DC’s greatest asset, as many know, is “Batman.” It’s not even Superman anymore, and you can tell by the many animated movies they have where Batman takes center stage. You won’t hear me complain as I am a big fan.
A smart move by DC is that they are converting the most well-known stories of their comics to animated films. Many stories have been made converted that way. However, there are still stories that I would like to see as live-action because I believe they would work for the general audience. Sadly, most of these picks do have an animated adaptation, so I don’t think we’ll ever get a live-action version. However, some may influence future movies.
This is entirely possible in the DCEU as it’s a world where villains and heroes already exist. Many villains make appearances in this story that others could perfectly replace. You can even throw some of the Suicide Squad in it. However, they should keep the main villain, Hush, as he is. There was an animated adaptation, but I hated what they did to the character. It changed the entire essence of why he is the villain and why it made this story so good.
In this story, the Dark Knight takes it against a city overrun with its legendary villains. As the likes of the Joker, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and more throw Batman’s life into chaos, little do they know they have become pawns to the enigmatic Hush in an elaborate game of revenge against Bruce Wayne.
The Killing Joke
When someone wants to start reading comics, I always point them out to The Killing Joke. It’s an excellent introduction to new readers. We take a look into the dark soul of the Joker, the “Clown Prince of Crime,” from his earliest beginnings to his crucial encounter with the Dark Knight. Witness the birth of a supervillain, the determination of a hero, and a blood-curdling climax. However, I keep telling people that Joker is a character where his backstory is unknown and that the different origin’s story is all part of his own imagination.
There is only one issue. We recently got an origin film for this mad clown, namely Joker starring Joaquin Pheonix. In addition, there is also an animated movie about it with a small side story no one asked for.
Also, there is a crucial moment for the Batman continuation regarding Barbara Gordon.
Under the Red Hood
Batman: Under the Red Hood is one of the best Batman animated adaptations. It starts with the death of Jason Todd, which had a huge impact on Batman. It was his biggest failure in his life. The choice to bring Jason Todd in brought himself to his own destruction.
Under The Red Hood takes years later of that incident when a mysterious figure arises known as the Red Hood. I’m going to give you a small SPOILER WARNING. Well, it’s not hard to guess, but every DC fan knows that Jason Todd is Red Hood who came back from the death. This all leads to an intriguing confrontation between him and Batman. The conflict between them is more complex than you might expect!
The Court of Owls
In 2011, DC rebooted their comic book universe with the New 52 to attract new readers. Frankly, I was one of them and started reading since this reboot. However, I did have a large break for some years when I started working.
After a series of brutal murders engulfs Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that these crimes may run much deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to investigate this deadly mystery, he uncovers a conspiracy that dates back to his youth and further to the origins of the city he has sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? And who would be part of this organization?
Bruce Wayne: Fugitive
Honestly, they can take a lot of free libraties within this story. It’s basically a story where Bruce Wayne gets framed for a murder he did not commit. This leads to him running away from his millionaire bachelor life, and that’s where he starts being Batman 24/7.
Of course, he’s also doing some research to find the person responsible for the real crimes. In addition, he’s trying to find an answer on why they’re trying to blame Bruce Wayne. Is it someone who knows Batman’s identity? A live-action movie could give its own twist to this idea.