The DC movie universe seems to have found itself a firm plan of action. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad were controversial and not considered to be solid footing for DC Entertainment’s Cinematic Universe, but, boy, does DC have plans for the future. We thought we’d throw in a few potential movie suggestions, featuring some great heroes (and anti-heroes) to pave the way.
For the next few years, DC will be busy with Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, The Batman, Man of Steel 2, Black Adam, Shazam!, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Birds of Prey, and Nightwing — and those are just the ones that have been announced. Basically, DC is kind of busy right now. But woe be us to let the Justice League stay unchanged or not stacked with fantastic talent. Every franchise needs some variety.
Here are 6 movies DC could really knock out of the park:
6. Green Lantern (Jessica Cruz) Adventure
As interesting as 2011’s Ryan Reynolds-led Green Lantern was, a lot of DC fans tend to agree that a different story is in need of telling for the Green Lanterns. In fact, there’s already a Hal Jordan and John Stewart movie in the works, which has been described as “Lethal Weapon in space.” But there’s still plenty of stories to be told. Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz, and Jessica Cruz have all starred, at one point or another, as the Green Lantern in DC’s comics, and there are countless stories to tell. A Jessica Cruz story — one where she is overtaken by the ring and forced to do evil until she frees herself with the help of Batman and the Justice League — would be particularly perfect.
5. Zatanna Adventure
DC is finally providing Wonder Woman with her first live-action solo movie with her upcoming self-titled film. The Birds of Prey are getting a movie, and Harley Quinn is getting a Gotham City Sirens spin-off, so why not continue the female-led superhero trend with Zatanna. A consistent fan-favorite, Zatanna is both a stage and real magician, earning a living by amusing crowds and fighting alongside the Justice League in her spare time. In the beginning of Zatanna’s comics career, she’s on a mission to find her father, Giovanni Zatara, and ends up interacting with the likes of Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Batman, Robin, and one of the Green Lanterns. A Zatarra adventure would bring some much-needed magic to the DC film franchise, and she’s already got built-in connections to the Justice League, as a frequent member.
4. Blue Beetle (Jaimie Reyes) Origin Story
As the third incarnation of the Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes is closely associated with the Teen Titans, making him a perfect tie-in for a live-action Teen Titans, as well. Recent incarnations of the Blue Beetle made his suit extraterrestrial in origin, combining alien technology with some really great artificial intelligence, meaning Blue Beetle is a true hero for the 21st century. And maybe the best part of his story is that he became the Blue Beetle by accident after he picked up the scarab on the streets of El Paso, Texas. It fused itself to his spine, and, after some adjusting, Jaime became one of the rare superheroes to share his superhero identity with his friends and family.
3. Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) Origin Story
On the opposite end of the spectrum from Jaime’s Blue Beetle is Dinah Laurel Lance’s Black Canary, who inherited her powers and mantle from her mother, and whose transformation into a hero was no accident. After her mother’s death, Dinah was trained by her police officer father to follow in his footsteps. But Dinah fails to become an officer, and, wracked with disappointment, her father dies. To honor his memory, Dinah opens a flower shop (obviously) and becomes a vigilante, fighting evil-doers by night and selling flowers for her day job. It’s just ridiculous enough to be a really excellent movie, and a different iteration of Black Canary has already proven herself popular on the CW’s Arrow.
2. Red Hood Misadventure
The announcement of a Nightwing movie had DC fans alarmingly, expectedly psyched, proving not only the popularity of Nightwing but also the popularity of the Batfamily as a whole. An in-universe Batfamily series would probably go over remarkably well, and one of the key elements would be Jason Todd’s Red Hood. As the next Robin after Dick Grayson left, Jason infamously “died” at the hands of the Joker, only to come back as the anti-hero Red Hood. The DC movie universe already kind of alluded to a potential Red Hood film in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, hinting that Jared Leto’s Joker has already killed one of Batman’s sidekicks in-universe. Though there’s no confirmation as to which Robin it was, it would make sense for it to be Jason. A live-action Red Hood might be closer than we think.
1. Super Sons (Damian Wayne & Jonathan Kent) Coming-of-Age Story
Easily one of the most endearing series running right now is DC’s Super Sons. It’s a modern take on 1965’s Super-Sons, who were essentially just college-aged versions of Batman and Superman. But in 2017’s Super Sons, Jonathan Kent (son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane) and Damian Wayne (son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul) are 13-years-old and 10-years-old, respectively — pint-sized frenemies with big shoes (and capes) to fill. Damian’s Robin is a trouble-making brat with too much freedom and Jon’s Superboy is a soft-spoken nerd who keeps getting dragged into Damian’s schemes. A live-action adaptation is much needed, would fit rather well into this Batfamily franchise we’re building up in our minds, and would act as a family-friendly access point for younger audiences. DC movies don’t need to be all grit and grime, after all.
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