Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Every young hero needs a mentor, someone to train them in the ways of power-usage and baddie-bashing. For the Toxic Avenger, it’s going to be none other than world-renowned action star and one-time politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Deadline posted the press release from International Film Trust announcing that Schwarzenegger is in talks to play a character called The Exterminator, described as, “a former black ops agent, who trains Toxie to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters, and the polluters themselves.”
The film was announced in 2010 and is being groomed as a superhero blockbuster with environmental themes. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is set to direct for producers Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Fringe), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, The Mist), Charlie Corwin (The Squid and the Whale, Comic Book Men), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless) as well as executive producers Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz who made the original at low budget filmhouse Troma.
The original Toxic Avenger featured teenage nerd Melvin accidentally falling into a vat of toxic waste after the meatheads at the gym he works in trick him into kissing a goat while wearing a tutu. Turned into a super-strong green monster, Toxie decides to start cleaning up his hometown of Tromaville, New Jersey. The super-violent 1984 film spawned three sequels including a team-up with fellow Troma hero Sgt. Kabukiman, an animated series called Toxic Crusaders, comics from Marvel and Devil’s Due and even a Broadway-style rock musical.