Superhero movies have been tragically void of originality for quite some time now. And while we have railed against them numerous times in the past, we do believe there may still be opportunity to make original films in the genre. All it takes is a new character or one that you haven’t seen much of in quite some time. With that in mind, we have put together a list of 8 superhero movies we would actually like to see. Let’s get started!
Originally published by Capital Comics before bumping over to First Comics with issue number seven, Nexus had a fantastic 80-issue run before all was said and done. Nexus is a marvelous blend of superhero and space opera. The titular character is brash, arrogant, and at times ruthless — not Superman, in other words. Our only concern with a film: over CGI-ing Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s masterpiece universe.
Yet another Mike Baron creation, Badger followed a similar trajectory as Nexus, starting first at Capital, then migrating to First, before ending at issue 70. That was the original run anyway. Why would Badger make a great choice for the movies? The crazed personality, the opportunity for chopsockey, the colorful outfit. Lots of fun.
The plot to J. Michael Straczynski’s Rising Stars sounds a little like Heroes (the TV series), but if you read the original 24-issue miniseries, it doesn’t take long to figure out this is far superior stuff. The “Specials” are a group of children born at the same time that a comet flies overhead, bestowing upon them mysterious powers that make them superheroes later in life. When someone starts to dispatch the heroes one by one, John Simon (Poet) tries getting to the bottom of it. The story branches out from there and becomes even more interesting as the Specials try to find their place in a world that doesn’t really want them.
Stuart “Stu” Moseley may not have had long to do his thing as The Heckler — only six issues to be exact — but the world needs more superhero parodies, dagnabit. Heckler was a DC character, and he was sort of like the Rodney Dangerfield of comics with a healthy splash of wit and sarcasm. Put this in the hands of a Seth MacFarlane, and let’s see what happens.
If Hollywood ever does decide to revisit Spawn, I hope they don’t try that PG-13 crap they tried in 1997. This is an R-rated character through and through. I don’t care if they give us traditional Spawn or Spawn: The Dark Ages. I just want to see some heads roll.
Creator Eric Powell has been trying to make this happen for several years now, and it appears the end may be in sight. The Goon and Frankie received an awesome short trailer a few years back with Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti, respectively, providing voices for the hilarious CGI mock up.
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Powell wants this to happen along with David Fincher and the Kickstarter community, so fingers crossed!
The Darkness is the story of Mafia hitman Jackie Estacado who becomes the bearer of the Darkness, an ancient elemental force of nearly limitless power that allows those who wield it access to an otherworldly dimension and control over the demons who dwell there. This happens for some reason when he turns 21 years old. The series is decadent and bloody, while the demons themselves have a lovable Gremlins-like feel even when they are ripping someone apart. This could be so fun and movie form.
Wolff & Byrd
Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd, counselors of the macabre, have one of the most interesting client lists you’ll see enter the doors of a law office. Each one has a supernatural or “creature of the night” outer image. Inside they are usually harmless and lovable. Thankfully, Wolff & Byrd are great attorneys, so justice always prevails! A film has been rumored before, but rumors are no longer cutting it.