THE FUTURE OF THE DC ANIMATED UNIVERSE?
So far the DCAU has revolved around Pre-New 52 material and specifically story lines like The Dark Knight Returns and All-Star Superman. But, will that change when Flashpoint Paradox, a new Justice League animated film hits stores on July 30, 2013.
Flashpoint was a Pre-52 story arc that details an altered DC Universe timeline that was inadvertently created by The Flash from a previous story line. A universe in which only The Flash, Kid Flash and Booster Gold are the only ones who are aware that there seems to be a significant difference between the regular timeline and this altered one. A timeline where Superman is held in detention by the government and Thomas Wayne who is alive and well, and not Bruce, is Batman. Long story short, when all was said and done and the eventual timeline restored, the entire DC Universe was rebooted, giving way to the New 52.
Now that animated film guru Bruce Timm has stepped down as Producer of the DCAU, will James Tucker, his replacement, look towards making a change to reflect the current universe as we now know it?
I would like to see the revamped universe be shown in animated form. Doing so, may help continue with the growth of such characters like Aquaman and Green Arrow. Honestly, anything with Batman or Superman is usually money in the bank for Warner Brothers. What WB should consider doing, is go forward with the revamped universe but also consider a “DC Classics” series of animated films. Imagine seeing stories like The Judas Contract from the New Teen Titans of the mid 80’s or The Killing Joke come to life on the screen. Even more recent story lines like the Sinestro Corp War or Blackest Night, both of which were huge successes for DC, would thrill the fan base.
As history has shown, Warner Brothers’ track record when it comes to expanding their live action films of their DC property is less than stellar. However, they are incredibly successful with their animated movie division. Since 2007, their straight to video animated films have grossed nearly 86 million dollars in sales. You can’t argue with that type of economic success so more of these films will be made.
Not sure what the future holds but recent comments by James Tucker regarding his own excitement about the DCAU gives me and many other dorks a sense of hope. All eyes will be turned towards San Diego and Comic-Con International later this Summer for the earliest indication of what’s to come. And I’ll be at New York Comic Con in October with the hope of even more news for 2014.
Curious to know what past stories everyone else would love to see. Perhaps Infinite Crisis? Tell me, I would love to know.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight