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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Superman: The Complete Animated Series DVD Review

Superman: The Complete Animated Series DVD Review

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Synopsis: Your spirits will soar with this complete series set from the popular TV series! Portraying the man and hero as human while keeping the comic-book action at full speed, each animated adventure is a fast-paced spellbinder. Beginning with his arrival on Earth, Superman finds his place in his adopted home and accepts his role as its champion - facing mortal enemy Lex Luthor and countless other criminals like the Weather Wizard and the Toyman. High-flying excitement, boundless thrills and revealing Exclusive Extras collide in this superior collection about the dynamic hero that inspires us all to strive for truth and justice.

Review: When it comes to superhero genre cartoons from the 1990s the attention is usually paid to Batman: The Animated Series. Batman is given all of the attention, because its the beginning of the so-called ‘Timmverse’, which consists of a series of cartoons designed by Bruce Timm and often written in colaboration with Paul Dini and a team of other creative masterminds. What is often overlooked is Superman: the Animated Series.

Superman: TAS was also designed by Bruce Timm and the same creative team. It was a sister show to Batman: TAS. There was even a three-part crossover that involved Batman and Superman Joining against Lex Luthor and the Joker. It was released at retail as the Batman/Superman Movie. The Superman series was a complete polar opposite to Batman: TAS. Batman was drawn purposely on black paper to give it mood, while Superman was light and bright. The show was full of color and silly villains. It was a great addition to the Timmverse world and it helped pave the way to the Justice League shows that would follow. The designs are great and the stories still hold up just as well as Batman: TAS.

This release is essentially a re-release of the previously released full three seasons of the show. They haven’t been released since 2006, so a nicer edition is long overdue. I would’ve loved to see this an all of the other DCAU releases on blu-ray, but only Justice League season one has made it there so far. This edition comes with a nice, sleek design and a shiny slipcase. The discs are literally the exact discs from the previous releases, so you aren’t missing anything.

The set does include one exclusive feature. It has a seventh disc that harbors a great new documentary titled “The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman.” The recent Justice League: The Complete Series DVD release also offered a bonus disc like this one. There are also a few trailers for previous releases included. The documentary about Darkseid is actually really cool. It runs about 17 minutes long and includes interviews with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini an Alan Burnett!

This set is great for any fan of the DCAU and looks fantastic on your DVD shelf. We highly recommend it

Rating: 5 out of 5