Fans of Arrow or The Flash will know the unforgettable opening monologues of each show. Those speeches which send shivers down our spines and excitement rushing into our blood. When we hear the words of Barry Allen or Oliver Queen, we know we are in for a 45 minute, action-packed, heartfelt, heroic spectacle!
Imagine if every DC Hero had a similar opening monologue, which briefly depicted who they are and what they wanted in the same way.
Below are a collection of monologues for a variety of DC Superheroes. The ones for Green Arrow/[Arrow](series:720988) and The Flash are the ones from their respective TV shows. All that follow have been written by myself. The ones written by me aren't just simply copies of The Flash or Arrow with switched out names.
"My name is Oliver Queen.
For five years I was stranded on an island with only one goal - survive.
Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish - to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city.
To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else."
"My name is Oliver Queen.
After five years on a hellish island, I have come home with only one goal- to save my city.
But to do so, I can't be the killer I once was.
To honor my friend's memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else."
"My name is Oliver Queen.
After five years in hell, I have come home with only one goal- to save my city.
Now others have joined my crusade, to them I'm Oliver Queen.
To the rest of Starling City I am someone else. I am something else."
"My name is Barry Allen.
And I am the fastest man alive.
When I was a child I saw my mother killed by something impossible. My father went to prison for her murder.
Then an accident made me the impossible.
To the outside world I am an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly I use my speed to fight crime and find others like me.
And one day, I'll find who killed my mother and get justice for my father.
I am the Flash."
"My name is Bruce Wayne.
And I'm the World's Greatest Detective.
When I was a child, my mother and father were murdered right in front of my eyes. I couldn't save them...
After years of training, I have returned home with only one goal: to fight the injustice in Gotham City.
To do this, I can't just be a man. I must become a symbol that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals.
I must be a shadow.
I must become The Dark Knight.
I must become The Batman."
"My name is Clark Kent.
And I'm the Last Son of Krypton.
I am an alien who was raised in Smallville by The Kents after being sent to Earth by my mother and father.
By day I am a reporter but secretly I use the powers given to me by the Earth's Sun to protect my adopted planet.
My body is Kryptonian.
My mind is human.
I am Superman."
"My name is Kara Zor-El.
After coming to Earth to protect my cousin Kal, my ship crashed and I ended up in stasis for 20 years.
Now I'm awake and Kal is all grown up so I need to find myself a new purpose: kicking crime in the ass.
The yellow sun gives me powers I couldn't possibly have imagined.
I'm not just a girl.
"My name is Arthur Curry.
When I was a child my father told me stories of my mythical mother, Queen of the Legendary City of Atlantis. When she died, her legacy fell to me.
Now I must take up the role, and rule over the empire she left me. To do this, I must become a true King.
I can survive in water and land, and communicate with sharks and dolphins.
I am Aquaman."
Green Lantern - John Stewart
"My name is John Stewart.
And I'm a Lantern of Earth.
My Green Lantern Ring lets me make anything I can imagine.
I will use this power to fight for what's right, no matter what the cost.
No authority can stop me in my quest for justice.
I am Green Lantern."
Green Lantern - Hal Jordan
"My name is Hal Jordan.
I was an air force pilot who received a Green Lantern Ring.
Now, I am a member of the intergalactic space police in charge of Guarding Space Sector 2814: Earth. I can create any construct I can imagine out of sheer willpower.
I use these tools to enact justice on all those who wish to bring harm to the Earth or any of its citizens.
Beware my power...
I am Green Lantern."
"My name is Princess Diana of Themyscira, yet when I walk among humanity I am named Diana Prince.
I am an Amazonian Warrior, and ambassador between Paradise Island and the Patriarch's World. I have been charged as an officer of peacekeeping among the humans.
To do this, I must be fair and true.
I must be great and powerful.
I am Wonder Woman."
"My name is Shiera Hall.
And I'm immortal.
The same metal which grants me resurrection allows me to be faster and stronger. It allows me to fly.
I will use these powers to bring about good and justice in the world.
And one day, I will find Carter Hall and we will be together again.
I am Hawkgirl."
"My name is Victor Stone.
I was in an accident.
My father saved my life by fusing my flesh to some alien robotics.
Now I'm a walking, talking weapon slash personal computer.
I'm not just a man or a machine: I'm the best of both.
I am Cyborg."
"My name is Barbara Gordon.
I used to be Batgirl.
After being brutally injured by The Joker I had to hang up my cape and cowl.
That doesn't stop me seeking justice!
Using my enhanced computing knowledge, I assist Batman in bringing down crime in Gotham City.
I am more than Batgirl now.
I am Oracle!"
"My name is Zatanna Zatara.
My father was the great Giovanni "John" Zatara, famous stage magician.
I inherited his gifts.
I'm going to tell you a secret: magic is real.
By day I am a stage magician but by night I use the same powers to fight for good and justice.
I am Zatanna."
"What do you wanna know my name for?
What's it to you?
Yeah, I've got powers...Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury...
I got them from some old guy.
Now whenever I shout "Shazam" I turn from a kid into a man with these awesome powers.
I am SHAZAM!"
"My name is John Jones.
I am a Martian stranded on Earth, unable to return home.
Now Earth is my home.
I use the powers given to me by the red planet to enact justice on the injust.
I am a Detective with the Middletown Police Department by day. But by night I am...
"My name is Dinah Laurel Lance.
I was born into a family of crime fighters - my mother was a costumed hero and my father was a Private Eye Investigator.
Bestowed with their moral sense, trained by the Vigilante Wildcat and in possession of a metagene that lets me "Canary Cry", I picked up my mother's mantle.
I became a fighter for the side of good, and joined my family of heroes.
I am the Black Canary."
"My name is John Constantine.
My mother died giving birth to me and my father...well, he was a right dick.
Safe to say, I grew up with my own moral code.
The line between good and evil ain't so clear anymore, and it's up to people like me to make sure we stay on the right side.
Demons exist, trying to pull us over into Hell, trying to feast on our souls.
It's my job to stop them. I'm a Demonologist, an Exorcist and a petty dabbler in The Dark Arts.
I am Constantine."
And with that, we are finished!
So, there are openings for some DC favourites. Which one was your favourite? Which character would you like to see a similar styled monologue for? Let me see your attempts at openings for your favourite characters from film, tv and comics down in the comments below.