Smallville Season Ten hasn't even started yet, but it looks like they're ready for the show to go the way of Krypton. At the Television Critics Association press tour, the president of the CW said that she'd love to say that Smallville is going off the air and "something else is coming on." With sci-fi adventurer Blue Beetle and time-travelling egotist Booster Gold rumored to appear on Smallville this season, they're the frontrunners for a spin-off series, but we can think of a bunch of DC superheroes who are much more deserving.
Just put the Halle Berry Catwoman movie out of your head. Also, the Tim Burton Batman Returns movie. Also, anything that says she has super-powers. The real Catwoman is simply an incredibly skilled cat burglar and single mother who carries a whip and likes to wear cat ears. And really, can't we all relate? Her rumored appearance in the next Batman movie might make this impossible, but we'd love to see the character finally done right.
Everything that Superman does on Smallville? Patrolling dark alleys? Striking dramatic poses on rooftops? That's Nightwing's shtick. The crimefighter formerly known as Robin is clearly trying to live up to the bar set by his mentor Batman, and in fact recently took over the Bat-outfit when Bruce Wayne disappeared. But we'd keep Dick Grayson as the black-and-blue-clad acrobat we know and love, and while Batman likely won't be allowed to appear on the show, we'd still want to see a mysterious benefactor paying Dick's rent in crime-ridden Blüdhaven.
So the Wonder Woman movie didn't happen -- who cares? Lay the groundwork for her return by putting a recognizable name on the standard "teenage girl who knows martial arts" TV series. Instead of Buffy or Nikita kicking ass, it's Cassandra Sandsmark, the daughter of Zeus and a mortal archaeologist, who has the powers of strength and flight, as well as a magic lasso that dispenses Zeus' lightning. (Much more fun than one that makes you tell the truth, am I right?)
While part of me can see how DC might not want to build a franchise around a superhero who takes a drug that gives him super-powers for an hour, you can't deny the made-for-TV nature of the character. Not only does Rick Tyler have living-up-to-his-father issues (his father Rex was the original Hourman), he also has drug dependency issues, as both father and son have gotten addicted to Miraclo pills in the past. Plus, if he takes the pill at or near the beginning of the episode, he would only have one episode to solve the crime and defeat the bad guy before his strength, speed and durability returned to normal levels. And then how would he keep up with his super-fast girlfriend?
The character that inspired Watchmen's Rorschach, The Question was actually radio news reporter Vic Sage, who also fought corruption and conspiracies as a faceless, street-level vigilante. Put Sage to work for NPR, have him battle the same government that pays his salary and throw in some super-powered pawns for him to fight with, and you're in business. But good luck finding the actor or actress who would agree to keep their face underneath a blank, featureless mask for half of their scenes.
Born in the African nation of Zambesi, Mari Jiwe McCabe emigrated to New York City and became a supermodel. But when she returned home to visit the place of her birth, she came into possession of a mythical totem that would give her the powers of any animal on Earth. So, naturally, she returned to New York City and became a crimefighter. An African supermodel with animal strength and speed, fighting crime? It practically writes itself!
We hear Darkseid and the New Gods will feature prominently in the new season of Smallville, so why not give the most popular New God his own show? The son of the benevolent Highfather, Scott Free was traded to Darkseid as part of a peace treaty and raised in the barbaric orphanages of Apokolips. Escaping to Earth, he became apprenticed to a great escape artist, a trade made much easier by his advanced New God technology. Plus, the role of his wife, Big Barda, would fill the need for more female body builders on television.
Take a look at why TV needs superheroes.
What DC superheroes would you like to see get their own TV shows? Let us know below, then see our list of non-superhero comic books that should hit the small screen!
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