Stan Lee’s ‘The Annihilator’ Snags ‘Real Steel’ Screenwriter

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Magic Storm Entertainment has acquired the rights to a new superhero movie titled The Annihilator, based around an idea conceived by none-other than Stan “The Man” Lee. The titular character is one of the (almost) 90-year-old comic book legend’s most recent “unorthodox” creations, alongside the sci-fi manga/anime Heroman and the still-in-development Governator comic book/cartoon series.

The company’s CEO has announced that screenwriter Dan Gilroy is officially onboard for the project and will work from Lee’s original POW! Entertainment treatment, while penning the Annihilator’s big-screen debut.

The Annihilator‘s namesake is a man of Chinese heritage who “is given a second chance as an international superhero and returns home to mete out justice.” Presumably, that means the character will be an ordinary person who gains extraordinary abilities (like many other Lee-created superheroes) and not someone who is resurrected from the dead with unnatural powers (a la The Crow).

For an early look at the latest super-powered warrior conceived by Lee – along with what may possibly be either a rival or comrade of his – check out some rumored Annihilator conceptual artwork (tip of the hat to below:

So, assuming this artwork is indeed official, Lee’s The Annihilator will visually resemble an Asian and somewhat taller, less-hairy version of Wolverine, albeit without mutation-based powers and the Adamantium-laced skeleton. What exactly his fighting capabilities will be, outside of some deadly Martial Arts skills, remains to be seen.

Annihilator writer Dan Gilroy (the younger brother of Oscar-nominated writer/director Tony Gilroy) is currently handling co-screenwriting duties on his sibling’s next project, The Bourne Legacy. He has previously penned (or co-written) the scripts for films like the pulpy sci-fi flick Freejack, the sports drama/thriller Two for the Money, Tarsem Singh’s The Fall, and, most recently, Real Steel.

That’s all to say: D. Gilroy has a decent, if unspectacular, resume as a writer and seems a reasonable fit for Lee’s latest creation. If nothing else, international superheroes are few and far-between; so, The Annihilator should stand out in the crowd (hopefully, in a good way).


We will keep you posted on any noteworthy new developments concerning The Annihilator.

Source: Magic Storm Entertainment, POW! Entertainment (via

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  1. I’m not really seeing anything fresh or new about this. Even the conceptual art looks a bit sucky to me. Shame because I really liked the Heroman anime.

  2. Just do Shang-Chi or Heroes for Hire for goodness sake! And I hope they get an actual Asian for this role this time.

  3. hmm seems intersting

  4. Oh brother…

  5. We all adore Stan Lee, but the truth is, his most creative years are behind him. Everybody peaks (even Robert de Niro’s acting sucks these days).

    Hollywood should be looking for the NEXT Stan Lee, Instead as usual, they are looking backwards for inspiration.

    • Stan Lee’s most creative years were called Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Stan deserves credit as an editor and ringleader, but that’s about it…

      • That is completely and massively untrue. Those guys were hired hands. Stan Lee was the CREATOR of Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four…shall I go on? And he was the writer of all the early marvel comics. With all due respect, and as a comic artist myself, many people can draw. But it takes real creativity to imagine the characters and stories Stan Lee did.

        Do some research.

        • Jack Kirby designed Spider Man, and Steve Ditko wrote the Amazing Spider Man up until issue 38, if you’ll notice in the credits early on it becomes vague who’s writing the book and then Ditko is credited with writing it. Why? Because he’d been writing it all along and finally threw a fit, and Lee caved as he should have.

          Fantastic Four was a redress of Challengers Of The Unknown. In fact, the first issue was a retelling of a story called The Menace Of The Invisible Challenger, which Jack wrote. Look it up, I dare you.

          Google Jack Kirby Fantastic Four pencils. Jack wrote the dialogue in the margins. Stan copy edited it.

          Both Ditko and Kirby went on to write their own books after that. New Gods? The Question? Did Stan create anything of value after that?

          How for instance did Jack Kirby create The Hulk? As he tells it, he saw a mother panic and lift up a car because she thought her son was trapped underneath. Often times, when asked how he got the ideas for his characters, Stan Lee claims his memory is a little faulty. Convenient, isn’t it?

          I can do this all day, if you like…

          • I love this conversation! So many interesting statements made lol! Though I’m kinda doubtful about some of the anti-Lee stuff, it’s given me some stuff to look in to.

            P.S. Not trying to start an argument I’m just honestly curious if this is for real…

            • I correct myself, Steve Ditko was credited with the plot from issue 25 on of Amazing Spider Man, but again it’s because he threw a fit because he was doing all the heavy lifting, same as Jack.

              Look up the contract Marvel sent to Jack Kirby in the 80′s in order to get his original art back. It was REAL different from the other ‘hired hands’ who were getting their art back from Marvel at the time…

              • Oh, and I don’t mean to be anti-Stan, I apologize to a point if that’s how it came out. He was a great cheerleader for fandom and as an editor I get the sense that it was his suggestion that all the Marvel books have continuity in the larger scheme of things. But, come on. If it wasn’t for Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko no one would know who Stan Lee ever was.

  6. So… which list of white actors is the studio drawing up as possibles to play this character of Chinese heritage?

    • Why are you giving Hollywierd more insane ideas? :-P