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The 10 superheroes most in need of a movie reboot

Jay Garmon lists his picks for the 10 movie and TV superhero franchises most in need of a big screen reboot.

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters next week, rebooting a superhero movie franchise that almost no one thought needed a makeover. Doubly frustrating: there are plenty of outstanding superhero properties desperate for, and more deserving of, a big screen restart -- and we've got a top 10 list of likely candidates below.

10. Shazam

Until recently, he was known as Captain Marvel, but almost everyone calls him Shazam, so DC Comics gave in and renamed the character. Whatever the title, Shazam is the perfect intersection of Harry Potter and Superman. Preteen orphan Billy Batson is bestowed by an immortal wizard with the power of six mythical gods and demigods, transforming him into the adult superhero that could give him the life he always wanted (finding his lost family) -- but he uses the powers to help others instead. His nemesis is Black Adam, the ancient Egyptian warrior that misuses the same abilities for selfish ends (while trying to bring his dead family and nation back to life). That's an awesome movie before we even mention the talking sentient tiger sidekick. Besides, we need something to wash away the aftertaste of the worst superhero TV show of the 1970s.

9. Aquaman

Yes, the Superfriends version of Arthur Curry has been the rightful butt of lame superhero jokes for decades, but when you realize that Aquaman's origin is basically Gladiator set underwater-- the outcast heir to the throne of Atlantis, half-brother to the villainous imposter-king Orm who would conquer the surface -- you start to see the potential. Write Aquaman as a warrior king determined to save both the surface and undersea worlds from mutual destruction -- at the hands of the only family he has left -- and you've got an epic action fantasy winner on your hands. Just, please, no giant seahorses.

8. Cyborg

One of the many, many properties done ill by Smallville, Cyborg is basically The Bionic Man retold as an urban father-son drama. Victor Stone is the son of aloof cyberneticist Silas Stone, and the younger Stone so resents his father's obsession with technology that he rebels, becoming an anti-intellectual athlete and borderline gang member. An accident (in the comics it was a dimensional teleporter mishap, but the movie could make it a more simple crime gone wrong) sees Victor's mother killed while Victor is horribly maimed -- saved only by his father's technology. The father and son are forced to reconcile to bring Victor's mother's killers to justice, along the way learning of each other's worlds. The fact that Victor is super-strong and can connect to every spy satellite and database on Earth makes this an actioner with heart and smarts, provided Hollywood wants to do it right.

7. Zatanna

Yet another victim of Smallville, Zatanna is the only daughter of Giovanni Zatara, the world-famous stage magician who, unbeknownst to the public and his family, is the foremost sorcerer on the planet charged with warding off supernatural threats kept secret from mortal eyes. When Zatara goes missing, Zatanna discovers she has inherited his mystical powers, responsibilities, contacts -- and his enemies. She has a catchy gimmick of casting spells by speaking backwards, and a quasi-exploitative costume that could be slyly empowering if played the right way. In her debut film, Zatanna must solve the mystery of her father's abduction before the apocalypse-conjuring plot that kidnapped him comes to fruition. It's a girl-power action-comedy with a supernatural twist. In short, it's Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Percy Jackson & The Olympians. That's worth a shot.

6. Black Panther

Imagine Batman as the hereditary king of an African nation that just happens to hold the geologic monopoly on the most valuable mineral on Earth. It's Iron Man meets Blood Diamond, only with more sass. T'Challa is the royal liege of Wakanda, a sub-Saharan country that's home to the Vibranium Mound, source of the rarefied metal used to make Captain America's invincible shield. He's trained since birth to both rule and protect his people, using ancestral (and perhaps mystical) vibranium weapons if necessary. He's also the first black superhero in comic book history. Every superpower on Earth (be it a nation or a person) wants access to vibranium to build weapons, which T'Challa is avowed to prevent. Black Panther is not an orphan, not a punk, not a cliché -- he's a perfect anti-Blaxploitation hero. In the film, T'Challa wants his people to leave the primitive mysticism behind and use vibranium exports to modernize his country, but when he's deposed by a coup financed by foreign investors, T'Challa must don the traditional Black Panther costume to fight his oppressors outside the law. If Batman can be socially relevant, Black Panther has to be.

5. Fantastic Four

Four astronauts gain elemental superpowers in a radiation accident, then use those powers to become media-darling billionaires that occasionally save the world. Gee, you think there's a celebrity culture commentary with one-liners and explosions in that somewhere? And, yes, it has to be better than the one where Captain America played the Human Torch. The dawn of private spacecraft makes the Fantastic Four's self-funded space mission suddenly plausible, and playing Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards as a hybrid Tony Stark/Richard Branson entrepreneur techno-adventurer could be timely as all get out. Dealing with the reality that his riverboat-gambler science turned his best friend and pilot Ben Grimm into the hideous Thing would be poignant, while his wife Sue must ride herd on her camera-starved brother Johnny's sudden infamy as the Human Torch. Think The Incredibles as directed by Paul Verhoeven. Yes, please.

4. Birds of Prey

A post-Batman female empowerment film starring a crippled ex-Batgirl who recruits former lady super-sidekicks into a covert ops team that outshines the guy-heroes they once carried water for. Her lead agent is Green Arrow's ex-girlfriend Black Canary, who grew so tired of his philandering ways she changed coasts and made it her mission to outshine him in the do-gooder department. Think The Bourne Identity meets Salt by way of The Dark Knight. It could be epic, and can only be better than the awful TV version that flickered out in 2002.

3. Dr. Strange

Arrogant but brilliant surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange loses the use of his hands in a drunken car accident, subsequently costing him the girlfriend, wealth, and facile friendships built on his material success. Heading to the Far East on a spiritual retreat to find new meaning, he is unknowingly mentored by the last in a long line of Sorcerer Supremes -- mystical guardians of the Earth who alone stand between humanity and the forces of demonic doom. When the last Sorcerer is betrayed and murdered by his chief apprentice -- now in league with dark god Dormammu to conquer the world -- it falls to Strange to thwart an apocalyptic prophecy he barely understands. It's Harry Potter as written by John Le Carre, and only a true cinematic masterpiece can erase the flashbacks of the trippy and bizarre 1970s Strange film.

2. The Flash

A bizarre lab accident somehow links police scientist Barry Allen with an extradimensional "speed force" that allows him to think and move at superhuman velocities -- seemingly in violation of the laws of physics. As he discovers his powers, he becomes aware of another hyperspeed operative -- Eobard Thawne -- who claims to have used the speed force to travel back in time and "preemptively" murder the criminals who will someday destroy the world economy and environment. Barry must defeat an opponent only he can see, who knows his powers better than he does, and who is fighting for a cause that defies conventional understandings of justice and innocence. It's Minority Report by way of Primer, with more plot twists and cutting edge effects than the early 1990s TV Flash ever dreamed of.

1. Wonder Woman

I've gone on record about the untapped potential of the Amazing Amazon before, but her recently revamped comic book origin cries out for a big screen adaptation more than even the most diehard 1970s TV Wonder Woman devotee could dare dream. Diana is the latest -- and perhaps last -- in a long line of children produced from the Greek god Zeus's romantic dalliances with mortal women. As such, she is literally the modern equivalent of Hercules -- complete with demigoddess strength and parahuman powers -- as raised by some of the last remaining acolytes by the Greek pantheon. The Greek gods, taking a cue from Zeus's sudden return to interacting with mortals, are once again using humans as disposable playthings, forcing Diana to protect humanity from her own half-kin. She is the product of two worlds who belongs to neither, and is alternately loved and despised by elements of both. She's the perfect female icon, invulnerable yet fallible, a goddess and a mortal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Clash of the Titans. Tell me that isn't worth the price of admission.

Got a quarrel with the rankings, or simply have a favorite superhero you think deserves a spot on the list? Throw down in the comments section.

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AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I keep coming up with superheroes I DON'T want to see in films. In fact only the crappy ones seem to be worthwhile on Film, the "Too Big to Fail" ones, the ones which have had all the marrow already sucked from their bones in the various stages of their lifespan. Genre incompatibility.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It was in one of the tabloid-sized B&Ws, with a title like 'Marvel Premiere' or 'Marvel Preview'; same size and format as Marvel's Conan of the time. Early '70s or so. It was the first teaming of John Byrne, Chris Claremont, and Terry Austin; you may know them mostly from the X-Men and Iron Fist of the mid-70s, among others too numerous to mention. In any case, the title character had a self-aware ship, an 'elemental' sidearm (shoots water, fire, etc.), and a galactic empire to save. It has a sprawling stage and was chock-a-block with visual opportunities.

alvin.padayachee
alvin.padayachee

In my opinion Birds of Prey is a bad idea. The whole of girls beating up guys and whatever else died back in the days of Xena. And I seriously doubt there's anyone in Hollywood who would be able to write decent female characters. Also one "slutty" character and it spoils the bunch - and everybody knows there can't be a movie without fan service. Also Black Panther. This character hardly makes sense even in the comic books. I mean clearly we can see what Marvel was trying to create with this character. And even though he's a king I can't seem to see him as a lead. "Ironman meets Blood Diamond"... WTF! They'd have to name a Shazam movie something besides Shazam. The name is crap and it stinks of disaster.

Chrisfs
Chrisfs

I would love to see a Dr Strange movie. Special effects could do justice to both spells and his other dimensional foes. Thor shows that otherworldy plots can do well.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

Few will remember "Doc Savage" but I'll bet more would like to see an updated Savage. It could be a real hit for the big screen if done right. Unlike "John Carter", over 100 years old, "Doc" isn't that old, but just couldn't be as bad, skipping all the fantasy>

jonrosen
jonrosen

It's a much older one now. But it had an outstanding semi-second-string cast, that made a damned good team. Night Thrasher: Leader. Kind of a ghetto-batman. Bit more realistic and perhaps easier to identify with than Black Panther. No super-abilities, just smart, strong and skilled. Speedball: One of the most fun and quirkiest heroes ever IMO, before they truly ruined him in some morbid masochistic twit called Penance. (one of the dumbest moves ever IMO). Had kinetic 'balls' that surrounded him when hitting/being-hit by things. As he learned to finally control them (instead of just bouncing off everything like the toy the 'superball') the comic ended. Firestar: Of Spiderman fame. Sexy fire-thrower, with more of a conscience than most. 'nuff said. Kid/Man called Nova: Had a comic back in the 70's, was in New Warriors, and had a comeback with a new comic later from it. Alien-power boosted, but didn't let it go to his head. Kind of a young-superman type char Namorita: Namor/Aquaman's cousin. Kind of a celebrity superheroine, like She-Hulk. HIGHLY visible. Strong, flies. Basic Amazon type female Marvel Boy: Kind of convoluted history. He finds he's supposed to be an Avenger, or the like in the future. Telekinetic There were a few other add-ins as it went. Darkhawk (I think), Turbo (techie turbo-fan boosted kid), and maybe one or two others. Kind of an alternate X-Men, but not quite since only a couple couple could be considered mutants. Each had their own story and background than just 'we all came from one school', and being that it's not a long-standing 'tried and true' comic, it wouldn't have the downfall of comic-lovers always going 'but THAT never happened in any of the comics' like tends to happen with the X-men ones, Fantastic Four, etc...

sparent
sparent

I don't think either of the two movies did justice to the superhero. Third time's the charm?

Ndiaz.fuentes
Ndiaz.fuentes

Loving your idea for the Dr. Strange movie. I also think the whole agoraphobic twist Marvel gave to the sentry makes him very interesting for a movie. The whole "everyone forgets him and he's rotting away in The Raft" thing was very interesting in comics, and lets not forget his ridiculously epic battle in World War Hulk. The story has a pretty decent plot and tons of F/X potential.

Alec Lerg
Alec Lerg

This is a move that I would love to see, but I doubt that they may do a great movie plus it is a long story. That is why I came out with the idea that if it is made by pixar, maybe a serie for TV might be great. If any of the pixar's people are out there reading, I think that this is a great idea.

metaphysician
metaphysician

They'll just find some character, butcher the plot (the little bit there will be), and add tons of special effects. Everyone knows that special effects are what is needed in any science fiction or fantasy film. Not plot or character continuity. So many good opportunities wasted.

kaflippin
kaflippin

The old Japaneses super Heros-Johnny Robot or Ultra Man

Dr. Solar
Dr. Solar

I don't think there's ever been a movie done in the first place, so maybe "reboot" doesn't apply, but my namesake would make pretty good movie fodder, too.

Dr. Solar
Dr. Solar

I was just thrilled to see someone else give some well-deserved recognition to Dr. Strange! Done right, that would be awesome. As for "worst superhero ideas ever", I'm thinking more of Blue Beetle. Can't say I ever understood the whole concept, even though I read it as a child, but...the name alone...weird, just weird. I can't imagine someone saying, "Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot...I must become something to strike fear in their hearts...I must become... A BEETLE!" At least choose an earwig.

jkaras
jkaras

Marvel characters are better because they have better villians, DC doesnt have any barring the Joker. A hero without a great villian is destined for failure. It is as important as crafting the character. I just dont see how DC is going to get into the hero movie race. They could use Wonder Woman, she will get the best demographic for the most success. I cant say what villian or how to incorporate her into a plausible storyline in today's world but this is their only hope. I love the idea of the Flash and actually liked the cheesy 80's show but again I cant see him carrying a movie chain. He would only be good in a Justice League but how do they introduce all the characters all at once? The Black Panther is a silly character in my opinion. He is a great positive character as a black super hero, but it makes no sense to me. Hi I live in a backwards country that doesnt believe in any technology yet I have the most advanced tech in the world designed by me of course, we dont believe in outside influence, we are only rich because of vibranium but we dont want to sell it anyone so they can make weapons and it is only good to make weapons? Also I'm a prince that was educated in an outside country which my people dont like and I am a blantant copy of Batman with a genius IQ, Olympian body, a Surgeon 's hands, etc.... oh yeah an I'm filthy rich. The fantastic 4 wasnt too bad but hey its the Fantastic 4. It never was a great comic but great for its time. They should only be there for helping Spidey or the Avengers but not in their own movie. As should many other characters when they make these movies to introduce them. Personally they should just do the team movies as introducing a character then split from the team to form the other teams and plug them in and out like X-Men, Avengers, X-Factor, etc... They should make this about mutant hatred to mirror racism that is the connection because you cannot choose to be a mutant anymore than you can choose to be whatever enthnicity. It is polarizing and people can relate. DC just doesnt have this connection with people having unrealistic people just choose to be a hero or so many freak accidents, or imbued GOD powers from some sort of God. I hope for more hero movies I think we need that type of inspiration and getting kids to read comics is a great thing.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

The swamp it goes over and the martian holiday villa as well. Do you really think we another superhero movie?

TNT
TNT

Some bad ideas too. While never a fan of Wonder Woman, you've convinced me the movie could be worth the price of admission. Aqua Man on the other hand is one of the worst superhero ideas ever. Besides, I heard he recently came out of the water closet... Fantastic Four was great as it was done. Rather than recreating it with a new cast, I'd like to see a sequel. My add to your list would include Silver Sable, easily one of the sexiest superheroes of all time.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Oh yeah, about 15 years ago. www.imdb.com/title/tt0117331/ I recall it tanked.

JJMach
JJMach

You many not agree with what Marvel's done with the character (their batting percentage with evolving characters is pretty low as it is), but he's still a player in the Marvel Universe. Most recent seen as team leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, although that run has ended, The team now shows up as sort of an intergalactic Avengers when things get messy in outer space. Not sure if he'd get a movie, but the production rights might go cheap.

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

...because The Punisher isn't a comic book concept that's due for a good movie adaptation, Frank Castle was a 1970/80s action movie antiheroes transformed into a comic book analog. Remove the skull chest emblem and Frank's just another disposable Charles Bronson vehicle from 1981. He doesn't need a movie because we're still making straight-up action movies, and adapting the comic version of an action movie into an *actual* action movie just means stripping away everything that made The Punisher different from what he was designed to imitate.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Someone started carrying a new T-cats series within the last year. I don't remember if it's CN, Nick, or one of the Disneys.

JJMach
JJMach

While they have not gotten much press in the US, Ultraman is STILL GOING. A new movie was just released in March 2012. They've had some hiatuses in the past 45 years, but the Ultra Series (the collective of Ultra Men movies and TV series) still going strong in Japan and currently has the Guinness Record for most spin-offs. Ultraman Tiga came to the US in 2002 on FOX, but I am not aware of any moves to bring more to US mass market. (Maybe they don't know how to squeeze in past the Super Sentai (Power Rangers) juggernaut to get some screen time.) As for Giant Robo (Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot), that got an awesome reboot in the 1990's, with a direct-to-video series that has been translated and re-released globally. One could argue that it is due for a return to the large or small screen. As for corny...I dare you to look at any TV series or movie from the mid 1960's and not think it's a little "corny." Let's see: Bonanza, Bewitched, Gomer Pyle USMC.

alvin.padayachee
alvin.padayachee

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs... Ramrod Challenge Phase 1...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Boy, there's one I haven't thought of in years. The independent TV station in Vegas used to show that in the mid-70s. We sat through it only because it came on before the Star Trek re-runs. Even in my mid-teens, I found it incredibly repetitive. I don't know how well it would do. Didn't an Astro Boy movie crash and burn recently?

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

...so the name came from the gimmick. That said, I have a real fondness for the Batman/Spiderman pastiche Ted Kord Blue Beetle, and not just because Steve Ditko conjured him up. I was always a fan of the Giffen/DeMatties Justice League, and Ted was central to that.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Dude, in the '60s the FF was THE comic. They were fighting amongst each other, hopping dimensions, and saving the multiple planets at one time long before anyone else in the Marvel universe. The may not be what it once was, but it was a top tier Silver Age classic.

P.F. Bruns
P.F. Bruns

Is one less rom-com we have to deal with. So yes, we do need more superhero movies. As far as Jay's picks, Jay, you do know that the DC Animated Universe, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," and "Young Justice" have been doing almost all of these and other characters proud for the past decade, right? T'Challa, the Black Panther, is also a main character in Disney/Marvel's "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," where he not only displays outstanding skills across the board from technology to combat, but also mediates a constant debate between Tony Stark and Thor over technology. Plus, Cyborg got a reboot (!) in the New 52 line of DC Comics. The Fantastic Four are, however, foundering in the comic book medium as well as in film. I do think a potential film reboot might be behind the decision to off Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), as this keeps Chris Evans free to be Captain America.

Chrisfs
Chrisfs

Aquaman gets a lot of short shrift by people who know him only from Superfriends or similar simplified accounts. He has super strength and toughness (for swimming super fast and surviving under high water pressures deep underwater), along with super hearing. Those make him plenty versitile on land. Storywise, he can be a vigiliante marine environmentalist as well as a standard hero. Check out the rebooted Aquaman in the New 52 started 9 months or so ago. Quite enjoyable.

Alec Lerg
Alec Lerg

Let's talk about the actors/actresses the one I see as Wonder Woman is Megan Fox. Nobody like Lynda Carter is there to do it again, but I think that Megan is the right one since it is not possible for Lynda to do it again.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

A team that's been rebooted almost as often as the Legion of Super Heroes.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

like an urban Mad Max, except in more frequent installments that quickly wore out his welcome. I always preferred him in a supporting role, like Nick Fury, Black Widow, or Obnoxio the Clown.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

A Punisher Reboot should of course show the Punisher as the psychotic little wank he is, how he bends his reasoning to justify his homicidal desires. Think SAW, but without all the "finesse" and with a stale, self-righteous atmosphere.

Alec Lerg
Alec Lerg

That's what I mean. I didn't know that there was a new version, but I just checked it out in youtube and I totally prefer the first version. Pixar has done great movies with those crazy characters, so why not to do great movies with great characters the Thundercats. I suggested a series because it would take a long time and lots of movies to cover the whole history, because I am afraid that they may come out with a movie that it is going to leave us wanted more like some out there and it might damage this great history.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

This guy had to do a Sieg Heil move pointed at a planet in the sky invisible to all but him... and then he transformed into some kind of power ranger look-alike in order to fight various japanese menaces (big lizards and all that). No idea what it was called. I watched it in dutch during my parents' stint working for the European commission.

jkaras
jkaras

I wasnt a fan but like I said it was great for it's time making unique characters. They however never kept up with the times in the scale of how newer characters were more realistic or at least more adaptable. To me they were too one demensional. To each their own. Reed was the only really good character but they made him far too intelligent. I remember one comic where he and Doom were countering eachother through their minds on the fly through mathmatics. It was kinda cool but really silly. The only other character I really liked was Franklin and just how powerful he really was. He was a great idea but I never followed his progression past the Onslaught (great character) series. I loved the documentuary where Kevin Smith interviewed Stan Lee about his career and comics. It was really interesting. I saw it on Netflix. it was called Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels. He went on about the FF, how he created them and much he loved those characters. It was a great movie. Man I miss comics...sigh. I might do the online comics but it just isnt the same. I always love when the Big Bang Theory has arguements on comic lore, great stuff.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

That's sort of like choosing which testicle to smack with a two pound hammer....

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

If he can stand up to the pressures of the deep sea trenches, he ought to be able to shrug off at least the lower caliber stuff.

jesfer
jesfer

Megan being a stone wall Fox (play on words), I'd be happy seeing her in anything. But she would make an easy on the eyes Wonder Woman.

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

Wonder Woman is an Amazon. She is a dominating physical presence. You need someone at least 5'10" (preferably 6'2") with a serious muscle tone. Most Hollywood waifs - Megan Fox being a prime example - are simply too frail to play Diana.

jkaras
jkaras

The only part of that movie that is worth watching is the Phantom's minon telling people that visit the Skull cave that "there is no smoking in the Skull Cave." My friend and I said that every time someone came over and tried to lite up. It was stupid and both funny at the same time.

spdragoo
spdragoo

Assuming we're talking about the comic strip guy. Billy Zane played the lead character, with Kristy Swanson as his girlfriend/love interest Diana Palmer. Treat Williams played the bad guy (evil businessman that was bringing together Mafia bosses, modern-day pirates & the Singh Brotherhood), with Catherine Zeta-Jones (leading a group of all-female pirates that fly floatplane fighters) as the "bad girl that falls for the hero". Not the best of movies, but I can think of some that were much worse (i.e. the 1970's Doctor Strange). And while sometimes the storyline & characters seem a bit contrived, they tend to actually stay faithful to the mythos of the comic strip.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I thought I read that a GotG movie was announced at Comicon, but I don't recall for certain. Check before you spread it around; I've been wrong before...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I suspect Pixar prefers to develop their own properties, as opposed to rebooting someone else's material. You've never seen them or Disney adapt another company's intellectual property. Prior to buying Marvel, Disney only distributed the films produced by other companies; they didn't develop any products.

spdragoo
spdragoo

I just found Star Blazers about 2 weeks ago on Netflix, & have been slowly rewatching it. Something kind of funky but interesting about rebuilding a sunken WW2 battleship to turn it into a starship that just appeals to me...

JJMach
JJMach

I'm thinking the former, since that sounds more like his M.O. I used to watch them both after school on KTVU (Oakland, CA) with Commander Mark, who brought all the awesome stuff: Ultraman, Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato - also rebooting this year!!!), Godzilla (Gojira) movies, and such.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

I get plenty, but about superman? Some people take stuff way too serious.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I don't necessarily agree with you, but I disagree with those who vote negative but don't explain why.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

To quote a famous american. Are you ****ing serious?

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

decade. Read the original Tarzan, had a way with the natives that boy.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Was a knee-jerking luddite socialist, ready to smash speculator faces at the drop of a hat :D In that time he was more of a purely cathartic escape. Not a question of "good guy always wins" but of "lightning always finds a place to strike, and never mind the big picture". A far cry from Super-milk-boy of the last four decades...

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Is they don't rely on great acting, directing, writing, and they are easy to to market to the mindless masses, not to mention the opportunities for product placement.. And that's exactly the problem I have with superheros. Coming from the planet krypton and being bulletroof I can live with, the good guy always winning, my suspension of disbelief fails at that point. A fantasy where the good guy always wins, and oonly gpood guys can win and they all have a nice side parting does absolutely nothing for me. Angus Thermopyle is a super hero. Clark Kent is a small minded bigotted bully.

spdragoo
spdragoo

Primarily because it easily lends itself to the "big explosions & lots of action" that are the hallmark of summer "blockbuster" movies. Not to mention that, since my wife is [b]not[/b] a fan of comic books, it's noteworthy that she really enjoyed most of the superhero movies of the past 10 years -- not just the new Marvel ones (Thor, Captain American, Iron Man 1 & 2, & Avengers), but also the 2 recent Batman movies. Although she thought the FF movies were only "OK", and hated the Superman one -- although I think that's because she & her family think Superman's kind of a "wimpy" superhero -- kind of hard to expect a superhero to lose when he has so many superpowers that it's hard to find a decent opponenent, after all.

TNT
TNT

Goes to Kate Beckinsale.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm too out of touch with today's actresses to recognize the names most of the other suggested women, much less venture one of my own. A female athlete would already have the muscle. Maybe one of this year's Olympians? Can we reboot Lucy Lawless? If she was good enough for Xena...

kegf
kegf

Make them brunettes for an audition, all of them were in action movies. Charlize Theron Rebecca Romijn Kristana Loken Lucy Lawless is a bit too old... unless you may want a "WW Returns" :P And Liv Tyler... don't know... but she's tall.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I'll go get Sigourney Weaver from 1982. Ought to do nicely! :D :D :D

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