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Dave Swindle


July 31, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Click here for #10 — Dr. Doom — and the introduction to this project.

Click here for Part #9 — Justice League.

Click here for Part #8 — The Riddler.

Click here for Part #7 — Transmetropolitan

Click here for Part #6 — The Silver Surfer

Click here for Part #5 — Rorschach

4. The Invisibles

In a sense The Invisibles was already made into the film. It’s well-known that the series was a core influence on The Matrix and that the Wachowski brothers plagiarized a lot of the themes and ideas. But that doesn’t matter. An adaptation of The Invisibles can and should still be made.

The premise of The Invisibles is that a team of counterculture superheroes is at war defending freedom from a conspiracy of alien beings secretly enslaving the planet. Really the fun of the series, though, is in the strange plot twists, memorable characters, and alt-culture ideas the eccentric creator Grant Morrison infused into the story. The Invisibles is basically a Gen-X, comic book variant of Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea’s The Illuminatus! Trilogy (another property worth talking about in cinematic terms at some point.) Here’s a video of Wilson laying out the quantum perspective that informs Morrison’s approach to the superhero story:

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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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