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Stan Lee's Superhero Contest

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I hope this hasn't been mentioned already, but Stan Lee is holding a superhero/reality show contest soon. I found this on the scifi channel website and thought maybe some of you guys would be interested....

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who wants to be a superhero, was announced something like two years back

moving to misc. tv
 
They're just now getting around to doing it?
 
It seems like they TRY to do it EVERY year... I honestly think that's where the open video casting call for Ultimate Avengers was borne out of...

But honestly... is anyone really going out for this? How many gangsta hardcore comic book fans are making characters and costumes for them and THEN handing them over to Marvel? How many gangsta hardcore comics fans have time to go get on a show like this? A weekend for a con, sure... but weeks of auditioning and stuff?
 
GL1 said:
How many gangsta hardcore comic book fans are making characters and costumes for them and THEN handing them over to Marvel? How many gangsta hardcore comics fans have time to go get on a show like this? A weekend for a con, sure... but weeks of auditioning and stuff?

Never underestimate the stupidity of human nature. There are going to be people lining up around the block to be put on display for everyone else to gawk at. Some won't even be comic fans, but just screaming for attention. Others will be diehard fans who will probably crap their pants when Stan tells them they are going home. "I vow vengeance on you Stan Lee" shaking their fists in the air. Then you will have the supervillain spin off show where losers (from the show) will try to foil the losers on the show.

This my friends, is what is going to burst the bubble of comic's acceptance as an artform. They will be retconned back into nothing more than funnybooks by the end of the first season. I hate my negative viewpoints being proven right all the time, but I've been batting a thousand for the last ten years.
 
I have to say, I have been involved with the casting of this show. Guess I'm gangsta enough, because I was chosen last time around (I believe it was the THIRD time they tried to launch the show). Since it moved to SciFi, I've been asked to re-submit my materials. I'm really going into this as a comic book creator. I'm not an actor and I'm not really interested in doing some live action stuff. I'd rather work on an actual comic book or animated project as a writer/producer. I'm also not interested in handing over anything. I've copyrighted my s*** and if that means they won't pick me this time around, so be it. I've worked too hard on my ideas to give them away in the name of a Reality TV Show that will no doubt seek to embarass me and send me back to the stone ages of comic nerdom. Guess FistonKonShu's negativity is well founded, can't say I disagree too much.
 
Maul Rats said:
I have to say, I have been involved with the casting of this show. Guess I'm gangsta enough, because I was chosen last time around (I believe it was the THIRD time they tried to launch the show). Since it moved to SciFi, I've been asked to re-submit my materials. I'm really going into this as a comic book creator. I'm not an actor and I'm not really interested in doing some live action stuff. I'd rather work on an actual comic book or animated project as a writer/producer. I'm also not interested in handing over anything. I've copyrighted my s*** and if that means they won't pick me this time around, so be it. I've worked too hard on my ideas to give them away in the name of a Reality TV Show that will no doubt seek to embarass me and send me back to the stone ages of comic nerdom. Guess FistonKonShu's negativity is well founded, can't say I disagree too much.

if you're that opposed to it, why did you even bother to re-submit your stuff? are you already in contract?
 
Maul Rats said:
I've been asked to re-submit my materials.

Question, becuase I've been trying to decide whether to go for this. You've had your original stuff submitted in the past, did you lose the rights to that stuff when you applied?

I ask - as I'm sitting here trying to decipher the legaleeze on the entry application.

I'm much like you, just wanting to see my stuff in major print, but I'm torn about this becuase I fear losing my copywritten material by just applying.
 
Far as I know, I ain't lost S***. I was just notified that I've "advanced" again and the producers are taking a close look at my stuff. This time around, I was very much up front about my copyrighted ownership of the character. If and when I get in front of the producers, I will re-emphasize this. I've been submitting the same character and they must like it because I keep getting asked back every time.

TUPELOHONEY: I'm not opposed to the show, otherwise I wouldn't bother. What I am opposed to is getting ripped off or humiliated for the sake of ratings and selling commercials. Since I ain't there yet, I have no idea what type of slant the producers will put on this show. I hope they play it as a chance for creative folks to do their thing. If it's a bunch of wannabe actor honks and a couple of gangsta comic fans, I'm not sure they'll get the desired result. Either way, this is a HUGE chance for me and I've worked hard for it. Stay tuned, true believers.
 
Good luck man. I hope you get there.

Personally, I decided to drop the whole idea. If the name on the dotted line was say - Todd McFarlane, then maybe it would be different. Stan Lee's just been really fricken strange since he won the lawsuit against Marvel and while I've always respected the man's work, I'm not sure I would trust him at this point. Not to mention that there are like 3 other entities involved here, I don't think I want to take the chance on ruining what I've worked on for 12 years. I'll make it on my own.

Really the decision came down to 3 main factors - 1)what I just said 2)I really do think they are just looking to humiliate comic nerds on national TV for ratings and 3)I have a family here at home and three + weeks away from home for the sake of points 1 and 2 is not worth it. I'm in sales for a living and I cannot afford to take that kind of hit financially. My wife and kids need me here.

Seriously Maul Rats - I'm hoping you can get what you want from it and are successful. Good luck man!
 
Well point #3 are the same for you and me. If they don't come back to me with dates that I can clear for vacation soon, I may be in the same boat as you. Regardless, I'm exploring several avenues for my work right now.

I hear what you're saying about Stan the Man, although I believe he's still got it. He seems to be pouring his efforts into his own titles rather than Marvel's - check out his Web site: www.powentertainment.com - he's got some interesting and whacky characters on there. We'll see where it goes. For the sake of the winning contestant, I hope he decided on an animated program of some sort, I'm not so sure about live action.
 
Damn, I'm getting stoked now:

Do you have a superhero persona you've been itching to try on? Well, this is your opportunity! SCI FI Channel is partnering with legendary comic book creator Stan Lee's (Spider-Man, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-Men) production company POW! Entertainment, Inc., and Bruce Nash's Nash Entertainment ("Meet My Folks," "For Love or Money," "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?") to cast a six-episode, one-hour reality series that will challenge a lucky few to create their very own superhero. The winner will receive the best reality competition prize yet: immortality!

Potential heroes from all walks of life are encouraged to submit their audition tapes by mail or attend a one-time, in-person open casting call in Los Angeles on April 4 attended by Stan Lee! All you'll need is an original idea, a killer costume and some real superhero mojo. The winner of this six-week competition will walk away with their superhero identity immortalized in a new comic book created by Stan Lee himself! The winning superhero will also be featured in one of SCI FI Channel's wildly popular original Saturday night action movies! Log onto WhoWantstobeaSuperhero.com for entry requirements and updates.

Auditioning superheros should be prepared to prove their mettle - revealing the true nature of their superhuman abilities and invoking the noble credos by which they live. From these thousands of hopefuls, Stan Lee will choose 11 lucky finalists to move into a secret lair and compete for the opportunity to become a real-life Superhero!

"While no one is expected to leap tall buildings in a single bound, our aspiring heroes will be tested on their courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, compassion and resourcefulness - the stuff of all true superheroes," stated Lee.

Finalists will leave their former lives behind and live as their brainchild heroes 24/7, all under Stan Lee's watchful eye. In the end, only one aspiring Superhero will have the strength and nobility to open the gates to comic book immortality.

"It is such an honor to be working with the legendary Stan Lee," said executive producer Bruce Nash. "He has practically written the superhero code. With his expert guidance, we're sure to find the world's next Superhero."

"We are looking forward to joining forces with Stan and Bruce to search the universe for these fearless competitors," said Mark Stern, EVP, Programming, SCI FI Channel. "At some point in their lives, everyone has wanted to break out and be heroic, and now is the chance for a chosen few to shed their every-day identities and truly express their inner superhero."

Who Wants To Be A Superhero? is a production of Nash Entertainment, in association with POW! Entertainment, Inc. Bruce Nash, Stan Lee and Scott Satin ("Most Outrageous Moments," "Who Wants To Marry My Dad?") serve as executive producers.
 
Sounds like they got 120 people to come out for the one-time L.A. casting call. I read about some pretty ridiculous characters coming into play ... who knows, maybe that's the edge this show will need.
 
When does this superhero thing come on?
This summer?
 
It's all but over with the casting. Word is 15 have been selected, 4 will be cut after background checks and a cast of 11 start production soon. The show will start airing in late July. I don't think I'll be a part of it at this point because I didn't get the call this time. Dissapointing considering I was selected last year when it was an MTV show. In the end, moving to SciFi and starting over killed my chances, but oh well, I still hope it's a good show with multiple seasons.
 
Maul Rats said:
It's all but over with the casting. Word is 15 have been selected, 4 will be cut after background checks and a cast of 11 start production soon. The show will start airing in late July. I don't think I'll be a part of it at this point because I didn't get the call this time. Dissapointing considering I was selected last year when it was an MTV show. In the end, moving to SciFi and starting over killed my chances, but oh well, I still hope it's a good show with multiple seasons.
That's too bad that you didn't get the call. But maybe it's for the best. Who knows what direction this show could go in?
 
This show sounds good and bad.
Hopefully good, but probably, more than likely bad.
 
Is this show really being made. I haven't heard anything.
 

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