The testosterone oozes out of every frame of Justice League. Of six main protagonists in the film, only one is a female – Wonder Woman. And while she’s great, we’d love to see the balance evened up in the sequel.
Additions to the team are teed up in the film’s ending. While Wonder Woman is viewing premises for potential Justice League headquarters with Bruce Wayne and Superman, they’re commenting on the size of one of the main reception rooms. As it’s pointed out that there’s room for a big round table with six chairs, Wonder Woman cuts in to say there’s room for more.
Now, she doesn’t explicitly say she wants more women on the team, she’s simply alluding to the fact that we could well see new members in the sequel. But we’re willing to bet she’d love some supersisters to fight alongside.
So who could fill the spaces around that table?
In the DC Animated Universe, Hawkgirl takes the form of Shayera Hol and is one of the founding members of the Justice League. She was integral to thwarting the attempt on Superman’s life by Darkseid, who we could well see as the villain in the follow-up. Other comic incarnations of the character include Shiera Sanders and Kendra Saunders, who is a reincarnation of Shiera. Hawkgirl is able to fly and regenerate.
Black Canary, meanwhile, has already been slated to join the DCEU. The character can currently be seen on the small screen in the Arrowverse but could easily make the transition to the big screen, like fellow Arrowverse affiliate The Flash. In the comics, the character has seen two incarnations – Dinah Drake followed by daughter Dinah Lance – and was once leader of the Justice League. She has martial arts skills.
Another female character associated with the Justice League is Doctor Light. There have been several characters to adopt this mantle, but the one we’re interested in is the female one – Kimiyo Hoshi. Her predecessor Arthur Light was an enemy of the Justice League and had been a member of the Injustice League – which could well appear in Justice League 2 if the post-credits scene is anything to go by. Kimiyo is a brilliant scientist with the ability to manipulate light.
Vixen could bring a lot to the Justice League sequel. Able to harness the abilities of animals by tapping into the morphogenetic field, she became a full-time Justice League member after Aquaman restructured the organisation. Her Tantu Totem gives her her powers. The character has appeared on screen in both the Arrowverse and DC Animated Universe.
With Justice League writer-director Joss Whedon already on board to bring Batgirl to the screen in a standalone adventure, it’s very possible she’s set to join Justice League 2 shenanigans too. The story that solo outing is reportedly based on is “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” from 1967. In the comic, Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, appeared as the character. We hope that the fact she was made a member of the Justice League after her death in the comics isn’t a sign of things to come!
Another character currently on screen in the Arrowverse, Supergirl had a sly nod in Man of Steel. In the film, Superman finds cryo units in the old Kryptonian scout ship he comes across that’s serving as the Fortress of Solitude. One is empty. Piecing together evidence from the comics, it’s believed that this pod would have contained Supergirl. She’s been ruled out of Man of Steel 2 but that could leave the way clear for an appearance in the Justice League sequel. In the comics, Supergirl is Kara Zor-El and is Superman’s cousin. She has been a member of the Justice League.
Zatanna is a very interesting character. An actual magician, she also practices her craft on stage. She casts spells by speaking backwards. She was raised right around the corner from Arkham Asylum by her magician father, Giovanni Zatara. In the comics, her path has crossed with plenty of characters involved in the DCEU including Green Lantern, The Flash and Wonder Woman’s Etta Candy, making her ripe for a place at that table when Justice League 2 comes around.