From Wonder Woman and Daredevil to The Rocketeer and The Shadow
Previous Incarnations: "The Rocketeer" (1991)
Movies or TV: Movies
Why: Hold on, we're not saying "The Rocketeer" deserves a reboot because it sucked. On the contrary, Joe Johnston's Disney adaptation of Dave Stevens' nostalgic hero remains a beloved cult classic. But it was also a pretty significant commercial disappointment upon release, and put the kibosh on plans for an "Indiana Jones" style trilogy. If we've learned anything from Christopher Nolan's Batman it's that thoughtful reboots can show us whole new dimensions to favorite characters without devaluing earlier takes. Plus, the material offers a great opportunity for an ace actor to step into a superhero role that's interesting but not overwhelmingly iconic. Wouldn't it be great to see Jon Hamm or Ryan Gosling try out the matinee idol jet pack?
- Geoff Berkshire