DC has been trailing behind Marvel on the silver screen for a while now, but when you look at their respective rosters that’s a bit of a surprise.
On paper, the two comic book giants have equally recognisable heroes, but when you consider the MCU began life without access to Spider-Man, the X-Men or the Fantastic Four, their achievement looks even better.
While DC struggled to create an engaging universe with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, Marvel made lemonade out of apples, carrots and a few lemons. As well as the missing heroes, they had restrictions on Hulk too, so made stars out of Iron Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Black Widow.
DC, despite pretty much free reign, have restricted themselves pointlessly. They failed to follow up Man Of Steel in any meaningful way, are rebooting Batman again and shoved Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash into Justice League without any build up.
If they’d just cast their net a little wider, they could enjoy huge success. They’re starting to catch on with Shazam!, but there’s plenty more heroes they could use for potentially successful solo outings, if only they’d give these heroes a chance.
The Tamaranean hero has already gathered some fans outside of her comic, featuring in Teen Titans and recently starring in the live action show Titans, played by Anna Diop.
She was designed by comic book legend George Perez as a sort of ‘Red Sonja in Space’, but despite living up to that wonderful premise and adding plenty more besides, it feels like there’s a glass ceiling above her.
She’s fairly universally known amongst comic book fans, but has almost zero name brand recognition with the general public. While this can seem like a negative, after featuring so many heroes in Arrowverse shows and Justice League, DC are running dry and massively recognisable figures to push in a major project.
Starfire’s not so unknown that her movie would raise eyebrows, but isn’t so established in pop culture that every little detail of her is going to be pulled apart.
Her superhuman strength, speed and endurance make for a great hero, while her solar energy and long-running rivalry with her sister gives her depth to build a narrative around.
Setting the entire movie in space rather than worrying about ties to Earth could establish her without worrying too much about DCEU continuity too.