Warner Bros and DC Comics for the last few years, have been churning out one awesome animated movie to the next. Three weeks ago DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. Animation released Superman: Unbound, based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank comic Superman: Brainiac and this coming July DC Entertainment will release Justice League: Flashpoint, based on another Geoff Johns comic book of the same name. Now this got me thinking DC Comics have a lot of untapped potential of characters that should share the spotlight with the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern. So like the title says, we’re going to choose five DC Comic characters that should at least be considered for animation treatment cause if Amethyst can get a DC animated short, then she should be able to get her own animated movie.
Speaking of Amethyst……..
5: Princess of Gemworld: Amethyst
Amethyst first appeared in Legion of Super Heroes issue 298 way back in 1983 and her original origin is that she was orphaned when the Dark Opal of the House of Opal killed her parents and Amethyst was transported to Earth to be was by a human family. That was until she turned 13 and was attacked by Dark Opal and brought to Gemworld, to which she discovered her powers. Now the recent adaptation of Amethyst was during the Cartoon Network block called DC Nation showcasing different DC Comic characters. Now for something new DC Entertainment can go two routes with Amethyst, the first is adapting the DC Nation version of her where Amethyst is a video game character and her alter ego Amy Winston is just a gamer sucked into the game and over the course of the movie she’s living out her dreams of being a superhero.
The second option is since Justice League is going to usher in a new era of DC animated features then DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. can use the new 52 version of Amethyst where she is called Princess Amaya of House Amethyst who fled to Earth from Gemworld with her mother Lady Graciel, who is alive by the way! Anyway, Lady Graciel is trying to keep Princess Amaya (Amethyst) safe from her evil aunt Lady Mordiel. So the Amethyst movie can follow Amaya’s quest to learn more about her questline while also discovering her powers too, sorta like a coming of age movie, but with superheroes.
For years I’ve always hated that Nightwing wasn’t being treated fairly, so far Nightwing has appeared in one animated movie Batman: Under The Red Hood and the animated series Young Justice. Now I think it’s high time Batman’s former sidekick to get some love and not a tacky add on to video games, I’m looking at you Batman: Arkham City and Injustice: Gods Among Us! So far only four actors had the pleasure of voicing Dick Grayson/Nightwing and the are Loren Lester(The New Adventures of Batman), Jerry O’Connell (The Batman), Neil Patrick Harris (Batman: Under The Red Hood) and Jesse McCartney(Young Justice/Invasion). Now out of all of them I feel Jesse McCartney displayed Dick Grayson in two different mediums, in Young Justice McCartney played a younger pre-Nightwing Dick Grayson, full of jokes but with some serious skill in the fighting and hacking department. In Young Justice: Invasion we got Dick Grayson and Nightwing, with McCartney portraying Dick as a more older, wiser team leader, just this time he doesn’t have to prove to Batman that he’s capable to do something alone or with a team. As for a animated feature? start the movie right off the bat with Nightwing as a established hero outside of Gotham City and discovering his own true potential as a cop and a masked crime fighter in Blüdhaven.
3. Doom Patrol
Doom Patrol will always a tiny spot in my heart because I was first introduced to Beast Boy through a Doom Patrol comic, way before I discovered Teen Titans. To me Doom Patrol was DC’s answer to the X-Men, but I would love to see a DC animated feature on the origins of the Doom Patrol, with this line up: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, Mento, Beast Boy and The Chief. They can set it up as the team is trying to keep it together as team before it’s too late, if you know the series then you know that rarely happens, plus Henry Rollins was the last voice actor to voice Robotman I would love it if they can bring him back to voice the character again.
Animal Man! What can I say? Out of some of the DC Comic characters, Animal Man is married and has children! This man has a lot to lose if his villains knew or found out his secret identity and to me reading an Animal Man comic that’s what I fear for Buddy Baker. What I want to see from an animated feature? Well I want to see the the everyman archetype used in the feature and incorporate his family into the mix too. Also since Grant Morrison created Buddy Baker/Animal Man, let’s use the same themes Morrison was using at the time like animal rights, which is still a problem we are still dealing with today, mysticism like how did Buddy Baker obtained his powers? was it from a higher power? or a incantation? Or let Grant Morrison return to his own creation and give him free reign on the script, i’ll bet Animal Man would still be kid friendly but dark enough for adults to enjoy.
1. Teen Titans
Teen Titans did have one animated feature but that animated movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo linked up with the Teen Titans cartoon series. Now for this incarnation of the Teen Titans DC Entertainment should adapt Marv Wolfman’s version of the Teen Titans, with Raven obtaining the help from Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire. So for an animated feature why not reuse the same premise, just this time Raven is a runaway who is capture by agents for her father Trigon and its’ up to the Titans: Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash to find her. For this to work I would place Nightwing as the team leader, with Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire serving as senior members of the already established team and Raven joining the team for protection and sense of having a home and family. As for Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash, I feel using Tim Drake, Cassie Sandsmark and Bart Allen respectively than using the latter of the heroes.
So that was my Top 5 what are yours? Sound off in the comment section below. And for more Top 5 goodness stay tuned here at Nerds Against the World.