So, yes, in addition to the scheduled general meet and greets, I’ll be teaming up with my friend (and former fellow Dark Matter Executive Producer) Vanessa Piazza to pitch Masked while in L.A. Editor Lou Anders assembled a diverse selection of tales that focus as much on the individuals behind the masks as they do on the superheroics. The stories are grounded in character, something I’ve always been a firm believer in, from Stargate straight through to Dark Matter. I envision the series as an anthology in the vein of Black Mirror except that, instead of studying the influence of technology, the focus will be on the social, political and personal effects of possessing extra-normal abilities – the advantages, the drawbacks, the costs. Two great examples from established comic lore are DC’s Batman and Marvel’s Spiderman. Batman – the world’s greatest detective, the dark knight, a masked vigilante who protects the streets of Gotham. And, yet he is, at heart, an orphan, so scarred by the murder of his parents that tragedy fuels his relentless quest for justice. Spiderman – the web-slinging, wise-cracking defender of New York is, in contrast, a meek, mild-mannered high school student similarly driven by tragedy to bear the weight of responsibility power and fate have thrust upon him. Batman and Spiderman, Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, have always been, for me, the pinnacle of engaging, richly textured characters – at once relatable yet delightfully complex. And that’s what we’re looking to bring through a collection of original superhero-themed episodes scripted by some of comics and genredom’s heaviest hitters. Tonally, thematically, I want Masked to offer viewers a show that engages and entertains, but provokes as well.
So who is your favorite superhero/alter ego? And why?
A couple of years ago, Vanessa was featured in a Hottest Canadian Film and TV Talent You’ve Never Heard Of – But Will list. There’s a great write up on Vanessa (click the link), and an equally great artist’s rendition accompanying the piece –
Hey, you have less than a month left to get your letters in for a chance to win a piece of Dark Matter…well, a piece of Dark Matter.
Some of the items up for grabs:
Android chip and Victor upgrades.
FOUR’s imperial ring.