[Note: I wrote this Friday night but apparently didn't publish. So I'm changing the time and date at the bottom to Saturday when it did publish. Sorry for anyone who was waiting and disappointed that it didn't go up Friday.]
Friday. The weekend. This is the comic books and movie post.
Before I get to the comic book I want to see turned into a film, I'm going to start with your top eleven. I know, I said top ten, but there were eleven different films you raised (actually 12 -- but someone had the same one in mind that I did). I figured we'd expand it to 11 to include everybody.
11. Kitty Pride. She's an X-Men. And she's Brad's favorite. He said "she's been killed off and she's been ignored but she keeps coming back." Now could I have really ignored his choice after that? :D
10. Black Widow. She got three votes and I liked Joan's e-mail best, "Elektra didn't deserve a movie. Black Widow does. She's good, she's bad, she's complex."
9. Dr. Strange. Five of you love the strange man. Merrill wants to see a face off between Nightmare and Dr. Strange and wrote an exciting e-mail about that -- so exciting that even I was interested and I've never read a Dr. Strange comic.
8. Brainiac. Some of you wanted him in a Legion of Super Heroes movie. Some of you wanted him in his own. Some of you wanted him as a good guy. Some of you wanted him as a bad guy. Though there are a number of people who want to see him on the big screen, my big worry is that no one will be pleased with a film because everyone wants something different.
7. Lady Deathstrike. Brainiac was wanted as a villain and as a good guy. Lady Deathstrike is just a villain. She's one of Daredevil's villians. I actually liked Daredevil and thought Ben Affleck did a solid job in that film. It's one I have on DVD because I enjoyed it so much. But it's obvious there will not be a sequel with Affleck. So I guess the ones wanting Deathstrike in her own film are probably being very practical.
6. Captain Marvel. A lot of you voting for Captain Marvel (Shazam!) hated "Superman Returns" and think DC needs to try for a Captain Marvel film at this point and ignore Superman. I actually think that might be a good idea but I like the comic and used to watch the TV show on videotape.
5. Luke Cage. A lot of you want to see Power Man on the screen, either with Iron Fist or solo. And this really is a puzzler because this would be a real franchise if it was played by the right actor. I think Will Smith is too old for it, for example, but Jamie Fox or someone younger could be turning this into a franchise. It would be great to see a film with a Black hero who isn't made up or played for laughs (Hancock, etc.).
4. Superboy. There are a lot of people sick of Superman and wanting something else. A lot ofthem are thinking that a Superboy movie might be the answer.
3. Martian Manhunter. The green guy is popular and everyone e-mailing him as their choice sees "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson as the perfect actor for the part.
2. Black Canary. Two of you both feel Smallville came close to ruining the character. 4 more said watching Green Lantern you were reminded how dull he was and how interesting Black Canary was (she used to appear in his comics). And five of you insisted she is the heart of the Justice League and sorely in need of her own film.
1. Wonder Woman. She's been a comic hero since WWII. She's been a TV character. But she's not been on the big screen in live action. She also came back to NBC this fall but that was nixed and after what a lousy job NBC did with Bionic Woman reboot, that was probably for the best.
And my choice?
Ms. Marvel. I have the seventies copies of this comic thanks to my brother. He got them cheap a few years (five?) after the comic had been given the axe. Ms. Marvel was an astronaut who had special powers which included strength, hand-to-hand combat, flight and premonitions.
Roy e-mailed to pick Ms. Marvel as well. So we had the same thought. And Roy pointed out that Ms. Marvel has been a solo superhero, a member of the Avengers, a member of X-Men. She's done it all and needs a movie.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Each Monday morning (except during pledge drives), the latest Law and Disorder Radio airs on WBAI and around the country on various radio stations throughout the week. Attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights are the co-hosts of the program. On this week's program, Michael Ratner spoke with former FBI agent and now an attorney Mike German about the war on dissent in this country. Michael Ratner has teamed with Margaret Ratner Kunstler for the new book Hell No, Your Right To Dissent. And until it's August 9th release by the New Press, you can read the column that Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler have written (The Progressive) about the current war on protest and dissent in the US. Excerpt:
President Obama campaigned on protecting our civil liberties, so you might have expected his attorney general, Eric Holder, to provide people with greater protections from FBI snoops. But he has not. And it is about to get even worse.
The new Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide will empower the FBI to dispatch surveillance teams, to follow targets, to dig through trash, to search commercial databases and to expand the use of informants to infiltrate a wide range of organizations.
If you are part of a group that disagrees with government policy in Iraq or Afghanistan, or that dislikes nuclear energy, the next time you throw out your trash, an FBI agent may be examining it a few hours later -- from what you eat to what you buy to what you read and think.
The next time you attend a meeting to fight for better schools, protest drug testing on animals or criticize almost any aspect of government policy, the person next to you may be an informant, recording everything you say. Or perhaps the informant will participate in the meeting, steering the organization's activities in ways the government wishes.
It is now almost ten years after 9/11, the event that frightened many into giving the FBI broad spying authority -- authority that now threatens the very essence of democracy. Piece by piece, the constitutional protections for dissent are disappearing.