This is my list of underrated/lesser-known superheroes (undercover badasses) that need more attention in the media, comics and hopefully they get their own movies! I'll be focusing predominantly on comic book characters that are not as mainstream but have potential to make a great superhero film. My last list I focused on Underrated Female Superheroes That Deserve a Movie or TV show. More than likely I will make 3 or 4 parts to these articles because there are so many characters that nobody knows about and they could make really good standalone movies!
Remember the list is in no special order. Let us begin!
Bloodshot (Angelo Mortalli, Raymond Garrison and Michael Lazurus)
I understand I overuse the word badass, but... Blooshot is a total badass! The original Bloodshot was Angelo Mortalli a former mobster and hit man for the Carboni crime family. He was known for being a ruthless, merciless killer, but Angelo was betrayed by the family, they framed him for murder (irony at its finest). Luckily the FBI takes Angelo into witness protection, but AGAIN this guy can't catch a break! He gets betrayed by one of the guards from the FBI, where he's then sold to Japan for "Project Rising Spirit"!
Angelo Mortalli has become the ultimate killing machine. His memories have been erased and his blood has been infused with microscopic computers called nanites. These nanites allow him to heal wounds quickly, dominate electronic devices, and fully control every aspect of his body to maximize his physical capabilities. A modern-day Frankenstein, he wages a one man war, taking out the mob, the police and his covert government creators, in his struggle to find out who he was and what he has become.
Nexus (Horatio Valdemar Hellpop)
First of all, his last name is Hellpop that's awesome, I really like Nexus for the SciFi/adventure aspect and we need more of that! Before I started to write this article I kept thinking "how am I going to talk about this guy?!" Truth is, it's best that people actually read about him because there's so much to the character. Let's get a Nexus movie!
Horatio developed the ability to fusion-kast, drawing his power through the Merk from nearby stars. The gift of this power came with a great price. Horatio would have to use it to kill his race's most egregious killers, starting with his own father. When he disobeyed, he was given unbearable headaches that escalated to the point where they could kill him. The only cure was to go into a dreaming chamber called the tank, where he would envision his next target.
Ragman (Rory Regan)
If you're wondering which one is Ragman in the picture above, it's the green guy in the cape. Bear with me again Moviepilot! I know I freaked you out a bit with Mantra on my last list. But, believe it or not... Ragman is scary as Hell and pretty disturbing! I don't know much about the character besides that he's one of few Jewish superheroes in DC Comics that was created to compete with Marvel's darker superheroes like Moon Knight, I don't know why they felt the need to do that because they have Batman! Ragman's suit has the ability to trap evil souls, transforming the soul into a rag on the suit. Which I find pretty cool. Rory can use the souls he traps to enhance his abilities, as well as take on the skills and abilities of those he traps.
Side note: They might have to change the title of the movie.
The Rabbi also trains Rory on how to use the suit properly. He tells Rory that the rags are evil souls. Each rag being one soul. Every time the Ragman fights crime he also has to fight the evil spirits that inhabit each rag. The rags try to control the wearer and destroy him.
Shadowman (Jack Dominique Boniface)
"I am the lord of deadside, walker between the worlds, immortal Voodoo warrior, the horror, the horror, I embrace it." - Shadowman.
This. Guy. Kicks. Ass! I highly recommend everyone right now go look up this superhero and tell me this character wouldn't make a badass movie (there I go again using that word). Shadowman was such a big hit in comics that they made a video game for the character... I'm serious!
Don't be harsh on the graphics/gameplay, it was designed during the 90's for the Nintendo 64 and PC, but it was the best game during the time scoring a 9/10!
And it had a 90's video game trailer, we've come so far with technology!
I'm telling you, Moviepilot! Shadowman is the way to go! He's a combination of Spawn, Blade Spectre, the Punisher, Grim Reaper, Lucifer/Satanic movie all wrapped up in one! Ok, I'm going a bit too far, but imagine what deadside would look like on the big screen!
Guess what else? He might get his own film in the Fall of 2014!
Jack Boniface was a jazz player who became empowered by a mysterious organization, the Coven, with the "Darque" power to fend off the sinister, Master Darque. When the night falls he becomes the Shadowman gaining super-strength, fearlessness, and is driven to help others. Boniface eventually sacrifices his life to stop Master Darque.
There's not much information about X but I find this dark-vigilante from Dark Horse Comics a brilliant comic book to movie adaptation. His costume could be changed a bit, but his origin is just right. X would make a gritty, dark film, if they made an X movie, it would be similar in style to [Sin City](series:1190475) , Watchmen and Dredd. He kinda reminds of Rorschach.
X is a vigilante based out of Arcadia. His blood has regenerative powers that allow him to heal from all wounds. His blood will also learn from each wound and heal faster next time he is injured in the same way.
The boy later showed up in a plaza, in Arcadia, where he stayed until he was rounded up by the police. He had severe burns over most of his body. He had no memory how they got there or who he was. Two weeks later he was completely healed. Outside of the clothes he wore the only other possession he had was a burned block with the letter 'X' on it. He became a ward of the state and they gave him the name John Smith 24. He was a violent teenager, but he was highly intelligent.
He was sent to a psychologist. Psychotherapy, drugs, and hypnosis did nothing to bring back his memory nor quell his violence. Eventually the psychologist falls for the boy who has become a man over the years of 'therapy'. She gives him a nickname: Jack. She eventually realizes her mistake and goes back to her other lover, crime boss, Carmine Tango. Jack decides to retake his lover by taking out his competition. Carmine is impressed with the young mans drive and potential. Jack became Carmines right hand man.
I hope all of you liked my list and stay tuned for part 2!