Comic Books To Cathodes1 of 12
With Arrow coming to an end in early 2020, CW President Mark Pedowicz says the network has plans to fill the hole in its Arrowverse schedule with a new DC show - but didn't say what that might be.
And since this year's CW/DC crossover is the Multiverse spanning "Crisis on Infinite Earths" there are, well, infinite opportunities to bring in any number of new DC characters.
With that in mind, here are ten DC characters/concepts we think are ready for the small screen - either as headliners or guest stars.
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.
Midnighter3 of 12
Batman is big business - what if DC told the CW they had someone who could in many ways out-Batman Batman?
Think the Midnighter.
His powerset is surprisingly easy to put into a live-action product, and he'd be a unique juxtaposition for those expecting Batman's demeanor. Cause as some lucky actor would be bound to find out, Midnighter's got a mean streak and a level of intensity few DC heroes could match.
Legion of Super-Heroes4 of 12
A CW Legion of Super-Heroes show may seem like a long shot, given the odd and somewhat obscure nature of the once ubiquitous DC Comics properties, though it's about to undergo a relaunch under the watch of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis.
But consider that several Legionnaires have already appeared on CW's Supergirl - and that the young hero drama of the LoSH's classic relationship-driven stories would fit right in on CW (think Riverdale in the future with superpowers) and the idea becomes a little less far-fetched.
Sure, some of the Legionnaires might have powers that are tough to show and stay on-budget, but DC's Legends of Tomorrow manages to depict a whole team of heroes across dozens of settings with relative success. And, if the show focused on the relationships of the Legion's young members, there's plenty of non-powered grist for the mill to pad the space between the most expensive shots.
Power Girl5 of 12
The premise of a Power Girl show on a network with a hit Supergirl show is unlikely, but the key presence of Supergirl in the upcoming "Crisis On Infinite Earths" might provide just the right opportunity for Karen Starr to come to the small screen.
With multiple (Infinite, even) Earths to be explored, and previous crossovers showing other alt-Supergirls, there’s plenty of precedent for one of the biggest guns from the Earth-2 of comic books to soar into CW’s Arrowverse.
Zatanna6 of 12
If you follow horror movies (or even genre TV), you may be aware that witches and women of magical power are having a bit of a moment. With that in mind, CW could do a lot worse than to fill the upcoming hole in its Arrowverse line-up with a show focused on Zatanna, DC's mistress of weird magic who has a legacy of backwards-talking spellcasting passed down from her long-lost father.
Sounds kind perfect, no?
Perhaps they could learn some lessons from the short-lived-but-still-beloved Constantine from NBC (which did eventually lead to the character himself joining the CW - himself a potential bridge between Zatanna and DC's Legends of Tomorrow) and focus on doing the things they do best through a horror-tinged lense.
Maybe set the show in the fabled House of Secrets and create a hub to explore the magical aspects of CW's always expanding DC TV Universe.
Captain Atom7 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 mostly super science-based world of Flash and Arrow.
Deadman8 of 12
Boston Brand may not have made it to TV yet, but it's certainly not for lack of trying. Several years ago, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke was reportedly in talks to adapt Deadman for the CW.
But since that fell through, Deadman has remained, well, dead on television. Of course, all that could change, as Deadman's body-switching gimmick seems like a natural fit for an episodic adventure series - think Quantum Leap meets The X-Files.
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.
Of course, if Plas is too close to Flash's Ralph Dibny, there might just be a spot for him in the world of the upcoming DC Universe streaming app.
The Question10 of 12
Even though the newer Question, Renee Montoya, appeared on Fox's now-ended Gotham, she didn't take on the mantle of DC's faceless vigilante.
On top of that, the original Question, Vic Sage, hasn't even appeared on TV in his alter ego just yet, making him a perfect candidate for a breakout character that seems to be right in the wheelhouse of the current crop of tv shows for DC heroes.
Renee Montoya will play a role in the upcoming Birds of Prey film - but with her longtime paramour Batwoman coming to the CW, maybe it's time for Montoya to join her.
Green Lantern11 of 12
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 predecessor to Arrow and Flash, and Hal Jordan appeared in the groan-worthy DC's Legends of the Superheroes, there has yet to be an earnest attempt at bringing a Green Lantern to live-action TV.
Even though Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim once downplayed the possibility of someone like Hal Jordan or John Stewart appearing on that show (which will soon come to an end, maybe closing the book on that idea once and for all), we can't help but wonder if the apparently all-hands-on-deck "Crisis On Infinite Earths" crossover could spring a surprise GL appearance on us.
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