These seminal DC story lines would are tailor-made for animated features
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"Batman: Knightfall" (1993)
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Luckily for the Batman-loving Warner Bros. Animation, there are a metric ton of "Batman" stories to choose from for possible adaptation. The trick is finding stories diverse enough to avoid hitting the same beats over and over. In "Knightfall," DC Animation can explore the ramifications of someone other than Bruce Wayne taking up the mantle of the Bat. Bane is more popular than ever Tom Hardy's performance in "The Dark Knight Rises," and what better story to adapt in animation than the villain's first and biggest assault on Batman? The breaking of the Bat was a seminal moment in the Dark Knight's history, a moment where fans were reminded that Bruce Wayne was human and could be hurt. Bane was a new type of Bat villain, a physical and mental threat to Wayne that, for a time, took out Gotham's protector. The story of Wayne's road to recovery, the coming of Bane and the rise and fall of Jean Paul Valley as the new Batman was one of the most popular stories of the '90s, a cultural touchstone that made readers realize just how special a hero Bruce was. Valley's ascension and fall could be played out as a riveting tragedy that proves being a true hero takes more than armor or weapons. Valley's new Bat suit could certainly be an attention getter to newer fans who could be drawn to the feature by the promise of a new Batman. "Knightfall" could show the world the roots of "Dark Knight Rises" and be a testament to why the legend of Batman endures.