I got to thinking just now, there are so many movies based on obscure comic books right now that it has become the flavor of the month. Then I thought of all of the articles I have written, suggesting characters to make movies about to no avail. If I were to ask if you all wanted to read more on this topic, I would have to quote the immortal words of Captain James T. Kirk, "He said no, therefore doing so anyway." My subject for this column is none other than Boston Brand himself, a.k.a. Deadman. I am sure the three of you who read this column are thinking either, "oh yeah, it's about time they give him a movie" or "Dead man? What are his powers, he dies?" (well yeah he died at one point, they could really have a comic called Live-man could they? - Contemplating Craig. Let me start off with the history of good
old tall, pale and deceased.
I won't bother telling you how his life started because he isn't "Born-man" (and yes I realize I used a variation of the same joke twice - Adherent Alpha.) Instead I will fast-forward to the end of it all so-to-speak. Boston Brand had a lucrative career as an acrobat in the circus. His stage name (ironically enough - Cracking-wise Craig) was Deadman and his costume was comprised of a bright red jump suit with the letter "D" printed on the chest and white face paint covering up his entire shaved bald head. He may have been known as "the man without fear" if it weren't for the fact that another character that also dressed all in red and sports the letters "DD" on his chest already owns that moniker. If he did use it, he would not have gotten the chance to be sued because he was killed by an unknown
assailant known only as the Hook due to the fact that he had a hook for a hand (Boston even recognized that moments before his death with the line, " Gee, from up here it almost looks like that guy with the hook for a hand has a gun..."
First real "WTF I'm alive?" moment.
As he fell to his death, he fell and landed in limbo before a Hindu goddess named Rama Kushna (not a real Hindu goddess, rather one made up for the story with her name being a variation of Rama-Krishna - Wiki-Craig-dia.) She tasked him with the duty of bringing criminals to justice in an effort to find his murderer. She gave him the ability to inhabit and possess the living, giving him full access to their movements, speach and any special abilities they may possess (i.e. super powers - Accurate Alpha.) Over time Brand was involved in a lot of major story arcs, most notably
the recent Brightest Day story-line in which his was resurrected and became a White Lantern.
My first choice for the role.
Brand has a personality very similar to Deadpool. He is cracking joke left and right which usually irritates the super heroes he works with. Of course being the quasi-personification of death, he needs to be pale, tall and undernourished. The one actor I think could pull off the look and the attitude is Jude Law. He already he a dry bitter presence and could achieve the look easily. I even made an approximation of what he might look like for the role. Hell, if Marvel/Disney is going to make a Deadpool movies, DC/Warner Bros. might as well compete by making a Deadman movie. This is just my opinion, but since I am writing this, it is the only one that counts. Thanks again for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!
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Aug 2, 2010 1:13 AM
|Deadman would be a good movie for actors, that is, the inhabited body would try to imitate the mannerisms of Brand, unless, of course they use the actual Deadman actor.|
One hiccup, though. Unless NBC is involved, there may be lawsuits because, even though Deadman was first, QUANTUM LEAP has essentially the same premise. I'm not saying it can't be done, but the sweaty masses may think they've copied the QUANTUM LEAP idea.
i gotta hand it to you, though, you really know your comics! I read Deadman, not religiously, and not for over two dozen years, but I like the comic. And given the premise that one actor would play the disembodied Deadman in mirrors and introspective soliloquies, and another actor playing the possessed soul, those would be parts any actor would jump on.
Hey, it worked for Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.
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