BySean Bailey, writer at
A future film director and writer who's a sucker for superheroes, comics and monsters!
Sean Bailey

The only movie we've seen is Man of Steel, yet DC already has a plan for their Cinematic Universe. A plan that includes Shazam, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and many more! Yet, there's still a wide range of characters that they haven't announced will be joining the universe. Some characters are essential pieces to the DC Universe, and the movies shouldn't have to miss out on them. Here are the four characters I think need to be in the DCCU, and who I think should play them.

1. Red Hood

You can't call yourself a true Batman fan if you don't know about the Red Hood. But in case you don't know, the short story is he was the second Robin, brutally murdered by the Joker then revived by Ra's Al Ghul. Fueled by a rage against Batman because he didn't avenge him, he turns into the vigilante Red Hood.

He's my favorite anti-hero, and he's one of Batman's greatest obstacles. Red Hood is the primary example of the Dark Knight's mistakes, and he always makes Batman question whether his way is the right way to fight crime. If they make him the focus of the Batman movie to be directed by Ben Affleck, I'd be first in line for that movie. Then again, I'm first in line for every Batman movie.

Yes, I know he already voiced the Red Hood in the animated movie, but I can't think of anyone else doing the role. Most people know Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural, and it's the greatest evidence for how awesome he would be as Red Hood. He has experience with playing characters who are motivated by vengeance and rage, and he could clearly show the pain that this character has had to live through. I'm crossing my fingers for this guy!

2. Green Lantern (John Stewart)

Most of us still have the memory of the Green Lantern movie stuck in our heads, no matter how hard we try to get rid of it. The best way that DC can make up for that mistake and help people forget about it is by giving us a different Green Lantern. And there's no better choice than John Stewart. In a lot of ways, he's a much better choice than Hal Jordan. In my opinion, he was a much more powerful Green Lantern than Jordan ever was, so DC would have a better opportunity to explore the abilities of this hero. And obviously, John would add to DC's already growing diversity. I mean, we have an Israeli playing Wonder Woman, and a Hawaiian playing Aquaman. John Stewart would be able to fit in this universe quite nicely.

For the longest time, Tyrese Gibson hasn't just been teasing that he's gonna land the role of Green Lantern, he's all but confirmed that it's going to happen, stating that he'd be the best Green Lantern. And I find it hard to disagree with him. To me, he's a virtual carbon copy to John Stewart. And if you've seen any of his films, he can play the wise-cracking yet willpower-fueled character with ease.

3. Martian Manhunter

If you thought Superman's origin story was sad, Martian Manhunter's should've shattered your heart to pieces. Like Kal El, J'onn J'onzz is the last member of the Martians, but he had to watch as his entire planet was destroyed by an irreversible fire. He had to watch as his entire family die along with the rest of his race. But instead of letting that pain become him, he started a new life on Earth, and sought to prevent the same fate from occurring to his new home. We see a lot of characters, like the Punisher, who become consumed by the rage of losing a loved one, and then go on a quest to destroy those they hold responsible. J'onn J'onzz instead learned how to escape the pain and became a new man in the process.

Djimon Hounsou is the only man I want to see performing this character. I see that he could show the Martian Manhunter learn how to cope with that pain and rage he feels for the loss of his home, but he would also be able to show a man with compassion and love for his new home on Earth. He could show a man who finds a reason to be good once again.

4. Green Arrow

I was pretty angry when I saw that DC's plan hadn't included Green Arrow. I know that doesn't mean he won't ever be in the movies, but it better happen soon. The main reason that I love this character is for the same reason I love Batman. They're superheroes, but they don't need powers. And the DCCU should use those characters when they can, because from the looks of Batman v. Superman, there seems to be a major theme of God v. Man. Green Arrow would be the perfect edition to that idea.

I know this is another easy choice, but I can't help it. Stephen Amell has been doing the role of Oliver Queen for nearly four years on Arrow, and he has slowly perfected his performance. And now it seems he's finally becoming the Green Arrow. This would be the perfect opportunity to bring the character into the movies. I just can't see a lot of people doing the role instead of Stephen. He performs the role similarly to how Christian Bale performed Batman. The Arrow and Oliver Queen are two very different characters, so Amell performs them as if they're two unique characters. He'd be the perfect vigilante in the DCCU.

Obviously there are many other characters that should be included in the movies, but these are the ones who I believe have the most to offer the growing universe. Some of them add to DC's flourishing diversity, while some contribute to its wide range of original origin stories. But each of these characters would make DC a more unique franchise.



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