When it comes to comic books and superheroes, I’ve always been pretty much a “Batman Only Guy.” Batman milling around with super-powered beings simply isn’t my cup of tea.
On the other hand, since I am a lifelong Batman fan, I’ve always considered myself a “DC Guy” as well. Growing up reading Batman comics, it was pretty much hard to ignore the rest of the DC Universe. As a result, I became pretty well versed in the great DCU and did partake in the comic book adventures of Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, et al. from time to time. Consequently, when it comes to reviewing JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD, my take’s going to depend on which POV I’m coming from.
As a “Batman Only Guy,” I had a hard time with this series to be perfectly frank. Like I said, Batman teaming up with a variety of super-powered individuals in tights simply doesn’t float my boat. However, the show was so well done, that it was hard not to enjoy it.
My favorite episode of the entire series is the Batman-centric “Epilogue.” Why? Well, it basically puts a cap on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and BATMAN BEYOND. All the loose ends of both series -- especially BATMAN BEYOND -- are tied up in a nice and neat bow. Bravo to the folks’ behind this series for tossing Batman fans such a wonderful bone.
When it comes to recommending this set to folks, I’d say that those who are fans of the Justice League and the DCU should consider it a must-have. My only concern with such an endorsement is that those people probably already have these episodes on DVD since they’ve previously been released. In addition, there’s nothing new here in terms of extras -- except for the new 15 minute documentary, “Unlimited Reserve: Exploring the Depths of DC Universe.” I’d definitely keep that in mind since this set carries about $70-ish price tag.
As for those “Batman Only” fans like me, I can’t in good conscious tell y’all to run out and plunk down 70 bucks on this. Yes, Batman is done respectfully and he’s the “same Batman” as the one from B:TAS, but it’s not Batman in his element (kicking ass in Gotham City). There’s a lot of “Batman, IN SPACE!” here, OK?
My petty Batman preference aside, JUSTICE LEAGUE is one of the best animated series based on a comic book to date and its fans will enjoy the heck out of this collection.