Got to admit, I was pretty much in a rush when I first shot out my list of top 5 Marvel characters who DEFINITELY should have their own movies. Now how can I definitely forget one of the heaviest hitters – if not the most criminally overlooked ones – in the Marvel Universe???
Imagine Aquaman – but with an even bigger chip on his shoulder. Then you get Prince Namor McKenzie, aka The Sub-Mariner. Although he can’t talk to fish unlike his counterpart from the Distinguished Competition, he can kick fifty shades of ass (not just green and orange) even outside the water; with his ability to fly, he can even make like a surface-to-air missile and knock a jet fighter right out of the sky.
TV cartoon intro (1966)
There was an attempt in 2006 by Universal Studios to develop The Sub-Mariner as a film property, with Jonathan Mostow attached to direct; said studio still holds the rights to this day, as per Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Come on, Universal cannot go wrong with having a potential super-hero franchise in their hands…what will all the dramatic court intrigue, his ambivalence towards surface-dwellers, even a boink count that would make Tony Stark jealous
British actor Jason Statham would be a perfect fit for the Sub-Mariner role – after all, wasn’t he once with the UK Olympic swimming team before Hollywood called? Something needs to be done, however, with those little biddy wings sprouting out of his ankles – then again, if Thor lost those silly chicken wings from the side of his helmet, what’s a design change gonna harm the Atlantean Prince Namor that we all grown to love???