Batmaniac's Idea For Race Origins In The DC Cinematic Universe
A look at how WB/DC could go about explaining and tying the together the different races that call Earth home in the DC Cinematic Universe. Hit the jump to check it out and share your thoughts!
It goes without saying that Earth in the DC Universe is home to quite a few races, who for the most part, haven't shared contact with each other for a long time. I have come up with a few theories to explain how the multiple races of Earth came to be, as well as ways they can tie together. First I'm going to start of with...
What are the origins of our species? Well, none of us know and I'm not sure if we ever will but the good thing about creating a fictional world is you can alter the events of history to you see fit. In the DC Cinematic Universes case, I believe that at some point, the origins of mankind's should be touched up on. My idea is that the ancestors of man are not only early evolutionary stages of homo-sapiens, but they all also very early evolutionary stages of what ancient man have to come to know as gods.
In my idea, an old god known as Gog came to Earth millions of years ago and seeded the Earth with early ancestors of man. His races choice to seed Earth with the early stages of man was to let their evolutionary process flow naturally, as his race thought if the race that was seeded were worthy enough, they'd eventually evolve into 'gods' themselves, but of course, this process takes millions of years.
Over time, humans evolved but the process was unnaturally accelerated by interference of the White Martians, an alien race from Mars. Their interference led to the human race evolving over a quick matter of time. As time went on, the humans of Earth made many technological advances, but the more technological advances the humans made, the less spiritual they became. This also relates to another race that inhabits the DC Cinematic Universe, but more on that later.
Over the course of time, humans have worshiped many alien races as deities or gods, some being the Olympian & Egyptian gods. Unable to explain many alien races abilities or technology at the time, humans mistakenly thought it was 'magic'. Humans have also had contact with other races that reside on Earth that are near identical to humans, some of them notably being the Atlanteans and The Amazons.
Remember I spoke about a Gog? Well Gog's race seeded other planets in the Universe with life, some notably being Thanagar and Krypton. Eventually, Gog's race eventually died out and became extinct, but they had quite a few offspring races, as well as cousin races, one notably being the Maltusian. Fans will know a select few Maltusians went on to become the Oans, but more on that later. Notable off spring races of the Old Gods are The Olympians, New Gods, Egyptian Gods and more.
The Olympians eventually came to and settled on Earth for some time, making their mark on the planet. In that time, a sub-species known as The Amazons sprouted from Ares, and settled on Earth. The Amazons came into conflict with man of many occasions and had a very poor opinion on man as a whole.
Eventually, due to a huge conflict, the Amazons secluded themselves from the rest of the Earth, using Olympian technology to cloak the island away for the rest of the worlds inhabitants. The Olympians granted the Amazons an extended life span, which compared to humans, seemed immortal. Due to being the offspring race of Ares, the Amazon possess enhanced abilities compared to humans.
The Atlanteans are the offspring race of Poseidon, which creates a direct link between the Amazons and Atlanteans. The Atlanteans, unlike the Amazons, made their own improvements on Olympian technology, while the Amazons were more traditional and basic, only using the Olympian technology that was gifted to them from the Olympians.
The Atlanteans were the dominant species of the Earth in ancient times. The Atlanteans were highly regarded by humans, and were far more technologically advanced. As usual, humans often confused their technological advances and enhanced abilities for magic.
Over time, disaster struck Atlantis, and the city sunk into the ocean. To survive, the Atlanteans used their technology to alter their DNA to being able to adapt to survive in the ocean, as well as using their technology to protect the city in the sinking so it could also survive and prosper in the ocean. The Atlanteans chose to dominate the seas, and secluded themselves away from the surface dwellers. Majority of the world believed Atlantis to be extinct and over time, Atlantis became a myth.
However, that myth still lingers in modern day thanks the philosopher Plato, who managed to find himself in the events of the Man Of Steel, where shown in a flashback, a young Clark Kent is seen reading a book on Plato. Now, if Clark read a book about Plato, I'm pretty sure he has heard of Atlantis, right? Now I'm not sure whether Clark currently believes it was real (or still is), but I have no doubt in my mind he had a good wonder during his soul searching years.
The Meta-Humans and Homo-Magi
Now, I'm sure some have appeared in the DC Cinematic Universe already, but as of right now and when I say right now, I mean by the end of the events of the Man Of Steel, the public is not aware of their existence. But lets get into who they are. The meta-humans are a subspecies of the human race that possess special abilities and powers. Its basically DC's equivalents to mutants, so explaining their existence pretty much works the same way. The Atlanteans also have their own subspecies know as homo-magi, and just like the meta-humans, they evolved off from the Atlantean race into their own subspecies.
I'm pretty sure we will start seeing some meta-humans and homo-magi soon enough, but in all honesty, explaining their existence is pretty simple to do. In my idea, the homo-magi and meta-humans already exist, but the public are no mo aware of them as they were Superman before the events of the Man Of Steel.
How They Tie Together
The humans, Atlanteans & Amazons have shared the Earth for a long time, and majority of the time, they have had little contact with each other. The Amazons and man have had conflicts, which resulted in the Amazons having an extremely poor opinion on man. Humans, Kryptonians, and other alien species share a common ancestors that were known as Old Gods who are long extinct. The Olympians are an offspring race of the Old Gods and both the Atlanteans and Amazons of offspring of Olympians, sharing a direct connect through common ancestors.
The Martians, a race I haven't really touched up on right now, also share a connect with the humans since they were the ones who sped up the humans evolutionary process. This provides a tie that could/should be brought up when the Martian Manhunter is inevitably introduced.
To touch up on the Old Gods decision to let the life they had seeded on planets naturally grow was to prevent races from going a stray. They believe for race to truly continue to evolve, they must balance their progress spiritually and technologically. It was believed by the Old Gods that interference with the natural evolutionary progression usually led to the race leaning toward one side or the other. This hand in hand ties with the Kryptonians eventual fate as a race.
The Kryptonians, as you know in the DC Cinematic Universe, got to a point where they had such minimal technological advances of a long period of time, their civilization came to an evolutionary halt. A way of explaining how their race led to this is through the lack of evolving spiritually while continuously making technological advances, which led to them become the civilization at a stand still we saw in the Man Of Steel. As Jor-El basically said, Krypton had lost their way and to the old Gods, Krypton is a prime example of a race that didn't evolve naturally. Of course, to explain that, Krypton's evolutionary process must of been interfered also. I do have an idea that involves Rao, a deity that belongs to a offspring race of the Old Gods that Kryptonian's named their sun after. I'm not going to get into that, but I'm sure you get the idea.
Back to the Maltusians, they are the precursor race of the Oans, who are best known as the Guardians of the Universe. The Maltusians are race of Old Gods that existed in the DC Cinematic Universe. At a point at time, a group Oan's came to earth and humans mistakenly took them for gods, notably the Sumerian gods the Annunaki.
"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders." - Jor-El
In my idea, there is a much bigger meaning to that quote from Jor-El. As Jor-El explained in the Man Of Steel, Krypton lost its way due to an interference the Old God's that seeded their race were dead set against, and so has the human race on Earth. Earth in modern times has started to become less spiritual & faithful but have continued to advance technologically as a race. Superman's appearance is sure to have changed the way people see things on Earth in the DC Cinematic Universe, and it is sure to effect Earth's future in a big way.
The time of logical reasoning for believing is over in the DC Cinematic Universe as no human can currently logically explained what they witnessed that day in Metropolis. Man now once again share contact with gods, and man again finally have a reason to believe in more than what they can understand. Whether or not Superman's appearance will prevent man from becoming like Krypton is to be seen, but one things for sure, the Earth will never be the same.
Even though some of these races share common ancestors or direct links with one another, they are all vastly different, while also being similar in a lot of ways. This is just a rough idea of a way WB/DC could present each race's origins and possibly tie them together. Please feel free to express your opinions on my ideas below and your own ideas on how WB/DC could present and tie their inhabitants of Earth together.
Thanks for reading.
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