The Good the Bad and the Insulting: Top 10 DC Superheroes Who Deserve A Film - #10-6
We've talked about the use of superheroes in cinema before, last time in a fairly negative light when talking about long term impact to the industry. While it's true that there are big problems which can arise from the film, something which was focused upon was how it could boost a hero's popularity. Even a bad film gives them a greater degree public knowledge and can draw new attention to their comics. As such here's a short list of the ten heroes who deserve a film of their own, but will likely not get it.
Why ten rather than five as we had with the Avengers? Because thus far we have potentially three heroes in total with films in the same universe, and even that's uncertain as Green Lantern and Batman might be getting rebooted. At the moment Marvel has everything from Doctor Strange to Ant-Man planned for sometime in the next few years.
Just remember one thing: This isn't a list of those who deserve a film the most, it's the ones who deserve one but are very unlikely to get one. Furthermore those with confirmed plans for an on screen appearance are not being counted here, hence why Wonder Woman isn't immediately listed as first place.
Also please note i'm not counting Wildstorm or Vertigo heroes on this list, just those who had been with DC for decades. Why? Mostly because beyond a few fringe exceptions they've been given a less than stellar treatment in the comics. That and their limited appearances means films wouldn't have much to build off of their new incarnations.
10 - Power Girl
Who Is She?
One of the several surviving kryptonians performing superheroics on earth, Power Girl was originally the Supergirl of Earth 2. Following the collapse of the multiverse and alternate dimensions during Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was left residing alongside the modern day Superman and heroes. Since then she has been a prominent member of several incarnations of the Justice League and Justice Society of America.
Why Does She Deserve A Film?
Besides having all the powers of Superman? The fact she often seems more human and is more willing to show power when needed. Her solo series which came about at the end of the previous DCU (at least while Justin Grey and Jimmy Palmiotti writing) contained a fairly robust cast of allies, villains and goals for further writers to work off of. Furthermore, she's been used in both ultra-serious and more humorously light-hearted arcs without any major character alterations, meaning she would offer a lot more creative freedom than other characters.
There's also the added fact she's more willing to display her power than Kal-El, using it to either deal with irritating problems or take advantage of them upon learning her foe's durability. One of the more desperate scenes of her comic featured the character removing a villain's arm, knowing she could easily heal from it within minutes. At the other end of the comedic spectrum, there's dealing with a flasher via freeze breath.
Why Won't She Get One?
The first obvious one is the costume. I'll be the first to say I don't have a problem with it in the comics (admittedly the only problems I had with her New 52 one was the symmetry and patterns rather than lack of visible skin) but it's hard to imagine a live action series with it. First of all getting an actress to accept the chest window but then fight in it? It's hard to see it happening.
Furthermore her convoluted background could easily put off many film writers and it's hard to differentiate her from Supergirl without going into detail. Something which will probably result in executives going "Hey, let's just use Supergirl instead."
Finally, it would be hard to see writers capturing many parts of what made her solo series work and got her so many fans. Mostly because... well, here's her comic in one page:
Yeah, you know writers would want something a lot more serious and would have difficulty integrating the fourth wall breaking text boxes.
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