Skip to main content

These Beloved Comics Characters Deserve Quality TV Adaptations

Over the years, we’ve seen numerous comic book characters hit the small screen, with varying levels of success. The adaptations have come from all across the comic book spectrum too. Marvel’s had its fair share of shows, including Agents of Shield on ABC and Luke Cage over at Netflix. DC’s been active as well, with shows like Flash, Gotham, and Supergirl all making their marks. Even Archie and friends got in on the action, with the smashing success of Riverdale.

by Guest Contributor

Our question is, why stop there? There are plenty of other comic book franchises that would be perfect fits for TV. Let’s take a look at just a few of them.

Red Sonja

It’s no secret that female-led superhero films are on the rise. With Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel having made waves at the box office, and Black Widow and Birds Of Prey on the way to cinemas, TV networks could well be tempted to get in on the long-overdue trend. And who better to headline a show of her own than the classic sword-and-sorcery heroine Red Sonja? Spartantown has covered the she-devil before, and we’d love to see a live-action take on her hit the small scene.


With Marvel’s merc-with-a-mouth Deadpool having had his way with theaters twice over now, there’s more than enough evidence to prove that people love hilarious, foul-mouthed, indestructible mercenaries. Thankfully for DC, it has one of its own just waiting to be adapted! Lobo’s been fragging interstellar targets for bounties for over 30 years now. Isn’t it time he got a chance to do it live?

Hulk and She-Hulk

Because of bizarre complexities in legal rights, Marvel hasn't been allowed to produce solo movies starring the Hulk since 2008's The Incredible Hulk. While this means that Hulk has had to play second fiddle to everyone else throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a TV show might represent the perfect loophole and could allow everybody's favorite big green menace to take up a starring role. Plus, Marvel could introduce She-Hulk in the process, which would be a new treat for fans.


We know what you’re thinking: Superman’s already overdone. He’s had plenty of movies (of varying quality), plenty of games from mobile apps to casino slots, and previous stints on TV. It's to the point that there are even Superman media based on other Superman media - specifically, games based on old films. Among the free slots you can find at online gambling platforms, you'll see titles based on Man Of Steel and Superman The Movie, rather than on the comics! The problem, really, is that there have been so many adaptations of different sorts, the character has been muddled over the years. DC’s top hero deserves a TV show that’s billed as a definitive interpretation in a way no other modern take has been.


While Marvel’s had a pretty good track record when it comes to bringing more obscure characters to the big screen (like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Dr. Strange), jumping right into a Namor movie might be biting off more than it can chew. He's still an interesting character though, and we wonder if it might be best to introduce the pompous Atlantean via a TV show of his own, before potentially transitioning him into the MCU proper. That, or he could be introduced directly to the big screen in a supporting role in another hero's film. In fact, if the rumors are true, Marvel might be planning to do exactly that sooner than we thought.

And there you have it! These are just a few of our picks of characters we'd love to see adapted properly to the small screen. What do you think? Are we on the money? Is there an obvious one we’re missing? Have an idea as to the perfect way to capture one of our suggestions? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!


Popular posts from this blog

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

An Artist Will Get His Revenge in The Post-WWII Original Graphic Novel SIMON SAYS

Image Comics announces an all-new, original graphic novel Simon Says by Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee which will paint a post-World War II Europe in a scarlet shade of revenge this September.

Simon Says is a drama-filled, crime noir story that follows a former artist to the Führer who hunts down and seeks justice upon the Nazis he witnessed murder his friends and loved ones during the war. It is an original graphic novel inspired by true events and by a real-world Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal, an artist who lost his family and took justice into his own hands.
"Simon Says is about an innocent and gentleman, an artist, whose family and life are destroyed by a real-world event. Not something sci-fi or fanciful, but something that has happened and could happen again. In that way, it's the story of any of us, and how we would respond if who we were and what we had were lost,” said Frattino. "The real-life, famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, was quoted as once sayin…

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

INTERVIEW: Spencer & Locke’s David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr. Talk Sequel, Film Adaptation and More

Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke grapples with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his childhood imaginary panther Spencer. But when Spencer and Locke face a scarred soldier named Roach Riley, will this unlikely pair finally meet their match?

When 'Spencer and Locke' first launched back in 2017, it was a curious novelty at first blush. The premise of "what if Calvin and Hobbes grew up in Sin City" was cute and ambitious but how could it possibly live up to the beloved comic strip with the hard edge of Frank Miller's classic? The result was a triumph that proved to be more thoughtful and impactful than expected. The combination of a hard-boiled detective story told through the lens of PTSD while paying homage to some revered properties proved to be masterful in both execution and style. David Pepose and Santiago, Jr., had found the heart and soul of the story in real emotion while being an entertaining crime drama.

With its success a…

Here's the Dickon Tarly You Didn't See on 'Games of Thrones'

Ever since Tom Hopper stepped in for Freddie Stroma on this season's Game of Thrones as Dickon Tarly, preferred son of Lord Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner), he's made quite the impression and not just for the character's funny phallic name.
*Possible spoilers ahead if you haven't seen 'Game of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 5, "Eastwatch"
We've barely gotten to know him only that's he the dutiful and loyal son to crusty old Randyll and he's got a name that makes Ser Bronn (Jerome Flynn) chuckle (and us too). The strapping neophyte on the battlefield seemed ready to break out on the show when this week his loyalty to his father led to some dire consequences. 
Conquered by Daenerys’s army and dragon, Dickon, Randyll and their fellow vanquished men stood before her. She gave them a simple choice join her or die. Too proud to bend the knee, Randyll chose to die instead of following Dany who he didn't consider his queen. So far so good. Then cli…