Ha! There's honestly no need for an alteration to the alignment system, just thought that since it had been brought up I'd throw in my two cents. I'm always astounded at people who think just because a character is the protagonist of a series they're some kind of hero, but that's not what I was referring to.
While I don't see the initial proposal working on this site an alignment for those who continually switch sides might be nice, currently they tend to end up under neutral but rarely actually are. Maybe something like "variable"?
After the entertaining first two seasons the cancellation was devastating. That we get to see where the story goes next and how the characters develop in the same well done animation style despite that initial setback is quite exciting.
I don't want anyone to be disqualified for misreading the guidelines so I just thought I'd highlight that the instructions state:
"Just be sure to select from content currently available on DC Universe -- you can check that out by clicking each heading below."
Some of our favorite DC content is not currently on the site, so it could be beneficial to check while making your lists.
1. Batman: The Animated Series
2. Justice League Unlimited
3. Teen Titans
4. Young Justice
A masterful example of visual storytelling that holds a special place in my heart as the first work to get me interested in costumed heroes.
1. Batman: Under the Red Hood
2. Wonder Woman
3. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
4. Justice League: The New Frontier
5. The Death of Superman
A well animated adaptation, with the simplification of the manner in which Jason returned taking nothing from the story and leaving more room to explore the emotional impact his death and resurrection have had on him and Bruce.
1. 52 (2010-)
2. Red Robin (2009-)
3. Batgirl (2000-)
4. Starman (1994-)
5. Nightwing (1996-)
It was a brilliantly structured beautifully illustrated coherent story arc that endowed the featured characters with strong identifiable personalities.
I don't mind completely original stories, and even rather different interpretations of characters, so long as the core of the characters and the feel of the setting hasn't been demolished in doing so. For instance I'm very fond of Burton's Batman films, but they have a large number of changes from the comic's cannon. I think the most important thing is good consistent writing that doesn't rely on familiarity with the characters or comic story lines to communicate what the film is trying to portray.
I find it quite difficult to pick a favorite with Vertigo in the mix, but excluding Vertigo characters and Vertigo associated characters I'd say Tim Drake pre-Flashpoint. He was the character who acted as my introduction to superhero comics and the Robin I grew up with which explains the favoritism.
90's cartoons for me as well, especially Batman TAS and Justice League.