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08.02.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 DC storylines that need to be filmed

Last week we covered the Top 10 Best Marvel storylines that need to be made into movies. Many of you DC afficionados felt left out. Well, here we are with the best DC arcs that would cement true competition for Disney. DC has a lot to offer and is the originator of the mega-crossover events. DC also has the benefit of having all of their characters under one studio which means more of these stories are possible than any of the Marvel ones. If your favorite didn't make the list, be sure to add it to the talk backs below.

#10 - Swamp Thing meets John Constantine

We have been hearing the rumblings that Guillermo Del Toro is developing a JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK movie that would encompass John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Both of these characters have been on the big screen before, but bringing them together would serve the dual purpose of reintroducing them to mass audiences and giving a filmmaker the chance to tell a darker story featuring these under-appreciated characters.

#9 - The Judas Contract

Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Blue Beetle. There are so many smaller characters in the DC Universe that would be great on the big screen, but maybe not in a solo film. The Teen Titans are already a hit in animated form in their own series on Cartoon Network, why not take the next step and make a big screen adaptation that bridges the dark adult world featured in MAN OF STEEL with a more fun, teen-centric team? The iconic Judas Contract story arc may be too dark for the movie I just described, but the whodunit style murder mystery featuring the Titans would make for a great movie.

#8 - Sinestro Corps Wars

Okay, so most people hated Ryan Reynolds' GREEN LANTERN portrayal, but I have yet to meet someone who disliked Mark Strong's take on Sinestro. The Lantern who eventually becomes a villain was hinted as the next adversary during the credits of the Martin Campbell movie and this recent story arc would be a fantastic way to bring the character to life. This crossover featured multiple versions of the Green Lantern and could serve as a way to retain the Ryan Reynolds film in continuity, kill of Hal Jordan, and bring on another actor as another iteration of the Lantern. It is so crazy it just might work!

#7 - New Gods

Often referred to as Jack Kirby's Fourth World, the New Gods are races of warring beings including the mega-villain Darkseid. Creating a film focused on these characters may be daunting but it would definitely be no crazier than what we see in the THOR films. It would also be a great bridge to introduce the fall of Darkseid and flesh him out for a potential run against the JUSTICE LEAGUE. If THE AVENGERS have Thanos, the JUSTICE LEAGUE has Darkseid.

#6 - All Star Superman

While The Death of Superman story arc is more iconic, All Star Superman is the much better tale of Kal-el's mortality. To tell much of the plot would deprive you of reading one of the best Superman stories of all time, but I will just say it involves the culmination of the conflict between Superman and Lex Luthor, a lot of goodbyes, and the perfect way to feature the death of Superman on the big screen.

#5 - Identity Crisis

Either you love or you hate Identity Crisis. The controversial story would work well in Nolan and Snyder's realistic world as it deals with murder and rape plot elements that show the seedier side of the circle of superhero friends. As a potential JUSTICE LEAGUE story, I cannot see it ever happening, but it would be a risk worth taking if a filmmaker is up to the challenge of doing it right.

#4 - New Frontier

More of an homage than something that could be incorporated into where Warner Bros wants to take their DC universe, New Frontier is a brilliant throwback to the comics of old. The animated film is amazing and may be all we need, but I would kill to see the Justice League decked out in their Silver Age duds. Imagine THE ROCKETEER with DC heroes.

#3 - Arkham Asylum

DC has been very successful in the realm of video games and the Batman Arkham games are a prime example. With a darkness missing from a lot of the movies and gritty graphics, they are the new benchmark for superhero games. Inspired by the iconic Arkham Asylum graphic novel, the games are the best realization of The Dark Knight in any medium. While Batman may be getting his reboot in the next MAN OF STEEL movie, telling this disturbing comic would be my recommendation for his first standalone feature.

#2 - Crisis on Infinite Earths

You can consider this comic the DAYS OF FUTURE PAST of the DC Universe, except it actually happened. Like any comic universe, occasionally you need to reboot. Crisis on Infinite Earths acknowledged there are parallel storylines that needed to be wiped clean and the slate started fresh. Heroes and villains teamed up to battle the Monitor and Anti-Monitor to save their world only to reset the continuity. Once the DC Universe is up and running on the big screen, using a reboot movie plot like this would be the best way to transfer casts and explain changes in who is playing the hero roles. It would be the ultimate superhero movie.

#1 - Kingdom Come

The gold standard for alternate storylines (aka Elseworld), Kingdom Come is a gorgeously painted comic by Alex Ross that gives us the heroes we know at an older age as they have to battle a new crop of vigilante heroes in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. If Zack Snyder is planning to be inspired by The Dark Knight Returns for his Superman and Batman movie, I hope someday they choose to look at this as the perfect tale to round out story arcs for the members of the Justice League.

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4:14PM on 08/04/2013

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How could you leave out Lobo: The Paramilatary Christmas?!
How could you leave out Lobo: The Paramilatary Christmas?!
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3:32AM on 08/04/2013
Tower of Babel would be incredile for a Justice Leage sequel.
Tower of Babel would be incredile for a Justice Leage sequel.
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3:24AM on 08/03/2013

Uh...Dark Knight Returns?

I mean, yeah, the animated deal was aight...I didn't think it really felt justified with a similar (kinda) medium.
Swamp Thing needs a reboot, Long Halloween would be bitchin', and anything Vertigo *cough* Preacher *ahem*.
Also, R-rated animated All Star Goddamn Batman needs to happen for shits and giggs.
I mean, yeah, the animated deal was aight...I didn't think it really felt justified with a similar (kinda) medium.
Swamp Thing needs a reboot, Long Halloween would be bitchin', and anything Vertigo *cough* Preacher *ahem*.
Also, R-rated animated All Star Goddamn Batman needs to happen for shits and giggs.
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7:35PM on 08/02/2013
Good list.
I'd ad Rise of The Black lanterns.
New Frontier was made into a pretty good animated film by DC years ago, I wish they'd look into doing some of their other big stories that way. Maybe even Kingdom Come as a deluxe CGI type film.
Good list.
I'd ad Rise of The Black lanterns.
New Frontier was made into a pretty good animated film by DC years ago, I wish they'd look into doing some of their other big stories that way. Maybe even Kingdom Come as a deluxe CGI type film.
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1:04AM on 08/03/2013
I totally agree, If you haven't seen it you should watch Superman Shazam! The return of Black Adam. In My opinion, I don't think DC has mad a bad animated movie in recent memory. I just watched Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox, and it was pretty freakin good. It shows an alternate future, but I don't want to give anything away, but you should def check it out.
I totally agree, If you haven't seen it you should watch Superman Shazam! The return of Black Adam. In My opinion, I don't think DC has mad a bad animated movie in recent memory. I just watched Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox, and it was pretty freakin good. It shows an alternate future, but I don't want to give anything away, but you should def check it out.
2:46PM on 08/02/2013

Other than couple of choices, a lame list imo...

So, no Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, Zero Hour, Batman's No Man's Land, Cataclysm, War Games, Death in the Family, Under the Hood, Batman RIP, Battle for the Cowl, Superman's Death & Return, New Krypton Arc, President Lex, GL's Rebirth, Blackest Night-Brightest Day, JLA's Our World's At War, Tower of Babel, Wonder Woman's Amanzon Attack etc etc? ....Yeah, yeah, many of these are believe to be unsuitable for a single movie, but that's why the vast Cinematic Universe has to be built. I don't
So, no Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, Zero Hour, Batman's No Man's Land, Cataclysm, War Games, Death in the Family, Under the Hood, Batman RIP, Battle for the Cowl, Superman's Death & Return, New Krypton Arc, President Lex, GL's Rebirth, Blackest Night-Brightest Day, JLA's Our World's At War, Tower of Babel, Wonder Woman's Amanzon Attack etc etc? ....Yeah, yeah, many of these are believe to be unsuitable for a single movie, but that's why the vast Cinematic Universe has to be built. I don't want all these right away, but in the future when the foundation and the timing is right. OF COURSE I want to see these E-P-I-C storylines (in every sense of the word) on big screen, someday. We just have to think BIG.
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12:23PM on 08/02/2013
WB should stay FAR FAR FAR away from alternate realities.
WB should stay FAR FAR FAR away from alternate realities.
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12:22PM on 08/02/2013
This is exactly what Batman needs after Nolan's epic. It needs something dark, twisted, and claustrophobic
This is exactly what Batman needs after Nolan's epic. It needs something dark, twisted, and claustrophobic
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12:21PM on 08/02/2013
It has a lot of great character moments that should work as inspiration, but WB should stay far far away from adapting "elseworld" stories directly.
It has a lot of great character moments that should work as inspiration, but WB should stay far far away from adapting "elseworld" stories directly.
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12:20PM on 08/02/2013
Love this book. Can't believe people act offended by it. It makes supervillains ACTUALLY dangerous, it makes violence and death ACTUALLY tragic, and it remembers superhumans are also HUMANS and sometimes are flawed.
Love this book. Can't believe people act offended by it. It makes supervillains ACTUALLY dangerous, it makes violence and death ACTUALLY tragic, and it remembers superhumans are also HUMANS and sometimes are flawed.
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10:23AM on 08/02/2013
Opps!! Just read it as an echo...
Opps!! Just read it as an echo...
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10:20AM on 08/02/2013
Loved Identity Crisis cause I love a good murder mystery.
Loved Identity Crisis cause I love a good murder mystery.
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10:16AM on 08/02/2013
Loved Identity Crisis cause I love a good murder mystery.
Loved Identity Crisis cause I love a good murder mystery.
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10:14AM on 08/02/2013
Loved Identity Crisis cause I love a good murder mystery.
Loved Identity Crisis cause I love a good murder mystery.
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10:10AM on 08/02/2013
I loved the comic, thought it told a quite an interesting tale of superman. The animated film didnt live up to what the comic was since alot of things were taken out.
I loved the comic, thought it told a quite an interesting tale of superman. The animated film didnt live up to what the comic was since alot of things were taken out.
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10:07AM on 08/02/2013
This could be done, focus on the truce between Apokolips and New Genesis when High father and Darkseid swap sons (Orion and Mister Miracle) which they would be the centre of the film and we'd see there upbring and then the eventual war between Apokolips and New Genesis.
This could be done, focus on the truce between Apokolips and New Genesis when High father and Darkseid swap sons (Orion and Mister Miracle) which they would be the centre of the film and we'd see there upbring and then the eventual war between Apokolips and New Genesis.
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10:07AM on 08/02/2013
I think, similar to what Disney is doing with Star Wars, there could be standalone stories that don't directly have an affect on the other universe. This story would be great if adapted, but the right director and cast would be a necessity because this would easily warrant an R-rating.
I think, similar to what Disney is doing with Star Wars, there could be standalone stories that don't directly have an affect on the other universe. This story would be great if adapted, but the right director and cast would be a necessity because this would easily warrant an R-rating.
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10:02AM on 08/02/2013
Green Lantern is still one of my fav comic heros ever since I first started reading comics, I'm more fan of Kyle then Hal though but both are good. Geoff johns run was amazing and Ron Marz before him. The potential for an epic film is there. I'd love another Green Lantern but dont bring Reynolds back. Okay actor but hes no Hal.
Green Lantern is still one of my fav comic heros ever since I first started reading comics, I'm more fan of Kyle then Hal though but both are good. Geoff johns run was amazing and Ron Marz before him. The potential for an epic film is there. I'd love another Green Lantern but dont bring Reynolds back. Okay actor but hes no Hal.
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9:56AM on 08/02/2013
This is one of the many reasons I'm I want to see Justice Leauge Dark on the big screen.
This is one of the many reasons I'm I want to see Justice Leauge Dark on the big screen.
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9:11AM on 08/02/2013

Doomsday

Doomsday needs to be on screen eventually. Before he got watered down and given a voice as time went on, he was one bad mofo.
Doomsday needs to be on screen eventually. Before he got watered down and given a voice as time went on, he was one bad mofo.
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8:50AM on 08/02/2013
while some things on this list (All Star Superman) dont belong, some were excluded. Since you added a solo Superman story, the Long Halloween should be in there somewhere.
while some things on this list (All Star Superman) dont belong, some were excluded. Since you added a solo Superman story, the Long Halloween should be in there somewhere.
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8:43AM on 08/02/2013

sorry

i really dislike All Star. i thought it had promise but was very illogical and kind of silly in the end. and the animated film? what a stinker!
i really dislike All Star. i thought it had promise but was very illogical and kind of silly in the end. and the animated film? what a stinker!
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8:43AM on 08/02/2013

sorry

i really dislike All Star. i thought it had promise but was very illogical and kind of silly in the end. and the animated film? what a stinker!
i really dislike All Star. i thought it had promise but was very illogical and kind of silly in the end. and the animated film? what a stinker!
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8:24AM on 08/02/2013
I kinda hope Kingdom Come never gets made. The movies should stay away from elseworlds completley
I kinda hope Kingdom Come never gets made. The movies should stay away from elseworlds completley
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5:47AM on 08/02/2013
I'll believe these massive crossover stories being made into a movie when I see it especially when it comes to inept DC. My list would be Doomsday, Death in the Family, Hawkworld, Long Halloween and perhaps a Gotham Central show.
I'll believe these massive crossover stories being made into a movie when I see it especially when it comes to inept DC. My list would be Doomsday, Death in the Family, Hawkworld, Long Halloween and perhaps a Gotham Central show.
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3:31AM on 08/03/2013
Death of Superman for a down the line Man of Steel film would be pretty nerdtastic.
Death of Superman for a down the line Man of Steel film would be pretty nerdtastic.
3:25AM on 08/02/2013
Oh Yeah, Kingdom Come! I'd rather watch Kingdom Come movie than Justice League.
Oh Yeah, Kingdom Come! I'd rather watch Kingdom Come movie than Justice League.
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2:35AM on 08/02/2013

Oh heck yes!

When I saw "Crisis" at #2 I immediately thought, "Man.... the only thing that would be cooler than a Crisis movie would be a Kingdom Come movie." Good call, Mr. Maidy.
When I saw "Crisis" at #2 I immediately thought, "Man.... the only thing that would be cooler than a Crisis movie would be a Kingdom Come movie." Good call, Mr. Maidy.
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1:48AM on 08/02/2013
I would love for the DC cinematic universe to get to the point where something like Hush could be filmed. I do want to see a film with the whole Batman family together, working as a team. In the live-action films, we've never gotten beyond Robin and a half-assed take on Batgirl - and that was in the most-reviled Batman film ever, to boot.
I would love for the DC cinematic universe to get to the point where something like Hush could be filmed. I do want to see a film with the whole Batman family together, working as a team. In the live-action films, we've never gotten beyond Robin and a half-assed take on Batgirl - and that was in the most-reviled Batman film ever, to boot.
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1:34AM on 08/02/2013
There exists a pretty well made trailer-form fan film: [link]
There exists a pretty well made trailer-form fan film: [link]
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10:23AM on 08/02/2013
This is actually pretty sweet. Thanks for the link.
This is actually pretty sweet. Thanks for the link.
1:32AM on 08/02/2013
Arkham Asylum was atmospheric, very, very creepy and definitely brought a credibility and genuine fear factor to the deep psychoses that affect Batman's rogues. It was the perfect exemplar of why Batman has got one of the best rogues galleries in all of comicdom, because of how truly twisted and therefore fascinating they are. There is a nice fan film trailer out there, in Spanish - [link]
Arkham Asylum was atmospheric, very, very creepy and definitely brought a credibility and genuine fear factor to the deep psychoses that affect Batman's rogues. It was the perfect exemplar of why Batman has got one of the best rogues galleries in all of comicdom, because of how truly twisted and therefore fascinating they are. There is a nice fan film trailer out there, in Spanish - [link]
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1:30AM on 08/02/2013
It was a good animated film that approximated Darwyn Cooke's style well enough and condensed the story into a manageable duration. However, this is very firmly a period story, and not a period story that would be compatible with a new DC cinematic universe the way, say, Captain America: The First Avenger was with the Marvel cinematic universe. So, not very likely.
It was a good animated film that approximated Darwyn Cooke's style well enough and condensed the story into a manageable duration. However, this is very firmly a period story, and not a period story that would be compatible with a new DC cinematic universe the way, say, Captain America: The First Avenger was with the Marvel cinematic universe. So, not very likely.
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1:28AM on 08/02/2013
Wasn't a fan of how Meltzer handled Sue Dibny's murder, and his take on the different characters (particularly mindwipe-happy Zatanna).
Wasn't a fan of how Meltzer handled Sue Dibny's murder, and his take on the different characters (particularly mindwipe-happy Zatanna).
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10:16AM on 08/02/2013
Kinda agree here but I think it can pass due to the circumstance. I wasnt too fond of his take on Green Larntern (Kyle) which he made into a inexperianced idiot.
Kinda agree here but I think it can pass due to the circumstance. I wasnt too fond of his take on Green Larntern (Kyle) which he made into a inexperianced idiot.
1:28AM on 08/02/2013
The animated film was...okay. It's an interesting idea for a story, but not one that translates to the screen very well as it's more abstract and literary than most storylines that fit adaptations better.
The animated film was...okay. It's an interesting idea for a story, but not one that translates to the screen very well as it's more abstract and literary than most storylines that fit adaptations better.
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1:27AM on 08/02/2013
KIRBYPALOOZA! Make it happen, this would be a great science fiction fantasy DC film - something which hasn't quite happened.
KIRBYPALOOZA! Make it happen, this would be a great science fiction fantasy DC film - something which hasn't quite happened.
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1:25AM on 08/02/2013
For all that was not quite right with the Green Lantern film, Mark Strong as Sinestro was practically perfect. I think he would absolutely walk away with a sequel, so it's shame that most likely won't be happening.
For all that was not quite right with the Green Lantern film, Mark Strong as Sinestro was practically perfect. I think he would absolutely walk away with a sequel, so it's shame that most likely won't be happening.
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1:24AM on 08/02/2013
This almost happened as a TV movie for the Teen Titans anime-esque series, but we got Trouble In Tokyo instead.
This almost happened as a TV movie for the Teen Titans anime-esque series, but we got Trouble In Tokyo instead.
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9:44PM on 08/02/2013
Good call. I'd really love a Young Justice direct-to-video or made for TV film. It's really too bad that it got cancelled, because that was a good show. Not Justice League-level good, but certainly the best animated DC series on at the time.
Good call. I'd really love a Young Justice direct-to-video or made for TV film. It's really too bad that it got cancelled, because that was a good show. Not Justice League-level good, but certainly the best animated DC series on at the time.
12:17PM on 08/02/2013
They should have done it for young justice tv seres because that would have bridged the gap nicely between season 1 and 2, which saw Wally West quit, Dick become Nightwing, and a bunch of characters join before the first episode of Season 2
They should have done it for young justice tv seres because that would have bridged the gap nicely between season 1 and 2, which saw Wally West quit, Dick become Nightwing, and a bunch of characters join before the first episode of Season 2
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12:54AM on 08/02/2013

God please no

This was a stupid story and it made a horrible animated film. Certainly it would not make a good translation if done as live action.
This was a stupid story and it made a horrible animated film. Certainly it would not make a good translation if done as live action.
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12:37AM on 08/02/2013
Great choice for the top spot. Would love to see Snyder use this storyline in one of his future Superman films or Justice League films.
Great choice for the top spot. Would love to see Snyder use this storyline in one of his future Superman films or Justice League films.
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12:35AM on 08/02/2013
Would be cool to see and would be DC's version of Days of Future Past.
Would be cool to see and would be DC's version of Days of Future Past.
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10:20AM on 08/02/2013
Crisis on Infinite Earths is just way to vast of a story to tell on screen. You'd have to know the history of storylines before understand certain character and scenes. It would be a disaster.
Crisis on Infinite Earths is just way to vast of a story to tell on screen. You'd have to know the history of storylines before understand certain character and scenes. It would be a disaster.
1:33AM on 08/02/2013
I think you hit the nail on the head, but that's also the reason why I wouldn't want to see this, at least not yet - there's too much ground to cover and this was such an event that an adaptation would have to snip a lot off. Also, a movie has to be accessible to audiences at large, and I bet any newcomer would be really lost reading Crisis on Infinite Earths.
I think you hit the nail on the head, but that's also the reason why I wouldn't want to see this, at least not yet - there's too much ground to cover and this was such an event that an adaptation would have to snip a lot off. Also, a movie has to be accessible to audiences at large, and I bet any newcomer would be really lost reading Crisis on Infinite Earths.
12:33AM on 08/02/2013
When they do decide to reboot Batman in his own solo film, this should definitely be without a doubt the source material they use for it. A bit more supernatural and comical than realistic and gritty. Would make for a great starting point for a new Batman franchise.
When they do decide to reboot Batman in his own solo film, this should definitely be without a doubt the source material they use for it. A bit more supernatural and comical than realistic and gritty. Would make for a great starting point for a new Batman franchise.
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12:31AM on 08/02/2013
This would make for a cool storyline.
This would make for a cool storyline.
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12:30AM on 08/02/2013
I always thought it would be cool to do just a straight up Man of Steel trilogy with some appearances from the other Justice League members in the three films and to have Superman die in the finale while fighting and destroying Doomsday. Would be much more epic to see Superman dieing than seeing Batman dieing.
I always thought it would be cool to do just a straight up Man of Steel trilogy with some appearances from the other Justice League members in the three films and to have Superman die in the finale while fighting and destroying Doomsday. Would be much more epic to see Superman dieing than seeing Batman dieing.
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12:26AM on 08/02/2013
Would love to see DC continue with this established version of Green Lantern and continue with having Reynolds and Strong back as Hal Jordan and Sinestro. And having Sinestro back as the villian for Green Lantern 2 or in a future Justice League film. The storyline is just too good to not do on the big screen.
Would love to see DC continue with this established version of Green Lantern and continue with having Reynolds and Strong back as Hal Jordan and Sinestro. And having Sinestro back as the villian for Green Lantern 2 or in a future Justice League film. The storyline is just too good to not do on the big screen.
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