Movies That Need To Be Made: Part 1

I spend a significant amount of time watching movies so I’ve seen a lot. Lately I’ve been thinking, “what haven’t I seen that I’d like to see?”

So here’s a list of ideas that, in my opinion (if done right), would make for a good movie or TV series.

Battlefield Earth 2
Battlefield Earth

Originally intended to be a 2-part movie, the first movie sucked so hard they never bothered to make the second one. Bad movies fascinate me, and I watched the first part out of sheer, morbid curiosity. It was every bit as awful as I’d heard; certainly one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

Considering this, I envision a deliberately campy sequel; something so bad, it’s good. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but what if someone actually tried? Would they be able to purposely make something as horrendous as the first Battlefield Earth movie?

Or if someone were to actually take a serious approach, it could work as a reboot if it had more of a post-apocalyptic Road Warrior kind of feel and without John Travolta chewing up all the scenery. And the rasta-Klingon costumes. And the psychedelic disco lighting. Oh, and keeping the camera straight might help too.

Dr. Doom
Doctor Doom

He appears in the new Fantastic Four movie that’s in the works. What he’s going to look and sound like, I don’t know.

What I do know is that he was miscast in the previous FF movies (for a character that should be as imposing as Darth Vader, I found him as menacing as a bag of chips). I mean, his name is Victor von Doom; he should live up to it.

I’d love to see this character get his due; he deserves it.

So far, there haven’t been any movies featuring a supervillain as the main character (aside from The Suicide Squad, which is a team-up movie).

Maybe the opposite can happen: superheroes gang up against him. FF, Avengers, X-Men Vs Dr. Doom.

Think about that.

Gandalf
Gandalf 2

First came the Lord of the Rings movies, then came the Hobbit. Since they’re going backwards in time, what if they showed us the life of Gandalf up until the time of the movies?

While the LOTR books and the Hobbit have been covered, there is more source material to draw from. J.R.R. Tolkein also wrote Unfinished Tales, The Silmarillion and the History of Middle Earth books, all of which have information on the origins of Gandalf and the Istari.

Perhaps Sauron could be included. He could be the main character, the story could explore his origins and his conflict with Gandalf.

Moon Knight
Moon Knight

This was one of my favorite comic book characters growing up.

His story: Marc Spector becomes the embodiment of Egyptian moon god Khonshu and also takes on alternate identities to help him fight crime.

I think he would fit the dark tone that a lot of comic book movies are incorporating today.

There apparently was a TV series in the works but I’ve heard nothing about it. If it doesn’t happen, maybe a movie can be made.

Out of all the comic book characters that have not been represented on the small or big screen, I feel he’s the most deserving.

Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler

A cool character who was portrayed very well by Alan Cumming in the X-Men movies.

I’ve heard that Nightcrawler will be in the next X-Men movie but will be played by a different actor. While that’s something to look forward to, the mysterious Kurt Wagner could be deserving of his own movie.

The solo movie would, of course, need to feature the Judas Priest song of the same name. “Nightcrawler, beware the beast in black, Nightcrawler.” There’s a classic metal riff in that song, it would fit perfectly.

Unfortunately, they would not be able to call it Nightcrawler, since a totally-unrelated movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal was released with that name in 2014. How rude.

I guess they’ll just have to call it: MARVEL’S Nightcrawler.

The Punisher
Punisher
The first time this character appeared in a movie, he was played by Dolph Lundgren. Frank Castle, the man who becomes the Punisher, has black hair and is usually unshaven; Lundgren is blonde. They dyed Lundgren’s hair black but couldn’t have him with blonde stubble so their solution was to paint black stubble onto Lundgren’s face. This is the exact opposite of painting over Cesar Romero’s mustache so he could play the Joker in the 1960’s Batman TV show.

Face: meet palm.

There have been two other films made in recent years, and while I found them passable, I felt like they didn’t quite hit the mark. The Punisher is one of the most badass comic book characters ever created and has yet to be given the attention that he should get.

A couple of years ago, I was driving with some co-workers and we saw this one guy walking down the street that seemed to think he was pretty tough. One of my co-workers made a comment to that effect and I said, “well, he is wearing a Punisher t-shirt, so there’s that.” My co-worker asked me, “who’s the Punisher?”

I was in disbelief. Obviously, the average person has no idea who this character is, and they should. A good movie could fix that. How many people knew anything about Iron Man a decade ago? They made some great movies about him and now he’s a household name.

This character deserves to be done right.

PS – in the Dr. Doom movie, they need to recreate this cover:
Secret Wars - Ten Cover Cropped

Now that would be badass.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post.

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