Thursday, January 05, 2006

Dear TV Bigwigs...........

You are fucking up. Avi Arad, this goes for you, too. As a matter of fact, I'll go ahead and say that Marvel in general is screwing the pooch.

Let's take a moment, fellas, and examine DC and Warner Brothers. Are they not notorious for fucking up? Yeah, well, we can sit around and talk about all the botched ideas and missed oppurtunities that DC and Warner Brothers (and The WB in particular) have on their records.....but when it comes to it, they both have done something that nobody else has done.

They created legitimately good, commercially successful and critically acclaimed television series based on their properties.

Between Smallville, (yeah, but it didn't USED TO suck) Batman:The Animated Series, and Justice League Unlimited DC has stomped the batshit out of Marvel in this arena. Marvel has had the X-men cartoon (which was mostly cool), they Spider-Man CGI series on MTV, and.....uh......that crappy Fantastic Four cartoon. Yeah. Exactly.

I'm not saying that you need to be as prolific as DC on TV, Mr. Arad. All it takes is a spark to start a fire. You need to grab that TV money, homey. Not every Marvel movie is gonna do Spider-man numbers, and Jessica Alba will only save you one or two crappy movies, TOPS. No, you need something MORE. You just aren't SEEEEEEING it.


The thing about comics on TV is that the money to be lost (as well as the reputation) can be very intimidating. Animation can cost, and live action superheroes on TV? SHEEIT. You'll end up with another Birds of Prey or The Flash trying to stay in budget. You gotta take a page from Smallville and somehow build a great superhero story around a tight budget.

Daredevil is the perfect vehicle for this, and hopefully you didn't already shoot yourself in the foot with the movie. The best part about making Daredevil a TV series is that the fights aren't on a Superman or Batman or Spider-man level of destruction, and nor all the heroes and villains very costly from a production standpoint.


No, the BEST part about making a Daredevil TV series would be that IT'S ALREADY FREAKIN WRITTEN FOR YOU. Bendis's run is paced, written, FRIGGIN EVERYTHING-ED like a television series already! The breaks between most issues are very close to how shows like 24 and Alias are done...with a continuing story broken up by smaller arcs. Everyone vouches for the quality of the book and Bendis's run already. What's the holdup?

Anyone reading this inaugural Prep Time Posse please respond with comments. Tell me I'm not crazy.


buckshot said...

I believe there already was a Daredevil TV Show. They called it "Blind Justice." You might know it by its other name. "Cancelled."

But a Bendis-penned TV show? Now that I could get behind. I think the format would really play to his strengths.

JRennoldz said...

I totally agree with you.

Marvel has so many properties they *could* make into low budget epics like Smallville. Sheeit, I long for the day when BET steps up to the plate and does a Power Man (Luke Cage) series. I pity the fool....wait, wrong dude! Or is it? Hmmmmm.

Anyway, Bendis' Daredevil would be huge if it was on HBO.

Petition the man and hopefully we'll reap some benefits.

On a sidenote, fuck ROME, DEADWOOD and REAL (ugly ass people) SEX.

Marbles said...

How far out of the realm of possibility is it for Marvel or DC to get a TV channel that they could have their way with?

tom tomorrow said...

I think the problem is the costume. It's cool when it's drawn, but it can't be cool if you see it on someone.