Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is one of the most artistically original and refreshing visions for superheroes and animated films in recent memory. And like anything fresh and different, it’s only a matter of time before other animation studios try to replicate it. So in that vein, here are six superhero comics I’d like to see adapted into cell-shaded animated films.
Wonder Woman and the Olympians
It’s no secret that I love Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s epic run on Wonder Woman. What I most want to see are the radical modern reinterpretations of the Greek gods and monsters. Seeing as the Olympians are all dead in the live-action Wonder Woman film, it would be appropriate to explore the more mythological characters in an animated film. Chiang’s bold character designs and Matthew Wilson’s limited colors would translate beautifully into cell-shaded animation.
Superman and the Legion of Superheroes
This would be similar to Spider-Verse in that it takes an established superhero and teams them up with a new supporting cast. The Legion of Superheroes includes bizarre characters like Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5 and of course, Matter-Eater Lad (he has the ability to eat anything). However, if animators were going to reintroduce the Legion, I would suggest updating the character designs. This is the future after all, so why not make it more cyber-punk like Batman Beyond?
Secret Six has a similar premise to Suicide Quad –it’s about a team of super villains going on covert missions. The comic run by Gail Simone is well regarded but not very well known by young whippersnappers like myself. Secret Six is a hidden gem that could garner a whole new fanbase if adapted into animation.
Batman Incorporated has the caped crusader team up with different Batmen from all over the world. Yet, it’s much more than that. Grant Morrison’s run on Batman introduced Bruce’s son Damian Wayne, as well as new villains that pushed the limits of our hero’s sanity. Morrison’s ability to mix the dark and the strange makes his work difficult to adapt. However, a good story will always have an audience.
Matt Fraction assembled a new Fantastic Four team with the members of Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and a pop-star in a Thing suit. The unconventional team members and Mike Allred’s timeless art fused together to create a comic that was funny, emotional and adventurous. If Sony still wants to revisit the Fantastic Four, this is what they should adapt.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A normally red and blue clad superhero is reimagined as an African American who must save the day by teaming up with other superheroes from parallel universes and has a team-member who is a cartoon animal.
Multiversity sounds incredibly similar to Spider-Verse already, but this is another Grant Morrison comic so you should know by now that it’s going to be even weirder. To differentiate the story from Spider-Verse, animators could focus on the super team traveling to the different dimensions. This would add artistic variety and a chance to pull off the Multiversity’s super-meta twist ending.