By Da CogNegro
With Marvel Studios' recent announcement of its' upcoming Phase 3,coupled with DC Comics/WB future offerings, it is a great time to be a comic book fan! I know we have to suffer through Fox's and Sony's cash grabs entitled the Fantastic Four and the bastardization of the Spider Man universe but at least Bryan Singer is back at the helm of the X-Men franchise. I for one feel quite spoiled, don't you?You see kiddies, there was a time where comic book movies where no where to be found thanks to a small film called Superman IV :Quest for Peace. This waste of celluloid was so horrid, that movie studios did not want to touch any comic book property with a ten foot pole used at Drake's bar mitzvah! Though Tim Burton revitalized the Batman franchise in 89, producers and distributors alike where still leery at adapting established comic franchises. As a result, studios begin to create their own super heroes to fill in the chasm that Superman haphazardly created. Most studios failed at making anything substantial Nevertheless, one of those attempts, to the day, stays near and true to my heart!
Meteor Man, which is directed by Robert Townsend, tells the story of Baltimore native, Jefferson Reed; a mild mannered, high school, substitute teacher, who moonlit as a bass player for a local band. After being struck by a meteor, Reed becomes a super powered being bestowed with incredible abilities that includes, but not limited to, superhuman strength, speed, hearing, healing powers, telekinesis, super breath (ok?) and being able to understand the language of dogs!The movie basically goes through your standard superhero phases of overcoming initial uncertainty of the new found role , combating the scourges that plague the hero's community (which in this instance are the Golden Lords: a local gang funded by drug kingpins and known for their affinity for everything gold, think Trinidad James but less garbled),rejection from the community due to the retaliation of the antagonists and finally, redemption through the defeat of the villains once and for all! Throw in many cameo appearances from every black entertainer at the time,no seriously, even Luther Vandross manages to snag a role as a mobster...let that sink in for a bit ,a catchphrase (GET METEORIZED) and a August slot for the Summer of 1993 and you are be guaranteed a blockbuster franchise...right...RIGHT?
|(I just bought this suit from Burlington Coat Factory!)|
|(Canceled After Just Six Issues??!! Arrghh!!)|
|My copy of Meteor Man (I'm such a nerd!)|
*Plot and character details derived from Wikipedia