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Live-action adaptations of superhero characters are often looked at by most moviegoers as prime examples of what the characters can achieve when adapted into a new medium. Most embedded comics fans, however, know that animated offerings – whether they’re on film or television – can often prove to be more truthful to the spirits of the characters, along with having the potential to be extraordinarily imaginative in their execution.
Over the past 25 years, superhero animation has evolved steadily from a moment of renaissance exhibited visibly by 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series. It should come as little surprise that the single theatrical outing that series and its creators produced – 1993’s stellar Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – is often…