Top 5 Must See DC Comic Book Animated Movies Part 1
5. Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
With the first leaked and now officially released Suicide Squad movie trailer, Assault on Arkham is a preview of what the live action movie may consist of. Most of the main characters are here and will give you a early glimpse in the chemistry and setup of the team. Batman is the main focus of his movie and has him going up against the Squad and the prisoners of Arkham.
4. Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
Parallel worlds can be a tricky story-line to pull-off, but in Crisis On Two Earths the idea of an alternate Earth with slightly different versions of the Justice League is a delight to see . Like in most of the Justice League storylines, Batman is in the middle of it this time, his alternate universe self Owlman is up to some universe-ending activities that have brought their two worlds together. The voice acting of James Woods in the role is one of the highlights of this storyline that has different takes on the heroes we all know and love.
3. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
In what I would call the best Super Girl story-line possible, Superman has to look out for his cousin after she crashes to Earth causing all sorts of damage. Batman thinks she is dangerous which of course puts him at odds with Superman. Wonder Woman steps in to help the young girl adjust to her new planet and powers by offering to train her as an Amazon. The villain Darkseid becomes aware of the new member of the Superman family and decides he has to have her. This was another great story that was executed with well acted performances and great animation.
2. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns:Parts 1 & 2 (2012)
Based directly from the classic Frank Miller comic book The Dark Knight Returns this movie gives motion to the images that changed the telling of a Batman story forever. Besides the admiration of Frank Miller’s simplistic but detailed art form its the naturally realistic changes he makes to well known characters, mainly exploring the dark side of human nature. His work has been used as the foundation of countless movies. The Dark Knight animated movie allows you to experience his masterpiece in a new way while keeping faithful to the comics visual look but also to Miller’s writing. Split into Parts 1 and 2, we are given the pleasure to experience the full story-line that has the murder of Joker and the build up to the iconic confrontation between The Man of Steel and Batman that is the basis for the upcoming movie.
1. Justice League : Doom (2012)
In the DC universe, Batman is often written as the most intelligent hero in the collective known as the Justice League. In Doom, Batman’s paranoia and habits are put into a incredible story-line that has a newly formed Legion Of Doom. They hack into Batman’s computer and steal his detailed plans created to neutralize or kill every member of the Justice League using knowledge only he would know.
Rest Easy Eric Curran a.k.a M.C Krispy E
Almost every year for the past 6 years and on the same day, I’ve posted the same pic of me in the hospital during my temporary and untimely demise in 2015. A few weeks after I was back to “normal”, I asked Eric “Why’d you take the pics?” And he said, “I knew you would want to write about it if you lived.” Eric was right. Eric was often right and Eric always had my best interest at heart. I am going to miss my friend.
You ever meet someone and become friends immediately?! Well this was not the case with Eric. Before he was my manager at Morgan Stanley, I would often see this 6’4″, giant white guy walk up to the only black woman at work, say something then walk away without any hint of human emotion. Naturally I thought he was a jerk until I asked her “Yo, is that dude bothering you?” She laughed and proceeded to tell me he was a great person, which I ultimately got to experience first hand. Little did I know this Italian from Staten Island was more Brooklyn than most Brooklynites.
Eric was not with the shits!! If there were ever someone who lived their life in direct, honest and no uncertain terms, that would be Eric. He would ask me questions at work like “Why are the other consultants making more money than you?” I knew the answer to that question and so did he. Eric then proceeded to increase my salary by 15K. After arguing with all our managers that “You need to hire Alfred!”, they eventually did 1 year prior to the 2015 incident. In the hospital, one of my friends asked me, “What if you didn’t have health insurance when this happened?” I would be in debt for the rest of my life is the obvious answer. I still am in debt for the rest of my life but at least, it is to those who made sure I had a more enjoyable life and for that, I will gladly repay.
My mom loved to tell me the story of how she met Eric. After they told her I was going to be in the ICU for some time, she told the doctor “Well I’m not going anywhere.” She then hears a voice from that back of the room that says “Well I’m not going anywhere either!” That was Eric and in true form, he was at that hospital every single day until I was discharged.
Eric passed away in December 2021 of stage 4 cancer. After feeling faint on his way to my bbq, he went to get checked out and was diagnosed. During the past 5 years, Eric lost his mom, twin brother and dad. I can’t even begin to imagine what that must have felt like but I’m glad that pain he was feeling is no more.
From being my manager to my business partner, writer, book editor, artistic director, and most importantly, my friend, I am going to miss you MC Krispy E a.k.a “Enrique Pollazo!” And although you told me Enrique means Henry in Spanish and not Eric, it was too late!
Sidebar. The day I was discharged, while everyone was deciding what was best for me, no one had remembered that I would need clothes in order to leave the hospital. Eric shows up (unasked) with all the clothes I had on the day I coded, laundered and ready to go. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve friends like this but i need to keep doing it! Sidebar complete.
Rest in Peace Eric. “Be Good.”
Writing Your First Book / Should I Self Publish?
I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on writing your first book, presented by the Harlem chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Alongside Jim St. Germain, Author – A Stone of Hope: A Memoir and Dr. Keneshia Nicole Grant, Author – The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century. We opined on pain points, benefits and strategies regarding our inaugural voyages into authorship. Feel free to watch for your self and I hope this provides some insight to all those looking to make the same voyage. Enjoy!
What the NFT is a BEEPLE?
On March 11 this year, the digital artist Beeple sold a collage of digital images from his “Everydays” series for nearly 70 million dollars as an NFT, or non-fungible token. And if that sentence confuses you, you’re not alone.
A non-fungible token is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, video, and other forms of creative work. While the digital files themselves are infinitely reproducible, the NFTs representing them are tracked on their underlying blockchains and provide buyers with proof of ownership.” – Wikipedia
Still confused? Let the artist himself explain it, and learn how he went from NFT newbie to making the third most expensive artwork by a living artist in three months. Not to suggest Beeple is an overnight success. The “Everydays” series alone involved creating a piece of art every day since May 1, 2007 – and he hasn’t missed a day.
Check out some of Beeple’s amazing and controversial work below.