ByTanner Tovar, writer at
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Say what you will about the DCEU, but I think we can all agree The CW's very own Arrowverse takes the cake when it comes to superheroes on TV. While Marvel has more TV shows, DC has more characters and storylines that Marvel could take note from.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow recently closed out its second season by taking on the Legion of Doom. While the other shows are on hiatus for another week and the CW is welcoming a new show coming this fall, its time to look at possible characters they could bring into the fold to expand the as a whole. I'm not talking about a whole new show, but adding recurring characters to the existing shows. Here is my list for the Top 5 characters to bring to the Arrowverse

5. Jefferson Pierce (Black Lightning)

[Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
[Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

OK, let's start with Jefferson Pierce a.k.a. Black Lightning. has already been green lit for The CW (concept art above). It's still unclear if he is officially in the Arrowverse, but he would make a great addition. In the comics, Black Lightning was the first African-American superhero lead. His powers are the ability to generate and magnify electrical energy. Having him appear officially next to Green Arrow and The Flash would be a great move. What's different is that Pierce is an older adult. He has a family, and has had his powers a lot longer than Barry. Having a veteran superhero come out of retirement to fight crime with younger heroes would bring a bit of fresh air to the Arrowverse. Much like Wildcat in Season 3 of Arrow.

In terms of his backstory, he has served as Secretary of Education under President Lex Luthor in the comics. Of course, they cant go this route considering Lex Luthor doesn't exist on Earth-1 (if Black Lightning even takes place on Earth-1) However, according to the synopsis he might be a teacher showing concern for a...

"Star student being recruited by local gang."

This might be his reason to become a superhero again. Being a teacher would help him teach Oliver and Barry to be better heroes, maybe even helping Barry with his lightning throw. However, if he appears he will bring a new take on the superhero TV genre.

4. Vic Sage (The Question)

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]

While many people have used the name "The Question," Charles Victor Szasz, a.k.a. Vic Sage, has to be the most popular. Sage is based in Hub City, which we've seen in Arrow a few times. If he already exists within the Arrowverse, Oliver may know about him or has even met him between seasons. Sage himself is an investigative journalist who uses an "artificial skin" called "Pseudoderm." He used this skin as a mask giving him a blank face to hide his identity.

Unlike most superheroes, Sage isn't afraid to get down and dirty. Having him appear in Arrow will set up the character nicely. His darker tone coincides with Oliver from the first season of Arrow. In fact, they share a girlfriend — Helena a.k.a. the Huntress.

If you don't believe he's right for the show, just take EP Marc Guggenheim's word for it:

"I would love to tackle [Vic Sage] at some point. I think he would fit really well in our little universe. So we talk about him a lot."

So, confirmed?

3. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]

In the comics, Ted Kord was a genius-level inventor and a gifted athlete. We know 100 percent he exists in the Arrowverse because, well, he has been named dropped and his company, Kord Industries, has been present in Star City. He doesn't have any superpowers, but he uses gadgets such as sight-enhancing lenses and his protective costume. He's also seen with his "BB Gun" that can blind villains with a flash of light, and knock them back with an air-compressed blast. Needless to say, he could be a great addition.

Kord was, in fact, set to appear in Season 3 of Arrow according the Andrew Kreisberg. Apparently, DC had other plans for the character, as rumored by a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle team-up movie. However, that role didn't go unused. Ray Palmer replaced Kord on the show as The Atom, which, according to Kreisberg:

"Worked even better!"

As for Kord, I hope one day he can appear even if it's not as the . Ted Kord made a live-action appearance way back in Season 10 of Smallville in 2011.

2. Connor Kent (Super Boy)

'Young Justice' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Young Justice' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

Since the DCEU already has Superman under lock and key, it was a pleasant surprise to hear that Superman would appear in the season premiere of Supergirl. Since I figure Superman won't be back anytime soon why not introduce as his replacement?

Superboy, or Connor Kent, can easily fit in. Connor is a genetic clone of Lex Luthor and Clark Kent. He was created by Cadmus Labs to replace Superman or destroy him should he go rogue. His powers are almost identical to Superman's, except for flight and heat vision.

With Cadmus already being a threat in Supergirl, it wouldn't cross my mind if they introduced him as a villain. However if they do ever decide to bring Superboy to the Arrowverse, putting him up against Kara could be an interesting arch ending with him joining forces with Kara.

Here me out on this theory: What if Superboy does some bad things under the control of Cadmus and can't face the public as a new hero? Kara might send him somewhere, but where? Maybe Earth-1 to work with Barry or join the Legends? The possibilities are endless!

1. Dick Grayson (Nightwing)

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]

Finally, we have Dick Grayson as . Nightwing might very well be the most wanted character to brought to the Arrowverse.

As a child, Dick Grayson lost his family in a circus accident. Later, Bruce Wayne adopted Dick and soon became the teen sidekick, Robin. Under Batman's guidance, Dick became an expert in hand-to-hand combat and, with his time in circus, he elevated his agility. Dick grew up and dawned the name Nightwing as he patrolled the streets of Bludhaven.

In the Arrowverse, Roy Harper (Arsenal) lives in Bludhaven, saying he has a friend there. Also, Bruce Wayne is teased in a Flash episode showing a future newspaper talking about a merger between "Wayne Tech and Queen Consolidated." Another tease occurred later in Arrow Season 4 when Felicity asks for a code name and drops the name "Oracle," to which Oliver notes that it's taken. So, we know the Bat Family exist somewhere. In Supergirl, Gotham was named-dropped, and Kara mentioned that her cousin...

"Worked with a vigilante with a lot of gadgets. Lots of demons."

So its not so far fetched that Nightwing could come in.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), DC announced that a Nightwing solo movie is in the works for the DCEU. So, it looks like we won't be seeing Nightwing, or any of the Bat Family, in the Arrowverse anytime soon.

Honorable Mentions

These characters are not high on my list, but they would be great additions to the shows as recurring characters or even apart of the Legends.

1. Aqua Lad

2. Zatanna

3. Mas Y Menos

4. Wonder Twins

5. Brainiac 5


Who would you like to see join the "Arrowverse"?


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