Paramount has just acquired the rights to adapt one of those genre-bending, superhero stories: The Mighty. The DC Comics property published in 2009 and 2010 was written by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne with art by Peter Snejbjerg and focuses on Alpha One, the world’s only superhero, who is discovered by a mortal, human cop named Gabriel Cole to not be everything he was meant to be.
I probably deserve 100 nerd demerits for this, but I’ve never read ‘The Mighty’. I dunno a goddamn thing about it, except for what I’ve just read from Wikipedia. Here’s a plot description of the comic:
Welcome to the world of The Mighty! Alpha One – America’s first and only Super Hero – is supported by Section Omega, an entire police force devoted to assisting him in his quest for justice. Lt. Gabriel Cole has worked his way up the ranks of Section Omega and his connection to Alpha One reaches back to his own tragic childhood and an accident nobody could have survived. But when murder strikes at the top of the organization, the case falls into his lap, and he’ll begin to learn what being a hero is really all about!
Superhero turns bad. Mortal cop needs to stop him. Hmm, that sounds like an interesting take on the genre. Worthy of a read and perhaps worthy of a movie. Is it sellable to mass audiences whom always expect superheroes to be forces of good? Probably not. But for the rest of us who enjoyed Watchmen and Kick-Ass, it sounds fun.