7 DC Comics That Deserve Animated Movies

While DC has been struggling to gain a foothold in the Marvel-dominated superhero movie industry, the company has been churning out dozens of direct-to-video animated movies featuring iconic DC characters. These animated movies draw heavily from past comic book storylines and deliver the kind of epic, action-packed tales that would be hard to pull off on the big screen.

We're happy to see DC's animated movie line still going strong nearly a decade after the release of Superman: Doomsday. We're less thrilled that so many of these films continue to focus on Batman and Superman to the detriment of the rest of DC's superhero lineup. That's why we've selected a handful of classic comic storylines that we think would make for a great animated movie experience.

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Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War

Sinestro Corps War art by Ethan Van Sciver
DC Comics

DC has already put out two Green Lantern-themed animated movies (Green Lantern: First Flight and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), but there's a lot of ground still to cover with this franchise. We want to see WB Animation tackle what many consider to be the greatest GL epic ever told, The Sinestro Corps War. In this tale, Sinestro builds an army of warriors who wield the power of fear and challenge the Green Lanterns for control of the galaxy. Not only would it make for a truly massive movie, it would pave the way for DC to tackle Blackest Night next.

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The Flash: The Trial of Barry Allen

Flash art by Francis Manapul
DC Comics

Barry Allen was given a starring role in the Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox animated movie, but given his TV popularity, we don't see why DC should stop there. Adapting "The Trial of Barry Allen" would allow DC to deliver a Reverse-Flash-heavy storyline and explore the good-natured Barry at the worst moment in his superhero career. Faced with the death of his wife, Iris, and put on trial for murder, this would be a Flash movie unlike any other.

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Aquaman: American Tidal

Aquaman art by Doug Mahnke
DC Comics

Similarly, while Aquaman got to play a starring role in the recent Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated movie, we feel there's a lot more potential with this longstanding hero. All the more so because of the character's appearance in the upcoming Batman v Superman. "American Tidal" began in dramatic fashion when a portion of San Diego broke off and sank into the ocean. But rather than being a story of horrific tragedy, it led to a compelling status quo for Aquaman as the victims mysteriously adapted to their new environment and rechristened their city "Sub Diego."

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Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark art by Mikel Janin
DC Comics

Director Guillermo Del Toro has supposedly been involved with DC's tumultuous Justice League Dark project for years. At this point, we don't know if the film will ever see the light of day. So why not try it as an animated movie instead? Justice League Dark is pretty much exactly what it sounds like - a movie about a team of supernatural heroes (Swamp Thing, Zatanna, John Constantine, Deadman, etc.) defending the DCU from the darkest threats imaginable. What more do audiences need to hear? 

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Fables art by Mark Buckingham
DC Comics

Bill Willingham's Fables franchise has enjoyed an impressive lifespan at DC. In addition to the long-running main series, Fables has spawned multiple spinoff comics, a novel, and even a video game. So why not further expand this saga of fairy tale characters living in the contemporary world in the form of an animated movie. Like The Wolf Among Us, we don't want to see a direct adaptation of the comic, but rather a side-story that can carve its own piece of a very large pie.

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JLA: Rock of Ages

Darkseid art
DC Comics

DC's late '90s JLA comic was the source of some of the greatest Justice League stories ever told. One of those, "Tower of Babel," already spawned an animated adaptation in the form of Justice League: Doom. We'd love to see WB Animation pull from writer Grant Morrison's legendary run. "Rock of Ages" presented a world where Darkseid has finally discovered the elusive Anti-Life Equation and used it to enslave mankind. It's basically like Morrison's Final Crisis, but more accessible to casual DC readers and better-suited for adaptation. 

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Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths image by George Perez
DC Comics

DC stories don't get much bigger or more dire than Crisis on Infinite Earths. In this 1985 crossover, a being called the Anti-Monitor threatened to devour all of reality, forcing a ragtag band of heroes from different alternate universes to stand against him. We'd love to see an animated movie adapting this tale, especially if it treated past animated DC projects as different pieces of the DC Animated Multiverse. Just imagine - the heroes of Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice and Justice League Origin fighting alongside one another.  

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