There is no question that Marvel Studios has been leading the charge recently in Hollywood, with an established universe and multiple sequels in the works. DC may have had the first real hits with the Batman and Superman franchises that have lasted for decades, but recent showings in the cineplex have been pretty Marvel dominated, especially with the end of Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
With so much of DC’s cinematic futures resting on the success/failure of the upcoming Man of Steel, it’s a little early to start making predictions on which adaptations DC might bring to the big screen. That of course won’t stop us and the rest of the geek community from making said predictions. Let’s take a look at 10 characters DC needs to put on the big screen sooner rather than later.
This one is the most obvious choice, and without a doubt should be the next attempt at a DC franchise. The Flash is a character that has already been tested on television, and did rather well, considering the time it aired and the cheese factor inherent in the series. With the right casting and story, the Flash’s arrival on the big screen as a solo hero would make for a great movie, and if the character is spun out of a Justice League film, the odds are even better that the movie would be a success.
Hawkman (Carter Hall/Katar Hol) & Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol/Kendra Saunders) have a very unique origin that would make for an interesting movie all on its own, as opposed to the origin stories that we all have seen before and frankly are tired of. Their ties to Egyptian mythology and the space faring Thanagarians offer many avenues to take for the film, and would open up a new side of the DC universe, both on Earth and in space. They have a great rogues gallery and interesting supporting cast as well, which would only add to the potentially great film about these eternal lovers.
Obviously Green Arrow is seeing some success on TV with CW’s Arrow, but fans of the character are still waiting patiently for the big screen adaptation that would really bring us the Ollie Queen we know and love. A few years ago David S. Goyer had a script that featured Ollie, titled SuperMAX, which put the emerald archer behind bars among a cast of B and C level villains. Unfortunately the project fell through and fans were once again left with little hope of seeing Green Arrow in the cineplex, which should be rectified as soon as possible.
The frequent better half of Mr. Queen is fully deserving of her own movie as well. As Black Canary, Dinah Lance has a long standing reputation in the DC Universe as one of the most talented martial artists in the world, as well as being a top notch detective and a super-powered hero. She was also a founding member of the original Justice League, which was later retconned. Dinah is also one of the driving forces behind her team, the Birds of Prey, a fan favorite group that has enjoyed a small bit of success on the small screen. With a severe absence of strong female superheroes in the theater, Dinah would be a perfect choice to help jumpstart some of the other great female characters who could carry their own films.
The magic side of the DC universe was explored on the big screen briefly, in 1984′s Supergirl. Considering the quality of this initial foray into the magical waters, another look is definitely needed and Dr. Fate is just the character to tackle the mystical. With a wide selection of characters that have worn the Helmet of Fate over the years, the options are there to pick and choose the best possible fit to make Dr. Fate a commercial success as well as a great adaptation of the source material. With Marvel announcing the inclusion of Doctor Strange in Phase Three of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing Dr. Fate to the big screen seems like a smart choice for the company and the fans.
The history of the Blue Beetle ties in to so many facets of the DC Universe, and would make an excellent addition to DC’s cinematic world. While long time fans of the character would probably like to see Ted Kord in the titular role, Jaime Reyes is the safer bet as the ‘cool’ Blue Beetle. Not to detract from Kord in any way, but the modern version of the suit would provide some amazing on-screen visuals. With an intergalactic back story that could set up a franchise on its own, plus Blue’s recent successful role in the second season of Young Justice, this film seems like a no-brainer.
The Michael Washington Lane version of the character is probably the only version any fan wants to see on the big screen. Jean Paul Valley may have been the first and worn the armor of the Avenging Angel longer, but Lane’s brief stint with the Suit of Sorrows is a memorable part of recent Bat history. Lane is a tortured character fighting a battle of faith, plagued by his demons while dealing with an untrustworthy organization that has some shady motives that would make for a great villain in the film. Even without his Bat connections, Azrael would give fans an interesting religious/political thriller that stands apart from the usual superhero story.
This one is actually closer to happening than a lot of these picks, with rumors of a Lobo film circulating every few months. The most recent rumors saw a more ‘family-friendly’ version of the character, which is not what a movie about Lobo should be. The space riding bounty hunting razzin frazzin last Czarnian would only work in a fun movie with a bunch of gore and action, topped off with some witty one-liners that are sure to entertain fans of the character. Lobo works equally well in space and on Earth, and could match up against some of the strongest members of the DCU if a combined universe was something DC was interested in pursuing.
The World’s Mightiest Mortal may be more affectionately known as the Big Red Cheese, but there’s no denying that the story of Billy Batson would play out perfectly on the big screen. The story of a good-hearted little boy who, with a single magic word, can turn himself into a hero who can match Superman in power and moral fortitude. While known as Captain Marvel for the majority of his career, with the arrival of the New 52 he has been known more simply as Shazam to avoid some messy copyright issues. A film about Billy Batson, and by extension the rest of the Shazam family, would add greatly to DC’s slate, while delivering a visually appealing and probably family-friendly film that fans could be proud of.
While the Question would work pretty perfectly on television, a movie would showcase the character nicely as well. Fans of the character would surely get behind a Vic Sage led film, while I personally would like to see the Renee Montoya version of the Question. This movie would depend entirely on that perfect casting choice for the political hero fighting for his city against a corrupt government. There are a ton of great storylines from Sage’s various series, usually dealing with the Question’s ethical issues regarding his own vigilante methods, so the source material is there to draw from. An intelligent thriller that does the character justice while making the viewers ask some questions would appeal to a lot of fans and further strengthen the potential DC Cinematic Universe.
While it only makes sense for the Amazon Warrior to get her own feature film, years of development problems and rumors have left this film in a questionable position. Which means Diana is pretty much relying on Justice League or the CW project Amazon, which has yet to see any movement.
Another property that has had a film rumored to be in development for a while is the fan favorite Suicide Squad, a team of villains working for the government in order to work off their sentence. Suicide Squad didn’t quite fit the criteria of this particular list, but that in no way means we don’t want to see this movie.
What other characters need to get the big screen treatment? Disagree with any of our choices? Let us know in the comments section below!
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