“Umbrella Academy” has proven that Netflix is adept enough to bring literature (yes, comic books are literature, and I will die on that hill) to the screens of millions.
I believe that with the success of “Umbrella Academy” Netflix should take on the following pieces of literature and bring them to life.
“The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.”
Doreen Green or “Squirrel Girl” is one of Marvel’s lesser-known superheroes. Her powers are all squirrel based, including having a tail and sharp claws like Wolverine. She is also probably the most powerful superheroes considering she beat Thanos, Wolverine, Ultron and Galactus.
Not only is she super powerful, but she is a humorous character. She is a college student trying to navigate the world, balancing homework and heroism. This would work best as an animated series with Christian Vee playing the title character. Vee has voiced Marinette in “Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir,” Sailor Mars in “Sailor Moon: Crystal” and Homura Akemi in “Modak Magica.”
Anything by Rick Riordan.
Anyone who knows me knows I grew up reading “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” and the rest of Riordan’s work including “The Kane Chronicles,” “The Heroes of Olympus,” “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” and “The Trials of Apollo.” Director Chris Columbus butchered the live action movie “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” but the directors of “Avatar: the Last Airbender” and “Dragon Prince” could bring the entire Riordanverse to life in a comedic, animated retelling of these fantastic tales.
Another comic book, “Paper Girls” is a science fiction wonderland. The series follows a group of five girls with newspaper routes in the 1980s who get dragged into a battle across time in their small, Ohio town. The story is full of diverse characters as the girls discover who they are and the knowledge of what their future holds. Falling in a similar vein of “Stranger Things” and “Series of Unfortunate Events,” a cast of fresh, new faces playing the five main girls would be the best route of action.
“The 39 Clues.”
A history buff’s dream, “The 39 Clues” series could also be a great animated series very similar, if not better than PBS’ “Liberty’s Kids.” Even a live action much like “Spy Kids” could work as Amy and Dan Cahill jet set around the world against their eccentric family members in hopes of finding the family fortune. They travel with their guardian Nellie Gomez and their cat Saladin who both provide great comedic relief. Since the series is written by different authors, it would be a great way for each author to make a cameo in the episode based off their work.
“Prophecy of the Sisters.”
A lesser-known trilogy set in Victorian America, “Prophecy of the Sisters” follows the trials of Amelia and Alice Milthorpe as they grieve the loss of their father and discover their places in a prophecy dating back to the beginning of time. Full of lively and dangerous characters, the trilogy makes for a great historical fiction piece similar to The CW’s “Reign.” It is also another great chance to discover new faces or boost lesser-known actors.
While I understand there is a mess of red tape surrounding copyrights and funding, I believe these pieces of literature deserve the right to come to our screens in the best way and most popular way possible.