Superhero movies are all the rage these days — and with good reason. There’s no greater sure-fire formula for box office success than to take an established comic book character and turn him/her into a major motion picture.
With the recent success of Marvel Comics’ run of comic-based movies, DC Comics has also jumped back into the film business, turning out work featuring the likes of Superman, Batman, and soon, the Justice League of America.
As the demand for viable, film-worthy heroes increases, the movie business will have to dig deeper into the pool of lesser-known characters for story subjects.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five comic book heroes who definitely should have their own film franchise:
Think Iron Man meets Batman on a bad day. This former villain, programmed to enforce “God’s will” by an order of shadowy characters eventually turned his life around and became a true super hero. At one point, the heavily-armored hero even became Batman when the original was injured in battle. A complex character with a deep back story, Azrael would have no problem carrying a movie franchise.
A proposed Luke Cage film featuring the street-smart hero for hire has been floating around Hollywood for some time now, but has yet to get past the script stage. It’s too bad that the project seems to be bogged down because the super strong, nearly invincible Cage is a compelling character with an interesting back story.
Cloak and Dagger
This Marvel superhero duo consisted of two runaway teens who were kidnapped and forced to test a new synthetic heroin. The drug, however, gave them powers that ultimately inspired them to declare war on street crime and drug dealers. Cloak, a character of darkness that feeds on light is the perfect partner for Dagger, who radiates light and can manifest this as a weapon. Their story and interdependence would make for a great movie.
Namor: The Sub-Mariner
Royalty from Atlantis, Namor has found himself at odds with the surface-dwellers and is often intent upon using his super powers to strike a blow on behalf of his underwater subjects. However, Namor has also fought alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes for the common good on many occasions. This complexity of character would make him a fascinating movie subject.
Originally considered little more than a Batman rip-off, Moon Knight has become his own character and the first superhero to actively battle split-personality disorder while doing his job. The current Moon Knight is darker and less predictable than his earlier incarnation and would make for a compelling PG-13 or R-Rated movie franchise.