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Adventures of Captain Africa, Mighty Jungle Adventurer!:
This 1955 serial was supposed to be a sequel to "The Phantom" 1943
serial, but the rights to once again have that character in another
serial were unattainable. A similar, "original" character was
created instead. This serial is mostly reused film footage of
"The Phantom" and the 1944 serial "The Desert Hawk" which explains why
Captain Africa looks so much like The Phantom. John Hart, who
played TVs Lone Ranger for one season from 1952-1953 played Captain
Africa. Below is a rare illustration to promote this serial.
1990 film "Darkman" was originally intended to be a live-action movie
for the already decades popular character "The Shadow". However,
the rights for making a Shadow film could not be obtained. The
character was simply retooled, designed a bit different, and here you
have the original character of "Darkman". Notice how he looks a
lot like The Shadow only with bandages on his face.
She-Hulk Unmade Movie:
A She-Hulk movie was once attempted in 1989, but
it was ultimately scrapped. New Line Studios casted Brigitte
Nielsen as the
jade giantess and even photographed her for a few pictures.
Unfortunately, the photos didn't thrill financial backers. They
did, however, generate much interest among fans. They're not easy
to obtain and even I struggled to find them on the Internet. Here
are a few photos of Brigitte as She-Hulk.
Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid
of Diana Prince?: The same people who produced the
already popular "Batman" TV series had the idea to create a similar TV
series based on the "Wonder Woman" character. It was going to be
even more cheesy than "Batman". A pilot pitch was created in
1967, roughly four minutes long. It was so badly received that
they didn't even make a pilot episode. This was truly an insult
to the character. It's sad for the actress who played Diana
Prince/Wonder Woman Elly Wood Walker and the other Wonder Woman in this
film Linda Harrison because they were both very pretty and talented
actresses. This show just wasn't for them.
How does the four minute presentation go?
Basically, a frumpy Diana Prince who lives with her non-goddess mother
in an apartment changes herself into Wonder Woman. Then she
vainly looks at herself in a full-length mirror, admiring what she sees
for what seems like an eternity. The mirror reflection poses in
ways that she does not (that's where the comedy is supposed to
be). The actress who plays Wonder Woman's mirror reflection is
Linda Harrison of the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes" fame.
Then Wonder Woman goes out on the balcony and "flies upward".
She's actually hoisted up by a cable and it's meant to look silly when
she takes off. William Dozier, producer of the "Batman" series,
was the narrator.
What many people consider the "real" Wonder Woman
show starring Lynda Carter didn't begin until almost a decade later.
Zombies of the Stratosphere:
Below is a rare promotional photo for this 1952 Rocket Man serial with
Aline Towne as Sue Davis. As soon as I see this serial and give
it its own page, it will appear there.