Comic Characters That Need Some Big and Small Screen Time

Disclaimer: The views in this article/ blog post are mine and mine only and do not represent any producer/other writer/director/creator of any character expressed in this article. These are my views.

There have been a lot of movies being remade or rebooted for many reasons known and unknown – a writer and/or director get a new vision, the comic does a reboot of  a character generates more readers and sales go up, or the first movie or movie series that was put out before was just plain bad. A lot of visionaries see the comic book universe and see the future of said universes or characters and make their own version of it. Not because they want to change it, most just want it to relate to where society is today.

A lot of movies have already been leaked to have a movie or some kind of project in the making already, but unfortunately they’re already bought by companies that have other projects that are already being released or putting money into other projects and leaving the shelved projects on the shelf collecting dust and in limbo, instead of on a production table having plans to move forward. I know there are fans out there that would love to see certain movies rebooted with some of today’s cinematography and have already voiced there opinions on who should play these characters. So why should I be left out?

I’ve compiled a list of characters that have had movies and/or television series made in the past and could use a revamp. I’ve also added a few characters that should have one or the other because of fan popularity, or just because it would be badass to see them on the big and small screens.

 Daredevil: Movie

manwithoutfear_fbuWith the success of the recent Batman trilogy directed by Chris Nolan a lot of production companies are using the realism and grittiness to not only use this as the blueprint for super hero movies, but to make them more relateable to society. The only difference between Daredevil and Batman, well besides Daredevil’s super senses and Batman’s money and resources….ok there’s actually a lot of differences. But what they have in common is that they both had to put in more work to get to the level they got to.

A reboot of the debacle that was the 2003 film to most Fanboys – and girls – that saw the movie is a long time coming. Well, maybe debacle is too harsh of a word. I mean it did produce a mediocre and equally uninspiring spin-off movie Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner. Not saying Daredevil was a complete travesty, just saying it could have been done a lot better. Now it can be done better. A lot of actors (not really fit for the part mind you) have spoken out and said they wanted to be apart of a film as Daredevil, so that shows that it’s not only Fanboys – and girls – that want to see this movie remade and remade right, but the general public wants to see a movie redone.

The Flash: Movie

theflash_fbuApparently I’m already late on this one. The creators and writers from the CW’s hit show Arrow have already announced that there is a Flash series in the making and that Barry Allen will have several appearances in season two of Arrow. The Flash’s appearances will have more of an origin story feel to it/him instead of the two working side by side, unlike the “Justice League-esque” feel the characters had on the show Smallville. The new Flash series, however, will not have a Smallville feel (instead of Clark becoming Superman from the beginning he began his super hero career as “The Blur”), he will in fact be The Flash. Costume and all. I had a talk with my lady about this and as I was ecstatic about The Flash being on TV, she said something that made sense. We were having a discussion about it and she says, “Some heroes have a lot of substance, and their biggest roles have the greatest impact comes when they make appearances instead of being the lead in their own story.” That made perfect sense. The more I thought about it, the more I thought about The Flash as an ongoing television season, I don’t see it working in the long term. Even if the creators and writers decide to do just as a launching point for his character to what has become the grueling task of making the Justice League movie, I just don’t see it working. Having him make two or three appearances in different shows and movies would be excellent for The Flash. I believe in a Flash movie. A TV show, not so much.  

Nightwing: TV Show
nightwing_dcSome things just make too much sense. Where “The Dark Knight Rises” ended, there should have been a Robin or Nightwing type project in waiting. Which I’m sure there is, but a really nice one. The inception of the John Blake character was perfect in the movie. The ending of TDKR was a perfect beginning for his story as Gotham or Bludhaven’s next hero. Instead, this has gone into “creation purgatory” and will probably be in a file on someone’s zip drive until Batman is brought to the small screen.

The story of Nightwing would be perfect for television. Dick Grayson’s story could be shown without showing a lot of The Bat and still introduce a lot of characters from the Batman Universe that don’t get a lot of publicity in general society. Everyone knows about Robin. Not a lot know about Nightwing. So many team ups could happen. So many back stories could be introduced. And the best way to get Batman to the small screen would be through this show. So many possibilities for DC to basically make the CW the most watched Network on television could be done through this show. Plus it would just be cool to see Nightwing on TV. Way over due.

Anita Blake: TV Show

anitablakevampirehunter_fbuVampire Hunter. Necromancer. Anita Blake already has a following, and with the success of Charlene Harrison’s success with her Sookie Stackhouse stories that turned into the mega hit show True Blood, a story about a female protagonist that’s a vampire hunter would draw in even more viewers, should True Blood ever go off the air. Which I hope to be really soon.

The story of Anita Blake could be made for TV or the big screen and be successful either way. The vampire-zombie genre is only on the rise and her world covers both and last time I checked most vampire and zombie films and television shows do very well within the general public. She works as a police detective in it’s own special unit, which brings in a Cold Case, CSI type element to her story and could help keep each episode fresh in the mind of the viewers of the show. My guess is this will never happen, but definitely could be a very watch.

Young Avengers: TV Show

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The original or Volume One of the Young Avengers empathizes with today’s social issues. Y.A. incorporates young teenage heroes, some with abilities and some without, into a society that is beginning to embrace the super hero movement in New York City. This group tackles certain social issues such as diversity,homosexuality, even interracial dating and for the general public to see these types of issues being brought to everyone’s attention on television every week, a show like this could be very educational while being very entertaining.

The Young Avengers story also shows the realism of how a real teenager would handle themselves being new heroes and balancing school, jobs, fighting super villains, and well, just being a teenager. From their very first encounter where they were needed the Young Avengers’ inexperience and immaturity were exposed, making them understand that there was more to being a hero than just putting on costumes. From their beginning to their end, their stories were entertaining and educational and adding more diversity to the Marvel Universe. A show based on Patriot, Iron Lad, Hawkeye, Wiccan, Hulkling, Stature, Speed, and The Vision would be awesome to see. With the direction Marvel is taking with it’s new show S.H.I.E.L.D., this would be the perfect time to incorporate these characters into the mainstream of the Marvel Universe and expand their characters deeper into prime time television.