Last year’s release of
“It’s hard to say. I will say this, that they have said that if the content merits the R they’ll look into it, they’re open to it, which was not something that was a part of the landscape until recently. I like having that option because there’s certain things that you just can’t do without being a little edgy, without being a little more violent.”
So which DC comics would make the best R-rated adaptations? Here are just a handful of choices that seem to make the most sense. And remember, that of the 30 DC Animated films released thus far, 9 have featured Batman, 4 have featured Superman, 2 have had a Batman/Superman combo, 9 have been Justice League-centric, and only the handful that remain have spotlighted characters like Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and the Teen Titans.
So based on the last decade of animated releases, clearly Warner Brothers animation has a pattern, which is to focus on Batman, Superman and Justice League stories, which is why I haven’t included more varied choices like Sandman and other Vertigo titles–ones with a more obvious adult focus–despite how much I’d love to see them. The following picks are the most likely candidates based on Warner’s history.
Batman: The Long Halloween
But just as their crime fighting bond is formed, a serial killer going by the name Holiday begins killing people once a month, each time on that month’s respective holiday, leading Batman into a year-long murder mystery which begins and ends on All Hallow’s Eve. Almost every major villain from Batman’s rogue’s gallery makes an appearance here, and in memorable roles too. Much like
Why R- Rated?
Much like The
Justice League: Identity Crisis
The 2004 mini-series from novelist Brad Meltzer and artist Rags Morales, much like
At seven issues long, this self contained, noir-ish story could be condensed into 75 minutes (the average running time for a DC Animated film). Although some changes would likely be made. This is a controversial comic among fandom, for several reasons, but it definitely has a reputation, and could make for a very interesting film.
Without mincing words,
Justice League: Kingdom Come
This is probably the most requested DC animated film there is, and for years DC animated movies producer Bruce Timm has said no to that request whenever asked by fans, saying the painterly art from Alex Ross is too hard to adapt properly. But how about not trying to adapt Ross’ art style, and just adapt the story by writer Mark Waid instead?
Why R- Rated?
While this one doesn’t NEED to be R-rated, I’d say there are enough deaths, impalings and mass murders depicted that an R rating could be warranted for sure.
Green Lantern: Blackest Night
There have been a lot of DC “event series” over the past several decades, but few are as memorable in the eyes of fandom like the Green Lantern centric
But there was one more sinister Lantern Corps out there, waiting in the wings: the Black Lanterns, representing death itself, and whose members of were the zombified corpses of dead villains and heroes of the DC Universe. This was the closest thing to a horror comic that one of the big crossovers ever came to, even if at its core it was still a superhero story.
Why The R-Rating?
Again, this is another one that could be done with a PG-13 rating, but considering that it features decaying, zombie versions of beloved DC characters, who then spew Black Lantern rings out of their black, oozing mouths, then maybe an R rating is more than called for here.
Which classic DC Comics stories do you think deserve the R-rated animated treatment? Sound off down below in the comments.
Meanhwile, in live-action…
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