Who's Next?1 of 12Real talk - DC Comics isn't as bloodthirsty as their now-former intra-city rivals. They're a tad more conservative about knocking off (and inevitably bringing back) characters than Marvel.
But earlier this week we took an updated look at our list of characters Marvel could bump off next, and let's be honest, there's still plenty of drama to mine from killing off a character or two.
With Convergence bringing together timelines from past and present - and sometimes even multiple versions of the same characters - what better time to clear the deck and introduce some new dynamics into their core titles? With that in mind, here are 10 ideas for who DC could afford to knock off, and why.
Billy Batson2 of 12What if Billy Batson died? He may seem invincible, but it's long been said that Batson's alter ego Captain Marvel (or Shazam, for you modern day readers) is the world's mightiest mortal - so even then, he's still mortal, i.e. capable to die. But what if Billy didn'y have Shazam?
If Shazam was divested of his earthly counterpart, Billy Batson, would he cease to be, or would a different host take hold of the power of the Rock of Eternity? What would it be like if Billy died - but Shazam didn't?
Shazam's got a movie just around the corner, and yet, more attention is being paid to his arch-enemy Black Adam, played by mega-star Dwayne Johnson, than to the hero himself. DC could kill Billy Batson just to raise his profile before the movie debuts in a few years.
James Gordon3 of 12It's difficult to imagine that the idea of killing Jim Gordon hasn't really been looked into countless times over the years (There was, of course, the "Officer Down" storyline in 2001), not only because a Gotham without Gordon would be significantly different city for Batman to operate within - especially if Gordon's replacement was less friendly to the idea of vigilantes helping out behind the scenes - but also because Batgirl would be devastated if anything bad happened to her father, fueling, again, the idea that the Batman titles are ones fueled by misery and tragedy more than anything else.
Killing Gordon wouldn't just impact franchise, it would significantly change two characters for a long, long time afterwards. Of course, some of those questions will be answered without his death, considering his new status quo at the end of Batman Eternal.
Pandora4 of 12With DC moving away from the New 52 label in June, now's the time to distance themselves from the things that symbolize the era they're trying to move away from.
With that in mind, there's no bigger symbol of the New 52 than Pandora, one of DC's "Trinity of Sin." While she's currently out of the picture, DC could do worse than either letting her stay that way, or just plain bumping her off.
You know, for a clean slate.
Jimmy Olsen5 of 12If we're honest, it's really only a matter of time before Jimmy's misadventures brought him to a grisly demise. You can't keep relying on your Pal of Steel to show up at the last minute and save the day, especially when he's already dealing with three solo series, membership in the Justice League and a relationship with Wonder Woman on a regular basis.
More to the point, the death of Jimmy would bring Superman face-to-face with mortality in a way that the character hasn't been since the death of his adoptive parents. And imagine the commemorative covers that DC could release to mark his death!
Close your eyes and imagine a poly-bagged comic with a completely black cover and one small image of a signal watch, its cracked face splattered with blood.
Zee... Zee... Zee...
Kyle Rayner6 of 12Time for some real talk, kids. Kyle Rayner has kind of been floundering since Hal Jordan's return. He's been a Blue Lantern, he's been a White Lantern, he's been thought dead several times.
So why not finally cash in the chips on Rayner and let him really kick the bucket?
Surely being a martyr would be preferable to being the fourth Green Lantern of Earth. DC's been trying to figure out what to do with Kyle for years now - maybe it's just time to let him go.
And for all those Kyle fans out there thinking he's getting the short end of the stick, think about the inevitable Green Lantern: Re-Rebirth mini-series when he's brought back.
Superboy7 of 12Much like poor Kyle Rayner, Superboy is a concept that just hasn't taken hold since the advent of the New 52.
Whether he's a clone, Superman's son from the future, or a young Clark Kent himself, Superboy just doesn't have a place to call his own in DC's current continuity. The constant shuffling of the deck for Superboy just serves as a reminder that it's the concept - not the character - that DC wants to hold on to.
If DC kills him again, maybe this time it oughtta stick.
Mera8 of 12Since the New 52's Aquaman debuted - and even before then, in the Brightest Day mini-series - Mera has been the rock that has kept Aquaman grounded and prevented him from making all manner of bad decisions... Somewhat impressive, really, when you factor in Mera's own tendency towards impulsive, angry and bad decisions.
So what happens if you remove the character from Aquaman's life? Not only does it offer up an arc in which Aquaman has to learn to take responsibility for his own actions, but it also allows the already-existing (post-"Throne of Atlantis") cracks between the character and the Justice League to get even deeper.
This way lies drama. Even if you don't kill her, but simply have her go her own way.
Alfred Pennyworth9 of 12If you want to take out a character like Batman, you have to destroy his support structure first. The Joker had the right idea in Death of the Family, but he took that idea in the wrong direction; making Nightwing, Batgirl et al mad at Batman may hurt Batman's feelings, but the truest way to take away his support structure is to remove the one man who embodies that structure more than anyone else: Alfred, the loyal butler.
Without Alfred, Batman would be robbed of his common sense and his truest confidant, and left to his own devices - Something that, as has been demonstrated before, isn't necessarily a good thing at all.
Hawkman10 of 12Now that Hawkgirl is about to debut on the CW's new superteam show, maybe it's time for her male counterpart to get the heck out of the way and let her spread her wings.
It's been a little while since Hawkman had his own title, and even longer than that since the fan-favorite character was particularly relevant - despite repeated attempts by DC. Maybe it's time for him to be put to rest once and for all, and let Hawkgirl - whose profile has been even higher than Hawkman's in the past - become the Thanagarian superstar she was born (reborn?) to be.
Besides, knowing Hawkman's history, how likely is it that he'd stay dead? A resurrection would be practically guaranteed.
Anti-Monitor11 of 12DC's about to make a major move away from continuity heavy stories in favor of giving creators more independence - they're even dropping the New 52 branding when the changes take place in June.
So why not wipe the slate clean, and get rid of the biggest symbol of DC's labyrinthine continuity still standing, the Anti-Monitor? With "Darkseid War" on the horizon, now is the perfect time for the most evil of DC's New Gods to off his rival the Anti-Monitor.
Just like with Pandora, it's time for DC to divest themselves from the last trappings of the old world.
And while we're at it, make sure he takes Psycho-Pirate, the last guy to remember DC's old universe, with him.
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