Live-action comic book movies currently have a vice grip on the zeitgeist. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the DCEU, it has become a never-ending battle to see which comic house has a firmer grip on audiences. That said, there's one area in which DC has regularly dominated over the years: the realm of animation.
That's what we're going to discuss today. We have combed through all of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies --which kicked off in 2007 -- and we have put together a handy ranking to see which one came out on top. We have a whopping 30 movies to get to, so let's kick things off with a film that made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.
30. Batman And Harley Quinn
It's a shame that one of DC's most recent animated properties (and one that exists within the continuity of classic DC animation, no less) also turned out to be one of its worst. Batman and Harley Quinn is an attempt to inject some comedy into the dynamic of the titular partnership (plus Nightwing), but the result is an immature and sophomoric take on the Gotham landscape that misses the mark. Don't waste your time with this one; it's legitimately bad.
Many people criticized the DCEU's handling of The Death of Superman in 2016, but that arguably pales in comparison to how bad Superman/Doomsday treats the material. Not only does the animated adaptation of the classic 1990s story arc rush through the actual "death" part of the story, but it also gives Doomsday a criminally small amount of screen time. This story arc deserved better, and Superman/Doomsday failed to deliver on its promise of emotional resonance.
28. Batman vs. Robin
It's a testament to the quality of DC's animated films that we only have to wait for No. 28 on this list to reach movies that are watchable. That said, Batman vs. Robin remains a sorely disappointing adaptation of the endlessly cool The Court of Owls story arc that completely circumvents the mystery of the Illuminati-esque organization in favor of thrills and a war in Gotham. The result? A story with far less heart than the comic book that inspired it.