The world of DC Comicsis loaded with iconic characters from throughout its illustrious history, which began way back in the early 20th century. Despite having a massive roster that famously rivals that of Marvel Comics, most of the characters of DC Comics have never quite had their time in the sun when it comes to the world of video games. It’s a shame, considering how many great characters fans would love to see come to life in their own gaming experience, and the list goes on and on as to who could get quality games in the future.
Recent times have brought in a handful of new DC-related video game titles that finally aren’t about Batman, like Gotham Knights or the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Both of those games have had their issues, though, like Gotham Knights releasing to polarizing reviews and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League being delayed after its gameplay footage received heavy backlash. It might be time to bring some new blood into the colliding worlds of DC Comics and gaming, and there are some characters that have needed some adaptation love for years.
Martian Manhunter might be the most beloved member of the Justice League to receive very little personal attention from the DC movies or video games, unlike his famous friends. This is a character with a chronic case of “always the sidekick, never the lead” through his appearances in the Arrowverse and Smallville, despite the fact that, in the comics, Martian Manhunter has been called the leader of the Justice League and one of the most powerful heroes by both Batman and Superman on numerous occasions. With his unique body-morphing abilities, a Martian Manhunter game is long overdue.
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Two other founding Justice League members alongside Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Hawkgirl have seen tragically similar fates with their lack of appearances in screen and video game adaptations. Among the DC fan base, the pair of Thanagarians tend to not be taken so seriously, but they’ve been around for longer than most characters and have a lot of interesting lore to explore. Plus, flying around smashing enemies with a mace sounds like it could make for a pretty fun game.
Another woefully under recognized but staple member of the Justice League, Vixen has made some minor appearances in collective DC games like DC Universe Online or Lego DC Super-Villains, but hasn’t been around much in the gaming world outside of that. Her unique power to harness the abilities of any animal could make for an amazing game that allows players a lot of freedoms in the way they approach environment traversal and combat.
Superman’s rogue counterpart is perfectly suited for an antihero-style game. Bizarro has had a troubled and strange history in the comics, but that history is also what could make for a potently flawed and tragic protagonist in a story where the player controls someone who feels like Superman, but clearly isn’t. At a very minimum, an Outlaws game featuring the likes of Bizarro and teammates like Red Hood and Artemis could make for a pretty great team game that aligns with the string of other DC team games like Gotham Knights coming out at the moment.
Cyborg has received a decent amount of adaptations due to the popular Teen Titans cartoon, but the character is famous for some well-known solo runs in the comics as well. A Cyborg solo game could be the perfect opportunity for players to explore the complexities of Vic Stone’s cybernetic body. It could even be a Soulslike-style game where Cyborg gradually upgrades himself as he takes on increasingly difficult Technosapiens, allowing DC to test the waters within a new genre.
DC Comics has a wealth of characters in its canon that have been woefully underutilized in gaming, and hopefully a few will show up soon. Read More