The feature inspired by great cosplay and fan art where I imagine various DC properties taken to the small screen and wonder aloud just what their shows would be like. Today's BOXING DAY pitch: Wildcat.
Bob Mask; picture by David Ngo
Not necessarily next on my list, but I couldn't resist the boxing pun(ch). And anyway, I love Golden Age heroes, and I love Wildcat especially. This is a special case, because Ted Grant has already been cast in DC's television universe. He's being played by J.R. Ramirez, and features in Season 3 as a former boxer who runs a gym and interacts with Laurel a lot.
My preferred Wildcat would be a grizzled veteran who's still out there fighting the good fight. His show would make full use of the boxing world and sports movie tropes, but he'd also use his pugilistic skills on the streets to fight crime. He'd be the over-the-hill hero would still won't quit, and would earn a feline reputation for having nine lives. Then there's the whole "trained other heroes" angle, which is a great way to get your crossovers in. He might spend an entire arc training a mysterious, tortured youth we delightfully discover to be a young Bruce Wayne. Characters from the other shows would all make an obligatory visit to his gym to hone their fighting skills. What if he trained one of their enemies? Not all eggs turn out to be good. TV shows love to do boxing episodes, but there really isn't a boxing show per se.
Since he's a veteran hero in my take, it would also give the program a chance to flash back in time to adventures of some street-level Justice Society (Law's Legionnaires?) and characters who have since died or really retired (or have they?) like the original Atom, the Guardian, Star-Spangled Kid & Stripesy, the Sandman, Tarantula, and oh my, is that Laurel's mother Dinah as the original Black Canary?! Gasp! As we get more and more into this era, we'll realize there's more to a superhero than his or her powers; since they all have the same abilities, more or less, the focus will be on personalities, which can't be a bad thing.
But what would you do with Wildcat if you had that power?