DC Films, Call Us!1 of 12With the latest reported DC Films project, Nightwing, drawing a character directly from a previous version of this list, it seems like Warner Bros. is in the mood to start expanding its onscreen DC Universe.
Of course, to do that, they need even more ideas. Sure, they've got solo movies for all of the Justice League lined up (as seen in our comprehensive superhero movie schedule), but there are hundreds of characters in their comic book stable to draw on.
And so we humbly submit 10 ideas that we think would make for great additions to DC's film schedule.
The Nolanverse2 of 12With a potential Nightwing movie sewing up one of the last untapped properties from the Batman mythos for a film deal, we’re thinking maybe the next time DC wans to expand its Bat-presence, maybe they should go back to an old staple.
That’s right: the Nolan-verse Batman movies, specifically the continued story of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character.
Now it’s simply a matter of interpretation whether Robin “John” Blake was rising to his destiny of Robin... Nightwing... Batman... at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, but man, we’d like to see the answer to that question.
Sure, that would basically necessitate a parallel cinematic universe, but what’s DC without a multiverse?
Batman & The Outsiders3 of 12It’s undeniable that DC and Warner Bros. are always looking for more Batman to fit into their film schedule. With more successful adaptations than, well, anyone (and more failed ones that most, if we’re being honest) Batman is a proven commodity. But there are only so many slots on the schedule for Batman and Justice League movies.
So why not go one better, and give Batman his own team of heroes willing to do the dirty work the Justice League won’t? That’s where The Outsiders come in. Consisting of heroes handpicked by Batman, think of them as a less violent Suicide Squad. And, given the constraints on Ben Affleck’s time, he’d only be necessary for a few scenes to give the film the “Batman” touch – and as a bonus, you could incorporate Nightwing as his surrogate leader. Synergy!
Hellblazer4 of 12John Contantine is the only character on this list who has already had a shot at a movie – one that wasn’t particularly well-received, but which a growing number of fans look back on with some fondness (and actually did well at the box office). He’s also starred in his own TV show, which only lasted one season, but led to a guest spot on Arrow and much fan outcry after its cancellation.
But we think it’s about time Constantine got his due with a more faithful big screen adaptation. A Constantine film could spin out of the in-development Justice League Dark film Dark Universe. With the right visionary at the helm, a darker, more mystical take on the so-called Hellblazer would be the perfect window into a mystical branch of DC’s movies, featuring an acerbic sorcerer who single-handedly takes on demonic threats armed only with a bad attitude and a pack of smokes.
Birds of Prey5 of 12Birds of Prey is a pretty simple sell: Barbara Gordon leads Huntress and Black Canary in fighting street level crime in Gotham City.
But with Gotham City Sirens coming down the pike, a Birds of Prey film may seem a bit redundant – but think of BoP as the other side of the coin, the heroic answer to Harley Quinn and her gang.
Birds of Prey could almost even work as a pseudo-sequel to Sirens, playing off DC’s “girl power” mission and capitalizing on the success of its Super Hero Girls line.
Legion of Super-Heroes6 of 12The Legion of Super-Heroes may be a hard sell for comic books in recent years, but we think they’ve got great potential as a movie – think of it as DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Think about it – the Legion has dozens of members to choose from, each with insane powers and iconic looks, but to modern audiences, they’re kind of a mystery. Making a major motion picture would be the perfect opportunity to reestablish and recontextualize the team into something more manageable and recognizable.
And, with the Legion’s far-future setting, the sky’s the limit in terms of DC Easter Eggs and connections to the larger universe. How about using the future to foreshadow events in movies that happen in the past, using the reported Booster Gold movie as a possible connection?
If you want to go all out, throw in Superman (or Superboy, or Supergirl) and add an even more concrete connection to the modern day timeline.
Doom Patrol7 of 12Not every movie on this list has to be a major blockbuster. DC’s gotta have some low-key scrappers in its oeuvre to compete. That’s why we’re suggesting Doom Patrol.
Some of the more psychedelic elements of DC’s weirdest heroes might take some effort to translate, but after the success of Doctor Strange, we’re willing to bet audiences would do the legwork – if the characters are compelling enough.
Fortunately, compelling characters is one thing Doom Patrol has in spades. With a cast of misfits with powers that cause them physical or mental abnormalities, the Doom Patrol could be DC’s chance to establish a cast that could only exist in this film.
And the time to strike on a Doom Patrol movie may be right now, as the team's ongoing series is the flagship of DC's pop art Young Animal line.
Fourth World8 of 12Jack Kirby’s Fourth World is already a component of DC’s movie universe, with the New Gods’ iconic Mother Boxes appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Steppenwolf, the warlord of Apokolips, having been announced as the villain in Justice League. But there’s a huge, rich world that exists among Kirby’s far-flung creations.
From the Gods of New Genesis such as Big Barda, Mr. Miracle, and Orion, to the Gods of Apokolips like Granny Goodness, DeSaad, Kalibak, and of course Darkseid – to say nothing of the peripheral characters that are a part of the saga – there’s more inherent story to Kirby’s opus than could likely be told in movies where they are mere supporting characters.
DC could frame this as the backstory of their universe, the connective tissue that ties all their films together in one cosmic bow. As a standalone prequel of sorts, or a trilogy, Fourth World could be the space opera that DC needs to expand beyond the confines of Earth.
Batman Beyond9 of 12Like we said, Warner Bros. is always looking for more Batman. With Ben Affleck only able to be in so many places at once, why not tap into the already established future timeline where Terry McGinnis has taken over the mantle of the Bat?
Multiple concurrent timelines for movies might seem like a dangerous proposition, but audiences are already familiar with Batman Beyond - the concept has been on TV and in comic books for 15 years now. And with a built in rogues gallery – and a bunch of future Justice League analogues to boot – Terry McGinnis brings a very tantalizing prospect to DC’s big screen plans.
Lobo10 of 12If you think DC doesn’t want their own version of Deadpool for the big screen, you haven’t been paying attention. Enter Lobo, the foul mouthed, nigh-unkillable space bounty hunter who cruises the cosmos on his skull shaped motorcycle in search of new bastitches to frag.
The main man might not be exactly PG, but then again the vision Zack Snyder has built of the cinematic DC Universe isn’t particularly friendly either. And, on the plus side, Lobo’s darkness would at least come with a sense of humor. If DC really wants him to slay the box office, they could pit him against some of DC’s lesser cosmic heroes, like Hawkman or Adam Strange.
Teen Titans / Young Justice11 of 12And it all comes down to this. The DC film universe has been built from the top down, with just enough films produced to bring together the Justice League next year. So why not take the same approach with the so-called sidekicks? Call it Young Justice and tie it in even more closely with the League.
Robin, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven, and the rest could take the DC universe by storm, tackling more down to earth villains than their older counterparts, and rapidly expanding the onscreen DCU in the process.
As a bonus, you could even include Joe Mangianello’s Deathstroke, since he started as the arch-enemy of the Titans, and maybe even Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, who was a longtime Teen Titan in comic books before getting bumped up to join the Justice League.
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