My campaign for a live action STARMAN film with James Ransone (The Wire, Generation Kill) as protagonist Jack Knight starts here!
Yes, I admit it is a very lazy campaign.
For those that have no idea what I’m talking about, Starman was published by DC Comics between 1994 and 2001, written by James Robinson with art by Tony Harris. It centered on a “legacy” character named Jack Knight, son of the Golden Age superhero Starman (Ted Knight), and his adventures.
While the comics of the 1990s are often remembered as a low point by comic “fans” pointing out gimmicky covers, super sexed up “bad girls”, crazed ‘roid-monkey vigilantes, pouches and strangely designed costumes, it’s also a decade that produced a lot of innovative stories and characters and overall was a fantastic decade for graphic literature. For the “superhero” genre, one of the all time greats is Starman.
The artwork and storytelling was less about flash and just putting out an action book or light reading and more about a realist approach to character and superheroes. Even the character Jack Knight looks out of place in a world full of capes and tights doing all his superhero stuff in normal street clothes.
It’s these points I use as the basis for my reasoning (and dream) that STARMAN could be turned into a live action film and reinvigorate the comic film genre giving it something fresh and unique (even though it’s from a comic that came out 17 years ago). As a lover of cinema, I really think people need to see this. It might silence the critics that think superhero movies can’t be anything more than eye candy and fluff, they can also be art (much like the source material they’re based on).
Jack Knight as a character (both in terms of looks and attitude) is out of place in a world of superheroes and that’s why, as an actor, I think James Ransone would be perfect for the role if the movie ever gets made. Much like Jack, Ransone isn’t exactly the go-to-guy for producers and filmmakers when they want to cast the next big superhero film. There’s probably 10 other male actors in their early 20s to mid 30s people would think of before him, and that’s a real shame because he’s a phenomenal actor. And much like Jack, Ransone doesn’t really look like a “superhero”, which works because Jack’s just a normal dude who just happens to have a superhero for a father.
Anyway, that’s it really. Turned into a very long winded post. Longer than just some backup information to go with a quick fan poster, that’s for sure. Still, if you haven’t read STARMAN, get on it, and if you haven’t watched anything with James Ransone in it, please do!
Hell, I might even draw a picture of Jack Knight later.
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