Charles Roven has produced every DCEU movie thus far — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Justice League — and while the ever-expanding movie franchise has introduced a slew of colorful characters, there's one that fans of the superhero team have been wanting to see make the jump to the big screen: J'onn J'onnz, the Martian Manhunter.
The green-skinned shapeshifter has a fan in Roven, who name-dropped the character in a conversation with CBR:
CBR: What’s the most unusual property in the DC toy box that you would love to bring to film? Maybe not a marquis character, but a deeper dive choice?
Roven: I wouldn’t necessarily say that I would rather do that character, because we know that there is going to be a Flash movie, we know that Aquaman is being done, I think that Cyborg deserves his own movie too, and I know that the fans are out there screaming for Green Lantern, that’s for sure. But I was always a fan of J’onn J’onzz, Manhunter from Mars.
The alien first appeared in Detective Comics (vol. 1) #255 in 1955 before helping form the Justice League in Brave and the Bold (vol. 1) #28 in 1960. J'onnz has generally served as a founding member of the Justice League in most iterations of the team across various media, and is perhaps best known for his role in the 2001—2004 Justice League animated series where he was voiced by Carl Lumbly. A fan-favorite character, J'onnz (and his human secret identity, John Jones) have appeared in various animated series and straight-to-DVD features, including Young Justice, Justice League Action, Justice League: The New Frontier, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and more.
In live-action, J'onnz showed up in Smallville and most recently became a supporting character in The CW's Arrowverse, where he's appeared in Supergirl and The Flash, played by David Harewood. Martian Manhunter would have appeared as a member of the team in the abandoned Justice League Mortal, Warner Bros' planned 2009 big screen, live-action debut of the Justice League that would have also starred Armie Hammer as Batman and Adam Brody as the Flash. J'onnz would have been played by Australian actor Hugh Keays-Byrne.
Until J'onzz makes his jump to the big screen in the DCEU, he can be spotted in the heroic DC Films logo that precedes every DCEU film since Wonder Woman.
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