Ain’t it Fat News has Spider-Man 3 posters, for all of the major characters. You can see them here.
I find this new TV series to be offensive. No, it’s not the diary of some guy who works in Abraham Lincoln’s office, but it still insults my sensibilities.
Who Wants to be a Superhero? is the name of this particular abortion, and it makes no sense to me.
One of the creator’s names is Satin, though I prefer to pronounce it like Satan.
A description from the official site:
Each contestant begins with an original idea for a superhero, a self-made costume, and their best superhero mojo. From thousands of hopefuls, Stan Lee chooses 11 lucky finalists who move together into a secret lair. There they will begin their transformations and their competition for the opportunity to become real-life superheroes. Over the course of the series, they will test their mettle, try to overcome their limitations, and do what it takes to prove that they truly are super.
Real-life superheroes? There are no real-life superheroes. They can’t exist, because nobody actually has super powers. Batman Begins gave a kind-of-plausible origin for a kind-of-plausible superhero, but Batman still doesn’t and couldn’t exist in the real world. We don’t have people in costumes fighting crime, with some minor exceptions.
If you read a little further into the About page on the official site, you’ll see that the contestants actually just get a starring role in a crappy Sci-Fi Channel movie (I’m thinking Mansquito here) and Stan Lee’s company will write a comic book about them.
So they’re not actually going to become superheroes, they’re actually going to develop a character that they will portray for the six hour run of the series, a character that may be depicted in two sure-to-bomb media. Why give this opportunity to shitty, wannabe actor reality show whores? There certainly isn’t a demand for more superheroes, as most of the comic continuities these days have quite a few already. And I can imagine the resentment of whatever writer gets stuck with this “opportunity.”
Taking a look at the “powers” of these wannabe heroes, we see the sharp contrast between reality and fiction.
One character called Nitro G has “Super strength; super speed; flight; manipulates energy” as his powers. Another, Lemuria, “Shoots laser-beams and fireballs; levitates; drains energy from people, animals and plants; hurls orbs of solar energy.”
Ok, so their powers aren’t even remotely real, obviously. They can depict those powers well with post production special effects, but a practical special effect would look lame – for instance, depicting super strength by giving the wannabe actor a styrofoam rock. I don’t see that happening on any regular basis on the show, and i don’t see how it can actually have an effect on the way the events of the show unfold, so they must exist as little more than backstory or something.
Sure, they can pretend they have super powers and sort of fight each other or something – we call that LARPing, and that’s seriously lame.
Each character also has an audition video. I watched about seven seconds of Cell Phone Girl’s, before I got embarrassed for her and had to close the window.
Basically, this show is about a bunch of lame, fame-hungry “actors” sitting around in some kind of fake movie set, talking about their “powers,” doing “challenges,” all under the watchful eye of Stan “I Need the Paycheck” Lee.
I prefer to call it “LARP: The Series.”