Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on November 22, 2017 @ 1:25 pm CT
Last week, while floating the idea of a Lockjaw movie (see “Confessions of a Comic Book Guy - Thanks For Giving”), I suggested that the premise of the heroic dog might be past its sell-by date, seeing as how it had been a while since anyone had tried to revive Lassie*. Well, while waiting for my physical therapist to return, I picked up a random month-old issue of Forbes and in an article about yet another really rich guy, the writer mentioned he was somehow involved in a new Benji movie that was in the works. A little Internet researching later and on the Movieweb site I find the article “Benji Reboot Begins Shooting, Blumhouse Shares First Photo.”
Blumhouse is “the studio behind the movies Paranormal Activity and Sinister,” as well as the much-reviled-by-fans-of-the-source-material and box office bomb Jem and the Holograms. According to the article, “It has been promised that Blumhouse’s horror genre ways will not seep into this first reboot”. Which is kind of a shame because when I found out Blumhouse was involved and figured out who they were, my mind instantly went to a horror movie hybrid where the loveable little dog would face off against an army of killer rats. As in, you know, Benji Vs. Ben. Two revivals for the price of one.
Confessions of a Comic Book Guy--Wither Wonderdog?”) how in the pages of Teen Titans #62, the affable dog transformed into a monstrous beast who viciously savaged his former partners, killing Marvin and paralyzing Wendy. Since the DC Universe once again has rebooted itself, and Wonder Woman being so much in the public eye right now, maybe it's time Wonderdog got his own comic.
*Although Lassie, of course, has been around a lot longer, Millennials probably have a better chance of recognizing Benji. The last time the collie was on the screen was 1994’s Lassie, while the last in the Benji series, Benji Off The Leash, came out in 2004. The last time the genre was the basis of a feature film was the Disney animated effort from 2008 Bolt, though it used its familiar conventions to fuel a comedy about a canine actor who only believed he was a wonder dog.
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