Friday, April 4, 2008

Cinemascope Friday!

Finishing up with some stuff in comics-related media you might'a missed, but shouldn't'a . . . .

The original Swamp Thing Movie:

Never has a rubber suit been so much fun.

The Spirit:

Yup.... there was one. It aired once on tv that I know of, and starred Sam Jones, who was also Flash Gordon in the movie of the same name in the 80's. He had the look of a superguy, but just never seemed to find the right part. Anyway, this project reflected the fun of the comic.

Birds of Prey tv show:

Yeah, I know. I like the comic, I liked the tv show. Bite me.

The Constantine Video Game:

I haven't seen the movie yet, although it's in my DVD player right now. But if you haven't played the video game because video games based on movies almost always suck, this is the exception. It was a fun, creepy time worth playing to the end.

Spider-Man on The Electric Company:

By popular demand, Spider-Man on the Electric Company. This was brilliant marketing by Marvel, because I and tons of kids like me were introduced to the character this way. For the first time, I thought there might be life beyond Batman and Captain Marvel.

The Human Target tv show:

The maker of the Flash tv show I raved about put this one together, and it was great. Rick Springfield, from that point on, became cool in my eyes for life.

The Smallville version of the Justice League:

The "Justice League" episode of Smallville is the only one I've seen. It rocked. I wish they'd run with it.

In 1998, there was a not-half-bad-considering TV movie of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Considering I normally can only stand the Ultimate version of the character, David Hasselhoff and crew must have done a pretty good job because I've seen it more than once.

Unfortunately, I can't find any clips, so here's Hasselhoff drunk:

The Generation X Tv pilot movie:

Generation X didn't go over with fans of the comic because of budget limitations and *ahem*... creative liberties from the source material. But, if you can watch this TV movie for what it was, this was actually a decent effort.

(A) it had Banshee, and (B) it had Max Headroom's Matt Frewer as a gleefully evil dude. Beloved and I enjoyed it. So there.

You can't miss out on Japanese Spider-Man!

And the greatest thing ever.....

that issue of Adventure Comics where Superboy had Hitler's brain:


Larry E said...

Hasselhoff gets a bad rap sometimes, but he did play a pretty decent Fury. It's a good TV movie that stayed true to the character.

mwb said...

Oh, yeah. The Superboy Hitler story is the best. But the better part is who the other evil guys are, which I won't spoil.

BTW, I'm with you on Birds of prey and I'm this close to pre-ordering the complete DVD box set which was just announced!

Sea_of_Green said...

Oh, YES! Japanese Spidey rocks!! :-) And -- Electric Company, hooray! "HEYYYYYY YOOOOU GUYYYYYS!"

Don't forget about The Tick!

FoldedSoup said...

If you can track it down, I rather liked the Global Frequency unaired pilot.

Gildas said...

Was that Nana Visitor in the Spirit still?

Anonymous said...

Human Target was a great show. They should release it for sale.

SallyP said...

Oh heck, the JLA version of Smallville actually And the Nick Fury movies was hilarious! Never saw the Birds of Prey series however. Is it worth taking a look?

Adam Barnett said...

sallyp.... big yes on the Birds of Prey series. One of the better adaptations.

Jacob T. Levy said...

I liked the BOP show too. Always seemed to be about-to-improve, never really did, but good lord was it better than Smallville.

One thing I liked was that it was self-consciously set in a super-heroic universe-- the lead characters weren't the first superheroes ever, and there was a sense that this was an established, honorable, but difficult calling with lots of old loyalties and conflicts.

Tony Z™ said...

I loved Birds of Prey. It's worth mentioning, though, that if you're expecting anything like the comic you will be disappointed. Although I truly enjoyed the characters' relationships and interactions, Oracle is really the only recognizable character from the comics. Dina Meyer was spot on.
And Lori Loughlin was a much better Black Canary than that chick they had on Smallville recently (and I like Smallville, too).
I've been waiting 5 years for this DVD set, the next 3 months are gonna drag...

Comics just aren't as fun as they used to be. You never see heroes get possessed by Hitler's brain anymore. :(