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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION DC CHARACTER PORTRAYALS (ARROWVERSE and GOTHAM)

Superhero TV shows have generally been a strong force in animation form for many years. With certain exceptions such as Batman 1966, Lois and Clark and Smallville, there has never been such high quality comic based shows on TV at one time. With DC ruling the roost on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s MCU taking Netflix and ABC by storm and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast making some damn fine TV! So, the first in a number of countdowns, I wanted to give some top 10’s based on more current comic book shows and the characters that feature within them. With the short lived Constantine being hugely popular, Arrow creating a massive TV universe and Gotham giving us some great origins on much loved characters.

This list was not easy to write, but there was so many to choose from. Honorable mentions go to Morena Baccarin’s Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, her partner and good cop Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Reverse-Flash in The Flash. I want to know who you would say was portrayed best as opinions will always vary. This is my personal list, so take this as you will.

  1. Harold Perrineau – Manny (Constantine)

Portraying an original character in a comic book show is not always seen as a great idea, but Harold Perrineau pulls it off so well as the angel Manny. Guiding Constantine on his journey to prepare for the oncoming war with evil, Manny appears at times of great need (even when John really could do without seeing him). Sometimes a very insightful character and a moment or two of comic relief, it is a shame that we may not see him spread his wings in Constantine’s future anytime soon.

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  1. Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (The Flash)

Trying to top the brilliant work by Tom Cavanagh in season one was never going to be easy, but Teddy Sears takes you on one hell of a journey in season two. Revealing himself to be Jay Garrick at the start of the season, he claims his speed was stolen by another known as Zoom! The twist here is that Jay is actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom and he has hatched a plan to destroy all universes and speedsters…including Barry. Who knows if he will run again into the lives of the STAR Labs team.

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  1. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak (Arrow, The Flash)

Originally a minor character, Felicity grew to be one of the most important characters in the Arrowverse. Originally an employee of Oliver’s step-father Walter, Felicity proves herself to be a welcome addition to Team Arrow. Originally only wanting to save Walter, Felicity eventually joins the team full time and is vital in helping Oliver become more understanding and find new methods to deal with crime. Though many see their romance as annoying, Felicity really does make a big impact in the show and I hope she will do for a long long time to come.

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  1. David Harewood – “Hank Henshaw”/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (Supergirl)

One of the biggest surprises of Supergirl was the revelation that head of the DEA Hank Henshaw was actually the Martian Manhunter. Having been nearly killed by the real Hank Henshaw, Kara and Alex’s father saved J’onn and in return J’onn promised to look after Alex and Kara as much as he could. A character with a huge heart and one of the most heartbreaking backstories in comics, he fights his inner demons and becomes a true hero who eventually gets the recognition he deserves.

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  1. Manu Bennett – Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Arrow)

Probably the greatest rival to come up against Oliver, Slade Wilson originally helped Oliver Queen survive on the island and gave him the help he needed to escape and find his family. After Slade was injected with the “mirakuru”, he finds himself stronger than ever before, but his mind suffers from the chemical. He personally wants revenge against Oliver after what happens to him in regards to Shado and losing his eye. Killing Oliver’s mother and almost destroying the city was indeed enough to push The Arrow to his limit!

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  1. Danielle Panabaker – Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (The Flash, Arrow)

When she had her cameo in Arrow, I was not too sure how much I would like this character. But from her first episode, Caitlin is shown to be a great part of the STAR Labs team. She is shown to be very distraught over the particle accelerator explosion which seemingly killed her fiancé and at times being cold towards her friends. Though Caitlin is indeed, in at least one life, destined to be the villainous Killer Frost, she proves a true friend and a heart to the show. She knows how to take on enemies without powers of her own and will do anything to help you.

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  1. Stephen Amell – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow, The Flash. Legends Of Tomorrow)

The man behind the Arrowverse, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after five years being presumed dead. When he returns, he takes on the mantle of The Arrow to fight the crime in the city as part of his promise to his father. Originally wanting to take on this crusade alone, Oliver later gets assistance from John Diggle, Felicity, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, Laurel Lance and even his sister Thea. Though Oliver may be sometimes hard to trust, he does care about his friends and family and does show a lighter side with his friend Barry/The Flash.

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  1. Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash, Arrow)

After getting caught in his lab as the STAR Labs accident happened, Barry Allen became The Flash. Originally unsure if he deserved his powers, Barry would go on to become one the greatest heroes in existence. With a pure heart and mind, Barry is definitely the best person to have on your side when in trouble with a meta-human. When Barry developed his powers and begun travelling through time, we see him truly get emotional with anything around his deceased mother when he sees her in the past. We want Barry to have a happy ending, but has he destroyed the world to get it?

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  1. Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

The only Gotham character to make it into the list, but there is a good reason why he is this high! Robin Lord Taylor from episode one managed to make Penguin probably the best portrayal of the character in any medium. Danny DeVito done a great job in Batman Returns, Nolan North makes a great performance in the Batman Arkham games but it is Taylor’s take on the character which is unique and intriguing. Starting as an aspiring gangster, he eventually takes control of the Gotham underworld and uses many means to get what he wants. Whenever his version of Oswald Cobblepot takes to the screen, I am glued!

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  1. Matt Ryan – John Constantine (Constantine, Arrow)

You know you have done a character right when you have a fan and cast campaign to get you to be the character again (eventually appearing in Arrow Season 4) and then becoming the character again for an animated movie (2016’s Justice League Dark). Am I right? Matt Ryan embodies the character perfectly and does everything right. He smokes like a chimney, isn’t afraid to be rude, enjoys being an arse to people and fights demons with ease. The look is also done right, down to the hair colour and the clothes. We may have only had 14 hours of TV with John Constantine, but I am sure Matt Ryan’s version of the character will be around for a long time…and maybe that petition to get a season two of Constantine will also become reality one day!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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DCEU: WHO SHOULD JOIN DEATHSTROKE?

Today it has been all but announced that Deathstroke is to be part of the DC Extended Universe and will likely be making his debut in 2017’s Justice League (or maybe that Batman solo movie is coming quicker than we thought. A win either way!). Where we may not yet know the actor who will be portraying the assassin (Keanu Reeves would be great. I know many may not think so, but after John Wick, he is the perfect choice!), we do know that he will be more than a match for Batman when he does make his big-screen debut. The DC universe has got a huge rogues gallery which they can borrow from to bring some truly colourful characters to life. These are six that, as of writing, have not been confirmed for the DCEU. But I hope they will be coming soon…

Jason Todd/The Red Hood

Now that we have a new Joker, a new Batman and a “deceased” Robin, we do need to get this story going. I will mention this would probably be similar in vein to Captain America: The Winter Soldier where an ally becomes an antagonist. Jason Todd would also be a great way to introduce the Lazarus Pit, Ra’s Al Ghul and give a few hints towards the Justice League Dark movie! Having a villain who knows Batman’s moves and secrets would create a true nemesis to the caped crusader. Also, this would work towards an R-Rated (15 rating in UK) delight of a film.

Who should play Jason Todd: Matt Smith (Doctor Who) or Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)

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Leonard Snart/Captain Cold

Now hear me out on this one! Yes, Mr Freeze was a pretty rubbish character on the big-screen and put a lot of people off him. Captain Cold however, is definitely a well needed nemesis for The Flash. Usually a part of The Rogues in Central City, Captain Cold is incredibly smart and dangerous. One of the few villains without powers to face The Flash, versions of the character have managed to learn Barry Allen’s identity and trick him numerous times. Maybe not a primary antagonist, but am sure he will do a great job putting the scarlet speedster on ice (I promise only one ice joke is allowed).

Who should play Captain Cold: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)

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Selina Kyle/Catwoman

Catwoman is indeed a vital character for the DCEU, but why? Selina Kyle has been someone who has not only been both a hero and villain, but a friend and foe and lover to the Dark Knight. Catwoman may be portrayed as a generally conflicted person who loves to steal, but she does have a heart. Previous portrayals have seen her generally taking revenge and being a professional thief, this one would be great to really explore the relationship between herself and Batman. Maybe she knows Bruce is Batman and that she wants to help him, though she still loves crime. Fingers crossed.

Who should play Catwoman: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster)

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Clayface/Hush

Now I am putting together these two, but it can work. Dr Thomas Elliot (Hush) was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s when they were younger, he would then go on to a life of crime and was very good at mimicking people to perfect accuracy. Clayface is also a person who can perfectly mimic people, though that is because of a mutation to his body which allows him to mould himself to any shape or form that is required. To see Batman face off with a master of disguise would truly make for a great film. Again, someone who would know Bruce well could truly make for a psychological fest.

Who should play Clayface: Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, Journeyman)

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Brainiac

If you are going to have a villain to go up against Superman, you need someone who can truly give him a challenge. Brainiac certainly does push the Man Of Steel to the edge! There are a few different iterations of the character, and to see one that had a strong connection to Krypton would certainly play a fun part to his film. He would know a lot about Kal-El and it would be fun to see him possibly taking control and manipulating friends and family of Superman. Brainiac has been a vital part to many of the top stories of Superman, and am sure this could be Man Of Steel 2’s antagonist!

Who should play Brainiac: Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Flash)

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Trigon

This is a villain which not only would be on a truly epic scale, but there is a lot of groundwork to lay before this guy appears. Trigon is a powerful demon, he is effectively the personification of evil. Trigon was introduced as the father of Teen Titan member Raven, and to have the Teen Titans in the fold of the DCEU would certainly help work towards this mammoth clash. If Trigon wasn’t a big enough threat, his three sons (Jesse, Jared and Jacob) are able to introduce the seven deadly sins into people and can manipulate Raven to their side. This would need Darkseid out the way, a Teen Titans movie, a good amount of teasing and then…BOOM! Trigon takes the DCEU and makes it his bitch!

Who should play Trigon: Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, Outcast)

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove