stand out from any other animated character, added to the fact that when they are out of costume, the are SUPPOSED to look ordinary. So their stories are driven from the point of view of the supers as supers, which they’ve always been better at than the Marvel “woes of being a super” thing. So they’ve learned to make the drama work for the supers and largely avoid the “normal” stuff. They make it personal by having the heroes speak to each other using first names, rather than “super” names. Marvel does the same thing in the live action movies. I swear, I have never seen a secret identity fall away as fast as in their movies. But doing so serves the same purpose as it does in DC’s animations, in that it makes the characters more personable.

            I honestly haven’t seen any of the Marvel animated movies. I have some DVDs of the TV shows, but they are by and large aimed at ten year-olds. I plead guilty to enjoying the DC animations way more than the Marvel stuff, and I was not surprised that nothing from Marvel made the list.

            So, I don’t think it’s a money thing. (It might be an apathy thing, who knows) But I believe it’s mostly a case of DC and Marvel finding their strengths and going with them. Maybe DC will never be as strong in live action, and Marvel will never make really good animations. I hope not, but at least for now we get something good from both of them.

      • I want Marvel to animate a good and gritty Daredevil story ala Return of the Gael or something with the assassin Bullseye.

      • The first Ultimate Avengers movies was really great and you can see parts of it in the Phase 1 Marvel movies. The dialogue in Justice League: Doom was really bad – see the two Agents Green Lantern talks to before going to rescue the hostages in the tunnel. Doomsday was a horrific version of Superman! He kills hundreds of thousands of people, using Doomsday himself as a weapon no less, by plowing Doomsday into the heart of the city! Why not just throw Doomsday into space (his weakness is that he can’t fly) or the sun, or at least plow him into an unpopulated area?

      • Planet Hulk was pretty cool, IMO.

      • Planet Hulk, Ultimate Avengers and Dr. Strange.

  5. All DC Movies? Good list nevertheless lol, I think Hulk Vs. should be up here

    • Hulk Vs. was easily one of the Marvel ‘compilations’ that got more right than wrong, but as essentially one massive action sequence, it was hard to give it a place among films that did action just as well with story lines far more nuanced and entertaining.

      • Agreed, but the best scenes where with Deadpool, he stole the show with his hilarious antics and quips.

        • They should make a Deadpool movie then. YES, ANY DAY NOW!

          • The script is done, we just gotta wait for Fox to greenlight the project, Ryan’s schedule should be cleared since RIPD is in post production, and the two animation projects Turbo and The Croods are only voice roles. Hopefully Deadpool will come to fruition.

    • Especially vs Thor! Wolverine, not so much…

  6. I did not like
    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), mostly because their bodies are outrageous, the animations a lot softer(also the eyes), and just some weird things such as the giant robot.

    also didnt care for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010), as theres not much batman even in it and its mostly about supergirl(who turns evil for no reason given…)and also some more weird stuff regarding her, though the final battle on the kent farm is awesome.

    • We’d still recommend comic book fans read both Public Enemies and Apocalypse first, for sure.

      And agree on the Kent Farm fight. Sincerely hope that choreography is used in Man of Steel, or at least the setting.

  7. Dr strange and next avengers were both great. I love mask of the phantasm so much but some controversial talk there mr dyce. I’m not sure how it presents a more relatable Bruce Wayne than TDK trilogy. It’s a great romance though. Andrea’s my fav ever batman love interest

    • Haha controversial is fair. In terms of story, animation quality, direction and overall faith to the character – that’s a stand we’re willing to make :)

      Nolan took Bruce to a dark, dark, very dark place. A place that it’s almost impossible to see that character ever align with the Justice League, or fight for something other than Gotham, arguably. I’m not mounting an argument against that version at all, but Phantasm seemed to ground that conflict in much more relatable events and sense of duty.

      Andrea is killer too, Dana Delaney did a great job making that character believable. Nice counterpoint to Bruce.

    • Dr. Strange should replace Supes/Bats Public Enemies on this list IMO

      • Oh, and Planet Hulk was pretty awesome too.

  8. Why are there no Marvel movies listed? Was this suppose to be the Top 10 DC Animated Superhero Movies?

    • there aren’t too many great marvel movies. but i agree i was surprised there were none on the list

      • True there aren’t many great ones. But sitting through all of them and finding some stuff to like in each (not every one), the task goes to eliminating one of the others from the list. And if we’re talking advice to people looking for a great animated superhero movie, regardless of publisher or characters, it would be near impossible to recommend a Marvel film OVER the DC ones on our list.

        • well at least now I know where DC shines…. in the comics and animation but they certainly do not know how to make a feature film with real actors! I sure hope MOS works out! I would likeo show my kids somethng other than marvel movies! they did OK with TDK but THATS IT, I would leto show them a good verion of superman not made before I was 4. Athough iti GREAT (th first superman) but kids nowadasys dont get into 80′s movies so much…. “they are old like me” NOT MY WORDS…theirs

          • Haha true. It’s odd that scriptwriters come in to discuss characters with DC’s creative minds and writers, then go off and write a script based on that source material and it gets mixed reviews.

            …why not just have the creative minds write it? Surely that’s worth a chance at being Plan A?

        • It really is sad but true that even the best Marvel animated film would have a hard time making the list. Hulk vs really was the most enjoyable even if its arguably not a movie. I also enjoyed Planet Hulk and Next Avengers… but they are not on my top 10 list.

  9. No love for Superman Vs The Elite?

    • I personally enjoyed The Elite quite a bit, but there are times when watching something when I’m able to say to myself ‘I dig this approach and take, but…would someone who isn’t as deeply familiar and cerebral about it enjoy it too?’

      Kofi gave it a positive review overall, and I would too, but the perceived smaller budget behind the animation limits it a bit. Its exclusion should definitely not be seen as a knock against the original story, since I dug Kelly’s writing on the page too.

  10. I am just curious is marvels animation not as good? Not trying to start a war im just unaware.

    • No worries on a war, and I wouldn’t say Marvel’s animations isn’t as ‘good,’ but DC and Warner Bros. films seem to have a much more unique style and artistic inspiration behind them. From a purely animation standpoint, Marvel’s animation style looks very similar to many other modern cartoons produced overseas.

      DC and WB have worked to create two or three styles that almost nobody else imitates. The fact that DC’s best writers and seasoned producers are the ones usually credited in their animated films boosts the quality ten-fold.

  11. Kinda confused as to why there are no Marvel movies here. Is this list exclusively DC, or do Marvel animated movies just suck?

    Also, what about The Incredibles, and Batman:Year One?

    • Marvel has not put out good Animated FEATURE FILMS. “Hulk vs.” are two short films featuring Wolverine and Thor, and ‘The Ultimates’ and Next Avengers are not as good as ANYTHING on this list.

      We’ve added ‘The Incredibles’ – even though it is arguably a family drama with superhero elements rather than a straight-up superhero movie.

      • Ok, fair enough. I honestly haven’t really seen so many animated superhero movies. And I saw that you guys added The Incredibles. Good move. What did it replace? Now I can’t remember what was there before.

        And still, what about Year One? Bryan Cranston was awesome, and the whole film was great.

        • It knocked off GL: Emerald Knights. Tough for fans of GL and Fillion, but certainly one for those already interested or versed in the lore.

          Year One was solid, but aside from Cranston, the voice work…left something to be desired.

          • Ah, that’s right. Forgot about Emerald Knights.

            And year one, that’s true. It would have been better, IMO if Conroy could’ve been Bats, but his Batman is more of an older, more experienced Bats and Bruce, but not so much the character from Year One. Jim Caviezel could’ve been great, though. The McKenzie guy who voiced him was pretty solid, IMO.

  12. Thats one thing I will always hold DC over Marvel is animation. I wished Paul Dini and Bruce Timm would reunite and bring back their DC animated universe. Batman: The Animated, Batman Beyond, Justice League. That was the stuff!

    • Haha was just saying to Ben Kendrick that if WB and DC announced they were going to air one episode of Batman and Superman: The Animated Series back-to-back on CW Sunday nights, I’d be tuning in without fail.

      And better yet, if Bruce Timm and co. decided to re-launch a similar animated series aimed at the movie-going audience (18-35), that would make all kinds of sense.

  13. Everyone should read the last page. He explains that Marvel didn’t make as many animated features as DC, and DC has really excelled with the animated features.
    I truly agree with #1. Mask of the Phantasm was an amazing film, even if you’re an adult. I recommend it to anyone who loves Batman.

  14. I’m guessing you didn’t like Superman vs The Elite Andrew? I thought that was an excellent film, the ending was eh, but up until then it was pretty good.

    Also, what were your thoughts on Justice League: New Frontier?

    • I gave a lengthier response to The Elite up above; I’d just say its audience is a bit smaller and it isn’t quite as polished here and there. Still solid.

      I really enjoy Darwyn Cooke’s writing, and felt the JL: New Frontier comic was solid. I loved that the art style was maintained for the film, but the pacing just felt WAY off for my taste. Not that slow is a bad thing, just…off.

      I don’t know, I could be wrong.

      • New Frontier paled in comparison to the comic. Though that’s true of most of these movies, it was particularly apparent for New Frontier.

  15. what about Green Lantern First Flight that was good imo better than the awful live action movie

    • Both Green Lantern First Flight and Emerald Knights were 50 times better than the movie on their own. I wished they would have used the same animation and voice acting from those two animated films on the Green Lantern Animated Series becuase that show sucks.

  16. No love for Gotham Knight? It was the animatrix of Batman and provided a lot of insight into the character. I agree with #1 though, good choice.

  17. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is awesome and underappreciated

    • Thank You. The world needs more Batman Beyond. Very Underrated.

  18. Any Batman show, movie, or game that has KEVIN CONROY voicing the Caped Crusader has my full attention. To me, that voice is the Batman!

  19. not surprised since DC makes way better animated movies than marvel ever could. where as marvel makes better live action movies than DC ever could :P

    doomsday for the most part sucked, from the moment they ‘figure out’ how ot fix the weakness issue, everything sucked, minus the end fight (highlight being bane). it would have been more interesting had their weaknesses been amplified to a greater level, instead we got something a c grade villain could piece together (which they did since most the villains where trash compared to the heroes).

    dark knight returns is currently my favourite animated movie, it’s everything nolans batman movies weren’t and more :)

  20. Gret article! But how about Gotham Knight? I really enjoye that one and kinda surprised it wasn’t listed.

    • Gotham Knight is an anthology of Batman shorts – it’s not a feature-length animated movie.

  21. Great list! I’ve seen most of these but I’ll have to check out a few I haven’t watched yet :)

  22. I think Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker should be on here because it’s so good

  23. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker SO should have been there instead of the stupid JLA Crisis on Two Earths! I didn’t hate it, but top 10 greatest animated superhero films, really? I didn’t love JLA: The New Fronteir either, but it was definately better than Crisis on two earths. And sorry people, but I HATED All-Star Superman. It was an OK comic story that was 10 times worse as a movie.

    And it is weird that there are no Marvel animated films here. Then again, I can’t recall a Marvel animated film I LOVED.

  24. I’m ok with everything on this list but The Death of Superman. I thought the comic was perfect. If they would have followed the comic they would have had the perfect film. I remember being so excited to watch it.
    It didn’t even remotely follow the comic. Saying I was disappointed is an understatement.

    There has to be more people out there that were just as disappointed as me when they first watched it!

    • Sorry—Superman/Doomsday

    • Agreed

  25. WoW, good list and you could go on and on with those DC Animations….

  26. If anyone cares, here are my DC and Marvel ranks.

    DC
    #22 Superman: Brainiac Attacks
    #21 Batman: Gotham Knight
    #20 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
    #19 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
    #18 Batman vs Dracula
    #17 Superman Batman: Apocalypse
    #16 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
    #15 Superman Batman: Public Enemies
    #14 Superman: Doomsday
    #13 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
    #12 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
    #11 Superman vs. The Elite
    #10 Justice League: The New Frontier
    #9 Justice League: Doom
    #8 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
    #7 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
    #6 Wonder Woman
    #5 Green Lantern: First Flight
    #4 Batman: Year One
    #3 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
    #2 All Star Superman
    #1 Batman: Under the Red Hood

    MARVEL
    #8 Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
    #7 The Invincible Iron Man
    #6 Ultimate Avengers 2: The Rise of the Panther
    #5 Thor: Tales of Asgard
    #4 Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
    #3 Ultimate Avengers
    #2 Planet Hulk
    #1 Hulk Vs.

    • So weird that Hulk is the star of the best two Marvel ones, when you would think he would be the least capable of carrying a movie.

  27. Marvel’s the Ultimate Avengers was excellent and should have been included.

    Ultimate Avengers part two was also good and gave us an interesting Black Panther storyline. For that alone it deserves at least an honorable mention!

    I do agree that DC is generally better at animated films than Marvel.

  28. What about tv show ? wich one are worth it ? I’ve only wath The Batman and X-Men in 90s

    • Oh man. If you haven’t watched Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series executive produced by Bruce Timm, do so NOW.

  29. Dark Knight Returns, Under the Red Hood, Mask of the Phantasm, Wonder Woman, Incredibles, Crisis on Two Earths are my favorites from that list; some great stuff.

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