Could This Be A Better Superhero Movie Than Avengers or Justice League?

Could This Be A Better Superhero Movie Than Avengers or Justice League?

in 1993, a comic book company created a world with the potential to be far better than either the Avengers or the Justice League and could very well be the next cinematic superhero universe to stun audiences and take CBMs to the next level.

I am absolutely certain that the best superhero team movie would be neither Avengers or Justice League but something very very different. In fact, it wouldn’t even be something from the Big 2 at all…

In 1993, Dark Horse Comics created their own superhero world populated by heroes and villains who had been the result of various experiments by an alien called the Heretic. There was a Superman analogue named Titan, an Ultraman analogue named Hero Zero, a Hulk analogue named Monster and the much more famous characters of BarbWire (already the subject of a movie with the titular character played by Pamela Anderson), Ghost (whose spirit has been separated from her body), and X (a ruthless vigilante).

The world was changed by the rise of these superpowered individuals and a city that acted as a sort of haven for all of them sprouted up. In the midst of this city, a team was formed called “Catalyst: Agents of Change.” In this series, the city of superheroes, Golden City, secedes from the United States.

The books from Dark Horse were full of action and extremely varied, exploring different genres such as the noir grittiness of X and Ghost, the hopefulness of Rebel, the angst of Monster, the kaiju craziness of Hero Zero (who even had a crossover with Godzilla) and the martial arts madness of King Tiger. A team movie culled from these characters would make an incredibly diverse team and would give audiences something they’ve never seen before. It has the potential to change CBMs forever.

Eventually, sales dropped off and Dark Horse changed up the Catalyst book by bringing in a more ruthless leader named Law, who molded the team into what he wanted them to be. There was a crossover with the Mask (a character owned by Dark Horse) and a final crossover with Predator, in which the Predator kills many of the heroes and villains. Since Dark Horse owns the character of the Mask, I can see them making the movie much more appealing to fans of the original Jim Carrey movie by including the Mask but giving him the much darker tone consistent with the original comic books rather than the more straight-up comedy that was the movie and its abysmal sequel.

Dark Horse have a ton of potential here and they can very easily craft a cinematic world that outshines both Avengers and Justice League in its sheer madness. All they have to do is make it happen. Sound off below in the comments. Would you like to see a cohesive cinematic superhero universe with heroes as diverse as these? Do you think something like the Dark Horse Heroes have potential? I think Dark Horse has a vast well of untapped potential.
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LEVITIKUZ - 9/5/2013, 8:06 AM
VIRILEMAN - 9/5/2013, 9:29 AM
No. No it won't. Glad we could help you clear that up.
OldBenKenobi - 9/5/2013, 11:36 AM
It has potential, I think. But not better than JL.
marvel54 - 9/5/2013, 11:36 AM
nice try
RetroFit - 9/5/2013, 12:05 PM
This idea sounds like a VERY interesting read, but no studio would green-light a $200+ million budget on a product nobody has ever heard of.
WruceBayne - 9/5/2013, 12:21 PM
An Image Universe would be more plausible than this.
RHd2 - 9/5/2013, 12:22 PM
I didn't realize this site was branching out with joke editorials.
GoldenMan - 9/5/2013, 12:25 PM
GeekyCheekyChic - 9/5/2013, 1:05 PM
GeekyCheekyChic - 9/5/2013, 1:07 PM
Next up an editorial about Gen 13 and can it be better than Avengers and Justice League.
CrimsonReign - 9/5/2013, 1:25 PM
Pure Garbage. I do not like analogues to heroes that are already better than any chump imitation. Stupid idea.
SCURVYDOG619 - 9/5/2013, 1:42 PM
Dark Horse already has a couple of properties with movies planned.

One of them is for Rex Mundi- which has been linked to Johnny Depp for a number of years now.....
MrCBM56 - 9/5/2013, 2:48 PM
How does this article make main but mine didn't even though I had people who agreed with me and liked my article...? *sigh*
Lhornbk - 9/5/2013, 2:57 PM
Yeah, there's another 60 seconds of my life that I'll never get back. Dark Horse has had good comics, they're called Star Wars.
SaxoWolf - 9/5/2013, 3:20 PM
never heard of this.
Verdugo - 9/5/2013, 3:50 PM
Terrible idea.
KeithM - 9/5/2013, 3:59 PM
Analogues? Something we've never seen before? Bit of a contradiction there.

"Eventually, sales dropped off..."

Why was that, I wonder?

And BarbWire being part of it is the kiss of death.

Dark Horse doesn't really do superheroes.

The closest thing they have (which is good) is Hellboy. And Concrete - not a superhero though. Although I would love to see a Concrete movie.

Now, The Authority... Not DH, but that would be something a bit different and might actually give the big 2's big hitters a run for their money.
seamuskeaneart - 9/5/2013, 7:03 PM
The Authority is a DC/Warner Property.
Folchibas - 9/5/2013, 7:24 PM
His name is Comedian....yep...this joke wasn't that funny, and took too long for you to write.
StrangerX - 9/5/2013, 7:47 PM
I was hoping this was a Swamp Thing article

Oh well
crawley - 9/5/2013, 9:51 PM
I read X every month i think it would be a great movie and could be done on low budget.
SnapperCarr - 9/5/2013, 10:38 PM
Absolutely not.
efcamachopmp - 9/6/2013, 1:37 AM
Dark Horse needs to hit up The Goon, and focus on Hellboy III, Sin City II, and more 30 Days of Night material.

R.I.P.D. kicked them in the ass pretty hard.
Optimist18 - 9/6/2013, 2:15 AM
I'd be game. Would it be better than JL or Avengers? Maybe not in popularity, but who knows? I'm glad you brought this to my attention, as I've heard of some of these Dark Horse characters, but not the team who originated them.

Oh, and F*** all the haters. I swear, this site is one of the largest magnets for the real scum of the internet. Entitled, self-righteous, pieces of shit. Don't give a damn if they're decent; no, they're content in fully abusing the first amendment. Why? Because that's one of the major downsides in giving people real freedom.

Anyways, thanks for posting the idea. :)
Comedian666 - 9/6/2013, 6:49 AM
Thanks, Optimist. It really bothers me when people just start bashing stuff they've never read or have no clue about. I think this would be expensive as hell but it could be done and I think it would be a great movie.
dadisatish - 9/6/2013, 11:16 AM
nothing can beat justice league....cause JL has BATMAN.....
GranGoose - 9/6/2013, 2:37 PM
There is not JL without Batman, he pays the bills. I want a Bionic Six film.

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