I know everyone wants Agent Carter. But as with their Netflix deal and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They need a show with many crossover possibilities. This hero has battled with the Defenders as well as many other Marvel superheroes. In fact he was the first Marvel Super Hero to have a big screen adaptation! Created in 1973 this surrealist character first appeared alongside Man-Thing before getting his own comic book. He even ran for President against Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter recieving thousands of write in votes.
"There is no joke that life's most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view." -Steve Gerber-
Of course by now you must realise I'm talking about "Howard the Duck"! I know the movie was pretty bad. Mostly because they ditched it's existential humor for more childish sophmoric jokes. (I mean topless duck shots really?) The original comic book was great combining bits of superheroes along with film noir and absurdism. Unfortunately the screenwriters focused more on special effects and bad satire. Gloria Katz saying
"It's a film about a duck from outer space... It's not supposed to be an existential experience..."
Originally the film was supposed to be animated and even though George Lucas was king of the space movies at the time he trapped Howard "In a World he never Made!"
And now that there is Pixar, they believe they can do it right and have decided to do a combination live action/animated TV show. Lee Unkrich the Academy Award winning writer, editor and director is in charge of this production which will supposedly have a back door pilot on ABC'S Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lee began acting in Cleveland (where Howard ended up after slipping off of the dimensional stones) and reportedly has a certain private obsession with ducks, sources saying only that- "He get's "down" with the "All night party"
Allegedly Alan F. Horn – Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios Said in a statement:
"Hey, we really owe George Lucas a lot, I mean if it wasn't for that movie bombing we would've never had Pixar and now we own Star Wars, Marvel and ABC why don't we throw George a bone, besides we've got a talking raccoon in our next movie so I think we can do a talking duck right, as a TV show"
Truth is if it wasn't for the financial trouble following the aftermath of Howard the Duck, Pixar might never have been sold to Steve Jobs and become what it is today.
Michael Arndt who has been signed on as head writer said that they hope to totally destroy any memory of the original Howard the Duck movie and replace it with the excitement of the new Marvel TV universe with the charm of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
Stan Lee is is claiming that he is looking forward to having a recurring cameo in the show and stated:
"Howard the Duck is gonna be a really wild and wacky adventure and what's really wacky is now we can have appearances by Donald Duck too!"
One of the episodes is rumored to have Donald duck trying to have Howard arrested for cyber identity theft. He is cleared by Duck Drake private eye because he proves Howard is computer illiterate. They are also in talks with Warner Brothers to include Daffy Duck in another crossover segment.
Other rumours include that Jason Alexander who voiced Duckman is in talks to voice Howard other people that have been suggested are Lewis Black, Seth McFarlane and Brad Dourif?
No news yet on Howards love interest Cleveland native Beverly Switzler Who do you think should play her? Who would be your fancast for Howard let me know below!
"Alright, people - and I use the word derogatarily - we can do this the wrong way or my way!"
-Howard the Duck-