Okay, sildenafil there so I’ve recapped what Warner Brothers Animation and DC Comics have done so far with their direct to DVD animated movies. Now, sildenafil here I’m going to speculate about five projects I personally would like to see them tackle. This “Wish List” is not all just “fan-boy” fantasizing by the way, ambulance their is also commercial merit to most of my choices. At least I’d like to thing their is commercial merit, but it could be the fan-boy in me trying to rationalize. You decide.
“Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” At the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the third installment of the DC Universe Original Animated movies would be an adaptation of the popular Teen Titans storyline “The Judas Contact”. It was stated, that it would not be presented like the recent Anime influenced Teen Titans TV series but in a style closer to the comic book.
The project has been put on indefinite hold, and had been replaced by “Batman: Gotham Knight” There has been nothing officially released regarding the fate of this project, but I am hopeful that we’ve not heard the last word on the subject.
For many years, The New Teen Titans was DC Comics best selling book, and a version of the Titans is still in print today. They may not have as broad of a fan base or universal appeal as that of Batman, but they are far from being obscure. Give them a chance, “Titans Together!”
“Justice League: Identity Crisis” Over the years, the infinite universes of DC Comics have been plagued with many a “Crisis”, some more cosmic than others. One of the best selling books to bare the “Crisis” brand was “Identity Crisis“, a murder mystery penned by popular mystery novelist Brad Meltzer.
I must confess I had not read the story, which was originally published in 2004, until just a couple of days ago. Having read it, I believe a compelling animated movie could be adapted from this, much the same way they superbly adapted “The New Frontier”
The recent “Watchmen” movie was essentially a superhero murder mystery, but “Identity Crisis” has a somewhat different tone and utilizes iconic characters that everyone knows. The deaths that occur, and some of the moral and ethical ambiguity showcased make this tale perfectly suited for the PG-13 rating that all of the DC animated movies have been targeting.
“Swamp Thing” The moss covered creature that emerged from a Louisiana bayou in the comic book “House of Secrets” has been the star of two movies, a cartoon series, and a live-action TV series. His comic book adventures became part of DC’s high brow “Vertigo” line in 1993, and he has been the recipient of many industry awards. In other words boys and girls, the muck-man has proven marketability besides being creepy cool.
Although he has shared adventures with the likes of Superman, he travels in very different circles than the colorfully clad crusaders. The Swamp Thing is more a part of the horror genre than the superhero genre.
An animated movie about ole Swampy could incorporate many of DC’s supernatural characters such as the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and John Constantine the Hellblazer.
“SHAZAM” The magic word that transforms young Billy Batson into the world’s mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel, has been part of pop culture vernacular for a long time. Captain Marvel himself has been around since the early Golden Age of comics.
At one time, Captain Marvel outsold every comic book superhero in print, including Superman. He was the first superhero to leap from the pages of comics to the silver screen of movie theaters. Then in the 1970’s he had a cartoon series, a live action series, and made cameo appearances on another television show and a television special.
Although recently, outside of comics Captain Marvel has been seen only once, on an episode of “Justice League: Unlimited”, he has been a prominent character in many DC sagas of late. The time is right for an animated movie devoted to “The Big Red Cheese” and there are numerous directions they could take such a project. The story could be based on the Jerry Ordway graphic novel from 1994, or the Jeff Smith graphic novel from 2007, or any number of interpretations from the decades since his debut. So come on and yell Shazam, already!
“The Doom Patrol” Okay, this one has the least amount of marketability in terms of familiarity outside of comic book circles. If the Titans got shelved for properties with a broader appeal “The Doom Patrol” doesn’t really stand much of a chance. However, in 2006 Warner Brothers was considering a live action movie, so why not consider an animated movie. It could even tie in nicely with the Teen Titans, should that be done. After all, the two teams share a common character.
It would also be nice to see, because the two disc special edition could shed light onto the X-men phenomena and how it may owe it’s success to the Doom Patrol. Three months before Marvel Comics went to press with the X-Men, DC had published a tale about a wheel chair bound genius Dr. Niles Caulder. Affectionately called “The Chief” by the team of super powered individuals he assembled to fight injustice and world prejudices, Dr. Caulder beat Professor X to the punch.