These seminal DC story lines would are tailor-made for animated features
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"Kingdom Come" (1996)
By Mark Waid and Alex Ross
At its core, "Kingdom Come" has always really been the last" Justice League" story. This story of the true meaning of heroism has long been a DC landmark, a story where writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross took a deep look into the souls of all of DC's major heroes. At its heart though, "Kingdom Come" is a story of DC's Trinity -- Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman -- what differentiates them, what their great failings are, and most importantly, what makes them heroes. "Kingdom Come" is timeless; a story that can fit into the parameters of the classic DC Universe or the New 52 version that the current crop of direct to video animated films are exploring. The book contains some of the most unforgettable battles in DC history from the DC heroes versus Magog for the fate of everything to the unforgettable moment when Superman must do battle with a mind-controlled Shazam. There are scores of great, character defining moments for Lex Luthor as well, who is at his villainous best in this dystopian DCU future. The book is a celebration of all things DC as most, if not all, of DC's pantheon of heroes and villains make an appearance during the course of the story. DC animators could have to work overtime to get them all in there, but the plot is clean and easy to follow as the Trinity serve as the viewer's guide to the complexities of the future DC Universe. Seriously, seeing the Kingdom Come Superman versus Shazam battle should be on every fan's animated wish list. The only caveat is that "Kingdom Come" could have to go beyond traditional animation. How Alex Ross' hyper-realistic style could possibly be brought to life is anyone's guess, but fans deserve the same feeling readers got when first seeing Ross' powerful pages. It might be one of the toughest stories to pull off in animation, but the rewards could vastly outweigh any effort expended to tell what is quite possiblly the greatest Justice League story ever told.