TVLine is reporting that they have learned details about the three unnamed characters who will be joining the team-up show with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Caity Lotz, who played Sarah Lance, the Canary, who was killed at the start of Arrow’s third season.
There is a lot of speculation on who these characters could be. I can see the writer’s room, and it looks like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in that scene from Justice League of America #0 (the last series, before the New 52). There is a table covered with photos of superheroes. But who do they choose? Who is right for this team?
When news of the show originally broke, I made my picks for the characters I WANTED to see make it to TV. From the descriptions given, it doesn’t seem likely that any of them will be turning up. But I hold out hope that maybe they will turn up down the road.
It was originally reported that all three of these characters would all be making their first appearance in a live action, but the first character does seem to have more than a few things in common with Booster Gold (who has appeared on the WB/CW’s Smallville. So assuming that it won’t be Booster, who else can it be?
The character are described as such
Described as a Han Solo-esque rogue who gets by with his charm, this hero hails from the future, and has journeyed back in time on a secret mission. His razor-sharp wit hides the pain of a man who has lived through serious conflict. He also harbors many secrets, always leaving both his teammates and the audience unsure of his true allegiances.
If we had to lay odds, we’d say it’s still 9 to 1 that the Traveler is still Booster. Someone who has the power to go back in time and change things would be quite useful in resurrecting Sarah Lance, and both of those characters could do it. Even if they rescue Sarah, just before she dies, knowing that at some point, they have to bring her back to that exact moment. But who are the other choices?
- Rip Hunter,Time Master – Odds: 5 to 1
He would appeared to be frontrunner, based on the description. One of DC’s Silver Age characters who had a resurgence in the 2000s Rip Hunter also has a close connection to Booster Gold, which could lead to both characters appearing on the series. He seems the most likely.
- Matthew Ryder, Waverider – Odds: 30 to 1
A temporal scientist from the year 2030, during a time travel experiment, he was accidentally fused with the timeline, given the power to travel through time, and explore alternative timelines. He debuted as part of DC’s 1991 summer annual event Armageddon 2001, where it was revealed that one of DCs heroes would go bad and take over the world, assuming the identity of Monarch. Waverider came to the past to find out who Monarch was, and prevent him from taking over the world. But is his background to complicated? Are his powers too much?
- Ferris Knight, the Starman of the 853rd Century – Odds: 100 to 1
An enigmatic time traveler from the far future, but not one with time travel powers, and deep connections to a DC Legacy character. Not well known outside of DC fan circles, which could be appealing to the show’s creators. He is part of the Justice Legion Alpha, a 853rd Century analog of the JLA, with far future versions of all of DCs heavy hitters that appeared in the Grant Morrison miniseries DC One Million. He certain harbored many secrets (Spoiler – he turns out the be helping the story’s main villain Solaris) While I am most interested in seeing it be him, I think he’s the least likely one it will be.
This twentysomething Latina is pretty but unassuming, book smart and socially awkward by day. But by night, when she hears the cry of battle, her fury is ignited and she becomes a fierce warrior — so much so, that sometimes she can become a threat to others.
All the clues to who this character is are right there in the description, but there is a couple false flags there too. DC does have a female warrior character that goes by the hero name Fury. The first being the Earth 2 Wonder Woman’s daughter, Hippolyta Trevor, then after the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, when Wonder Woman no longer operated during the World War II Era, DC created the character Helena Kosmatos to be Hippolyta’s mother. Helena became the Fury of the All-Star Squadron era. It could be her, but we are handicapping that at 12 to 1. Who do we think it is?
- Beatriz Bonilla da Costa, Fire (a/k/a Green Flame, a/k/a Green Fury) – Odds 7 to 1
It’s all there in the in the description. There have been several Furies in the DCU, but only one ignited.
- Yolanda Montez, Wildcat II – Odds 11 to 1
Wildcat has already been introduced in the Arrow-verse, and creating an heir would not be difficult, but she’s not the powerhouse that the others on this list are. But are they ready to introduce legacy heroes? Ted Grant is still out there, they may want to bring him back at somepoint.
- Rosabelle Mendez, Panthra – Odds 250 to 1
Another dark horse, a character from the Marv Wolfman run in the 1980/90s New Titans. A were-panther with no knowledge of her origins, other than the designation X-24. We really don’t think it will be her. If anything she is likely turn eventually turn up in TNT’s Titans series in development
One thing we haven’t ruled out here is that they somehow combine two or more of the above characters to create a new version that better fits the Arrow-verse mold.
An African-American male in his twenties will fill the role of a regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations.
Static seems to get a lot of mentions when this role is talked about, but we here were under the impression that Milestone was going to be relaunching in the coming year, independent of DC. Is Static still available to DC? Has he even appeared anywhere in the last year or so? Is it possible yes, but he wouldn’t be our first choice.
- Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning – Odds 4 to 1
A character with more in line with the Arrow-verse than Static. Also with connections to Arrow character Tatsu Yamashiro, (both are members of the Outsiders, a team with connections to Green Arrow too) A more seasoned Static, and more age appropriate to the character description
- William Blake Everett, Amazing Man – Odds 70 to 1
A very underused character with a great deal of power. An Olympic athlete who develops the power of mimicry. By touching something, he gains the properties of what ever he touches. If he held a diamond, he would become unbreakable, and such. He’s an out there choice, I know, but not the most out there…
- Jakeem Johnny Williams, Jakeem Thunder – Odds 500 to 1
Jakeem’s powers are not really his, he controls a Thunderbolt, and extra-dimensional genie with almost limitless powers. A younger member of the Justice Society in the comics, who was never fully developed. His blank slate may be appealing to the show’s creators. But his way out there power base, and his attitude may not fit in with the character description.
We should find out soon, but what do you think?