We all know that Greg Berlanti and The CW are creating quite the DC Television Universe, and quite possibly a television MULTIverse. What started with Arrow in 2012 has grown to include The Flash this year, both shows which have introduced many new DC Comics characters into their world. Many of these characters will be coming together, along with newcomers Rip Hunter and Hawkgirl, in January when [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) premieres with its own 13 episode series. It is still up in the air whether or not CBS' Supergirl will prove to be a part of this universe as well, but we will probably know something more on that front by the end of Supergirl's first season. The world is definitely growing, but what if the endgame is to grow it more than any of us have ever stopped to imagine?
DISCLAIMER: What follows is the author's own speculation and is not based on any type of fact or announcement.
As pioneered with 24: Live Another Day, short run one-off television seasons are starting to become all the rage. We will soon be seeing The X-Files and Heroes get the limited run revival treatment as well. So what if DC and The CW are planning something similar, not with a revival of an older series, but with new shows and new characters, much like they are doing with Legends of Tomorrow?
It is very possible that the plan for Legends is for it to follow in the footsteps of its parent shows and become another long-running television series, but from everything DC and The CW have released so far, I think they may have a completely different intent for this series. They keep making a big deal out of Legends being much more of a contained standalone story, and that it wouldn't have the filler episodes you get with full seasons of Arrow and The Flash. Much like Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix, we are being told that Legends will feel much more like a 13 hour movie. This is starting to sound much less like the first season of a television series, and much more like a miniseries in the vein of 24: Live Another Day. Now, maybe this is just a concession they are making to accommodate a shorter series order, and we will get something much more traditional if Legends proves to warrant a second season. But what if DC has something entirely different up its sleeve?
I think Legends of Tomorrow might end up being the first in a line of DC Universe miniseries. First of all, as I mentioned, the way they're describing it just doesn't come off as the first season of an ongoing series. Secondly, I don't know if it's a premise they could turn into a long-running television series and keep it fresh. Maybe they could. But there still exist a lot of DC characters who have very loyal fanbases, and who fans really want to see brought into this world and done in live action. Without just turning The CW into the DC Universe network, there just aren't enough timeslots in the week to do everything that could, and ultimately would, be popular on television. Unless you do them one at a time, as limited run miniseries, much like what Legends of Tomorrow seems to be shaping up to be. I am quite sure Arrow and The Flash will continue to introduce new characters into the world, and we may see some as-yet unannounced characters pop up on Legends (Booster Gold seems an obvious choice for at least a couple of episodes). Some of these characters will be popular, and fans will want to see more of them. And a lot of these characters aren't really at the top of the list for movies. The miniseries format would be a perfect way to bring more DC characters into live action, who otherwise might never have seen the light of day.
If this does end up being the case, here is a list of the characters I would most like to see get future 13 episode miniseries:
Booster Gold: I love Booster, and a single 45 minute Smallville episode and 20 minute Justice League Unlimited episode just don't satisfy my hunger to see this character.
Blue Beetle: I am a big fan of the Ted Kord Blue Beetle, and I would want to see him above any other version. However, Jaime Reyes has his fans as well, and most of them were highly disappointed with the cheap Power Ranger way he was done on Smallville. Why not have the best of three worlds and craft a great story that would incorporate the Dan Garrett, Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes versions? I mean, time travel is a thing in this world now, right?
Justice Society: We already got a Jay Garrick tease in the Flash finale, and I can't wait to see where they go with that in season 2, but how about a full blown JSA miniseries? Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Al Pratt, Abigail Hunkle... all of them! We got a bit of this in the Smallville episode "Absolute Justice", and I think a lot of fans want to see more.
Justice League International: We are getting the real Justice League in a film in the near future, and many of the members are being introduced in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but why can't we have our television version too? Admittedly, with Flash and Green Arrow tied up with their own series, it is unlikely they would be able to make more than just a couple of appearances, but why not a team featuring Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Fire and Ice? Sure, they weren't the most popular version of the Justice League, but this team does have their following, and if it kept the humor of the J.M. DeMatteis run, it would show the world that DC characters don't have to be all doom and gloom (which I think is an unfair accusation, but most people seem to hold that opinion). This may be the longest shot on the list, just because DC might put a moratorium on the Justice League name (that is REALLY annoying, by the way).
The Question: The Question was a break-out character on the animated series Justice League Unlimited, and he has developed quite the cult following because of it, yet he has never been done in live action yet. Many fans have been wanting to see this character brought to Arrow, or even to Constantine (which looks like it has breathed its last), yet he still has yet to make an appearance. So now's his chance! Give him a miniseries! Hell, we can even get Kevin Smith in on this.
So what do you think? Could this be Warner Bros plan in their continued quest to dominate television in a manner similar to how Marvel has (thus far) dominated movie screens? Who would you most like to see given the 13 episode one-off miniseries treatment? Will Legends of Tomorrow end up being an ongoing series like Arrow and The Flash? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think.