Greatest American Hero details
A few details have leaked out about the film version of the superb television series The Greatest American Hero, but I do hasten to add they are a very few details.
Still, we get to hear a little of what the additional bad guy character is going to turn out to be.
It seems that the film version will change a few things from the television series and not minor things either. The first is that there's a big baddie, another teacher at the school, and the second is that the hero himself, Ralph Hinkley, will not just have the power of flight.
According to Moviehole who talked with a friend who's a casting director and has some inside knowledge on the film, tells us that not only will Hinkley be able to fly with his superhero powers but he'll also have the ability to burst into flames, just like that bloke from the Fantastic Four.
However for me it's the news that his enemy is going to be a single, normal bloke. Another teacher at the school where Hinkley teaches is Harve Lundy, a fat thirty-five year old teacher who pushes his pupils desks to the back of the class and sits his desk on a raised platform above them. I guess this suggests that he's a bit of a nasty teacher.
With the details of the story under wraps it's not really clear if there are going to be changes about how Hinkley gains his powers – in the series he was given a suit by aliens in order for him to become a hero, but on the way he loses the instruction manual.
The other question is how the bad guy is going to measure up to him. Previously he just fought different dangers every episode, and as far as I can remember he found new strengths of the suit as the series moved forward.
This film version sounds a little more down to earth and does seem to be smelling as though there's going to be a lot of change from the series, and why is that such a problem? We see so many remakes that are just the same with scene by scene as the original and they're pretty much awful, isn't it the change that can make these better films?
Well that is true, but the original television series of The Greatest American Hero was so strong for the story it had and it was a simple formula, should they really change things around?
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