During day 2 of San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced that animated movies based on Watchmen and Crisis on Infinite Earths are in development, and will debut next year...

By MarkCassidy - Jul 22, 2023 12:07 PM EST
Filed Under: Watchmen

DC Studios recently hinted that some major announcements for its upcoming animated slate were on the way, and this morning during Warner Bros. Entertainment's San Diego Comic-Con pane (via Toonado.com), we got word on two huge projects that are currently in development.

Animated movies based on Alan Moore's Watchmen and the acclaimed Crisis on Infinite Earths arc in the works, and are scheduled to release at some point next year.

Details are few and far between for the moment, but you can check out logos for both animated features below.

We've seen elements of Crisis on Infinite Earths in several previous animated films, but this is the first time the story will be adapted in full. Warner Bros. was said to be developing an R-rated animated take on Watchmen back in 2017, but nothing ever came of it.

We're not sure if this will be a direct adaptation of Moore's original tale or some kind of sequel/spin-off (like the recent HBO live-action series), but we'll be sure to keep you updated as more information comes our way.

James Gunn confirmed that all movies, animated projects and video games would be connected in the new DCU during the "Gods and Monsters" slate announcement, so we assume this applies to Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths. Watchmen will likely be an Elseworlds story, however.

What do you make of this news? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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AC1 - 7/22/2023, 12:12 PM
It'd be really weird if this Crisis on Infinite Earths adaptation was part of the new DCU, it's the kind of story you'd tell when the universe is very much established not right at the beginning. Wouldn't it make more sense if this was kind of a swan song for the current DC Animated universe since the DCU is set to basically take over in the future?
kazuma - 7/22/2023, 12:26 PM
@AC1 - Infinite Earths is an animated movie...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/22/2023, 12:12 PM
Fingers crossed for Watchmen. No hope whatsoever for COIE.
Origame - 7/22/2023, 12:12 PM
Wait, so they just give us a justice league movie in the animated universe (isn't even out yet), and they're gonna announce crisis on infinite earths?

This is like announcing infinity war before the avengers is released.
LeonNova - 7/22/2023, 12:14 PM
They’re not doing DCU Crisis On Infinite Earths as an animated story, it won’t be connected lol
JohnPain - 7/22/2023, 12:16 PM

Leave Alan Moore alone, DC.
GhostDog - 7/22/2023, 12:18 PM
Alan Moore right now
CoHost - 7/22/2023, 2:15 PM
@GhostDog - Joking mode, Bryan Cranston would kill it as Rorschach.
GhostDog - 7/22/2023, 2:24 PM
@CoHost - this gif is major Rorschach energy lol
bobevanz - 7/22/2023, 12:21 PM
How long before we get this article? Honestly it was my favorite joke in the movie, so unexpected hahaha
Th3Batman - 7/22/2023, 12:28 PM
Gunn said not all projects will be connected, which likely includes this JL movie.
Ha1frican - 7/22/2023, 12:38 PM
I love Watchmen but do we really need more? Between the Ultimate Cut of the movie and the motion comic I feel like that’s been explored as far as it needs to be
Waifuslayer - 7/22/2023, 12:41 PM
FusionWarrior - 7/22/2023, 12:54 PM
It was only a matter of ⌚
tmp3 - 7/22/2023, 1:05 PM
Don't think there's a single person making DC animated movies right now who could do justice to something like Watchmen.
Odin - 7/22/2023, 1:06 PM
And now we already have a trailer for the Watchmen.
S8R8M - 7/22/2023, 1:08 PM
They should just focus on making one good movie first before announcing a universe.
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 3:05 PM
@S8R8M - Save one. Then you'll know.

The irony is, they did make a good movie (The Batman) and then slapped an Elseworlds label on it, essentially rejecting it.
Odin - 7/22/2023, 1:08 PM
Crisis on Infinite Earths will hopefully just be a direct, animated adaptation of the graphic novel. Hopefully not tied into any previously established movie series continuation.
Odin - 7/22/2023, 1:17 PM
I still think DC is sitting on an animated goldmine, if only they did what many fans have been asking, and make a separate line of animated stand-alone moves based never realized live-action films.

George Miller's Justice League: Mortal.

Batfleck solo movie, with Jason Fabok-like animation style, Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons voicing their characters.

Heck, let Tim Burton go full Burton, and do Superman Lives using his own stop-motion animation style.

Those just from the top of my head.
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 3:09 PM
@Odin - I love that those movies can all be canon to the multiverse now. Even though none of them happened, they all still happened. Love that.

Superman Lives happened. We just never saw it. So it lives only in our imaginations, which is where it can be as perfect as we want it to be.
ModHaterSLADE - 7/22/2023, 1:21 PM
Glad Watchmen is getting love. Would love some animated prequel projects set within that world.
Th3Batman - 7/22/2023, 1:30 PM
I'm surprised there isn't a Batman animated movie coming out next year. I can't help but wonder if they're working on some massive project for 2025 to help build hype for The Batman II like they did with the 2 part Long Halloween adaption in 2021.
dracula - 7/22/2023, 1:41 PM
Watchmen cool

Crisis….its way too soon for the Tomorrowverse. If it was the dcau it would be perfect
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 3:12 PM
@dracula - Thing is though, the writings on the wall for that universe now. It will effectively be replaced by DCU canon.
dracula - 7/22/2023, 5:34 PM
@ObserverIO - highly doubt everything even the direct to video movies will be dcu canon
ObserverIO - 7/23/2023, 4:44 AM
@dracula - James Gunn laid it all down in that video. Much like the MCU, everything will now be canon, including TV, video games and animation, and if it's not it will have an Elseworlds label on it.

So right now the dtvs have a main universe and then do Elseworlds movies inbetween. But once DC Studios begins, everything that's not DCU canon will be Elseworlds.
So if they don't ever make canon movies then all of those dtvs will have a permanent Elseworlds label, including their main universe, the Tomorrowverse.

I think it's a good venue to use to expand the universe and tell stories, though. I mean the movies those guys make are great and they can make some seriously faithful adaptations sometimes. Imagine how enrichening it would be if those movies actually count.
marvel72 - 7/22/2023, 1:42 PM
Waited a long time for an adaption of Crisis On Infinite Earths.

Next Kngdom Come and Sinestro Corp War.
dracula - 7/22/2023, 1:53 PM
Watchmen should be a 2 parter

Crisis should be a 3 parter
grif - 7/22/2023, 2:03 PM
watchmen animated movie? lol. watch the motion comic.
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 3:13 PM
@grif - but with the volume down
ScottPilgrim29 - 7/22/2023, 2:27 PM
Except Long Halloween, none of the Tomorrowverse movies are good, so I hope COIE actually ends this saga.
marvel72 - 7/22/2023, 2:45 PM
@ScottPilgrim29 - I liked The Dark Knight Returns.
ScottPilgrim29 - 7/23/2023, 12:43 AM
@marvel72 - that's a standalone movie and a great one.
Knightrider - 7/22/2023, 2:41 PM
Crisis could be fun if they mix up the animation styles like Spider-Verse
CAPTAINPINKEYE - 7/22/2023, 2:58 PM
Will we ever get a Kingdom Come movie?
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