Thursday, August 17, 2006

Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer?

Well, the damage is done now folks. Marvel has decided to throw good money after bad. More importantly, they have decided to chuck good characters into a failed franchise.

They have given the Silver Surfer and most probably Galactus to director Tim Story, who gave us the woefully inept "Fantastic Four" film. The new film will be the sequel to FF: "Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer!" Whether or not, Mr. Story and Marvel recognize that the first movie, which was a commercial success, was a steaming pile of you know what, remains to be seen.

I wonder if Marvel understands how much damage to the "X-Men" series X3 has done? I wonder if they can tell why DareDevil failed? Is the optimism of big early numbers really enough to rationalize the dismal drop off of interest in weeks 2 and 3 after the opening weekend? I guess, an executives mind is a fragile thing. So Instead of the earlier plans to give the Surfer a grand debut with a great filmmaker, in a space odyssey, he will be hanging around Yancy street with Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans (who by the way, were the only good parts of the first film).

I know the Silver Surfer belongs with the FF. But the FF movie was so bland, that you start thinking, why contaminate a good character, by giving him to a low quality franchise?

I loved Mr. Story's "Barbershop" films. I think he was just way out of his league, attempting a big budget special effects, action film. Let's hope he realizes that and is spending ever waking hour proving us wrong. I want to go see this movie and cheer "Yay, it's the Surfer!!" not sigh "I guess we will have to wait ten years to see a remake."

Superhero Hype has the news and a summary of the film Here!

Fantastic Four Sequel Title Change

Source: 20th Century Fox
August 16, 2006

20th Century Fox has confirmed to Superhero Hype! that the Fantastic Four sequel has a new name - Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer.

The movie was previously known as Fantastic Four and The Silver Surfer. The second film, directed by Tim Story, is set to hit theaters on June 15, 2007.

In the sequel, the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery of The Silver Surfer and confront the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before all hope is lost.

Michael Chiklis, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon star.

Let's Wiki up some Surfer History!! (Here!)

The Silver Surfer is a Marvel Comics superhero. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966).

The Surfer was originally Norrin Radd, a young astronomer of the planet Zenn-La. He agreed to serve as herald to the god-like entity Galactus in order to save Zenn-La from the world devourer's insatiable hunger. Granted enormous cosmic powers (the Power Cosmic), a silvery appearance and a surfboard-like vehicle — all of which were modeled after a childhood fantasy of Radd — the Silver Surfer roamed the cosmos, searching for new planets for Galactus to consume.

In the classic “The Coming of Galactus” story arc in Fantastic Four #48-50 (1966), the Silver Surfer encountered Earth's Fantastic Four and betrayed Galactus, who doomed him to exile on Earth. In tune with a counterculture of the era, the Surfer explored his new home planet in a heavily philosophical late 1960s spin-off series.

A sequel to the 2005 Fantastic Four film, scheduled for 2007, initially was to be called Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer but has subsequently been renamed Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Early promotional materials indicate it will be a loose adaptation of the “Coming of Galactus” with the Surfer more of a central villain.

The Silver Surfer is a unique product of the Marvel system of comic creation. Unlike in the full scripts employed elsewhere, Lee and Kirby would discuss general storylines or plots initially but leave the specific story elements to the penciller (this was especially so in the case of Kirby). Reputedly, Kirby created the character of the Silver Surfer reasoning that a cosmic predator of planets should have some sort of herald. Lee was surprised by this creation but, taken by the noble features of the new character that Kirby had penciled, scripted him, adding to his characterization.

In the very earliest stories, Kirby envisioned the Surfer as a semi-divine being created by the godlike Galactus, immeasurably powerful yet lacking the most basic understanding of good or evil. Clearly drawing inspiration from Rousseau, Lee's script allowed this completely amoral entity to develop a sense of compassion through contact with the gentle Alicia Masters, a blind sculptress somehow capable of perceiving the surfer's innate nobility.

Lee and Kirby continued this theme through a series of subplots where the Surfer encounters negative human traits such as jealousy (The Thing, driven to rage by the Surfer's relationship with his girlfriend, Alicia); deception, evil and cruelty (de-powered and imprisoned by Doctor Doom, then tortured by Doom's brutal henchmen), despair and hopelessness (languishing in a Latverian dungeon while Doom uses the power cosmic to conquer the world); and finally a thirst for revenge (destroying Doom's castle - along with his sadistic captors, presumably - when he finally escapes).

At the same time, the Surfer continued to evolve as an individual, slowly groping his way to a knowledge of his own humanity. No mention, however, was made of any life or existence prior to the Surfer's arrival on Earth, lending credence to the idea that he was a whole-cloth creation of his world-devouring master. Significantly, during this early period, both Galactus and the Surfer fed in precisely the same manner - converting matter directly into energy - suggesting Galactus created the Surfer in his image.

The Surfer's background was retconned with the release of Silver Surfer #1, providing the character with a previously undisclosed existence, revealing that the character had a life as an ordinary being before he became the Silver Surfer. According to a number of sources, this overhauling of the character's history was one of the disputes which led to Jack Kirby's resignation from Marvel.

In the revised version, the Surfer was born Norrin Radd on the idyllic planet Zenn-La, home to an ancient and advanced civilization that had lost the will to strive or explore; leaving Norrin Radd restless and yearning for something more than the idle pleasure pursued by his fellows. Faced with the total destruction of his world by the planet-consuming Galactus, Radd struck a deal with the omnipotent space god to serve as his herald in return for the safety of Zenn-La and of his lover, Shalla-Bal, at the same time satisfying his desire to discover new worlds and adventures beyond the limits of his home. Galactus accepted the young mortal's sacrifice and imbued him with a portion of the Power Cosmic, transforming him into the Silver Surfer. He served Galactus for an unspecified amount of time, unable to return to Zenn-La or Shalla-Bal, until he came to the planet Earth.

On Earth, the Surfer encountered a number of individuals whose nobility and honor touched him, such as the Fantastic Four and their companion Alicia Masters. The Surfer chose to rebel against Galactus and attempted to prevent his master from consuming the Earth. Galactus was eventually driven off, but as punishment for his rebellion, Galactus confined the Surfer to Earth by creating an invisible barrier which affected only him (deprived him of his space-time powers in the original version - the "Great Barrier" first appeared in the Doctor Doom story arc the following year). Doctor Doom imprisoned Radd and stole the Surfer's power for himself but lost his new might when he collided with Galactus' barrier and the Surfer's powers returned to their true master.

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1 comment:

ronin_tengu said...


Now the Surfer will be ruined for another 10~20 years.

Couldn't they do the Mole Man instead?

It's interesting, though, that Kirby was so upset by that retconning. I always liked that first Surfer series -- but the character's had pretty bad luck. Remember the Fox animated series in the '90s?