With comic book movies being the most popular (and profitable) genre of film today, we are seeing more and more comic book to movie adaptations each year. With thousands of characters and stories to tell, there's seems to be no end in sight for comic book movies.
Before we get started, there are some guideline's I set when coming up with this list. First, these have to be movies that not only I want, but most comic book fans would want as well. Second, they have to be within the realm of reality, which means they have some possibility of actually getting made, so you won't see Doom Patrol or Star Trek / X-Men on here. Finally, these are movies that have the potential of being reeeeeeaaly good. Like The Dark Knight or The Avengers good.
Now without further ado, here are five comic book characters that deserve their chance at cinematic glory.
1.) Doctor Strange
This movie is probably the most likely to happen, as Kevin Feige has expressed interest in doing a Doctor Strange movie for quite some time now. Plus that little Easter egg à la Captain America : The Winter Soldier definitely shows that sometime soon (probably in Phase Three of the MCU) we are going to see a Doctor Strange movie. But as of me writing this it doesn't yet exist, so it's on my list. The only problem is how do you introduce magic into the MCU? The Thor films have kind of had some mystical elements, but they've always been grounded with science, and if your gonna do a Doctor Strange movie it needs to have straight up magic. There're a few different routes you can take, but I think the one that makes the most sense is just saying that magic has been around "since the beginning of time" and that people are now just learning how to use it.
This could be explained by using the Ten Rings terrorist organization, led by the REAL Mandarin. Now, before you stop reading and shut off your computer (who am I kidding, your not gonna shut off your computer), I already know how crazy this sounds. Taking the arch-nemesis of another iconic superhero and making him the villain of another hero sounds like complete comic book blasphemy. But here me out. Is he originally a Doctor Strange villain? No. But (in my opinion) he's a perfect fit for Doc Strange, and it honestly would make more sense to have him as a Doctor Strange villain than an Iron Man villain. A martial arts expert, genius level intellect and ten mysterious rings (they probably will have an alien origin, like in the comics) that give him magical powers? Sounds like a real pain in the ass for the Sorcerer Supreme.
Robert Downey Jr. is slowly backing away from the Marvel movies anyway, as he's only signed on for Avengers 2 & 3. Sure, they could give him another small fortune to bring him back, but even if Iron Man 4 happens, there are much better villains he could battle (Madame Masque, Fin Fang Foom, Alcoholism, hell I'd even like to see him fight Crimson Dynamo). But I'm getting ahead of myself. It would be a controversial decision, having the real Mandarin be the villain in the first Doctor Strange movie, but you would all go see it anyway. They've already established in the first Iron Man that Ten Rings exists and All Hail the King proved that Marvel isn't done with the Mandarin yet. Oh and don't worry, I haven't forgotten about Dormammu. But if we've learned anything from the Nolan Batman trilogy, it's that you should always have the best villain in the second movie.
2.) Deadpool ￼
Forgetting that God-awful "interpretation" of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (he didn't have a mouth!), we have never truly seen Deadpool on the big screen. And I'll be honest, it's a tough film to sell, especially in the X-Men universe Fox already has established. But who didn't think that test footage was awesome? Full of Quentin Tarantino levels of violence, an amount of cursing so large Martin Scorsese will say "Wow!", and a lot of unknown characters (Deadpool doesn't usually get the cream of the superhero crop), it may end up being an enormous flop. Or an enormous success. You already have the name recognition and an absolutely loyal fan base ready to see the Merc with a Mouth [email protected] some s#&t up and break as many 4th walls as possible. A script has already been written, but now that X-Men: Days of Future Past has written X-Men Origins: Wolverine out of existence, the screenwriters have free range to use the real, actual Deadpool. Also, Ryan Reynolds has said he wants to reprise his role (thought that may not be the best idea...), so all we're waiting for is a green light from the studio. Who didn't think that test footage was awesome?
3.) Wonder Woman ￼
With Marvel pretty much printing their own money with their cinematic universe, and Sony and Fox not too far behind, Warner Brothers (who owns the film rights to all DC Comics properties) have finally realized that they need to start making their own superhero movie universe, which is why we have Man of Steel. And Wonder Woman will be in Man of Steel 2: This One Has Batman, which means WB has some kind of plans with her. But as of now, there's no word yet on a solo flick for the Amazonian Princess, which is tragic. I think we all can agree that the one thing comic book movies are lacking are a film with a female protagonist. And who is the most iconic comic book super-heroine of all time? Well, it's not Aquagirl.
But seriously though, Warner Bros. and DC have the opportunity to do something original that Marvel hasn't done yet, make a superhero movie with a female lead. Joss Whedon, before he was involved with Marvel's films, wrote a script for a standalone Wonder Woman movie, and 99% of the time whatever Joss Whedon touches is pure gold. So why didn't it happen? Apparently one of the main reasons a Wonder Woman movie hasn't been made is because the studio thinks that people aren't "ready" for a female superhero and that it might not make money. Really? So The Hunger Games, Kill Bill, Alien, Lucy, etc., none of those movies made any money? Come on, guys. There are definitely people interested in a Wonder Woman solo flick. Back in 2009, DC released an animated Wonder Woman movie, and it was absolutely fantastic. Have the story be very similar to that one, where Diana isn't Wonder Woman yet and where mythology is present. Or you could do something different, as long as it's true to the character.
Also, let's talk about the casting for a second. I'm not thrilled about casting an underwear model with very little acting experience to play one of the most legendary fictional feminist icons of all time. But I am rooting for Gal Gadot to be a kick ass Wonder Woman because maybe there's something Zack Snyder and Co. see that I don't. Personally, I think Jaimie Alexander would've been an awesome Wonder Woman, but she's in too deep with Marvel to ever do a DC movie. So, I guess if WB wants to play this one close to the chest and just squeeze her in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice then do that, but if we don't get to see Wonder Woman on the big screen by herself, us fans are not going to be happy.
4.) Another Hulk Movie ￼
For those of you that are curious, yes 2008's The Incredible Hulk is, in fact, a film inside the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe, for those of you haven't figured it out yet). Robert Downey Jr. had a cameo as Tony Stark, and Kevin Feige produced it, which is good enough for me. Oh, and yes Hulk has had two movies. One was directed by Ang Lee, which tried to be good, but is currently competing with Superman Returns for the most boring superhero movie of all time and one had Edward Norton as Hulk (the one in the MCU), which was decent but could've been way better. Then in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo was recast as the Hulk and was one of the best parts of the whole movie. We can ignore Hulk since it was made in the early 2000's, and no one liked it, but The Incredible Hulk is part of the MCU and was somewhat well received (the video game was better if you ask me).
Now, some people want a Hulk movie based of the World War Hulk storyline, and while that would be interesting, it doesn't really fit into the movie universe Marvel already has. So, where do you go with Hulk? It's a tricky one, but I would like to see Abomination return, as they definitely kept him alive for a reason. The Avengers proved that Hulk can be awesome if done right, and I personally would love to see Hulk out by himself again.
5.) Justice League
I've noticed that recently people have stopped saying "When pigs fly" and have started saying "When Warner Bros make's a Justice League movie." Ok, so that may not be true, but seriously how long have we been waiting for a JLA movie? The worst part is, it almost happened, a couple of times. But it probably became closest in 2007, before Marvel even started making their movies. The casting was announced and everything. Don't believe me? Google "Justice League : Mortal", the whole script is online. But now it's 2014 and there's really no word on a Justice League movie. There's nothing we can do about it now so let's talk about how WB could do a Justice League movie now, and do it well.
First things first, lets discuss who will be in the Justice League. For the first JLA film (assuming there will be a trilogy of Justice League movies, because why not) I'd like to see the original lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), The Flash (Barry Allen), Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Over the second and third movies, I'd like Cyborg, Green Arrow and Nightwing to be introduced in the League, but for now let's stick with the original seven. Also, there's a few DC movies I'd like to see before Justice League, most importantly a Wonder Woman solo movie (see #3 on this list) and a Flash solo movie. Now, the upcoming Flash TV show, could be used as an origin story for Flash and then shoehorn him into Justice League, but personally I think we should keep the TV universe (Arrow and Flash, and maybe Gotham) separate from the movie universe. I personally think Chris Pine would make a fantastic Flash and with the right story, you could have a really fun and interesting movie, true to the comics. So we have Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Aquaman and Martian Manhunter don't really need there own movies. I'd put Aquaman in the Wonder Woman movie and Martian Manhunter in the Flash movie, but they can really go anywhere. Now, all the members are taken care of except for Green Lantern.
There's a few different possibilities with Green Lantern. First, we could keep the 2011 movie with Ryan Reynolds, and just have him re-appear in Justice League, but that's unlikely. You could also keep the established origin story from the first movie, and recast the role like Marvel did with Hulk in The Avengers. If they go that route, I think Jake Gyllenhaal would make a great Hal Jordan. The third way, which is the most unlikely, is that they could do a straight up reboot with another actor and another origin story, which is unnecessary and will probably end up being as big of a bomb as the 2011 movie. The most likely thing that DC and Warner Bros will do is to have him and the Green Lantern Corps already exist in their movie universe, which makes the most sense. Also, there are other Green Lanterns from Sector 2814 besides Hal Jordan, but I'd save that for future movies.
So, now we have your Justice League, but what brings them together? Well personally, I'd like to see Darkseid as the main villain. He could use the White Martians to help him invade Earth, which would force the Justice League to join together and fight the invasion together. It could be done in the vein of the first three episodes of the 2001 Justice League TV show. I think Ving Rhames (aka Pulp Fiction's Marsellus Wallace) would be a good fit for Darkseid as he has the voice and the build to properly suit the character. I also think the classic JLA storyline Tower of Babel should be adapted into a movie, but I'd save that for the sequel. Now, of all the possible movies I have on this list, this is defiantly the one I wan't to see the most, and it probably will. Eventually...
So what do you guys think? Were there any characters I missed? Of these 5 movies, which one do you want to see first? Thanks for reading!