The DC Universe streaming service is one of the last bastions of good DC content we can find on the screens as of now. After Justice League led to the DCEU’s debacle, James Wan was forced to make the Warner Bros. Studios push the reset button with his Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa as the titular character. But before Aquaman breathed new life into the DC Movie universe, the DC Universe streaming service gifted us with Titans, a live-action Teen Titan show that showed immense promise and delivered splendidly. But Titans does not have to be DC’s final moments of strength before its eventual downfall. There are tons of characters in DC that could be used for a similar, dark-toned and bleakly themed small screen shows. Presenting – 10 Characters that need to join the DC Universe TV Shows after Titans!!
John Henry Irons was a genius inventor. He was hired by a top American etch company where he researched on and developed cutting edge technology for the benefit of mankind. When Irons found out that the company was using his research to create weapons, he bolted and almost got killed only to be rescued by Superman. Irons would later develop a suit that would help emulate the various powers of Superman. Steel is an African American superhero icon and his origins would connect him to Superman the same way Robin’s does to Batman.
Nuidis Vulko is a hero whose name will forever remain unsung in the history of DC Comic book pages. The guy trained Aquaman, made Orm into what he is and has served the throne of Atlantis even before Orm was born. But he never complained. He always liked to work from the shadows when it came to executing the will of the greater good.
Vulko, if he ever gets a TV Show, does not have to be set in the current timeline and star Dafoe as the lead. It could be a prequel series showing us the journey of the Vulko until the day he becomes the Grand Vizier of the Atlantis.
Mister Miracle and Big Barda
The New Gods duo is seldom seen separately in the comic books. Mister Miracle used to be a slave in Granny Goodness’ terror pits. But he managed to escape her seemingly impenetrable prison and come to Earth, where he made quite a name for himself as Mister Miracle, the greatest escape artist of the universe.
Big Barda was the leader of the Female Furies, the Galaxy’s fiercest fighting force hailing from Apokolips, and she was sent to capture Miracle and bring him back. Both eventually fell in love. This show could be a nifty little tie into the eventual introduction of Darkseid in the DCEU’s near future.
We all know about Zatanna, the hottest magician on the planet. We also know her father quite well. Zatara, like his daughter, was a truly gifted mage. But do you know that Zatanna has a brother? But while Zatara and Zatanna are gifted magicians, Zachary quite sucks at it. Even still, he has managed to become a member of the Teen Titans. He has still trouble realizing his true potential and runs away from a fight the moment the odds go against him. But it is this complex characterization that makes him TV Show material.
DC has a thing for the dark and gritty but the fans always want something light and funny. How do you reach a compromise between the two? You create something that is dark as well as funny. This is where Frankenstein comes in. This guy is no more that walking patched up zombie from the 19th Century. This guy has survived and pretty much is the protector of the human world from supernatural threats. He is a member of S.H.A.D.E and carries a sword into battle. Oh, and did we mention that he is also a lover of poetry and the classical arts?!?!
The Midnighter is when Batman and Captain America come together. He has extreme physical abilities, the maximum a human could achieve, and his mind happens to contain what his enemies call a ‘battle computer’. Midnighter can read an opponent’s moves before he or she makes them, meaning he can predict what you are going to do even before you do it.
This makes him a formidable tactician, probably the best in the whole damn world. Midnighter is also gay and happens to have a Superman pastiche called Apollo as a boyfriend. Since DC is all about the new and untested, the Midnighter would make a worthy addition.
Rorschach is a guy who would defy the will of the Gods and look cool super cool while doing it. Rorschach is a dark and gritty character that has a Machiavellianism approach to justice. He believes the world is fundamentally flawed and there is no way of saving it. Yet he insists on doing the right thing even if it means seeing his actions fail humanity at the very end. And he does it again and again and again, all in vain in an endless loop. Rorschach’s character is perfect for a DC Universe show.
There is already a show on the guy but it is only a shadow of the character’s actual self. V is not someone you would like to mess with. It is because the guy is not only capable of seemingly superhuman feats but is also extremely unpredictable. The movie gave us some insight into this morally polarizing fellow.
In a world that is ruled by a fascist Big Brother-like police state, V is the only thing that stands between a free world and total Armageddon. What this show could have is extreme levels of violence and gore and really dark tones that would never be allowed in classic DC TV shows since the character itself is twisted enough.
Grifter was a decorated war veteran and highly skilled in his line of trade until he was captured by shape-shifting malevolent aliens called the Daemonites for the purpose of possessing his body and turning him into their operative. Grifter managed to escape but gained telekinetic and telepathic abilities due to the half-completed process of infusion. Grifter also gained the ability to look through a Daemonite’s disguise and now wages a one man war against all veil aliens. He also happens to be the father of an alternate Earth’s (Earth 2) Lana Lang and has a daughter who is actually a highly volatile tempered Godlike entity.
Adam Strange is already part of Krypton in a way. But we know that the show is actually canon to the DC Extended Universe. This means that Adam Strange can also be very much a part of the DC Streaming service since his current position in the timeline poses no continuity errors for the superhero universe. As the scientist, Adam Strange discovered the ‘Zeta Beam’ – a powerful energy beam that can teleport Strange to the planet Rann, a war-torn planet where he found his true calling as a hero and also, the love of his life.
The only problem is that the Zeta Beam’s teleportation effects are temporary and Adam Strange will come back to Earth after a short period of time. All of this will make for a great production. Adam Strange from Krypton itself could appear as him in a DC TV show. All he needs is the official nod of the studio.
The last live-action DC Universe show to be released was Titans. The official film synopsis of Titan reads:
Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and love-able Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.