But to go into lesser known comic book territory, Blade had several successful movies despite not only lack of recognition, but being marketed to a more restricted audience.
Deadpool on the "genius" of Hollywood: Everything's turned into a movie these days. -- Old TV shows, board games, candy bars. And let me tell ya, I'm totally stoked for Butterfinger The Movie.
As I said above, I think it's debatable whether Robin was included in the original comics, but I lean towards saying, "No" there also.
If you had prior exposure to Super Friends, then I'm surprised you didn't know who Cyborg was since his first TV appearance was in Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
Anyway, nobody's denying any of the above, but that still isn't an instant indication that Robin was only included in the Teen Titans cartoon as a crutch to bring in viewers. It might have been a bonus, but not a crutch. I mean, really, what point are you trying to make here? If your current theory is "the only reason Robin was included in the show was because kids won't give a show a chance if it doesn't have familiar characters in it", then how do you explain the success of shows such as Ben 10, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Ninjago: Legends of Spinjitsu, Xiaolin Showdown and the countless other shows which didn't feature any pre-existing characters or concepts at all? The inclusion of Robin in the cartoon could hardly be construed as a crutch to lure in TV viewers not familiar with the comics since TT's Robin was a very different Robin from the one folks were used to seeing on TV. Heck, that show made me a fan of Robin, up to that point I just considered him a goofy sidekick (though I was vaguely aware of his comic book makeover).
Kids may not have been familiar with Teen Titans prior to the show, but the people who worked on the show clearly were, and as such it wouldn't have made a lot of sense making a series based on the most popular lineup of the New Titans team and not featuring one of its' founding members and prime movers in the show. That would like, I don't know, making an Avengers cartoon series without Iron Man, Thor or Captain America. Oh, wait...
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Even if the Titans weren't popular in a mainstream context, why the heck would CN pay money to adapt them as a TV show and then not use one of the main characters? See the above Avengers example.
Originally Posted by Ed Liu;4222377
Heh. I find it ironic that Cap was only added to the Avengers after issue #4, and it marked his return to the pages of Marvel Comics since his last appearance in the 50's. One might argue that the Avengers did include Cap as a crutch in the comics at the time, but I don't think history would bear that out, either. The [I
From what I've read, it was that in one of the Human Torch's solo stories in Strange Tales that an imposter posing as Captain America showed up, and they asked readers if they wanted to see more of this old WWII character, and they said yes, and they brought him back in Avengers #4.
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