So sure, everyone is really excited about all the big name superheroes that are getting movies in the next few years from the big dogs of Marvel and DC, but there are plenty of second and third string heroes that aren’t even being considered for movies (or so we think) that could probably knock a movie right out of the park. The cool thing about second and third string heroes is that they have a wider ability to be reinterpreted.
For example, the hype surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy has a lot to do with a small fan base of the (revamped) comics concept…but then adding a heavy dose of humor to the idea and taking it from that perspective. Now to be fair Guardians is a bit of a humorous and whacky concept (IF THERE’S NO COSMO WE RIOT), but all the same the comics-movie fans out there probably never heard of a single character in the movie and it is likely to be a smash hit.
So with that in mind let’s take a look at some heroes that could definitely make a go of a movie, even though most people don’t know who they are.
Michael Carter was a college athlete that got all caught up in a gambling racket. He lost his ride, lost his shot at the pros, and ended up the night janitor in a superhero museum. Taking a robot and some future gear that allows him stuff like force fields, flight, energy blasts, and a sassy robot with future knowledge, Carter broke into a time machine and went back into the 20th (now 21st) century to become the hero Booster Gold.
As much success as Gold has had in his career, at the end of the day he’s really just looking for corporate sponsorship and the acclaim that was denied him as a pro-athlete and while it doesn’t make him a villain by any means, Gold’s heart is far from being gold. He’s a bit of a bro, he’s self-centered, and looking to chase some tail and make some bread. And he’s got a best friend…
Blue Beetle (Ted Korg)
Ted Korg took on the mantle of the golden age Blue Beetle who got his powers from a maid scarab, but Korg never used that. He’s more of a Batman–super rich industrialist–but not really so moody about the whole thing and totally goes out in the day time. When Blue and Gold get together they get into all kinds of frat-style antics…except their friggin superheroes. As the main comic relief of the “Bwah-ha-ha” comedic style of the late-80s-early-90s Justice League you could really make quite a kick ass superhero comedy with these guys haplessly tripping their way to super heroics.
Marc Spector is the Chicagoan son of an American rabbi who has been a professional boxer, a marine, and a mercenary. A far cry from the doctor or lawyer his mother pushed him to be, but he definitely accumulates a small fortune as a soldier of…well…fortune. On a job in Egypt he ends up being fatally injured and saved by a tribe that worships the Egyptian Gods and is saved by the god Khonshu in a vision that restarts his heart. Facing his aggressors wrapped in a cloak that covered the statue of the Moon God, Spector becomes his avatar on earth–the Moon Knight. Moon Knight metes out a harsh and brutal brand of justice that doesn’t necessarily preclude him from killing. And there’s another nice twist:
There’s the distinct possibility that Spector is just batshit insane and there is no Khonshu at all.
Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger first appeared in the pages of Spider-Man as anti-drugs or help the homeless runaways kind of thing. Tyrone Johnson was a stuttering runaway from Boston and Tandy Bowen was teenage socialite looking for Mommy’s attention. Somehow they got all caught up in Silverman’s plot to create a cheaper heroine and this gave them super-powers (kinda like Meth does…). Whether or not the super-heroine gave them the powers or if it awakened their latent mutant powers is a wish-washy point but all the same this story needs to be
exploited utilized to capture some of that teenage girl interest that movies like (the horrible) Twilight get. Not only are Cloak and Dagger runaway teens in love, not only are they an interracial and good looking couple, but they have superpowers! Oh wait…their powers…
Cloak has an entire dark universe inside of him that allows him to teleport and absorb things but comes at the terrible price of having a hunger to fill the void. Dagger shoots energy daggers (duh) and casts a brilliant light that actually makes Cloak’s hunger disappear (so Cloak is technically still an addict of sort). There is so much here for teenage girls that I’m surprised the characters have never been successfully marketed in this way. Time to end it. Make this movie, and get the teenyboppers into superheroes–comics need the money!
Which third stringers are you looking to see come to life?