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Joss Whedon: Isn’t it time we rebooted Howard the Duck?

June 30th, 2013 by Marc 2 Comments

Surely we all know by now that Howard the Duck is one of the greatest bad movies ever made. A certifiable gem in the “so-bad-it’s-good” repertoire, this notorious 1986 box office flop from Lucasfilm Ltd. has long been considered a misunderstood cult classic. As far as Marvel Comics adaptations go, it’s a far cry from your Avengers, Thor or Iron Man series. Or is it…?

Now, before we go denying reality, let’s make one thing clear: Howard the Duck is a bad movie (in a gloriously perfect kind of way, of course). Still, for a movie about a hipster alien talking duck, it could have been a lot worse. I mean, who could forget the famous “wallet” scene, where, in a span of thirty seconds, our emotional experience varies from that of warm poignancy to eye-roll-inducing corniness to full-blown creeped out mode? Obviously, there’s something to this movie that warrants a second look. How else can you explain the tease-laden comments from Avengers director Joss Whedon during a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies? Although likely answered in jest, when asked which Marvel Comics character he would like to work on for a movie, post-Avengers, he blew our minds with this: “I think it’s time for the Howard the Duck reboot that nobody expects.”

Okay, granted, the guy’s clearly clowning around here, but still…what if? Ah, those two simple words; “what if” indeed. All joking aside, just think of the possibilities… in a universe where we will soon have a realised Rocket Racoon, could a Howard be THAT hard to buy into? If one man could do it, it’s Joss Whedon. Or maybe not.

There, now that you’ve finished daydreaming, let’s take a walk down memory lane with this memorable scene from Howard the Duck:

Thanks to Ronald over at BoxOfficeBuz for the story

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….