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HOLLYWOOD (CAP) - Anticipation over the release of Marvel's The Avengers has studios scrambling to bring other superhero properties to the big screen, including a live-action film featuring Wendy and Marvin from the Super Friends TV series.
"These are some of the most beloved characters in the history of the comics, or at least the Saturday morning television versions of the comics," said producer Martin Shafer. "Who will ever forget their adventures doing, you know, all those things they did with the Super Friends?"
In the series, neither character seemed to have any special abilities to speak of, and no reason was ever given as to why they apparently lived with the Super Friends in the Hall of Justice.
"But in the movie you'll learn a lot more about them," said Shafer, pointing to a picture of the duo from the 1970s series. "You'll learn why Marvin had this big M on his shirt, and you'll see the origins of their torrid romance ... um, unless they're brother and sister, in which case, not so much. Also, I'm pretty sure that's a dog."
Asked point blank if he knew anything about the Marvin and Wendy characters beyond what was shown in the picture, Shafer paused for several seconds and then admitted that didn't. "But I do know that the rights to the characters had lapsed, so I bought them," he added.
Shafer, who also plans to direct the film, says he had hoped to cast Zac Efron, most recently of The Lucky One, and Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games as Marvin and Wendy, but negotiations have proven difficult, given that he did not know who their agents were. However, he said, "I do have tentative agreements from The Situation and Tara Reid," the latter of whom appeared in Shafer's Human Centipede sequel.
Shafer noted that Reid would satisfy his investors' concerns that the movie's Wendy be sufficiently well-endowed so as to fit in among the more modern, improbably busty superheroines. "We will not be making the same mistake as the Superman reboot, which critics and fanboys agreed suffered from a lack of bazongas," he said.
Reid, for her part, said she relishes the chance to play Wendy, noting that she has experience in the superhero genre, starring in the 2010 straight-to-PirateCity.org film Busty Superheroine Vs. Giant Octopus. "I was the octopus, I think," said Reid.
Shafer's film, if made, is likely to compete with director McG's upcoming 3-D Wonder Twins movie, featuring Eva Longoria, John Leguizamo and a CGI purple monkey. McG said it would be similar to his Dark Archie movie, "except with even more slow-motion killings." Shafer noted that his Marvin & Wendy movie will also feature slow-motion killings and be in 3-D, "but the old-fashioned kind, with the paper glasses."
Also in a rush to follow in The Avengers' footsteps, projects are in the works featuring the Legion of Substitute Heroes, the Man-Eating Cow and the Nude Rude Dude. "And if there are any other characters out there with lapsed copyrights, I'll probably buy those too," Shafer warned.
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