Up to this point, the DC Extended Universe has tried beating Marvel at its own game by bringing classic characters to the big screen. But what if the publisher dipped into its New 52 and Rebirth initiatives?
Critics' lists of the best New 52 moments vary considerably. As Lan Pitts of Newsarama argued, Jeff Lemire's run on the New 52's update of Animal Man "delivered a perfect blend of family drama, superhero action and horror, with comedic elements sprinkled in for good measure, [as] Buddy tackled threats ranging from Hollywood burnout to the threat of the zombie-esque Rot." No stranger to Grant Morrison's weirdo superhero, having taken over for Morrison on the original series, Lemire knew exactly what he was doing.
Donnie Lederer of Nerdist lauds 2012's Suicide Squad: Kicked in the Teeth for its "excellent banter" and fresh, disturbing take on the "super-villains, sent by the government, run suicide missions to earn a reduced sentence" trope. Suicide Squad (2016) made enough money that a reboot based on Kicked in the Teeth isn't an impossible dream.
As Kieran Shiach asserted in a May 2017 article for Comic Book Resources, the supervillains of the DC Rebirth initiative "have been given a major upgrade." Shiach points out that there is no "Joker or Lex Luthor" nemesis equivalent in Wonder Woman, despite the character's longstanding appeal. For the DC Rebirth version, Greg Rucka added a "wide bench of villains of all stripes, including Veronica Cale, the Cheetah, Circe, Doctor Poison and Doctor Cyber," in the hope of remedying the situation. It's working. Now if we can just get movie execs to understand why the Cheetah would be an awesome supervillain on the big screen…