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Superheroes and the Small Screen

With Marvel and Netflix inking a deal to bring “Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” to the small screen (Netflix being an internet version of television), there is the potential for even more heroes to follow the same path.

"The Man Without Fear"  [image property of Marvel Comics]

“The Man Without Fear”
[image property of Marvel Comics]

After regaining the rights to Punisher, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and Blade, fans have been wondering what plans Marvel had for their darker properties. Now we (sort of) have an answer. Starting in 2015, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones will each have their own 13-episode runs on Netflix, culminating in a “The Defenders” mini-series. Depending on how successful this deal ends up being, it could open a lot of doors for other Marvel characters. And maybe even characters from other comic publishers.

For starters, an unrated Punisher series, made in the same vein of the Marvel MAX imprint, would be phenomenal. An unrelenting, bloody, violent, carnage-filled series showcase how truly badass the Punisher is, is exactly what Marvel needs. The same goes for Blade. It needs to be uncensored, violent and bloody. It’s a story about a half human/half vampire that hunts and kills other vampires. But it should definitely not star Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones. I don’t think Wesley Snipes should reprise the role either. We need a fresh perspective for both Blade and The Punisher.

Marc Spector/Moon Knight [image property of Marvel Comics]

Marc Spector/Moon Knight
[image property of Marvel Comics]

From there they could venture into the realm of a character like Moon Knight. He’s essentially Marvel’s version of Batman but with a few differences. He believes he’s the avatar for the Egyptian god of vengeance, so he might be just a tad bit crazy. Where Batman fights crime to avenge the murder of his parents, Moon Knight will kick the crap out of anyone he thinks deserves a butt-kicking because it makes him feel better about all the people he killed as a mercenary. He’s rich and uses gadgets like Batman, but he fights with a different code of ethics, so that could make for some interesting story arcs. After that they could even branch out to Cloak and Dagger, Black Panther, or Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier.

Other comic publishers could take notes from this and bring characters from Hellblazer, The Sandman, B.P.R.D., Preacher, 100 Bullets, Y the Last Man, and so on to life. DC Comics might have some success with this venture, even though they’ve had some recent success with Arrow and possibly even more success with a Flash spin-off, they still had shows for Aquaman and Wonder Woman that never made it past their pilot episodes. This might be the perfect way to set up their Justice League movie. Characters like Aquaman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter might not have what it takes to hold their own on the big screen like Batman (and to a lesser extent, Superman) but they would probably do very well (if written, acted, and directed properly) on the small screen. They shouldn’t be discourage by their previous failures, but be encouraged by the success of Smallville and Arrow.

The big screen has been good for Marvel, and I think the small screen will too. They have been able to dominate the competition quite easily and, from the looks of things, will continue to do so. But in order to stay in the game, the other comic book companies need to step up their game and start trying to make things happen in new outlets. Netflix, HULU Plus, iTunes, Amazon Video…something. The fans want to see their favorite characters brought to life, as long as it’s done well. A season or more of one-hour episodes gives you more time to fully develop a characters story than a few two-hour films would.  A leap to the small screen could be just the way to give them what they want.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gives Me Hope for B.P.R.D.

So I finally sat down the other night and watched an episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I have to say I was impressed. I wasn’t sure what to expect besides the badassness of Coulson but I was actually entertained. Not that Marvel Studios  has let me down in anyway recently. I just wasn’t sure how they would transfer to the small screen. I’ve heard good things about it, but I wanted to judge for myself.

I watched the episode titled “FZZT” about some weird electrical occurrences that were killing people and the team had to discover what was going on. And I know, I didn’t start at the beginning of the series, and I probably missed some interesting things that happened from the start, but I’ll catch up later. Coulson was great as always, the rest of the cast was pretty solid, there was a sweet tie-in to the Avengers film, and the writing was worthy of a few more viewings from myself, if not a steady following.

Though I enjoyed the show, it did make me long for the return of Alphas, which was cancelled by Syfy this year. That’s what Agents reminded me of, a de-powered version of Alphas. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Alphas was essentially X-Men but a bit more realistic and without costumes. It was an entertaining, highly underrated, and somewhat unknown show about mutants, or “Supers” as they were referred to, that everyone should see. It’s on Netflix by the way.

The B.P.R.D. has a sweet logo too.

The B.P.R.D. has a sweet logo too.

Another thing that Agents makes me think of is the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). I’m wondering if, with the success of Agents and the popularity of the Hellboy film series and comics, it’s possible for a television series based off of the comic book series. Center it around the characters Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and assorted others, with an appearance by Hellboy every now and then. The premise would be similar to the movies, they take on all of the strange paranormal cases that the normal government agencies won’t take on and keep the humans safe from the things that go bump in the night. Good or bad, I would watch it.

Mike Mignola could write the pilot, or all the episodes, and executive produce the show. Guillermo del Toro could direct the pilot and they could tie everything into the film universe with the show taking off several years from where the second film left off. Maybe even have del Toro supervise with some of the design aspects such as character, costume, and set design. He shouldn’t have total control over it. This should be a fresh take on the universe, not a regurgitated version of del Toro’s stuff on the small screen.

The B.P.R.D. universe is large enough that there would be plenty of material to work with and Mignola is creative enough to come up with some new things if need be. And I’m sure that as long as some solid writers are hired, there shouldn’t be a problem with writing up some incredible scripts. And think of all of the merchandising opportunities! Toys, clothes, games, posters, fruit snacks, bath soaps and so on. The possibilities are limitless.

If Dark Horse Entertainment is paying attention to the success of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the show’s success keeps growing, hopefully they’ll realize the potential that B.P.R.D. has for being a worldwide sensation. This thing could be huge! H.U.G.E.

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