originally posted this in her journal, but this got long and I didn't want to clog up her comments.:) Prompted by a comment elsewhere, give yourself omnipotence for a minute. Well, specific omnipotence. What are things you would do to specific TV (or movie/comic/book) sources if you (a) could just snap your fingers and (b) didn't have to worry about fallout (that is, everything would work out just lovely). I know, this is confusing. Let me explain by example.
If I ran the world:
1) Vic Sage would show up on Smallville. He'd be played by Damian Lewis, snarky and frustrated and righteously, furiously angry at the injustice of the world. He would have his comics day job and his DCAU conspiracy theories; he'll have figured out who Green Arrow and all the rest are because he's brilliant and that's what he does
. The Question would come to Metropolis with the goal of keeping the rest of the heroes honest and exposing that aliens did in fact land on Earth, but would eventually discover that Clark's secret is one worth keeping. He would be Clark's link to the gritty underbelly of humanity, a conscience to keep Clark from going all Krypton!OMG. (similar to Batman's usual role in Clark's life, but without Batman's tendency to...overpower things.:)
2) This would be the next Batman movie: Bring in Azrael as a flashy, cop-and-public friendly vigilante who publicly vows to bring down the Bat menace---only his adoring public doesn't know that Jean-Paul Valley, the man behind the good PR, is a dangerous psychotic who genuinely wants to be a good hero but has a harder time controlling his violent impulses with each bust.
Of course, Bruce doesn't know that; while suspicious, he's willing to give the new guy a chance. He's still Batman, just with a lower profile---instead of bringing down the mob, he's busting the occasional thief. In fact, one night he comes upon a particularly attractive cat burglar who just barely gives him the slip; the very next day he meets a emerging socialite named Selina who seems very, very familiar. Since neither of them are morons they both quickly figure things out, and with Azrael seemingly taking over his job Bruce starts to think that maybe he can move on from Rachael and start to become human again.
Then someone commits a series of crimes that seem to have no purpose or motive. Everyone's baffled, including Azrael (which doesn't help his mental state) until Bruce realizes that while taken individually the crimes don't make sense, they're all connected. Like a riddle.
The Riddler's trying to lure the Dark Knight out of hiding; he's sharp enough to have realized that Azrael's close to cracking, and the wants the Bat to know it too (and besides, Batman's such a good chess partner). He's not a killer, but if he has to put a certain cat burglar in Azrael's crosshairs to get the Bat's attention...well, so be it.
Once he accepts that Azrael does need to be taken down, the full scope of the problem hits him: while Gordon's on his side, his only other ally is a thief of dubious morality; moreover, he's getting his information from someone who claims his name is E. Nygma and uses question marks as fashion accessories.
But as Azrael finally crosses the line, Batman knows it's going to have to do. There's only room for one Dark Knight in Gotham. One is going to have to go.
Batman: Resurrection. July 2011. Riddle me this, Batman....
3) Jamie would come back for one last adventure. And a few episodes later so would Fitz, raw and angry at being left but so relieved that the Doctor's alive it wouldn't matter. Then when he and the Doctor finally part ways again he would join Torchwood and flirt up a storm with Jack.
4) Three words: The Four Doctors. (Eight, Nine, Ten and Eleven, all together.)
5) Comics Tony Stark would be just as charming and likeable as movie!Tony, and the family dynamic he has with Pepper and Rhodey would carry over, too.
6)Renee Montoya/Question II would get her own series back, and it would be set in Hub, not Gotham, dammit. And she would have an on again, off again thing with Scandal Savage.
would finally make it clear that House and Wilson are sleeping together and have been on and off for ages. Moreover, it just slip out casually, like during a differential, not during a big event episode, and the dynamic would stay exactly the same.
8) Deadwood would get another season, and the plot line with the Earps wouldn't have been dropped. Moreover, things would get bad enough between them and the Pinkertons that Wyatt would have to put out a call to his old friend Doc --- much to Bullock and Swearengen's dismay, since they now have to deal with this on top of their other problems.
9) Martian Manhunter would come back and get his own series again --- a good
series. He would re-embrace his John Jones persona and go back into the PI business.
10) Claude would come back on Heroes. And it would be awesome