The DC Animated Universe (DCAU) is made up of Batman: The Animated Series, The Adventures Of Batman & Robin, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, The Zeta Project (even the article I’m linking to forgets that was in continuity), Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited, plus a few Batman movies, including my favorite theatrical Batman movie, Mask Of The Phantasm. It may well be the prototype for Marvel’s “Cinematic Universe”, a shared continuity of movies and TV shows, although in the DC version the shows came first.
But what was it about the DCAU that made it so good? JK Parkin, contributing writer for Comic Book Resources, looks into the project to see why it worked. Not explained: why DC’s Movieverse doesn’t.