Recently, we learned that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s long-gestating
“JSA. We will introduce you to that, the world to JSA.”
Rumors have been swirling for some time that
If Hawkman shows up in a significant role in
The original Dr. Mid-Nite was in many ways a precursor to Marvel’s Daredevil, as he was comics’ first blind superhero. One of the first “Mystery Men” of the Golden Age, Dr. Charles McNider was day blind but could see better than ordinary humans at night. Oh, and he kick-ass martial arts skills
The original Wildcat was professional boxer Ted Grant. He used his fighting prowess to fight evil as the costumed Wildcat in the ’40s. That’s pretty much the extent of his abilities — he could kick your butt real good while wearing a cat outfit. Back then, that was good enough. If there is a flashback to the World War II-era JSA, then I say use old Ted. But if we are going to see a modern era Justice Society, I suggest using his successor Yolanda Montez. The original Wildcat’s goddaughter, Yolanda was a Mexican-American mutant who actually had cat-like powers and agility, along with deadly claws. I say make her the modern-day Wildcat of the JSA.
Yes, his name is super cheesy. But the actual modern version of the character is cool as hell. The original Mr. Terrific was pretty unmemorable, and so ridiculously earnest he actually “Fair Play” on his chest. But the 21st Century incarnation of Mr. Terrific is pretty awesome. In current DC continuity, Michael Holt is the world’s third smartest man (Batman and Lex Luthor argue over who is #1). He invested his fortune and technical expertise into becoming a crime fighter after the death of his wife. He’s aided in this by his T-spheres, robotic orbs that serve multiple functions and could be cool on screen. If there’s a modern-day big screen JSA, then I vote for Mr. Terrific as its chairman.
Starman (Jack Knight)
There have been many heroes in the DC universe going by the name of Starman; the first was Ted Knight (not the actor) in the ’40s. The brilliant scientist was the creator of the cosmic rod, a staff that could tap into unlimited energies from the heavens. Eventually, he passed his cosmic rod to his eldest son, who died in the line of duty. It then went to his youngest child, Jack. Jack was a laid back hipster who didn’t want any part of being a superhero, but reluctantly took on the mantle of the new Starman and joined the JSA. Although the
Although his father the Golden Age Green Lantern probably won’t be in a big screen JSA, I think his son Obsidian could make the cut. He was the product of a relationship between Scott and the villain named Thorn, who gave Todd and his sister Jennifer — later known as Jade — up for adoption. He discovered that he had the power to become a living shadow when entering adulthood, and became a superhero following in dad’s footsteps. Eventually joining the JSA, he came the team’s most prominent LGBTQ hero. His shadow powers would prove to be cool on screen, and even if little mention is made of his famous dad, he would still be a cool addition to any live-action JSA.
Ok, this one is the wild card. I admit it. But if we see a flashback to the Justice Society of the 1940s era, then Wonder Woman should be leading the charge. Even if you can only get Gal Gadot to come in for a brief cameo, who doesn’t want to see Diana punching Nazi scum in World War II?
Probably NOT Showing Up: The Flash and Green Lantern
The two most prominent members of the Justice Society of America are arguably the original Golden Age versions of the Flash and Green Lantern, Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, respectively. But I wouldn’t expect to see either of them in any big screen JSA. Warner Brothers would simply want to avoid the brand confusion of two characters named Flash and Green Lantern who don’t have much to do with the more popular versions. Maybe if we get a brief WWII era cameo of the JSA, they could show up as an Easter egg. But don’t expect much more than that.
Regardless of who makes the cut, it will be amazing for DC’s first-ever super team to finally get some love on the big screen. It is long overdue.