After television and theaters, we want the superheroes closer to our orbit. With web series being a medium that can be as elaborate as it gets, these characters have all the time in the world to share their woes and tell their story. Though the list of favorites is endless, I’ve picked my favorite five to be Batman, Wolverine, Superman, Hulk and Watchmen. Whom would you want on the list?
Bob Kane created Batman in 1939. From 1939 to 2012, Batman went through 70 years of evolution. Starting off as a masked vigilante to fulfill the reader’s need for more comic book superheroes, to the inclusion of the Batsignal, Batcave, Batmobile the journey of Batman thus begun.
By 1943, Batman made his way from pulpy print to the screen for the first time gradually becoming more science fiction oriented. The 50’s saw a post war ‘sunnier’ Batman. In the 60’s we met Batman in a 30-minute television series portrayed by Adam West.
The 70’s was a time which favoured realism. That reflected in the storyline which had more emotional depth. Writers took us to the origin of Batman’s vengeance.
Then came Tim Burton’s Batman breaking all records following up with a sequel which wasn’t as popular. After that our Batman evolved decade after decade into Batman-The Animated Series, Batman Forever, The Dark Knight Trilogy and many in between.
The evolution of our all-time favourite superhero with his tangible and intangible assets would make for the most sought after web series for the audience across the globe. Because its true, you can never get enough of Batman.
Wolverine was first introduced to us as a part of the X-Men tribe. From there to “The Incredible Hulk”, Logan has had quite the super-heroic journey. Interesting to note, he was created by writer Len Wein and art director John Romita, Sr., who designed the character, and was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe for Marvel Comics. Our typically tough, brooding, anti-hero like Wolverine made for standard characteristics for comic book heroes back in the day.
According to his most recent origin story, Wolverine born as James Howlett in the 80s participated both in World War One and Two. He also worked as a covert agent for the CIA during the Cold War. During that time, Wolverine became well versed in English, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Spanish, Arabic, and Lakota.
He learnt French, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Hindi, and Persian sparingly.
It would be phenomenal to base an animated series on the world wars and the cold war in these countries across the world, which would be multi-lingual and exposing the darker elements of these nations using his usual skills coupled with fluency in languages.
In every superhero film, comic or series, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Just like Batman is actually Bruce Wayne and Spider-Man really is Peter Parker. Peter Parker, not Spider-Man wakes up in the morning, He then dons a costume to ‘become’ Spider-Man.
That is what separates Superman from the rest. Think about it, Superman didn’t become Superman, he was born thus. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he doesn’t become Superman, he is Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. Similarly, his outfit with the big red “S”, which is the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby found by the Kents, are his clothes. What Kent wears, from the glasses to the business suit is his costume. And why does he wear a costume? It is nothing but his effort to blend in with us.
He is not from amongst us, he only tries to be how he perceives us to be. Clark Kent is how Superman views us and the image of the human race is rather too weak, cowardly and unstable.
Brought up by Pa Kent, a small town farmer, Clark was tutored the importance to stand up for oneself and to work hard by introducing him to “The American Way.”
Jor-El, only having met his son for a moment before sending him off into the universe, had high hopes for his son. While Jor-El taught Kal how to be “Super” Jonathan Kent kept Clark connected him to the “man” in himself. Together they created the world’s greatest hero, Superman. But did that make Superman a torn spirit. He had two fathers but could either completely understand him?
A web series based on the all American Alien Super Man adapting to the human race and critiquing him simultaneously could be very engaging and witty.
Hulk definitely has no limits to his rage or strength. He gets triggered by anger and that emotion grows manifold. Left to his own devices we have seen that he calms down after a period. Sadly enough our man’s initial anger bout can be devastating and cause people to feel threatened by him, in turn making him angrier and more destructive getting into a cycle of cross attack between him and others.
Now hulk also has a family.
After Bruce Banner conquered California from his old nemesis, the Abomination, he renamed it to “Hulkland”, setting himself up as ruler. He and his cousin She-Hulk had many children, who in turn had children of their own. The family was referred to as the “Hulk Gang”. In would be a lot of fun to have a web-series based on the Hulkland. How Hulk manages his temper within the periphery of his family. How he caters to their emotional needs without getting triggered. How Hulk, the family man reacts and handles the drama of everyday family life would be a funny enough web series.
While everyone has heard of Wonder Woman, an iconic superhero who is pretty much at par with Superman and Batman not many know that she was born as the Princess Diana of Themyscira. When she was born, she was granted abilities beyond mortals. The Lasso of Truth by the Gods of Olympus was bestowed upon her. Described as beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules, Wonder Woman has a mythological origin with a contemporary twist.
Our female superhero or heroine to sound more politically correct is as real as it can get with her qualities. The Goddess of wisdom Athena gifted her leadership abilities which mainly comes down to impressive communication skills.
She can detect other people’s emotions which also means Wonder Woman isn’t just any superhero but a practical rendition of one.
With an agility surpassing Olympic-level athletes, along with balance and coordination Wonder Woman is believable and equally awe inspiring.
Wonder Woman is wonderful when it comes to bonding with animals which makes her compassionate, sensitive and real.
Arguably she is one superhero we want to watch in a digital series.
Superhero content can never go out of vogue so it will never lose its captive connoisseurs. Be it comics, films, television series and now web series, superheroes will woo its audience across platforms. Binge watching is the way of the day for many of us. Especially on an off day, pj’s, a few cans of beer or mugs of cocoa and our favorite superhero series could be the perfect toast to our otherwise not so perfect lives.