Superheroes are bigger than ever before with major blockbusters like The Avengers and The Dark Knight films proving that audiences love seeing super-powered heroes in flamboyant costumes utterly demolish entire cityscapes in the name of justice. The demand for superhero movies has resulted in quite a few originally obscure characters to finally have their day in the sun. The most recognizable one being Iron Man who, while very popular with regular comic book readers, was relatively unknown until Robert Downey Jr. put on the suit in Iron Man. So now that it looks like superhero films are on the rise with the likes of Ant-Man getting their shot at greatness it only seems fair to point out some superheroes it’d be awesome to see get adapted for film. Here are five lesser known superheroes, and by lesser known I mean not as instantly recognizable to general audiences as someone like Superman, we’d like to see get their own movie in no discernible order.
Vic Sage is an investigative journalist-turned-superhero who uses his secret identity to dig up stories and information he wouldn’t normally have access to in order to combat the corruption festering in the government of Hub City, which some have said makes Gotham look like a peaceful metropolis. The Question has been grouped with most second tier superheroes in spite of the fact that he has been a key character in a number of DC comic book stories and cartoons. Though, this may be due to the fact that his description as a sort of “super-journalist” may put some people off. However, over the years, The Question has grown from a relatively mild-mannered investigative reporter into a highly skilled combatant with detective skills that put him on the same level as Batman. So, in a way, he’s kinda like Sherlock Holmes, or the product of some horrible slash-fiction of Holmes and The Slenderman.
A Question movie could definitely add a fresh face to the roster of DC universe characters to hit the silver screen. Not only that but a potential Question movie could be a real nice change of pace from the usual bombast movies like Man of Steel have with a story more focused on investigation and mystery with the occasional brutal fistfight thrown in to spice things up. A Question movie could also make for a really interesting take on the political thriller genre with some quality fight scenes thrown in for good measure. It should also be noted that The Question was the inspiration for Rorschach from Watchmen, and considering the film adaptation of that comic, and Rorschach in particular, were so entertaining to watch I see no reason why a Question film couldn’t be just as great if not more so.
Scarlet Spider (And/Or Other Spider-Man Clones)
Die-hard fans of Spider-Man usually cringe when the Clone Saga is brought up. It was definitely a mixed bag back in the day, with nonsensical twists and the usual confusion one would encounter in any story involving cloning. The fact that the Clone Saga was stretched out into a long series when it was originally intended to be much shorter didn’t help either. However, in spite of the mixed feelings fans have about the saga a ton of people seem to agree it also produced one of the more interesting characters in the Spider-Man mythos: the Scarlet Spider.
Ben Reilly, one of the many clones of Peter Parker, took on the mantle of web-swinging protector of New York on numerous occasions, most commonly as the Scarlet Spider. However, his most interesting story arc involved him wandering aimlessly from place to place in an attempt to forge a new life for himself, all the while being hunted by an evil clone named Kaine bent on making him suffer. If there’s anything that could add some twists to the Spider-Man formula it’s having a much grittier Spider-Man film in a vein similar to The Punisher or The Wolverine. Plus, think of the fun costume designers would have bringing the classic Scarlet Spider look to the big screen, blue hoodie and all!
This is only one incarnation of Scarlet Spider, however. The latest Scarlet Spider series actually follows the, now reformed, evil clone Kaine taking up the mantle of Scarlet Spider in Houston, Texas. Not only does that present some fascinating story arcs involving Kaine’s redemption and growth into a real hero, but also takes us out of the usual stomping grounds of most superheroes: New York. The Big Apple has been put through the ringer when it comes to superhero films recently; I say it’s time to give it a break and let some other city get overrun with aliens or giant alligators.
Of course, Ben Reilly and Kaine aren’t the only possible clones of Spider-Man we can follow. The Ultimate version of Spider-Man also went through his own Clone Saga, which introduced us to that world’s Spider-Woman as well as a number of other “defective” clones. Considering the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man film had themes focused on genetic engineering, cloning is a logical step to take. The idea of having numerous versions of Spider-Man for our web-head to go up against would definitely make for an intriguing film, especially if it explored Peter Parker’s character in a way we haven’t seen on the big screen before. Also a film following Spider-Woman would also be completely awesome.