This is the world of superheroes. The DC comics are a hub for some of the greatest heroes and villains. Dark though they might be, DC comics do not fall short of content and even when about a dozen movies are lined up in its live-action universe, there is so much potential in its comics that one single universe can’t take it all. To counter this, the DC universe has its own animated universe which runs in a different vein from the live-action movies and allows it more rein to consider its options with the material that it wants to use. Films of DC’s animated universe (the DCAU) are consistent in quality, unlike the current DCEU, and undeniably more fun. I am a fan of the DCEU, still, but I have to admit that some of the animated gems in there are absolutely precious. The reasons for this could be multifarious.
One, the creators of the comic book storylines in adaption are very directly involved with the development of the final animated product. Two, in the animated arena and given the current technological tools at your disposal, there is a lot more flexibility and a lot less studio interference. Apart from some of them that got a limited theatrical release, most of DC’s animated features got a direct-to-video release, which I think is a great way to satiate the ever hungry fandom sans the large periods of anticipation and the heavy price on the cinema ticket, provided they keep ’em coming.
Having said that, it’s natural that the fans await with bated breath for every next release in DCAU’s gauntlet, especially given the tremendous reputation that the DCAU has been able to establish among fans, with some iconic storylines adapted successfully onto animated media, and the final products, I daresay, turning out better than many of the multi-million superhero projects out there. Every year there are several new DC animated movies that come out. Some are good, some are mediocre. Here is the list of upcoming DC animated movies (new releases in 2019, 2020) that one should keep an eye on. We hope these latest DC animation movies are as good as some of the recent ones.
3. Super Pets movie (2020/2021)
If you thought that after watching so many superhero films you had made acquaintance will all sorts of superheroes and nothing bizarre would ever come your way again, you are about to be proven wrong. This also points towards the fact that you don’t read many comics. However, without passing judgement, I’ll move on and tell you about ‘Super Pets’, and you should know about it because it is going to be made into a movie soon. Although Super Pets like Comet, Krypto, Streaky and Beppo had already made appearances in various comics, it wasn’t until the 1962 comics that they first made their appearance as a proper group, much like the Justice League. The premise had some alien creatures trying to gain control of every super-hero because they want to move Earth to their own solar system. The heroes soon realise that the mind tricks of these aliens don’t work on animals and so they call upon the services of the Super Pets.
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2. Justice League vs The Fatal Five (August 6, 2019)
As many there are heroes in this universe, there are villains to challenge their powers. The Fatal Five is the team of supervillains who live up to their name and wreak all sorts of havoc in the lives of the superheroes. Of the four offerings from DC in its animated universe, this film will finally pit the Justice League against them. This group first appeared in the 1967 comics and introduced its five founding members in the form of the Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok and Validus. Although the Fatal Five went through a lot of changes in its membership, over the years, this film will put a focus on the ones who started it. With so much evil and heroism in the same screen, much more action and drama can be expected of this film.
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1. Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (October 22, 2019)
So many animated movies have come out in the DC universe, but there has only been one standalone film featuring the fearless Amazonia warrior princess, Wonder Woman. Her last film came out way back in 2009, and since then, there had been no talks of a sequel. It was only after the success of Gal Gadot’s live-action ‘Wonder Woman’ that DC realised the potential of this character. And the sequel that fans had been waiting for so long will finally arrive in late 2019. Although there is an obscure comic book of the same name, it has not been confirmed that the story of this film will share a story with the comics. As the name suggests, this film will perhaps explore the background of Diana back in Themiscyra, and we could get more insights into the history of the place. There is so much confusion about it because DC already has three movies lined up for release in 2019 which matched the maximum number of films that they have released all this time. This sudden announcement of a fourth film has made everyone excited and a bit worked up at the same time.
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Reign of the Supermen
The second part of the iconic ‘Death of Superman’ storyline adaptation is titled ‘Reign of the Supermen’ and will see four alternate ‘Supermen’: Steel, Superboy, Cyborg Superman and The Last Son of Krypton, taking his place as protectors of Metropolis in the year following Supes’ death, each claiming to be in some ways, a reincarnated Superman, until ofcourse the original Superman reappears and a battle for identity ensues. It will be interesting to see how much of the source material is retained and translated, now that they have two full-length feature movies to accomplish that. Plus, it’s been really long since a good Superman animated movie came out. High hopes riding on this one!
The Lego Batman Movie 2
Though technically not set in the DC universe, ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ did specify that it was set within the ‘DC Superhero dimension’. Batman is the most beloved character from the DC universe and has been an inspiration for all sorts of movies and remakes. While the earlier adaptations of this character were in a style that would seem very much comic now (I mean, have you seen those films!), it was only after Christopher Nolan decided to do his take on the story of the Caped Crusader that it was considered a serious thing in the filmmaking business. Since then, Batman has been all about dark stories and brooding characters. This streak was broken when Batman appeared in ‘The Lego Movie’. Based on the popular Lego toys, the film was a surprise in itself and the role of Batman was something that hadn’t been seen before. In a spin-off attempt, ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ followed, with Will Arnett voicing the iconic character. The film was successful, though people had their reservations about it. But it was made pretty clear by director Chris McKay that the Lego Batman would make a return, and there is definitely another ‘Lego Batman movie’ in the future. With Ben Affleck rumoured to leave the role of Batman in DCEU, the fate of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego hangs in balance. While DC gets that cleared out, you could just watch this film. Perhaps, it could help ease the pain!
Batman: Hush (April 16, 2019)
Ever since Batman first appeared in the comics of the DC Universe, he has made an endless number of enemies for himself. Time and again, these enemies have come together to kill him or sabotage him in one way or another. Hush is one of those villains for Batman whose animosity goes deeper than the craze for some mayhem or a simple act of criminality. The ‘Batman: Hush’ comics is unarguably one of the best comics in the series. It used all the elements of a good old thriller to tell a story that changed a lot of things for Batman. It was also one of the tales that brought together a great number of Batman’s enemies in the single storyline, most of them being the big players. From Joker to Catwoman, from Poison Ivy to the Riddler, Batman is pitted against his worst enemies in this story. However, above all, there is one enemy that he has to settle a score with. Hush appears as the orchestrator of all things bad in Batman’s life and is identified as a man whose whole face is obscured by a bandage. While bringing his enemies together, this story also allows us to have some more look into the life of Bruce Wayne and his friends in normal life. Being one of the greatest storylines in Batman’s universe, one wonders why it wasn’t adapted into any sort of film before. But we can put that question to rest now as ‘Batman: Hush’ will make an appearance in the first half of 2019 and we’ll finally have the adaptation we deserved.
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