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Off My Mind: Could A Character Like Taskmaster Get A Movie?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Will movie-goers watch movies about lesser known characters?
The other day, The A-Team director Joe Carnahan spoke about a rumor from years ago about directing a Taskmaster movie. There hasn't been any progress on it and I wouldn't hold my breathe waiting for this to happen. The question is, does a character like Taskmaster have what it takes to get Hollywood to make a movie about him?
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Again, I would absolutely love to see a Taskmaster movie. As cool as Taskmaster and his powers are, the one thing he has going against him is he's not a household name. I'm talking in terms of the general public or the average movie goer. Unfortunately since not everyone has the common sense that we do and don't read comics like us, they would have no idea who Taskmaster is. Even though those people didn't know all the details about Iron Man, he had been in several cartoons and video games and non-comic readers probably at least recognized him. Taskmaster is another story.
Taskmaster's obscurity with the general public could work in his favor. Not having a full blown comic book angle could be enticing to those that deem comics beneath them. A bad guy with photographic reflexes and kicking butt could be appealing to the action-craving movie goers. Also a movie with Taskmaster won't have or need the special FX budget that Iron Man would need. What scares me is his look would have to be changed. Even if he was appearing in The Avengers movie, I'm not sure if a skull mask and cape (plus those boots) would translate well. Would it be better if Hollywood doesn't get their hands on him?
What do you think? Do lesser known characters have a chance at starring in their own movies?