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Deadman's director

08.31.2009

I’m not really even sure what to make of this news, but according to Bloody Disgusting, Nikolaj Arcel (ISLAND OF LOST SOULS) is about to be put behind the wheel of a Guillermo del Toro produced film adaptation of DEADMAN. You know, Deadman? No? Me neither.

He’s a DC comic character that first popped up back in the ‘60s who was a tightrope walker that was murdered and subsequently granted the ability to live on as a ghost who can inhabit other people’s bodies. Uh, awesome? Even with del Toro’s name attached here, I’ve zero inclination to get excited for this, as right now I’m putting it next to Brett Ratner's YOUNGBLOOD in my “obscure comic book movies I don’t care about" file.

Am I missing something here? Was Deadman actually a badass character? From what I can tell he looks like Dr. Manhattan meets Daredevil meets the highest popped collar in superhero history. A ghost superhero seems like a decent idea, but as of now he just looks sort of goofy. Maybe del Toro and Arcel can turn this project into a good idea, but pardon my skepticism for the time being.

Extra Tidbit: My eight year-old cousin just looked at Deadman and said, "They're making a Voldemort movie?"

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4:46PM on 09/01/2009
Deadman is one of the most underrated DC characters out there I'm glad to see he's getting a chance to shine
Deadman is one of the most underrated DC characters out there I'm glad to see he's getting a chance to shine
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1:38PM on 09/01/2009

great comic

Loved reading comics with this character growing up. If done right, it could do very well.
Loved reading comics with this character growing up. If done right, it could do very well.
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10:24PM on 08/31/2009

Deadman:Exorcism

Find Deadman:Exorcism if you can. It's a good introduction to this character and great art. With Del Toro producing it should be filled with great creatures and effects.
Find Deadman:Exorcism if you can. It's a good introduction to this character and great art. With Del Toro producing it should be filled with great creatures and effects.
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7:57PM on 08/31/2009
Believe it or not, but Deadman is a very cool DC character. His costume is stupid, but they can easily fix that for the movie.
Believe it or not, but Deadman is a very cool DC character. His costume is stupid, but they can easily fix that for the movie.
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6:56PM on 08/31/2009

journalism done right.

i used to bag on joblo.com before i knew what it was.
i used to bag on joblo.com before i knew what it was.
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5:28PM on 08/31/2009
So I guess you just decided to post this item in order to proudly gloat for more than half of it about your ignorance of a cult favourite character? Somebody has daddy issues.
So I guess you just decided to post this item in order to proudly gloat for more than half of it about your ignorance of a cult favourite character? Somebody has daddy issues.
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7:16PM on 08/31/2009
Yes, I did not have to time to run out and buy and read a bunch of Darkman stories in time to write this article, and was therefore forced to comment on his odd power and costume and obscurity to the general public.
Yes, I did not have to time to run out and buy and read a bunch of Darkman stories in time to write this article, and was therefore forced to comment on his odd power and costume and obscurity to the general public.
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4:45PM on 08/31/2009

Awesome if oddly obscure DC character

So I guess all you guys asking who Deadman is never watch The Brave & The Bold? I'm also surprised over the amount of initial disinterest considering this is being produced by Del Toro.
So I guess all you guys asking who Deadman is never watch The Brave & The Bold? I'm also surprised over the amount of initial disinterest considering this is being produced by Del Toro.
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4:37PM on 08/31/2009
iron fist is probably a close 2nd for biggest popped collar. and i wouldn't mind seeing him in a movie either.
iron fist is probably a close 2nd for biggest popped collar. and i wouldn't mind seeing him in a movie either.
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4:22PM on 08/31/2009
i dont know anything about this character but he needs a new wardrobe.
i dont know anything about this character but he needs a new wardrobe.
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4:12PM on 08/31/2009
Read Steve Niles' Gotham County Line if you want a really good Deadman Story.

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Also, in the first season of the new animated Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Deadman has an episode with Bats as well that was fairly well done.

Deadman is more about the supernatural and an old fashioned detective story mixed together. Good stuff.
Read Steve Niles' Gotham County Line if you want a really good Deadman Story.

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Also, in the first season of the new animated Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Deadman has an episode with Bats as well that was fairly well done.

Deadman is more about the supernatural and an old fashioned detective story mixed together. Good stuff.
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4:03PM on 08/31/2009

i dont get the big deal with del toro

hellboy and hellboy 2 were both kind of... meh
hellboy and hellboy 2 were both kind of... meh
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12:07AM on 09/01/2009
He gets credit for being a fanboy who's also a pretty terrific visionary fantasy director ("The Devil's Backbone," "Pan's Labyrinth"). If it was just on the strength of his comic adaptations, I wouldn't care much.
He gets credit for being a fanboy who's also a pretty terrific visionary fantasy director ("The Devil's Backbone," "Pan's Labyrinth"). If it was just on the strength of his comic adaptations, I wouldn't care much.
3:43PM on 08/31/2009

Good Ol' Deadman.

Deadman, his super power is...he's dead.

He's actually a pretty cool character, and he's had a recent resurgence in DC Comics' Wednesday Comics & Blackest Night. I would love to see this done right.

Deadman, his super power is...he's dead.

He's actually a pretty cool character, and he's had a recent resurgence in DC Comics' Wednesday Comics & Blackest Night. I would love to see this done right.

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3:29PM on 08/31/2009
With del Toro making I have some hope for the movie to be inventive
With del Toro making I have some hope for the movie to be inventive
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