The unfortunate side effect of two separate DC superhero universes running alongside each other on different mediums – the DC Extended Universe and the crop of TV shows known as the Arrowverse – is that they often can’t use the same characters. The TV series, in particular, have many of the big DC heroes off-limits. This could be seen as a major weakness, but thankfully, the Arrowverse has managed to turn it into a strength.
Rather than adapting the big hitters (with the possible exception of The Flash), the Arrowverse regularly showcases lesser-known characters from the comics. Most of these are long-running or half-forgotten characters who originated in DC’s early years, the so called Golden Age of Comics. These include Black Canary, Atom, Jay Garrick, Hawkman and Vandal Savage.
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This trend looks set to continue as the universe goes forward, too, especially after the introduction of Golden Age super-team the Justice Society of America in Legends of Tomorrow’s season finale.
So, on that note, let’s take a look at eight more Golden Age creations who should appear in the Arrowverse at some point in the near future.