Before They Were Movies: Early Attempts to Bring Superheroes to Life Onscreen

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before they were films x men Before They Were Movies: Early Attempts to Bring Superheroes to Life Onscreen

Both DC Comics and Marvel would have you think that big-budget, blockbuster films like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern and The Avengers are their only attempts to bring popular comic book characters into the live-action arena. They would like everyone to forget the sometimes absurd, ridiculous and often ugly reality: that there were numerous early – and failed – attempts to bring super heroes to both the big and small screens.

Over the next few pages you can read about these early superhero attempts and the actors who portrayed them on-screen. Some you may be familiar with, but we’ll bet you’ve never heard of many of them.

NOTE: This list doesn’t cover every instance of every superhero who has ever appeared on TV or in a direct-to-video movie – that would be far too exhaustive. Instead, we’ve covered only those superheroes who have a movie already released, in development or will have one in development soon.

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  1. Shipp’s version of the Flash in 1990-91 was canceled for a lot of reasons, but being “corny” was not one of them. If anything, it capitalized on the Tim Burton feel very well, without over doing some of its more terrible connotations. It’s weakness was it’s lack of supervillains.

  2. There was almost a Japanese Captain America series as a followup to the Spider-Man one. Instead it became Battle Fever J, which was the first series to put together most of the common elements of Super Sentai for the first time (multicolored team + giant robots).

  3. ok so you dont like old school black and white shows…. thats basically what i get from this pointlessly long list

  4. You forgot a made-for-tv movie called “Generation X”