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Favorite DC Animated Movies RESULTS: 'Wonder Woman' vs. 'Superman vs. The Elite'

DC has a fine selection of enjoyable animated movies, but these two solo films are particularly awesome. Which one does the CV community like more, though? It was a close race, but one of them is taking the prize!

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2012's Superman vs. The Elite is heavily inspired by ACTION COMICS #775. Writer Joe Kelly's story attempts to show the modern world why the Man of Steel is so much more than a boring boy scout and why his no kill policy is something that's respectable, not foolish. It's a character study that's packed with spectacle and something many of us consider to be the best Superman animated feature yet.

2009's Wonder Woman gave the world what it deserves: an epic movie featuring Diana. The tale is technically an origin story and covers a whole lot of ground. It showcases what makes the Amazon interesting, presents a thrilling narrative, and successfully includes a lot of heart and massive action.

Both of these animated features are excellent solo adventures, but this week, we couldn't help but wonder if the Comic Vine crowd has a preference between these two terrific options. We opened the poll on Monday and, since then, both of these films have received a ton of praise in the comments. Many Viners admitted they love both choices, but ultimately sided with one of them for key reasons. Throughout the week, the poll went back and forth, but in the end, one of these options took a moderate lead. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner is...

Wonder Woman!

"A Woman Woman movie likely wouldn't work." If you even remotely believe that, you need to watch this animated movie as soon as possible. You don't even need to be a Wonder Woman fan going into it and odds are you'll still have a great time with the adventure. Directed by Lauren Montgomery, produced by Bruce Timm, written by Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic, and with voices provided by Kerri Russell and Nathan Fillion, it really is no wonder why many consider this project to be one of DC's best animated features. Don't get me wrong, Superman vs. The Elite offers a terrific insight into Superman, but Wonder Woman is an epic journey from start to finish. It delves deep into her mythos, gives the character depth, and manages to include an impressive amount of thrilling action and enjoyable character moments along the way. All in all, it's a great movie and needs to be experienced at least once by DC fans. You could have zero interest in Diana before watching this and when the credits begin to roll, it's quite possible you'll want to pick up her collections and check out the current run.

Both movies are thoroughly entertaining, so it's no surprise the poll was pretty close. Check out the voting results below and then see what the community had to say about this match!

  • Wonder Woman 47%
  • Superman vs. The Elite 40%
  • I can't choose... I like them both equally! 6%
  • It brings me great shame to admit I haven't watched these movies and I won't be able to before Friday 6%
  • Sorry, I'm not a fan of either movie 2%

UltimateSMfan

"Easiest decision i've ever made on one of these :) Loved Wonder Woman but Superman vs the elite is something that makes you look at the character in a whole new amazing light, i forgave whatever minor problems i had with art for that remarkable story. Everyone should watch it!"

The Stegman

"WW easy. I think it was a very well done origins story and made me like Steve Trevor. Plus, that opening Amazon fight was glorious."

Aros001

"While I love the Wonder Woman movie and was glad she finally got the spotlight, Superman vs. The Elite was the most inspiring version of Superman I'd ever seen. Whenever I think of Superman, it tends to be that version more than any other. The movie just makes you go "Hell yeah! Superman!!! Da da da da da, da da da. Da da da da da, dun da daaaaaa!!!!!!!!" (You better be able to name that tune)"

MrMazz

"Wonder Woman, in the pre-Flashpoint Paradox anthology style animated features, Wonder Woman was one of the high points and signs of what is possible when you have the right script and good casting. Kerri Russel brings youthful exuberance but hardened life to Diana Prince. Nathon Fillion's Steve Trevorris a fun scamp to play off of.

Superman vs. The Elite, though based on one of the more acclaimed stories just didn't feel right to me. Maybe it was the art style, it and Unbound were an odd stylistic choice. Even though it has fine moment in which Supes finally lets go, the overall quality of Wonder Woman can't be denied."

Lvenger

"Superman vs The Elite and that's no contest. Whilst Wonder Woman was a very good film, Superman vs The Elite was a brilliant adaptation of one of my all time favourite Superman storylines. It shows Superman's morality as the front and centre issue, utilises The Elite to propose the counter argument, creates situations where Superman's morality is tested and challenged as well as The Elite's morality having its own perks and appeals. But it ultimately shows why Superman acts the way he does and why he adhere to a high moral standard and that storyline provides one of the best arguments for why I love Superman as the moral paragon of virtue. He doesn't steep to his enemy's level because Superman has a responsibility to himself and the world to show what a better way of living looks like."

SupBatz

"Both are great, but Wonder Woman is second only to Under the Red Hood. Animation, voice acting, plot, and characterization were all perfect. DC should use Wonder Woman as a reference in planning their next movie."

The_Comebacks

"Wonder Woman the Animated Movie is far superior. This is the type of movie fans want to see a live action version of. The story is humorous, characters are lovable and the music is epic. I went into this movie being skeptical that a WW movie could work, but by the end I had been convinced a WW story can deliver the goods. The dvd sales for this movie were originally low, but within the past year and a half it has shot up the DC animated movie sales list. If you haven't seen this movie, you may be missing out on one of the gems of the dc animated universe."

Antihero_Jaymok

"While I will admit Superman vs the Elite is one of my favorite DC movies, I really did enjoy WW's movie more. I saw S vs E twice, but WW's movie is one I put on whenever I can't decide on anything to watch because it's just that good to me. The story, the art, the voice acting, EVERYTHING about that movie just grabs my attention and refuses to let go. So, in conclusion... Wonder Woman gets my vote. :)"

Do you have a favorite moment from either of these movies, Viners? If so, tell us about it in the comments and explain why you think it's such a memorable bit! Also, don't forget to check the homepage next Monday for a new edition of this segment. If you want to suggest a future match-up (it can be comics, TV shows, movies, or video games), tell us below or reach out via twitter.

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Posted by i_dont_like_comics

the better movie won. no surprise there.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Close battle, but WOOOO! WOnder Woman!

Posted by Xwraith

I've never seen any of the DC animated original movies before, but I checked five of them out of the library today.

I now know which one I'll be watching first.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@xwraith said:

I've never seen any of the DC animated original movies before, but I checked five of them out of the library today.

I now know which one I'll be watching first.

Nice! Aside from WW, what are the other ones you picked up?

Edited by i_dont_like_comics

@xwraith: might i suggest an order, good sir? under the red hood, ww, all star superman, superman batman public enemies, the rest.

Posted by Xwraith

@k4tzm4n said:

@xwraith said:

I've never seen any of the DC animated original movies before, but I checked five of them out of the library today.

I now know which one I'll be watching first.

Nice! Aside from WW, what are the other ones you picked up?

Both the Green Lantern ones (First Flight and Emerald Knights), Public Enemies, and Flashpoint Paradox.

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Posted by Mad_Titan

Sad I didn't catch up with the contest. Would vote for Superman vs the Elite if I could.

Posted by The Stegman

Both are great, but I'm glad WW won!

Posted by RustyRoy

Haven't watched either but WSFATJ&AW was one of best best Superman stories I've read.

Posted by ravisher

last time i checked WW was losing by 20%

Posted by COBRAMORPH

"A Woman Woman movie likely wouldn't work." If you even remotely believe that, you need to watch this animated movie as soon as possible

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I'm sorry but this statement is just so biased & false. Lets see, an origin movie of a character that everyone knows about, the number3 hero ever, yet many not know her origin, or having Superman fight some team that no one knows about? At the very least the name implies it is a sequel to an origin for the Elite.

Apples to oranges.

But they are tied in terms of ugly character design & art.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

They were both great, but the people have spoken.

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

Not disappointed that WW won, good movie, though I preferred Superman vs. The Elite. It made me look at the character differently, as well as what it means to have that much power and responsibility. It taught me that Superman is about restraint, and not doing things because he is able to, but doing things because they're right. That movie as well as All Star Superman, made me really love the character.

Edited by k4tzm4n

"A Woman Woman movie likely wouldn't work." If you even remotely believe that, you need to watch this animated movie as soon as possible

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I'm sorry but this statement is just so biased & false. Lets see, an origin movie of a character that everyone knows about, the number3 hero ever, yet many not know her origin, or having Superman fight some team that no one knows about? At the very least the name implies it is a sequel to an origin for the Elite.

Apples to oranges.

But they are tied in terms of ugly character design & art.

The bit you quoted and called "biased & false" has absolutely nothing to do with comparing the movie to Superman vs. The Elite. It's saying the animated movie is evidence that a good Wonder Woman movie can be made, and if someone thinks it's not possible to condense a proper WW origin/story into 1.5-2 hours, then they need to check this out to see that it can be done.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

Yay!!! Glad Wonder Woman won!

Posted by ScarletBatman

Superman vs. the Elite was a lot of fun. Is the Wonder Woman movie on Netflix?

Posted by Superguy1591

If the director of Superman and the Elites had just gone with an art form that fit the seriousness of the story, that movie would've been much better.

As it is, the art takes A LOT from the movie.

Posted by Perfect 10

the best movie won. surprise surprise

Edited by lagoonman

two of the best dc animated movies,both awesome but i like superman vs the elite a bit more

Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan
Edited by SHAZAM117

Wondy is def one of the best animated feature films WB's have put out. I still hold Under the Red Hood as top dog, but Wondy is up there.

Posted by monolith_arod

Both really good movies. An awesome/well deserved origin for WW and a true inspiring story for Superman. Glad Wonder Woman got the win, she deserves it.

Edited by Pokeysteve

I'm really happy with how close this was. Two fantastic movies right here.

Posted by vandinejd_1991

I'll have to watch it now. Haven't seen either of them.

Posted by HushoftheWind

this was suppose to segue into Wonder Woman being character of the month but NO!!!! THE BAT JUST HAD TO RUIN EVERYTHING!!

Posted by k4tzm4n

this was suppose to segue into Wonder Woman being character of the month but NO!!!! THE BAT JUST HAD TO RUIN EVERYTHING!!

It's very possible this pairing was picked with the thought that either of them might win CotM :)

Edited by Z3RO180

Being completely honest here. Wonder Woman boarded me.

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Posted by Teerack

I say it's a tie since both are like a solid 6/10.

Posted by Kervan21

I didn't vote on this. But if I had, I would have voted for SUPERMAN VS THE ELITE. I own that movie, and I like it a lot. I've seen the WW movie, and it's ok. It's got a lot of good things about it. I like the characterization of Diana and her emotional arc. I like Steve Trevor and their developing relationship. I like the character design, whereas I haven't been too keen on how she's looked in the comics for awhile. In short, she looked hot! And WW should look that way.

But, I had major problems with the climactic battle. I just didn't buy that WW and the Amazons would be waging war at the Capitol building in Washington DC, and that there would be ZERO response from the US military. There is no way that if the nation's capitol was under attack by anyone that there wouldn't be a response. And the US government literally does nothing! The White House (if I remember right; maybe the Capitol building) is being smashed to bits as WW and Ares fight, and it's completely empty and no US tanks, marines, or air force are responding to the situation. It just makes no sense to me, and it felt like them having the conflict in the nation's capitol was trying to force-feed the idea that Diana is supposed to be an ambassador to the US from Themyscira and it's new protector. Sorry, didn't work, doesn't make any sense to me. For all the crap that people give about the destruction in MOS, no one seems to blink an eye when something like this happens in animation, and I don't get why one bothers people and the other doesn't.

The basis of the conflict in SUPERMAN VS THE ELITE works and makes complete sense. The final battle in WW just doesn't.

Posted by MrMazz
Posted by Xwraith

@mrmazz: Public Enemies is that bad?

That's a shame, because I loved the comic.

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Posted by MrMazz

@xwraith: For me it operates on juvinile narrative logic that is surmised as "that'd be cool if X happened" and I don't care for that kind of structure. It felt like it had all the parts where exposition and deeper world building where cut out (but I also haven't seen it in years).

Posted by Grimoire
@kervan21 said:

I didn't vote on this. But if I had, I would have voted for SUPERMAN VS THE ELITE. I own that movie, and I like it a lot. I've seen the WW movie, and it's ok. It's got a lot of good things about it. I like the characterization of Diana and her emotional arc. I like Steve Trevor and their developing relationship. I like the character design, whereas I haven't been too keen on how she's looked in the comics for awhile. In short, she looked hot! And WW should look that way.

But, I had major problems with the climactic battle. I just didn't buy that WW and the Amazons would be waging war at the Capitol building in Washington DC, and that there would be ZERO response from the US military. There is no way that if the nation's capitol was under attack by anyone that there wouldn't be a response. And the US government literally does nothing! The White House (if I remember right; maybe the Capitol building) is being smashed to bits as WW and Ares fight, and it's completely empty and no US tanks, marines, or air force are responding to the situation. It just makes no sense to me, and it felt like them having the conflict in the nation's capitol was trying to force-feed the idea that Diana is supposed to be an ambassador to the US from Themyscira and it's new protector. Sorry, didn't work, doesn't make any sense to me. For all the crap that people give about the destruction in MOS, no one seems to blink an eye when something like this happens in animation, and I don't get why one bothers people and the other doesn't.

The basis of the conflict in SUPERMAN VS THE ELITE works and makes complete sense. The final battle in WW just doesn't.

Completely agree.

Posted by Aros001

I think this is the first time I've been quoted. Sweet! You got to like it when you're on the losing side but you don't mind because you never had any problems with the other option.

Posted by Manwhohaseverything

Didn't vote...moot point, wouldn't have been able to choose anyhow.

Edited by UltraHeroix

Wonder Woman was the best! Hollywood and Zach Snyder should take notes.

Posted by dimitridkatsis

People just don't get Superman anymore.

Posted by Eivion

Liked the Wonder Woman movie, but I always thought it was overrated a goods deal because of how little media she has in terms shows and movies.

Posted by DarthAznable

Didn't know Diana had a movie or maybe i just forgot about it.

Posted by TheGodofThunder

Was I the only one that though Superman vs the elite was garbage? Here is this group of "heroes" who give superman a run for his money and then how does he defeat them when they turn evil? Oh I just bend my heat vision around his eyeball severing the brain tumor that gives him powers. Soooooo dumb.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

@dimitridkatsis: stop posting that everywhere. it was a holier than christ, in your face because you're dumb, douchey way of saying: 'power corrupts but not always.' it was a dumb story with horrible art when it came out in comic form and a dumb story with bearable art design in movie form. all-star superman at least had some heart.

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Posted by i_dont_like_comics

@dimitridkatsis: at least i don't like blank pieces of paper or blank dvds.

Posted by dimitridkatsis
Posted by UltimateSMfan

People just don't get Superman anymore.

I know right. I'm not angry or sad but i am disappointed.

Posted by Wowlock

Wonder Woman was one of the best animated movies out there where they actually portrayed her greatly. No suprise it won.