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.
  • The Scrappy: Damian Wayne. Fans of his comic portrayal see the animated portrayal as far less interesting because he's too much of an unlikable jerk. Everyone also criticizes how much Character Shilling Son of Batman, Batman Vs Robin, and Justice League vs. Teen Titans gives Damian, making him the best at everything he does and showing up other characters in the process.
    • This view is highly debatable. Damian is a character with a multi-story character arc, and he gets progressively more likable with each instalment. Damian is supposed to be a jerk when we first meet him (as he was in the comics) , and he is supposed to warm up over time, like he did in Grant Morrison's run. By the end of Justice League vs. Teen Titans Damian has been sufficiently humbled without outright losing who he is.
  • 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).
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