Andy Mangels’ Hollywood Heroes was a news column that appeared in the pages of Wizard: The Guide to Comics magazine, and Hero Illustrated in the early 90’s. I thought it would be fun to look back at the news he was covering for that time period, since we are almost 26 years removed from it, and can analyze it a little bit. His news is in italics, and my comments follow in bold.
“The big news this month is that ABC recently put in an order for a two hour Superman pilot film called Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Andy speculates that this will be a more relationship based show than previous incarnations due to the title.”
Well, he was right about that. He seemed a little surprised that Perry White has been cast as a black man.
“In other superhero pilots news, he mentions that The Resurrector has been ordered. I don’t remember that one. But he then goes on to mention that Fox has ordered a 2 hour pilot from director Sam Raimi called Mantis, about a chemist who is crippled in the L.A. riots develops an exo-skeleton and a power pack that gives him super-human powers.”
That one I do remember, and it was a pretty swank show, even though it only lasted one season.
“HBO is working on a small-screen werewolf movie to air sometime this year.”
It was untitled at that point. Does anyone remember what this was and if it ever made it to air?
“Swamp Thing on USA Network is winding down it’s run with it’s last 5 new episodes.”
That was such a good show too. It’s one that would probably do well with a reboot these days.