Are you looking to break into the movie industry and also make a boatload of easy cash? Then a superhero movie is for you! Superhero films make millions upon millions of dollars every summer regardless of the character spotlighted in that piece or the actors who are involved with the project. In a world filled with cynics and with individuals who are seemingly waiting to hit out at anything new, superhero films make up for the one sure-thing in the movie business these days. Just look at how many Spider-Man movies have been put out there over the past decade if you don’t believe me.
The latest trio of Batman movies serve as another example of the genres importance and profitability in the modern era. Those projects were visually spectacular, no question about it, but they made the large amounts of money that they earned largely because of the genre of those titles. One could always tell a vigilante story similar to that of the Batman legacy without using the character, and those movies would not do as well because of the lack of the main character. You cannot, after all, just put a utility belt and mask on anybody and expect for him to become a star in the eyes of the public.
Then, there are the superheroes that have either been forgotten or never even known to the majority of those in the public who do not routinely visit comic book stores. That list includes a couple of characters who have not technically been superheroes in that they have not been associated with massive projects as have the likes of Superman, Spiderman and Batman. There is also an individual who has, since his early days of existence, always been more of a background figure then a star, a man who deserves to have his full story told to the masses who would attend theaters to see that movie.
It was a little over a year ago when fans went out of their way to try to convince some movie studio to go all-in on a Hawkman project, perhaps one that would be similar to Thor. Their efforts failed to produce the desired results, and it has since been widely speculated that the character will never get the movie that he deserves. Those of you who were left underwhelmed with how the Smallville series presented the character on television will have to live with that for now. You can, however, continue signing Internet petitions begging for a Hawkman movie. Maybe it will one day work. Maybe.
19. The Hurricane
World Wrestling Entertainment certainly dropped the ball when the company did not produce a movie featuring The Hurricane over a decade ago. Gregory Helms played that character about as well as anybody could have considering the storylines that were created for him, and Hurricane even notched a victory over professional wrestling superstar The Rock on an edition of Raw. It would have been hokey and it would have been comical, but a movie that had the Hurricane as the leading man would have been watched by wrestling fans from all around the world. The actor would have done well to make the role his own.
18. Booster Gold
It has been heavily rumored that it is a matter of when and not if a Booster Gold series hits cable television in the United States, and that would be just fine with me. The one problem with the notion is that producers would have to find the proper actor who could pull off the idea of the hero who is a glory-hog and so full of himself before he is, for whatever reasons, taken down several notches and realizes the mistakes that he has made en route to becoming the man that his city needs and also deserves.
17. Chloe Sullivan
The one thing that Smallville writers got 100 percent right from start to finish was turning Chloe Sullivan from a throwaway character who could have left the show following Clark Kent graduating from high school into one of the most interesting stories that the show had all the way up through its closing scenes. What happens to Chloe in that fictitious universe moving forward? She ends up with Green Arrow, but does she continue to help out those around her? Does the mother of at least one child still put herself in danger? Sullivan was a true superhero by the end of that show, and her story should be told to the masses.
16. Jessica Jones
We now know for sure that Jessica Jones will get her live-action television series debut on Netflix later on this year, and the incredible Krysten Ritter will be playing the role of the main character. Why not put Ritter in that exact same role but under the umbrella of a movie script? Jones is a newer superhero who also has a different storyline than many of the characters who are featured in this piece, and it is possible that her Netflix debut could open up some doors for female heroes getting future shows and future movie opportunities. Let’s hope the series does well.
15. Sue Storm
Know what we do not need? Yet another Fantastic Four reboot that features yet another actress playing the role of The Invisible Woman, no disrespect meant to Kate Mara or to anybody who will feature as Ms. Storm moving forward. There was a time when Jessica Alba playing Storm in a movie that centered around the character would have done major box office business, but all involved have since moved on. Storm now seems destined to be nothing more than part of a team rather than a top figure in a film, and thus casual fans will likely never learn the complete story of the character.
14. Turbo Man
This is one of the more wasted opportunities for a superhero movie that is mentioned in this piece. Christmas movie Jingle All the Way has emerged as a cult classic film thanks to repeated showings on cable television throughout Novembers and Decembers, and thus a Turbo Man film could have been fun if put out at the right time of the year and if it featured the right leading man. Sorry, Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you are not the person I have in mind to play the part. We will never forget you defeating Sinbad and saving the day in the Christmas classic, though.
13. Kitty Pryde
Of all of the X-Men characters who should have a movie made after them, it is Kitty Pryde who may be the most interesting. Pryde is a teacher who also plays the role of savior of the world when she is called upon to do so, and the character stands out among a list of female superheroes who are more often than not cookie-cutter adaptations of a male counterpart. There was, for some time, speculation that there could be funding out there for a Kitty Pryde movie, but those whispers have since disappeared, and it is believed that they will likely not return anytime soon.
No, everybody, a supposed Spider-Man spin-off that happens to include a largely female cast is not a true Spider-Woman movie. Jessica Drew is an entirely different character from a different comic universe, and her story could be told in a series of movies that would draw fans to theaters if the right female actress was cast to portray the superhero. The popularity of the Spider-Woman story has experienced a decline over the years, however, and odds are that Drew is a character who will be left behind by studios looking to cash in on superhero movies.
11. Luke Cage
A Luke Cage movie had been rumored to be in production for roughly an entire decade, but it never saw the light of day. Cage has since been relegated to an upcoming Netflix show, and whether or not the character will ever get a movie of his own remains unknown, which is awfully silly when you consider how obvious it would be to cast that role. I’ve got two words for you: The Rock. Dwayne Johnson would carry the Luke Cage brand into the mainstream, and he would introduce Cage to millions of new fans in what would be a successful trilogy.
10. Black Canary
In a world in which the majority of female superheroes are afterthoughts, we could be decades away from a Black Canary project being even slightly considered by any studio. The story could be interesting depending on which route writers went with the character. Black Canary could start out as a woman who is on the wrong side of the law or as a person who is merely misunderstood by other heroes and by the public. Either way, the character deserves to get at least a mention in some upcoming superhero flick, perhaps as the other half of a pairing that also included Green Arrow.
9. Green Arrow
“Always a bridesmaid but never a bride” may be the best way to describe those movie projects that have centered around Green Arrow. Whenever one is rumored to be under consideration or even in production, the film disappears almost immediately upon that news hitting the public. Green Arrow has been a character on television shows and he also has his own show, but odds are that he will be but a secondary figure in movies. There are people in Hollywood who believe for whatever reasons that the public just would not spend their money on a Green Arrow film.
Those of you who have come upon this portion of the piece and who are left wondering why on earth this character will never have a movie made about her need to go to Google or to the search engine of your choice and see what happens when you search for “Isis.” Maybe, and it is a big maybe, if the character were to be renamed, then it is possible that somebody might consider moving forward with a movie project. Instead, however, Isis will largely go on as a superhero who is unknown to those who get the bulk of their knowledge on the subject via television and movies.
It is coming. It isn’t. The existence of an upcoming Superboy movie changes per the last story you read or the last Internet forum that you visited. I am going with the notion that we won’t be seeing it, largely because of the following point: Is there really that big of an audience that needs to watch two-hour tale of the life and times of Conner Kent? The last few Superman movies have been crushed by critics and by fans, and a reboot of that story is not being begged for by comic lovers. Everything revolving around the story of the alien who came to earth to save humanity needs to be put on a shelf for the time being.
I know what some of you out there must be thinking, and it is that Deadshot is not technically a superhero. What you have to remember is that there are storylines where the character does, to steal a term from pro wrestling, make babyface turns, and that would make everything from his days with the Suicide Squad up through his personal life that includes Deadshot having children an interesting movie script to produce. While a movie that showcases Deadshot as the leading man likely is never coming, it has been speculated that the character will appear in films in the future.
The story of Zatanna could make for a fascinating movie so long as the script is written properly. She could be portrayed as a mischievous character at the start of the film, one who eventually realizes that she can do more good than harm and who becomes a true hero. What is probably the biggest reason why she will never have a movie is that the Zatanna brand is one that is largely unknown to the bulk of movie-goers who have heard of names such as Superman since they were children. That is too bad, because a series of Zatanna films would be fun.
We won’t be counting what was generously called a “film” from the 1980s in the making of this list. Instead, we are focusing on the missed chance that was movie producers not putting Laura Vandervoort in a Supergirl movie role following her appearances on the television series Smallville. Vandervoort already had, in the eyes of those who watched the TV show, a history for playing the role, and she also had the ideal look that those making such a movie would want from the leading character. It is now too late to make such a movie, so those of us who were Smallville fans will forever be left wondering what could have been in such a film.
Outside of fan-made movies that are uploaded onto websites such as YouTube, you can all probably stop holding your breaths waiting for a major motion picture featuring Batgirl to appear. Be honest with yourselves and reflect on the fact that we are already getting a new Batman movie when none was being asked for by the public, and you will probably be willing to admit that you do not need to see a Batgirl movie anytime soon. We will always have those memories of Alicia Silverstone playing the role in what was maybe the worst superhero movie to ever be made.
Don’t give me that look, cynical readers. For those of us who grew up in the 1990s and who watched all of those excellent Nickelodeon shows, Quailman was as real as was any other superhero out there. A product of the imagination of cartoon character Doug, Quailman fought for justice and to right wrongs, and he also happened to get the girl in the end. Those of you who would brush off this suggestion without even giving it a second of thought clearly do not realize that there are grown adults who, to this day, dress up as Quailman for Halloween parties. Some of us will never forget.
The story of Robin is a classic tale in the world of comics. A young man is witness to a horrible wrong, and he vows to get revenge for those who he lost and also for his own peace of mind. That he has been linked with Batman has been him a secondary figure has led to his story becoming more of a background tale than one worthy of being cast under the spotlight. The closing minutes of The Dark Knight Rises teased that a Robin movie could be something that would be produced down the road, but those rumors have since had cold water poured upon them.
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