The last couple of years seems to be the Age of Comic Book Movies. With so many movies having been released and many more on its way; the rest of the Phase 3 MCU films, the continuation of the DCEU extended universe films starting with Justice League, and the corresponding television/Netflix series (Defenders, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc).

With all of the heroes currently introduced into the MCU and DCEU franchises, there are still a plethora of other heroes and villains that could be brought into the fold.

So! I present our list of our favorite comic book heroes who need their own solo movies and how they could enter their respective film universes!


NIGHTWING

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The first Robin, the successor of the Batman, Dick Grayson aka Nightwing is just as iconic as Batman himself to many avid comic book readers. In many of the animated Batman series, Dick Grayson is always introduced as the first to wear the Robin mantle. With the upcoming Titans television series introducing Nightwing to the live action televised universe (which may/may not be shared with Arrow/The Flash/Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow), there’s still the DCEU film universe niche to be filled out.

With the Titans tv show focusing on the Titans team (essentially a group of former sidekicks and teenaged heroes joining together as their own version of the Justice League), a Nightwing movie could introduce us to the titular character as he establishes himself in Blüdhaven (Gotham’s sister city where he moves to after becoming Nightwing in the comics), pitting himself against the crime and corruption that dwells in the city and eventually coming head to head against the villain Blockbuster whom he faces off against in the comics when he first steps foot in Blüdhaven. Many references to Batman and the events of Dawn of Justice could be dashed in, with Dick/Nightwing worrying about Bruce/Batman and his increasingly aggressive behavior in Gotham as seen in the film.

RED HOOD

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The second Robin and another character that DC fans will know, Jason Todd was originally poorly received as the second sidekick to Batman and was eventually killed off by the Joker before being resurrected (depending on which continuity you are reading) and taking the identity of the Red Hood (Joker’s former criminal identity before he became the Joker). Jason Todd aka Red Hood has previously been featured in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood which loosely follows the story of Jason’s death and resurrection according to the current DC continuity. He also had a cameo appearance in Young Justice season 2 in the Team’s base of locations as one of the many fallen heroes who were a part of The Team. Teasers for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film featured a Robin suit with the words “Hahah Joke’s on you Batman” graffitied over the front as an easter egg to the Joker’s role in the death of Jason Todd.

The second Robin and another character that DC fans will know, Jason Todd was originally poorly received as the second sidekick to Batman and was eventually killed off by the Joker before being resurrected (depending on which continuity you are reading) and taking the identity of the Red Hood (Joker’s former criminal identity before he became the Joker). Jason Todd aka Red Hood has previously been featured in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood which loosely follows the story of Jason’s death and resurrection according to the current DC continuity. He also had a cameo appearance in Young Justice season 2 in the Team’s base of locations as one of the many fallen heroes who were a part of The Team. Teasers for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film featured a Robin suit with the words “Hahah Joke’s on you Batman” graffitied over the front as an easter egg to the Joker’s role in the death of Jason Todd.

Many fans speculate this to mean the existence of both Jason Todd and Dick Grayson in the DCEU films. If this theory holds, a Red Hood movie could be planned out for a future release. Starting with the Red Hood returning to Gotham after somehow escaping death at the hands of the Joker, we see flashbacks of the Joker and Batman as Jason Todd is taken captive and beaten to death, surviving unbeknownst to both the Joker and Batman. Eventually taking the Red Hood identity to continue the fight against crime on his own terms and facing off against Gotham’s criminal underground led by Black Mask while Batman is always one step behind solving who is now wearing the Red Hood mask.

SPIDER-GWEN

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Gwen Stacy, the first love of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. First introduced in the Marc Webb film The Amazing Spider-Man and portrayed by Emma Stone, Gwen Stacy is often seen as one of Spider-Man’s biggest losses (including the death of his parents and his Uncle Ben). An alternate universe exists in Marvel Comics (as well as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series) where Gwen Stacy is the one bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker, and gains spider powers similar to the ones portrayed by Spider-Man in the mainstream comic universe. Crafting a costume for herself and taking the name Spider Woman, Spider Gwen (as she is affectionately known as by fans as well as the title of her solo series) was first introduced in the multiversal crossover event known as Spider-Verse which brought together nearly every iteration of Spider-Man in the Marvel multiverse as well as others who also held spider-related powers.

With Spider-Man: Homecoming  introducing Liz Allen and their universe version of MJ (Michelle Jones as opposed to Mary Jane Watson), a film featuring the MCU version of Gwen Stacy, unrelated to the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man film mythos could very well happen. Similar to Spider-Man: Homecoming, she would be introduced with her powers already and patrolling her part of New York City as Spider Woman, confronting crime as well as running from the law (similar to the comics, where her father is the police captain). The comics also introduce the Spider Gwen universe version of Mary Jane Watson who leads a band known as the Mary Janes with Gwen as the drummer, which could be a way to introduce Mary Jane Watson in the MCU proper. In the comics, her character also receives the iconic web shooters from Janet van Dyne, who was introduced in the MCU film Ant-Man where she was shown to have supposedly disappeared in events before the movie proper.

GREEN ARROW

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I know, I know, Green Arrow already exists in the Arrow-verse series of shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, etc) but with the comic books existing within a finite multiversal range (52 plus the new Dark Multiverse) and with Barry Allen aka The Flash existing in both the Arrow-verse and the DCEU film series it is possible to include Green Arrow in the growing DCEU filmverse. Similar to the Arrow tv series, Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow in the comics is a keen archer whose skills are second to none and acts as the face of Oliver Industries (similar to Bruce Wayne acting as Batman and leading Wayne Enterprises).

With many fans and moviegoers now familiar with the character through the Arrow tv series, a solo DCEU film could introduce Green Arrow as an already established vigilante in Star City acting as a solo hero (so as not to confuse viewers who also watch the Arrow series). In his quest to keep the city safe, he comes across the villain Count Vertigo who appears in the comics as a villain to Green Arrow.

POWER GIRL

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One of the many iterations of Supergirl (cousin to Superman) in DC comics, Power Girl is often seen as the older, stronger, more mature version of Kara Zor-El who eventually grew out of the Supergirl name. In the current DC multiverse, Kara Zor-El of Earth 2 was raised by her cousin Superman and his wife Lois Lane while also becoming best friends with Helena Wayne aka Robin the daughter of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Eventually, during the invasion of their world by the armies of Darkseid, Kara and Helena are transported to the main DC universe where they take on new identities as Power Girl and Huntress respectively.

With the DCEU seeing phenomenal success after the Wonder Woman film, introducing a new female led superhero movie in the future could prove to be a strong move in the right direction for DC. Similar to the Supergirl television series, we would see Power Girl in her civilian identity as Karen Starr (as opposed to Kara Danvers in the Supergirl tv series) where she has retired her superhero identity as Supergirl (not mentioned to curve any confusion with the tv series) and is struggling to adjust to everyday life as well as the fact that her cousin Clark aka Superman died in the battle against Doomsday. Eventually, the monotony of life that she has succumbed to is thrown awry as the forces of Brainiac invade the planet. With Superman out of the picture, it’s up to Karen aka Power Girl, to step up and defeat Brainiac in order to keep the planet safe from his plans.

ZATANNA

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Many fans of the Batman: The Animated Series and the Justice League/Unlimited cartoons are familiar with the mistress of magic, Zatanna. Known in the comics as both a successful stage illusionist and a powerful master of the mystic arts, has offered her assistance to many heroes in the DC community, and in many incarnations met Bruce Wayne who studied under her father while he was traveling the world and gaining the skills and abilities he would eventually use as Batman. Recently, Zatanna was featured as one of the main characters of the animated film Justice League Dark.

Another film that could possibly be a strong move in the right direction, introducing Zatanna to the DCEU mythos would also see us delve deeper into the magical part of the DCEU (more so than Enchantress and Wonder Woman could). Dealing with that mystical side of the DCEU, a solo Zatanna film could see her attempting to keep the balance of the mystic and mortal realms as she faces off against various demons and spellcasters who seek to tip that balance in their favor, prominently the Demons Three (a trio of demonic brothers who seek to reclaim rulership of the universe).

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