Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman might be some of the first superheroes that spring to mind, but there’s a whole world out there filled with other characters to get to know and love. The DC Universe is expansive, with storylines peppering our TV screens with as much super strength, super accuracy and super awesomeness as the best of them.
Here’s our who’s who of DC TV, and why you should get to know them…
Supergirl – AKA Kara Zor-El – was first sent to earth by her parents to protect her little cousin – at the time, an infant Superman – but things went awry when her ship was knocked into the Phantom Zone. Fast forward 11 years and Supergirl is the official defender of earth's National City, fiercely guarding her adopted home and family from hostile aliens in her trademark red and blue gear.
After five years of being shipwrecked with his late father on a remote island, Oliver Queen – billionaire playboy and resident of Starling City – returns to the real world a changed man. He adopts the vigilante lifestyle, killing the rich criminals whose names he found in a book belonging to his dad. He keeps the streets safe from criminals and greedier types, and eventually takes on the name Green Arrow.
A fateful lightning strike turns this nerdy investigator into a full-blown superhero, one that allows him to move with superhuman speed. The Flash vows to use his powers for good; protecting his home of Central City and pursuing his mother’s murderer. He’s also known to dabble in the Justice League.
Lucifer Morningstar is a lovable bad guy in all the right ways – he’s technically the Devil, AKA the Prince of Darkness himself, who, after getting bored running Hell, gives up his reign for the streets of Los Angeles and the new title of ‘club owner’. He flirts with the good side by helping an LA detective with her cases, but has to juggle his family of demons that have followed him to earth’s surface.
We can’t really blame Olivia Moore for her love of human flesh – it wasn’t her fault she was bitten by a zombie and became one herself. As seen in iZombie, the only way for her to not develop zombie characteristics is by quelling her cravings, hence her new job at the county morgue. But these new eating habits allow her to see into the lives of her latest dish, which in turn helps her investigate their deaths alongside detectives.
Rookie police officer James Gordon is first introduced to Bruce Wayne – none other than Batman himself – when he’s tasked with investigating the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, young Batman's parents. He regularly finds himself in the thick of Gotham’s vicious gang circles, cleaning up the streets before young Batman can learn to swoop – or fly – onto the scene.
By the time Smallville wrapped in 2011, the version of Clark Kent created by writing duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar had been immortalised in our memories forever. Commonly known as Superman’s secret identity, Tom Welling portrays a character that, for the most part, hides his superhero persona behind civilian clothing and is at first wary of using his powers to full effect. Fast forward through 10 epic seasons and we watch Kent adjust and grow into his new abilities.
So, is the DC Universe bigger than you realised? Well the good news is that with all of the film and TV shows, there are a lot of hours to get stuck into the superhero life!