I didn’t want to count any character that I actually love, and just can’t stand to see them misused in a certain way. I figure, if I do that, I’ll be here all day listing Superman II’s Superman or Kingdom Come’s Captain Marvel or every Dumb Jerk Orion, and all sorts of characters whose crime is just being a worse version of a character I love.
But are there, I wondered, any DC characters I HATE, entirely, of their very being?
No, I realized, not really.
I went through DC’s list of characters on their website and I didn’t come up with a lot. But there are a couple I think we could do without.
- Joker - The problem with Joker isn’t intrinsic, it’s that we all drank his kool-aid about being Batman’s evil opposite. He’s just a kind of cool villain, but he’s a very flat character, he doesn’t truly represent anything, in most stories, but we still all act like he’s a big deal. Gimme a break with the Joker already. Put him back to robbing banks while replacing the moneybags with bags of monopoly money or whatever the heck he used to do. I’m always here for that.
- Damian Wayne - Damian is frustrating because I actually really liked him at first, when he was with Dick, but I think the conceit of “A Robin Who Isn’t Anything Like Robin At All, Actually” wore out pretty much the exact second that Dick went back to Nightwing, though it took me a little while to realize. Damian is actually not a bad character, he just isn’t ROBIN, and he overshadows Robin by being Damian Wayne, Son of the Batman. But Robin is one of my favorite super-heroes, and with Damian being himself and Tim acting the brooding Kid Batman role on and off since his Dad died, I feel like Robin The Boy Wonder hasn’t been around for a while.
- Jon Kent - Jon’s not a bad character intrinsically either, but ipso facto, Superman and Lois’ world revolves around him a little. I think in a “Superman Family” series relegated to a parallel world, like they had back in the Bronze Age, he could be great. But not as a permanent fixture in the Main DCU.
- I don’t hate Hawkman, I just kind of get bored whenever he shows up for some reason. I can’t even explain why, it just happens.