Not all comic book characters are treated the same. Some characters get multiple comic book series, TV shows, and movies about their exploits. Some are lucky to appear in a modern comic as a “joke” character. That’s not necessarily fair, as Grant Morrison proved with Animal Man when he took a relatively obscure character and fleshed it out. Villains like Calendar Man or Clock King can also become very scary in the hands of the right writer, and thus create great on-screen entertainment.
The MCUs guardians of the galaxy The franchise is famous for bringing obscure comic book characters to the pinnacle of public fame and recognition. Kite Man, who is considered a joke character, gets his own spin-off TV show on HBO Max. There’s plenty of evidence that even very obscure characters can, in the right hands, tell unforgettable stories. Even characters that seemed too clumsy to adapt can prove themselves. This list shows some examples of those characters, across Marvel Comics and DC, who have the potential to have stories that are interesting enough to be adapted.
6 Adam Strange
In DC Comics, Adam Strange is a human scientist teleported to the bizarre world of Rann where he must survive. One of the important things would be not to change its aesthetic, as Adam Strange’s corny suit and ray gun are reminiscent of old-school sci-fi. This retro throwback would be a wonderful aesthetic for a TV show, and exploring the sights and experiences of a new, alien world would be very exciting and full of potential stories. Adam Strange would lend itself to a very interesting animated TV show, where you can take advantage of his outdated design without looking cheesy or weird.
5 red tornado
A red android with powers over the wind, DC’s Red Tornado was created by a mad scientist named TOMorrow, who wished to destroy the group of superheroes known as The Justice Society. Red Tornado, however, turned against its programming and decided to help the forces of good. He was also a member of the Justice League. He also made an animated appearance on the popular TV show young justice. Exploring Red Tornado’s desire to become human and turning him against his own programming and creator would be a good basis for his show. He also has some very unique powers for an android and a host of similar “red” androids that control other things you might introduce as characters.
4 The question
The Question is an investigative hero in DC Comics with a mask that covers his face, hiding his identity. The Question is an interesting character, and while he’s often pigeonholed as an unstable conspiracy theorist, he actually has decent depth. He eventually develops a Zen ethos during his development as a character, which would be interesting to see play out on screen. Of course, more than the character itself, The Question would give DC the opportunity to get into government conspiracies, hidden villain plots, and other Daredevil-like street-level heroism. A show on The Question could investigate Cadmus or even go to Gotham to investigate The Court of Owls. There are many hidden and secret villains you can fit into a Question TV series. There would, of course, be a lot of black influences like in Matt Reeves The Batman.
Marvel Comics’ Dazzler is a mutant with the ability to absorb sound to power his abilities, turning that sound into light. As a musical performer, Dazzler represents a different type of hero who may be more famous as a performer than as a crime fighter. Dazzler is a mutant, so she interacts a lot with the X-men, but, celebrity-worthy, she rubs shoulders with all sorts of superhero talent. She has crossed paths with Spider-Man and the Human Torch throughout Marvel Comics history. In the context of the MCU, it might be interesting if they had a Dazzler TV show after introducing the X-Men, although his character works in such a way that even without the larger context of mutants and X-Men , she would still work as a hero with some interesting powers and a celebrity storyline. There’s plenty of cameo potential without it being inappropriate or forced, and Dazzler may be forced to choose between the music world or the superhero world. Between passion and responsibility.
Man-Thing is the Marvel Comics counterpart to DC’s Swamp Thing, being normal humans turned into swamp plants, albeit far worse. Man-Thing is a biochemist named Theodore Salis, though he was quickly transformed by chemicals when he crash landed in a swamp. A Man-Thing TV show would depend on whether the creature would have its current abilities, giving it a mind of its own, or be as it was when it was written earlier in the character’s history. As before, Man-Thing operated primarily on instinct, but could psychically sense emotions. Strong negative emotions, such as fear, caused him pain. A Man-Thing story could be interesting if it revolved around a team investigating Man-Thing. Trying to figure out what this creature is and who it was.
1 Squirrel Girl
You may know Squirrel Girl as a very powerful character who can communicate with squirrels and has defeated nearly every major Marvel villain from her past as noted by RBC. However, it’s not precisely what would make a good TV show, but rather an adaptation of its comedy series. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Created by writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl takes the hero out of the sometimes gritty world of Marvel Comics and places him in a context where an optimistic attitude can really get him out of trouble. Where someone so stupid and clumsy can really beat Galactus or Thanos without outrageous power. A lot of people take the comics too seriously and expect everything to line up perfectly, and Squirrel Girl is also a perfect reminder that the story dictates who gets to beat who rather than rigid scaling. power. A TV show with Squirrel Girl should be equally upbeat and fun, a reminder that the reason we read superhero comics and stories is because they make the impossible possible. There are also some lovely secondary characters that Squirrel Girl would bring along for the ride like Ken Shiga and Brain Drain.