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Animated Superhero Movies 2014

Updated on March 4, 2014

A List of DC and Marvel Straight to DVD Animated Movies

With myriad of animated superhero movies that are available now that can be viewed at the comfort of our home, it safe to say that the genre is anything but hype and won't go anytime soon.

It used to be cartoon or animated films are usually relegated in the kid stuff section of any DVD/Blu-ray store. But current phase of superhero animated films trends towards more edgy and has a complex theme. Even the level of violence wiped out any notion that DC or Marvel animation releases appeal only to younger audience. In fact some of these have mature sensibilities which bodes well for comic book fans who loves to see the adaptation as close to the source material as possible.

Below are some of the upcoming releases to look forward to and also added a collection of out and available animated movies in the past years.

Image credit: Planet Hulk by Marvel, Available on DVD and Blu-Ray

List of DC + Marvel Animated Releases 2014

With DC and Marvel on a roll lately (especially DC) it looks like 2014 is yet another year that'll satisfy every comic book fan out there while were looking forward for the next Avenger big screen sequel or the Justice League in the pipeline. So check out below here's what is in store for the year.

Justice League: War [Blu-ray]
Justice League: War [Blu-ray]

Justice League War is an ensemble of DC's greatest superheroes that includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Shazam. This is based on Justice League: Origin series. This is an alien invasion storyline where Darkseid is the towering villain in the movie.

Characters are cast in different light where Green Lantern is a blabbermouth and Superman is not the boy scout that we've come to know. This is also a tale of Cyborg's origin who is football player with some serious daddy issue. This is directed by Jay Oliva who helmed many acclaimed animated superhero film.

 
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher [Blu-ray]
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher [Blu-ray]

The movie is to be released on March 25, 2014. The art direction is in Japanese anime style and is directed by Kenichi Shimizu.

The vigilante Frank Castle aka Punisher joined forces with Black Widow on a mission to bring down a terrorist group responsible for stealing S.H.I.E.L.D technology.

 
DCU: Son of Batman (Blu-ray)
DCU: Son of Batman (Blu-ray)

Coming soon on May 6, 2014.

 

Check out the Trailer - These are the trailer for the already released and upcoming movie for 2014

Animated Movie List for 2013

Superman: Unbound
Superman: Unbound

This movie is based on the comic book Superman: Brainiac (2008). This is another fine addition to DC's line up features the Man of Steel as he faces off against Brainiac . Written by Bob Goodman and Directed by James Tucker.

 
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Usually relegated playing second fiddle in DC animated films, this time around the spotlight is on the Flash as Justice League: TFP narrative mainly revolves around Barry Allen/ Flash. DC is on a roll lately with slew of releases that pushes the envelop in terms of storytelling and level of violence not expected in this genre. Indeed this is a more violent version of the comic lineage that sees heroes getting beat up and killed in more violent fashion.

 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]

This Deluxe Edition is a compilation of the two-part movie released at the end of 2012 and the sequel on 2013.

The storyarc is an adaptation of the acclaimed "The Dark Knight Returns"(1986) comic series written by Frank Miller

In the story, the aging Dark Knight is forced to resurface after decade of self-imposed retirement as new threats emerges in Gotham City. .

 

Also in 2013...

  • JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2013)
  • Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore
  • Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United

Straight to DVD Superhero Movies 2012

Justice League Doom- Always known for being steps ahead of everyone else, Batman has kept a secret plan to neutralize the League member in the event they gone wayward. That is until the Vandal Savage manage to obtain these secret in order to defeat the Justice League one by one by capitalizing on each weaknesses.

Superman vs the Elite A group of obscure anti-heros known for their "take-no-prisoner" approach in apprehending wrongdoers and seemingly getting public opinion on their side. Because of the groups dubious acts, Superman was forced to take action which ultimately leads to an epic confrontation.

DC + Marvel Releases 2011

Batman: Year One We are already familiar in movies and comics how Bruce Wayne became the Dark Knight but this movie delves deeper into his origin story. The film is based on the groundbreaking 1986 story arc of the same title written by Frank Miller.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knight This not just a Hal Jordan tale but features six interconnected storyline of Green Lantern Corps that culminates in a battle against an ancient threat. This movie has an impressive roster of voice talents such as Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Abraham Vosloo and Roddy Piper.

All Star Superman- How does the Man of Steel spends his final days on Earth? In this iteration of the lore, Superman is dying when he was exposed to excessive solar radiation. Staying true to his noble character, accepted his fate and devoted his borrowed time for the greater good of all.

List of Animated Releases for 2010

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam [Blu-ray]
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam [Blu-ray]

The movie is divided into 4 short stories. Superman/Shazam! is a retelling of Captain Marvel's origin. The remaining shorts are stories of Green Archer, Jonah Hex and The Spectre.

 
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (Two-Disc Special Edition)

In a parallel universe, Lex Luthor is not the megalomaniac with plans to take over the world. In fact he is the good guy who will convince the Justice League to help him defeat their evil counterpart in the alternate world.

 
Batman: Under the Red Hood [Blu-ray]
Batman: Under the Red Hood [Blu-ray]

Considered to be among the finest animated movie offering of DC, Batman: UTRH is about the mysterious character Red Hood and the unresolved past that was buried behind crimson the mask.

 
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (Deluxe 2-Disc DVD Edition with Bonus Episodes)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (Deluxe 2-Disc DVD Edition with Bonus Episodes)

A girl from Krypton serendipitously arrive via a meteor-crash on Gotham City. That event piqued the interest of Darkseid and schemes to capture her in order to make the powerful girl the leader of his army, the Furies.

 
Planet Hulk  (Two Disc Special Edition)
Planet Hulk (Two Disc Special Edition)

In the movie, the Hulk proves too much to handle even for Earth's Mightiest heroes. So they decided to send him to a nearby planet where he will wreak no havok to its inhabitant. Instead he landed on a planet ruled by despot that pitted powerful beings into a gladiatorial matches.

 

Releases for 2009

Wonder Woman 2009 (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Wonder Woman 2009 (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Princess Diana aka Wonder Woman was exiled from her home Themyscira by defying orders about bringing an outsider to their island.

 
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Superman and Batman is teaming up to fight forces of now President Lex Luthor and to prevent a catastrophic Kryptonite meteor that is about to impact the earth.

 
Hulk Vs. (Two-Disc Widescreen Special Edition)
Hulk Vs. (Two-Disc Widescreen Special Edition)

This is composed of two short movies. The first episode is Hulk vs Wolverine and then Hulk vs Thor.

 

Also on 2009...

  • Green Lantern First Flight
  • Justice League: New Frontier

Releases for 2006-2008

Ultimate Avengers I- 2006

Ultimate Avengers II- 2006

Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme - 2007

The Invincible Iron Man - 2007

Batman: Gotham Knights - 2008

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - This is the Movie that Set the Bar High

Did you know that this little movie was initially planned by the studio as a direct-to-home-movie release only but decided to release it in theaters instead? This animated feature achieve a cult status as it doesn't become a hit they thought it would be. Batman MOTP is redeemed by wide critical acclaim for its ground breaking animation style and storyline for an animated movie based on comic book.

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      green-blogger 3 years ago

      I love animated films based on comic books. Nice lens.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      marvel is the best in every category!

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      they are cool heroes. cool as this lens :) You did a great job, keep posting!

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      filmic 6 years ago

      Great lens - Great content and looks fantastic. Can't wait for Batman 3: The Dark Knight Rises (not animated though).

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I always liked superman.