Now that the DCEU has finally scored a hit with June’s release of Wonder Woman, our excitement for the upcoming Justice League film is really starting to build. As we anxiously count down the days until November 17th, we’ve begun to wonder, Which members of the League will we be seeing in the future?
We already know a little of what to expect with Zack Snyder’s Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, but with 150 members on its roster, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have our own list of favorites that we’re dying to see have their time to shine on the big screen.
Here’s hoping we get our wish in the next few years. But mostly, here’s hoping that Snyder doesn’t flush our dreams down the toilet this holiday season.
THE ATOM (DR. RAY PALMER)
First appearance: Showcase #34 (Oct. 1961)
Created by: Julius Schwartz (editor and co-plotter) // Gardner Fox (writer) // Gil Kane (artist)
Abilities: Ability to shrink and grow his body and other objects to varying degrees (including the subatomic level) while manipulating his weight to his advantage // Maintains strength of normal size in shrunken state // Genius level intellect // Ph.D. in physics
The Atom is kind of like DC’s version of Ant-Man, except for the fact that he was created a year prior (sorry ‘bout it, Marvel fans). You can currently catch him on the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow (played by DC veteran Brandon Routh), but we think he’d make a great addition to the League’s big screen lineup.
VIXEN (MARI JIWE MCCABE)
First appearance: Action Comics #521 (July 1981)
Created by: Gerry Conway // Bob Oksner
Abilities: Mimics the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth // Healing factor
Vixen is one of those comic heroes who’s able to walk the line between good and, let’s say, not-so-good. She’s been a member of both the Suicide Squad and the Justice League, so she knows how to play both sides, which makes her a valuable asset to any superhero group.
BLUE BEETLE (TED KORD)
First appearance: Captain Atom #83 (November 1966)
Created by: Steve Ditko
Abilities: Genius-level intellect // Excellent athlete, acrobat, and hand-to-hand combatant // Possesses advanced weapons and equipment // Highly skilled spy
Genius? Check. Acrobat? Check. Access to alien tech? Check. Add to it a wisecracking attitude, and you’ve got one of the most undervalued — and probably most entertaining — League members in its entire history.
ZATANNA (ZATANNA ZATARA)
First appearance: Hawkman #4 (October–November 1964)
Created by: Julius Schwartz // Gardner Fox // Murphy Anderson
Abilities: Skilled and powerful user of magic
Zatanna is not only one of the most powerful sorceresses in the entire DC universe, but she’s been a close friend and romantic interest to several prominent characters, including Batman himself. Her appearance in a future film is pretty much a no-brainer at this point, but we’d be willing to settle for a one-off with Constantine star Matt Ryan somewhere down the line.
BLACK CANARY (DINAH LAUREL LANCE)
First appearance: Flash Comics #86 (August 1947)
Created by: Robert Kanigher (writer) // Carmine Infantino (artist)
Abilities: Expert martial artist // Possess an Ultrasonic scream (Canary Cry)
Black Canary isn’t just another pretty DC face; she’s a certified ass-kicker with a sonic scream to boot, plus a founding member of the Birds of Prey, a group we’d love to see hit the big screen in their own DC spinoff. Katie Cassidy currently plays the character on the CW’s Arrow, and we wouldn’t be opposed to her bringing Black Canary to life in Snyder’s universe.
GREEN ARROW (OLIVER QUEEN)
First appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
Created by: Mort Weisinger // George Papp
Abilities: Acute accuracy and dexterity // World-class archer, bowman and marksman // Highly skilled martial artist, escapologist and swordsman // Highly skilled acrobat and athlete // Intelligent tactician // Peak of human physical and mental conditions // Use of high tech vehicles, gadgets, armor, and a compound bow with a variety of trick arrows
Speaking of the CW and DC, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Green Arrow on this list. More brawler than martial arts combatant, he’s something of the everyman version of Batman — less broody, more relatable, more appealing to the female audience, particularly when he’s being portrayed by fan favorite Stephen Amell.
BATGIRL/ORACLE (BARBARA GORDON)
First appearance: (as Batgirl) Detective Comics #359 (January 1967) // (as Oracle) Suicide Squad #23 (January 1989)
Created by: William Dozier // Julius Schwartz // Carmine Infantino
Abilities: Skilled in computer science and hacking // Skilled hand-to-hand combatant // Utilizes high-tech equipment and weapons
Daughter of Commissioner Jim Gordon, co-founder of the Birds of Prey, and ally to Batman, Barbara Gordon is one of the most intelligent and skilled women in the DC universe. After being paralyzed by the Joker in The Killing Joke, her character is reinvented as Oracle, thereby extending her intellectual expertise to members of the DC universe far beyond the Dark Knight, and making her one of the most kickass heroines to ever enter the League.
NIGHTWING (DICK GRAYSON)
First appearance: Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (July 1984)
Created by: Marv Wolfman // George Pérez
Abilities: Skilled acrobat and aerialist // Skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant // Utilizes high-tech equipment and weapons
What do you do when you’ve outgrown the green tights of Batman’s boy-sidekick, Robin? You become a better superhero than your mentor, and you go on to lead the new crop of Justice Leaguers. Nightwing is not only the modern version of Batman, he’s the future of the Justice League, if the DCEU can actually make it that far.
HAWKGIRL (SHIERA HALL)
First appearance: Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Created by: Gardner Fox // Dennis Neville // Sheldon Moldoff
Abilities: Flight via Nth metal feathered wings // Reincarnation via Nth metal knife // Superhuman strength and super-acute vision // Highly skilled armed and unarmed combatant // Utilizes Nth metal gravity-defying belt and archaic weaponry
Hawkgirl is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess who was murdered, along with her lover, with a blade made from Nth metal. As a result, she carries with her generations of memories from previous lives and the ability to pick up where she last left off if she’s killed again. Immortality, plus wings and a mace, equals so much yes.
DR. FATE (KENT NELSON)
First appearance: More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940)
Created by: Gardner Fox // Howard Sherman
Abilities: Mastery of magic
A master sorcerer and physician with the power of flight, super strength, and telepathic abilities… sounds vaguely familiar, although, again, this DC superhero came along 20 years before its Marvel rival. Dr. Fate is at the top of the list of DC magicians (Constantine would be here, too, if not for his wavering alliances), and he’s a serious asset when it comes to supernatural foes.
GREEN LANTERN (JOHN STEWART)
First appearance: Green Lantern #87 (December 1971)
Created by: Dennis O’Neil // Neal Adams
Abilities: Wields Oan power ring — Superhuman strength, speed, and durability // Generation of hard-light constructs // Flight
Anyone who’s watched the animated Justice League series knows what’s up with Green Lantern. And it isn’t some CGI, Ryan Reynolds-played-Hal Jordan, superhero wannabe. John Stewart is the Green Lantern we all need on the big screen — an expert sniper whose powers may actually exceed the strength of his ring. Plus, he’s the best flyer in the entire Corps, so there’s that.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER (J’ONN J’ONZZ)
First appearance: Detective Comics #225 (Nov. 1955)
Created by: Joseph Samachson (writer) // Joe Certa (artist)
Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, and durability // Mass manipulation, including shapeshifting, invisibility, and intangibility // Flight // Martian nine senses // Mind Control // Plasma beam projection // Telekinesis // Telepathy
How is Martian Manhunter not in the Justice League movie?! is a question we’ve been asking ourselves since day one. Not only is he a founding member of the original League, but he’s one of the most powerful superheroes in the entire DC universe, not to mention one of the most intelligent. You can currently catch David Harewood’s portrayal of J’onn J’onzz on the CW’s Supergirl, but we think his big break in theaters is long overdue.