Thursday, 7 April 2011

Diary: Armoured Gideon - A Comic Movie That Would Blow Your Mind

With the current wave of comic book movies featuring Marvel or DC characters reaching something of a crescendo with next year's Avengers and 2013's Justice League, the world is awash with tales of superpowers and epic action. That said, there is a complete lack of British comics movies. This is understandable due to the budget of these things, but there is so much amazing material out there that it seems criminal to ignore it.

Personally I would absolutely love to see a film of ARMOURED GIDEON, the classic 2000AD strip that mixed horror, surreal fantasy and science fiction in the way that only really 2000AD is capable of doing. Telling the tale of a photographer, Frank, who is sucked into an insane fantasy world populated by bizarre creatures and massive warring robots, the comic was demented and quite stunning to my eyes as a kid, and still retains that impact when revisiting the strip today as a crusty old thirtysomething.

It really would be a comic movie that woud blow your mind. The central human character would naturally spend most of his time in front of a greenscreen, but that would cut a bunch of prodduction costs right away anyway.

The concept and the visuals are literally out-of-this-world, and we are now at a place in the evolution of genre cinema where these things can be achieved at a high enough standard to be convincing. Plus, who wouldn't want to check out a film of two psychotic giant robots in a hellish fantasy wasteland, especially when all those robots are capable of saying is 'ANNIHILATE!!!!' and 'OBLITERATE!!!!' Pure gold, that is.

Oh and while you're at it, let's have films of Slaine, Nemesis the Warlock, ABC Warriors, Devlin Waugh, Zenith and The Ballad of Halo Jones. Pretty please?

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