With the DCCU (DC Cinematic Universe) gradually building itself, and with the awesome characters waiting to be portrayed, it struck me that there are popular and/or underrated ones who need to be featured in movies. If not there own, at least a cameo of some sort. Whether their affect on DC Comics may not be as big as others, this is a list of some that at least deserve your time.
10) Krypto (The New 52)
In The New 52 incarnation, Krypto is a normal dog with no powers on Krypton (he probably sleeps and eats), and is rediscovered in Action Comics #13 (2012) after being pulled into the Phantom Zone by an inhabitant of the prison. He is portrayed as a dog whom is believed to have the same superpowers as Kal-El (Superman) and Kara Zor-El (Supergirl), proving that his existence in a future installment could be an interesting take on the universe(s). He'd probably kill villains with his puppy-dog eyes.
9) Deadman (Green Arrow Vol. 4 #4)
A trapeze-stunt-artist-turned-ghost, Boston Brand (Deadman) is a man whose spirit is given the power to possess any living being by the Hindu God, named Rama Kushna. His mission, in Green Arrow Vol. 4 #4, is to search for his murderer and obtain justice. He is a conflicted character; tormented by the events of his past - which would definitely add a psychological richness.
8) Plastic Man (Pre-Crisis Jack Cole)
The original iteration of Plastic Man was a ten year-old orphan (I'm guessing he's friends with Batman then), who grew to be a trained criminal - specializing in safe-cracking. An event at the Crawford Chemical Work left him exposed to chemicals, altering his features and giving him the ability to extend his body. This is the love child of Batman and Reed Richards...that's not true. His smart, delirious humour is one of my favourite traits of his, and his comedy would be a fine addition (if DC allow jokes).
7) Vigilante (Greg Saunders)
It's a fact: every universe needs its own Clint Eastwood. And with Greg Saunders, a cowboy living the western dream, there's no denying that DC will at least consider him. He's an excellent horseman, a gunslinger, and unlike most characters who fight against alien creatures and warlords, he simply faces off against powerless costumed criminals. A presence like his would create a down-to-earth realism about the universe DC are creating. (no need for Jonah Hex, Warner Bros.)
6) Doomsday (The New 52)
Although his appearance in The Death of Superman storyline from Superman: Man of Steel Vol 1. #18 is the best, his character arc in The New 52 is an incredibly promising story that may be told. Remember Zod's body in the Batman vs Superman trailer? Yes, that is the possible reason for obtaining Kryptonite to create Doomsday. Nonetheless, he is an ancient monster born in the depths of Krypton, with enhanced physical strength and rock-like features on his body, proving to be extremely sharp. If DC plan to expand the story, we may well see "The Ultimate" (as he was originally referred to) face off against the Justice League.
5) Martian Manhunter (Silver Age: 50s and 60s)
J'onn J'onzz is a character that I find quite underrated: he is a Martian of Mars and a green extraterrestrial humanoid. But he is teleported to Earth to be examined by Dr. Saul Erdel. After the experimentation, he awaits the technology of his race to rescue him whilst, in the mean time, he does what any super-powered alien would do: clean up the streets from crime. This incarnation of Martian Manhunter is surprisingly dark in tone, often political, with his existence being characterized by the 50s era as an allegory of the Cold War. At least in my opinion....
4) King Shark (The New 52)
Unlike his original look, The New 52 sees King Shark as a humanoid hammerhead shark - and judging by the image, you can tell he likes his protein. His super villainy was used by Amanda Waller in the Suicide Squad; he is notorious for eating his once-teammate Yo-Yo. With characterisation like Shark's, it makes him a formidable force for any foe to face. And, frankly, the addition of a humanoid shark in a movie would be awesome. I'm still surprised David Ayer isn't using him for Suicide Squad, set for release in 2016.
3) Darkseid (The Great Darkness Saga)
Unlike his most recent outings against the Justice League in The New 52 storyline, his battles with The Legion of Superheroes is my personal favourite. And is ultimately the best. In this incarnation, he has been absent for centuries until his tyrannical rule leads him to transpose the planet Apokolips. Darkseid also places Daxam under a yellow sun, giving each of the inhabitants Kryptonian-like powers. The character in The Great Darkness Saga is more mysterious, and shows subtle glimpses of his obsession with Apokolips. Having him in a cinematic universe would prove to be a great threat to the Justice League - or The Legion of Super Heroes if DC develop them.....
2) Batman (Thomas Wayne From Flashpoint)
Thomas Wayne was once Batman? Yes, he sure was. And in the Flashpoint series, one that slightly deviates from DC law, is a time travel storyline....kinda. Only Barry Allen, Kid Flash and Booster Gold are aware of the differences between the regular timeline and the altered one. In this altered timeline, Thomas Wayne's Batman doesn't necessarily differ from the original Batman's methods of crime fighting, but the fact that T. Wayne could possibly be alive is an interesting narrative for a possible feature film. Imagine The Flash TV series connecting tissue with the DCCU to add in Thomas Wayne.....it gives me the tingles.
The blame falls on Krona for shifting to a completely different DC vernacular. He is the renegade immortal who unleashed evil into the DC Universe by daring to study the beginning of time itself. Hard-core DC fan-boys must be familiar with this character: his importance is paramount to the creation of the multiverse(s), timelines, characters and events. Maybe the DCCU could become "self aware", like Skynet, and understand that Krona created the entire DC Universe. I can just imagine Zack Snyder fantasizing about a stylised version.