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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Question

If you could make a movie out of any comic book character/product, what would you choose. And why?

I think personally, for all that I'm very fond of Green Lantern (especially Guy), Captain America, and all that, the movie that I'd most want to see, is probably Captain Atom.

I'm not sure why really, except I tend to think the backstory is fairly easy to understand, we have special effects now, I like anything with kids-almost-the-same-age-as-their-parents, evil military supervisors, and leftover Firestorm villains who are hot Quebecois terrorists.

It'd be a good popcorn movie. Probably wouldn't do too well, but I could be the next Uwe Boll and just make movies guaranteed to be crap. I could do that!

So what about you? What movie would you make?

14 Comments:

  • At June 06, 2009 10:38 AM, Blogger Greg Sanders said…

    Suicide Squad, although not sure which plotline. The most recent mini was enjoyable but not the best of the series and a trifle unsubtle in its villain.

    Alternately could do something with early checkmate (I stopped following the series after Chimera, although I do appreciate the truth in labeling of calling one issue 'Over the top.')

    I could deal with the Secret Six, but a bit too much to explain there and no Waller, which is really what I'm going for.

    I think they could probably pull off a good action thriller/caper flick.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 11:16 AM, Blogger Saranga said…

    I reckon a movie about Zinda would be great. You could have some lovely period photography (filmage?) and lots of moving scenes about the war. Skip to the present day and you've got a hard-drinking hard-flying tough as nails woman, who it turns out really likes this modern century and is having a blast.

    So long as they don't make her story into a love story and so long as she saves the day and is a hero it'd be brilliant.

    And you could have some cameos from Babs and Dinah. But I probably shouldn't push it.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 11:34 AM, Blogger jhota said…

    tough call.

    my top choice would have to be Union Jack, i think.

    you could either do it as a period piece (with vampires!) featuring either of the Falsworths, or a modern-day adventure/espionage story (with vampires!) featuring Chapman.

    why seems apparent; on one hand, you've got a war movie/period piece (with vampires!) - on the other, you've got a spy thriller (with vampires!).

    both seem to play well (with vampires!) to modern audiences, and both could be fun.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 11:54 AM, OpenID bookslide said…

    Starman. I really think what we NEED is another Catwoman story to get the bad taste out of our mouths from the Halle Berry, but supposedly Timm has that covered--and, if not, she'll show up in the next Nolan movie.

    But Starman...the story's pretty simple: perceived slacker takes up dad's mantle. The characters are fantastic. Get rid of all the space stuff (I know, but for a movie it's necessary) and you're good to go.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 5:51 PM, Blogger Frank Lee Delano said…

    I'd adapt Jim Starlin. Either his first run on Adam Warlock or Dreadstar as a trilogy. You could do the former with '60s era cheap Star Trek make-up/effects and psychedelic nonsense (chemical reactions, stop motion, rotoscoping,) but I'd actually need serious money for the latter.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 8:08 PM, Blogger James Ashelford said…

    Seena Valentino's Gloom Cookie which is all kinds of cute and fun comedy-horror. It'd be filmed with all kinds of over-the-top, distorted sets in black and white and probably be a Tim Burton job.

    Or KLI- The Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord with Simon Pegg as Max.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 8:51 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    These are all really good ideas!

    I think that I'd go with a Green Lantern CORPS movie, it could have Hal in it, but also bring in Guy, Kyle, John, Kilowog, Salaak etc.

    OR, failing that, a Justice League movie, but it would have to be the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire JLI, with J'onn J'onnz, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Guy, Oberon and Max Lord running things

    It would be heaven.

     
  • At June 06, 2009 9:46 PM, Blogger Ghost In The Shadows said…

    Fallen Angel - The first part from DC, I would especially focus on the Shadow Boxer story and the ultimate deal with the pregnancy. The battle with the Hierarchy would look just awesome. Basically I would take the best parts of character development and throw it into the core progression of her as the defender of those seeking her help. Lilandra would be a great character to see onscreen. The seamy world she inhabits would just rock in the dark drama that could be given life.

     
  • At June 07, 2009 3:46 AM, Blogger K. D. Bryan said…

    Wow, everyone has some great ideas! I especially love the Suicide Squad, Zinda and GL Corps movie notions. Most of my favorite characters really don't lend themselves very well to the movie treatment. Deadpool, Emma Frost and Jessica Jones all have such messy back stories, I don't see them working well as films (but best of luck to Ryan Reynolds anyways, as his love of Deadpool is obviously genuine). And please, don't get me started on what was done to Selina Kyle.

    Truthfully? I'd love to make a funny, action-packed She-Hulk movie that still had a brain and a heart. I've always thought that the modern incarnation of She-Hulk, pre-Peter David, was one of the few superheroines who genuinely enjoyed being a superheroine. I think her own sense of fun would be infectious with audiences.

    I'd have the film open with Jennifer Walters using her legal skills to differentiate to both the courts and the audience why she's a lawyer and her cousin is hunted as a monster. She'd talk about her history and could dramatically "hulk out" and change back in court to demonstrate just how different she is from her cousin. The origin would take literally five, ten minutes, and set the tone for the film. While her cousin's plight would lend an undercurrent of pathos to the film, I'd jump right into her time as a lawyer and the world's most popular (maybe "only", given the current Marvel movieverse) fun-loving superheroine. I'd pepper the story with deliberately ridiculous supervillain battles with freaks from the Byrne run and the party animal nature of She-Hulk from Slott's run. I'd love to see her taking down people like Bi-Beast, Xemnu, Zzzzax and maybe MODOK quickly - genuinely dangerous yet annoying obstacles to her enjoying life and winning cases.

    Truthfully, I'd like the majority of the movie to focus on her personal life and how She-Hulk gets in the way sometimes. I know it might be a little too "chick flick" for some guys but I think there'd be a lot of mileage to get out of the psychological implications of her transformation and her finding someone who can appreciate every aspect of her. I'd want a decidedly (and amusingly) non-powered Leonard Samson trying to keep up with Jen and help her through her issues - whether 'She-Hulk' even admits she has them or not. John Jameson and Pug could be there as well for a love triangle and it'd be a hoot (or Wyatt, for the purists).

    As for the main villain, I think you'd have to go with Titania as a dark mirror to Jennifer Walters (and she's the only She-Hulk villain who's not altogether rather goofy). Given the rather convoluted origin of Titania, I suppose it'd just have to be some sort of Black Ops/A.I.M./Hydra attempt to create another "She-Hulk" gone wrong. Given her overall lack of class, Titania could be shown being the Goofus to She-Hulk's Gallant before they met, using her transformation to be cruel and shallow in ways Jennifer never would be. I'd actually want Titania to be slightly stronger than Jen to begin with, so she'd have to learn to "Hulk out" a bit more to beat her - i.e. overcoming personal issues, training like Jen did in the Slott run, integrating both sides of her personality, so on and so forth.

    Just my two cents, anyways. As you can tell, I've given this some thought. ;)

    My sister and I agree that this would be kick-ass but probably would never get made due to how badly "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" tanked, despite the two films being vastly different in quality and focus. Casting would also be a bit difficult as well but c'est la vie. Ah, well. So long as it got made and didn't end up being "Catwoman" levels of terrible, I'll be a happy man. :)

     
  • At June 07, 2009 12:27 PM, Blogger Evan Waters said…

    I keep going back and forth on this.

    Option one, the JLI. With either Paul Rudd or Denzel Washington as Max Lord, John Barrowman as the Beetle, Owen Wilson as Booster...

    Option two, the New Gods. I'd avoid the subdued monochromatic look of most modern action films, as well as the attempts at realism, and try to make this look like a film where Jack Kirby was the production designer. Probably unprofitable, but if it did do well I could do a trilogy with the Forever People in part two and the Hunger Dogs as the finale.

     
  • At June 07, 2009 4:24 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    I would actually go with a Blue Beetle or a Booster Gold movie.

    The Booster one would be based on the original series because the new one involves too much continuity. All the elements are there: Man in the future blows it all in a big scandal, then goes back in time for a second chance as a superhero, gets sucked in by greed, but learns the true meaning of being a hero.

    The Beetle one would be trickier because it'd be a toss-up as to which Beetle to use. We've seen a sample of how the Ted Kord version could play out courtesy of Nite Owl in the Watchmen movie. But the Jaime Reyes one is compelling in the right hands as well, and a Dan Garrett Beetle movie could be entertaining with a retro feel.

     
  • At June 07, 2009 10:20 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said…

    Gundam.

     
  • At June 08, 2009 4:46 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Gesunheidt.

     
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