The ragtag group of losers that made up DC's Legends of Tomorrow did something surprising in the last year and a half or so: they grew up.
And while watching the development of characters you love is a treat, it's not inherently suited to a show whose high concept is that they are the f--k-ups who merit no mention in history books.
And we don't want a total overhaul of the crew of the Waverider -- but it might be fun to check in with a few new DC faces sometime this season or at the beginning of next, and rather than teaming up with the Justice Society -- the best of the best and the standard to which all future generations hold themselves -- maybe...teaming up with somebody who's a little more...crappy?
It sounds counterintuitive, but it kind of makes sense: even before the Suicide Squad was killing it at the box office, they were a great part of Arrow, in part because of the fun dynamic and the totally unpredictable chemistry they brought to the table.
DC has plenty more characters like that -- and we want to see some of them on TV!
So...we've put together a short list of people who might be fun -- either to join the crew of the Waverider or just to cross paths with them along the way.
Read on, and let us know if we missed somebody...!
Well, the name pretty much says it all, right?
If you liked the movie version of The Losers -- with Guardians of the Galaxy's Zoe Saldana and Captain America: Civil War's Chris Evans teaming with The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan -- you should love the comic book version, which takes the Magnificent 7/Guardians of the Galaxy vibe of the movie and dials it up to 11.
These World War II hard cases were essentially the Suicide Squad in a lot of ways. Introduced as members of a platoon who were each on a separate, doomed mission, The Losers came together to pull out that first story...and there were many more to come. Years later, the concept was moved out of World War II and reinvented as a War on Terror-era concept, which is what inspired the movie.
Well...who wouldn't want John Constantine on this show?
People have been begging for him basically from the moment Legends was announced and Constantine ended.
The con man with...well, not really a heart of gold. Really, he's kind of a right bastard. But that's the point. He would fit in beautifully with Mick Rory, and play hilariously off of Ray Palmer.
And MAGIC. Can you even imagine how much fun it would be to see the Man of Science Martin Stein try and figure out how John's magic works?
Let's make this happen now, yeah?
Kamandi, a talking teenage boy living in a post-apocalyptic future where intelligent animals have taken over and most humans are feral, most recently appeared in last year's Booster Gold: Futures End #1, along with Prince Tuftan, one of the ruling family of tiger-men. He also appeared in Final Crisis briefly and, perhaps more importantly and certainly more substantively, had a strip in Wednesday Comics by Watchmen's Dave Gibbons and artist Ryan Sook.
Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth started out as DC's attempt to play off the success of Planet of the Apes but quickly became a fan favorite and remains a classic to this day, with a pair of omnibus editions published in the last five years.
DC Comics is celebrating the hundredth birthday of Kamandi creator Jack Kirby by doing The Kamandi Challenge, and nothing could make us more excited than to find out that "Land of the Lost" episode isn't really about dinosaurs at all, but about Kamandi!
THE FORGOTTEN HEROES
There have been a few groups of characters known -- officially or colloquially -- as the Forgotten Heroes, but these guys? They're our favorite.
Appearing in Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality, a group of has-been and never-was heroes and villains band together to prevent themselves from being plunged into comic book limbo.
Along the way, their strange, quirky appeal (Nazi Gorillas! Haunted Tanks! Cave Boys! Haunted Skeptics!) go on display and, let's be honest: any one of these characters would be a GEM to have on Legends of Tomorrow -- although we'll be honest and say that we'd kind of root for Traci Thirteen if we found out the character was going to stick around more than a week or two.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Bring on Android Hourman!
Introduced in the pages of DC One Million, Hourman was an android programmed to mimic the consciousness of one of the human Hourmen from the 20th Century and set loose to fight alongside the Justice Legion A of the 853rd Century.
When, after a visit to the distant past, he decided to stick around and get some culture, Hourman ended up crashing with a former Justice League groupie (Snapper Carr, nothing like his Supergirl counterpart) and having weird, Bill and Ted-style adventures. The comic is absolutely magnificent.