Stream Police: DC Comics Edition
DC Comics has had a fantastic run with their recent adaptions of their comic book properties. From their DC Animated films, both live action and animated television series, DC has had a great legacy of entertainment on the small screen, and today we'll be looking at some of their best adaptions currently available on the streaming service of record, Netflix.
Arrow is the story of Oliver Queen, son of billionaire industrialist Robert Queen. While out at sea with his father on his boat, The Queen's Gambit, an accident causes the boat to sink and Oliver washes up on the island of Lian Yu. During the accident, Oliver loses his father and his long time friend, Sara Lance. After being trapped on Lian Yu for five years, Oliver finally returns to his home of Starling City where he becomes a vigilante named the Arrow, using this alias to go after the men who he says have "failed this city". Arrow is a fantastic show with great writing and well developed characters, and is a great adaption of DC's Green Arrow. I really enjoy Steven Amell's portrayal of Oliver Queen and he does a great job of jumping back and forth from the spoiler rich boy Oliver Queen to the vigilante Arrow. I knew very little about Green Arrow from the comics, but this show really made me fall in love with the characters and universe. The first three seasons are currently on Netflix, so now is as good as time of any to dive in.
Set in the same universe as Arrow and CBS' Supergirl series, this series exists as a spin off of Arrow during its second season. Barry Allen is a forensic scientist who works for the Central City Police Department. After a freak accident causes him to be struck my lightning and fly into a shelf of chemicals, his body goes through a strange change that causes his metabolism to increase exponentially, a side effect of which leads him to become the fastest man alive. Led by Grant Gustin, the cast plays does a fine job with their characters, and thanks to crossovers with Arrow, the characters have some great interaction with each other. While I only just started watching The Flash, I have enjoyed what I've watched so far, and while it isn't as good as Arrow, I still recommend it.
Unlike the previous shows on this list, Young Justice is animated and, sadly, no longer on television. Young Justice revolves around the sidekicks of the Justice League forming their own team. Sharing its artstyle with the DC animated films from the last few years, Young Justice has a great visual style and offers up a surprising cast supporting cast. Jesse McCartney stars as Robin, Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Rob Lowe as Captain Marvel, and Nolan North as both Superman and Superboy, among many other fantastic cast members. The show my have ended, but what's here is fantastic and has many great appearances by a number of great DC heroes and villains.
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Under the Red Hood is one of the DC Universe Animated films and picks up at the end of the "Death in the Family" storyline from the Batman comics, where the second Robin, Jason Todd, is beaten to death by The Joker. Years later a new vigilante, Red Hood, shows up in Gotham and begins going after criminals, however, unlike Batman, the Red Hood has no problem with killing. Batman knows he must put a stop to Red Hood. Red Hood contains fantastic performances from the likes of Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, and John DiMaggio as The Joker. The movie is a great watch, and is still one of my favorites in the DC Animated films line. I highly recommend fans of the canon to check this one out.
This one's a little bit older now, but thanks to the show being made in widescreen and the existence of an HD remaster, the show still looks amazing. Set in the same universe as Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, this show takes places after the aforementioned programs and features the founding members of the Justice League. Joining Batman and Superman are Wonder Woman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern. The team takes on various DC villains, and features one of the best known casts in super hero shows, not to mention amazing guest stars including the likes of Robert Englund, Ron Perlman, Alfred Molina, and Mark Hamill, among literally dozens of others. It's older, but well worth checking out if you haven't seen it before or even watching again for some fun super hero action.