The Boys
Of the entries on this list, Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys is probably the most obscure, but that doesn’t mean it deserves any less attention. The story is set in a world where superheroes exist and have been corrupted by celebrity status, leaving the CIA to hire a group of powered individuals to help maintain order. And in addition to having a cool story and a lot of great characters, boy is it insane and over the top (arguably even more so than Ennis’ controversial Preacher books). There actually has been some real-life forward motion on an adaptation, with Anchorman director Adam McKay attached to direct, but sadly it’s been a good long while since we heard anything about it. Hopefully one day somebody will get the balls to fully finance it and let Simon Pegg fulfill his destiny playing Wee Hughie. After all, it’s not like obscurity has really been a problem for comic book movies of late. If Marvel Studios can pump a huge budget in the sci-fi epic that is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy then we should be able to see an R-rated, live-action version of The Boys.

We’ve discussed clawed mutants, psychotic mercenaries, hellspawn and wacked-out superheroes, but let’s close out by talking a bit about motorcycle-riding alien bounty hunters. A part of the same 90s muscles and guns culture in comics that Spawn was a part of back in the early 90s, Lobo is a rather ridiculous, wacky, incredibly entertaining character that would be fascinating to see come to life on the big screen – albeit only in the right way. The character is all about excess, be it in terms of drinking or extreme violence, and a movie that downgrades the character to a PG-13 rating just wouldn’t be worth it. Sadly, any current plans for a Lobo movie currently rest six feet underground, as while there was a movie in the works with Dwayne Johnson starring and Brad Peyton directing, The Rock has confirmed that the whole thing fell apart. Here’s hoping the folks over at Warner Bros. and DC Comics are still trying to come up with a way to do it, and if they do hopefully they do it right.

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