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Kingdom Come Should Become a Movie

Updated on November 26, 2013

If Batman: The Dark Knight Returns has proven anything, besides being Warner Bros. Animation's best film to date, it's proven that a two-part adaptation of Kingdom Come could and should happen. Kingdom Come tells the story of the Justice League's return to take the world back from the immoral and dangerous superheroes that replaced them. Eventually, a bigger conspiracy is revealed and the Justice League must save the world one last time.

The story could easily be adapted into a two-part film the same way The Dark Knight Returns was adapted. The story was effectively told and nothing was left out. The result was a very satisfying and faithful film that stayed true to it's material. If a two-part film were to be made for Kingdom Come, it would absolutely challenge The Dark Knight Returns for the crown of best DC Animated film to date. It would probably be better than a lot of other "real" movies out there as well. The cinematic potential of Kingdom Come is limitless if Warner Bros. Animation would finally tell this story. I'm stunned that an attempt hasn't been made yet. They've been making these movies for six years and no one has even talked about turning Kingdom Come into a movie. I don't understand why since it's definitely one of most the legendary comics that DC has ever done. The animated format would be perfect for it especially since a direct, live action adaptation will probably never happen.

The story is told in four parts, just like The Dark Knight Returns. The cutoff point for the first film that would make the most sense would be after Magog is defeated and the Justice League starts building the Gulag to hold all of the evil metahumans. The climactic sequence would be an epic fight between Superman and Magog. The second part would then be about Lex Luthor's conspiracy being revealed, culminating in the epic Gulag battle between the bad metahumans and the Justice League, featuring the classic fight between Superman and Captain Marvel. The action sequences in the movie would be spectacular since they would be expanded from the comic book just like the action sequences from The Dark Knight Returns.

It would also be a nice change of pace for Warner Bros. Animation since they seem to make movies out of more obscure and random DC Comic stories. A company making animated movies out of stories that might not work on film would be a good opportunity to make movies out of the more legendary DC tales, like The Killing Joke, Kingdom Come, or Knightfall. The Killing Joke and Knightfall were incorporated into Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, but a direct adaptation of each story would be well received by fans. Instead, they've made movies that the casual fan probably doesn't care about, like Superman vs The Elite or Justice League, Crisis on Two Earths.

If Warner Bros Animation wanted to expand their business and be more successful, then they should adapt more stories like the Dark Knight Returns as epic two-part movies based on legendary or very popular stories. Kingdom Come should've been a no-brainer by now, but after the success of The Dark Knight Returns, there should be no excuse not to do it now.

The return of the Justice League would make for an epic two-part film.
The return of the Justice League would make for an epic two-part film.
Superman's brawl with Captain Marvel would be quite a sight to behold.
Superman's brawl with Captain Marvel would be quite a sight to behold.


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    • clopez26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Lopez 

      5 years ago from Laurel, MD

      Thanks for reading. Kingdom Come is one my favorites too. I really hope it gets done someday.

    • Geekdom profile image


      5 years ago

      This is one of my top else world stories. I never thought about turning it into a movie but you have a great vision.


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