Warner Bros. is really kicking things into high gear with their superhero properties lately. With this year's Batman v Superman, the upcoming Suicide Squad, and next year's Wonder Woman, they're showing absolutely no signs of slowing down the increasingly anticipatory momentum. Fans are rabid to see what lies in store for the DCCU, especially given the controversial response that surrounded Batman v Superman. I for one, am particularly interested to see what lies beyond Justice League and the spectacular expanded universe of DC characters and stories that Warner Bros. hasn't even considered yet.
In my rather short lifetime, the most iconic moment of the DCEU so far has to be the critically acclaimed animated series, Justice League, than ran on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2006. It served as a sequel series of sorts to both Batman and Superman's individual animated shows.
The show had such an excellent dynamic amongst the group - made up of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl - that it became almost relatably comical at times to see them work out their issues collectively as you'd expect a close-knit yet slightly dysfunctional family to do. It is my opinion that by looking back at the success of the animated series and the wonderful stories it told, Warner Bros. could easily tap into a metric ton's worth of fandom hope and excitement. Particularly, bringing in one of the more overlooked members of the League, may just be the first step in the right direction.
Starting with this one:
Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol): The Standout of Justice League
Hawkgirl aka Shayera Hol had one of the absolute best story arcs I've ever seen on any DC animated film or series ever! The invasion of Earth by her home species - The Thanagarians - set the stage for the conclusion of the original series that left viewers both heartbroken and in disbelief. To this day, I still can't call to any other show outdoing that daring finale. Her reintroduction in Justice League Unlimited brought tears to my eyes as she was forced to end the life of a creature - the thought-to-be-dead Solomon Grundy - she had truly come to love in her own special way. Shayera Hol showcased how a female character can be both the biggest badass in the room and, at times, also be the most delicate.
Look, we all know Justice League needs more female members. They've got an entire universe of leading ladies to work with and not even considering the idea is a complete waste of DC's abilities. My vote, to even out the current sausage fest that is Zack Snyder's Justice League, is to include Hawkgirl in all her unique, abrasive, and powerful glory.
We all deserve something better than what we've seen of Hawkgirl on Legends of Tomorrow, don't you think? Make it happen, Warner Bros. It's the least you can do.
Justice League is currently slated to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.
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