DC Animated Films have been very popular for quite some time now. Having first started with Superman: Doomsday all the way back in 2007, the DC brand has released a total of 40 different films—all within varying continuities.
The most popular of them exist within the DC Animated Universe, a shared continuity that started back with Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. 17 films were released under that mantle, concluding with 2020's Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
Since that shared continuity ended, DC Animated films seem to be taking a more standalone approach with its future slate. The next of its films will be Batman: The Long Halloween, which will adapt the famous storyline from the comics.
What comes after hasn't been revealed—until now. And it promises to be a storyline that many fans will be familiar with.
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According to a recent Warner Bros. press release promoting the upcoming Batman animated film, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2, a special sneak peek at the next DC Animated Movie, Injustice, was promised. The release also shared that Injustice is slated to be the "next" DC Animated Movie.
Fans may know the popular storyline from the DC Fighting Games series over the years alongside companion comics.
The story follows a world where Superman snaps after Joker killers Lois, leaving Batman as one of the last defenders against Clark's villainous regime.
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It's no surprise that the Injustice series is where DC Animated films want to dip its toes into next. With how successful both the games and comics were with fans, it was only a matter of time. Justice League director Zack Snyder could have even been influenced in some way due to his Knightmare timeline which is prominent in his DC adaptions.
Overall, it's been a good time for DC Animation. On top of Batman: The Long Halloween being at fans' doorsteps, two new animated shows were also just announced. One is a brand-new take on Batman's entire mythos in Batman: The Caped Crusader, and the other being a "fresh take" on the iconic Superman character called My Adventures With Superman.
When it comes to the animated landscape, DC certainly has a leg up on Marvel. Having had a plethora of successful projects to date, DC arguably comes out on top over Marvel's handful of successes in that same sphere. But, who knows, maybe What If...? will turn things around.