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Deadman walking... or more accurately floating.
by The Alpha Craig

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First appearence.

First appearence.
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
First Issue.

First Issue.
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
First real WTF I'm alive? moment.

First real "WTF I'm alive?" moment.
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..."

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
My first choice for the role.

My first choice for the role.
the recent Brightest Day story-line in which his was resurrected and became a White Lantern.

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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Mike Thomas
Aug 2, 2010 1:13 AM
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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.
The Alpha Craig
Aug 2, 2010 9:39 AM
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I will agree that the premise behind Quantum Leap is similar in that character inhabit and control the bodies of other people, however that is where the similarity ends. Sam Becket was stuck in one body against his will until he resolved what issue put him there.

I would think a Deadman movie would be closer to the lesser know Denzel Washington movie "Fallen" in that it is a spiritual force moving freely from body to body simply by touch. Azazel was a murdering fallen angel so there is a big reverse to that theory.

There is a much more apparent Hindu/spiritual philosophy to the story that could be featured to set it apart. Not that I am trying to be argumentative, but I think if NBC tried to claim likeness rights they would be more liable since Deadman has been around since 1967. Thanks for your comment Mike.
Mike Thomas
Aug 2, 2010 12:06 PM
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No, Craig, you're not being argumentative! I enjoy intelligent rebuttal.

I hadn't thought of the FALLEN premise, but that would be a better match.

While you're here, would you think the movie would be better with one actor or two? Both have their merits, and putting the actor/hero in the same frame is not as hard as it used to be (MULTIPLICITY), but I'd like to see two actors playing the part.

What do you think?
The Alpha Craig
Aug 2, 2010 1:23 PM
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I think that there would be multiple roles, I just think Law would be the best choice for Boston Brand himself. The one thing would be how they would demonstrate him possessing someone (i.e. would you see Deadman or the person he is possessing?) If you saw the person, that would cut Law's (or whoever plays Boston) screen-time signifcantly.
Mike Thomas
Aug 2, 2010 9:50 PM
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I thought Law would not go for that kind of part because he's have to shave his head. BUT if Lawrence Fishburn can play the Silver Surfer, they can CG Law, if they went that way. Then they could make him any way they want!

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