While the Avengers and the Justice League fight the cosmic level threats, the lowly robbers and burglars run amok in the streets. As long as we have these street level heroes, we never need to worry.
Street level heroes – a role once fulfilled by heroes like Spider-Man & Batman, now falls on these heroes shoulders. Are they up to the task? Or will they fail their cities?
Green Arrow – No One Fails His City
Batman once used to be a proper street level hero. After years and years of expansive storytelling, Batman has become one of the heavyweights of the DC Universe. And that has affected his street cred. We are not saying that it’s a bad thing. Other heroes like Green Arrow are not getting much more attention as popular street level heroes thanks to Batman becoming more mainstream.
Heir to the multi-billion dollar Queen Industries, Oliver was stranded on an island where he became someone else, something else. Okay we see what we did there. As the Green Arrow, Oliver has thoroughly rejected the ways of the Justice League, claiming he would much rather stick to protecting Star City and watching out for the little guy.
Moon Knight – A More Psychotic Batman
Marc Spector was once a renowned mercenary before he was chosen as the Fist of Khonshu. the Egyptian Moon God bestowed on him various supernatural abilities, turning him into the Moon Knight.
Moon Knight has split personality disorder. Some of his personas are made to work the streets. Jake Lockley is a cab driver who gathers street intel. Steven Grant is a millionaire businessman who remains up to date on city affairs. Marc Spector works as a mercenary for hire. There are many more.
Jonah Hex – Guardian Of The Old West
He may be one of the most unconventional street level comic book heroes on our list. Jonah Hex is a character from the old Wild West. His cruel upbringing and a lawless childhood turned the guy into a cynic. He trusts no one but himself. This also instilled in him a sense of justice. Jonah Hex will protect all innocent lives and do everything in his power to make the world a slightly better place.
Although he operates in a much older time period, his legendary status makes him one of the greatest street level heroes of DC Comics.
Daredevil – The Devil Of Hell’s Kitchen
By day, he is the guardian of the law and uses it to protect innocents from unfair persecution. By night, he takes the same law into his own hands and dishes out extreme punishment to anyone who thought they could get away with it.
In every iteration of Daredevil, be it comic book, shows, or movies, Matt Murdock has always been portrayed as one of the most iconic street level heroes. His adventures take him through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. The devil will punish anyone who dares taint his neighborhood.
Catwoman – Cat Burglar/Occasional Villain Turned Anti-Hero
Selina Kyle was once an infamous villain of the Batman Rogues gallery. She has slowly blossomed into becoming more of an anti-hero of sorts. Now she is officially a part of the Bat-Family, and works as one of those up and coming street level heroes.
After Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One gave her a more relatable back story, Selina has become more of a Robin Hood-esque figure, stealing from the wealthy and redistributing the wealth amongst the poor. She is now one of the most popular DC street level heroes as of now.
Iron Fist – K’un-Lun’s Champion
The Netflix series did not do much to help make the character famous. In the comics, Danny Rand is one of the greatest street level heroes to ever exist. Marvel comics has worked tirelessly to make the mantle of the Iron Fist earn a lot of street cred.
After being stranded in the middle of nowhere and learning Eastern philosophies in the city of K’un-Lun, Danny earned the power of the Iron Fist. After coming back to America, he started a war against the corrupt elites and criminals of his city. Iron Fist may have joined many other popular superhero teams. But at his core, he is still the same street level hero we fell in love with.