Even during a global pandemic, movies based on comic book superheroes have stayed on top. More and more iconic characters are being used in standalone live-action adaptations as time progresses. Some, like Batman and Spider-Man, even continue to get rebooted with different versions every few years or so. However, there are still somehow plenty of heroes who haven’t gotten the chance to star in their own films yet. There hasn’t been any news or announcements regarding their potential cinema debuts either, sadly.
Here are just some of the comic book superheroes who still need to make their way to the big screen.
Nova, a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, can shoot gravimetric pulses and beams at foes and has superhuman strength, speed, and durability. He’s been a member of the Secret Avengers and is incredibly powerful. Plus, he’s a genuinely fun character to read about in the comics.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy film featured the Nova Corps, which was a bit of a tease for the character to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that was seven years ago and there’s still no sign of Richard Rider or Sam Alexander. It’s been beyond Nova’s time to help out the Avengers and other MCU heroes, so hopefully we do see his introduction soon.
Green Arrow has been a major character in DC Comics since 1941, has been a member of the Justice League, and is unbeatable with his trusty bow and specialty arrows. His comic book popularity took some time to grow after initially being created, but he has made several prominent appearances in media outside of comics, including video games and both live-action and animated TV shows. Green Arrow even received his own series, Arrow, which is currently the longest running live-action superhero TV series ever. Arrow is so popular that it spawned several spin-offs and a shared TV universe.
It’s been proven time and time again that Green Arrow is loved enough that his debut on the big screen should attract huge audiences. It’s definitely a mystery as to why a Green Arrow movie hasn’t been attempted yet.
After leaving the role of Batman’s sidekick Robin, Dick Grayson takes on the identity of Nightwing. He’s a master of martial arts and acrobatics, plus he has proven to be an expert when it comes to stealth. He was trained and raised by Batman, afterall. Often beating up baddies with his Escrima sticks, Nightwing is a threat to any criminal in Blüdhaven or Gotham.
Nightwing may be known because of his time working with Batman, but he has gained a massive following all on his own. It’s hard to imagine a Batman movie not doing well at the box office, so why not also give Nightwing the chance that he so rightfully deserves?
With the power of the Tantu Totem, Vixen is able to harness the spirit of animals to conjure their powers and abilities, making her formidable in combat and during general superheroics. She’s been a member of the Justice League International, Justice League of America, Justice Society of America, and was one of Cyborg’s recruits to potentially join the Justice League. She’s even done some work with the Suicide Squad. She’s pretty vital to the DC Universe, to say the least.
Vixen is a total badass and has unique powers that would be incredibly fun to see on the big screen. Plus, a Vixen movie would provide important representation, which is always needed.
With so many superhero movies releasing each year, it’s likely getting difficult finding ways to have them stand out from each other. One of the most unique superheroes around that would provide for a more original-feeling movie is Firestorm. There have been a few individuals who have taken up the Firestorm mantle over the years, but it’s usually by two people at the same time due to fusion. That’s right, two people fuse together to become Firestorm, the Nuclear Man. One person serves as the “pilot” who controls Firestorm’s body and actions while the other is used for comprehension and mastery. One is his body while the other is his mind, in a sense.
Not only is this a unique take for a superhero concept, but he’s also perfectly suited for action. Firestorm can fly, absorb energy, shoot nuclear blasts, and even reconstruct elements on a molecular level. This is one superhero that stands out in both concept and powers, which would make for an extremely entertaining movie.
Kid Kaiju is actually a newer and less-heard-of character in Marvel, so it’s not much of a surprise he hasn’t been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. However, he absolutely needs to be attempted in live-action with a blockbuster budget. Kid Kaiju has the ability to draw kaiju (giant monsters) who come to life once they’re drawn. A humongous alien is attacking? No problem, Kid Kaiju will just draw up a giant robot to shoot it with laser eye blasts. Godzilla movies are always tons of fun, but imagine that in the world of Marvel.
This is a superhero who can literally conjure up giant monsters to fight and save the world. Everything about this character screams box office gold. Superheroes and kaiju working together makes for the ultimate blockbuster.
There are countless comic book superheroes who still haven’t made their cinema debuts. Who would you like to see a movie of next?