DC characters haven’t received the treatment they deserved since the inception of the DCEU — James Gunn and Peter Safran can change that.
The old DCEU is officially dead. James Gunn and Peter Safran’s arrival means massive changes to DC Comics’ cinematic universe. No one knows what The Suicide Squad director has planned for the DC Universe. According to CBR.com, fans will have to wait a while before any official.
"“Gunn confirmed reports that they’re nearly set to reveal their plans for the DC film franchise… the only recipients of that information, for now, will be the Warner Bros. Discovery executives… the rest of the world’s DC movie fans, it will be a longer wait.”"
Fans have waited years for DC’s cinematic universe to have a plan — a few more months won’t hurt. The beauty of it is that Gunn and Safran have an established group of core characters with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Flash, Batman (times two), Black Adam, and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman. There are some changes we need to see, but these DC characters have a base foundation, a tone set in their own universe that Gunn will probably fuse with his and Safaran’s vision.
Of course, comic book movie fans already know what Gunn brings to the table. We saw him flip the MCU on its head with Guardians of the Galaxy. With DC, Gunn was unleashed. He rebooted the Suicide Squad with his bloody, dark, comedic action-packed style. What Gunn does best is take “lesser-named” characters and make them feel relevant, like he did with Peacemaker. There are plenty of DC characters (mainstream and lesser-known) that could use the James Gunn treatment.
DC characters James Gunn should consider using in DCEU
5. Mr. Miracle
Mr. Miracle is a New God with god-like strength, speed, and immortality, to name a few. As a baby, he was a pawn in a peace treaty between New Genesis and Apokolips. As a youth, the son of High Father lived in Granny Goodness’ orphanage, where Darkseid made the son of his enemy a living hell. However, the young child doesn’t give up. Instead, he uses his gift of escalability to run away. He fled to earth, took on the name Scott Free, and developed a relationship with the original Mr. Miracle.
Like with any comic, Scott’s mentor was killed, motivating Scott to take on the persona of Mr. Miracle. He’d eventually meet his future wife, Big Barda, another superhuman prisoner of Granny Goodness. Together, they’d work as heroes while being fugitives of Apokolips. There are two options for a live-action Mr. Miracle.
One, we could see him as a hero on the run, struggling to find life on Earth after losing someone close to him. Big Barda could be the one who haunts him down, and we get a hero’s journey love story. Another option is a classic origin for about twenty-thirty minutes of the film, then we get a time jump.
Fans of DC Comics know the history of Mr. Miracle and Big Barda’s life as retired heroes with children. In the comics, Scott doesn’t like sitting back and watching. He wants to fight the good fight, which leads to trouble catching the attention of those who want them back, Granny Goodness.