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After seeing Green Lantern last week I can honestly say I was surprised it got made. Not because of the quality of anything involved but the story itself. Batman and Superman have been staples for years in our society and stories about them, while running the gambit from campy to realistic, have been accepted on the whole by viewers. While I’m a huge fan of the Green Lantern mythos and characters, it seemed like something that was too far-out there for the general public to accept.
I think we take for granted that these movies are easy to get made because of the flood we’ve seen the last few years. Sure, there have been some mega-hits (Batman: The Dark Knight) but there have also been some horrible duds (The Spirit). While in no way are comic book adaptations a sure-fire thing for studios, they’re still taking chances on us.
All that being said, there is an inordinate amount of material out there for Hollywood to choose from, and they’re just barely skimming the surface. Here are just a few comic stories I’ve thought about seeing on the silver screen the last few years and that I feel have the potential to wow audiences outside of comic book readers.
My suggestion is delving into the rest of Gotham. I fear something like Batgirl wouldn’t be gritty enough coming off the Nolan films. Batwoman would be fantastic but I’m sure they’d never go for it. But Birds of Prey would be perfect. It didn’t work on television but look at how they did it. Black Canary was a child. Let’s forget about origins here and just jump right into the story. Three (or perhaps more) female characters taking down some of Gotham’s worst with both mental and brute strength. And you know who I could see directing it? Quentin Tarantino. Think about it for a minute. Think about the female characters in Kill Bill or Death Proof. He knows how to create a film with strong women and who’s stronger than the Birds of Prey? And to make it even more appealing, convince Bale to come back for a cameo telling Barbara to be careful about X,Y, and Z to which she informs Batman she knows more than him.
I’ve written about it for this column before.) If you don’t know of it, The Stuff of Legend, from Th3rd World Studios is about a group of old-school toys who have a life of their own and must come to the rescue of their owner when The Boogeyman takes him into a world called The Dark. It’s kind of like Toy Story meets Labyrinth. When the toys travel into The Dark they transform into more realistic, flesh and blood, versions of themselves - the teddy bear becomes a grizzly bear, the Jack-in-the-Box becomes an ax-wielding Jester, etc. Charles Paul Wilson III illustrates this all beautifully and writers Mike Raicht and Brian Smith have created a really unique and compelling story. I can see this one happening in a part-CGI, part-live action technique, kind of like The Chronicles of Narnia.
X-Men: Rogue – As much as I enjoy the X-Men films we already have, there is room for countless takes and stories. That’s obvious when you look at the success of First Class. Even though the first X-Men film centered a great deal around Rogue, it wasn’t the Rogue I know and love. I want to see her years with Mystique as her adoptive mother. I want to see her absorb all of Ms. Marvel’s powers. I want to see her struggles with that, not her crushing on Wolverine. Rogue is the one to be crushed on. Throw Gambit in there and make a true love interest for her. My casting choice? Christina Hendricks.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg for me, what about you? Which comic series, stories or characters are you waiting to see make the jump to the big screen?More from Jill Pantozzi
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