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Luke Cage

Alright…been gone for about a month, but I’m back and ready to jump into the next set of “They need to make this movie” posts. Let’s start with Luke Cage.

Luke Cage had it rough as a kid growing up in Harlem and got mixed up with the wrong crowd. So he went to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. In exchange for his release, he underwent some experiments based on a version of the well known super-soldier project. These experiments were supposed to make him immune to illnesses, instead, they made his muscle super humanly dense and strong and made his skin invulnerable. Seeing this, the people who subjected him to these experiments decided to keep him and study him, but with his new found power he broke out and went out to clear his name.

Once free, Luke makes a name for himself as a “Hero for Hire” in his old community. Quickly realizing that his powers are too important to be used only for those who can pay for it, he becomes the vigilante known as “Power Man” (a name I think should be avoided in the movie…unless used as a joke). Luke also eventually meets Jessica Jones, a woman who has seen some super-powered times herself but is now content to just live a normal life. I think no real mention of her various heroic identities needs to be made in the movie, but the occasional “Hey, weren’t you…” lines from random people might be a good head nod to the people who really know the character. Jones eventually marries Cage and they have a baby, but that might be too much for one movie.

On to the villains!

The Wrecking Crew is a group of four not-so-bright coworkers that (now follow me on this) became mystically empowered by holding on to Wrecker’s (the leader) enchanted crowbar while being struck by lightening…

…Okay, so the origin would need some tweaking for a movie audience, but we have seen Thor and Loki and magic and the Hulk and his gamma-powered change, so it might not need too much tweaking, right? These guys are funny, tough characters that are a team, so you can’t just say “Oh I’ll just use Bulldozer for the movie” and move on. They have a way of relating to each other that would make this movie that much better.

The fights would be epic and what makes them cool is that there would be this element we haven’t really seen in superhero movies yet, Luke has no secret identity, no mask. Everyone in his city knows him and has been helped by him in some way before. When the Wrecking Crew starts their “Boss Battle” at the end of this movie, you won’t see a bunch of bystanders in awe and speechless. They will be cheering for Luke like he was in some schoolyard bully beatdown!

Dream Cast:

Luke Cage: Jamie Foxx (“Collateral”)

Jessica Jones:Kristen Bell (“You Again”)

Wrecker: Ron Pearlman (“Hellboy”)

Bulldozer: Randy Couture (“The Expendables”)

Piledriver: Liam Hemsworth (“The Expendables 2”)

Thunderball: Quinton Jackson (“The A-Team”)

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Green Arrow

I hate the CW version of anything.

Okay, this will wrap up my “Top 5 DC Characters That Need Their Own Movies” list. Green Arrow is the coolest quasi-anarchist character in DC. Oliver Queen was a billionaire playboy who got most of his fortune from his late family and corrupt means. One day, while partying too hard on his private cruise liner, he falls off and finds himself on a desert island. After he sobers up, he realizes that he needs to survive, so he begins to fashion crude hunting weapons that he’s no good at. Until he perfects a bow and some arrows. He gets better and better at using his new found weapon and before long, he is discovered by a passing ship. Now, Ollie has had a long time (years) to think about himself and he comes to the conclusion that he doesn’t like himself or how rich he is or how he got all that money. When he gets back to the U.S., he decides that he will take the name Green Arrow and fight for the people. He is a very left-wing progressive politics kind of guy now, so he’s going to go after corrupt politics, big business, and anyone who is trying to oppress or otherwise take advantage of the people.

Deathstroke is a hired assassin. He is damn good. He just got hired to take out Green Arrow by a corrupt police chief who is in the pocket of various corrupt politicians. Deathstroke is fast, strong and a master of almost any weapon. The police chief is this fat, weaselly guy named Brian Nudocerdo. He’s greedy and gets paid a lot for paving the way for the big business friends of crooked politicians. Ollie also has a girlfriend which could or could not be used in this movie. The trouble is that she is also a superhero, but she has super powers. Her name is Black Canary (aka Dinah Lance). Dinah is an expert martial artist and rides a motorcycle. She also has something called her “Canary Cry” which is basically a sonic scream that can be used to deafen people or as an actual concussive force to push people or things. Her addition to this movie might complicate things.

This would be a great movie right now with the whole 99% vs. 1% thing going on. Green Arrow against Deathstroke would be very cool because they can go hand-to-hand or quiver-to-magazine. If the movie is set in Seattle or the fictional Star City, these fights could be held on tall buildings, in alleys or even inside tenement buildings. There are so many possibilities for fights that have never been done in movies before with this character. I want this one to happen pretty bad.

Dream Cast:

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Chris Pine (“Star Trek”)

Deathstroke: Stephen Lang (“Avatar”)

Brian Nudocerdo: James Gandolfini (“The Mexican”)

Dinah Lance/Black Canary: Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”)

Deadman

He’s dead, man!

One of the lesser known DC characters, again, but he shouldn’t be. Boston Brand used to be a great stuntman/acrobat who performed under the name “Deadman”. He took the name so far that he would perform all of his stunts in a white “death’s head” make-up to freak the audience out. Everything was going fine until his circus started being used as a drug trafficking ring. Once Boston found out about it, he planned on going to the cops. The problem is, he found out about it during a show and he wanted to finish performing first. That was a bad idea.

Hook is the one in green…with the hook hand.

Whoever was running the drug ring found out about Boston’s plans and called in a hit man to take him out. Enter: Hook. Hook was the guy brought in for the job of killing Boston and he succeeded. Boston fell from his aerial stunt with a bullet hole in his chest and died. But his spirit was caught by this blue Goddess lady named Rama Kushna. Rama gave him the ability to walk on Earth and in the spirit world and to possess anyone’s body for a limited time. But he is a ghost, so nobody can see or hear him, which makes for a really lonely existence. The good news is, when he finds out the truth about who killed him and why he had to die, he can be free and move on to the other side. Think that would be easy, huh? Nope.

This would have a lot of great twists and turns mixed with some “Crow” style avenging spirit and “Ghost” style…well, ghost-y moments. I think Deadman would make a great movie for anyone looking to get away from the “eight blocks get taken out in a huge fight between two super powered beings” type of superhero movies that are out now. It would be a very personal and private fight for Deadman that the masses would never really find out about. Think about it. You know this would be cool.

Dream Cast:

Boston Brand/Deadman: Ryan Gosling (“Driver”)

Hook: Michael C. Hall (“Dexter” TV)

Rama Kushna: Catherine Zeta Jones (“Ocean’s Twelve”)

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