Written By Desi LaSalle
Recently, amid conflicting reports, it has been said that Marvel has acquired the rights to Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner. So, why is this a big deal? Namor is Marvels oldest character, created by Bill Everett in April 1939. If that wasn’t enough, Namor was also the first mutant. One more thing, he was also the first hero to fly. There is a great interest among comic book fans to be able to see a movie about this great anti-hero. A movie packed with a bad temper and attitude depicting the ruler of the fabled city of Atlantis. Namor is a complex character, a powerhouse that has gone to battle with the likes of the Hulk, The thing, Thor and Hercules.
The King of Atlantis is a character with many layers and a rich history. The Sub-Mariner has been labeled, at times, as a villain and an alley. He has a complicated relationship with the surface world, partly the result of Namor, for better or worst, always having his own agenda. The underwater dweller is known to have selfish reasons for his actions, especially when it comes to himself and the people of Atlantis. A movie with this character presents a lot of interesting possibilities for Marvel and as a fanboy my heart races just with the thought of all the things that can be done. Imagine how visually stunning Atlantis could look on the big screen! (OMG!!) In 1990, John Byrne, the writer/artist brought us, in my opinion, the best comic book run of Namor, The Sub-Mariner, giving us 25 issues of great character development and taking the figure to a whole new level. Byrne depicts a modern take of Namor that we have never seen before. While keeping his old traits intact, we see The Sub-Mariner as a rich superhero owner of his own company, Oracle Inc. The company dedicates itself to providing safety to all sea life while also protecting his own Atlantean interests.
Namor is a former Avenger and Defender, creating numerous directions for Marvel to go with the character. I would love to see the ‘Atlantis attacks’ story-line on screen, with a lot of superheroes involved, now that is an idea! A Sub-Mariner movie would translate the struggle of the half human-half Atlantean onto the big-screen. I trust that Marvel will figure it out and give us a great final product. It has been a long wait, but I hope to have the chance to see the ‘Avenging Son’ on screen eventually.