July 20, 2008

Superhero movies I'd like to see

Blatantly copying Ryan's idea from a few days ago, and after the adrenaline rush of seeing "The Dark Knight," here are some comic characters I'd like to see have their own flick(s):

The Avengers. The good thing is, it appears we will actually see this film go to fruition if the teasers at the end of "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" are any indication. The original team consisted of the Hulk, Iron Man, the Wasp, Ant-Man and Thor; I'm betting that Thor will be axed and in his place will be Capt. America. Why? Thor being a "god" doesn't translate well to the big screen, and Cap's "super soldier" serum was utilized in "Hulk." The Wasp and Ant-Man will be easy enough to do up.

The Silver Surfer. He was awesome in "Fantastic Four 2" and now we should see what he's all about. Marvel handled the planet-eating Galactus ridiculously in the film; now's the chance to redeem themselves by showing how he once threatened the Surfer's home planet, but in return for sparing it, Norrin Radd of Zenn-La offered to become Galactus' herald.

Green Lantern. Any sci-fi aficionado should be craving to see a flick where test pilot Hal Jordan is bequeathed an alien ring that can transform his thoughts into pretty much whatever he wishes. Or, given that Lantern was created in the days when African-American comic characters were unheard of, long-time Lantern John Stewart could fill the bill.

The Vision. My second fave character after Iron Man, the Vision debuted in 1968 in Avengers #57 (probably the most valuable remaining old comic in my collection, seen at right) as an enemy of Earth's Mightiest. He rebelled against his creator, Ultron-5, and joined the team. He is a "synthezoid," or artificial human, who can control his body density, becoming wraith-like or hard as a diamond (and unbelievably heavy) with a thought. He was created from the same robotic body as the Original Human Torch, one of Marvel's first-ever characters, so a writer could easily manipulate this back-story into what occurred Avengers #57 and violá -- you make him the bad-guy (who reforms) in the Avengers movie, and a couple years later you give him his own film!

Superman: Red Son. I'm not a big follower of DC characters (I grew up a Marvel guy) but this excellent alternate-reality yarn by Mark Millar is silver screen worthy in a big way. It re-imagines the Man of Steel mythos whereby Supes' spacecraft lands in the Soviet Union instead of a Kansas corn field. Stalwart villain Lex Luthor ends up being America's salvation. Go figure!

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And as I say every time this question gets asked -- THOR!

After all, he isn't just a superhero -- he's a GOD! They could have great fun with Asgard and the rest of the Norse mythos.

And therein may lie the problem -- if Harry Potter was too threatening to the uber-fundamentalists, imagine the fits they would have over a movie about this character.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at July 20, 2008 02:05 PM

A Thor movie is in the works.

Posted by: rightwingprof at July 21, 2008 06:24 AM

Am I the only one anxiously awaiting The Watchmen?

I second the motion for Thor.

Posted by: Duffy at July 21, 2008 08:02 AM

The Watchmen? Wow, that would be a good one. I'd like to see Mage on the big screen; still waiting for Matt Wagner to pen that sequel series...

Posted by: G Rex at July 21, 2008 04:14 PM

Hold on a sec, what about a Wolverine solo film? They could even do a pre-adamantium claws WWII period thing, like they did in the comic book. (For those of you non-fanboy types, Wolvie is actually quite old, owing to his body's regenerative ability.)

Posted by: G Rex at July 21, 2008 04:24 PM

Rex: That flick -- X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- is due out next summer!

Posted by: Hube at July 21, 2008 04:59 PM

Sweet!

Posted by: G Rex at July 23, 2008 12:19 PM

Hube is the magic granter of comic book related wishes!

Posted by: anoni at July 26, 2008 08:21 AM