Just turn Firestorm into a sort of captain planet incorporating all the characters but make sure its in jason's body
On the one hand, in my idea we're leaving the white people at their normal ages, or in Lorraine's case making her a little older. I feel bad about it being the black kid who gets five years knocked out of him.
But I think (part of) the key to success *might* be the generation gap/s and exploring how that impacts the dynamics and how age and experience (or lack thereof) is a factor in how each cast member views Firestorm conceptually (this ties into a shift in themes that I haven't gotten into). And originally Firestorm was created to be DC's answer to Peter Parker, so I really wanted to have a very young hero involved for that "Ultimate Parker/Miles Morales" feel.
Lorraine I definitely wanted to use as a politician, to offset Stein's PoV a bit and bring in the military-industrial complex stuff for the plots. So she had to be in her thirties at the absolute youngest (forties really if she's going to have any authority at all in the Senate). So either Ronnie or Jason were going to be de-aged to create a nice spread. And I really like what they've been doing with Killer Frost, who appears to be in her early twenties. Given how awesome that character is right now I didn't want to screw with that, and since Ronnie and Frost have a history, that meant keeping Ronnie in his twenties.
So Jason is the one who had to bite the bullet.
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I agree that Jason or Ronnie, Stein is the most vital element. He's what sets Firestorm apart - no other hero brings the old wise mentor to the fight as intellectual backup. In their own head.
Lorraine has her own identity, having her in the matrix once or twice was fun, but she is Firehawk.
Here's something that just went from my head: Stein can fuse with Ronnie and Jason. Ronnie does inorganic transmutation, Jason does organic transmutation. The catch is that organic transmutation is, well, organic transmutation. If you ever studied organic chemistry, you know how complicated it is. If its attached to organic lifeforms that breathe and live, its even more complicated. When Firestorm could do it during Jason's time, it was regarded as very, very dangerous.
So, Jason is Firestorm's "Nuclear Option", if you will.
New52 tried to settle a path that made both Jason and Ronnie fans happy, made neither.
My own thoughts were that Stein perhaps becomes the fixed point of the Firestorm Matrix but he needs another person to turn into Firestorm. And he chooses either Ronnie, Jason or Jax with each merger creating a Firestorm with a somewhat different power set. So like Ronnie could be all the fire based offensive attacks, Jason could be the transmutation and perhaps Jax could be merging with materials like technology. And these three kids along with their respective families become part of the supporting cast.
I would also perhaps use something like The Flash show where an experiment creates a burst of energy that empowers various people with nuclear abilities. And do some big science adventures. Explore the nature of the Firestorm Matrix being the spark of the Big Bang. Look at concepts such as God Particles, Dark Matter and so on. And then of course, build some intriguing arch-enemies. I quite like Multiplexs new motivations that Conway did in the Legends book. Wouldn't mind seeing a resurgence in Tokamak. Oh and bring back Pozhar as a kind of anti-hero who was a research contemporary of Stein who has more strict views on control of nuclear power:
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EDIT: And even if they were similar, one could always change Jefferson Jacksons personality. It's not like he has appeared in the comics since Conways run. The character is open to change and making him an original creation.
And in the comics, Jefferson Jackson was a high school friend of Ronnie Raymond (they were on the basketball team together) although there's not much similarity with the TV version.
So yeah, Jason and Jax have always been separate characters.
I've never picked up a Firestorm book, despite being interested in the character, because of subpar art. So, if it were up to me, I'd get someone like Jesus Saiz or Emanuela Lupacchino on art. Something clean and modern to offset a character I associate with being very dated and irrelevant. This is essential if you ask me.
I'd downplay the fire aspect. It's generic. And with the transmutation, don't just have him use it to fight supervillains. Have him change the world. This is a hero who can solve the world's clean water problem and other huge world issues, which could make for interesting conflicts and discussions between the two halves of Firestorm who perhaps have different beliefs about how to use this incredible power.
I would also go with Jax/Stein as the main characters. This is probably sacrilegious to some, but I'd kick off the book (or in a JL story) with Ronnie/Jason for whatever reason becoming a villain (maybe the Firestorm mindmelding eventually ends up destroying their minds) and they nearly destroy the world, taking on the entire JL with ease, before being put down (perhaps by the JLA's Killer Frost, the only one who can), and the world gets its first true glimpse of the power of Firestorm. So when Stein chooses Jax to become the next Firestorm, perhaps there's a discussion about the risk of being Firestorm. While they can do so much good, are they just a ticking time bomb? How does the world react to another Nuclear Man?
Make the scope massive, while also being about a relationship at it's core, an endearing father/son relationship and all the themes that come with that, namely communication, which imaginably also mirror the books bigger themes, the relationships between countries, something that the Nuclear Man's existence would definitely affect.
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And seriously, just look at my avatar. I may not give half a f**k about Firestorm, but no fan deserves to see a hero they appreciate and look up to TURN EVIL!