DC Films, Call Us!1 of 12
Warner Bros. CEO of Film and TV Kevin Tsujihara says the way forward for WB's DC movies is for them to be less directly connected, with the potential for the characters to cross over. And to us, that sounds like he's saying a lot more room for DC movies just opened up.
Since WB's gonna need to fill that slate, we've got some ideas for DC movies we're dying to see.
The Nolanverse2 of 12
With a potential Nightwing movie sewing up one of the last untapped properties from the Batman mythos for a film deal, we’re thinking maybe the next time DC wans to expand its Bat-presence, maybe they should go back to an old staple.
That’s right: the Nolan-verse Batman movies, specifically the continued story of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character.
Now it’s simply a matter of interpretation whether Robin “John” Blake was rising to his destiny of Robin... Nightwing... Batman... at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, but man, we’d like to see the answer to that question.
Sure, that would basically necessitate a parallel cinematic universe, but what’s DC without a multiverse? You've already shown fans are okay with it with the TV and film worlds.
Batman & The Outsiders3 of 12
It’s undeniable that DC and Warner Bros. are always looking for more Batman to fit into their film schedule. With more successful adaptations than, well, anyone (and more failed ones that most, if we’re being honest) Batman is a proven commodity. But there are only so many slots on the schedule for Batman and Justice League movies (and seemingly less for the latter every day).
So why not go one better, and give Batman his own team of heroes willing to do the dirty work the Justice League won’t? That’s where The Outsiders come in. Consisting of heroes handpicked by Batman, think of them as a less violent Suicide Squad. And, whomever the next Batman actor is, they’d only be necessary for a few scenes to give the film the “Batman” touch – and as a bonus, you could incorporate Nightwing as his surrogate leader. Synergy!
Hellblazer4 of 12
John Contantine is the only character on this list who has already had a shot at a movie – one that wasn’t particularly well-received, but which a growing number of fans look back on with some fondness (and which actually did well at the box office). He also starred in his own TV show, which only lasted one season, but led to a guest spot on Arrow and an eventual spot among the cast of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
But we think it’s about time Constantine got his due with a more faithful big screen adaptation. A Constantine film could spin out of the (maybe still?) in-development Justice League Dark film Dark Universe. With the right visionary at the helm, a darker, more mystical take on the so-called Hellblazer would be the perfect window into a mystical branch of DC’s movies, featuring an acerbic sorcerer who single-handedly takes on demonic threats armed only with a bad attitude and a pack of smokes.
Martian Manhunter5 of 12
Old, reliable, Oreo-loving J'onn J'onzz isn't quite the icon his longtime Justice League allies are (even a core role on the Justice League animated series couldn't save him from being cut from the roster for the film). But we think there's plenty of room for a Martian Manhunter movie on Warner's DC slate.
Think about it - a shape-shifting alien P.I. on Earth to hunt down the eternal enemies of his people, of whom he's the last member? There's no way that doesn't turn heads, under the right filmmaker's purview.
Let Marvel have its shapeshifting Skrull villains - we like 'em plenty, but in Martian Manhunter and the White Martians, WB could focus entirely on a level of weird shape-shifting, mind-bending psychic superhero intrigue where no one is who they seem and the only person you can trust isn't even a human being himself.
You can't tell us that's not gonna be crossing some WB executive's mind right around, oh, say, March 8?
Legion of Super-Heroes6 of 12
The Legion of Super-Heroes may be a hard sell for comic books in recent years, but we think they’ve got great potential as a movie – think of it as DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Think about it – the Legion has dozens of members to choose from, each with insane powers and iconic looks, but to modern audiences, they’re kind of a mystery. Making a major motion picture would be the perfect opportunity to reestablish and re-contextualize the team into something more manageable and recognizable.
And, with the Legion’s far-future setting, the sky’s the limit in terms of DC Easter Eggs and connections to the larger universe. How about using the future to foreshadow events in movies that happen in the past, using the reported Booster Gold movie as a possible connection?
If you want to go all out, throw in Superman (or Superboy, or Supergirl) and add an even more concrete connection to the modern day timeline.
Static Shock7 of 12
Static Shock may technically be owned by Milestone Comics, but DC has often licensed the character as part of their own universe.
Static headlined his own animated series set in the world of Justice League and Batman Beyond, and has headlined his own DCU comic book series more than once.
What we're getting at is, with this kind of pedigree, it would be kinda crazy for Warner Bros. to be leaving their very own Spider-Man on the table - and that's saying nothing of the character's own coolness, and recognizability among a generation of fans raised with Static in their homes.
There's been talk of an adaptation over the years - most recently an as-yet-unsurfaced series of planned digital shorts in 2014. But we think this one only makes sense - and is just a matter of time.
Hawkgirl8 of 12
Hawkman may be back in the comic book zeitgeist thanks to his popular ongoing series, but we think, on the big screen, Hawkgirl's the money ticket.
Despite her somewhat secondary comic book status (she's only ever briefly held her own ongoing series, in her Kendra Saunders incarnation), Hawkgirl is perhaps more well known in the wider public conscience thanks to her role in the Justice League animated series and as a castmember (the Kendra Saunders version again) on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Hawkgirl is like Lara Croft meets Red Sonja - a badass warrior archaeologist who can never die and is an expert on the weapons of every era, and with baked in alien adversaries to boot.
And let's be clear - there's plenty of room here for Hawkman eventually, too. After all, every hero needs a sidekick.
Batman Beyond9 of 12
Like we said, Warner Bros. is always looking for more Batman. With The Batman already focusing on a Bruce Wayne, why not tap into the already established future timeline where Terry McGinnis has taken over the mantle of the Bat?
Multiple concurrent timelines for movies might seem like a dangerous proposition, but audiences are already familiar with Batman Beyond - the concept has been on TV and in comic books for 15 years now. And with a built in rogues gallery – and a bunch of future Justice League analogues to boot – Terry McGinnis brings a very tantalizing prospect to DC’s big screen plans.
If that doesn't sell you, perhaps if we add in the idea of Michael Keaton as the aging Bruce Wayne?
Hitman10 of 12
If Warner Bros. is looking for their equivalent of an irreverent hit like 20th Century Fox's Deadpool, they might have an even better candidate than Lobo in their catalog.
Spinning out of Gotham's Irish district known as the Cauldron, Hitman is a ‘street level’ killer-for-hire who gains a low-level metahuman power that affords him entrance into the world of DC superheroes. But instead of becoming one of them, his (by way of Garth Ennis’) unique perspective humanizes the iconic superheroes in an oddball sort of way.
With Preacher and The Boys making waves on the small screen, an Ennis and John McCrea’s-inspired take on the genre could be the shot in the arm Deadpool gave Fox’s X-universe that Warner Bros. may be craving (and with the same appealing lower budget production costs that helped make Deadpool a huge financial success).
The Authority11 of 12
If nothing else, Zack Snyder's Justice League sort of-trilogy divided fans and invited debate as to whether its somewhat darker tone fit DC’s premier grouping of iconic superheroes. Just the fact it shares so much DNA with the Super Friends is enough to fuel a thousand online flame wars - that still rage long after the flim's 2017 release.
The good news is if DC is still looking for a more nihilistic take on the super-team, they happen to be sitting right on top of one.
The Authority may be exactly the kind of property that audiences (and executives) looking for more adult-oriented superheroes are craving. It features recognizable archetypes playing off the well-known characters of teams like the Justice League and the Avengers, but in a context where you’ll never see those icons placed.
Violent, sexual, and way beyond the usual superhero fare, The Authority turned heads and redefined adult superhero comic books when it debuted through WildStorm. And, now that WildStorm falls under DC’s purview, adapting The Authority might be the best way for Warner Bros. to have its cake and eat it too. They’d get their imperfect Superman, their ultra-violent Batman, and more, without having to step on or over many fans’ visions of those characters - in fact, they'd just be indulging what fans of the Authority like about the characters and tone.
Plus, they'd get Jenny Sparks - and wouldn't we all be better for that?
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