With the above photo released Tuesday by Arrow executive producer Mark Guggenheim, DC Entertainment is finally filling in the stray gaps of the Justice League. Who would you rather watch? Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in one two-hour flick, or most of the Justice League every week on three TV series? Both Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin have now established themselves as the real thing with their Arrow and The Flash series. We already know Henry Cavill was a bust as Superman and early looks at Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot aren’t too exciting. The answer should be easy.
If you haven’t been keeping track, along with Amell’s Green Arrow and The Flash (Gustin’s Barry Allen, Teddy Sears’ Jay Garrick, and Keiynan Lonsdale‘s Wally West on the way), we’ve seen two versions of Black Canary (played by Caity Lotz and Katie Cassidy), two versions of Green Arrow’s sidekick Speedy/Red Arrow/Arsenal (played by Colton Haynes and Willa Holland), The Atom (played by Brandon Routh), Firestorm (played by three actors: Robbie Amell, Victor Garber, and Franz Drameh), Huntress (Jessica de Gouw), classic Justice League staple Jean Loring (Teryl Rothery), Vibe (Carlos Valdes), and an Earth-2 version of Doctor Light (Malese Jow). Each of these were featured in at least one version of the League over the years.
And now we have a first look at Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), coming in three weeks as part of an Arrow/The Flash crossover event and lead-in to the next DC Entertainment/CW Network series Legends of Tomorrow. Still no view of the hawk wings yet. The other guy in the mask above is CW creation John Diggle (David Ramsey).
So who is still AWOL from the League?
The DC film world has Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds played Hal in the movie) and Aquaman with Jason Momoa as a minor character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year. We have yet to see classic superheroes The Martian Manhunter, the Phantom Stranger, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, and Zatanna. Why haven’t we seen Zatanna yet? At least fellow Justice League Dark character John Constantine (Matt Ryan) made an appearance this season on Arrow. You can also check out Supergirl now on ABC. We’re hoping for a Batwoman series down the road.
If you missed it, check out this preview of the Legends of Tomorrow series coming next year with Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz (as “White” Canary–think Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White and you’ll get it), Ciara Renee, Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, Falk Hentschel, and Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill time traveling again as Rip Hunter.
CW has not yet provided a release date yet for Legends of Tomorrow.