YMMV / DC Universe Animated Original Movies

  • Base-Breaking Character: Damian Wayne. While initially hated by fans, he's grown more into this role over time, since more fans have come to like him due to his character development over the films and having grown a bit more humble and open to his teammates over time. On the flip side, he still has his detractors who feel that he's an annoying Marty Stu character who repeatedly gets to show up everybody else and gets too much preferential treatment from the writers. The fact that he's taken down people like Deathstroke, Nightwing, Batman, Talon, and even Superman himself at one point has made him the object of derision from those fans. Damian Wayne is not universally hated by any stretch but he's far from being universally loved by fans in the same token.
  • Broken Base:
    • In general, it's easier to say which of the movies based on the New 52 comics aren't this.
    • Whether or not the focus on Batman and his supporting cast in the recent movies at the expense of everyone else. Fans either don't care or think Batman is stealing all the spotlight again.
  • Growing the Beard: Beginning with Batman: Bad Blood, audience reception towards the New 52-based films has been warmer, thanks to a wider emphasis on ensemble casts and moving away from focusing entirely on Damian. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is considered by many to be the strongest film to date.
  • Memetic Loser: Dick Grayson/Nightwing in the animated New 52 continuity. He's a skilled fighter in his own right and lest we forget, he was trained by Batman himself. However, a large portion of his fights tend to see him lose a lot, whether it's at the hands of Damian Wayne, Talon, a brainwashed Batman, or Deathstroke. It's gotten to the point where fans are complaining that the writers don't have any respect for Nightwing and that it's Dick's destiny to be the whipping boy of the DC animated movies.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some fans initially disliked the art styles which they felt are inferior to the DCAU Timm Style.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Damian Wayne. Originally, even fans of him in the comics detested him for being an unlikable jerk and recieving plenty of Character Shilling, showing up all the charactesr at virtually everything. Thankfully, a multi-movie arc has significantly improved his attitude and Justice League vs. Teen Titans had him endure some Break the Haughty while also becoming more of a team-player.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: These movies pull no punches when it comes to violence, with some pushing their PG-13 ratings to the limit. This doesn't stop uninformed parents from thinking that these movies are perfectly acceptable for children. It certainly didn't stop Cartoon Network from airing Superman: Doomsday (which was aired on their action block Toonami, edited for a TV-PG-V rating) and Batman: Gotham Knight (aired during regular daytime hours, and edited for a TV-14 rating).