Marvel may own the cinematic world, but one area where DC reigns supreme is in animated full-length features. In producing these films, DC allows itself to stick closer to the source material while taking artistic liberties where and when it sees fit.
For the most part, their efforts have satisfied fans of DC characters and stories since the first film was released in 2007. DC’s animated slate shows no signs of slowing down, but despite their confirmed future releases, some fan-favorite storylines are notably missing, therefore, we present 5 DC Animated Movies That Are Coming Soon (& 5 We’d Like To See).
10 COMING SOON: Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
The next installment in the DC Animated Movie Universe is Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. Loosely based on the New 52, this film takes place before the first installment in the DCAMU, therefore, Bloodlines will presumably involve a fresh retelling of Diana’s origin story. Promising to reveal the nature of Diana’s relationship with Steve Trevor and the ramifications of her rescue of him, the film will also serve to further deepen viewers’ understanding of Amazon society and Wonder Woman’s place within it.
Moreover, Bloodlines also promises to delve into Diana’s psyche, revealing her innermost fears, passions and strengthens- a plus for any Wonder Woman fan!
9 LIKE TO SEE: The Sinestro Corps War
The Sinestro Corps War was a pulse-pounding, senses-shattering battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps to decide what would rule the universe: willpower or fear. Particularly notable were the heavy hitters Sinestro had recruited to ensure his Corps’ victory: the Anti-Monitor, Superboy-Prime, the Parallax Entity, and Cyborg Superman.
The nature of the battles being intergalactic would prove visually stunning to animators, as would the opportunity to represent not only both Corps but a killer rogues gallery and the Justice League as well. With cool moments such as Batman receiving a yellow ring thrown in the mix, The Sinestro Corps War seems a no brainer to add to the DC animated slate.
8 COMING SOON: Superman: Red Son
Imagining a world where a young Kal-El's rocket crashed in 1950's Soviet Russia rather than Smallville, Kansas, this classic Elseworlds tale took a legendary origin story and turned it on its ear.
The result was a series that not only scrutinized what personal characteristics of the Man of Steel were immutable but also examined Wonder Woman and Batman in a similar, though slightly skewed, light. In Red Son, the DCAMU has the opportunity to delve into the topics of history and politics in a more in-depth manner than the peripheral treatment received in The Dark Knight Returns, gaining the chance to educate as well as entertain.
7 LIKE TO SEE: Batman: The Long Halloween
Although the DCAMU slate is saturated with Batman films, there is one seminal story arc that has yet to be adapted: The Long Halloween. A detective mystery set with the first few years of Batman's career, the epic depicts the year-long struggle between a weakened organized crime family as it contends with Batman, the disfigured "freaks" that make up his rogues gallery, an encroaching GCPD and District Attorney Harvey Dent, and a brand new serial killer targeting the mob's ranks: Holiday.
Striking only on notable holidays of the month, the search to uncover the killer's identity could be the cinematic detective story Batman fans have been waiting so long to see.
6 COMING SOON: Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
A direct sequel to Justice League Dark, Apokolips War promises to continue the saga of the Batman-assembled, magical-based version of the Justice League. Details regarding the sequel are sparse, but as the title references the home planet of mega-baddie Darkseid, the New Gods of Apokolips and New Genesis will probably figure into the plot in some way.
Moreover, as the film will follow the New 52 continuity, it is reasonable to assume it may adapt elements of the famed Darkseid War storyline, which closed out the New 52 continuity in the comics and saw the titular villain seek to reclaim his long lost daughter through magical means...and laying waste to whatever stood in his way.
5 LIKE TO SEE: Robin: Hero Reborn
When Tim Drake assumed the mantle of Robin, the top brass at DC wanted to make sure readers accepted him, as the previous Boy Wonder was so despised, he had to be killed off in an infamous phone-in poll. However, before he joined Batman on the streets of Gotham, Drake received a solo limited series that chronicled his training at the hands of Lady Shiva.
Facing off against the deadly King Snake, Robin: Hero Reborn was an action-packed, coming of age adventure that took a laughable sidekick and presented him in a relatable and endearing light. Adapting this storyline as an animated feature would prove just as entertaining, and would bring to life an often overlooked part of the Batman mythos.
4 COMING SOON: Superman: Man of Tomorrow
Little detail has been released about the upcoming Superman: Man of Tomorrow film other than the title. Rumored to chronicle the early years of the Man of Steel’s career, hopefully, the writers will eschew the bucolic Kansas origin viewers have already become familiar with through the live-action films and 10 seasons of Smallville.
Instead, the focus should be on Clark Kent’s first year at the Daily Planet, his budding relationship with Lois Lane, and Superman’s early appearances in Metropolis. If the film follows trope and New 52 continuity, then perhaps Grant Morrison’s early run on Action Comics will be adapted, promising a superb and contemporary story of a well-intentioned but somewhat unseasoned alien running afoul of the U.S. military.
3 LIKE TO SEE: Kingdom Come
The gold standard of 'alternate future' stories, Kingdom Come posits a DC Universe where 'heroes' not afraid of murdering criminals have replaced the more traditional-minded Justice League in the superhero game. Superman, having long retired in disgust at the current state of affairs attempts a comeback, but with horrible results.
A partial reaction to the 'grim and gritty' anti-hero trend of the late '80s and '90s, this Elseworlds tale is part social commentary, part action thriller, and ALL engrossing. An avant-garde animation style would have to be adopted to do justice to Alex Ross' stunning artwork, but Kingdom Come would definitely thrill fans everywhere by finally being committed to film.
2 COMING SOON: DC Super-Pets
Over the 80-some years that Superman has been in existence, writers have periodically revealed that Kal-El wasn't the only survivor of his doomed planet. Although everybody knows his cousin, Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, some may not know that a veritable menagerie of animals also survived Krypton's explosion, including Krypto the dog, Streaky the cat, Comet the horse and Beppo the monkey.
All as similarly superpowered as Clark Kent's alter-ego, DC's animated Super-Pets will explore how truth, justice, and the neverending battle against vet visits will occur when Superman takes a long overdue vacation, leaving his well-trained critter criminal-busters in charge of Metropolis. Presumably aimed at younger audiences, parents and their children will undoubtedly love this light-hearted entry in the DC animated library.
1 LIKE TO SEE: Crisis on Infinite Earths
When it comes to reality-altering crossovers that reorder comic book continuities from scratch, the template will always be Crisis on Infinite Earths. Seeking to streamline their decades-old multiverse by coalescing it into a universe, DC teamed literal worlds of heroes against the awesome power of the Anti-Monitor, who sought to destroy all reality.
With the stakes this high, readers were treated to a cosmic-scoped story jam-packed with action, intrigue, and multiple shocking deaths. With the Arrowverse adapting story elements of this classic tale into its yearly TV series crossover, now would be the perfect time to offer fans an equally entertaining animated version truer to the source material.