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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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I’m Anti-Superman, and Even I Want to See Man Of Steel

Well, I’m not completely Anti-Superman.

When it comes to comic book films, I typically want to give the film a chance even if it looks like it might be completely horrible. But, right from the beginning, I knew Man Of Steel was going to be extremely epic. That’s saying a lot, because I don’t like Superman. I mean, I mostly don’t like the character himself.

Generally, the incarnations of Superman on film I’m all for. The first three films with Christopher Reeve, Smallville, and the newer animated features and series are some really entertaining and definitely worth viewing. I even slightly enjoyed Superman Returns, even though he was kinda stalkerish and somehow, by the sheer force of will, I’m guessing, moved an island of Kryptonite. I call BS on that one, but whatever. I also enjoy Superman in print (Red Son was fantastic!), but I just enjoy seeing him come to life on screen more.

I’m a Batman fan, however. Always have been, always will be. I enjoy his human side, the fact that he’s not essentially a god. I also like the fact that almost anything can kill him, but he still keeps being a badass.

Superman has a limited number of vulnerabilities. Kryptonite…that’s it. Once you have Kryptonite, anything can kill him. But if you don’t have it, forget it. You can be stronger than him, but that probably isn’t going to work.

Characters like Superman have always been on the bottom of my favorites list.

However, after watching the trailer for Man Of Steel, I think I may grow to like Superman a little bit more.

[Image source: Warner Bros.]

I knew from the beginning, this film was going to be pretty solid. Zack Snyder is directing, Christopher Nolan is producing, and Henry Cavill is in the lead role. Damn fine start. (If you haven’t watched Immortalsby now, you should check it out.)

Then, the cast started growing and so did my excitement. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. You could not have a better cast than this. I’m probably gonna catch hate for saying this, but the Man of Steel cast rivals the casting for Nolan’s Batman series. It’s a close call. And then to top it off, they get Hans Zimmer to score the film. Done. This film is solid freakin’ gold!

The newest trailer for the film has me more excited than ever, and it’s primarily because it looks like Snyder and Nolan are attempting to show more of Superman’s human side and not just the god-like superhero side that we’re all accustomed to.

I think this might be the most excited I’ve been for a Superman film, maybe even a comic book film in a while…at least since The Dark Knight, anyway.

Here’s the trailer:

Pretty phenomenal, right? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Man Of Steel opens June 14, 2013

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