If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Last week, DC announced that they were going to be adapting their underwhelming Metal Men property into a film with Barry Sonnenfeld directing. Not to be outdone in the realm of who-gives-a-crap obscurity, Marvel has just announced their intention to develop The Human Fly for the screen. Oh, you haven't heard of The Human Fly? That character that only lasted nineteen issues over two years in the late 70s? Yeah, me neither. He was a villain who, after being shot by police and left for dead, wandered into a lab and was endowed with the physical characteristics of a fly. He first tangled with Spider-Man, but also had run-ins with Daredevil. He was later relaunched as a superhero with a completely different backstory. The film will purportedly be produced as an indie with Steven Goldmann ('Trailer Park of Terror') directing from a screenplay by Tony Babinski.
So yeah, you can all stop clamoring for that Human Fly movie now, it's happening. Once again, I had to do some research to find out who the hell this character was. What I find interesting is that The Human Fly existed as both a villain and, later, a hero. So which avenue will the film pursue? I'm more interested in villains as a rule, but his villainous origins sound like a bad cribbing of the 1950s 'The Fly' films. Also, without bringing Spider-Man into the mix, which I can guarantee you will not happen with an indie film about a forgotten Marvel character, what would be the point? But I suppose if you're hellbent on making a Human Fly movie, pointlessness does not bother you. At least we're in good hands with the director of 'Trailer Park of Terror,' right? Oof.
What do you guys think? Anyone care one way or the other about a Human Fly movie? Why do you think the comic book companies are becoming so interested in obscure characters lately?