Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pile On The Goofy/Awesome

I recently talked to a friend about how the Legends of Tomorrow TV show is piling on the 2nd and 3rd tier heroes and villains. Before now, not a lot of people outside of comic book nerds would know Rip Hunter, Atom, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Hawkman & Hawkwoman or Vandal Savage. But now we live in an age where lower tiered comic book characters are viewed on TV and film. And now Hollywood is doubling down on this trend.

On DC's Instagram account, they are teasing the appearance of other barely-recognized characters like Doctor Midnight, SGT Rock, Sandman, Hourman and Ma Hunkel (the original Red Tornado who originally appeared in comic books in 1939). 

In the new 20th Century Fox film Deadpool, there is a woman hanging around the main character called Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who only appeared alive once, in New X-Men #115 before she was killed. What, did the X-Men movies burn through the more-famous mutants already? Oh, and Colossus is in this movie too.

If you told me 10 years ago that not only would superhero movies and TV shows starring major heroes happen, but also give the lower tier heroes and villains a chance to shine, I would have laughed in your face. Now, I'm about to see Ma Hunkel on TV. This makes me so happy.  

But if DC ever shows live-action Ten-Eyed Man, I'm out!

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