Well, it looks like MultiVersus is going to be a hit. I know this Warner Bros. platform fighter has just come out but, even if before it was formally launched, there were already a lot of people who are just having so much fun with the game while playing the Beta. Even those who aren’t into fighting games are jumping into MultiVersus because it is a trip to see characters from the various Warner Bros. properties battling it out. I mean, it isn’t every day you see Shaggy Rogers teaming up with Batman to take on Arya Stark and Bugs Bunny.
Considering how many franchises is flying under the Warner Bros. banner, the roster still seems kind of small, even though the roster is just shy of 20. Of course, this just means there’s a whole lot of room for more characters to join the fight in the future! So let’s go look to this possible bright future and which characters from the rich library of characters Warner Bros. can draw from to add to MultiVersus, shall we?
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (from Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law)
No, not the one with Michael Keaton… because that’s a Fox owned movie!
Hanna-Barbera tried their hand at creating their own superheroes to, let’s say, varying degrees of success. They were semi-popular during the late ’60s but found new life in the ’90s when the Cartoon Network repurposed into outlandish comedy shows. Space Ghost got his own talk show and, more importantly, Harvey Birdman gave up his crime fighting job and decided to become a lawyer becoming Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
So why would I prefer Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law over the subjectively more popular Space Ghost and why his comedic counterpart instead of his superhero version? Well, to answer the latter, we already have the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman filling in the superhero quota for MultiVerse. For the former, you can’t really tell the difference between the superhero version of Space Ghost to his talk show counterpart. With Harvey Birdman, there’s no mistaking which version you’re getting!
Dr. Evil (from the Austin Powers movies)
One miiiiiilion dollars!
A pastiche of James Bond movies and spy flicks in general, the first Austin Powers wasn’t a smash-hit in theaters. But it gained a strong following when it was made available for rent. While Austin Powers himself was a fun character, the standout definitely was his archenemy, Dr. Evil. With all the awkward mannerisms and flamboyant manner of speech. Roping him into being part of the MultiVersus cast would really be a hoot.
I’m honestly really surprised Warner Bros. didn’t make Dr. Evil a priority when it came to finalizing the cast for MultiVersus. You might say it would be weird for a real life person to join a toon fighting game. But they did add Arya Stark as part of the base roster, didn’t they? Why not add a pudgy, bald mad scientist as well?
Kuki Sanban/Numbuh 3 (from Code Name: Kids Next Door)
Bet you forgot this show even existed, huh?
When it comes to the unique programs the Cartoon Network pumped out during the early days, there was a lot to love. Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls and Courage the Cowardly Dog are just a few of the more successful shows to pop up during the time. However, one cartoon I feel doesn’t get enough recognition is Code Name: Kids Next Door, a show about a global network of kid agents who fight against the tyranny imposed by adults.
I could place any of the central Kids Next Door in MultiVersus but I do have to play favorites and suggest Warner Bros. include Kuki Sanban AKA Numbuh 3. As she’s the one who does the most kooky animations, like spinning around like a top, she would be a really nice fit for the game.
“Jack” (from Samurai Jack)
Fun fact: you never really find what his real name is throughout the show.
Samurai Jack tells the story of a young samurai who, before dealing the final blow to the evil sorcerer Aku, is sent into the far-flung future where Aku has taken over the world and rules with an iron fist. Taking up the name “Jack”, the samurai goes on a quest to find a way back to the past to prevent this dystopia from happening. It’s basically the Cartoon Network’s version of the wandering hero trope… but it’s really well done so it doesn’t matter how overused it is.
I would really love to see the artstyle of Samurai Jack in a game like MultiVersus as it would definitely stand out among the most smoothly animated 3D models of the game. I honestly would be okay with any of the characters from Samurai Jack; I wouldn’t even be mad if they also added Aku! However, Jack is the main character and is a badass fighter so he would fit right in with no problem.
Dino (from the Flintstones)
Flintstones. Meet the… you know how the song goes.
I get why MultiVersus would add characters like Shaggy Rogers and Velma from Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny and Taz from Loony Tunes and Tom and Jerry from… Tom and Jerry. These characters are still super popular characters even though they were created decades before. So why not include more of them? Warner Bros. owns franchises like the Flintstones, the Jetsons and a lot of the Hanna-Barbera characters like Yogi Bear.
However, if they were going to add one character first, I would oddly like to see Dino from the Flintstones join the roster. It’s not like I particularly like Dino nor the Flintstones, though. The reason why I would like to see Fred Flintstone’s pet dinosaur is because I think he’d be annoying as all hell to play against! Imagine all that barking you’ll have to contend with whenever he does an attack!
Gandalf the Grey (from the Lord of the Rings movies)
Can we please mo-cap Sir Ian McKellen for this character? You don’t have to use the data. I just want to see him in a mo-cap suit!
If you’re reading this website, you should be a little familiar with the Lord of the Rings movies. It was one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, proving all those namby-pamby stories about dwarves, elves and wizards are cool. Now, I know the movies are part of the Warner Bros. pantheon of franchises but I’m not sure if there would be a licensing issue because they only own the movie rights, not the video game license.
If they do manage to circumvent all the lawyer speech, I do hope Warner Bros. adds Gandalf the Grey to Multiversus. He would be a super badass character, with spells and whatnot. Heck, give him the ability to turn into Gandalf the White if he’s about to be KOed for the last time to power him up just to be true to canon!
Trinity (from The Matrix)
There’s no denying what a cultural phenomenon The Matrix is. It was a revolution and nothing ever seen at that time. I honestly it became bigger than it intended as, believe it or not, inspired Matrixism, a new religion to spring out. I’m not sure how serious the people are as it does sound more like a joke. But the mere fact that it’s possible that a new belief system came to be because of The Matrix films shows how big it is.
It would be simply to add Neo as he’s the main character of The Matrix. However, the problem is Neo is The One and some Matrix fans would complain why Neo would be beaten down by a cartoon rabbit or some nonsense. So, to circumvent that, I propose they add Trinity instead. I guess she did get some god-like abilities in the most recent movie… but I’m not sure how many fans have officially logged that film in their head canon.
BONUS: Captain Planet (from Captain Planet and the Planeteers)
Yes, I did mention we hit our superhero quota for MultiVersus… but I’m not adding Captain Planet because he’s a superhero…
…I’m adding him here because I just think it would be fun to beat the living snot out of this bland, do-gooder of a character.
Who else would you want to see added to Warner Bros’ MultiVersus in the future? Let me know in the comments section below!