As a comic book fan of over three decades now (Yeesh...), it can get a bit frustrating at times to see the films that make it to the big screen over the ones that don't. So for your consideration (and possibly my own desire to vent), here are five comic book properties that, in my humble opinion, are currently being overlooked and deserve some overpriced movie theater love:
1. The Doom Patrol -- There are two ways to adapt this into a film. One is the straightforward superhero route with the original DP team of Robotman, Elasti-Woman, Negative Man and The Chief as a somewhat-strange team of heroes that would otherwise be freakish outcasts saving the world. The other is to go the more surreal take developed by Grant Morrison featuring Robotman, Crazy Jane, Rebis and The Chief encountering bizarre villains like The Brotherhood of Dada, Red Jack or The Scissormen. Either way could be interesting and potentially groundbreaking if handled properly, but I imagine the more traditional superhero approach would sell more tickets.
2. Sleeper -- Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' modern gem was optioned in 2008 by Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi with Cruise reportedly to star as the series' lead character, Holden Carver, but there's been little to no development on it since. Essentially a superpowered version of the TV series Wiseguy, Sleeper features a man impervious to pain and also able to use that pain on others placed undercover inside a criminal organization. If you think of the film along the lines of The Departed with superpowers, it's easy to see why Sleeper could do some killer box office.