Don’t let it ever be said that Hollywood lets a good idea go to waste. Now that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the top earning movie in the US for 2014, the opposition over at Warner Bros\DC Comics are apparently also on the hunt for their very own big superheroes-in-space movie. And may have found it in a bunch of kids with silly names and a penchant for hand jewelry.
Prolific rumour mongers Latino Review are reporting that they’ve heard that WB have been sending out DC comic book Legion of Super-Heroes to screenwriters and their reps on the down-low, to see if any of them would bite. This is usually one of the very the first steps in the movie development process, and is really just there to determine if any talent out there has a pitch or idea for an adaptation that fits with WB’s gameplans. Whether they end up getting that perfect pitch or not, only time will tell, but if LR’s sources are accurate, that means that WB are definitely interested in bring the Legion to the screen.
So exactly who are the Legion of Super-Heroes? Honestly, with a history that begins way back in 1958, a gigantic revolving roster of heroes, and the fact that their timeline has seemingly seen more reboots than Naas Botha, the Legion of Super-Heroes is just far too complex for me to explain their whole story here. So here’s the Readers’ Digest version: The Legion of Super-Heroes is a team set in the 30th and 31st Century, comprised of superpowered individuals (mostly teens) from various planets throughout the galaxy. They have a huge variety of powers, personalities and costumes, but all wear a signature Legion flight ring. They get up to all sorts of adventures through space, but most importantly also through time, as they were first introduced as time travelling superhero teens who travelled back to the late 1950’s to go team up with Superboy (as the teenaged Superman was calling himself then), who would actually become the inspiration for the Legion in the future.
Like I said previously, the Legion has a huge, ever changing roster, with all the reboots also adding/removing more, but the characters that have seemingly remained a constant are the three that first time-travelled to meet Superboy: Cosmic Boy aka Rokk Krinn, the team leader who has the power to manipulate magnetic fields; Saturn Girl aka Imra Ardeen, a powerful telepath from Saturn’s moon Titan; and Lightning Boy aka Garth Ranzz, a hot-head with the ability to generate and manipulate electricity.
And if those names make you cringe, then wait until you meet ones like Bouncing Boy (he bounces), Triplicate Girl (can split into three bodies), Invisible Kid (turns invisible), Matter-Eater Lad (can consume anything), Chlorophyll Kid (makes plants grow) and my personal silly favourite, Karate Kid (no, not Daniel-San, but a teen who had mastered every form of martials arts ever developed by the 31st century, including “Super Karate”). Clearly, 31st century society is apparently not very imaginative when it comes to codenames (I have decided to call myself Article-Writer Lad from now on).
This childish silliness is admittedly one of the reasons why I never really took to Legion of Super-Heroes, but there are tons of long-term fans who are quite devoted to this silly bunch, making the comic a mainstay in the DC stable for about 50 years now already. How all of this will translate to the screen though is another matter.
What’s most interesting about the Legion though, at least as far as movie potential goes, is that they have had several run-ins with Darkseid, DC’s own big bad (and also the character that Marvel ripped off when they created Thanos way back in the day). Most importantly, they would face off against him in the incredible “Great Darkness Saga”, a story arc that arguably propelled Darkseid from being just one Jack Kirby’s cool creations to being the ultimate evil in the DC Universe. Darkseid is almost certainly going to feature heavily into WB\DC’s future movie plans, and much like how Guardians of the Galaxy helped to properly introduce Thanos and his gameplan, Legion can do the same for Darkseid.
That’s if Latino Review’s source on this is legit though, and this is not just another wild goose chase. With the Legion having already appeared in their very own successful animated series as well as popping up in several other animated shows, its clear that WB definitely thinks the concept has promise. Whether that means it will work as a feature film though, is a whole other story. If this gets made before we ever see a Wonder Woman solo movie though….
Last Updated: September 10, 2014