Comics Ate My Brain

February 16, 2006

Lieberman On Finishing Gotham Knights

Filed under: batman — Tom Bondurant @ 10:18 pm
Andy Lieberman gives The Pulse some insight on his just-concluded Gotham Knights run. When I get around to revisiting Lieberman’s two years — which will probably be sooner than I had planned, since this interview is fresh in my mind — this will come in handy.

For example, I had no idea Hush was supposed to be the main character. That explains a lot.

As for Lieberman’s last issue itself, I thought it started off very promising, particularly where the Joker was concerned. I also didn’t mind the last page all that much, considering its potential as a setup for “One Year Later.” Yes, that sounds a little hypocritical of me considering all the kvetching I’ve done about pass-through storytelling, but I think there is a subtle distinction.

Anyway, Lieberman is done with Gotham Knights, but so far I’m not.

Costumes Optional

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom Bondurant @ 1:25 am
Now that there’s going to be an Aquaman TV series, the only original Justice Leaguers without their own shows are Green Lantern and J’Onn J’Onzz. To me, J’Onn is particularly ideal for today’s don’t-call-it-a-superhero trend. “Smallville’s” motto has been No Tights, No Flights, “Birds of Prey” stayed away from costumes for the most part, and beyond a fondness for orange and green, I don’t expect to see the familiar Aqua-duds on the new guy. Again, though, this plays to the Martian Manhunter’s strengths as a shape-shifter. J’Onn doesn’t need a costume — his disguise is other people.

Moreover, J’Onn’s multiple Earth identities would make a Martian Manhunter show a virtual anthology — “Quantum Leap” meets “The X Files.” Here’s an alien stranded on Earth, with all the Superman powers plus shape-shifting, invisibility, and telepathy, and a history of fighting crime “undercover” among humans in the paranoid 1950s. It practically begs to be adapted! Of course, now that I think about it, it does sound like “Something Is Out There” or “Hard Time On Planet Earth,” both of which were gone before too many people had a chance to watch them.

Thinking about similar setups, “Quantum Leap” plus “X Files” is probably also a good description of what a “Deadman” TV show would be like, with mysticism taking the place of science fiction. A “Spectre” TV show would be a different kind of cop with superpowers, and might even play up the religious angle. (“Touched By An Angel” meets ….)

Still, why are we not hearing more about adaptations like these? (Because, idiot, similar pitches produced “Something Is Out There” and “Hard Time On Planet Earth,” not to mention movies like The Hidden, none of which had any particular staying power?) I don’t think producers are particularly scared of being tarred with the “geek” brush if they focus on costumes and powers — after all, “Lois & Clark” went four seasons, which isn’t bad even compared with at least six for “Smallville.” Instead, I think it’s more budgetary — costumes and powers are expensive. That’s why I think Martian Manhunter, Spectre, and Deadman would make good, economical series. (I’m thinking there was talk of a “Deadman” series a few years ago, but can’t remember specifics.) Come on, Warner Bros., prove me wrong!

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