Cyborg (I'm fine with the current setup)
Vixen (Coz Marvel hates Storm now and position for Black Superheroine #1 is up for grabs)
John Stewart (Should be the premiere GL)
Make Hal Jordan African-American
Other (specify below)
There shouldn't be a premiere black superhero. There should be more than one black superhero in JL.
While I think we all are fans of black J'onn, it's shallow diversity because he's a shapeshifter alien. He adds a black face to the big seven, but he doesn't add the black experience.
I think we're all asking for deep diversity in DC's properties, something that's very challenging due to the age of the universe and the overwhelming reliance on the biggest sellers. Moving Milestone characters to DC proper would be best option to add the black experience, but I sense there's hesitation to fully adopt Milestone into the DC collection.
There should be multiple black superheroes but I would say that Cyborg leads the pack due to his presence in the high selling NTT comic in the 80s, the 1985 Super Powers cartoon and the later high-profile Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go cartoons. John Stewart and Vixen would be right behind Cyborg due to both of their high-profiles in the JLU cartoon and Vixen's recent appearances on the CW and her web toon.
Appart from this expanding the size of the team is the more likely option.
And btw. it seems Marvel's policy to replace their prominent heroes with divers characters didn't really worked out for them, opposed to DC Rebirth strategy to double down on their most prominent franchises.
Really pretty sure Marvel is still winning in sales. Also comics are irrelevant.
We are talking movies here really.
The problem is its Vixen by process of elimination. Its the JL ergo gotta be an adult to be a member so Static is out. John Stewart would be fine but Geoff Johns is a Hal Jordan Fanboy who hates John Stewart so no. Plus there is the legacy issue but I say its weakest in the GL Franchise. Now you could say Cruz or something but she has no GA awareness this is the JL. Black Lightning has rights issues but he is getting a show so that suggest the rights problems are cleared up. Plus he is older generally so he can work as a Bruce Contemporary. But if Rights are a problem eliminating Black Lightning and Milestone. Your left with Vixen. The problem is these flicks tend to want more Dudes showing up and Vixen doesn't guarantee Black Guys are going to show up.
The problem with Cyborg is he fits better with Teen Titans, he is not wish fulfillment and thus his mostly machine appearance is a problem. He aint even a cool looking cyborg it be fine if he was Dues Ex or Genos. But he is really not note I prefer Dues Ex still has the junk. Plus tech is already Batman's niche and to some extent Superman if its more Alien in Origin. And Cyborg is always going to get squeezed by them. Whereas Iron Man in the Avenger Movies doesn't have anyone competeting directly in his niche. Robotics and High Tech Armor Suits.
If it was up to me. I say drop Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Aquaman. You have to have Bats, Supes and Wondie. A Flash it really doesn't matter diversity wise either works Wally or Barry. So that is 3 White Guys after that. Inject some diversity. GL...John Stewart, Simon Baz or Cruz. In terms of demos you want John or Cruz. I love John but I might lean Cruz purely because it be nice to get a Latin@ on the team and really DC doesn't have an option that says primetime male wise. Vibe doesn't cut it in my mind and Blue Beetle too young. GL Is automatically primetime.
After that you got options. I mean I think Vixen could easily take Aquaman's slot sure you lose the Atlantis storyline but she basically can do anything he can do and it wouldn't really be too much of stretch to let her telepathically communicate with Animals. Not sure she has done it in the comics but it fits. So More Magic besides WW isn't a bad thing. Opens the option to going into the RED, GREEN, ETC. Her power set is also pretty darn versatile so there is that.
DC can easily seize the ground on the Black Women and Latina Front. Marvel has nothing obvious in the pipeline to compete right now. And Storm been crap in the X-men Movies.
Now the last slot kinda depends on how you did it with GL if you went John well I say another Women. If you went Cruz and Vixen then another Guy is fine so you can add Aquaman back especially if your using Momoa you kinda got diversity. If not well Black Lightning works. Electromagnetism aint nothing to sneeze at. If you need another women I suppose you can toss in a Black Canary or something.
If you play up the inspirational aspects of Vixen and turn the narrative of the character into a celebration of black femininity and African culture with superhero elements, people will turn up.
Not sure that works considering Hidden Figure is a Bio Flic Not A super hero movie or an action flick. Different reason to watch the movies.
Besides I am trying to look at it from a Business View. Not my personal what I want view.
If you ask me though Bats, Supes, Wondie, Flash (Barry), GL (Cruz), Aquaman (Momoa) and Vixen would work just fine. Cover the diversity hit Marvel weak points and still get 5 of the OG in and a GL.
But really I take anything black character wise over Cyborg. Even if they gave him a design that I could get behind. I still like him better with the Titans.
I think my roster does that I got 3 Diverse Women on the team. I mean 1 out of 6 or 1 out of 7 just doesn't cut mustard in my book.
Last edited by The True Detective; 03-07-2017 at 02:01 AM.
DC is obviously over reliant on Batman.
DC has tried but many of their characters just cant find an audience. Truth is that I think DC has to resign themselves to villains and anti- heroes after their 5 or so big franchises. Deathstroke, Adam, etc are the future not JSA or Legion.