Remember the Alec Baldwin superhero flick, The Shadow? Wait, you don’t remember Alec Baldwin as a superhero, period?
It’s not too surprising considering the drubbing the film was given when it came out in ’94, but I liked it enough for its stab at the 1930’s radio show and pulp series it was based on. Even if you haven’t heard of The Shadow, you’ve probably seen his modus operandi of working at night as a costumed detective fighting crime in the big city influencing certain other heroes elsewhere…such as Batman. For the film, the costumes, set pieces, the soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith, and the end credits sung by Taylor Dane certainly made its big screen debut impressionable.
It’s too bad that its plot based on a psychic descendant of Genghis Khan and a superhero who could control men’s minds were forced to wither in the shadows cast by Tim Burton’s Batman duet, even with Tim Curry as a slobbering madman. It even had the beat ’em up tie-in by Ocean on the SNES pitting the player in a Streets of Rage like battle against street thugs and Mongol warriors.
But the rumor mill is spinning its wheels on whispers that Quentin Tarantino might be attached to a reboot of what was supposed to be the first film of an ongoing series. Fox has picked the rights up and there’s talk that David Slade is on board to direct. On one hand, I’d love to see what Tarantino can do with this kind of material.
On the other, if it ever does come out, I hope that the game doesn’t suck.