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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The series initially drew heavy influence from the New 52, which was a contentious period among comic book fans due to taking major liberties with the characters and having a darker tone. While later films eventually moved away from the source material and developed their own identity, they could never shake off the first impression, and had less expressive sales when compared to previous DC animated movies as a result. The franchise eventually ended in 2020, with DC Animation wanting to refocus on standalone stories.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The franchise was considered below par compared to the DC Animated Universe when it started, for factors such as being based on the contentious New 52, focusing way too much on Damian Wayne, and not really feeling like a proper universe but just "Batman and others". The creators improved their craft and storytelling later on, diversifying their DC influences to adapt DC Rebirth and Post-Crisis stories, while adding their own elements. Characters other than Damian and Batman received some much needed development, with Teen Titans: The Judas Contract being the first animated movie in five years not to feature the latter. Both the Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen are seen as a step in the right direction due to having the spirit and tone of the Post-Crisis era and being relatively loyal to the source material, not to mention giving focus to Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, whom had been critically underutilized prior.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Damian Wayne. While initially hated by the majority of viewers, he won over some fans after his character development into a humbler and more cooperative young hero. On the flip side, he still has detractors who feel that he's annoying and gets too much preferential treatment from the writers, with his victories over the likes of Deathstroke, Nightwing, Batman, Talon, and Superman being a notorious source of derision.
  • Broken Base:
    • The movies released between 2014 and 2017 focused on Batman and his supporting cast at the expense of everyone else. Fans either don't care or think Batman stole all the spotlight again.
    • The decision to end the franchise with Apokolips War. Many fans feel that the universe and characters still had potential for interesting stories due to no longer being constrained by the New 52 source material. However, those who disliked the idea of a shared universe feel that ending the series was a breath of fresh air and are glad that Warner Animation will return to standalone movies.
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  • Can't Un-Hear It: This series provide one of these in the form of C. Thomas Howell as Eobard Thawne.
  • Complete Monster: Professor Zoom, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Black Manta, Talia al Ghul, Destiny, Nergal and Medusa. See here.
  • Ending Aversion: With the final film being relentlessly bleak and ending with a timeline reboot that renders the entire series meaningless, fans have found it difficult to commit to the series or recommend it to others.
  • Dork Age: Many fans of DC's animated movies felt this way about this universe, mostly due to their emphasis on Batman and Damian Wayne (a character many disliked), being based/inspired on the divisive New 52 brand and for what many saw as lower quality writing that tried to compensate with high amounts of violence and shock value.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Beginning with Batman: Bad Blood, audience reception towards the films in this universe has been warmer, thanks to a wider emphasis on ensemble casts and moving away from focusing only on Damian.
    • Later movies moved away from the New 52 influence and the Batman focus to deliver better stories in general with a grander scale. The Death of Superman in particular is considered a hallmark of the universe for adapting one of the most iconic stories in all of comics.
  • Memetic Loser: Dick Grayson/Nightwing. He's a skilled fighter in his own right and was trained by Batman himself. However, his tendency to lose several fights, whether it's at the hands of Damian Wayne, Talon, a brainwashed Batman, Deathstroke, or Scarecrow, led both to complaints that he does not get the respect he deserves and to jokes that Dick's destiny is to be the whipping boy of the DC animated movies. It also doesn't help his case when in the Grand Finale he is killed by Darkseid's forces and then revived by the Lazarus Pit, only to be driven mad from its effects.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Damian Wayne was originally detested for being an unlikable jerk and receiving too much Character Shilling. However, his attitude significantly improved starting with Justice League vs. Teen Titans, in which he endured some Break the Haughty while also becoming more of a team-player. He also became less of a Spotlight-Stealing Squad, with The Judas Contract giving him the least screen time out of all main Titans.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Fans who thought the original Wally West had gotten some love in The Judas Contract with Kid Flash's cameo were disappointed years later when producer James Tucker revealed the Kid Flash in the movie is actually a young Barry Allen. Given the treatment of Wally under Dan DiDio, fans naturally didn't take too kindly to this change.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Wallace West shows up once in the Grand Finale for two scenes and one of the scene sees him as a corpse.
    • Donna Troy appears as Wonder Girl at the end of The Judas Contract, with a line from Beast Boy hinting at her potential...only for her to show up in a single shot of Apokolips War and not even appear among the dead at Titans Tower.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: With the franchise officially ending in 2020, many interesting sub-plots are dropped without ever getting the chance to be properly developed. Some examples are Starfire vowing to return to her home planet and dethrone her sister, Deadshot trying to rebuild his life as a free man, and Cale swearing revenge on Wonder Woman.


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