What would you get if you mixed some flying birds, Daft Punk and the Thundercats together? I can’t go another week mentioning shows that have gone by the way side that should’ve been movies by now without saying something about the Silverhawks. Yeah, that was me slapping a childhood memory out from the cobwebs of your brain!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brought this show up in the past and no one has a clue what I’m even talking about. Silverhawks is not that old, yet is typically not remembered by my generation until you show them a toy.
The Copper Kid looks freaky!
For whatever reason, once someone from this generation is given a glimpse of one of these toys (especially the little bird sidekicks), their eyes light up and they just grin. It’s like some cartoon enigma happening right in front of you that is phenomenal to watch. It seems that the show was not popular enough to remember, yet still has some resonating feeling deeply embedded in the 80’s generation. If I still haven’t jogged your memory by now, maybe the opening title sequence will help:
If that doesn’t do it then I’m out of options…
SO, it’s blatantly obvious that this needs a movie. Every character in the show (as far as the heroes are concerned) is some kind of human based organism. There are 65 episodes that a screenplay could be derived from and the CGI now-a-days can take care of anything sci-fi you might have worries about. To further justify why this should be a movie by now, I thought I might search for some art that would depict a more modern approach to how they could look and I found this:
It’s like a woven bionic mech eagle suit of badassness
That right there should be reason enough but I can still sense the doubt looming in your mind. Ok, well consider this – there are sci-fi books such as Ender’s Game, John Carter, or even Starship Troopers that have been made into movies and plenty of just bad sci-fi movies like Battlefield Earth, yet Silverhawks just floats motionless in the unused space of good ideas. These good ideas need to be tackled and put to good use. At least the Thundercats received a remake of sorts and was brought to our TV sets for a short time. Allowing the youth of today a glimpse into what made our childhoods so amazing. If anything, someone at Cartoon Network should read my post and hopefully put Silverhawks back into the limelight … then perhaps a movie would be right around the corner!
Quicksilver – Tom Cruise
Steelheart – Carrie Ann Moss
Steelwill – Patrick Warburton
Lt. Colonel Bluegrass – Jim Carrey
the Copper Kid – Monkey
Commander Stargaze – Dean Norris
(bad guy) Mon*Star – Christopher Walken
I particularly like the Monkey casting. I didn’t want to cast Cruise, but by god he makes one helluva an action movie and would be perfect as the lead role for this film. Then there’s Walken … we always need more cowbell.
That’s it folks, Silverhawks … why isn’t there a movie yet? Do you agree or have any memories of this show? Please let me know in the comments and be sure to check Ebay for an action figure or two.
Hey guys & gals, my name is Lucas Tetrault and if you like this post or any of the others I’ve done – please feel free to venture over to my Blog and take a gander at some other stuff I write about. I promise I don’t intend to waste your time.
I work as a Creative Director and spend time away from my job with my wife and son, writing for Unreality, and trying to be creative with my own personal projects.