In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
What’s your dream comic book movie adaptation?
A while ago, when Joss Whedon was going to write and direct the Wonder Woman movie, someone suggested Gina Torres as Diana. This is genius. Okay, she does not precisely resemble the comic book character design, but she is easily believable as an amazon princess and Diana is made out of clay and lightning. She is certainly my favorite of everyone suggested, seriously or not (Megan Fox = No). But the movie is stalled and as it turns out Gina is 40 years old, which is at least considered too old. That said a Wonder Woman movie is still conceivable so my dream (or at least fantasy) adaptation is something else.
I would like a movie based on Young Justice/Teen Titans, specifically the Superboy, Wonder Girl and Robin triad. It would be directed by Alfonso Cuarón whose works include Y tu mamá también, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Little Princess, and Children of Men (all of which I love). As that list illustrates he absolutely excels at coming of age stories, love triangles and serious drama with an action flair. He’s also skilled in making the atmosphere the action takes place in into a character in itself, something I feel every comic book drama should have.
I love this idea so much I want to pitch it to Warner Brothers.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn’t much of anybody’s favorite movie. It’s certainly not one of the better movies I saw last year. But there’s a brief stretch before Jones and Company head off to the jungle, which takes place on an American college campus in the 1950’s, where Stephen Spielberg’s direction just sparkles. Spielberg’s affinity for the World War II era, and for futuristic vistas, is well-known. But that glimpse of ’50s America reminded me of the Twilight Zone-inspired Amazing Stories series I loved as a kid.
I’d love to see Spielberg sink his teeth into the late-’50s/early ’60s era of America for a feature-length film, and that era just happens to coincide with the dawn of both space exploration and the Silver Age of comics. Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke realized that when he created the New Frontier series, and, while there’s been a great animated version of New Frontier, I can’t help imagining what Spielberg could do with a live-action version of that project. Alternatively — maybe even better — I’d like to see him tackle a ’50s/’60s version of the Green Lantern story. A Hal Jordan-GL movie is supposedly in the works right now, and I’m sure there will be all kinds of attempts to update it and thus “make it relevant.” All I can say about that, is, please don’t. But then, I’m a sucker for the ’50s.
I want a movie about the Marvel Universe.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m thrilled that Marvel is moving in this direction with its plans for an Avengers movie, incorporating characters from several solo films. But what I would love to see — in my dreams, since I know this isn’t in any way financially or creatively feasible — is a movie that shows the full scope of the universe, with cameos (at least) from every major character. I want Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man to be able to hang out with Chris Evans’ Johnny Storm; I want Ioan Gruffudd’s Reed Richards to work with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to solve a scientific problem; I want Wanda and Pietro Maximoff brought in to act as ties between the mutant universe of the X-Men and the larger universe of the Avengers. I want to see Joe Pantoliano’s Ben Urich working for the Daily Bugle, not the New York Post, and I want SHIELD to watch over it all, interfering where they feel it’s necessary.
I don’t know what the story of my dream movie would be. It could be a pre-established story, like Secret Wars or even Civil War, or it could be something entirely new, invented for the film. Either way, it would be a thrill to see live-action versions of all of these characters I love interacting, and it’s a shame that rights issues and the necessity of accessibilty for a wider (i.e. non-nerd) audience mean that it can never really happen.
That’s dead easy. My dream comic book movie adaptation is a movie based on a comic I write.
However! Other than that, I want:
1. Guillermo del Toro’s “A Game of You,” from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. That’s right, del Toro — who created Pan’s Labyrinth. If ever there was a director who understands how freaking creepy imaginary worlds are, it’s del Toro.
2. Jane Espenson’s reimagining of Chris Claremont’s “Dark Phoenix Saga,” produced and directed by Ronald D. Moore. Jane would get the dialog to snap, get the character moments to sparkle, would make every scene do two or three things at once. Ron Moore would make the Hellfire Club look sexy and evil, make the moon look alien, make the Shi’ar frightening and not so much like weird feathered humans.
3. Nora Ephron and Ron Howard’s Dykes to Watch Out For. Ephron’s comic timing on Bechdel’s dialogue? Howard’s gift for making prickly characters vulnerable and appealing? Just think on it. Pure genius.
So what about you? What’s your dream comic book movie adaptation?