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Beast
09-12-2003, 11:27 AM
I know many of you like Smallville, and some of you liked Birds of Prey while it lasted. But the following sounds like complete crap. The classic 1990's CBS TV-Series sounds better then this pile of dung. How can Marvel's characters get so many decent adaptions in films and cartoons, but everything DC turns into a joke. Without the classic scarlet speedster costume, this sounds like a lame "Quantum Leap" rip-off. What's next, "Touched by a Wonder Woman". :stupid:

The WB has ordered a pilot for a new series based on DC Comics' “fastest man alive," according to this Friday morning Variety story by Josef Adalian.

Todd Komarnicki, one of the many producers on the Will Ferrell “Elf” movie due in November, will script the "Flash" pilot.

Unlike the 1990 CBS version, the new “Flash” will feature a speedster who never dons the comic-book character’s skintight scarlet running suit.

Like the comics’ current Flash, Wally West, the new TV Flash will learn that he is only the latest in a long line of Flashes.

According to the Variety piece, the Flash will each week be sent on a time-travel mission to the past or the future. (The comic-book Flash can travel through time too – with the help of a handy "cosmic treadmill" – but he doesn’t do it in every issue!)

If the series goes forward, it'll likely debut about a year from now.
MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Dr Zoltar
09-12-2003, 01:13 PM
Or how about "Everybody Loves Martian Manhunter".



Can't believe the network execs think this will go over well. So the thing to do now is to take only the name of the superhero or peoples in the comic and completely redo it. I have not been a fan of any of the recent DC TV adaptations and this one sounds like another flop. Didn't they learn from "7 Days"? That was a time travel show as well and it didn't do all that well.

hamsterboy
09-12-2003, 07:49 PM
And this is bad how? I mean,how many times have they had Wally travel through time in the comic? Or how many times has Max Mercury traveled through time? Same thing when you sit and think about it.

JediTricks
09-12-2003, 10:40 PM
I'll take the ol' CBS series, that was way more fun than this sounds, and had Mark Hamill doing his Joker impression as a baddie. Warner is dumb.

Jedi_Master_Guyute
09-12-2003, 10:51 PM
Bring back John Westley Shipp for this!! He will be the only flash!!!! Will to be on TV, that is! :D

scruffziller
09-13-2003, 10:37 AM
They already have The Flash on the WB. It's Clark Kent, who doesn't fly yet.:p

El Chuxter
09-13-2003, 05:58 PM
Dear Warner Brothers,

As a longtime fan of the Flash, I have come up with a novel and revolutionary way to make money from putting him on television.

I propose you don't pour money into a new series, and just release the old series in its entirety on DVD! While I know that this is not quite Star Wars or The Transformers: The Movie as far as the rabid fan base goes, I can guarantee that droves of fans will watch it.

Face it, the old series was not cost effective. We all know it. A series with a weekly budget higher than the gross national product of 75% of the world's nations combined simply cannot float for long. This is a golden opportunity to get a return on the investment already made.

darthvyn
09-13-2003, 09:35 PM
what is up with the trend of "he's a super-hero, but he doesn't wear a costume" crap????

i can't even say anymore stuff...

there is no... emoticon... for what i am feeling!!!

evenflow
09-14-2003, 12:32 AM
Its all about the costume, sometimes the clothes do make the man.

JediTricks
09-14-2003, 08:13 PM
what is up with the trend of "he's a super-hero, but he doesn't wear a costume" crap????Yeah, this is really getting stale. Birds of Prey was pretty annoying that way, but it's going over the top here. I think it's trying to re-humanize the idea of a superhero, a trick to add intimacy to the hero for the audience. Personally, it's just not going to fly with me. (if you'll pardon the pun ;))

darthvyn
09-15-2003, 03:08 AM
I think it's trying to re-humanize the idea of a superhero, a trick to add intimacy to the hero for the audience. Personally, it's just not going to fly with me. (if you'll pardon the pun ;))

yeah, i think there are too many producers/directors out there that think the costume doesn't let viewers become involved with the characters... i guess none of them saw the box office draws for spidey...

that's what marvel comics are all about - the man inside the costume. there's always story about peter parker, as well as spider-man.

meh.

scruffziller
09-15-2003, 10:34 AM
yeah, i think there are too many producers/directors out there that think the costume doesn't let viewers become involved with the characters... i guess none of them saw the box office draws for spidey...

that's what marvel comics are all about - the man inside the costume. there's always story about peter parker, as well as spider-man.

meh.

yea they want to appeal to a non comic book geek audience.

JediTricks
09-15-2003, 10:32 PM
But the costume is part of what separates a superhero from a generic sci-fi hero or an action hero or whatever. The costume doesn't HAVE to be corny, but look at the first X-men movie, they still needed some sort of costumes.

Hellboy
09-23-2003, 09:30 PM
How can Marvel's characters get so many decent adaptions in films and cartoons, but everything DC turns into a joke.

I would respectfully disagree with you on this point. Batman The Animated Series and the current Justice League cartoons are IMO better and more faithful to the source material than any Marvel cartoon produced to date. It is true that the recent Marvel film adaptations have been great but they've had their share of stinkers as well in the 80's like The Punisher, Captain America, and the never released Fantastic Four mess. I'll agree this show sounds like another Birds of Prey and hopefully will never see the light of day. I really don't think the television medium is the right place for live action super hero shows, because in order to do it right it would simply cost to much.

scruffziller
09-29-2003, 12:46 PM
The costume doesn't HAVE to be corny, but look at the first X-men movie, they still needed some sort of costumes.
Yea but even that can be bad, even that will be compromised to be like Birds Of Prey was, "its a super hero costume, but it is not.":rolleyes:

billfremore
09-29-2003, 03:08 PM
I propose you don't pour money into a new series, and just release the old series in its entirety on DVD! While I know that this is not quite Star Wars or The Transformers: The Movie as far as the rabid fan base goes, I can guarantee that droves of fans will watch it.

Gotta go with Chux here, I would like to be able to get the 90's series on DVD too.

OC47150
09-29-2003, 04:19 PM
I liked the old Flash series. CBS didn't give it a chance.

JediTricks
09-29-2003, 10:11 PM
Yea but even that can be bad, even that will be compromised to be like Birds Of Prey was, "its a super hero costume, but it is not.":rolleyes:
Yeah, BOP really screwed up bad on the costumes. I hope WB doesn't consider that the way to go.

Beast
09-30-2003, 06:42 PM
A little more news on the god awful idea of a series. :dead:

The Flash Speeds to The WB
Source: Variety, Andy Friday, September 12, 2003

The Flash, an ordinary man with superhuman speed, is headed for The WB's Fall 2004 schedule, as the network has committed to a pilot based on the DC Comics superhero. Writer/producer Todd Komarnicki is writing the pilot and will executive produce.

Just like The WB's Smallville, the new take will have a "no tights, no flights" philosophy, which means the character won't be clad in the classic red suit. He'll also have a cool 21st-century mantra that will guide his life.

"Once our hero gets his calling, he's given the advice, 'Live fast so others don't die young,' " Komarnicki tells Variety.

The new version will also add another element - time travel. The hero will be a fresh-out-of-college Gothamite who discovers he has the ability to move very fast - so fast, in fact, that he can travel backward or forward in time. He'll use that skill to right wrongs, save lives and kick ***.

Each week will have self-contained storylines, or missions, in addition to ongoing plot points. A mentor will train him and there's a legacy of Flashes before him.
MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Beast
01-30-2004, 01:09 PM
It's dead, it's dead! There is a god!! From Dark Horizon. :D

"The Flash"
The WB's Smallville-esque reinvention of the comic book set around high school is dead. According to Kryptonsite a reliable source of theirs has confirmed that the new Flash is not moving ahead.
MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

SithDroid
08-30-2004, 01:31 AM
I know many of you like Smallville, and some of you liked Birds of Prey while it lasted. But the following sounds like complete crap. The classic 1990's CBS TV-Series sounds better then this pile of dung. How can Marvel's characters get so many decent adaptions in films and cartoons, but everything DC turns into a joke. Without the classic scarlet speedster costume, this sounds like a lame "Quantum Leap" rip-off. What's next, "Touched by a Wonder Woman". :stupid:

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

I have been saying stuff about Warner Brothers forever, about how they don't know how to handle their comic book properties at all. Perfect example the recently released Catwoman. Cr*p. They practically killed the Batman Franchise and next years Batman movie better deliver, though I have no hopes that it will or any DC property turning out decent for that matter. Smallville is the one exception so far, but even I am getting tired of the show. If I have to see one more freakin episode where Clark and Lana talk about how things are weird between them or how they are hiding their feelings or about how they can't be together, then I am just going to flip. It is seriously getting OLD. The way the writers tackle their relationship is so annoying. I guess they have never heard the rule 3 strikes and you're out. Well this gimmick outlasted its appeal on me about half way through season 2. Warner needs to understand that in order for a comic book based property to do well you have to be truthful to the comic. I seriously wish I was in charge of the comic divison over there at Warner. I would straighten things around. It really is unfortunate to know that executives have absolutley no idea on how to run their business.

evenflow
08-30-2004, 05:18 PM
Whats the point of having Super Heroes if they don't wear the costumes?

Lord Malakite
09-14-2004, 10:37 PM
Whats the point of having Super Heroes if they don't wear the costumes?
Agreed. All I see from these shows is another crappy 90210 or Dawson's Creek WB teenage want to be drama that simply tries to set itself apart my capitalizing on the DC characters names.

OC47150
09-15-2004, 08:09 AM
A little OT, but about two years ago the WB tried to bring the Lone Ranger back to TV. The pilot wasn't picked up but it aired as a TV movie late in the season.

The WB did a 90210 with the Lone Ranger. Made him and Tonto very young. Only the bad guys were older than 35.

One word: BAD. I didn't watch all of it because it was so bad.

JEDIpartner
09-15-2004, 09:49 AM
I've maybe seen "Smallville" like twice and wasn't into it. It DID seem a little too "Dawson's Creek"-y for me. The addition of the Flash is just sad.