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The Good and Evil to DC Animation's New Universe

By Jordan Smith, Hollywood Staff

Marvel and Disney have created the de facto blueprint for building super hero franchises, and the latest projects to get in on the shared universe plan are DC Entertainment's animated films. Warner Bros. has been steadily releasing stand-alone animated versions of classic DC comics storylines for the past few years, but now the studio is interested in giving its animated films their own shared universe. The upcoming film, Justice League: War will start a line of films that will share the same continuity, and the studio is planning to release two films each year in this shared universe. While the studio says that they still plan on releasing stand-alone films along with the new series, there is clearly a shift in focus happening here. So what are some pros and cons of moving towards serialized films.