5 Comic Book Characters we'd love to see on the Big Screen
Although it has been known to move around, the first Saturday in May is usually Free Comic Book Day! Comic book stores across the globe stock special free issues provided by publishers both big and small, while comic book fans themselves are encouraged to support their local store and will turn out in their droves.
It’s fair to say that comic books are also currently dominating the silver screen, with many characters leaping off the pages to star in big-budget blockbusters. So while characters like Thor and Iron Man enjoy their runaway popularity, here are some others that we feel deserve their time in the limelight.
1) Matter-Eater Lad (DC Comics)
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Who’s this hungry fella? The Legion of Super-Hero’s Matter-Eater Lad (real name Tenzil Kem) is practically royalty when it comes to listing off some of DC’s weirder heroes, so we’d be remiss to not include him here.
A native of the planet Bismoll (*groan*), Matter-Eater Lad came from a race of people who evolved to the point that they could eat all matter, so as to survive a deadly microbe that was rendering all normal food inedible.
A digestive dynamo, Matter-Eater Lad used this strange Bismollianability to great effect. He can eat practically an unlimited amount of any substance at a rapid pace, meaning he’s fantastic for getting through walls, breaking out of prisons or disposing of deadly super-weapons. Bon appétit!
2) Blackjack O'Hare (Marvel Comics)
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Thanks to the phenomenal popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, most of us are now familiar with the gun-toting, spaceship flying, wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon - but what about his rival?
Blackjack O'Hare, leader of the Black Bunny Brigade mercenaries, is one rascally rabbit. Often popping up in opposition to Rocket, where you’ll find kidnapping, assassionation or bounty hunting afoot, you’ll find Blackjack O'Hare
Want to learn more about this bad bunny’s origins? This is someone we might actually get to see on the small screen instead, as there’s currently rumours that a Rocket and Groot series is in the works for Disney+, which means Blackjack O'Hare might be streaming into your house via the service very soon.
3) Dex-Starr (DC Comics)
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Nice kitty...From one fuzzy animal to another, the Red Lantern Corps’s Dex-Star is a little more intense than Blackjack O'Hare. A former resident of Brooklyn, the cat formally known as Dexter has had it rough. His owner was killed in a burglary, he was turfed out onto the streets and even ended up being thrown off a bridge by some thugs.
Luckily for Dex-Starr (and unluckily for the thugs) a Red Lantern Power Ring detected this furious feline’s rage and flew in, making Dex-Starr the newest member of the Red Lantern Corps.
Who are the Red Lantern Corps? Well, they’re like DC’s superpowered space cops the Green Lanterns, but super, super angry. Their powers come from rage and allow them to create energy constructs, forcefields and fly. Red Lanterns also vomit “Rage Plasma” to burn their enemies. Comic books are wild, man.
4) Mister Immortal (Marvel Comics)
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Mister Immortal is the mutant leader of the Great Lakes Avengers. Often seen as the bargain bucket of Marvel superhero teams, the GLA are made up of such members as Flatman, Squirrel Girl and Doorman.
The GLA have often been given the short end of the stick since their inception, but as the years have passed, these characters have really come into their own and can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of Marvel’s big hitters - and Mister Immortal is no different.
As the name suggests, Mister Immortal cannot die, but he’s not invincible. In fact Craig Hollis (that's Immortal’s real name) doesn’t have any other powers to actually combat villains with, so he’s racked up an extensive list of grisly demises. These include, but are not limited to, being shot, blown-up, decapitated and impaled on giant novelty scissors. Regardless, Mister Immortal always comes back to life, fully healed and ready to lead the GLA...before probably getting killed...again.
5) Kangaroo Man & Bingo (Choice Comics)
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We’re going back now to 1941, the Golden Age of comics, for a character that we’re 100% behind getting their big screen debut. Sure, Kangaroo Man’s name is on the cover, but we’re in it for his sidekick Bingo!
Ok, we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Kangaroo Man & Bingo only featured in 3 issues of Choice Comics, but that all they needed to secure themselves a place in annals of weird comic book history. Kangaroo Man himself is daredevil American explorer Jack Brain, who trained his sidekick actual kangaroo Bingo to understand his every word. Together they fight Nazis.
If that wasn’t enough of a statement already, it’s how they fight Nazis that really does this comic justice. Bingo rides a motorcycle, hangs onto the wing of a flying aeroplane and at one point kicks a grenade back at an assailant, all while cracking-wise through an internal monologue. We’re here for the gritty Bingo the Kangaroo reboot is what we’re saying. Your move Hollywood.
Had you heard of all the characters on this list? If you know anyone in the film industry, please let them know we’re ready and waiting for a Bingo the Kangaroo movie.Comics, DC Comics, Film, List, Marvel, Superheroes, Weird & Wonderful