Comic Book Characters *I* Think Deserve a Movie

Comic Book Characters *I* Think Deserve a Movie

Collin Cardot, nerd

         It’s no secret comic book movies are box office bangers. Take for example, Deadpool 2, it’s the second highest-grossing R-rated film to- oh right- Joker. This doesn’t even go to mention Avengers Endgame being the highest-grossing film of all time. Since MCU phase three ended and the DCEU is STILL figuring out what to do, I decided to take it upon myself to find the next three blockbuster superhero movies from comic book characters I really enjoy. To preface this, I’m sorry Marvel fans but I went all D.C. for this list because you guys have had it too good for too long.

Booster Gold

         To kick us off I chose Booster Gold, the greatest hero you’ve never heard of (I’m not being facetious he really calls himself that.) Michael Jon Carter was a star college football player in the 25th century. His family was low on money and he never knew his father as a child. After he began killing it in college, his father appeared in his life and convinced him to throw games for gambling purposes. When the university found out, he has kicked off the team and expelled. While he tumbled around, he eventually wound up as a night guard at a superhero museum where he, and his security robot “Skeets”, stole various items from around the museum which included a flight ring and Brainiac Five’s force field belt. Originally Booster went back to the golden age of superheroes to perform high-ego publicity stunts. This is actually where he earned his name because after he saved President Reagan, Booster messed up introducing himself to the president, and thus, Booster Gold was born. After this, Booster hired an agent who, long story short, turned out to be a robot who bankrupted him in order to get Booster to do his bidding. This didn’t work, however, Booster was broke now. In an attempt to save face he joined the Justice League where he met Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, and formed one of the best comic duos ever. Nowadays Booster has stepped out of the limelight of the D.C. landscape after the multitude of crises it has experienced. With his time traveling prowess, he’s able to mend anomalies in the time stream wherever it’s needed. Most recently, Booster survived the multiversal event known as “Flashpoint” where Barry Allen goes back in time to save his mother and ultimately messes up the timeline. Coincidentally it is rumored that, with the under average performance of the DCEU, executives could look to retcon the whole universe and start clean using the flashpoint storyline. I think this would be a perfect place to slide in a movie for an under-appreciated character who has had crazy development since his inception.

Red Hood

        Now yes, there has been an animated movie about the origins of this character, but I disregarded that for this list because animated D.C. movies do not premiere in theaters. Simply stated, the Red Hood is one of the most interesting origin stories of all time and I think this movie should take advantage of that. I feel this story should follow Jason Todd, it would take away from the quality if it was told from the perspective of Batman. For a little backstory, Jason Todd is a poor boy who tries to steal the wheels off the Batmobile. Bruce Wayne, for whatever reason, decides to take this orphaned boy in as the second Robin. (Yes, second.) With that being said, Jason has a lot to live up to in Dick Grayson’s shadow, and honestly many fans at the time felt he fell short. Jason was abrasive and often more violent as the boy wonder than Dick was. During the “A Death in the Family” storyline, Batman and Robin are following Jason’s birth mother out in the Middle East when Todd realizes she is being blackmailed by the Joker. In order to try to save herself, Jason’s mother hands him over to the Joker who ultimately kills Jason and blows up the warehouse as Batman arrives too late. Fun fact, the ending of this story was actually decided by a fan poll, but that’s a whole different can of worms. In a convoluted series of events that involve Superboy-Prime, Jason is restored and eventually taken by Talia al Ghul. Jason has a rough relationship with Batman and views crime a lot differently than he does. I think a story told from Jason’s perspective following his tracking down of the Joker could make for a very gritty antihero movie, and add more depth to the DCEU Batman Mythos. 

Zatanna

        Zatanna is the daughter of a magician and a member of the human-like race Homo-Magi. She is one of the strongest magic-wielders in all of the D.C. universe. Zatanna’s first major arc comes in the quest to find her missing father. This search spanned many different titles which would be great for the world-building of the DCEU if they chose to do so. Zatanna is also very integral to the magical side of the D.C. universe which could introduce other amazing characters like John Constantine or Dr. Fate. An added bonus to adding Zatanna and the magical community is that now D.C. can explore a whole new side to Superman as he is weak to magic. It’s always nice to knock a little bit of that plot armor off of Supes’. I would make an editorial change to Zatanna’s search if it were fitted into a film. At the climax of the story, the whole Justice League teams up with the sorceress in order to help her defeat Allura, who has captured her father. Since I don’t think this is the storyline executives want for the Justice League to end up in, I would make this final battle a one on one. I believe that would be much more interesting to see as well as helps build the strength of this character.

       As a huge D.C. fan, I’m really hoping they can pull it around soon. Seeing the success of Marvel’s characters has made me so envious and ready to see the superior characters portrayed correctly on the big screen. It’s not enough to mimic the campiness of Marvel’s characters because that’s not the strong suit of most of their big hitters. I do think Matt Reeves’s The Batman is a step in the right direction, but only time will tell.