I’ve made my admiration for Alex Proyas very clear; even when his movies turn out mediocre (“I, Robot”), I remain a fan of his. Now there are rumors that the people behind the “Silver Surfer” movie (the script is currently being written by “Babylon 5” guru J. Michael Straczynski, who knows a thing or two about delivering pathos, something that a Silver Surfer movie MUST have in abundance) are looking to put Proyas in the director’s chair. Even during my comic book geek days, I was never that big a fan of the Silver Surfer, and his turn as a (sorta) live-action version in the recent “Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer” didn’t really make me love or hate him more than I already do.
Basically, I am indifferent to the character, but if Proyas is on board, I MIGHT be in. Maybe. I still don’t think it was a good idea to have Laurence Fishburne voice the character, but hey, maybe it’s just me.
More about the Silver Surfer’s comic book origins via Wikipedia:
The Silver Surfer is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby. The character first appears in the comic book Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), the first of a three-issue arc fans and historians call “The Galactus Trilogy”.
Norrin Radd was a young astronomer of the planet Zenn-La. In order to save his homeworld from destruction by a fearsome cosmic entity known as Galactus, Norrin made a bargain with the being, pledging himself to serve as its herald. Imbued in return with a small portion of Galactus’ Power Cosmic, Norrin acquired great powers, and a silvery appearance. He created for himself a surfboard-like craft “” modeled after a childhood fantasy of his “” on which he would travel at speeds beyond that of light. Known from then on as the Silver Surfer, Norrin began to roam the cosmos searching for new planets for Galactus to consume. When his travels finally took him to Earth, the Surfer came face-to-face with the Fantastic Four, a team of powerful superheroes that helped him to rediscover his nobility of spirit. Betraying Galactus, the Surfer saved Earth but was punished in return with everlasting exile there.
Here’s my idea for a Silver Surfer movie: stay away from a prequel storyline, and instead continue on with the Silver Surfer post-“FF2” movie. Pit him against Galactus (and DON’T make him a damn cloud) with another planet at stake. But no prequel, please.