Saturday, 18 May 2019

The Atlas / Seaboard Movie Universe.... No. REALLY.


Followers of The Kids From Rec Road may remember a few weeks ago, when I revealed in the strip that, actually, Tiger-Man is the highest grossing superhero in movies, and that we'd, in fact, had decades of films based on the Atlas / Seaboard characters. Remember that? Well....


I mean, WHAT THE....?!!! This is apparently NOT a joke, but is actually happening! Real life is now even stranger than Rec. Road, and I never thought I'd say that...
Haven't had time to process how The Kids will feel about all this, but I did just scribble this reaction and post it on twitter. Here you are, for those who don't tweet...

25 comments:

  1. It's doubtful that anything will come of this - and quite frankly, unless somebody does the Atlas/Seaboard Universe with bad 70's production values, cheesy music & lots of Bronson Canyon footage, it'd be a complete waste of time.

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  2. And also, you raise a good point: Atlas 'heroes' were, for the most part, both absurd & anything but heroes. The Brute & Morlock 2001 off killing kids, Ironjaw having all the class & manners of a Trump, The Grim Ghost working for Satan, etc, etc. There's little in the way of positive role models here - and zippo as far as fashion.

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  3. I'm just guessing here, but I suspect that the chief attraction of the Atlas "universe" is that it was a cheap purchase for Paramount.

    Most if not all of the characters would need MEN IN BLACK-style revisions to make them commercial, and if the filmmakers don't start off with something really strong right off, their cosmos will probably go the way of Universal's "Monster Universe."

    I would like to see some comics-characters adapted who weren't from Marvel or DC, even if it is a bunch of Marvel wannabes.

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  4. Been discussing this on twitter, and we're all saying the same as you guys. These characters are cheap, they'll have to just keep the names and change everything else, and it'll never happen anyway. It's a fun thought though, right?

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  5. The Scorpion could work as an action hero flick. Wulf the Barbarian could take off. Anything can happen.

    Gene Poole

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  6. Weird Tales of the Macabre could work as an anthology film. Thrilling Adventure Stories could be a TV series.

    Don't discount the possibilities.

    Regards,
    Chris A.

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  7. Of course, to be real Atlas movies, the characters would have to change into completely different characters in the last third of the film...

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  8. Ha! Can you imagine a Scorpion flick that goes from slick 30's adventure to bad 70's super-hero with barely an explanation? Or Phoenix adopting a goofy bird-costume & changing his name to The Protector half-way through a battle? Heh. Now I WANT to see this happen.

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    1. It would need a William S. Burroughs "cut paper" style screenplay to adequately pull off the craziness.

      Regards,
      Chris A.

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  9. A Sam Raimi/Darkman approach or giving the whole lot to a Roger Corman type would have some promise.

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  10. But would the Atlas movies have Larry Lieber cameos? And heroes eating shawarma in a post-credits scene?

    Gene Poole

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  11. That's the route Paramount will take I reckon: 'From the mind of Stan Lee's Brother!' You KNOW they'll do that...

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      - Neil

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    2. Those were laughing/crying emoticons in the above post.

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  12. I'm telling ya, they'll do it...

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    1. "The Destructor - from the co-creator of Spider-Man" seems even more likely.

      -sean

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  13. Genius, Sean. Because most movie-goers would think they mean Stan.

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  14. I suppose they could do a weird, Guardians of the Galaxy style thing with the Tarantula, Brute, Phoenix, Destructor, Tiger-Man, Grim Ghost and Devilina teaming up to tackle some dread menace.

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  15. See, the more things that are suggested, the more you think, this could actually weirdly work. Doubt any of this will get past development hell tho'.

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  16. Don't forget Lomax and some of the other police-related fare Atlas had.

    Gene Poole

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  17. Lomax will be the disbelieving cop: 'This shit CAN'T be happening on my precinct!!!'
    It writes itself, doesn't it?

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  18. See now I'm hoping they get Garth Marenghi to write the screenplay.

    Scum. Scum. Alien scum. Alien scum breaking earth laws. Alien scum. And sexy robot women...

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  19. Garth's special effects team could've done a great Moorlock...

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