With so many films based on DC Comics characters in the pipeline, we’re excited at the possibility that some of these caped crusaders will be LGBT.
Here’s our short list of queer characters we’d like to see join the DC Extended Universe.
Originally conceived by Warren Ellis as a more extreme analogue to Batman, this brutal gay antihero has developed a flirtatious camaraderie with super-dreamy Dick Grayson (a.k.a. the original Robin).DC Comics
The Walking Dead’s Austin Nichols has the good looks and enough of a wicked twinkle in his eyes to take on the role of Midnighter. Bonus points if Kellan Lutz shows up as Midnighter’s sunny counterpart—and ex-boyfriend—Apollo!AMC
How much of the extended Bat-family will show up in future Batman films remains to be seen, but we can dream about an appearance by Kate Kane, a.k.a Batwoman. The rebooted version of the character is an out lesbian—and one of the most visually striking characters in the DC Universe.
In the comics, Kate was slated to marry her girlfriend, Detective Maggie Sawyer, but the storyline was controversially nixed by DC editors.DC Comics
The role calls for an actress with stature, a hardened beauty, punk aesthetic, and a set of brass ovaries—all of which Game of Thrones star Lena Headey has, and then some!Getty
With Margo Robbie’s Harley Quinn taking on such a major role in this summer’s Suicide Squad, it’s gotta be just a matter of time before her longtime BFF-with-benefits gets introduced into the DC Extended U.DC Comics
We’ve seen Uma Thurman’s campy, vampy take on Poison Ivy in 1997’s cringe-worthy Batman & Robin, but the grittier contemporary films call for a portrayal for an actress who can be both sultry and strange. Enter Eva Green. The Penny Dreadful star has the knockout looks and chilly demeanor to bring Ivy’s obsession with plants to life.Showtime
Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
Since Ryan Reynolds’s take on Hal Jordan was such a disappointment, you’d think original Green Lantern Alan Scott—who was retconned into an out and proud gay hero in 2012’s relaunch—deserves a chance to fight alongside the rest of the nascent Justice League in the upcoming Batman v. Superman sequels.DC Comics
Sadly, it’s been reported that it’s straight Hal Jordan who will appear in 2019’s Justice League Part Two. But maybe Alan Scott will play a role in 2020’s Green Lantern Corps. Kinda makes you wonder how good Alex Pettyfer looks in green…
With all the throwaway police officers Christopher Nolan cooked up in his Dark Knight trilogy, you’d think he could have included some GCPD fan favorites from the comics. Hopefully lesbian Detective Renee Montoya will make it into the mix, perhaps in the next stand-alone Batman film.DC Comics
In current DC continuity, Montoya isn’t a superhero, but before the 2012 company reboot, she was the enigmatic Question, who skirted the line between justice and vengeance. In the comics, Renee had a complicated relationship with Batwoman and, on the small screen, she’s already appeared in Fox’s Gotham.DC Comics
Orange is the New Black’s Laura Gómez could definitely embody this tough-as-nails woman whose no-nonsense attitude provides a stark contrast to both the costumed freaks and corrupt cops of Gotham City.
If Selina Kyle is Gotham’s street-smart alley cat, former big game hunter Thomas Blake is its jungle predator. Writer Gail Simone outed Catman in the premiere issue of Secret Six, a comic with a premise very similar to Suicide Squad—a team of villains forced to work together for the greater good.
So it would be great to see Catman thrown into the mix with Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot in a future sequel.DC Comics
The character was ranked #9 on Comics Alliance’s 2014 list of the 50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics, so whoever plays him has to be one hell of a hunk. Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam definitely has the leonine mane and bruiser build to bring Catman to life.
John Russell is a New York-based writer.