After Superman and Batman team up (or fight) in director Zack Snyder's Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the filmmaker and Warner Bros. will finally present "Justice League," a movie fans have been clamoring for since, well, forever. We already know that Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman will join Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, and it was recently been confirmed that Cyborg will make his film debut in "Batman/Superman" as played by Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash and probably Tyrese Gibson as Green Lantern (John Stewart) That's a generous helping of heroes, but with "Justice League" on the horizon and the stakes undoubtedly going up, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg will need more allies from among the ranks of DC Comics' greatest champions.
- 1-Martian Manhunter
- J'onn J'onzz is one of oldest, most classical superheroes in the DCU who rarely gets his due. He has the presence of Batman, the physical prowess of Superman and the psychic powers of Charles Xavier, all neatly tied together in a backstory that is part noir, part sci-fi. It makes one wonder how no previous movies have attempted to introduce the Manhunter onscreen. Any villains formidable enough to provoke a response form the Justice League will be big, possibly even otherworldly, and the Manhunter's inclusion could help DC expand their cinematic world beyond Earth and Krypton. Martian Manhunter would be just as comfortable battling aliens in space with Superman as he would solving a mystery in a darkened ally with Batman. J'onn is arguably the most adaptable character in DC's pantheon and it's high time mainstream audiences discover the awesome potential of DC's first Silver Age character.
The magic doesn't have to end with Zatanna, and if the cinematic DCU keeps following DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns' lead, it won't. Billy Batson, also known as Shazam, is deeply immersed in the world of magic. Shazam has long been long rumored to star in his own film (also from Warner Bros.), rumors that have been tempered recently with rumblings that the former Captain Marvel is considered too similar to Superman. While Warner Bros. may not want a competing superhero franchise, they could definitely stand to introduce him in a "Justice League" film and allow moviegoers to see why their similarities exist only on the surface and why Shazam is a character who uniquely stands alone in the annals of comic history. Shazam could also be used as the film's point of view character, to allow fans who haven't seen the previous "Man of Steel" movies to get a sense of what this new world is like. As comic book readers know, Shazam's secret identity is a young boy named Billy Batson whose wide-eyed reactions to the gods and champions of the League could really drive home just how awe-inspiring each member of the team is and they could serve as mentors to the young hero. Shazam's connection to the Greek gods could also be used to tie the character in with any future Wonder Woman film efforts, and his youthful spirit could bring some much needed humor and levity to the rather bleak world introduced in "Man of Steel." Billy Batson could instills a little innocence in the world of Superman and Batman, a hero who shows the other champions that there is still joy left in the world. With one magic world, the DC film universe could be changed forever.
I know, I know. Listen: This movie needs women. More to the point, it needs a relatable female heroine.
But let’s be bold. Brave and bold. Let’s take a character with a goofy name and about fifty different origin stories and turn her into an essential piece of the Justice League puzzle. It’s not the first time that happened: The cartoon Justice League brought in Hawkgirl, at least in part because they just needed another gosh darn lady. (Adding in Hawkgirl means this could be the rare superhero movie that passes the Bechdel test.) And Hawkgirl’s tangled continuity is its own reward. When Snyder and his crew radically change Superman, fanboys will inevitably whine. But literally any change they make to Hawkgirl will be a net positive. So I say they zero in on a few key elements from Hawk mythology. Lose Hawkman: He’s boring. But let’s take one of the original key elements of his character and shift it over. Let’s make our Hawkgirl into a renegade archaeologist – think Tomb Raider – who discovers a mysterious artifact buried in an ancient pyramid/tomb/ruin. Let’s make one key change straight out of the Sam Raimi playbook: Instead of artificial wings, she sprouts actual wings as a result, which means A) you’ve immediately set up a nice dichotomy between Hawkgirl and the specimens of human perfection on the team and B) you set up lots of easy jokes about how hard it is to dress for wings, plus she's more of a "big" character, she needs the big screen special effects to show her magnificence not the Tv series ones in the Dc Legends of Tomorrow that kind of effects apply more for characters like Black Canary the ones with less superpowers or more realistic
- 4-Green Arrow
Speaking of television, for the past two seasons fans have been treated to weekly doses of Oliver Queen on The CW's "Arrow." While some might think this cancels Ollie out of the "League" equation due to projects occupying two different DCUs, that might be short sighted thinking. "Arrow" has proven to be a massive success in its second season and star Stephen Amell's savvy social media presence is quickly putting him in rarified air. An easy solution to separate these two live-action Emerald Archers would be for "Arrow" to stay the course with Ollie's younger adventured while a more mature, goateed Arrow could appear in "Justice League." While that would likely cancel out Amell's involvement, it does fit more in line with Green Arrow's Justice League adventures, where he has always been the experienced swashbuckler who flies into danger with rudimentary weapons and unabashed courage. While the portrayal and age of Ollie might still need some sorting, and "Justice League" story needs a down to Earth character to ground it, and Green Arrow, particularly the older, more pragmatic Ollie Queen would definitely hit the mark.