Poll Position: Smells like team movies

Our question this week concerns our favorite spandex-clad characters teaming up on the silver screen:


Discussion to follow!

  • Birds of Prey: I could see Hollywood going for this premise -- a group of hot, scantily clad women kicking ass and taking names. What's not to love?! Plus it's already been a television show, which means studio types are more likely to take a risk since, hey, it was on the teevee and that means someone else once thought it would be good.
  • Doom Patrol: What made "Doom Patrol" great was the sense of gloom and the darker edge that pervaded the series at a time of predominantly primary-color, fantastical super characters. I think the success of "Dark Knight" definitely shows audiences are ready for this kind of story again. The characters are compelling and interesting and would translate well to the big screen.
  • Justice League: The main problem I've always had with the idea of a JL movie is the difficulty of getting the audience to suspend disbelief when there are five or six different super-powered, spandex-wearing characters on-screen at the same time, each created individually at their time and not conceived of as part of a team. It has the potential for a cacophony of silliness, all the different colors and personalities and backstories clashing together in an unintelligible mess.
  • Legion of Superheroes: While the Legion would have a lot of the same risks as a JLA movie (too many characters), at least they were all intended from the beginning to be on the same team. Plus the science-fiction element lets you do a lot of things people won't swallow in supposedly real-world, modern-day storytelling. Finally, the Legion is a childhood favorite of mine, which means it ought to be done regardless. So there!
  • Metal Men: Like the Doom Patrol, the Metal Men have a decidedly melancholy edge that I think would play well to modern audiences. With current CGI and 3D effects, I think their stretchy, shape-changing powers would be fun to see as well, and the hot Platinum would help put teen-age male butts in the seats.
  • Nick Fury's Howling Commandos: Like "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow", only good and with Samuel L. Jackson being totally bad-ass. Sign me up!
  • Superman & Batman (World's Finest): On the face of it, you'd think this team-up would never work in any medium, as the characters are so different. But in the good versions of this pairing, that's what makes the stories work -- light versus dark, law versus justice, violence versus ... well, Superman's pretty violent too, when you get right down to it. Unless you're talking about "Superman Returns", which featured not nearly enough violence. But I could see this working well on-screen.
  • Teen Titans: Teenagers, dressed scantily in the case of at least one buxom female member, cool cyborg guy, at least one character well established in the public consciousness ... this could work.
  • ThunderCats (ho!): Here's the pitch the aspiring film-makers give to the Hollywood powers-that-be: "You know how big Avatar was? Imagine MORE cat-people, only this time with swords and space-ships! And the toys already sell well!"
  • West Coast Avengers: I just put this in for my buddy Rob Rogers. I'd rather gouge out my own eyes with a spork than see this, frankly.

Out of all those, I think the one I would most want to see would be a really cool, hard-edged, Legion of Superheroes with more of a military sci-fi styling. I love that comic, which isn't surprising since sci-fi and super-heroes are two of my favorite things.

How about you, what would you pick?

21 Responses to Poll Position: Smells like team movies

  1. X-stacy says:

    Birds of Prey. But only if Simone’s on board for the writing.

  2. Gene says:

    I need ‘All of the above’


  3. Runt82 says:

    Titans Go!

  4. Arioch says:

    I’d have picked Superman and Batman, but we’d have ended with yet another story/movie with the joker and lex luthor.

    Since I’m in the mood for something spectacular and destructive, I’ve picked up the JLA: their diversity and power level means one (or more) big huge ennemy, not one badguy with kryptonite. Think of the trailer for JLA online…

  5. Jake says:

    I think the Justice League and JLU cartoons show how they can work as a team despite their very different origins. In fact, I feel WW works better in the Justice League than she does on her own. I think this is the most likely to happen as well considering that The Avengers is likely to be a cash cow that DC would like to replicate.

  6. Danny Beaty says:

    I voted for “The Doom Patrol”, hoping they would stick with the original version of the team. Later versions of Robotman sucked!

  7. Nick Hentschel says:

    I’ve actually got trailers imagined for “World’s Finest” and “Thundercats”; pretty good ones, too. But I’ve got the beginnings of a PLOT for the ‘Cats, so I’d probably make that one first.

    The main appeal of a “World’s Finest” film would be the possibility of linking two big franchises, but putting Brandon Routh and Christian Bale on the same screen. But can they afford it?

  8. CPrime says:

    Umm…. hello? What about the Great Lakes Avengers? Or Great Lakes X-Men or Great Lakes Initiative or whatever they call themselves now.

  9. Skiriki says:

    Doom Patrol, but ONLY if it is Morrison’s run of it! 😀

  10. Myro says:

    I’m for Birds of Prey (Mmmmmmm, Black Canary and Huntress) but only of they stick closer to the comics than the TV show did.

  11. ajw says:

    Hey the link is to the howling commandos, but are they the right ones? Im sure you did that intentionally but I wasn’t sure if the monsters were where that was going, because the howling commandos to me were fury, dugan and company.

  12. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good catch, thanks AJW. I, too, was assuming that link went to the WWII group, I didn’t realize it was to this supernatural team. That’ll learn me to check the links before actually posting them.

    The correct link should have been to Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Fury_and_his_Howling_Commandos

  13. All of the above button?

  14. collex says:

    I would say The Runaways, but it’s curretly in devellopement, so I suppose it doesn’t count.

    As for those in your list, Nick ury and his Howling Commando. The Cap movie is already set in WWII, so a movie that could expand this part of the movie-verse and a director in the vein of Clint Eastwood could do something very awesome.

  15. ajw says:

    Ok thanks I was voting nick fury saw the link and didn’t know so thanks for clarifying.

  16. The Imp says:

    West Coast Avengers, y’all! Dig it.

  17. Darth_Neko says:

    Doom Patrol, would be fantastic! But I voted for West Coast Avengers….:(

  18. Doom Patrol because it is edgy, somewhat tragic. Not that I want a “doom & gloom patrol” movie. With the success of “real-world” treatment of superheroes, this could be a great drama. To the general public, it would be an original story. Plus, it wouldn’t be as heady and niched as ‘The Watchmen’.

  19. Rhinoman says:

    If I’m not mistaken:I’ve seen something about a ThunderCat’s movie in production! But I can’t seem to remember when and where I read or saw it.

  20. kingmonkey says:

    Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol!

  21. Zorbas The Awesome says:

    Dude…teen titans…if it sticks to the way old one it’d be pretty damn cool