Welcome to the eleventh edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:
Last week I asked “What direction would you take the Daredevil franchise in – TV Show or Movie?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
wwayne: I agree with you that Matt’s private life has been too intense to be summarized in the 6 hours that a movie trilogy focused on him would offer. There’s another reason why Daredevil would work better as a TV series. To make a great series (no matter if it’s a comic book series or a TV show), you have to form a larger cast of supporting characters. If all the attention is focused on the leading character, in the long run readers will get bored with him/her. On the contrary, to make a great movie you mustn’t introduce too many supporting characters, or the audience will get confused. Daredevil has a large cast of supporting characters, so this the second reason why Marvel should build a TV show (and not a movie) around him. Among Daredevil’s supporting characters, the ones who should play a key role are Foggy, Elektra and the Black Widow. Foggy: As you know, it is rather frequent that a superhero decides to fight crime with someone else, with a sidekick whose help makes him/her feel more confident and sometimes pulls his/her chestnuts out of the fire. I love when a superhero has a sidekick who, instead of fighting crime next to him/her, as the various Robins used to do with Batman, prefers to help his/her mentor behind the scenes, as Foggy does with Daredevil. That’s why their relationship should be an important theme of the series: because Foggy helps Daredevil as a sidekick, but he does it in a way most people are not used to, that is to say by using his lawyer skills instead of his fists. Elektra: I don’t think I have to explain why she should get a key role: she’s a so interesting character that she got a solo series, and she’s also the most popular and important lover Matt ever had. Black Widow: She got a lot of popularity thanks to the Avengers, so her presence as one of Daredevil’s lovers would increase the interest around the TV show. As for the villains, you have already listed the ones who should appear more frequently, and I perfectly agree with your choices and reasonings, so I won’t add nothing. : )
@SidekickReviews: The weekly question is very topical since as you’ve mentioned in your Trending section, the screen rights thankfully go back to Marvel. Other than Daredevil and Elektra movies I’m not familiar with the stories, villains and supporting characters so I would like to see them back on the screen one way or another. If S.H.I.E.L.D becomes a hit, maybe ABC network would like another comic based TV show to compliment it’s lineup?
@thepuremood: I agree that with you that I would rather see DAREDEVIL as a TV series, but I don’t think it would happen. Of course it could, with the success of ARROW, and the fact that the original DD movie didn’t do so hot…but I’m not sure. I think it’s a great idea though, especially if they started it as a relatively light hearted swash-buckling series, and then slowly turned it into the world of sin and debauchery Frank Miller gave us…and then turn everything around in later seasons just like Mark Waid’s run!
@JamesGibbons17: I think a very dark tv show (the feel of Dexter crossed with action of Arrow) would be great!
@GL875: I’ll like a Daredevil TV show so that the character can be explored in depth. But not a show like Arrow or Smallville — / — full of meaningful looks and over-laboured soul searching. Id prefer it was action led, like Revolution for example, — / with Matt’s character growth developing out of this. I’d try to avoid the ‘villain of the week’ formula too.
@ComicBookKidUK: I think it’s got to be movie. With everyone else getting a film it’d downgrade an incredible character to lump him with tv.
@RustedMecha: Movie: doubtful it’ll require a $100 million FX/CGI budget, so should be relatively cheap and easy to make for Feige and team.
@T_E2013: A TV show definitely. I’d also tie it into the SHIELD television series.
@Raving_Ranter: Not a big Daredevil fan but show could work, movie was ok but not great so be nice to see if new format would help.
Final Score is 8 to 2 for TV over Movie. Thanks to all that shared! Now we move onto this week’s question:
“What are your top Iron Man villains that you’d like to see debut in an upcoming Marvel movie?”
There is serious doubt if the solo Iron Man franchise is going to continue on. It’s unfortunate as there are countless villains from his rogues gallery that haven’t had an opportunity to shine. Whether it be in a team-up movie, a solo franchise, or even some other Marvel character’s film, here is my list of the top villains from the Iron Man universe that I’d love to see come to life on the big screen.
A former rich socialite and daughter of a master criminal, Whitney Frost had her faced scared after her plane crashed while fleeing a raid on Stark Industries. She would don a gold mask and continue her life of crime calling herself Madame Masque. Eventually she fell in love with Tony Stark but they had a falling out when her father perished due to a battle with Iron Man. Madame Masque would work brilliantly opposite Iron Man in the movie universe as she would act as a twisted parallel to Tony’s journey in life: from rich girl to supervillain. She is his biggest villain yet to debut and one that would have a nice progressive storyarc. The audience would want to believe she could change, feeling emotionally attached to her as her tragic tale unfolds…until she absolutely snaps in the end. Whether she targets Pepper in the solo franchise or helps battle the Avengers, maybe posing as Tony’s personal secretary (like she did in the comics) in order to infiltrate the Avengers’ organizational structure and strike from within, the possibilities are limitless.
The son of a villain that already debuted (and died) in the original movie, Ezekiel would set out to avenge his father by proving himself Tony Stark’s superior. He could help upgrade some other criminals to aid him in his quest for vengeance which would be a great way to bring in some Iron Man foes who couldn’t sustain a whole movie to themselves such as the Living Laser and Blizzard. Of course, the general public would be unaware of his villainous agenda as he would propagate a facade to help him surpass Stark in the public’s eyes possibly discrediting Tony, taking over his company, or even being placed on the Avengers as a replacement. Ezekiel would try to beat Iron Man by replacing Iron Man, though our hero would eventually shine the light on his evil nature in the end.
He is the ultimate hacker, the quintessential saboteur, and one brilliant individual. He was able to modify himself using technology in order to make himself not only invisible whenever he wanted but also intangible along with any object or person he came into contact with. He prefers subterfuge and ambush attacks rather than outright confrontation with his main goal being to bring down companies that oppress the people sometimes even working for their rivals until the time is right to bring his employers down as well. He sees himself as a hero but his actions drew him into conflict with Iron Man and he pledged to rid the world of his hated foe. The Ghost would be an interesting character to bring to life as he is a villain that doesn’t see himself as a villain. He could tie-in nicely to a storyline where he represents the 99% against the big businesses, where an underground movement rises to back him up even though he didn’t ask for it, but a movement he would capitalize on by using the various social media outlets to spread his message and inspire even more. He’d be the type of villain that some would root for, a villain that is unique from the other comic book villains that came before him, and a villain that would make for some compelling drama on the big screen.
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Tovio Rogers. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
Ramblings From A Comic Newbie – http://newbiecomiclife.wordpress.com/
Cr8zyGurl brings us a blog with a refreshing perspective. She’s new to comics but that only makes her entries even more interesting.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
The Pure Mood – http://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.
Comic Book Junkie – http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the eleventh edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.