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Crisis on DC’s Animated DC Movie Slate

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The gents of Robot 6 noticed something wacky on the box art from the upcoming Batman/Superman: Public Enemies DVD — namely, that the next direct-to-DVD animated movie coming from DC will be titled Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. The hell?

I want to think this is an animated version of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which would be significantly more awesome than Final Crisis or Infinite Crisis or Identity Crisis. But if it is, it’s been pared down to the point where someone at DC felt it was better to call it Crisis on Two Earths. My gut is telling me that it’s an adaptation of Final Crisis, and the two Earths are referring to Earth-1 and the Earth-2 that the older Superman and Alex Luthor come from. But maybe it’s something entirely different, which necessitates a brand new name.

In which case, why won’t DC (and Marvel, for that matter) just stick to animating their most popular storyarcs instead of creating all this new bullshit? Sure, they do it maybe half the time, and I do think that recent Green Lantern: First Flight movie was pretty good, but who would rather watch that as opposed to an animated adaptation of the Sinestro War? And Marvel, who the fuck wants to watch those horrible Next Avengers rugrats when you already had an acclaimed team of young Avengers called Young Avengers just begging for animation? I’m baffled, frankly. Your theories are welcome in the comments.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.