So we have all seen the Avengers, and it unanimously blew us all away. The core superheroes of the team, Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow were fantastic and a huge contributor to its success. As a DC Justice League response becomes all the more likely with Superman reboots and Batman vs. Superman coming in 2015, which are the essential core characters of a Justice League team and how do they shape up in comparison to the Avengers?
Batman is absolutely number 1 priority. The success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has created solid intrigue and interest in this character, making him a marketing dream. The casting of Ben Affleck has caused much trepidation, however we are convinced he will make the perfect Batman/Bruce Wayne. Batman is a respected, dark leader of the Justice League and his tense relationship with Superman, which will be explored in Zack Snyders 2015 summer blockbuster, Batman vs Superman. Batman is without comparison in the superhero universe, however his importance to the Justice League is the equivalent of Ironman to the Avengers. With more movies than any other Avenger, Ironman is the central focus. A limelight that Batman will take center-stage, although likely shared with Superman, in any Justice League movie.
Superman and Batman go without saying. They are the Justice League. They are the two biggest superheros in history, and their opposition is what will give the movie substance. Man of Steel wasn’t fantastic, but it created a base, an inception for a real world Superman to team up with a Nolan inspired Batman. Their movie is essential. The balance must be right. Superman is the boy-scout, the all-American hero. The good hearted savior of the Earth. Whilst is anger personified. The vigilante face of justice. The crusher of criminality. These two characters will lead the Justice League, so it makes sense that their on screen appearance comes first to establish that essential relationship. Superman is the Captain America of the Justice League. He inspires. He motivates. He leads.
3. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the ferocious feminist. Her Avengers comparison would have to be Black Widow, but in reality, she is as important as any character, unlike Black Widow who arguably would not be missed too dramatically in the Avengers movie. Wonder Woman provides a female edge to a male dominated superhero world. She is ferocious and independent, and tames the Man of Steel himself. A love story between these two could be fantastic if executed well. Wonder Woman must feature, but a successful pitch and movie must be launched first. Max Landis intends to pitch his movie plot to Warner Bros concerning a Wonder Woman title. Let’s hope he nails it.
4. Green Lantern
Hal Jordan is the human representative of the Lanterns. He fights for humanity among the stars, proving the races worth to species that would deny it. He is arguably the most powerful superhero, and an essential team member for any Justice League movie. Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie did not grasp the character too well, and the movie flopped, however Reynolds himself made a decent Hal Jordan. Money fueled CGI is essential with any Green Lantern movie to support the incredible feats that are possible through Green Lanterns abilities. Green Lantern is the Justice League equivalent of Hulk. He will come in and out of the franchise, but he is essential to boot it. He has the power and ability to turn the tide of a battle that looks to end in certain death. Perhaps like Hulk, a reboot of that character could be done within a Justice League film to save a year or so in the movies timescale release.
5. The Flash
The fifth spot could have gone to numerous superheroes. Aquaman, Hawkman, both would have been incredible, and I am sure they will feature at some point in the history. But in terms of tensions between existing essential characters and the ease of creating a movie before Justice league, the Flash takes the fifth squad member. Barry Allen is considered one of the original superheroes, and his superability, sensational speed and agility, would be relatively easy to achieve in cinematic terms, opposed to Hawkman or Aquaman, who would require a vastly increased budget and attention. The Flash is iconic and better known, so audiences who are unfamiliar with DC superhero heritage will be more likely to identify with the character. The Flash is the DC equivalent of Hawkeye. He won’t be a central member of the Justice League, like Batman or Superman, and could be exchanged for such mentioned characters and more, but he is important to DC history and will feature in this movie. His ability is physical and more relatable, like Hawkeye or Black Widow, and therefore grounds the Justice League with Batman, in comparison to Earth shattering feats achievable by the other three.
This is my top 5 essential DC characters for any Justice League movie.
Don’t be shy to disagree, I’d love to hear what you think and what you would change!
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