The DC Universe Original Animated Movies
are direct to video
film projects being created by Warner Premiere
and DC Comics
DC Comics, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Animation, and veteran DC Animator Bruce Timm began the production of this series in July 2006. These original made for DVD movies are part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 AND PG films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators featuring recognizable talent. Warner Home Video will be the exclusive worldwide distributor for all DC Universe movies, and intends to release a slate of 2-3 films per year.
The first of these projects was Superman: Doomsday, which was loosely based on the popular early nineties storyline The Death of Superman. It was released on September 21, 2007 and included the voice talents of Adam Baldwin (Superman), Anne Heche (Lois Lane), and James Marsters (Lex Luthor). The film received mostly positive reviews upon release.
Justice League: The New Frontier
Justice League: The New Frontier was released on February 26, 2008 and was based on Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel DC: The New Frontier. Voice talents included David Boreanaz (Hal Jordan/Green Lantern), Kyle MacLachlan (Superman), Lucy Lawless (Wonder Woman), Neil Patrick Harris (The Flash) and Jeremy Sisto (Batman). This film was also received positively.
Batman: Gotham Knight
Tying into the release of the 2008 Batman
film The Dark Knight
, Gotham Knight
is meant to tell a series of stories that take place in-between 2005's Batman Begins
and the new film. Notable comic talents such as Brian Azzarello
, David Goyer
, and Greg Rucka
contribute stories, along with veteran Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy
once again providing Batman's voice. This film also features the voice talent of Gary Dourdan
, Ana Ortiz
and Parminder Nagra
. The film was the first to feature Batman using authentic Japanese anime
from five different Japanese animation studios.
The next film will be a solo Wonder Woman
film. Keri Russell
will be providing the voice of the title character, and Nathan Fillion
as Steve Trevor
. Alfred Molina has also been confirmed to provide the voice of the villain Ares.
Currently slated to be the release following Wonder Woman
. It is unknown which Green Lantern character this film will focus on, however it is most likely going to be about Hal Jordan
. It is also unknown if, like Wonder Woman
, this is be an origin story, as Hal's origin was a major plot point in New Frontier
. Sinestro Corps War
is a possible candiate spoken by fans and those invovled with the DTV film from various conventions into being the story adapted as the film. It should be noted that Green Lantern
is the working title and not the official title.
No further details other than the tentative title have been released. When revealed, it was known as Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
, based on writer Jeph Loeb
's first story arc on the monthly Superman/Batman
title of the same name. But until an official announcement, it will remain a working title.
No further details have been released other than the news that a Batman DTV is in development. It is also unknown if there will be just one, or two DTV movies much like Marvel
's two Ultimate Avengers
animated films. Batman: The Long Halloween
is a possible candiate for, at least, one of the films, if not the film. The news came in along with WB's plans for multiple Batman-related projects thanks to the performace of The Dark Knight
. It should be noted that Batman
is a working title, and not the official title.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Currently on hold, this story based on the comic by Marv Wolfman
and George Perez
is planned as a DC Universe
Beyond the list of announced projects, creators involved in various levels at DC Comics have brought up names of possible future projects such as The Flash. Justice League: Worlds Collide was also brought up as a possibler return to the Justice League Unlimited animated series. Bruce Timm has stated that he would like to do an Aquaman animated movie, and DC's executive editor Dan DiDio has expressed interest in seeing the popular Sinestro Corps War comic storyline adapted.
Bruce Timm stated at San Diego Comic Con 2008 that there are several other projects they are interested in, among them saying he is extremely interested in a solo Catwoman film, saying "She could totally support her own movie, and she could erase the stain of that live-action movie." Although he and other producers stated what they are interested in and what are possibilities, he did not confirm any other films being in the process, except for the already confirmed films. Timm also said he hopes to return to his own style, as shown in Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, saying "I hope to do something in my own personal style again--soon.", however he said the next film is an adaptation of a pre-existing comic (but not stating which one) and that he is enjoying adapting that artist's style.