As we approach the second weekend for Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that's sure to break records and already made me eat my words about it not being amazing, we have to ponder the fact that we live in the greatest age of superheroes. Films are pumped out every year (whether that's a good or a bad thing; looking at you, Wolverine), and we're not only closing in on the sequel to the biggest superhero team film ever, but also the very first time we will see Batman and Superman on the same big screen.
Unfortunately, there are numerous films a lot of us comic book nerds are losing our patience waiting for. I'm not talking about [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), Avengers: Age of Ultron, or even X-Men: Apocalypse. Of course I'm dying to see all of those, but I'm referring to those random heroes you just wish could be on the big screen. The ones that are fan favorites, but the ones you know just don't have the cinematic strength of heroes like Iron Man or Batman. My personal heroes under this category are the Teen Titans.
They don't necessarily have to be those specific five, but that's the incarnation that the world knows the best. There are three obstacles that aren't necessarily impossible to avoid, but will provide a sizable hiccup to a Teen Titans film.
1. Their Age
As I stated before, heroes like the Teen Titans just don't have enough quality and character strength to be brought to the big screen. I realize that Cyborg is going to be introduced in 2016, but I'm referring to the team as a whole. The main reason for that is that they're all meant to be young. The youngest hero that we've seen on the big screen in recent years is Spider-Man, who has such a rich history and is so easily recognizable that it's simple to accept him as a young adult. As a single hero, he's easy to accept, but as a team, they have to have a lot of strength as both actors and as characters to make for a concrete team to watch.
2. Their Introduction
In the event that DC actually decides to make this into a feature film, the other problem is that only Cyborg will have been officially portrayed in the current DC cinematic universe. Now, Robin is one of the most recognizable characters in DC Comics, but since Joel Schumacher's terrible installment to the Batman series', Batman & Robin (1997), nobody has been willing to touch the character with a ten-foot pole out of fear of repeating the past.
Don't try to give me any technicalities about Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy either, because that in no way, shape, or form counted as Robin. That's a discussion for another time, though. Even if a screenwriter gathers the cojones to include Robin in a film, that still leaves many strong characters to introduce. I understand it's been done before, most recently with [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). Marvel took a huge gamble in introducing a lot of new characters that weren't very well known beforehand, but because they're Marvel, that gamble is already paying off huge. Can anyone say that the same bet would work if it was DC trying to show their hand?
3. Who Will Make the Team?
DC's two options are: disappoint some comic book sticklers and use the team represented in the animated series, or risk using characters that are not well known in order to stick to the comic book line-up. The five founding members of the Teen Titans in the comic book were Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and Speedy/Red Arrow. For avid fans, I'm sure you know all five, but for the people who only watch the movies and the many different animated series or the CW's [Arrow](series:720988), they might know three at the most. Like I said, can anyone confidently say that that's a gamble that DC can afford making? Introducing new characters like that? Even if they use the five from the animated series, that's still three new characters to introduce to the cinematic universe.
Then again, I could just be paranoid about sticking close to the comics. You'd think, with recent films on both sides, that I'd lose the hope that the companies will play it that close to the original source material.
What are those obscure heroes that you guys want? Do you want to see the Teen Titans too? Or are you leaning more toward Justice League Dark? I want to know! Remember that my post is merely my opinion so try not to be too brutal as you rip me apart in the comments...