Six Marvel and DC Characters/Groups That Need a Film or Reboot
Comic book movies have been on top of Hollywood for years now. A genre that was once laughed at for having men in tights fight crime is now headlining theaters during the summer. Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, and Superman have all graced the big screens in recent years and have raised the bar for super hero movies. But for every good movie, there are still a few bad ones. And both DC and Marvel could change that. I have 6 films that I think should be made or need to be rebooted. I have three from DC and three from Marvel. So, in no particular order, here are the top six comic book characters or groups that need to hit the big screen for the first time or just all over again.
Daredevil is one of my personal favorite comic characters out there. He is not super-human. He has no alien powers. And he was bit by a radioactive arachnid. No, he is a blind man whose other sense are heighten to help him. Are they a little “extra” heighten? Sure, but it is still comics we are talking about here. Anyways, Daredevil has had a shot at the big screen but it is referred to as a disaster by most. The 2003 release featured Ben Affleck as the titular hero and also starred Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Colin Farrell. I own the movie but Daredevil definitely deserves a better outing than this. One positive thing is that is wasn’t nearly as bad as Jennifer Garner’s Elektra flick!
The Fantastic Four had a feature film in 2005 followed two years later by a sequel. While not the worse, the foursome could have a much better outing than they did. First, Chris Evans CANNOT be The Human Torch and Captain America. And since the captain’s film is way better, find a new torch. That has to be taken care of. Second, it needs to be a little darker and less comedic. The Thing shouldn’t be funny. He should be imposing. And finally, we need more Dr. Doom and less of “the guy from Nip/Tuck”. Doom is a great villain and should be given a bigger role. As should Silver Surfer if you want to go that route. Just remember movie people, this group must remain together. They can’t hold separate adventures like The Avengers can, so don’t even try!
The Flash has been on film before, but nothing to get crazy over. Trust me! Besides being featured in many Justice League cartoons, he had a short-lived TV series in the early 90’s and appearances in the TV series Smallville. I seem to remember a film too that was probably made for TV or something but I can’t seem to find any proof that this existed. However,I think it is time that The Flash got his own big-budget blockbuster. The hero with super-speed is a great character and has a lengthy rouge’s gallery to fight. Rumor has it that he will have his own feature film in 2016 and there is the highly-likely chance we will see a Justice League of America movie. If they are doing the group film, The Flash character should be set-up first but let’s just hope they do him justice. Pun intended!
Green Arrow? Huh? Yes. Why do you ask? Well, first, the marksmen is a part of the aforementioned Justice League and could use a little introducing to movie audiences. And it doesn’t have to be with a multi-million dollar summer film. Make a film more like Marvel has done with secondary characters. Simple but effective. Second, with a TV series currently airing, this may be the best time. His name is fresh with fans of the series and capitalizing on that may be beneficial. And finally, let’s see if DC can do better with this green-themed guy than they did with the other one named for a lighting apparatus.
Namor debuted in 1939 and has never been able to sniff the popcorn at the movie theaters. The original superhero’s name was brought up back in 2006 for a film but here we are 7 years later and still nothing. The mutant son of a human sea captain and a princess of the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis, Namor has super-human strength and the ability to fly. With that story and his powers, the Sub-Mariner would, or should, make for a great adventure film that would swim, not sink. And for the Aquaman fans out there, sorry, but Entourage‘s use of that character for a fake film was enough for Namor to get my vote.
DC Comics swamp mutant is a must for this list. The character has had two films, a television series, and an animated series but that was in the 80’s and 90’s. And while the first film was good, it could be improved upon. The humanoid/plant-creature is a unique character in that the movie people could go two ways with him. They could make a horror/sci-fi film on a smaller scale or go bigger with a more action/drama-based story. But no matter what direction would be taken, the story would have to be good and the effects would need to be top-notch. Let’s face it, no one wants to see a man covered with field turf and flowers lurking in the swamps. Today’s effects could make the best-looking Swamp Thing ever without having to use all the prosthetics that earlier versions had to. The possibilities make a the chance of a good film. I hope a Swamp Thing film happens. I just hope it is done right. We don’t need more garbage littering the swamps.