After five seasons on Smallville, DC’s Green Arrow returns to the CW tomorrow night, this time with his own series and a brand new pair of abs. If the hooded vigilante hits the mark (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves), Arrow would be one on a short list of successful TV superhero programs in recent years. Not too long ago AV Club did a nice piece on why networks can’t get the genre right, making the good point that it’s not the ”powers” part that matters most, but human story that expands beyond them. Arrow doesn’t technically doesn’t have powers, so he’s already off to a good start. And since TV is only getting better at grand, humanity-exploring serials, it stands to reason that there could be any number of successful superhero programs in the future. Which leads us to the big question: If you could choose any comic book character to get their own series, who would it be?! We turned to some experts in the field for their thoughts, and of course invite you to add your own to this impressively diverse wish-list in the comments.
“Jack Kirby’s OMAC features Buddy Blank, a corporate nobody who through ‘remote-controlled hormone surgery from outer space’ becomes One Man Army Corps; an Ares-like, future-sized Captain America with a Mohawk for attitude and Brother Eye for a shield that supplies an arsenal of mass destruction via satellite. It’s The Six Million Dollar Man by way of Battlestar Galactica where the war on terror is matched by a vision quest for identity!”