Five DC comics story arcs that I'd love to see as animated movies next.
While over the last decade Marvel's live action movies have left DC's own ventures into live action in the dark, it can't be argued that for the longest time DC have been light years ahead of their rival when it comes to their animated movies. With great additions such as Mask of the Phantasm and The Dark Knight Returns, DC have been churning out regularly great animated movies for well over a decade and with Batman: Hush due to release later this year they don't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. So, what next? Which great DC story arc is next to be adapted into the animated universe? Here are five options I would love to see DC use in the future.
Written by the team of Chuck Dixon, Jo Duffy, Alan Grant, Dennis O'neil and Doug Moench between April 1993 and August 1994, Knightfall is the story of how Bane broke the bat. After releasing all of the maximum security criminals from Arkham Asylum, some of which include The Joker and Scarecrow, Bane waited in the wings as Batman fought each of the escapees. Once he'd bested each villain and returned them to Arkham, Batman returned to the Wayne Manor only to be confronted by Bane who went on to break Batman's back. This lead to Batman becoming paraplegic and having to give up the cape whilst Bane took over Gotham's crime underworld. Eventually Jean-Paul Valley
donned the famous mask and cape and after defeating Bane, continued to protect Gotham whilst he grew more and more unstable in the role.
As well as showing how intelligent and brutal Bane can be, Knightfall reminded us all how beneath the mask, Bruce Wayne was just a man and one who was very much capable of suffering such an injury unlike fellow Justice League members, Superman or Wonder Woman. I think the iconic story would translate perfectly into an animated movie and watching Batman suffer such a setback before recovering to return to his role as Batman would make for a very compelling viewing. Plus, who doesn't want to see Azrael in an animated movie!
Although this is still an ongoing story arc, the long awaited crossover of the Watchmen universe and the DC universe would understandably garner a large amount of excitement if it was converted into an animated movie. Currently being written by Geoff Johns, Doomsday Clock follows certain characters from the Watchmen universe arriving in the DC universe, searching for one of their own, whilst the DC universe is dealing with major problems such as the world losing faith in all superheroes other than Superman. The chances of this happening are pretty minuscule though as bringing this story to life could prove difficult with there being far too much that would have to be included, such as the DC rebirth one shot or the Batman and Flash mini series 'The Button', but that doesn't stop this comic book reader from dreaming. Watching Doctor Manhattan and Superman come face to face or Batman and Ozymandias collide through animation would be incredible, but sadly isn't something you should expect to see for a while if ever.
Batman: Death of the Family
Written by Scott Snyder between October 2012 and February 2013, Death of the Family was the third story arc in Snyder's New 52 Batman run and arguably one of the best stories to come out of the New 52. After disappearing for over a year, The Joker returns to Gotham with a twisted new agenda, no longer targeting Batman, but the rest of the bat family instead. More twisted than ever before, The Joker shows why he's undeniably Batman's greatest ever foe throughout this story and his relationship with Batman is shown perfectly. Kidnapping each member of the bat family, Joker really pushes Batman to his limits in this series and with his fantastic performances in the past, I could really see Mark Hamill relishing in the role.
Batman: The Man Who Laughs
A one shot special written by Ed Brubaker in 2005, The Man Who Laughs shares Batman's very first encounter with The Joker. The clown prince of crime reveals himself for the first time to the people of Gotham through television appearances, announcing his intentions to kill well known Gotham public figures. After initially succeeding, poisoning the first few of his targets, Joke makes the mistake of targeting Bruce Wayne who, after succumbing to the poison, is saved by Alfred and deduces that the poison is coming from the water supply. Eventually the two finally come face to face and Batman puts an end to The Joker's plan having him imprisoned in the newly reopened Arkham Asylum. I personally think the first ever meeting between these two iconic comic book characters is one that desperately needs to be extended to the animation scene and would make an excellent addition to the already long list of great Batman animated movies.
Written by Brad Meltzer in 2004, Identity Crisis follows the Justice League dealing with the death of key member Ralph Dibny's wife, Sue. Shortly after an attempt on Atom's ex wife, Jean Loring, Lois Lane receives a death threat and Tim Drake's father, Jack Drake, is murdered signalling that someone is targeting the family of the Justice League members. Featuring lesser used DC characters such as Elongated Man, Atom, Captain Boomerang and Green Arrow gives the story a fresh vibe and the shocking revelation that the killer is someone close to the league is just one of many shocking twists and turns that take place throughout the story and combine that with the shock ending could make for one very entertaining animated movie!
So there we go, five DC comics stories that I'd love to see adapted into animated movies in the future, some definitely more likely than others, but can't fault a guy for dreaming!
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