With the DC Animated Movie Universe coming to a conclusion with the visceral Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of more animated films by DC.
The next installment by DC Entertainment will be Superman: Man of Tomorrow and is planned to release sometime this year.
The premise will be based on the early years of Superman; not much has been announced about the film.
And while we are excited for another DC Animated Film, nothing else has yet to be announced. So these are just a few of the comic books we would love to see adapted into an animated film or connected universe.
Blackest Night was an eight-issue series that ran from 2009 to 2010.
The story saw the origins of the black power ring; another ring along the lantern spectrum that is fueled by death.
The story begins with Nekron (creator of the Black Lantern) comes to earth and applies his power rings to the many fallen. These heroes include Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
As Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Barry Allen (Flash) and the remaining heroes left to try to hold off against Nekron’s hoard of undead heroes, Hal goes to Oa (Green Lantern Headquarters) to meet with the Guardians to try and find a way to stop Nekron and the Black Lanterns.
Hal and the Guardians decide to request aid from the spectrum of Lanterns.
Sinestro wielding Yellow, Atrocitus wielding Red, Star Sapphire wielding Violet, Indigo-1 wielding Indigo, Larfleeze wielding Orange, and Saint Walker wielding Blue come together to fight against Nekron’s army.
The vibrant colors of the comic would be incredible if brought to life in an animated film. The comics’ many spin-offs are enough to garner a full-length feature film.
Recently DC has had a lot of luck creating films that lead with a darker tone and this is the story that would continue that entertaining run.
Reading Blackest Night feels like a creepy ride at an amusement park; fun, exciting, and often shocking. This would also make for great release time during the Halloween season and potentially a sequel based on the story Brightest Day.
Death of the Family
Not to be mistaken for the 1988 Death in the Family that saw the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd.
This story arc that took place between 29 issues during Batmans New 52 run, saw one of the most horrific acts the Joker has ever committed.
As the Joker not only tortures Batman but the rest of the Batfamily including Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood.
While I have an appreciation for the 2019 film Batman: Hush, I can’t help but think that this story would have been a better fit in the DC Animated Film Universe.
The comic book. Batman: Hush is widely regarded as one of the best Batman stories ever told. That being said, I don’t think it fits comfortably in the same universe as the other films.
Hush deserved to be a standalone film and instead should have had Death of the Family adapted into it.
Using the Death of the Family story in this universe would have been a great follow up to the film Batman: Bad Blood and set up for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
At the end of Batman: Bad Blood, Batman realizes his strength in numbers and decides to make expansions amongst his family.
Therefore, setting up a story where the Joker would begin terrorizing them and introducing some of them to their greatest fears.
As much as I wanted a Batman: Hush movie, I feel this story would have been a better fit for the series.
However, it’s never too late to see that adaptation and would still be a welcomed installment to DC’s animated collection.
Hear me out about this entry! Doomsday Clock was an amazing story that brought together the Watchmen and the DC Universe that took forever to finally release, but when it did the payoff was worth it in the end.
You might be wondering how an animated film of that story might work without an animated film of Watchmen, so why not make it a sequel to the live-action 2009 film Watchmen?
The film already follows the source material as close as any comic book adaptation does The live-action film already gives us all the information we need to make an animated film.
As much as I would love to see a live-action version of Doomsday Clock with the original cast of Watchmen and the DC Extended Universe, the odds of that seem too far for DC to do.
Especially with the route, they are taking right now it would be too soon to introduce such a reality-altering story.
But an R-Rated cartoon of Doomsday Clock could give us the chance to see a gritty and compelling story that will blow us away and give us closure to the Watchmen film.
Batman: White Knight
White Knight: Already drawn and written like a movie by the talented Sean Murphy. Batman: White Knight sees the Joker in a battle with Batman that leads them to the discovery of a medication that can cure the Joker of his insanity.
Joker is then transformed into the reformed Jack Napier as he and Harleen Quinzel seek to help repair Gotham City and hold Batman accountable for his time as a vigilante.
White Knight gave us a unique perspective on the relationship between Batman and the Joker; one that hasn’t been seen in comics before because for the first time we are slightly in agreement with Joker.
But what would make this such an entertaining animated film isn’t just the deep story, but the richness the comic brings to the Batman mythology the comic acts as a tribute to the 1989 Batman film and Batman: The Animated Series with tons of easter eggs and cameos.
Seeing the 89’ Batmobile, Animated Series Batmobile, and The Tumbler all driving together was already a sight to see in the comic book! Just imagine seeing them in an animated movie!
DC Comics: Rebirth
In 2016, DC Comics launched the next step in their comic book legacy with Rebirth.
With the conclusion of the DC Animated Film Universe in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, this is the perfect opportunity to launch another shared universe of DC animated films that considers it a soft reboot.
Rebirth was the launching point that revamped many of the characters who were lacking during the New 52 run, so many rich stories could spin-off from a potential Rebirth animated film.
But also, a new look at the action-packed Justice League vs Suicide Squad, a lovable duo in Super Sons, and the groundbreaking Dark Nights: Metal.
Just a few to name out of the many other stories provided to us by DC’s Rebirth launch. Don’t even get me started on what they could do with Tom King’s run on Batman.
A Rebirth film would pave a way for a next-generation in DC Animated films.
The DC Universe is so unique and diverse and as much as I would love to see these stories adapted into animated films, what would you like to see next from the DC Animated Original Movies?