What DC Comics Hero Will Get Their Own TV Show Next?

DC has had success bringing their heroes to the small screen. Arrow led the way on the CW. This was followed by Flash on the CW and Constantine on NBC. The later was short-lived but now he pops up on Arrow. Last year we got a young Batman on Fox’s Gotham. This year Supergirl debuted on CBS. Which will be crossing over with the Flash later this month. Plus the CW added Legends of Tomorrow featuring: Atom, Firestorm and Hawk Girl. In television success breeds more success. Which got me thinking, who’s next? Some possibilities follow.

Nighwing (Dick Grayson)
Out from under Batman’s shadow Nightwing is a compelling character. His fighting skills are on par with Batman yet he is on many levels so much saner and better adjusted. Of course, maybe that hurts him as a character? Nightwing was going to be a main character on TNT’s now defunct Titans series. It would be fun to see him strike out alone as he explores becoming his own man away from Batman. Plus he has an interesting love life dating the likes of Starfire.

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Wonder Woman
They’d tried doing this one in 2011 with Adrianne Palicki (now Mockingbird on AOS) playing everybody’s favorite amazon. It was a mess. In this series Wonder Woman was both a business woman (who’s business was marketing Wonder Woman) and a deadly superhero and yet she also had a “normal” alter-ego Diana Prince.  It was terrible on many levels. For instance in one scene they actually argue about the size of her action figures breasts. Just because this show was bad that doesn’t mean the character still wouldn’t work if they didn’t make it so complicated. After all Diana is one of the most powerful DC heroes nearly as strong as superman and a better fighter than batman. A powerful woman in a man’s world.  She just needs a real show where she doesn’t torture and kill bad guys because that’s not her.

Green Lantern – Hal Jordan
Just because it was a terrible movie doesn’t mean it can’t be a great TV show. After all Green Lantern is as iconic as Flash and Green Arrow. You often see them working together in Justice League. Hal is a regular guy, test pilot who has a ring that allows him to stand toe to toe with Superman. Plus he’s a guardian of Earth. This could be a very cosmic series.

Zatanna
This fun-loving and powerful magic user has been seen in Smallville but still hasn’t soloed. She is certainly the least known and least iconic of this bunch but she is still an interesting character. She’s learning to come to terms with her powers which are virtually “do whatever you want” as long as you speak backwards. Oh she has dated Constantine which adds to her cool factor.

Aquaman
The king of Atlantis. Also made a live action debut on Smallville. Yeah he gets “dissed” a lot because his power is “talks to fish”. But he really is a lot more than that. He is super strong, an excellent warrior and king of an advanced under water civilization. Could make a nice fish out of water series.

So which DC comic would you like to see star in their own live action show?


Note: this post assumes adult Batman and Superman are off limits due to movie duties.

John Zakour
John Zakour
John Zakour is a humor / sf/ fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior. He has written thousands of gags for syndicated comics, comedians and TV shows (including: Rugrats, The tonight show and, Joan River's old TV show.) John has written seven humorous SF novels for Daw books (the first The Plutonium Blonde was named the funniest SF book of 2001 by The Chronicle of Science Fiction). John has also written three YA books, four humorous self-help books and three books on HTML. John has also optioned two TV shows and three movies. John currently writes his own syndicated comics, Working Daze and Maria’s Day for Universal Press and has a regular following with over 100,000 readers. John currently writes Bart Simpsons comics for Bongo comics. Spacerun, a video game John wrote the story to recently passed 100,000 sales. In the 80s and 90s John was a computer programmer and web guru for Cornell University and was also an EMT and judo instructor.

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