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10 Superheroes Who Need Their Own TV Shows Now

Since series like 'Daredevil,' 'The Flash,' 'Supergirl,' 'Gotham' and 'Jessica Jones' are such smashes, let's make room for these folks next

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DC Comics

Virgil Hawkins is an African-American teenager who, by way of radioactive gas, obtained the ability to create, absorb and manipulate electricity and magnetism, thus becoming his super alter ego, Static. Watching a teenager juggle school work, relationships, gangs and drugs, all while trying to use his powers for good? Sign us up! Whether it be a live-action portrayal set in today’s social and cultural climate or a revival of the awesome animated series Static Shock, this guy would be a welcome member of the TV superhero fraternity, especially in adding some much needed diversity. Now who would play Virgil/Static? A$AP Rocky, anyone? One can only wish. –Juan Cadavid

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While the previous X-Men movies portrayed her as merely the teacher who could control the weather, Ororo Munroe’s story is much more complex. With her beau Black Panther getting his own movie (which I’m PRAYING she will appear in) and X-Men: Apocalypse coming down the Marvel pipeline (where we'll meet a younger Storm), it’s about time we truly learned about the origins of this descendant of Kenyan royalty. This would be a perfect Netflix original program and I could easily see Lupita Nyong’o, who is also Kenyan, or The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira bringing Storm to life. –Malikah Shabazz

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Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)


Pakistani-American Kamala Khan is the superhero TV deserves AND she's the superhero Marvel needs right now. The latest incarnation of Ms. Marvel, Khan is just a normal Muslim teenager living in Jersey City. The comic manages to maintain that level of normalcy as she gains superpowers, fights bad guys and meets her X-Men and Avengers idols. A Ms. Marvel TV show focused on Khan, rather than the original blonde badass Carol Danvers, would bring a rarely seen culture and perspective to U.S. television, to a genre mostly dominated by Caucasian leads. She's also one of the most down-to-earth, relatable characters in the Marvel universe, and it's refreshing to see a female character wearing a hoodie and sneakers, rather than a skin-tight costume. –Sarah Maloy

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Image Comics

One of the coolest things to come out of the recent superhero TV series boom is the awareness and re-popularization of the of lesser known characters. (CW’s Arrow, Netflix’s Jessica Jones, etc.) Enter MADMAN! Madman has been due for a film adaptation since 1998. So why not make it a TV series on El Rey Network? 

Why El Rey? Well, for starters, Robert Rodriguez owns the film rights, and Madman's origin story is pretty on brand with El Rey’s grindhouse feel. Frank Einstein (named after Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein) was stitched together and resurrected after dying in a car accident. The procedure gave him supernaturally heightened empathy and the ability to see the future. Downside? He can’t remember anything from his former life. Let’s hope the possibility of a TV show comes to fruition since the movie is nowhere in sight. –Juan Cadavid

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DC Comics

TV loves itself some antiheroes these days (meaning since like 1999, when The Sopranos started). Giving the philosophical, morality-obsessed Rorschach his own series would:

–be a perfect way to improve on the decent-but-far-from-perfect Watchmen movie that Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman, 300) directed in 2009
–hand Jackie Earle Haley more of the role he was born to play, since his remake-happy output since '09 (Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, Rick Mattox in RoboCop, Willie Loomis in Dark Shadows) hasn't been up to par (although he's playing Odin Quincannon in AMC and Seth Rogen's upcoming adaptation of the all-time great comic Preacher)
–give other Watchmen the perfect avenue to their own series

So yeah: Rorschach, coming to HBO in...is fall 2016 too soon? –Zach Dionne

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Spider-Gwen is a relatively new superhero in the Marvel Universe. Also known as Gwen Stacy, she's the resident Spider-Woman of an alternate Earth known as Earth-25. In Gwen’s world it was her, not Peter Parker, who was bitten by the fabled radioactive spider. It’s an incredibly fresh take on the Spider-Man story, and makes for some potentially stunning visuals. And if the cinematography and set design are in any way similar to the comic book art, ohhh snap! Her suit alone would be a Marvel to look at. Spider-Gwen’s first comic run was widely successful and it's showing no signs of falling off. Let’s just hope if it's optioned for a series in the future, it’s put in the hands of folks who can do it justice, because with great power comes great responsibility. –Juan Cadavid

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Give him his props: 1998’s Blade started the whole Marvel movie takeover. Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of the Daywalker captivated audiences young and old and gave way to its own trilogy. Yes, there was a subsequent TV show that didn’t do too well. However, with Snipes back in the industry limelight and the Summer of Comics upon us, it's about time this series be revisited. While there is buzz about a possible Blade 4, a TV show wouldn’t hurt. –Malikah Shabazz

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Animal Man


Buddy Baker just got a renewed lease on life with DC Comics' New 52 comic book reboot in 2011, and everyone digs a superhero who can borrow powers from animals both lovable and ferocious. Everyone also digs a hero with a silly, on-the-nose name like Animal Man. There's just no way this wouldn't be a superlatively rad TV show. –Zach Dionne

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DC Comics

Undoubtedly, Hawkgirl had the most fascinating story in the animated Justice League series with her questionable allegiance to both the League and her home planet—both of which she ended up betraying at one point. From her no-bullshit attitude to her heartbreaking love story with some of her allies (like Green Lantern), there's loads of classic TV hallmarks here, all starring this complicated, half-human, half-hawk heroine. Who are we thinking for the lead? Oscar-winners Jennifer Lawrence or Brie Larson, perhaps?

While, yes, we know she is essentially the star of Legends of Tomrorow, we'd love to see a whole series dedicated strictly to her and her long backstory and complicated past. It'd certainly be worth binge-watching. –Jeff Benjamin

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Wonder Woman

DC Comics

Jessica Jones, Supergirl and our suggested Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, Hawkgirl and Storm series are all well and good, but if female-driven superhero shows want the best shot at lasting success, it'd help to have the highest-profile hero available in the lead. The CW killed its prequel series, Amazon, in mid-development in 2014. It's been almost 37 years since the Lynda Carter–starring show ended its three-season network TV run. So let's get this shit together, whether it stars DC's new big screen Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, or not. (At least they're finally making a frigging solo movie for her, though.) –Zach Dionne


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