Could live-action superhero TV shows work?

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  1. OP84

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    I was reading an article about the Hulk TV series being developed by Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick and thinking, "Well, if Marvel can get a Hulk TV show to work, why can't they get a Spider-Man TV show to work since they have the rights back?" I think a live-action Spider-Man TV series could work nicely in that sort of format. But I also thought of a multitude of other properties that can also work on TV as well like Batman and Daredevil. So why don't Disney and Warner Bros. try developing series based on some of their well-known characters that wouldn't cost 100-200 million? I don't know. It seems to me that they feel the best option right now is to milk the shit out of the movies and not look to other platforms like television. What do you think?
     
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    Make more episodes of the 1990's Spider-Man cartoon first, then we'll talk.

    Back on topic, however, of course it could work. See Smallville.
     
  3. MetalRyde

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    it could. as long as it gots really really REALLY FUCKING GOOD writers.
     
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    A Daredevil series would totally work. Think Law and Order with superheroes. The first season could have the Kingpin working from behind the scenes and then be revealed in the season finale. Throw in some guest appearances from Heroes for Hire, the Punisher, Moon Knight, basically any street level hero and you've got a series.
     
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    It would also need a way to portray superheroes (skin-tight costumes and all) on a lower budget without looking too campy. I have not seen a single series that does that well.
     
  6. OP84

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    Well, you could always reuse costumes from movies if that character was portrayed on screen.
     
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    It depends on the actual hero, some of them are far too expensive to put it on the small screen [example: Superman. Just look at how wonderful Smallvile turned out to be].

    Heroes that would work:
    - Daredevil [blind guy, dressed in red, who beats up people. Pretty easy].
    - Batman [it's the goddamn Batman].
    - SHIELD [Picture Fringe/X-Files mixed up with Mission: Impossible].
    - The Punisher [a rougher, meaner, more violent version of Dexter].
    - Deadpool [picture the more light-hearted episodes of Supernatural, add fourth-wall breaking, and throw assassins in place of monsters, voilá].
    - Jonah Hex [come on, it's a goddamn western...].
    Among others.
     
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    i think a spiderman tv show would work.
     
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    I'd probably watch everyone of these (as long as Jonah Hex is better than the "movie" that was made).
     
  10. OP84

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    I agree. All you would need is the proper budget, good writers, and a good cast to get the show rolling along. I think Joss Whedon would do a good job at something like this. I don't think it'd cost too much, especially if you decided to do some of the practical swinging they are doing in the movie mixed with CGI for humanly impossible feats. You could also use some more old-school techniques like animatronics and make-up for certain characters like the Lizard or Green Goblin (If you plan on going the Ultimate route with the latter) instead of doing CGI all of the time.
     
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    You lost me at the bolded part.
     
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    Joss Whedon's Spider-Man would definitely be something I'd love to see :p 
     
  13. OP84

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    So I take it that you're not going to see the sequel then right?
     
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    Dear god NO.

    Prime has not been a good indication they can handle writing television shows, or anything for that matter.
     
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    Fuck no.
     
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    Most of the well known superheroes would require prohibitively expensive visual effects to make them interesting to watch. Smallville may have been compelling drama for some, but the edict of 'No tights, no flights' made me think "Why fucking bother with Superman then". Also, and this one is also why a Flash movie would be hard, portraying Superspeed in live action has always looked....odd.

    In short, if you pick some of the lesser known or unpowered heroes, it could work. Hell, hands up if you would want a detective series based on the Question?
     
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    Depends on who you do.

    Heroes for Hire would work well. Iron Fist just needs glowy hands, martial arts and the suit. Luke Cage doesn't need lots of sfx. He has unbreakable skin and is really strong. Easy peasy. I see kinda like an A-Team show. Some individual is harassed and the two come in and solve the problem.

    Daredevil would work ok. Just need a good suit. Matt defends innocent people and uses the Daredevil persona to track down the real criminals and find evidence exonerating his clients.


    Also FYI back in the 70s there WAS a live action Spiderman show. I don't think it ever featured any of his villain roster. I remember repeats of it on sci-fi channel in the 90s. It was BAD. The webshooters were huge. Webbing was just a rope that wrapped around the bad guy.

    Here's the intro
     
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    This pretty much pertains to everyrhing
     
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    I'm All for a Batman, Daredevil, Heroes for Hire, Hulk and Jonah Hex series.

    Actually Lou Ferrigno at his panel at the Ottawa comic con today was talking about the possibility of a new Hulk series.
     
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    Shows coming next year or are in some form of production
    Confirmed to be green lighted

    Punisher(12 episodes) It's on Fox and they have screwed with the origin
    Green Arrow(Just green lit for a full season this week)
    Hulk (Big plans and major talent behind it)
    Mockingbird (pilot green lit)
    Cloak and Dagger (Pilot Green lit)
    AKA Jessica Jones based on the old Alias comic. With Luke Cage and Jessica Jones (pilot Green lit)

    Possibly
    Booster Gold(Filming Pilot)
    Powers(refilming pilot)

    Rumored
    Batman(just studio talk currently)
     

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