In today's society, superhero movies are the popular franchise. Everyone loves them for their characters, their stories, the effects and the creation of the comic universe in film. Movies such as Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Dark Knight Trilogy have made the superhero market a huge financial success. Then there are movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, who are seen as second tier hero's but have now a successful movie each. As long as the movie is made correctly and the director respects the source then the movie will be a successful one. But what about the movies that were made but bombed at the box office? Or the ones that were made well but the character itself needs a fresh intake today? Well here are seven superhero movies that have huge potential and are in need of a reboot.
A Spawn reboot has been rumoured for a while now. Ever since the (awful) 1997 original movie a reboot is very much needed considering how popular Spawn is. There is good news for the possible reboot as Todd Mcfarlane (creator of Spawn) is writing the script for the movie. He stated in the San Diego Comicon in July 2015:
I PROMISE my head does NOT explode in this video!!!!! For those of you thinking this is an APRIL FOOLS joke, it's NO JOKE that I am currently writing the script for the new Spawn MOVIE. I think you folks will be just as excited about this new direction as I am.Anyway, just wait until you see who we're trying to cast as the main role. Enjoy.
However, this has been promised for a number of years now. So why the delay? As Todd McFarlane stated: (speaking as a third person)
“The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. Everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’”
So the movie will also be a more of a horror anti-hero movie:
“I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”
Well it looks like the development is starting (albeit slowly) and hopefully we will see the new movie with an established name for the lead:
“We’ve had some big names […] come into the office and go, ‘We want to be in it.’ Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes,’ and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going.’ So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”
2. Ghost Rider
Yes I would love to see a proper remake of the Spirit of Vengeance! What many people have not realised that the Ghost Rider was actually owned by Sony and Columbia Pictures. However, after Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance tanked at the box office, Sony and Columbia sold the rights back to Marvel.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige listed Ghost Rider as one of the properties that is now once again owned by his company, and explained why, as well as what he intends to do with Johnny Blaze:
“Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received. They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back – make it!'”
So with Feige's words where does this leave the Flaming Skull? Well there are a few options. One, is to wait for Marvel Phase four to begin. In that phase we will see a more expansive lineup and that could potentially mean Ghost Rider. Or two, Marvel could create their own Marvel Knights Universe (A darker universe) in a roster that could include The Punisher, Red Hulk etc. Either way, Ghost Rider needs to have a reboot that is true to his character. The Nicholas Cage movies were dreadful because they missed the entirety of what the Spirit of Vengeance is about. I hope we will see the true Spirit of Vengeance sooner rather than later in the movies.
Stephen Norrington directed the excellent Blade movie in 1998. However, since Blade was one of the first superhero movies out back then, Blade could not develop into potential crossovers or have a bigger budget. Now with superhero movies being so popular today imagine what Blade could do today? He is different but equally popular in the superhero world. I would like Blade to go with the Marvel Knights direction and see him team up with Ghost Rider and The Punisher. Norrington did a brilliant job with Blade but if a remake is done then Blade would need to be exactly what he is.....a bloody anti-hero with a heart!
So just like Ghost Rider, Blade is now back with Marvel. But unfortunately (in this case) Marvel is owned by Disney who do not really endorse the R-Rated genre. But if Disney are smart they would and should create the Dark hero universe to appeal to the older fans.
4. Green Hornet
The Green Hornet brings the nostalgia in me. I loved the camp cheesy style of Batman (1960's), to the 80's series of The A-Team and Airwof. The Green Hornet is definitely on that list. Although the 2011 was a financial success it was met with negative reviews from the critics. When I watched the movie it had to much of one thing.....comedy. Now if you compare the cheesy Batman series with Adam West, the Green Hornet was in the same universe. But look at Batman of today. Ever since Tim Burton made the brilliant Batman with Micheal Keaton....Batman has been dark, moody, gothic and unapologetic.
So why could The Green Hornet not follow suit? I think in today's world some superhero movies are either funny or to serious. Green Hornet was never actually a comedy. It was more serious than Batman in the sixties. That's where the 2011 movie made the error and casting Seth Rogan helped that error escalate. If there is ever a remake of the Green Sting...then they should follow Kevin Smiths Green Hornet series by Dynamite Comics. It is dark, gritty and honestly a great read.
The dark tone of Kevin Smiths Green Hornet has made a so called cheesy character into a fantastic anti-hero.
5. John Carter of Mars
Disney made the 2012 movie simply called John Carter. First of all, that was a mistake and understandably the fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels wanted the actual title of John Carter of Mars. Disney also failed because they developed their own story arc and totally neglecting the source that made John Carter popular.
To where Disney have failed Dynamite Comics have succeeded in developing a great franchise. Initially Marvel distributed John Carter but now Dynamite have bought the rights. This was due to Disney selling the rights over to Barsoom (Edgar Rice Burroughs estate). Dynamite have developed a character that has the essence of Conan and Tarzan and made a graphic (violent) comic.
Now Disney again are prone to lighthearted films and tried to do this with John Carter. However, this was a mistake in trying to make a dark franchise "toyish" just like WB did with Batman Forever. That is why it bombed at the box office because many fans of Burroughs novels wanted the actual essence of the books into film. But all we got was a futuristic western with to much comedy. I hope that IF a remake is done then a distributer like Legendary would be ideal. John Carter is a great character along with so much depth that I hope we see the real John Carter stand up.
This will be short and sweet. Catwoman is a hugely popular character and a solo movie would be awesome. Of course we all know about the terrible Halle Berry Catwoman movie. But with the DCU getting started and showing promise, I hope that Catwoman will feature in a solo.
7. Swamp Thing
This is the one character who I would love to see on the big screen again. Swamp Thing did make an appearance in movies in 1982. Although that movie was actually a good interpretation of the comic it lacked the effects that was needed make a decent Swamp Thing movie.
However that would not be a problem for today. With special effects so detailed and thorough, making the Swamp Thing would be made to look realistic.
Scott Snyder rejuvenated the Swamp Thing in the New 52 arc. The Rotworld story was immense and very dark. However, the story involved other DC characters such as Superman, Batman, Cyborg, Animal Man among others. Having the Swamp Thing in the DCU would generate a wider audience in DC characters. Swamp Thing is a darker character but one that is a sympathetic one.
Swamp Thing. - The Green Warrior is a superhero that most certainly deserves a reboot.