Comics to Cathodes1 of 12With reports swirling of a new superhero team-up show on the CW which will reportedly feature three characters who have never been on live-action TV, we decided to dig into DC's ranks to find characters who could fit the bill.
And the results were... Well, let's just call them daunting. While there are numerous characters who could fit the criteria, we decided to narrow the field down to just the 20 top choices.
In part 1, we posted choices 20-11, and so today we present the top ten DC characters who have never appeared in a live-action show!
Metamorpho2 of 12
Metamorpho hasn't appeared on live-action television just yet - but his name actually has.
Referenced in the Arrow episode "Broken Dolls," Metamorpho is the name of a chemical company involved in a major natural disaster.
Looks like the pieces are all in place for Metamorpho - or at least Rex Mason, his civilian identity - to spring up at some point in the CW's DCU.
Red Tornado3 of 12
This android Justice League stalwart started out as one of the team's opponents, created by the villainous scientist T.O. Morrow.
Even if he started out on TV with a similar origin, it's not hard to imagine him, perhaps in a more human form, as one of the new team-up show's powerhouses.
Hourman4 of 12
Before the launch of CW's Flash, an Hourman project was actually in development at the network.
While Hourman never made it to air, the character's close relationship to the CW may mean that Hourman may be a strong candidate for inclusion in its new team-up show.
And what better character for an hour long superhero drama than a man who gets his super abilities an hour at a time? Or in the case of the concept once being developed, can see 1 hour into the future (which helps prevent bad things from happening).
Captain Atom5 of 12
Captain Atom's comic book history has become something of a mess, with multiple origins and future selves making his timeline somewhat of a nightmare to decode.
But stripping all that back, underneath is the story of Nathaniel Adam, a soldier granted nuclear powers through a freak accident - a core idea that could work wonders with the superscience based world of Flash and Arrow.
Bat-Heroes6 of 12
Even though Gotham City may be off-limits to the CW, not every denizen of that dreary place is barred from appearing - after all, Ra's al Ghul has become a primary nemesis on Arrow.
Even though Batman himself may not be able to appear in the CW's new show, that doesn't mean one of Gotham's other protectors can't. With Dick Grayson supposedly on the roster of TNT's Titans, the door may be open for other Bat-family characters to make an appearance.
And even if someone like Tim Drake, Batwing, or Batwoman is too close to home, what about a more tangentially related character, such as the Creeper, who also calls Gotham home?
Seems like one of these characters could see a change of residence in the near future.
Wally West7 of 12
Now that Barry Allen has made it to TV as CW's Flash, could his young sidekick be far behind?
Wally West began his career as Barry Allen's sidekick, gaining his powers through a similar accident. It's not hard to imagine Iris West's nephew appearing on Flash, before possibly even spinning off into this new team-up show.
Black Lightning8 of 12
Jefferson Pierce has all the makings of a great DC TV star. While he may not be high profile enough to carry a series, he's a solid candidate for an ensemble cast.
As one of DC's premiere street level heroes, Black Lightning is a no-brainer in terms of powerset, attitude, and his leadership credentials.
Plastic Man9 of 12
When it comes to comic relief, there's no better DC character than the malleable, madcap Plastic Man.
Former crook turned elastic, shapeshifting hero, Eel O'Brian is exactly the kind of character that hits all the right buttons for the mix of lighthearted superhero action and superscience adventure that has found a home on CW's Flash.
He may be a little too goofy for Arrow, but expanding the CW's DC TV roster is all about building a world where any character fits in.
Power Girl10 of 12
Like Gotham City, Metropolis is off-limits to the CW. But how off limits is off limits? Gotham-centric characters have appeared on Arrow, so Super-characters could theoretically pop up too.
And while the original Girl of Steel is receiving a pilot treatment from a whole different network, the CW could still cash in on the Kryptonian action by bringing in Power Girl - even if they have to go with a slightly different origin for her.
Of course, Karen Starr - Power Girl's civilian alter ego - has longstanding associations with S.T.A.R. Labs, which plays a prominent role in Flash.
Green Lantern11 of 12
Even though we pushed most of the cosmic characters to the back of the list, Green Lantern is, by far, the biggest DC character who has never made it to live-action TV.
While Alan Scott had a brief cameo and a mention on Smallville, the spiritual successor to Arrow and Flash, and Hal Jordan appeared in the groan-worthy Legends of the Superheroes, there has yet to be an earnest attempt at bringing a Green Lantern to live-action TV.
While Guy Gardner (or a version of him) appeared in the unaired Justice League pilot from the '90's, it never made it to the air (just bootleg VHS and DVD), so Gardner is still on the table, as is John Stewart - Green Lantern to an entire generation of fans. '90's Green Lantern Kyle Rayner is still available as well.
Other possible inclusions could be recent Green Lantern Simon Baz, or perhaps current Power Ring, and supposed future Green Lantern Jessica Cruz. As you can see, there are so many to choose from.
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