Superheroes Who Deserve A Hollywood Reboot

Superheroes who deserve a Hollywood reboot
Superheroes who deserve a Hollywood reboot

Superhero movies have retaken Hollywood over the last few years, with franchise reboots of Spiderman, Batman and The Avengers—including offshoots starring Iron Man, Thor and Captain America—finally figuring out how to do the comic book genre justice.  It’s easy to forget just how long superheroes were stuck in the dark ages, though, as studios treated them and their fans with little respect.

Remember George Clooney as Batman? Ben Affleck as Daredevil? The half-baked Catwoman and Elektra villain spinoffs? While studios have been happy to cash in on moviegoers’ fascination with superhero flicks, none of the productions seemed to take the title characters or their stories very seriously.

Then something changed. Sin City, the black-as-an-oil-slick 2005 adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel—as well as the mammoth success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins—showed audiences craved deep characters and engaging stories, even in big budget blockbusters.

Now that quality comic book movies are in vogue in Hollywood, it’s high time some of our favourite heroes got the proper cinematic treatments they deserve.

Tom Hardy or Joel Edgerton as The Punisher?Tom Hardy or Joel Edgerton as The Punisher?

The Punisher

 

There is arguably no darker comic book character than Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. After his family is killed in mob violence, Castle goes vigilante, seeking out criminals and subjecting them to extreme violence in the name of justice.

 

Tom Jane took on the role in 2004 after the 1989 Dolph Lundgren-starring debacle went straight to video. Despite raking over US$54 million, the film was poorly received by critics and fans alike. Hollywood learned nothing from the experience, however, taking another, even less successful swipe at the franchise in 2008.

 

A complex hero like The Punisher is ripe for a reboot, and according to IMDB there could be one in the works. We’d love to see Tom Hardy (Bane from The Dark Knight Rises) or Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) play the lead.

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Drew Berner

Drew Berner is a freelance writer born and raised in Toronto and specializing in entertainment, sports and politics. He occasionally collects vinyl records, enjoys hate-watching the Blue Jays, appreciates good beer and great scotch, and goes to sleep each night with 120 lbs. of Great Dane draped over him (it’s a lot more comfortable than it sounds). Follow him on Twitter @DrewBerner for photos of huge dogs, observational humour and assorted sports rage.

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