Live Action adaptations seem to be all the rage these days, with Marvel Cinematic Universe and Cinderella being massive hits both financially and critically. However, let us not forget that animation adaptations can be just as good if not better than their live action counterparts (and if you still believe that animation is "kids' stuff" despite thousands of examples, then you're just an idiot) and many works would work well in that art-form.
I'll admit, I have a bias towards animation, believing it to be an overall better art form then live-action that allows to express emotions more easily, allows to show the impossible and just looks more appealing to me. So I would love to see more animated adaptations get recognized like DC's animated films and anime.
As such, here are six series that would be perfect for animated adaptations.
Very surprisingly, Cassandra Cain has never had an animated version of herself, with only the rare odd nod to her. Again, I could be very biased as she was my childhood hero and my favourite superhero, but I find this strange because she would be perfect for an animated adaptation.
Probably the best way to describe a film adaptation in terms of style and presentation would be a hybrid of Samurai Jack and Batman Beyond, with very intense but flowing action, with a lots of a character building and emotional drama, all with little dialogue.
As for villains, a lot of Cassandra Cain story in the comics, especially in the early years was about her family and relationship with her supervillain parents. David Cain, mentor of Batman and trained Cassandra Cain to be the perfect bodyguard for Ra's Al Ghul and Lady Shiva, one of DC's most deadly assassins who specialises with killing people with her bare hands. Either one of them would make great antagonists.
Alternatively, Cluemaster would be a good choice as well which would also allow the introduction of Stephanie Brown, aka Spoiler, a character that was part of the most awkward but nicest friendships in comics:
Disc World was an inspiration to many, so it is not surprising people have been trying to adapt the series into films for years. The problem is that most have been trying to turn it into live-action adaptation which I think is a mistake. Too many times people seem to try to make things look more, "realistic" with live-action which results in losing a lot of what made the original so good (just look at some of the god awful character designs in Agents of Shield for a prime example).
Animation on the other hand would make it far easier to make the beautiful landscapes of the books while keeping true to what made the books so special.
Personally, Death's storyline starting with Mort would be the best for adaptation though I could see many preferring to see the Rincewind storyline be adapted instead. As for art style, something like the Korra/Avatar would be the most appropriate in my opinion.
I'm actually surprised that this hasn't happened before in the 61 years since his creation. There has been animated TV series starring the charcoal black monster such as the really bad Hanna-Barbera 70s series and the pretty decent sequel to the 1998 US adaptation. But never a full-fledged one by TOHO themselves (if there has been, please correct me).
Just think about it, a Madhouse animated feature film of the King of Monsters? Think of the scale? Think of the monsters they could create without the restriction of costumes or CGI? Just think of the sheer scope of the environments and destruction.
It's not like it hasn't been done before. Series like Evangelion and Gurren Lagann have made it pretty clear that animated giant monster battles can be just as good as their live-action counterparts.
Fighting game fans usually have one series that they consider the best. For some it's Mortal Kombat, others like Street Fighter and Tekken. For me however, the Soul series is mine with Soul Edge, Calibur 2 and IV being my favourites.
Set in a fantastical version of the 16th Century, the soul games are centred around two swords, the evil and corruptible soul edge and the angelic and good Soul Calibur.
For fighting game standards, the story is actually pretty decent and would make for a good film. The problem then goes to who should be the focus character?
Personally, if you were to start with the story of Soul Edge, Sophitia, a woman from Athens on a holy quest to destroy the sword or Siegfried, a man from the Holy Roman Empire on a quest to avenge his dead father would be best the options.
Or, if you were to start with Soul Calibur, Kilik would be the best choice as most of the story and events of Calibur 1 & 2 are heavily focused on him.
Off Topic: Does anyone know why Soul Calibur III was released only released on the PS2?
Many of you reading this will probably know that the version of Star Wars we got in 1977 was a heavily altered version of George Lucas's original short summary called Journal of the Whills. It eventually changed to his original Draft known as The Star Wars which though similar to the final version, was very different and is a fascinating read if you can find it.
It has actually been adapted already in comic form in 2013. An eight issue series that also used the original concept art to give it a unique feeling to the book as well as being incredibly well made and showed that it could be done.
An animated film adaptation of The Star Wars should have a unique art style, differing it from the animated TV series like The Clone Wars and Rebels. Personally, something like Mamoru Oshii or Genndy Tartakovsky's art styles would be very appropriate.
A lot of people complain about things becoming grim and gritty. Well those people can be pleased by this one because it was always grim and gritty… Yay!!
I kid, I kid. Grim and gritty, when done right can be fantastic, giving a sense of bleakness and scope to a fictional world. This is the case for Warhammer 40,000, the science fiction version of Games Workshop's Warhammer universe.
The battles are massive in scope and the architecture and race designs is gorgeous with all them having very unique styles that mixes high fantasy with world war one weapons of war. There is also great intrigue and greyness to the races, with no clear good guys as even groups like the Ultramarines and the Tau are in favour of forceful expansion.
For art style, there was a six issue comic book mini-series called Damnation Crusade which would be a good starting point for people who would be interested in the look of 40k and the story itself would be perfect for a film adaptation. Alternatively, something like Berserk would also be fine as well.
So there you have it. Is there any series that you think should be adapted into animated films?