Stuntman-Inspired Superhero 'The Human Fly' Gets Film Adaptation
There have been a litany of independent superhero movies made since Bryan Singer reignited the genre with 2000's X-Men. Special, Super, Defendor, Griff the Invisible, Paper Man…the list goes on. And while everyone knows that Christopher Nolan changed the game by grounding his Batman films with a feeling of realism, there's a new superhero movie on the way that's actually based on a real-life costumed crusader. Deadline reports that former Marvel Comics hero The Human Fly is getting his own movie, based on the exploits of a stuntman who performed death-defying feats to raise money for charity events. More below!
The comic had a brief 19-issue run in the late 70s, tapping into the zeitgeist led by Evel Knievel and featuring the costumed hero occasionally interacting with Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil. The comics were based on the life of stuntman Rick Rojatt, though Deadline claims the movie will be about Joe Ramacieri, and there are conflicting reports of who the "real" Human Fly actually was. This behind-the-scenes mystery might actually be more interesting than the movie we ultimately get, because it seems like we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel to find superhero adaptations at this point. Eisenberg-Fisher, an indie company based at Paramount, will produce, with music video director Steven Goldmann lined up to sit in the director's chair. Sounds like the kind of low-budget movie that will fall into obscurity as soon as it's released, because really, who is really clamoring for a Human Fly movie?