There was a time when what could arguably be dismissed as “kids’ stuff” (comics, cartoons, toys, video games) had little or no chance at being adapted into successful, never mind respectable movies. Hell, to make Superman – the most famous and universally recognized comic book character on Earth – into a film people took seriously, they had to put Marlon Brando in the cast and get the author of The Godfather to write the script.
Things have changed: Nowadays studios drool over the chance at getting their mitts on nerdy properties. The children who grew up with cartoons, action figures, and comic books are now the adults buying movie tickets and DVDs/Blu-Rays. Marvel is close to becoming better known as a film studio than a comics publisher, video game flicks are no longer a running joke in the movie business, and cartoons designed to sell children overpriced hunks of plastic are now fodder for summer blockbusters.
Now, however much we as nerds want to see Michael Bay die in a fire for what he did to our sacred Transformers (or what he’s currently doing to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), it’s impossible to argue that the man made serious bank for Paramount. Sure, Bay might bathe in the tears of geeks, but the financial success he’s had is opening doors for live action adaptations of many of the programs we grew up with (some of which probably won’t completely suck). GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra may have been underwhelming, but its long-awaited sequel is proving to be a smash hit with audiences, critics, and nerds alike. A Robotech adaptation is reportedly in the works, and there’s been a great deal of talk about a Masters Of The Universe live action film that might actually take the subject matter seriously.
But what about the shows from our childhoods that are not quite as well-remembered? Shows that were largely forgotten by all but hardcore ’80s nerds? Could any of them possibly be resurrected as serious, profitable, well-received live action films? Well, here are ten we think might have a shot:
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It don’t matter if your husband is one of the five brightest minds of the Marvel universe, If Namor is looking to break off a piece he’ll oil himself up more then a chippendales dancer. A collaborative piece by Jae Lee and Jose Villarubia this shows just how deadly the Sub-Mariner is when he’s sick of getting Dolphin tail. [Comics Alliance]
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Every generation thinks their generation was the best. Being a child of the 80’s, I of course am a defender of the decade. Though, I will admit there are a number of things from those glorious times that haven’t quite held up. Members Only Jackets, Pet Rock, Mullets and Bill Cosby to name a few. One thing that stands true is the cartoons. My god, we had it good! The kids today and their crap anime-style cartoons that are all flash and no substance, have no idea what a quality action-adventure cartoon is. A clear example of effective programing was M.A.S.K. That shit was dope. Literally, it was the dumbest concept. With special power-granting masks and a garage of special militarized vehicles, Matt Trakker and his Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, kept the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). Yeaaaaa… Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, I said it was stupid. Regardless of how silly the characters and premise were, the action and heroism hit all the right notes. Plus the theme song was EPIC! *Ahem* excuse me well I get all nostalgic:
“Mask crusaders, Working all the time, fighting crime, fighting crime! Secret raiders, who will neutralise, as soon as they arrive, Trekker’s gonna lead the mission, And Spectum’s got such super vision, M-m-m-MASK! Is the mighty power that can save the day, m-m-m-MASK! No-one knows what lies behind their masquerades! M-m-m-MASK! Always riding on Venom’s trail, Come see the Laser Rays, Fly away”…
Squee! Oh man, that theme song was one of the best. Right up there with Jaycee and the Wheeled Warriors.
Anyway, if you were a fan of M.A.S.K then you will shit your pants in excitement when you hear that it’s being released on DVD on August 9th 2011. Indeedo kiddo!
Here’s the full press release (after the break):