The more that DC makes Direct-to-DVD movies, the more I find myself looking forward to the DC Showcase Shorts than the movies themselves. Don't get me wrong, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Doom, All-Star Superman, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, and Superman Vs. The Elite are all amazing, but for some reason, the little animated shorts are what get me. It's probably because I'm sort of the guy who likes to see the b-list/c-list heroes get a day in the limelight. The shorts for Jonah Hex (way better than that crappy live-action movie, by the way), Catwoman, Green Arrow and Black Canary, the Spectre, and Captain Marvel were just incredible, and a real joy to watch. You can really tell that the writers and animators really cared about getting the characters and their personalities as true to the original as they possibly could, and I really enjoyed that.
Now, that being said, I'd love to see more of Mr. Miracle and Big Barda. They both have such a wonderful chemistry together, and the way they both show their love for one another even in the heat of battle is just so heartwarming. New Gods or not, the two of them are just perfect, no bones about it. They've had some exposure, in both JLU and Batman: The Brave and The Bold, but if you ask me, they could use some more. That's why I think another DC Showcase Short about the two of them woudl be a perfect fit. Since they're not as long as the "main event", but just long enough to really give you a feel for their characters, it'd be an awesome way to give us more insight into their lives in an animated setting.
Maybe we could see Scott fiddling with some of his New Genesis gizmos for an upcoming performance, or some of Barda's many attempts at being a housewife (like baking and accidentally burning the food), and it would be especially great if we could have a tender moment between them where Barda calls Scott by her nickname for him (i.e. her "Little Man"). And then there'd be some action with some threat from Apokalips putting a damper on the mood, only for the two of them to beat it back with their awesome teamwork and return to their flirting, maybe with some hints at a more "intimate" moment about to occur offscreen as Barda slings Scott over her shoulder and strides for the bedroom.
So, what do you guys think? Is this a good idea? Want to see some more of Barda and Scott Free? I'd love to hear your input on this idea, especially if DC should maybe consider this for a future Showcase Short. Personally, I'd like to see Ioan Gruffudd and Farrah Forke return to their roles as these two from when they played them in the JLU episode, "The Ties That Bind." They did amazing work with these two, and whenever I read them in the comics, their voices immediately spring to mind. And if DC got the same artists and animators from the previous Shorts (like Green Arrow, Catwoman, etc) to do the animation for this project, it'd be even more awesome :D.