10 Best Justice League Members Who Should Join The DCEU

The DC Expanded Universe continues its slow, yet steady expansion after a myriad of delays and controversies with Black Adam later this year. It will be showing a new and important aspect of the world from DC comics: the Justice Society of America, the precursor to the Justice League. This seems to be the logical choice in that it will give time for more solo films like Batgirl and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, as the powers-that-be reassess how the Justice League can work in the evolving DCEU.

In the meanwhile, they have set up the arrival of several key members already, like Supergirl and Blue Beetle, but there are other Justice Leaguers who should also be considered for future films or TV shows.

One of the most integral and popular factions in the DC Universe, the Green Lanterns, has already been featured in the DCEU. During the fight against Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Green Lantern Yalan Gur fights alongside the army of Amazons, Atlanteans, gods, and men, but he dies at Darkseid’s hand. Furthermore, John Stewart and Kilowog were also intentioned to appear, but they were cut and replaced with Martian Manhunter.

There are plenty of great Green Lanterns who should join the DCEU, and some might soon. A Green Lantern Corps film is apparently in development, and could bring in both John Stewart and Hal Jordan – there is also an HBO Max series with Guy Gardner and Alan Scott, but that doesn’t seem to be related. Regardless, hopefully, the film will progress on schedule and fans can see these amazing and powerful heroes soon.

Leading the JSA in Black Adam is Hawkman, played by Aldis Dodge. He is a classic DC hero who has also been part of the Justice League. However, he is not currently joined by his popular counterpart, Hawkgirl. Like Hawkman, Hawkgirl or Hawkwoman is one of DC’s oldest characters, and she has gone through several different iterations, including Shiera Sanders Hall, Shayera Hol, and Kendra Saunders.

Based on Hawkman’s description in Black Adam, the DCEU would likely go with Shiera Sanders Hall. She is a reincarnated Egyptian princess who is gifted powers from her belt and wings of Nth metal. With Hawkman in the DCEU, it seems likely that Hawkgirl will be following shortly.

One of the coolest Justice League members has already had a history in live-action that could be affecting his arrival time in the DCEU. Green Arrow was the leading force of the Arrowverse for years, until Arrow’s end in 2020, passing the torch to The Flash. For a time, he served as an archery-themed analog for Batman, and since his future involvement in the DCEU is unknown at this point, it might be the right time to introduce Green Arrow.

There is already an in for a new interpretation of the character in the DCEU with Black Canary. The film is currently slated to release on HBO Max with Jurnee Smollett reprising from Birds of Prey. Given their prominent romantic relationship throughout the years, this could be the perfect place to introduce the DCEU’s Green Arrow.  

The DCEU definitely needs to explore the magical side of the universe sometime soon, and they could do so with Zatanna at the helm. She is a popular hero, eclipsing her father Zatara, over the years. Additionally, her style of magic is vastly different than what is going on in the MCU with Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch – she speaks her spells backward to make magic.

Like the Green Lanterns, her arrival is imminent as a live-action film is currently in development. This could culminate in Justice League Dark, a proposed HBO Max series being developed by J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson, likely uniting Zatanna with characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, and/or Swamp Thing to fight against one of their great villains, such as Felix Faust or Eclipso.

One of the most divisive and controversial opinions the DCEU made when developing Batman’s character was revealing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that Dick Grayson is dead. The Boy Wonder turned independent hero is one of Batmans’ greatest supporting characters and it would be strange for him to be boxed out from appearing in future films.

While he is also known for his time as a member and leader of the Teen Titans and Young Justice, upon taking up the Nightwing mantle, he also became a member of the Justice League. There are rumors and theories that The Flash could be resetting the DCEU’s timeline or merging universes, which could mean his death is erased and Nightwing could finally arrive.

Peacemaker was something quite special in retrospect. He got his start as an action hero from Charlton comics before they were bought out by DC comics, and now he was part of two of the most exciting and unexpectedly popular projects in the DCEU. However, he is not the only character who deserves that treatment. Captain Atom would make a great addition to the franchise.

He is incredibly powerful, having been subject to an experiment that transformed him into a being of pure energy, with a strong sense of justice and morality. This would set him apart as a distinct member alongside Superman or Wonder Woman. He’s already had consistent representation in the animated series, so he would make a welcome sight in live-action too.

Captain Atom is not the only living nuclear reactor in the Justice League. He is also joined by Firestorm, though their origins and powers are incredibly different. Firestorm is actually two different people, Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein – or Jax Jackson in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – who fuse together to become one hero. This gives Firestorm two brains in one body.

He could definitely come into play in the DCEU sometime down the line, perhaps matching the lighter tones of Shazam! since Firestorm is often conversing and bickering with himself. Alternatively, should they wish to distance this Firestorm from Arrowverse’s, they could instead go with Jason Rusch, a sole user of the Firestorm Matrix.

For a time a New Gods live-action film was in the works for the DCEU with Ava DuVernay directing. However, the film was abandoned in 2021, likely in response to the controversies and reviews plaguing Justice League, which set up Darkseid as the big bad. It seems like the DCEU might take some time away from that part of the universe – which could mean another villain could replace Darkseid.

Regardless, when he returns, so should the New Gods, including Big Barda. She is a New God born on Apokalips, trained by Granny Goodness as a Fury. She eventually meets Mister Miracle and falls in love with him. They both spend time on Earth and join the Justice League. Given her distinct backstory, she would definitely be a great protagonist for any New Gods project in the future.

As there is an unfortunate trend among comic book stories and films to only have one female superhero for every three or so male heroes in a group, the DCEU’s Justice League is glaringly lacking equal representation. There is Black Canary, who will likely become a member down the line, and Batgirl and Supergirl are incoming, but still there is a ways to go. There are so many incredible superheroines who deserve to be part of the DCEU, including Vixen.

She has such a cool power, she's able to gain the abilities and strengths of different creatures using her mystical Tantu Totem. She would make for a great protagonist in her own HBO Max series like Peacemaker, before having her join up with fellow heroes for future Justice League films.

The DCEU has largely been considered too serious, especially compared to the MCU, but Shazam! and Aquaman were able to start bringing in more kitschy humor to the franchise. Another character who could further this evolution in the DCEU is Booster Gold. He was from the distant future, but he traveled to the present to make himself a hero and celebrity using his futuristic technology.

Back in 2019, a script for a Booster Gold film had been submitted, but that was the last news made available. In fact, following the success and popularity of Peacemaker, an HBO-Max series might be a better fit. It could explore his desire for fame and glory, ending in him genuinely becoming a hero in his own right, with a huge dose of irreverent humor.

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