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The DC Universe streaming app is shaping up to feature an expansive cross-section of DC's characters, with Doom Patrol the latest TV series to get a greenlight on the upcoming service.
With that in mind, here are our picks for ten more DC characters or teams who are definitely ready for prime time.
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.
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?
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DC's TV shows have mostly been careful to avoid going near Metropolis (kinda like how Gotham only shows up in, well, Gotham. But its new in-house streaming service may offer new opportunities to touch that corner of the DCU.
And that's where Power Girl comes in. If the DC Universe app wants its own Kryptonian, it need look no further. And, given that CW's Supergirl has already established itself as part of a multiverse, there's little need to even adjust Karen Starr's Earth-2 origin much.
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 - think Quantum Leap meets The X-Files.
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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, 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 current crop of 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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