Which Marvel Comics Character Would Damon Lindelof Most Like To Adapt For The Screen?

Which Marvel Comics Character Would Damon Lindelof Most Like To Adapt For The Screen?

EXCLUSIVE: I asked Prometheus co-writer and big comic book fan Damon Lindelof which character he would be interested in bringing to the big screen. He also gives his thoughts on Christopher Nolan's Batman, and Marvel's The Avengers..

Damon Lindelof should be very well known to CBMers. One of the creators and showrunners of Lost, he has since gone on to work on the likes of J.J Abrams' Star Trek reboot and John Favreau's Cowboys And Aliens. His latest project was co-writing the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, and he was kind enough to have a chat with me all about that. But knowing how big a comic book fan he is (he actually wrote the Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk miniseries) I also slipped in a CBM related question. It seems Mr Lindelof is a big Iron Fist fan..

MC: So which character or characters would you most like to adapt for the screen and why?

DL: Well there's a huge part of me that wold somehow like to be involved in a Batman movie, but now that I've seen what Christopher Nolan has done with it I just don't think that anyone is ever going to do better. Sooner or later someone may have the audacity to do so, but It's not going to be me! I think I would rather do a character that not many people knew, and maybe saw as lame and couldn't carry their own movie. One character I've always loved is Iron Fist, and Matt Fractions incredible run with him a couple of years back. I always thought that would make a really cool movie. But I am hard pushed to think of me doing anything better than The Avengers which I just thought was phenomenal.

MC: Yeah it was great alright. But Iron Fist is interesting because there has been talk at Marvel in the past about getting that movie off the ground, I'm not sure anything ever went to the script stage though..

DL: Yeah well I mean I think it's because he's even more fringy than Iron Man was, and also because he's called IRON Fist they may be worried about some confusion with the Iron Man franchise, even though obviously they are very different characters. But I have to imagine that with the success of The Avengers, they are planning to give Black Widow and Hawkeye their own spin-offs, and there are many more characters on the fringe of the Marvel universe that I feel are equally worthy, like Iron Fist.

What do you guys think? Is it time for an Iron Fist movie? Would you like to see Damon Lindelof holding the pen? Sound off below, and be sure to keep an eye on CBM for the full interview over the weekend, and my review of Prometheus later on today.

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TheFireRises - 6/1/2012, 7:04 AM

What a Nolanite ;)
Dynamo - 6/1/2012, 7:04 AM
I'd rather see a Heroes for Hire movie than just an Iron Fist movie. I'd like to see some more street level Superheroes in the MCU.
TheFireRises - 6/1/2012, 7:05 AM
Iron Fist would be pretty cool.
robvillain - 6/1/2012, 7:06 AM
A DMZ movie! I want to see Mr. Wilson and Matty Roth on the big screen.
TheBigBoss917 - 6/1/2012, 7:12 AM
SuperPickle - 6/1/2012, 7:15 AM
Filmmakers love Nolan because he's a consummate FILMmaker. He doesn't make popcorn fluff flicks. That's why he was able to take a ridiculous concept like a guy bent on revenge who dresses like a bat and beats up bad guys and turn it into a serious film that the general public not only accepted, but revered as great drama.

This doesn't take anything away from Favreau and Whedon, however. They make great CBMs, but that's what they were - COMIC BOOK MOVIES. Begins and Dark Knight would have been excellent films even if Batman had no comic book history to draw from. Nolan is a masterful storyteller, not just a good director. Yes, I'm a Nolan-ite. But I'm also a HUGE Whedon-ite. I've loved everything the guy has ever done.
ralfinader - 6/1/2012, 7:15 AM
I second the 'Heroes for Hire' over just an Iron Fist movie.
Berger45 - 6/1/2012, 7:19 AM
Or maybe Flash? Maybe he's the not screenadapter we deserve, but the one we needs right now.
CaptHalJordan - 6/1/2012, 7:23 AM
I want an Iron Fist movie so hard.
CaptHalJordan - 6/1/2012, 7:25 AM
Although an Iron Fist movie and Luke Cage movie leading into a Heroes for Hire movie would also be excellent.
FireKnightRises - 6/1/2012, 7:27 AM
I third 'Heroes for Hire' over just an Iron Fist movie
it will be awesome luke cage / iron fist bromance buddy cops type film which people will like
Talontd - 6/1/2012, 7:29 AM
Excellent Actor...

Would LOVE to do a Martial Arts CBM...

Has studied Martial Arts since he was 8yrs old...

Ryan Phillippe IS Danny Rand/Iron Fist!!!

FireKnightRises - 6/1/2012, 7:32 AM
hero for hire can become 'buddy cop' of superhero film

arachnidzpr7 - 6/1/2012, 7:33 AM
TheBigBoss917 - 6/1/2012, 7:46 AM

Xandera - 6/1/2012, 7:48 AM
I would love to see Iron Fist make it to the big screen...
screechop - 6/1/2012, 7:49 AM
it would be cool to make a heroes for hire movie, because that could have a great lead up to hopefully an avengers civil war story. more characters and a different point of view.
Xeriath - 6/1/2012, 7:54 AM
@Talon I agree 100% He would make an awesome Iron Fist. I read somewhere a while ago that he actually auditioned for the role of Captain America. He also said in an interview he would love to play a superhero because it would mean the world to his daughter. Iron Fist is definitely a great choice for him!
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/1/2012, 7:57 AM
Iron Fist movie would be awesome.
Ryan Phillippe or Charlie Hunnam would be great Danny Rand.

Other martial artist i would want to see on the big screen is Shang-Chi.
Byung Hun Lee or Jon Foo could be great in the role.
shadyginzo - 6/1/2012, 7:58 AM
Well f'ing said, this pointless rivalry will outlive whedon and nolan, its in fanboy DNA. Do people think this argument will one day be won!? And even of it were, that would be a sad day for CBMs. Both are legends and class acts from two different worlds.
Ranger14 - 6/1/2012, 7:59 AM
"Filmmakers love Nolan because he's a consummate FILMmaker. He doesn't make popcorn fluff flicks."

...and that's why Warner Brother executives have referred to TDKR as this summer's popcorn flick? ;-) People take the "popcorn flick" term way too seriously. I eat popcorn at every film I go to, so every film is a popcorn flick to me.
SageMode - 6/1/2012, 8:02 AM
He seems to be pretty eager to want to helm Iron Fist.
Charlie Hunnan would be excellent for the role. Ryan Phillipe just seems too meh.
WorldsGreatestdetective - 6/1/2012, 8:02 AM
Can't wait to hear Marvelites complain about how overrated Nolan's movies are. @TommyMonaghan pointed at the main point that nolanites as myself usually point to that Nolan gave a hero the highest honor of all, being able to transcend the stereotypical view that CBM's are merely for enjoyment and serve no story or reflection upon society as a film
SageMode - 6/1/2012, 8:04 AM

IRON FIST has more than enough solo leverage to handle his own movie.
Vapes - 6/1/2012, 8:10 AM
Iron Fist would be great, but I think the smarter move for Marvel would be to do a 'Heroes for Hire' film starring Iron Fist & Luke Cage.

fadersdream - 6/1/2012, 8:21 AM
Awesome, The last Iron Fist series was so amazing.
Shaman - 6/1/2012, 8:26 AM
I personally wouldn't care for an Iron Fist movie if Luke Cage wasn't co-starring in it. Heroes for Hire or GTFO!
drfate - 6/1/2012, 8:50 AM
C'mon Marvel. You gotta make this one. I'll write it at cost! (and 8% of the gross)

LucasMend - 6/1/2012, 9:15 AM
Cool, there it is Marvel, go after a bright one who's interested, not some shitty actor who wrote a comedy movie and the lead star of your movie suggested
Fogs - 6/1/2012, 9:43 AM
I would respect 100% @tommymonaghan's opinion but when I read that batman was a stupid concept to begin with, I understand he doesn't give a shit about comics. Therefore he would never understand what true comicbook fans expect to see on the silver screen when they get to know their favorite characters will be in it.
localman - 6/1/2012, 9:59 AM
The problem with Iron Fist is how to make it different than a "standard" martial arts film. So many of the Martial Arts films have shown characters with unrealistic powers and lots of Wire-Fu, from the Matrix films to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. How can you (a) make an Iron Fist movie unique, and (b) convince an audience that this is something different than what they have seen before?
Starjammer - 6/1/2012, 10:18 AM
Never was it said they are doing a Black Widow/Hawkeye.
Dedpool - 6/1/2012, 10:23 AM
YES!! An Iron Fist movie based on the Fraction run would be AWESOME!!! My pick is Scott Adkins for Danny Rand. If they are going to go hollywood then that person needs to train for at least 6 months+ cause there is no way i'm going to believe Ryan Phillepe is a Martial arts master!!!!
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/1/2012, 10:32 AM
Charlie Hunnam knows martial arts too. Not really sure what type but anyway.
Metalogan - 6/1/2012, 10:57 AM
JASON STATHAM would be one of the best candidates for Iron Fist. People like him, know him, and if Stallone can afford him so can Marvel. He can act, looks good, and people go to check out his movies even if the plot is horrible. Basically, you know what your gonna get with Jason Statham. Ever notice his head is a perfect shape for that mask? So, let's get that JS factor, plus a good director, a good plot, and Marvel backing it up... BINGO! Also, he's not so babyfaced as Ryan Phillipe; he doesnt' have to be young, just look at Robert Downy Jr. Sometime, sitting at my desk I gaze off to the side and think ( in a New York accent) " Jason Stathan ..He's frickin' Iron Fist ..fogettabout it!"
DukeAcureds - 6/1/2012, 11:02 AM
Guess who just got himself a job with Marvel, as of this interview. That's right; Lindelof. Guess what he'll be writing? That's right, Power Man. Snoos.
superotherside - 6/1/2012, 12:03 PM
I want an Iron Fist movie. :)
CoolantTech - 6/1/2012, 5:03 PM
I agree with that there should be a Heroes for hire movie instead of just single movies about the 2 of them, and also that Ryan Phillipe should play Iron fist.
With taht bieng said "Boris Kodjoe"

for Luke Cage
Turtlestrong - 6/1/2012, 6:32 PM
Yeah! That's a great idea for Heroes for Hire movie, Lethal Weapon meets Superheroes, great idea! Personally it would be cool if they could each pull off a solo movie for each of them first and then bring them together. As also someone mentioned playing up the whole 'Civil War' hero registration/existence issue would be cool too,whether they bring it up in future Avengers movies or not. I think it would be nice to bring in that spokeman/senator or who ever he was that was at the end of the Avengers talking about how it was 'their fight'. That would be a cool way to bring in more MCU characters and also link it to the Avengers in a more subtle way. Especially so after Cage and Iron Fist wipe the streets clean of thugs and their super crime bosses in back to back flying fist of fury and brass knuckle punches.
SamHell - 6/1/2012, 8:51 PM
arent y'all gonna die now that youve seen The Avengers?
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