IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
by Chris Morris
Last week I speculated widely at who could be part of what the internet is referring to as The CW’s Justice League TV show that will be spun off from Arrow and The Flash. The website TVLine has gotten it’s hands on what they say is part of a casting call for the series. They are looking for co-stars for The Atom (Brandon Routh), Firestorm (Victor Garber), Black Canary(?) (Caity Lotz) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller).
In the past, the remaining cast members were said to be members of the DC Universe who hadn’t yet been portrayed in live-action. Thanks to “Smallville” and it’s 10-year run, that leaves a lot of names out. It also doesn’t mean that THESE three cast members will be the aforementioned three. So who are these characters? Or, pardon me, who can we wildly and baselessly speculate are these characters?
“THE TRAVELER” | Described as a “Han Solo-esque rogue who gets by with his charm, this hero hails from the future, and has journeyed back in time on a secret mission. His razor-sharp wit hides the pain of a man who has lived through serious conflict. He also harbors many secrets, always leaving both his teammates and the audience unsure of his true allegiances.
So who does this sound like to you? Get rid of all the flowery casting language, I just read “from the future”. How many characters in the DC Universe are from the future? Kamandi is one. But when you get right down to it, this kind of reads like Booster Gold. But he has been seen in live-action, on “Smallville”. But this really sounds like Booster. The other candidates? Rip Hunter. Or how about a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, from a future where the Legion has been wiped out by a time-travelling villain (and this could somehow tie in with Flash’s Harrison Wells)? Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad also appeared on “Smallville”, but there is no shortage of characters to pick from. What about Karate Kid or Timber Wolf or Ultra Boy or Ferro Lad. I personally vote for Bouncing Boy because…he’s freaking Bouncing Boy. Or let’s face it they couldn’t do any better, er, worse than Matter-Eater Lad.
In all seriousness:
It has to be Booster Gold. Or Rip Hunter, which would be cool but not as cool as Booster.
How about a combination of Brainiac 5 and Vril Dox?
“FEMALE WARRIOR” This twentysomething Latina is pretty but unassuming, book smart and socially awkward by day. But by night, when she hears the cry of battle, her fury is ignited and she becomes a fierce warrior — so much so, that sometimes she can become a threat to others.
Some sites have taken the word “Fury” as a sly hint and used that to speculate that it will be Fury aka Helena Kosmatos who I know from Infinity Inc back in the day and has only been used recently in the Justice League cartoon but was brought back for the New 52. She is meant to be an amazon so that could be this team’s stand-in for Wonder Woman. But it also says Latina, and isn’t Kosmatos a Greek name?
Two names popped into my head when I read this: Hawkgirl and Big Barda. Latina made me think of Hawkgirl, as all the Hawks in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon were portrayed by Latinos. And in the comics Kendra Saunders is listed as Half-Latina. The word “fury” could also be a hint towards Barda, as she started out as a member of Granny Goodness’ Female Furies. Neither has appeared in live-action (the Furies appeared on “Smallville” but the team consisted of Mad Harriet, Lashina and others who were unnamed). Both of these women are represented as fierce warriors, neither would be described as book worms however, although I can see both as socially awkward but not in the way they seem to be hinting at. But how many Latina super heroes are there? Not a lot. Yolanda Montez aka the female Wildcat. Catalina Flores aka Tarantula. Rene Montoya aka The Question but she’s on Gotham so no way José. Rosabelle Mendez aka Pantha. They could do a gender swap and have a female Blue Beetle or Aztek.
In all seriousness:
The word “Fury” does seem like a give-away. But there is also the word “ignite” which could point to Beatriz Da Costa aka “Fire” which would be an awesome choice, but the social awkwardness is totally not Beatriz, unless they are going for some mash-up of her and “Ice”. But really, t has to be Hawkgirl. That would be the best choice, IMHO.
“MYSTERY HERO” | An African-American male in his twenties will fill the role of a regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations.
So how many male African-American DC Universe super heroes are there? Amazing Man, Black Lightning (or Black Vulcan, the cartoon version), Bloodwynd, Cyborg, Dr. Mist, the Jason Rusch version of Firestorm, Mr. Terrific, Tempest, Steel…neither Steel nor Cyborg have super powers and both have been seen in live-action. A lot of people are speculating Black Lightning, but as I’ve mentioned in the last article about this subject, the character of Jefferson Pierce always seem to have legal issues surrounding him (which is why he was called Black Vulcan on the Super Friends, for example). Frankly it has to be one guy…
In all seriousness:
It has to be “Static” aka “Static Shock”. Static was a Milestone Comics character which is now owned by DC Comics that had a long run as a cartoon series on KidsWB that was seen by millions of kids back in the day. In the New 52 they tried to portray Static as the DCU’s version of Peter Parker or Miles Morales and that sounds like this kind of character who “regularly quips about the insanity of the situations”.
So, how about that for a Justice League roster:
Supergirl (part-time if she’s even in this universe)
Black Canary (presumably)
…now if we can only get Ralph and Sue Dibny on the team somehow…
Any thoughts or comments? Leave them below or at lease give us a RT!