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1.0 out of 5 stars Questions and Answers for DC Animated Universe Completists..., June 23, 2006
This review is from: Superman: Brainiac Attacks (DVD)
You know who you are. You are the kind of person who is going to buy DVDs related to to Bruce Timm's DC Animated Universe to have a complete collection of everything DCAU. Here are some questions that completists who have not seen Superman: Brainiac Attacks yet may ask themselves when thinking about whether or not to buy this DVD.

If you are not a geek feel free to ignore this review.

Q: All the reviews say it's really bad, but internet critics are ALWAYS unnessecarily harsh. Is it really THAT bad?

A: Yes, it is. Static Shock's "Hoop Squad" has always been widely considered the single worst thing to come out of the DCAU ever. This is only marginally related to the DCAU and it is roughly twenty times worse. Sixty if you consider it's 22 minute running time one of "Hoop Squad"'s virtues. It is a pile of dried monkey vomit.

Q: But I want a complete DCAU collection!

A: The movie only uses character designs and some of the voices from the old Superman cartoon but it flatly contradicts things that have come before in the DCAU. Lex Luthor and Brainiac act INCREDIBLY out of character (buffoonish and melodramatic respectively) and the movie is at complete odds with how the Fortress of Solitude and Phantom Zone are portrayed on the old show.

Q: CAN it fit into the DCAU if I REALLY tried to make it?

A: I suppose you could come up with explainations for everything and wedge it into it if you really wanted to but it fits about as well as Teen Titans and Krypto the Superdog. Only those two cartoons are cool.

Q: Is Bruce Timm or any of the major creative forces of the DCAU involved?

A: None of the major creators are involved. It is written by Dwayne Capizzi of The Batman fame.

Q: Is it considered official canon by the fans or the creators?

A: The is a near-consensus of DCAU fans who don't believe it can fit. The DTV's writer, The Batman's Duane Capizzi has stated in an interview that it is NOT in continuity with the DCAU, probably in a desperate attempt to get people to keep an open mind about this abomination. Or as I said, monkey vomit.

Q: Well, even if it ISN'T DCAU I plan to buy every single cartoon DVD related to a DC property ever so where should I put it on my priorities list?

A: After The Batman season sets, Superfriends season sets, and the movie Scooby Doo Meets Batman but BEFORE The Batman or Superfriends single disc releases.

Q: Hey, The Batman isn't THAT bad. In fact, Duane Capizzi wrote The Batman versus Dracula and that was pretty cool.

A: Any talent Capizzi showed in the Dracula movie is missing here. Brainiac Attacks is worse than almost every episode of The Batman.

Q: Does the DVD at least come with any interesting extras?

A: Only a batch of trailers that can be found on both the superior Superman: The Animated Series Volume Three and Justice League Season Two sets. You'll be better off buying those.

Q: Sigh. Well, shouldn't I buy this anyways? Justice League Unlimited has been cancelled and there are no new real DCAU projects in the pipeline. Won't skipping this just send a message to Warner Bros. Animation that nobody ever wants to see new DCAU material again?

A: There is no easy answer for this. It's the ultimate no-win scenario for DCAU fans. If we DON'T buy it we may never see any new DCAU stuff again. If we DO buy it, it sends a message to Warner Home Video that they can release sub-standard DCAU related stuff with no imput from the creative forces that made it great. I reccommend using your money to buy the season sets of Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond and Justice League. It will tell WHV there is still a huge audience for this franchise without letting them think they can get away with quicky cheap-o releases designed for four year olds who frankly have much better children's programming options. And to be honest, if the only new "DCAU" projects we get in the future are on the same level as Brainiac Attacks I would just rather not see anything new from this franchise.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2010 12:32:16 PM PST
Duane Capizzi came up with the idea for a new batman show, and only wrote the pilot episode, and the Vs Dracula movie.

Everyone else involved writer/director, etc, has been the same team that's been doing all of the DC animated anything for years now.
Stan Berkowitz, Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti, Sam Liu, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, just to name a few.

And it's nowhere near as simplistic as you think.

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 2:37:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2014 2:38:14 AM PST
Jero Briggs says:
There are some things in this film that contradict the animated series, but I still liked the film. It was a really good movie and a lot better than the highly overrated "Superman Unbound". I say don't let a few continuity errors stop you from enjoying a otherwise great story.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2014 8:32:09 PM PST
Both Brainiac Attacks and Unbound are mediocre films that are barely worth watching. Stupidity and poor plotting run rampant in Unbound. The ONE thing I enjoyed in that movie was that it included the Yellow S on superman's cape. There were a lot of cheesy and quite simply bad moments in BA. Didn't care about perceived "continuity errors" since it wasn't based on the show. I just really dislike that movie. Lance Henriksen and Powers Booth were fun voice actors though.
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