DC’s Next Animated Films Include ‘Batman’, ‘Suicide Squad’, & ‘Superman’

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DC’s line of animated films just got more expansive as four new movies will be released between 2018 and 2019, featuring Batman, Superman, and the Suicide Squad.

DC Comics has just revealed that, following the premiere of Batman & Harley Quinn, they have at least four animated movies planned between 2018 and 2019. While the company has a tendency to go all-out on Batman movies (which comprise a good portion of their line of animated films), surprisingly, only one of the four movies stars the Caped Crusader – and it’s an adaptation of the Elseworlds story Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. In the meantime, the Suicide Squad will be getting their second animated movie after Batman: Assault on Arkham in the form of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay – which, incidentally, will the first to be set in their shared animated continuity (composed of Justice League: War, Son of Batman, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Justice League Dark, and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract).

But perhaps what’s most interesting of all is that Superman will be the subject of the first two-part animated film since the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – a pair of films adapting The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen. The story arc was previously adapted in DC’s first animated movie that was a part of this line in Superman: Doomsday, but that story was condensed into a shorter narrative. The movie will expand upon the original’s narrative just in time for the 25th anniversary of the title hero’s (temporary) demise. It is not clear if this will take place in the animated continuity that Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is also set in.

Source: DC Comics

The Top 10 Episodes Of ‘Justice League’

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Justice LeagueWonder Woman is breaking record after record, and everyone loves it! Twitter erupted with praise for the first-ever female led super hero film. This praise bodes well for the future of the once murky DC Extended Universe. But with Wonder Woman being this successful, it means that the next film in DC’s slate has even more work cut out for it. Justice League will be the ultimate test of whether the DCEU can truly handle an ensemble super hero cast.

It’s always difficult to juggle a couple of heroes on screen, let alone six or seven. Hopefully director Zack Snyder did his research in determining how to get the formula right. Assuming he did, he almost certainly watched Cartoon Network’s Justice League. As the final series in Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe, Justice League brought together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl for the first time on screen. The series was bold, dramatic and inventive. It placed character first, often only focusing on only 3 or 4 heroes per episode in order to give them maximum character weight.

The formula worked amazingly, giving us some of the greatest storytelling ever seen in television animation. It also led to acclaimed spin-off Justice League Unlimited, which added dozens of heroes to the roster. The spin-off series was much more serialized, improving the storytelling but losing some of the great character focus. That’s why it’s the original Justice League series that provides the best example of how to tell a story with seven DC characters. It’s the example we hope Zack Snyder looked to for inspiration.

Before we look to the future of the Justice League, let’s have a look back at the past. These are the top 10 episodes of Justice League. Click next to get started!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Tej

    Well, The Death of Superman and the Reign of the Supermen can’t take place in the current continuity of the DCAU movies because in the original Dearh of Superman, Lois Lane plays a heavy and crucial role in the entire story (Death, Reign and Return). But unfortunately, the current DCAU continuity is stuck in New52, which has that disgusting SM WW thing.

    So unless they’re using the Death, Reign and Return to Rebirth the DCAU continuity (which I’m hoping is the case), then these two movies will be in a post-crisis world. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bdeec7dcbfbc44f9ba1ef39f8e626f3308e452cc2aa8e31c82f8f1b98b22723.jpg

    • Bill Agans

      How is the superman/wonder woman relationship disgusting?

      • Tej

        In the comics it encourages elitism (strong super powered with super powered) it’s what the apartheid government used to segregate the country of South Africa, and comes across to me as racist, as a person who has lived in Aparteid South Africa.
        It’s also abusive, emotionally and mentally.
        Plus, it paints WW out to be a horrible person. Many WW fans have said this to me, that this version isn’t their WW.
        The animations don’t do her any favours either.
        Plus, I hate the WW vs Lois catfights. These two women are better than those stories.

        Post-Crisis and especially Rebirth show WW and Lois as allies, which are much better stories.

        • In Brightest Day

          Lol, Superman and Wonder Woman dating is not racist or elitist.

          • Tej

            As a person of colour who has lived under a racist government, been abused by racist people, I think SM with WW is VERY RACIST

          • Bill Agans

            How’s it racist?

  • Fenix

    They already did a version of death and return with their very first animated direct to video movie.

    • Bill Agans

      It wasn’t the full story though.