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Warner Bros. has been casting up a storm for DC TV in recent weeks, solidifying many of the key roles in its upcoming Titans series and adding new names to the rosters of its fall shows - including the just named actor to play Adam Strange on SyFy's Krypton.
With an ever-expanding DC Universe on TV, we thought we'd offer up some suggestions on where CW, or even another network such as Fox and Syfy could go next.
Some of these characters might be challenging for TV, but with a little work, we think they could be poised as perfect additions to DC's live action output.
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. That's not to mention the personality that Steve Orlando has written for him recently that'd make almost any actor want to play him.
Bat-Heroes4 of 12
Gotham City may be off-limits to the CW, but not every denizen of that dreary place is barred from appearing - after all, Ra's al Ghul was a primary nemesis on Arrow.
Even though Batman himself may not be able to appear in the CW, that doesn't mean one of Gotham's other protectors can't.
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?
And that's not even taking into account Gotham. Sure, that show takes place pre-Batman, but they've taken some creative license with villains and other characters who, in comic book lore, didn't show up until Batman was already on the scene. Why not one of his allies, even in civilian form?
Power Girl5 of 12
Like Gotham City, Metropolis is seemingly off-limits to the CW - but what about on Supergirl, especially given the appearance of Superman on the show?
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.
And with Flash already introducing the concept of the Multiverse to Kara's world, there's already an easy path to bringing in this alternate Kryptonian maid of might.
Lobo6 of 12
The Main Man is a little bit - how can we put this delicately - vulgar for mainstream television, with his lust for violence and carnage knowing no bounds.
But with Lobo joining the Justice League of America as part of "Rebirth," he could make for a compelling character with just a few minor tweaks.
Our course that would open up the CW's DCU-verse to cosmic characters, and they may not be ready to go there yet, but Lobo has certainly got his fans – and a cosmic bounty hunter is a sci-fi staple.
Or why not bring DC's ultimate bad boy over to meet Kara in Supergirl?
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 superscience 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.
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.
The Question10 of 12
Even though the newer Question, Renee Montoya, has appeared on Fox's Gotham, she's yet to 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 CW, FOX tv shows for DC heroes.
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 showrunner Marc Guggenheim recently downplayed the possibility of someone like Hal Jordan or John Stewart appearing on that show, Jay Garrick was been a major part of Flash. Could Alan Scott be far behind?
On top of that, there are still plenty of GL’s that could pop up – Kyle Rayner, anyone?
Mogo? (OK, maybe that's a bit much.)
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