'Human Fly', 'Big Hero 6' the Next Logical Steps in Comic Book Movies

June 28, 2012

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With superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk all chugging along in successful movie franchises, thoughts have turned to what other Marvel characters could make a smooth, profitable transition into the film world. Somehow those thoughts led to the conclusions "Human Fly" and "Big Hero 6."

According to Deadline, Eisenberg-Fisher Productions have picked up the recently-reverted rights to Marvel's The Human Fly comics and will executive produce its development as an indie superhero film. Based on real-life stuntman Joe Ramacieri, Human Fly ("The Wildest Super-Hero Ever -- Because He's Real," claimed his tagline) was a daredevil who was not really as popular as, say, Daredevil, and only appeared in his own comic for two years in the late '70s. Over that comic's 19-issue run, the titular character at least once played acoustic guitar at a charity benefit, and met up with Spider-Man and Daredevil at various points. Of course, those characters' film rights are owned by Sony and Fox, respectively, so don't expect any cross-overs of that magnitude in the movie. Though, depending on Curb's shooting schedule, maybe Super Dave could show up?

Meanwhile, Walt Disney is reportedly (via) working on bringing Big Hero 6 to screens in an animated film to be directed by Winnie the Pooh's Don Hall. Appropriate to the name sounding like a poor translation of The Avengers, Big Hero 6 is a superhero team that hails from Japan, and whose members have included such characters as Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi-No-Ginger, and a few other people equally likely to make you shrug indifferently. Its most well-known members are probably Sunfire and Silver Samurai, but those two belong to Fox because, in terms of rights, they're technically X-Men characters, so you won't be seeing them in a movie. You may be seeing a chef who materializes Qi-Energy into throwing knives, though. Turns out that's who Wasabi-No-Ginger is.

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