For more than 30 years, the Terminator franchise has given fans stories across movies, TV and video games, but what you may not know is that there is another medium where they’ve left a mark: comic books. Various companies, like Dark Horse Comics, have told their own tales about the killer robots, set in both contemporary times and in the apocalyptic future where Skynet has nearly wiped out humanity. Many of these stories are self-contained within this depressing world, while others have crossed over with other movie and comic book characters. Personally, I’m of the opinion that pitting killer robots against pop culture figures is guaranteed to provide great action no matter who they are.

Terminator: Genisys marks the franchise’s return to the big screen after six years, and the kick off of a new series of films. While the studio surely has their own original ideas for the future of the series, looking to various comic book stories to build on this cinematic universe isn’t a bad idea. Look, we realize that there are various entanglements preventing many of these stories from ever being seen in live-action, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume the sky’s the limit and the filmmakers involved want to adapt a story from the comics. In an ideal world where the Terminator franchise can go the distance and there aren’t any legal issues preventing crossovers with other properties, these are the comic stories we would want to see be made into a film.

RoboCop Vs. The Terminator
RoboCop Vs. The Terminator
The Terminators may have been built as killing machines, but Peter Weller’s RoboCop (later played by Robert John Burke in the third film) was an instrument of good…that also happened to kill. Pairing these films was inevitable, and it finally happened in 1992, one year after Terminator 2: Judgment Day and two years after RoboCop 2. In the story, Skynet sends three Terminators back in time to stop a human soldier from destroying RoboCop. When the cyborg protector learns that the technology that built him will eventually help build Skynet, he travels to the post-apocalyptic future to destroy the A.I. (which involves him building himself a Terminator-like body and creating an army of RoboCop drones). With the Terminator movies entering a new era and Robocop being remade last year, if ever there was a time for these franchises to cross over, it’s now.

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