Comic book movies are arguably the most popular movies today. They consistently rake in hundreds of millions of dollars, whether they are as well known as Superman or as obscure as Ant-Man. Both DC and Marvel are chomping at the bit to get their hands on any character to include in their universe, and because of this, every B-list comic book character will be in theaters, TV screens, or whatever else you use to watch movies. Soon, there will be no superhuman who is safe.
With the success of these movies and a list of future movies that include characters like Dr. Strange and Cyborg, there’s no telling where or when it may stop. Marvel has opened its cinematic universe up and fans have already found Easter eggs that may point to new characters joining in (such as Adam Warlock possibly being Starlord’s father). DC on the other hand seems to be hell-bent on forcing every character that they haven’t yet ruined (RIP Hal Jordan) into the same movie. Really, go watch the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad trailers and count the characters.
While DC and Marvel seemingly are both open to putting every decent character onto the screen, here are 15 beloved characters that will NOT be found in any movie.
A Namor movie was already supposed to have happened. The plan for a Sub-Mariner movie can be traced back to 1997. In fact, in 2001, David Self was hired to write the script, in 2004 Chris Columbus was named the director, and a release date was set for 2007. Since then, the rights to the movie have been used like leverage in a bitter divorce. Marvel thought they had the rights in 2012, but didn’t, then did again, but haven’t been able to move forward since 2014. Kevin Feige explained the situation in a 2014 interview.
“Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.”
It’s no secret that Superman has some of the oddest villains of all time, but few seem to rank with Bizarro as the most bizarre. This “mirror-image” Superman has appeared in comics since the late 50s, winning over his fan base with his backwards speech habits and Frankenstein-like appearance. He has similar powers to Superman and has proved to be a favorite villain for the Man of Steel.
13 Mister Mxyzptlk
Most fans familiar with this little pest from the 5th Dimension still can’t pronounce his damn name. Considering the only way to beat the guy is to make him say his name backwards, this leads to some bothersome moments for Superman, or whoever is being terrorized by Mxy. Though Alan Moore attempted to show a side of the character that is actually quite terrifying, he has mostly been an annoying imp for the past 70+ years.
12 Damian Wayne
That’s right everybody, Damian Wayne will not be found on the big screen. Introduced in 1986 as the unnamed infant son of Batman and Talia al-Ghul, Damian took his time before rising to prominence, appearing as Damian Wayne for the first time 20 years later. Starting as a violent pre-teen trained by the League of Assassins, Damian has since grown both as a hero and as a person that now dons the iconic uniform as his father’s newest Robin.
After Killer Croc showed up on the Suicide Squad cast list, we’ve been hesitant to believe that any Batman villain won’t appear in a movie. Hell, even Victor Zsasz made an appearance in Batman Begins. However, Clayface will be the villain that misses the boat. There are just too many amazing villains, and the living piece of silly putty just will never see an opportunity. Fan favorites The Joker, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn have already been cast, while characters like The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy are waiting in the wings.
10 Eric O’Grady
For a newer character, Eric O’Grady has found his place in many comic book fans' hearts, but the short-lived hero won’t be appearing on any big screen. Eric O’Grady is the 3rd Ant-Man, and the second to have stolen the suit. While the first thief, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) really has a heart of gold, Eric takes on the role of Ant-Man to basically get laid.
9 Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing began as a scientist who was in a horrible accident. This clichéd plot got DC in trouble with Marvel, as it is incredibly similar to the origins of Man-Thing. However, when planning their lawsuit, Marvel stopped and realized both Swamp Thing and Man-Thing have a very similar origin as The Heap. In 1982, comic book icon Alan Moore recreated Swamp Thing for DC, making him more sympathetic and taking all the best parts of the past Swamp Things and putting them together.
You won’t see Swamp Thing in a movie partly because the failure his longtime ally, Constantine, has seen on the big and small screen. Guillermo Del Toro was attempting to make a Justice League Dark movie staring both Constantine and Swamp Thing, but he has since left the project. Without his allies, Swamp Thing just doesn’t have what it takes to carry a movie.
Also known as the Big Bad Wolf, Bigby, the sheriff of Fabletown, will never see time on the big screen. For those unaware, Fables is a Dark Horse comic about fairytale characters making a life in New York after being forced from their home. Bigby, arguably the lead of the series, is in charge of saving the community from threats including The Three Little Pigs, Geppetto, and Journalists who want to out the community as vampires - yes, those are actually some of the villains.
6 Plastic Man
5 Beta Ray Bill
3 Captain Britain
Yep, Carnage - Spidey and Venom’s adversary who is best known for, well, being more evil than Venom. Cletus Kasady’s (aka Carnage) origin story is so gruesome that including it could lead to an R rating. Besides that red flag, Carnage’s problems are similar to others that have been pointed out above.
1 Miles Morales
You knew this was coming if you paid any attention to the past 2 castings of Spider-Man. Fans have been asking for a different Spider-Man since Sony announced they were rebooting the franchise in 2010. Then there was hope once again when Marvel got the rights last year. As mentioned already, they chose to do the Peter Parker story - again. While Miles Morales is not the most well known Spidey, he has been beloved by fans since his first appearance in 2011.
Miles’ storyline is so closely tied to Peter that it wasn’t shocking that the Marvel Cinematic Universe felt they needed to tell Peter’s story first, but even though Kevin Feige hasn’t closed the door on the possibility, it may be a long, long time before Miles gets his big break.
Sources: comicbook.com, indiewire.com, cinemablend.com, ign.com
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