Okay forget about Cupid, Donner and Vixen. Now just forget about reindeer all together and let's talk about the topic of today's column, lesser known comic book characters that should have their own movies. The last column I did was about Sandman (the DC Vertigo version mind you - Absolute Alpha.) Since that is a more dark and quasi-goth character I thought I would go a more sci-fi/futuristic route and submit for your approval the subject of discussion, Captain Comet. Now, before you all begin scratching your heads in unison and ask that all-to-expected question "who's that?" allow me to elaborate. He was the first Mutant or Meta-human character in comic book history (12 years before Marvel's X-Men - Canonical Craig.) He is one of the few comic book
His Origins, pretty simple.
characters to be created in between the two great eras of comic book history, the Golden Age/1930s and the Silver Ager/1970s. It has been referred to as the Atomic Age/1950s due to the heavy influences from science fiction movies and the threat of the atom bomb. Since his first appearance in 1951, his origins have not really changed at all (even after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths - Altered Time-Line Alpha) and they are very basic.
A more modern look for him.
Adam Blake was born in 1931 in the mid-west. During his birth, a comet passed over in the sky above and emitted a radiation that altered his DNA, causing him to leap one hundred thousand years ahead in the human evolutionary process. This gave him various super-powers that included Clairvoyance, genius intelligence, telekinesis,
telepathy, teleportation, superhuman strength, endurance and durability (on par with Superman - Comet Craig.) It has been said, in DC comics, that humans had the potential to evolve and develop powers similar to Kryptonians but will never be able to make the evolutionary step due to genetic interference from rouge White Martians. Captain Comet has been speculated to be what humans could become without said interference.
Look out Reynolds, Comet has your number.
Now I understand that this guy isn't quite as popular as some of his colleagues like Superman, Green Lantern or Aquaman, but he has gone toe to toe with them and stood his ground. His character also makes the bold statement that we (human beings) have so much potential and should never limit ourselves in what we want to accomplish.
I really like
the incorporation of the whole sci-fi/"Atomic Age" theme. There is a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon feel to it mixed in with a touch of Superman/Captain Marvel for good measure. A Captain Comet movie should try to stick to the feel of the genre and period in which it took place. Maybe even follow the direction of SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. If GREEN LANTERN does as well as I am hoping it will do, you could take some hints from that as well. I would like to see someone like Chris Pine play Comet, someone who can be associated with sci-fi as well as being a believable super hero. I think there is real potential for a huge block-buster that would make SUPERMAN RETURNS wish it were SUPERMAN 4: A QUEST FOR PEACE. Thanks for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!
A Captain is a Captain right?
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