Marvel's Cinematic Universe has proven that just because a comic character is obscure, that doesn’t mean they can’t be made into household names. Outside of comic fans few people had heard of Iron Man before the 2008 movie, and now he’s a household name alongside Batman and Spider-Man. The same goes for Thor, Ant-Man and Black Panther.
In building their own movie universe DC was naturally going to start with the big guns, giving audiences new versions of Superman, Batman and the other icons. They branched out a little with Suicide Squad, giving lesser known characters like Deadshot and Killer Croc their due, and opening up the world slightly but there's still some great characters won't ever see the light of day.
It could be because they’re too edgy or weird for mainstream audiences, or they’re seen as supporting characters that couldn’t front their own adventures. Whatever the reasons, here are some cool DC heroes who probably won’t be fronting their own adventure anytime soon, and the reasons why.
10. Jesse Custer
Preacher is a groundbreaking comic created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, following the adventures of a priest named Jesse Custer – who is possessed by a powerful demon – while he tries to track down God. It was violent, witty and loaded with great characters, and for years a number of studios tried to adapt it. Everyone from Sam Mendes to Kevin Smith tried to mount a film version, but the epic scope and controversial material saw it trapped in development hell.
A TV series finally debuted in 2016 that featured a great cast, but it lacked the spark that made the comic so cool. The first season kind of acted like an extended prequel, which would have been the perfect setup for a movie to follow. Sadly it seems a Preacher movie will never happen now, partly because the series has stolen its thunder, and because years of failed attempts have scared studios away.
The ideal outcome would be the series running for a few series and then a movie would wrap things up, but since the series isn’t exactly a ratings juggernaut this isn’t likely.