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When I'm Good, I 'm Bad.......
by The Alpha Craig

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Back in black?

Back in black?
...and when I am bad I am even worse. Greetings superheroes and welcome to another spectacular, super, side-switching story of supreme superiority. I am reading a series called Irredeemable which poses an interesting question, "what if the most powerful hero becomes a villain?" I think this could be an interesting idea for a movie. Most comic book movies either try to reproduce the source material and butcher it horribly or take an existing character and change it to be consumable for the masses. Turning a hero bad is the perfect vehicle for a movie story arc that can be used on a character without killing the credibility of the hero or contradicting the source material. Below are a few example of how this has been done.

SPIDERMAN 3
A meteorite crashed down to Earth and a parasitic symbiote emerged
I need a super-whisky sour.

I need a super-whisky sour.
from it and attached itself to Peter Parker. It took all of his Spiderman powers and amplified them. He became stronger, faster and more vicious. The symbiote effectively removed his moral compass and he became a narcissistic, power-hungry jerk. This unfortunately led to the downfall and rebooting of the franchise. I feel it, however, is a good example of how to turn a good guy bad and how to bastardize the source material from whence it came at the same time.

SUPERMAN III
In an attempt to exploit Superman's weakness to Kryptonite, Lex Luthor tried to synthesize a chunk of the big blue's home world. His findings of the composition of Kryptonite were incomplete so he substituted tar for an unknown material. The effects weren't the same, but they ended up bringing out
Feel the burn!

Feel the burn!
the worst in Superman He became mean, sarcastic and alcoholic. This is a perfect example of how you can take a character and put them in a standalone story-line that has no effect, good or bad, to the continuity or the source material.

Now here is where I step in and make a couple of my own suggestions.

Batman
In an issue of Batman that came out after he had his back broken by Bane he started taking a variation of the steroid called Venom which gave Bane his strength. It made him harsh and driven. This could be the perfect chance to take Batman in a new direction. I would love to see Batman go to the dark side in his quest to cleanse Gotham of crime. Of course you would have Nightwing or some other hero step in and snap him back to
If it's broken, Joe Fixit.

If it's broken, Joe Fixit.
reality.

Hulk
In the comics it was discovered that Bruce Banner had a personality complex long before becoming the Hulk. It eventually manifested itself in the form of a less strong, light-sensitive grey version of the Hulk who called himself Joe Fixit. He was a mean and nasty bouncer at a night club and gang enforcer by night. I would love to see this in a movie which could happen as a result of an experiment to cure Bruce Banner. Then you could have Dr. Leonard Samson get caught up in the accident resulting in him becoming Doc Samson. Then you would have a super-powered hero to help bring Hulk back to his senses.

My next column will be the flipside to this, how can a villain turn good? Let me know what you all thank and thanks again for reading true believers. EXCELSIOR!

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Mike Thomas
Apr 9, 2012 2:24 AM
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For the "3" series (Spider-Man, Superman): those were the weakest storylines of their respective series (Superman boozing it up in dive bar? C'Mon!) Both those movies were experiments that just didn't work. I'll be both happy and curious for the re-boots to go back to the source material - hopefully.

Mr. Fixit would be a confusing character to portray to the sweaty masses without making him cartoonish. I always thought the Grey Hulk (other than the original) was Marvel running out of ideas.

For this "bad-turned-good" theme: are you talking about a true evil villain, like Doctor Doom, or a conflicted character, like the Silver Surfer? Or the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, or maybe even the Vision? Or nemeses turned allies like Hercules and Thor?

You've got a lot of good ideas - YOU should write for the movies. Heck, you couldn't do any worse!

Nathan
Apr 12, 2012 4:06 PM
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It would be interesting to see an entire movie about a superhero that turns bad. Your last few ideas would make for awesome storylines too.

I have to admit, I was a fan of Spiderman 3 - that was actually my favorite of the three, which I know is an extremely unpopular opinion. I just liked it because it was so campy. And I liked Superman 3 too for the same reason, plus it had Richard Pryor, which was awesome. I thought the sequences in each where the heroes turned bad were hilarious.

Even though it doesn't center around a character that started out as a superhero, there's also the Harvey Dent story in The Dark Knight. They presented him as the ultimate hero of the city for awhile, and by the end he was ready to murder a child, which is about as bad as you can get. Plus Batman was considered the villain of the city by the end of that. So those were some brief - but interesting - looks at good and evil, I thought.
Tim
Apr 15, 2012 1:16 AM
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I buy lots of blu-rays from people off craigslist all the time... for the most part I sell them off and get my money back while getting to keep a handful from the collection for free when it works out right.....I always seem to get a copy of Spider-Man 3 and its the hardest, most unvaluable blu-ray to get rid of.... nobody wants that film...



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