Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review

Welcome to the start of a weekly series where we review the entire DC Animated Universe every Wednesday.  We will encompass TV shows, tie-in films, and extended media we feel fits into the narrative of the universe.  We’ll also be reviewing the shows/films in the best viewing order to truly enjoy the universe.  You can find countless websites that list how to watch the shows in chronological time but that doesn’t have a satisfying narrative.  Especially since the last episode chronologically is from The Zeta project and ends with an unresolved cliffhanger.  Yes, there is Epilogue from Justice League Unlimited but to close out with that episode after all the Justice Unlimited story details that occurred before would also be unsatisfying.  

There are also lists on release/airing date, and production order.  But that can still create narrative gaps.    


Therefore this review will tackle the episodes in the order we feel they should be viewed.  This isn’t a release order, or production order.  It’s the best order to watch all the shows and films in the universe and capture the best narrative impact the creators intended for their stories.  


We’re not concerned about exact timelines with this episode order. So Batman: Mask of the Phantasm might fit perfectly between some random mid season episode, it really doesn’t affect the story or characters, so we’re not worrying about the exact date the episode falls on in the chronological time.  The review follows all the characters and stories in a way that makes sense.


The view order is below.  There are some unique choices that other fans wouldn’t agree with.  We’ll detail the reasoning for those inclusions when that individual review comes up.

DC Animated Universe Watch Order
Batman: The Animated SeriesEpisodes 1 - 56
Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
Batman: The Animated SeriesEpisodes 57 - 85
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
Superman: The Animated SeriesEpisodes 1 - 41
The New Batman AdventuresEpisodes 1 - 19
Superman: The Animated SeriesEpisodes 42 - 52
The New Batman AdventuresEpisodes 20 - 24
Superman: The Animated SeriesEpisodes 53 - 54
Batman Short Film: "Chase Me"
Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman Movie
Gotham GirlsEpisodes 1 - 30
Batman BeyondEpisodes 1 - 47
The Zeta ProjectEpisodes 1 - 7
Batman BeyondEpisodes 48 - 51
The Zeta ProjectEpisodes 8 - 12
Batman BeyondEpisodes 52
Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker Movie
The Zeta ProjectEpisodes 13 - 26
Static ShockEpisodes 1 - 24
Justice LeagueEpisodes 1 - 28
Static ShockEpisodes 25 - 42
Justice LeagueEpisodes 29 - 46
Static ShockEpisodes 43 - 52
Justice LeagueEpisodes 47 - 52
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Justice League UnlimitedEpisodes 1 - 39
Batman & Harley Quinn
Justice League Vs The Fatal Five


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®