Six DC Comics stories that would make great animated features
Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil
Jeff Smith’s Captain Marvel miniseries was one of the bright spots in modern DC Comics, and from the day it was announced it seemed like a shoo-in for animation. Taking cues from co-creator C.C. Beck’s transcendent linework, Smith really carved out a traditionalist take on the adult-sized hero with the mind of a boy. If that wasn’t enough, the concept already has characters tailor-made for animation, like the talkative tiger Tawky Tawny and the villainous Mister Mind.
It’s been called one of the greatest Justice League stories in the modern age, taking on the history of DC’s heroes and showing them young and old in a battle about innovation versus tradition. Besides being one of the early catalysts for the creation of Comic Book Resources in 1996, Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come has influenced much of the DC Comics output in the 17 years since its release. But imagine it born out in animation, taking Ross’ painted style and Waid’s classic dialogue and synthesizing it into animation. It has the characters, it has the scope, and it definitely has the story.
The New Gods
Some might say the definitive New Gods story has yet to be told. Jack Kirby’s attempt was cut short by DC, and although many of the characters have popped up in both comics and animation, the New Gods saga is still without form. Imagine Warner Bros. Animation stepping up to the legacy of Jack Kirby, telling the space-faring Shakespearean tale of two warring worlds and a maligned peace treaty that saw these leaders of each world adopting the other’s son as his own. Although it’s lacking any of the traditional DC animated stalwarts like the Justice League, Darkseid, Orion and the others could be a cult classic turned bonafide hit if the producers can court both the original comics as well as the spirit of the man who created it.