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I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again.
by The Alpha Craig

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Here's the man who just won't die.

Here's the man who just won't die.
Out of the "obscure comic book characters you should know about" file, I bring you the topic for my latest column. That topic is Resurrection Man. The idea is give this repetitively dying man a movie already (before he comes back with the power to make a block-bust summer movie - Explaining After-the-fact Alpha.) This would be a great chance to do what was attempted in movies like THE FOUNTAIN , HIGHLANDER and THE MAN FROM EARTH by having a story that takes place over decades and even centuries. I love the idea of vicariously witnessing historical events through the eyes of a person who is still alive today. It gives you the ability to see things without the mystical and magical blinders that are placed upon us due to the liberties taken with the constant retelling of the events from person to person. In others words, take a character that has been alive forever almost and give him a movie that recounts things through-out that lifetime via flashbacks. Allow me to explain a bit more about the two main players.

Resurrection Man
Mitchell "Mitch" Shelley started out his professional life as a lawyer. He was kidnapped and became the victim of medical experiments in nanotechnology (that's microscopic robots designed to perform various tasks including medical repairs at a cellular
He's savage and he's a vandal.

He's savage and he's a vandal.
level
- Sci-Fi Aficionado Alpha ), involving specialized devices nicknamed "tektites". The tektites (besides sounding like the name of a Legend of Zelda enemy - NES Controller Craig) were designed to revive the human body moments after death occurred. The side effects were that if rendered Mitch and amnesiac in the short term and granted him an array of different super-powers after each resurrection. Here is a short list of examples.

Method of death: Falling
Resurrection: ability to fly

Method of death: Shot several times in the chest.
Resurrection: manipulating air to 'blast' targets, 'hardening' to form a shield, and making precision cuts.
Method of death: Explosion of fuel tanker and gas tanks.
Resurrection: immunity to flame/heat, generates fire from his hands, telekinetically controls fire, boosting jumps with superheated air

Method of death: rocket launcher
Resurrection: power to turn into a pyrotelekinetic flaming skeleton and back to normal at will

Method of death: unspecified at the hands of Tommy Monaghan
Resurrection: (eventual) 'quantum telekinesis', including sensory expansion on a near-cosmic scale (mentions hearing the 'universe singing'), flight, molecular disintegration of targets, among others; also includes an undefined resistance to the 'reality
The name pretty much says it all.

The name pretty much says it all.
warp' power of Mr. Skism.

Method of death: hit by truck
Resurrection: shape-shifting

Method of death: nuclear blast
Resurrection: as a living shadow

Method of death: pain overload via experimentation
Resurrection: as a woman

Now I know some are a bit more obscure and require better knowledge of the source material, but you get my point. The guy can die, but he doesn't stay dead and comes back with a power to combat however he died. Let's move on shall we?

Vandal Savage
Savage was a caveman named Vandar Adg, leader of the Blood Tribe, in 50,000 BC. Already the leader of his own clan Vandal showed power and ambition, but after being bathed in radiation from a meteorite he gained incredible intellect and immortality (which suggests that evolution was brought on by radioactive rocks that fell from space - Creation Vs Evolution Craig.) He claimed to be the following leaders throughout history:
Khafre, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar (even though he admits to having a hand in the murder of Julius Caesar - Astute Alpha), Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, and Vlad the Impaler. He had connections to Erik the Red, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ra's al Ghul, Otto von Bismarck and Adolf Hitler in various ways weather it be friendships or as
Not quite the adaptation I was thinking about.

Not quite the adaptation I was thinking about.
advisers/partners.

*honorable mention
Immortal Man
A member of the rival Bear Clan witnessed this event and was exposed to the same radiation causing him to gain similar powers as Resurrection Man and took on the name Immortal Man (who was effectively erased from existence during Crisis on Infinite Earths and probably should not have even been mentioned here due to the irrelevance of it - Apologetic Alpha.) The time-line was changed so instead of Immortal Man, it is suggested that it was Resurrection Man and his powers were around, to a lesser degree prior to his experimentation.

The whole point is you have your protagonist and antagonist right there. You could spend the majority of the movie taking place in multiple eras with the two battling each other while participating in historical events, even shaping the outcomes of some of them. This could even lead to a series that would end would the two finally living up to the end of time itself and possibly even surviving into the next incarnation of reality. There is a whole more I would love to write about this idea, but I am using this jumping off point. I will get more into detail on cast and plot line as time goes by. Thanks for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!



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