The release of the Justice League trailer denying us the answer to who Alfred meets at the end of the previous trailer (“He said you’d come. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.”), the internet is abuzz with theories about who it could possib—
Ok, it is obviously Superman. Obviously.
But! What if it wasn’t? What if Superman comes back at a different part and this other one is a heretofore unrevealed seventh (Superman being the sixth, of course) member?! That would be so cool, right?! So here’s a list of who it might be and the pros and cons of them being that mysterious seventh member.
20 DC Comics Characters that Would be Great as The One Alfred Hopes is Not too Late (as presented in alphabetical order)
1.) Argus- Argus is an undercover FBI agent who gets attacked/bled on by an alien and gains stealth powers including heightened agility, the ability to disappear into shadows, vision abilities that let him see in the dark. We don’t really need to get deep into the origin to work him into the story. Because it is nonsense of the highest order.
Pros: He is a Flash adjacent character so maybe it can give the JL Flash another side than the seemingly naïve babe in the woods the movie really wants to go with.
Cons: Argus works best in darkness and if there is one thing the DCEU films have not been known for it is their unremitting darkness.
2.) Aztek the Ultimate Man- The product of a secret society who’s entire way of life is based on a combination of Southern American religious beliefs and some otherworldly tech, Aztek comes to the world beyond the Q Society to be ready for when the shadow god Tezcatlipoca arrives to destroy the world. Who’s to say Darkseid isn’t a new form of Tezcatlipoca?
Pros: Umm, he’s the Ultimate Man? Come on now.
Cons: It would be giving the fans what they want and when have these movies shown any interest in doing that?
3.) Big Barda- A product of the Female Furies training, she is as tough as anyone fighting for Darkseid’s, well, side, with a will of her own and no dedication to Anti-Life.
Pros: Someone who grew up in the Apokolips society would be a tremendous asset. And she’s a super strong woman as well, which is awesome!
Cons: You just know that some executive said, “Don’t we already have Wonder Woman though?”
4.) Black Canary- Dinah Lance is a second generation hero who is both an incredible martial artist and has a powerful scream.
Pros: Fans in the know know that for years Black Canary was a founding member of the Justice League so that’s a neat Easter egg. Plus, the Sonic Scream would be a cool power to realize via sound design/editing.
Cons: I don’t think she’s a founding member anymore? And aren’t there already like 3 different Canaries on that Arrow show?
5.) Breach- Major Tim Zanetti is overseeing Project Otherside when an onsite accident propels him years into the future and grants him special powers including super strength, control over fire and radiation and the ability to fire powerful bolts.
Pros: His costume is a simple but cool design that would stick out amongst the other Justice League members and his power set would look good on-screen.
Cons: He’s too fascinating. You are going to want to have this guy in a solo movie immediately and spend the rest of the film so consumed by that thought you won’t be able to concentrate on the rest of the movie.
6.) Dawnstar- A hero from the future, she comes from a society of Native Americans who left Earth to colonize another planet. She has wings.
Pros- A Native American character would be great. The future thing is a cool angle.
Cons- She has never had a costume that did involve the deep v-neck allowed by law.
7.) Firebrand- Surviving a revenge motivated firebomb of his apartment, Alejandro Sanchez was saved from death due to cybernetic implants. The company responsible for those implants said they could go farther and make Sanchez a exoskeleton allowing him to become a super hero. With some trepidation he took them up on it.
Pros: Such a cool look! Some Latin American representation. He’s a cop so maybe he could be the voice against the Justice League going too far.
Cons: I am one of eight people on Earth that remember him. He’s dead in comics and not exactly mourned. The CGI on Cyborg suggests that maybe partially metal men is not a DCEU strong suit.
8.) Connor Hawke and the Atom- Kind of a cheat, but with a good reason! In an issue of JLA set in a future where Darkseid has conquered the world these two (Hawke as Green Arrow at the time) killed the villain thanks to a combination of great aim, a light arrow, and science!
Pros: Fans of the comic like me will love it! Connor Hawke is a way better Green Arrow than that other guy.
Cons: The comic is 20 years old and reached way less people than will come to see this movie.
9.) Hawkgirl- Possibly reincarnated Egyptian woman or alien. Cool wings. Good with a mace
Pros: She’s a lot cooler than I’m selling her as.
Cons: You take away all that reincarnation and alien stuff (which you’d have to!) and I’m not sure what kind of character you have left. The Hawks are notoriously complicated characters with limited payoff, ultimately.
10.) The Heckler- A regular guy with a quick wit and a costume just trying to be a hero in a world gone mad.
Pros: “World gone mad” feels like a pretty accurate description to a world being invaded by parademons. Also he once fought a character named John Doe the Generic Man which feels kind of like metacommentary.
Cons: No powers. A humor character. There exists no planet where this guy gets a shot.
11.) Ice- Part of a race of magical ice people, she left her kingdom to see and save the larger world.
Pros: There seems like there is a lot of fire in the Justice League movie. Having an ice person could be helpful.
Cons: Her origin is very Wonder Woman-esque. Her optimistic personality is a lot like movie Flash’s. Ice could not be a more generic name.
12.) Jade- The daughter of the Golden Age Green Lantern, she’s a Green Lantern without the ring, all the power coming from the inside.
Pros: A Green Lantern in the movie with a twist that could account for how the villain doing voiceover in the second trailer says, “No Lanterns.”
Cons: There were no heroes in the movie universe before Batman, it seems.
13.) Mary Marvel- All the power of Shazam in a young woman!
Pros: I’m a terrible person that just loves the idea of Shazam never making it to the screen but Mary Marvel being in a Justice League movie. Plus, it would be a cool way to get that power set on-screen but not as represented by yet another white man.
Cons: The last name. No Shazam character is ever going to be in a movie. Not Mary, not the Big Red Cheese himself, and not Black Adam. Sorry fans.
14.) Manhunter- A DA tired of letting criminals go, Kate Spencer raids the police station evidence locker and builds herself a costume and an identity from the confiscated gear of bad guys.
Pros: She is awesome! And her world weary cynical attitude would bring a taste of Jessica Jones to the DCEU.
Cons: Arguably the DCEU isn’t wanting for cynicism. She also doesn’t exist in the present DC comic book universe. She’s fairly low powered and relies mostly on fighting hand-to-hand and Batman has that market cornered in this movie.
15.) Martian Manhunter- J’onn J’onzz is either the last of the Martians or one of the last of the Martians. He has a ton of Superman-esque powers plus a soulful demeanor that makes him a kind of warrior monk of the DC Universe.
Pros: Shapeshifting! Imagine him pretending to be Superman until the real Supes returns! What a cool double reveal. Dude loves Oreos so that’s some organic product placement right there.
Cons: I bet a lot of people would hate that double reveal. Also, Martian Manhunter almost never gets any respect.
16.) Power Girl- Karen Starr could be from Krypton or Atlantis or…somewhere else. But she is tall, visibly strong, and has nearly the same powers as Superman.
Pros: Fun energy. Incredibly powerful female character.
Cons: The dreaded “boob window.” She could easily read on the screen as a combo of Supes and Wondy. The origin issues.
17.) Triumph- The so-called forgotten member of the Justice League. In an alternate timeline, Triumph was a founding member of the League. The timeline got erased but he didn’t. Thus, all the experience of being a celebrated hero, none of the present day benefits.
Pros: His creator described him as the “Tom Cruise of heroes” and we all need more Tom Cruise in our lives. Plus his cocky but wounded energy would make for an interesting dynamic within the team.
Cons: Nonexistent in present comic universe. If you have Triumph, you don’t really need Superman anymore.
18.) Vext- The god of bad luck of some long past pantheon stuck in the present day, just trying to do some good.
Pros: An old god to oppose the New Gods? How perfect!
Cons: Made like 8 appearances ever. A comedic character.
19.) Vibe- A break dancer with the power to control vibrations.
Pros: see above
Cons: see above
20.) Zatanna- A lady wizard who makes her money under the guise of being a stage magician delighting fans who have no idea her magic is no mere illusion.
Pros: The Justice League is pretty absent any magic wielders.
Cons: Who wants to see a leggy dark haired woman in fishnets and a modified magician costume on-screen. Also probably being saved for the Justice League Dark movie (that’s never going to happen)