DC Comics Superheroes that Deserve their own Movie

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by | Dec 7, 2022 | Books, Film & TV

What DC Comics superheroes deserve a chance on the big screen? We take a look at a few that might shine above the rest.

With James Gunn’s recent acquisition of creative control over the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), there is sure to be a shakeup when it comes to bringing DC Comics superheroes to the big screen. Through the extensive pantheon of characters we’ve handpicked just a few that fans would hopefully approve of and wish to see in a live action film. The DCEU so far has been somewhat of a mess as it’s struggled to branch away from the dark cynical tone that Zack Snyder set with his early films Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Some of the heroes on this list would fit nicely into the new DCEU that Gunn is trying to make, while others would perhaps benefit from a more bespoke touch, being set outside a connected cinematic universe, much like The Batman. To start us off we have…

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5. GREEN LANTERN (JOHN STEWART)

Yes Green Lantern has been done before, terribly I might add. Ryan Reynolds isn’t to blame for what was essentially a messy CGI disaster, but this doesn’t mean the character doesn’t deserve a do over, and what better way to start over than with a completely different Green Lantern altogether.

John Stewart, the former military man and architect who was a back up to Hal Jordan was created by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. The character is most known for his appearance in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon back in the early 2000’s. Stewarts professionalism and sense of duty make him an invaluable member of the Justice League and eventually led him to becoming the first human Guardian of the Universe. If any Green Lantern deserves a place in the spotlight, it’s John Stewart.

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4. NIGHTWING

It should come as no surprise that the former Boy Wonder should make this list. While everyone knows that young orphan Dick Grayson became Batman’s first sidekick, not all know of his eventual retirement of that role in favour of creating his own crimefighting persona, Nightwing. Since his debut Nightwing has become a fan favourite in the DC Comics community, with multiple appearances in animated titles over the years but never taking the plunge onto the big screen.

His character does play a major role in HBO’s Titans TV show but has an arguably very different personality than his comic counterpart, leaving fans begging for a faithful adaptation of the character. A Nightwing movie would offer a different perspective of the world of Batman, with a potentially lighter tone that allows a different Gotham hero to take centre stage. That as well as the many skills Nightwing has under his utility belt (which weirdly he doesn’t actually have one). Alongside having Batman level detective and martial arts prowess, he also has incredible leadership skills that have seen him lead even the Justice League. He’s a DC superhero with a lot of promise.

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3. MARTIAN MANHUNTER

The Justice League Unlimited cartoon set the bar for how DC Comics superheroes should be portrayed in wider media, bringing many previously unknown characters to the forefront of mainstream attention. One such character was the Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) whose soft spoken and kind nature led him to becoming the heart and soul of the team. While the character made a minor cameo at the end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, he is yet to make another appearance in the DCEU.

The story of a last survivor of an extinct race trying to find their place in a world they do not fully understand, is a rather tragic but hope inspiring tale that could resonate with a wider audience. All this said without even mentioning the ridiculous list of powers Martian Manhunter possesses. From super strength and invulnerability to telepathy and shapeshifting, he could take on the entire Justice League if he were so inclined and hence earns his place on this list.

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2. GREEN ARROW

CW’s Arrow TV series was what spawned a generation of superhero television shows. Its early seasons made their own gritty, grounded adaptation of Green Arrow hot off the heels of the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. While the show is no longer airing and lost its quality years ago, the legacy of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow remain up for grabs. In the comics the character is more of a wise-cracking Robin Hood than a brooding archer of the night, it would be great to see this version of the character get some love and attention from the higher ups at DC Comics.

James Gunn has proven both with Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy that he knows how to treat comedic characters in serious storytelling. It would be interesting to see how he would handle the likes of Green Arrow in a full feature film, perhaps delving into the character’s relationship with Black Canary who in the comics later becomes his wife. The two make for a ruthless and flirtatious crimefighting duo that often don’t get the attention they deserve.

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1. THE QUESTION

Last but not least we have The Question. For those who aren’t aware, The Question is a detective that wears a trench coat, a hat and a mask that gives the impression he has no face. While initially a creepy looking guy, The Question is a master investigator and hand to hand fighter, while also being an amateur philosopher and conspiracy theorist. Created by Steve Ditko back in 1967, the character has seen little use outside his main comic book run in the late 80’s, mainly becoming a recurring side character in other heroes books.

However he is most known for his appearance in you guessed it, the Justice League Unlimited cartoon. He was often shown to be reclusive and suspicious of nearly everyone, putting even Batman’s paranoia to shame, but he was the first hero in the show to catch on to the Cadmus conspiracy that would later have major consequences for the League. He may not be primary Justice League material but he certainly has enough source material that could form the basis of an interesting solo story. With Matt Reeve’s The Batman being a noir murder mystery style story, The Question could follow on in that genre and give a more obscure character the opportunity to prove their worth.

His origins as an investigative journalist rescued from near death and trained in the art of Eastern philosophy would most certainly give the character a very definitive and intriguing backstory that could lead down many different avenues story wise. Though this would work better as a film without the constraints of the DCEU, there’s no reason why the character couldn’t have a place in a larger connected universe. With characters like Black Adam and Shazam given full length features despite their lack of previous mainstream attention, The Question most certainly deserves the same chance to become something more.

Written by George Cooper

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