Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Big League part 7

Still a fair few of these Leaguers left to get through, discussing who we might or might not see in a JLA movie. There's a lot of these buggers, eh? I'd like to say it's 'cos they're just not as picky as the Avengers, but the Avengers let Deathcry in, so clearly not. On we go!

Big Barda (Barda Free)
Joined: JLA #17

Originally one of Darkseid's Female Furies on Apokolips, Big Barda eventually met and fell in love with Mister Miracle, marrying him and settling on New Genesis with the New Gods, turning against Darkseid in the process. Years later, Barda and Orion were sent to Earth, to help prepare the Justice League for the coming of Mageddon. Barda fit in with the League much better than the angry, war hungry Orion, forming friendships with a number of the members, in particular Wonder Woman. Once Mageddon was defeated, Barda returned to New Genesis. Barda is unlikely to appear in a League movie for a while, but if a New Gods film ever happens, you can be sure she'll show up there.

Hourman (Matthew Tyler)
Joined: JLA #26

An android from the 853rd century, and a member of that era's Justice Legion A, Hourman joined the League as a temporary replacement for the Martian Manhunter. He had super strength, flight abilities, and could manipulate spacetime. He could also see the future, but couldn't change events, even if it meant saving lives. The third character to take the name of Hourman, we're not likely to see him in any films for a while. If there is an Hourman on screen, it would be his Golden Age counterpart in the JSA.

Jade (Jennie-Lynn Hayden)
Joined: JLA #27

The daughter of Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott, and brother of Obsidian, Jade has powers similar to those her father had when he wielded the Starheart and went by the name of Sentinel. She has also, at one time, been entrusted with a Green Lantern ring and acted as a member of the corps. For her chances of appearing in a film, see Obsidian's entry.

Antaeus (Mark Antaeus)
Joined: JLA: Superpower

A man who idolised Superman, Mark Antaeus had been experimented on while he was growing up by his scientist father, making him the peak of human perfection. However, when Mark, who was working as a fireman, one day failed to save a girl from a burning building, he broke down and vanished for two years. When he returned, he had been surgically altered almost beyond recognition, and had gained superpowers which better allowed him to save lives. Drawing the attention of the JLA, Antaeus was invited to join. At first relishing working alongside his heroes, Antaeus soon began questioning why the League didn't get involved in more political situations, going so far as to suggest they overthrow a middle eastern dictator. Eventually, finding himself frustrated with the League's stance on the situation, Antaeus took things upon himself and murdered the dictator in cold blood. When the League intervened, Antaeus tried to justify himself by telling them there was one less murderer in the world. When Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) replied with "Not the way I add up", Antaeus beat him nearly to death. Fighting the rest of the League, it was only when Antaeus saw that his actions had actually made things worse for the country that he realised what he had become. Antaeus, overcome by grief, killed himself. Aside from Superpower, Antaeus only ever appeared again in a cameo role in JLA/Avengers. We won't be seeing him in a film.

Dark Flash (Walter West)
Joined: JLA #33

Boy, the League likes it's Flashes, eh? An alternate version of Wally West, this Flash is unlikely to ever get a film appearance.

Moon Maiden (Laura Klein)
Joined: JLA Giant Size Special #3

I didn't think I knew who Moon Maiden was. Turns out, she only ever appeared in JLA Giant Size Special #3 (well, and a cameo in JLA/Avengers), a comic I own, in which it's revealed that the whole world has forgotten about her. Apparently, I was not immune to this effect. She won't show up in a JLA movie.

Nightwing / Batman (Dick Grayson)
Joined: JLA #69

Ex-Robin and Batman's former sidekick, Nightwing was originally brought in by Batman to lead the League when the core team was travelling back in time. Nightwing lead an interim team (much to Green Arrow's chagrin, as Ollie naturally thought he should lead), then left the League upon the main team's return. However, a few years later, at a time when Bruce Wayne was thought dead (don't ask. Really), Nightwing took over the mantle of the Bat, becoming Batman and joining the League properly. We won't see him in a JLA film, unless he appears in a Batman one first, and even then, a Teen Titans film is a more likely place to find him. We'll never see him on screen in the Batman role.

Joined: JLA #69

Another character brought into the League by Batman as a temporary replacement when the main team were travelling back in time, Faith's origins are shrouded in mystery, though Batman seems to be aware of them. Well, he would be, wouldn't he. Faith has psychic and telekinetic powers, and has also served with the Doom Patrol, but is unlikely to appear in a JLA film, as she's just too obscure.

Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders)
Joined: JLA #69

You know, I do actually love the Hawks, but for the purposes of this blog, I really wish the League would stop recruiting them.

Jason Blood
Joined: JLA #69

Jason Blood was also brought into the temporary League by Batman to act as their occult specialist. However Jason is best known as the alter-ego of the Demon. By chanting "Gone, gone the form of man, arise the demon Etrigan", Jason will swap places with his demonic alter-ego. Etrigan is pretty cool, speaking in rhyme, breathing fire and busting chops, but it's Blood who served with the League. Both Blood and Etrigan stand a pretty good chance of appearing in a DC Universe film, though not a League one, certainly not for now. Rather, it wouldn't surprise me if The Demon got his own movie somewhere down the line.

Green Lantern (John Stewart)
Joined: JLA #76

Wow, the League like their Green Lanterns almost as much as their Flashes. John Stewart, originally a replacement for Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern Corps, was brought into the League to replace Kyle Rayner, who was taking a leave of absence to head into space for a bit. But John was actually a member of the League in it's cartoon version first. The producers of the Justice League animated series chose John Stewart over both Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner (apparently, poor Guy Gardner was never considered) because, well, he looked cool. At this time, in the comics, John hadn't been a Green Lantern for a while, but after seeing how well received he was on TV, DC put him back in the GL uniform and had him front and center once more. With his exposure in the TV series, don't be surprised if he shows up in a GL movie down the line, before appearing in a JLA film.

Manitou Raven
Joined: JLA #78

A mystic originally hailing from the year 1000 BC, the time period the League travelled back to when Batman recruited the members discussed above, Manitou Raven returned with his wife, Dawn, to the Leagues present day, and joined the team. He also joined the League's black ops team, the Justice League Elite. But then Green Arrow slept with his wife, and he died. Poor bugger. We probably won't see him in any JLA film. He's a bit obscure.

Justice League Elite
First Appeared: JLA #100

A team put together as a Justice League black ops team, to handle missions the main League couldn't or wouldn't, the JLE was lead by Sister Superior, and featured Coldcast, Menagerie, Naif Al-Sheik, Masumi (actually an undercover Batgirl), Major Disaster, Manitou Raven and League mainstays Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) and the Flash (Wally West). Upon Manitou Raven's death, they were also joined by his wife, Dawn, as Manitou Dawn. While a fairly interesting concept, chances are we won't really see them in a JLA film, certainly as a group.

Firestorm (Jason Rusch)
Joined: 52 #4

The second Firestorm, while he's a pretty cool character, he's not likely to appear. If there's a Firestorm in a JLA film, it'll be Ronnie Raymond.

Firehawk (Lorraine Reily)
Joined: 52 #24

Only a member of the League very briefly, during the events of 52, Firehawk won't appear in a JLA movie.

Super-Chief (Jon Standing Bear)
Joined: 52 #24

Yeah, this poor guy was embarrassingly killed by Skeets, Booster Gold's tiny robot sidekick. He doesn't really deserve to be in the JLA film as a result.

Bulleteer (Alix Harrower)
Joined: 52 #24

Look how ridiculous she looks! She won't be in a film. 'cos of the ridiculous.

Ambush Bug (Irwin Schwab)
Joined: 52 #24

Hee hee! Ambush Bug's so silly. I think he should be front and center in the JLA film. Make it happen DC!

To be continued...

1 comment:

  1. Ambush Bug should appear in the background of every DC film, like Stan Lee in Marvel or the Observers in Fringe!