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    Default Top 10 Solo DC franchises?

    If you were to list the top ten solo franchises at DC who would you list? I think it goes:

    1) Batman
    2) Superman
    3) Wonder Woman
    4) Flash
    5) Green Lantern
    6) Aquaman
    7) Shazam
    8) Green Arrow
    9) Hawkman & Hawkgirl
    10) ??? (Constantine? Swamp Thing? Blue Beetle? Black Lightning? Atom? Firestorm?)

    Note: Franchises not characters
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    You miss out Teen Titans

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    Quote Originally Posted by prepmaster View Post
    You miss out Teen Titans
    That’s a team. I was counting solo franchises. In terms of teams Teen Titans is up there with Justice League and Suicide Squad in notoriety and popularity
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    Wait, why is "Green Lantern" a solo and Teen Titans a franchise? What's the difference? Both of them are composed of multiple characters. Hal doesn't carry his whole franchise alone, it's made of at least 5 guys (and one lady)

    I think the problem here is how to define what a "franchise" is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Wait, why is "Green Lantern" a solo and Teen Titans a franchise? What's the difference? Both of them are composed of multiple characters. Hal doesn't carry his whole franchise alone, it's made of at least 5 guys (and one lady)

    I think the problem here is how to define what a "franchise" is.
    I mean Green Lantern has often been a “solo” title. Sometimes it focuses on the whole Corp but it’s not uncommon for one Lantern to be the focus with everyone else as supporting cast.

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    I'll take a swing. In no particular order:

    Batman
    Superman
    Wonder Woman
    The Flash
    Aquaman
    Green Lantern
    Green Arrow
    Hawkman
    Nightwing
    Captain Marvel (Shazam)
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    Batman
    Superman
    Wonder Woman
    The Flash
    Nightwing
    Green Lantern
    Aquaman
    Supergirl
    Green Arrow
    Batgirl

    I think for the most part those are the guys who typically have a title out and probably have the most solo issues under their belts. Eh my mistake I read the franchises not characters after making this post


    I guess swap batgirl and supergirl for Hawkman and honestly it gets pretty blurry after that Captain Marvel? He had a movie recently and I guess we could consider Black Adam a spin-off not to mention his animated movie with Superman.
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    1) Batman
    2) Superman
    3) Wonder Woman
    4) Aquaman
    5) Flash
    6) Green Lantern
    7) Green Arrow
    8) Captain Marvel

    Hard to say for 9 & 10 (Constantine, Swamp Thing, Supergirl/Batgirl Black Lightning, Harley Quinn?)

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    1) Batman
    2) Superman
    3) Wonder Woman
    4) Aquaman
    5) Flash
    6) Nightwing
    7) Green Lantern
    8) Harley Quinn
    9) Shazam
    10) Supergirl

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    1) Batman

    2) Superman

    3) Flash
    4) Green Lantern
    5) Wonder Woman
    6) Aquaman

    7) Captain Marvel
    8) Green Arrow
    9) John Constantine
    10) Swamp Thing

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    Superman
    Batman
    Wonder Woman
    The Flash
    Green Lantern
    Aquaman
    Green Arrow

    After that it gets fuzzy. Are supporting characters part of the original franchise or no?

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    Batman

    Wonder Woman
    Superman

    Aquaman
    Harley Quinn
    Green Arrow
    Green Lantern
    Shazam
    Flash

    Batgirl

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    1. Superman
    2. Batman
    3. Wonder Woman

    Top 3 can shift around depending on mood

    4. Green Lantern
    5. The Flash
    6. Captain Marvel/Shazam
    7. Aquaman
    8. Swamp Thing

    Don't really have a 9 or 10

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    1) Batman(I would include the family here, as they are part of the same "franchise")-includes Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Joker, Harley Quinn
    2) Superman-includes superboy, supergirl, steel
    3) Wonder Woman
    4) Flash
    5) Green Lantern
    6) Aquaman
    7) Shazam
    8) Green Arrow
    9) Hawkman & Hawkgirl
    10) Jonah Hex

    Doom Patrol might count as a franchise? Sort of like Teen Titans, etc. The teams are a franchise but I get we are going for individual characters.

    Swamp Thing should probably be at 10 or 11.

    Constantine, Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex all had their own movies at one point, as well as long running comics.

    All the others mentioned at #10 by everyone else here
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    1. Batman (includes Batgirl, Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman, Harley Quinn and all his various spin offs). Easily the most successful franchise DC has.

    2. Superman (includes Supergirl, Superboy, Steel, Powergirl and all his various spin-offs). Easily DCs number two franchise.

    3. Wonder Woman (includes Donna Troy, Wonder Girl, Yara Flor, Nubia and the various Amazons). Shes arguably DCs number three franchise based on the strength of the alpha (Diana) and how iconic she is.

    4. Flash(includes Wally West, Jay Garrick, Jesse Chambers and all the various speedsters). The tv show has helped elevate the notoriety and popularity of the brand. Barry would be the alpha.

    5. Green Lantern (includes all the various Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Jessica Cruz, Kyle Rayner...etc). The alpha is debatable between Hal and John, though with DCs push for diversity it should be John.

    6. Aquaman (includes Mera, Aqualad, Aquagirl, The Others and various spin-offs). He has gotten a huge increase in recent years thanks to the DCEU and Jason Mamoa

    7. Shazam (includes Mary Marvel, Darla Dudley, Pedro Pea, Eugene Choi, Captain Marvel Jr and Black Adam). Has seen a surge in popularity thanks to the DCEU.

    8. Green Arrow (includes Black Canary, Roy Harper, Arrowette and all the various Arrow sidekicks). Hes on this list thanks to the success and popularity of his arrowverse show.

    9. The Hawks (includes Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Golden Eagle and all the various spin-offs). The alpha for this franchise is debatable but I think both Hawks lead this franchise as equals.

    10. Constantine/Swamp Thing This one can go either way! Both have long running comic series, shows and movies under the belt as well as prominence in the DCU. Id probably give it to Constantine though

    After that you get your B-list franchises in Deathstroke, Lobo, Firestorm, Blue Beetle, Atom, Dr Fate, Animal Man Plastic Man, Captain Atom, Spectre, Booster Gold and Static.

    Everyone else are basically team characters first and foremost or under developed franchise leads (Amethyst, Black Lightning, Hawk and Dove). Crazy to think Diana is the only female leading a franchise, whereas the other share with a male (Hawkgirl, Dove) or are under developed (Amethyst).

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