With all the hullabaloo surrounding Batman V. Superman and the rest of the upcoming DCU films (Suicide Squad, Justice League, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, SHAZAM, Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern), we here at the USN decided to pick some characters that should be in the budding DC Cinematic Universe. These choices may not carry their own films but they sure as hell can be a supporting character in another. Now keeping in mind that the only DCU TV show that will be apart of the DCCU is going to be Supergirl, and the casting of Ezra Miller as the film version of the Flash, we can assume that some of these characters will be in the DCCU in some form or another. So here are our pick for the next wave of DCCU heroes.
Green Arrow - The CW Arrow series is great but it is not in DCCU continuity. So Oliver Queen seems like a very likely candidate for his own solo movie if not a team up film with a Hal Jordan Green Lantern. With the popularity of Marvel's Hawkeye on film DC would be nuts to not capitalize on the similarities between the two.
Hawkman - One the most underused bigger names that the DCU has on it's books and one of the most convoluted backstories in comics today. Carter Hall's exploits are usually full of action and violence, he's known for having one of the nastiest tempers of all the DC heroes, and his greatest weakness is his unrequited love for Hawkwoman. Carters archeological background would make for and Indiana Jones with superpowers take on the character.
Hawkwoman - DC has the Kendra Saunders version slated to be apart of their upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series on the CW. Now this shouldn't preclude them from being able to have another version be part of a team film or the Hawks getting their own solo film. Plus a solo Hawk film would give DC something it has yet to have on screen, a love story.`
Martian Manhunter - J'onn J'onzz has been a fixture of most every iteration of the Justice League as well as many DC animated series so far. J'onzz is one of the few DCU characters that can match Superman's power set and then some. He is a must for a League film, he has been the heart and soul of the League for years and a film without him would be criminal.
Power Girl - We do have Supergirl already but hey, DC needs more female heroes, Wonder Woman can't do it all her own. Peeg is the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman who made her way to our Earth, along with Huntress, during Darkseid's siege of Earth-2. She would be a welcome addition to the DCCU and hey, with Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad film, there's always hope for a Peeg/Harley team-up film!
Huntress - Helena Wayne is the Earth-2 daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. She came to our Earth with Power Girl (see above). Another female heroine that can kick ass like Batman/Catwoman but with a mean streak. We could have a big screen version of the World's Finest comic book.
Booster Gold - Another underrated hero and Justice League stalwart. Another chance for team-up movie with him and Blue Beetle, or consider a Justice League of America film with Booster, Beetle, PG, Huntress, and Metamorpho. Mostly, Booster is the Rodney Dangerfield of the DCU, he get's no respect.
Blue Beetle - This would have to be the Ted Kord version of the character, they can still have the Jamie Reyes version in a Titans film. Kord was a happy-go-lucky version of Batman for Charleston Comics before they went under and was the basis for the Night-Owl character in Watchmen. Done right, a Blue beetle film could be awesome, and based on reviews of Ant-Man (a similar character) fans are ready for a light hearted crime fighter.
Black Canary - Having several iteration already done on TV, a transition to film only seems natural. This would be another opportunity to have a couple as a team (the Hawks), and the take could be done similar to Marvel's Netflix Daredevil series. Dinah and her love Ollie could make for one for one of the stronger DCU power couples.
Orion - Has yet to have any major impact on other media other than some DCU animated appearances. He has the strength of Superman, the ruthlessness of Wolverine, and the bloodline of demi-gods. Orion is the son of big bad Darkseid but was raised on New Genesis, home to the good New Gods. Orion and the rest of the New Gods (see below) could help to pave the way for the coming of Darkseid and Apokolips.
Mister Miracle - Like Orion above, Miracle (Scott Free) has only been featured in DC animated films. This would be the master escape artists big break. Mister Miracle was the son of Highfather (The leader of New Genesis). To broker a peace between New Genesis and Apokolips, Highfather along with Darkseid agreed to exchange their sons to be raised by the other. Orion went to New Genesis and Scott Free went to Apokolips. Maybe getting a cameo in another movie before being moved into his own film with Barda and Oberon.
Big Barda - Miracle's wife and arguably the strongest female heroine in the DCU next to Wonder Woman. Once the leader of Darkseid's Furies, she fell in love with Mister Miracle and helped him escape Apokolips. She gives the phrase "strong female lead" a whole new meaning. Bring on the NEW GODS!
Adam Strange - DC has no shortage of space faring heroes, yet Adam Strange has to be one of the best and underutilized. Strange is an archeologist suddenly teleported from Earth to the planet Rann through a Zeta-Beam. He becomes Rann's protector and starts a family there. His story could be full of the many DCU alien races and even cross into Green Lantern, Legion, and The Omega Men. He could be DC's answer to Star-Lord.
Metamorpho - Rex Mason is an adventurer who is hired by Stagg Enterprises to retrieve a rare Egyptian artifact, the Orb of Ra. Then Rex he's exposed to a radioactive meteorite from which the Orb of Ra was fashioned. It transforms him into Metamorpho, the Element Man. He gains the ability to shape shift and change himself into any element or combination of elements found in the human body. This would be more of an out there movie and would need a director that is capable to of pulling it off. We find Metamorpho to be a very interesting character and a special effects bonanza waiting to happen.
The Demon - Etrigan, son of the demon Belial, is summoned by the wizard Merlin, his half-brother. Unable to gain the creature's secrets, he bonds the demon with Jason Blood, a knight in King Arthur's Camelot. This renders Jason immortal, though at times he considers this either a penance or a curse. Centuries later, Jason Blood resurfaces in recent times, becoming a prominent demonologist in Gotham City. A great horror/action character that never quite got traction with fans. He wouldn't be able to helm his own movie but he would be an awesome addition to the Batman world.
Plastic Man - Last and definitely not least we have Eel O'Brien, Plastic Man. Exposed to an unknown chemical in a botched robbery, O'Brien was ditched by his gang and after seeing how his body had transformed he tried to kill himself but was unsuccessful. After coming to terms with his newfound powers he became a hero and was even part of the Justice League at one point. Batman has referred to him as the most powerful person in the DCU. This would be a silly over-the-top film with a lot of comedy. We envision Johnny Knoxville for the role.
Those are our choices for the next wave of DC heroes we want to see on the big screen. If we missed any you'd like to see or have an opinion on what our picks let us know!