Ripescando un articolo del 2008 del sito DVD Verdict, la rubrica web Comic Book Legends Revealed ha diffuso una spassosa curiosità legionaria che altrimenti avrebbe potuto sfuggire – orrore! – alla comunità dei fan del team futuribile.
Intervistati da David Gutierrez, Danny Bilson e Paul De Meo, i creatori del telefilm “The Flash” del 1991, hanno infatti rivelato che la serie tv dedicata al velocista scarlatto nacque da un progetto originale più ampio, “Unlimited Powers”, incentrato su un intero gruppo di personaggi. Tra i quali… Blok della Legione dei Super-Eroi!
Gutierrez: The Flash came out of a proposed series you created called Unlimited Powers. What was that show about?
Bilson: I think it was the coolest thing we ever wrote. It was very inspired by The Watchmen and was very much of its time.
For world peace, all the superheroes had to surrender their powers. If they used their powers, they’d go to jail. The Flash never surrendered and was put into suspended animation. Our story started twenty years later when he was forty. He gets unfrozen and discovers a whole conspiracy surrounding the superheroes surrendering their powers. The gag was that the bad guys had all disappeared. Where had they gone? They were actually running the world. They were all in suits. All those guys were super-villains who had once been in jail. All the old heroes had sold out.
De Meo: The Flash was the only one who knew it.
Bilson: He gathered up some heroes. They lived on an old mothballed battleship in a harbor as underground fighters.
We killed Green Arrow in the pilot and his daughter became the new Green Arrow. There was also a character called Blok from the Legion of Super-Heroes, who was an old DC Comics character we’d reinvented.
De Meo: And Dr. Occult, another old DC Comics character.
Bilson: At the time, all the younger people at CBS were dying to make the pilot, but the senior management there didn’t understand it. We learned that you can barely do one superhero for TV because of the costume, the effects, and the cost. It probably would have killed us to do four.
De Meo: It would have been insane to do four. What the studio liked out of our script was this one character—the Flash. So we said, “Great. We’ll do that.” We got it into our heads to do a combination of the original Flash and the current Flash.
Che incredibile perdita per il piccolo schermo! Piango lacrime amarissime pensando a cosa ci siamo persi.
A questo punto, pretendo che scatti un moto popolare per richiedere un telefilm tutto per Blok. Co-starring: Infectious Lass e Antennae Boy!