Behold! Galactus Will Be Back in Silver Surfer Spin-Off!
by Alex Billington
February 27, 2008
One of the panels that we unfortunately missed last weekend at WonderCon was a spotlight on comic book author J. Michael Straczynski. In addition to his extensive comic book work, Straczynski is now diving into Hollywood, having scripted the upcoming Clint Eastwood film The Changeling and already working on three other scripts, including World War Z and a Silver Surfer spin-off. During Straczynski's panel at WonderCon, he briefly talked about the Silver Surfer movie and confirmed that the giant evil world eater Galactus would be featured in it.
Users on Newsarama's forums were in attendance and reported back on the details from the panel.
"For what the Silver Surfer movie entails Straczynski says it will cover the origin of the character. He said it will feature Galactus, noting that the latest Fantastic Four film held off on showing Galactus to reveal him for this film."
Most comic book fans may remember (or perhaps they've already rid themselves of that memory) last year's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, where Galactus made an "appearance" in the form of a giant space cloud near the end of the movie. According to that report above, they might have held off on revealing Galactus because he will instead show up in this Silver Surfer spin-off that Straczynski is writing. Although most fans were quite disgruntled to find out that Galactus was nothing more than a cloud, after watching the movie, numerous discussions began regarding the possibility that the more human-like form of Galactus may yet still be seen and that he isn't really just a cloud after all.
A previous, somewhat contradictory report from Filmstalker points out that Straczynski said that the movie "picks up right where the FF movie left off and it's designed to answer the questions that were asked in the movie but really weren't dealt with there." However, that reported is from July 2007 and quite a bit could have changed, or it could simply be a misunderstanding. Whereas it might pick up right after the second movie, it will still probably focus on his origin, whether via flashbacks or something else.
Galactus is a supervillain and "cosmic entity" from that Marvel Comics universe and is part of the Fantastic Four series. He is a huge being recognized by his purple outfit and odd spiky helmet, which has brought up consideration as to whether the character looks too ridiculous to actually appear that way in a movie.
The Silver Surfer, also known as Norrin Radd, is a character that serves Galactus as his herald. Norrin used to live on his home planet, but when Galactus came to destroy it, he made a bargain to save the planet and in return would serve Galactus as his herald, traveling the galaxies searching for new planets for Galactus to consume. As part of the bargain, Galactus gave Norrin part of his powers, his silver surfboard upon which he travels, and his silvery look. In the comics, the Silver Surfer came to Earth and met the Fantastic Four who (as can be seen in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) encouraged him to fight back and betray Galactus.
IMDb lists Alex Proyas, of I, Robot, Dark City, and The Crow, as the director attached to the Silver Surfer movie. But we all know that IMDb's listings for rumored projects can't be trusted, especially considering this Silver Surfer movie hasn't been showing up on Marvel's list of upcoming productions. We're fairly certain that this movie is in production hell at the moment and probably won't be making any actual progress for a few years.
If everything falls into place, including J. Michael Straczynski's script, Alex Proyas as director, and an origin story as described, how do you think this would turn out? Much better than the Fantastic Four movies we've seen so far or not?