Since 2007's Superman: Doomsday, DC Comics has released a steady stream of animated movies each year, with 2016's releases including Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Whether these movies are direct adaptations of classic storylines or they're original tales using basic elements from the comics as framework, most of these movies have been entertaining direct-to-video watches that continue DC's long stretch of success with animation. Now we can't help but wonder if DC projects that were never released as live action features could be adapted for animation instead.

Last week, director Kevin Smith agreed with the idea that his script for Superman Lives, the project that would have starred Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, might make for a cool animated movie. While that idea sounded weird at first, we've since been thinking about if other failed DC Comics movies could be tackled the same way. With that in mind, here are five other scrapped cinematic projects from the DC universe that have the potential to be made into interesting animated movies.

Batman Year One

Darren Aronofsky's Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One was faithfully adapted as an animated movie in 2011, but Darren Aronofsky's version of the tale sounded weird and bold enough that it could easily stand by itself and not feel like a retread of what's come before. After Warner Bros decided not to move forward with a follow-up to Batman & Robin (more on that later), they decided they wanted to start fresh with a reboot. One of the pitches for that approach was director Darren Aronofsky's vision of Batman: Year One, which would have been a significantly more violent kind of Batman movie.

It also took some liberties with the original story, like having Bruce Wayne work as a short order cook while trying to prove he had what it takes to become a defender of justice, as well as Jim Gordon being more of an action hero. DC obviously has no problem going into R-rated territory now with their animated movies, as evidenced by Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark, so this would be an excellent way to provide something shocking, yet unique, as a direct-to video release.

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