Since I was a kid, there were always characters I knew needed to be in a movie. As I grow up, I still see characters that deserve their own movie franchise – after all, Inspector Gadget got one, and he was only barely deserving. These are characters that I believe not only deserve a movie franchise, but would be successful.
The Middleman is a comic series that was also a TV show that lasted one season on ABC Family. It’s about a hero of sorts who fights comic book villainy in the real world, and takes on assistant by the name of Wendy Watson. It’s also epically awesome in every way, starting with The Middleman being a former Navy SEAL who drinks milk and doesn’t cuss, and only going up the awesome scale from there. It’s not that much of a stretch to see it as a movie franchise. Character arcs would have to be crammed into less time, but then bad guy battles could be drawn out. The show did amazing things on a cable network television budget, and I can only imagine that they could define what awesome should be on an actual movie budget.
I will not lie, Harley Quinn is one of my favorite characters of all time. Meant to originally be a one-shot character for the cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn was soon established to be the Joker’s girlfriend, and became a popular addition to the show. She was soon paired up with Poison Ivy, had some solo adventures, and was introduced into comic book mainstream. Harley even became the eventual star of her own comic book series. She was also in the web series Gotham Girls, and was a character on the short lived TV show Birds of Prey. Harley Quinn even has her own Barbie doll. Being included in the movies is only the next natural step for the character, and her fans everywhere would rejoice.
A short lived cartoon from the mid-90s, Freakazoid was most popular amongst a geek audience. Fast forward fifteen years, and the geeks have started to inherit the world. Freakazoid is a superhero who got his powers from the Internet after inadvertently activating a glitch on a processor chip. He also lives up to his name – he’s a freak. He has a rogue’s gallery of some of the wittiest and funnest villains of all time, as well as some more than awkward experiences with sidekicks. There was even a character mentioned in the first episode, Freakazette, who could finally come to light in a movie franchise. Freakazoid could be a fun movie franchise.
Okay, technically, not a character, I know. However, two things occurred to me about Pushing Daisies: everyone has an origin story, and the adventures need to continue. I miss the TV show like crazy, and while I’m excited about the comic books that I hope are still coming out, it’s not the same as seeing the characters. I need to see Ned bring some dead people back to life to solve their murder while at the same time trying to develop a relationship with – somebody. I have my own theories with whom Ned needs to end up with and why, but that’s neither here nor there. Once again, the fans would rejoice, and it’d be a great way to keep the characters alive.
These characters have the potential to have a successful movie franchises. They’re original and fun, and they already have a built in fan base, and the movies would have to be better than the last couple Shrek sequels.