Since starting up in 1934, DC Comics has produced an endless stream of memorable superheroes. From iconic crusaders to slightly more questionable corpses in capes, everyone will have their favourite. Here, we have compiled a list of our top 5 greatest DC Comics superheroes, and with a few honourable mentions along the way, we will reveal who we think is the greatest of them all. Spoiler: Danny the Street and Matter Eating Lad didn’t make the list.
5 – The Black Canary
Making her debut in 1947 alongside Johnny Thunder, this noir-clad ass-kicker is someone who not everyone might have heard of. Dinah Drake, as she is known on her days off, is one of the earliest heroines of the DC universe, and is thoroughly deserving of a place on our list. She became a villain-busting vigilante after not being able to join the Gotham City Police Department, where her father worked, and originally found work as a florist. Her trademark is her ultrasonic scream, which packs so much force that it can break objects and weaken enemies. On the side, she is devoted to martial arts and has become a master to up-and-coming superheroes. Although coming to an untimely demise in the TV series Arrow, in which she features, The Black Canary will live on forever in the DC Universe.
4 – The Flash
The Flash first rushed extremely fast into our lives in 1940 and has been a mainstay in the hearts of DC fans ever since. Barry Allen’s backstory goes that he spent his early days working as a forensic scientist after the murder of his mother remained unsolved. After a misfortunate or, in this case, fortunate, run-in with a lightning bolt, he developed his symbolic trait – super speed! With the ability to run across water and up buildings in seconds flat, this light-speed latex enthusiast may spend most of the time as a fast-moving blur, but he stands proud on our list.
3 – Superman
Whilst only in at number 3, Superman is nothing short of iconic, first flying – red undies and all – onto our pages back in 1938. Often mistaken for a bird or a plane, Superman pioneered the cape as a suitable flying garment, and no one can deny that at some point in their life, they have doodled his famous ‘S’ symbol in their notebook. Hailing from the planet Krypton, Clark Kent was sent to earth and raised by farmers who taught him his moral, heroic values. Combine this with his enormous out-of-this-world powers, and you got yourself a crime fighter like no other! With great speed, strength, invulnerability and X-ray vision, his skillset is impressive, to say the least. While Clark Kent opts for a life of normalcy as a journalist for the Daily Planet newspaper, his super alter-ego is quite the opposite, living, quite literally, the high life with the appeal and star power of a celebrity. We don’t recommend learning to fly, but you can hit the jackpot to experience the ritz and glamour of the high life yourself, by playing the epic Justice League themed casino game at SuperLenny. Wearing a cape is optional.
2 – Wonder Woman
One of the main women of 2017, Wonder Woman’s cinematic release proved a hit with movie goers worldwide. Since 1941, she has been fighting bad guys and inspiring millions with her star-spangled shorts and intense strength. Living her early days on a secluded island, Wonder Woman, or Diana, was granted permission to travel to the USA with wayward pilot, Steve Taylor, who crashed onto her land. Becoming subsequently angered by the ways of the people that she encountered, her need to spread the word of her people become greater. Fighting evil with her mega speed and muscle, backed up with bulletproof bracelets and a golden lasso that elicits the truth out of people, not only is Wonder Woman an epic force to be reckoned with, but she also has strong morals and a peaceful agenda.
1 – Batman
Number one on our list could only be Batman. One of the most successful DC superheroes and part of an epic film franchise, Bruce Wayne’s cave-dwelling alter ego has it all. Dating back to 1939, the Caped Crusader may not have any superpowers, but he can be found in comics, TV shows (RIP, the amazing Adam West), movies, all sorts of merchandise, and has even been immortalised in Lego form. Residing in Gotham City, Bruce’s life took a dark turn after seeing his parents being shot down by muggers in front of his very eyes. Choosing a life of near solitude, he has mastered awesome fighting and detective techniques, and with his high-tech weapons, speedy Batmobile and Utility Belt, he is like a winged, less misogynistic James Bond. The Dark Knight’s Bat Symbol is one of the most iconic images, not only in the DC world but of all time. And who could forget his sidekick, Robin, or his trusty servant, Alfred?
True Heroes of Our Time
So, there we have it, our all-time greatest DC superhero. There are, of course, so many who didn’t make it in the top 5 – here’s looking at you, Hawk Girl and Ambush Bug – but this list shows one thing for sure, DC has created some awesome superheroes! Thanks to DC, we have had decades of memorable idols, and here’s to many decades more.
5 Things We Want To See In ‘Flashpoint’
With DC revealing that the upcoming Flash movie will be titled Flashpoint, fans are wracking their brains trying to figure out what will happen. While the story is famous for rebooting the DC universe before the New 52 initiative, the series is chop full of awesome moments. The book is full of awesome alternate versions of characters and emotional moments that ground the universe-changing story in a deeply personal core narrative. For those who don’t know, Flashpoint follows what happens after Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother on the night of her murder. When he returns to the present, he finds that everything he’s ever known is different and he’s even lost his powers.
It might not be the perfect story to introduce people to the larger Flash universe, but I trust Geoff Johns. Now that the plot seems to be a bit more set and the film has officially added its directors, DC might have something special on its hands. If Warner Bros. chooses to introduce an alternate version of the DC Extended Universe to the bigscreen, there’s no one I’d rather explore it with than Flash. Barry Allen is the heart and soul of the DCU, so it’s only fitting to watch him try and inject some light into a dark version of his home.
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