EDITORIAL: Five Non-Powered DC COMICS Characters That Need Big Screen Exposure
The appeal of superhero films are the larger than life abilities they possess, but there are always those other characters who are just as important but do not possess any super-powers. Who should be featured on-screen though?
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that comics are filled with larger-than-life superheroes to fulfill our greatest fantasies, but what about the characters that don’t have powers? In comic books, there are characters that don’t possess abilities but are just as important as the powered heroes. Notable characters of this type are Lois Lane, Amanda Waller, Dick Grayson, The Joker and obviously Batman. However, all of the ones that were just mentioned have indeed been featured in a film regardless of whether their portrayal was faithful to their comic book persona. Now with the news that Warner Bros. is definitely trying to get a Justice League movie going, these characters could eventually appear in a DC shared universe.
Jason Todd/Red Hood
Jason Todd deserves to be on the big screen because he is an incredibly badass character; a murderous vigilante who still helps Gotham. Starting out as a rebellious kid, Jason was soon adopted by Batman and took up the mantle of Robin. After being kidnapped by The Joker, Jason was killed in a warehouse explosion alongside his mother. Now resurrected by the Lazarus Pit, Jason dons the Red Hood alias and isn’t afraid to kill. If the script and direction is right, they could get the perfect parallel between Jason and Bruce’s method of crime fighting on screen. It could really test the strength and depths of how far Bruce’s morals really go. The next Batman reboot needs to have Jason.
Casting ChoiceJensen Ackles (Supernatural) is an extremely popular choice, and he even voiced Jason in Batman: Under The Red Hood. After watching Supernatural for seven years, I support this casting.
The Question (Vic Sage)
For those who don’t know, The Question is a character who sees the whole world as a conspiracy theory. The Question could add some excellent mystery to a Justice League movie, with Sage revealing red-herrings to throw off the fans on their theories while watching the film. He was heavily used in the animated Justice League Unlimited series. Sadly, this version of The Question no longer exists as DC decided to retcon all of his famous history and turn The Question into a magical based being who was stripped of his identity. Hopefully the New 52 incarnation of The Question is soon disregarded and never makes it to the big screen.
Casting ChoicesAlthough casting a character that hides his face seems pretty easy, I still think the studio behind the movie needs to give it a lot of thought. I personally think either David Tennant (Doctor Who, Fright Night) or Misha Collins (Supernatural) could be great in this role. No, it’s not because they both wear trench coats. (Or maybe it is.)
There are obviously plenty of fans that have asked why this hasn’t happened sooner, especially in Nolan’s trilogy (despite possibly creating a drastic change to the character). Harley Quinn deserves to be on film because she is an integral part in Batman mythology. Not only is she the overly attached girlfriend of The Joker, but she also has some unique skills of her own. On the outside, Harley may seem like a fool but she is actually incredibly smart due to her background as a psychiatrist. Harley definitely shouldn’t be seen as weak, as she has the knowledge to take down Batman herself, which was evident in Batman: The Animated Series. Harley had captured Batman and would have killed him if The Joker didn’t stop her. Making her debut in a cartoon to become one of the best comic characters, I think it's time for some movie exposure.
Casting ChoiceI’ve seen plenty of names thrown around for Harley and I personally don’t have a good idea but perhaps someone like Hayden Panettiere (Scream 4, Heroes) or Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) could pull off a great psychotic like Harley.
Green Arrow/Oliver Queen
DC’s flagship archer must eventually get his big-screen adaptation, or at least be featured in a Justice League movie. Oliver Queen was a billionaire who was shipwrecked on an island. While stranded on the island, Queen discovered many different methods of survival and mastered archery. Upon returning to Star City, he took the responsibility of protecting the city under the alias of Green Arrow. Not only has he been in several television appearances but he is also starring in his own upcoming TV show on The CW. Wouldn’t that be perfect way to set up the character for a massive movie?
Casting ChoiceKeeping it simple: Stephen Amell. Although it's highly unlikely any actor portraying a character on the small screen would be used in a movie version, there's a first time for everything! If Amell proves popular, why not?
The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)
Helena Bertinelli is not widely known by the casual audience, although she did have her time to shine in the Justice League TV series. Helena is a very tragic character, much like Batman. She witnessed the death of her family at a very young age which eventually prompted her to seek revenge on the assassin who killed her parents. However, she lacks the solid morals that Batman has which will thrust fans into unfamiliar territory if she is ever to star in her own movie, or alongside the Justice League. Even though the movie may need the R rating, Helena would be perfect for the big screen, especially against or alongside Batman.
Casting ChoiceI think this is an extremely tough role to cast, so I took to Twitter to ask my followers. Most replied with Kate Beckinsale. What do you think?
Obviously, there are plenty more characters that don't have powers that deserve a spot on the big screen, but these five are the ones I would like to see most. Which of these five would you want to see on the big screen? Vote below.
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