After the success of one Batman/TMNT comic book miniseries, DC and IDW decided to work together on yet another crossover. Although the first issue of Batman/TMNT Adventures is slated for release in just under a month, there are indications that this second miniseries won’t be the last time we see the turtles teaming up with the caped crusader. According to some reports, audiences who went to see Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders in theaters have been receiving an interesting survey from Warner Bros.This survey lists a bunch of potential properties that could be made into films and asks the audience to check off the titles that sound most interesting to them. Guess which title showed up as a potential new movie? That’s right! Batman/TMNT was on the list of potential movie titles, which indicates that Warner Bros may be seriously considering the idea. Given that the survey was provided to audiences of a DC Animated film, chances are that the Batman/TMNT movie would also be animated – but it’s pretty much impossible to foretell any plans at this point.
To be quite honest, I’m not even sure how Warner Bros would make this happen. Viacom currently owns the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they have been working through their movie studio – Paramount Pictures – to produce films based on this property. Something tells me that even a DC Animated feature would require Paramount to sign off on the project, and I’m not sure that they would be willing to do so. Such a project would probably require the combined efforts of DC Comics, IDW, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.
Needless to say, this is most likely a shot-in-the-dark scenario. We may never see a Batman/TMNT movie come to fruition, but it’s nice to see that Warner Bros is at least interested in the concept. Heck, with the trouble that Viacom and Paramount have been having as of late, it’s possible that they would consider some kind of partnership on a project such as this. As a wise man once said, fortune favors the bold. Recent activity from the studio indicates that they may be on the verge of some major shake-ups, which could be the perfect environment for this movie. Unfortunately, it could also be the worst environment for a crossover project, so it’s impossible to tell what will happen next.
Some of the other properties floated through the survey included Wonder Woman ’77 and Swamp Thing. Both of these characters would definitely be a sight for sore eyes, in my opinion. Given the fact that there is a Wonder Woman movie currently on the horizon, something tells me that they might actually be working on that animated feature. As for the rest of these comic book characters, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.