It would be simplistic to say that comic book adaptations are limited to the books published by DC Comics and Marvel, but when it comes to movies about superheroes, the publishers more or less have that market cornered. That’s kind of surprising, especially for a Hollywood desperate to a) jump on a bandwagon with seemingly infinite rewards, and b) buy up any idea that comes pre-delivered with its own built-in audience. Throughout much of the 90s, Image Comics cranked out one new superhero book after the other, and for a time they did mighty battle with the big two publishers. So where are the movies based on WildC.A.T.s, or Savage Dragon, or Cyber Force? Perhaps this drought is about to be addressed because one of the architects of the Image boom, Rob Liefeld, says that there’s some serious studio interest in one of his characters: Supreme.

In a tweet, the ever contentious Liefeld couldn’t help himself but to get all giddy about the veritable frenzy over the rights to Supreme.

Liefeld’s been enjoying something of a resurgence lately with a lot of excited talk about a Deadpool movie, a character that he created for Marvel Comics, but obviously, we has a lot more skin (and money) in the game if Supreme were to make it to cinemas everywhere.

Supreme, a Superman kind of character with the powers of super-strength and flight, was first introduced in an issue of Liefeld’s first creator owned series Youngblood, and later got his own book under Liefeld’s Image imprint Maximum Press, and his own Extreme Studios after he fell out with the other Image owners. If you’ve never heard of Supreme, the character had many incarnations, but his most famous one was overseen by legendary comic book writer Alan Moore, who turned the hero into a Superman pastiche, and took it as an opportunity to do one of his classic deconstructions of the medium and the archetypes of the industry.

It’s possible that instead, any Supreme movie would focus on the original origin of the character: a condemed criminal who was given an experimental treatment in 1937 that gave him super-powers. He departs for space after the Second World War, and returns in the present time to find a very different world in need of a hero with his abilities.

Since any discussion about comic book movies can’t come without casting speculation, Liefeld, unsurprisingly, has his own idea as to which famous Hollywood leading man he think should play the hero Supreme.

Say what you want about Liefeld but he’s not not ambitious.

I wouldn’t put money on us seeing a Supreme movie anytime soon, after all, Liefeld’s old arch-nemesis Todd McFarlane has been trying for almost 20 years to get another Spawn movie made to almost negligible progress. There’s also the question of which version of Supreme will make it to big screen, if it makes it: will it be the criminal-turned-hero version of the original character or the more complex and thematic work of Moore? Given Moore’s feelings on Hollywood adaptations of his work, I think we all know what the answer might be, but time will tell.

We’ll have more news on this project if and when it develops.

Source: Cinema Blend

Category: Comics, Film

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