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    Default DC Characters and Franchises You Think Are Better Outside The Shared Universe

    What characters/franchises do you think would be better off outside of the main DC continuity?

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    Dont know there all pretty iso to me.

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    Superman is one that would be way better off on his own universe, but probably almost all characters could use some isolation and freedom.

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    Guess you could say any of them but I guess the ones created before a main continuity became a thing or originally came from separate companies (Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, the Charleton heroes, etc).

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    Fawcett era Captain Marvel comes to mind. Watchmen too, but it'll probably be hard to put that genie back in the bottle.

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    Quite a few of them come to mind, but Batman, Captain Marvel/Shazam, and JSA are my top three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueElf94 View Post
    Fawcett era Captain Marvel comes to mind. Watchmen too, but it'll probably be hard to put that genie back in the bottle.
    captain marvel,superman,watchmen..etc all need to be out of the shared universe nonsense.pronto.
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    Constantine- he works better on his own.

    Wildstorm/Milestone/mighty crusaders were all separate universes incorporated into the DCU. Do they count?

    The new age of heroes would've worked better at Valiant. Same with the Unexpected or the Revolutionaries. Valiant is a smaller shared universe but it feels less mapped out or set in stone.
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    Batman, for sure. Which is not to say that he shouldn't be in the DCU or there aren't stories to be told there. But this is definitely a franchise that can (and in many cases should) function independently.

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    Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel/Shazam, John Constantine, Watchmen characters are a few that I think work best in their own universes. Not that there aren't great stories with them in the DCU but I think separately they work well.

    This goes especially for Constantine though. He's been decent since he became part of the main DC Universe again but he still feels like a shell of his Hellblazer days
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kid View Post
    Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel/Shazam, John Constantine, Watchmen characters are a few that I think work best in their own universes. Not that there aren't great stories with them in the DCU but I think separately they work well.

    This goes especially for Constantine though. He's been decent since he became part of the main DC Universe again but he still feels like a shell of his Hellblazer days
    Go read Si Spurrier’s Hellblazer if you haven’t already. It’s the best Constantine I’ve read since the Delano/Ennis days. Only 12 issues too unfortunately, could’ve been an all time great if DC hadn’t cut it short at 12.

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    Anything from Wildstorm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    Go read Si Spurrier’s Hellblazer if you haven’t already. It’s the best Constantine I’ve read since the Delano/Ennis days. Only 12 issues too unfortunately, could’ve been an all time great if DC hadn’t cut it short at 12.
    Been missing out on some good Constantine so I'll have to make sure I do that
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    The more down to Earth characters. Green Arrow works best as a stand alone character. Batman, of course. Black Canary depending on how it's handled. Flash could work because he only has one power. Ted Kord Blue Beetle.
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    There aren't many I would say have to exist in a separate isolated reality to work at their best, so long as there is less wank and more nuanced and thought going into the characters at play; writers (if yall lurking) it's not that hard to google what these characters were doing and can do before choosing to use them. characters like Batman and Superman (imo) work best in a shared universe so long as there are other characters who are allowed to appear as competent (if not more so) and of a similar high profile in-universe. I will say things like Milestone and Watchmen have been independent for so long that they are best left in isolation and explored in their own continuity.
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