With Traveller’s Tales confirmation of LEGO Indiana Jones’ release date confirmed today, and with LEGO Batman also in the pipeline, it got us here at Nintendic thinking about what other famous comic book characters are would be deserving of a plasticised makeover before being thrust back onto the videogames market. It’s not as if the ingredients for a potential smash hit aren’t already there in the majority of cases, so join us as we pick five of the best-known superheroes around argue their cases for future LEGO transformations.
Superman, despite his popularity in the ‘real world’, has a lot of work to do to sway opinion in the videogames industry. None of the games that he has fronted in recent years have been anything close to great, from Superman 64 in 1999, which many have dubbed the worst videogame of all time, to 2006’s distinctly average Superman Returns. The potential is certainly there, from his ability to fly to his superhuman strength, not to mention the power to vaporise foes with lasers from his eyes. With the whole of Metropolis on his doorstep just begging to be explored, a LEGO Superman could be something special.
Spidey has fared somewhat better than Superman throughout his numerous videogame outings, but arguably it’s been a number of years (see Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and Ultimate Spider-Man in 2005) since Stan Lee’s human arachnid has been featured in a videogame that is deserving of his stature in the world of Marvel comics. Villians such as Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom (amongst many others) provide more than enough meat for a LEGO transformation to sink its teeth into, while Spider-Man’s superhero powers, particularly his web-slinging, would, for example, fit the motion sensing controls of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck perfectly.
As far as the world’s best-know superheroes go, Wonder Woman has featured relatively little compared to some of the other entries on this list. In fact, barring 2006’s Justice League Heroes titles, her previous appearance in videogames has been limited to a role in Blizzard Entertainment’s 16-BIT beat-em up, Justice League Task Force. Her Amazonian strength and agility, as well as her telepathic and steadfast cerebral powers provide more than enough standout features for the starry-panted marvel to rival someone like Lara Croft, the industry’s only widely known female heroine.
Like Wonder Woman, Daredevil (notable as being among the few superheroes with a disability, being that he is blind) really hasn’t been given a proper crack of the whip as far as videogames go. 2004’s Daredevil: The Man Without Fear was cancelled, 2003’s Game Boy Advance effort was poor, and otherwise cameo or bit parts have been his only contribution. His heightened senses open up a myriad of possibilities as far as exploration goes, while his brilliant gymnastic skills could see him traversing the New York landscape in a breath-taking manner, just as titles such as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed have executed so well in recent times.
One of the most popular independent comic book characters of all time, like others on this list, Spawn has underachieved in videogame adaptations ever since his Super Nintendo debut in 1995. His popularity appears to have waned a little in recent years, but even just his ability to draw energy from enemies and shape weapons from his symbiotic costume would provide enough material as a basis for what could be central gameplay elements in a future LEGO adventure.
Which comic book superheroes would you like to see getting a LEGO makeover and transformed into videogames for your favourite console? Let us know in the comments section below.