Living in a golden age of comic book movies has opened many doors and created many different opportunities for actors,directors, and studios to be involved in bringing many different iconic characters to the silver screen in hopes that it could launch a financially and commercially successful franchise, become a career defining role for an up-and-coming actor, or put a director's name on the map and allow them to establish themselves as a bigger name in the industry and be considered for other genre films and high-profile projects(Looking at you,Christopher Nolan). With all of this in mind, it's important to note that some comic books and graphic novels manage to fly under the radar and not receive a lot of attention in the mainstream. One such comic would be Cyberforce, an image comics superhero team that was created by Marc Silvestri in 1992. As the name of the comic suggests, Cyberforce chronicles the adventures of a team of cyborg escapees who band together to defeat the organization known as Cyberdata that was responsible for giving each of them their cybernetic parts, implants, and abilities as part of a rogue experiment. Currently, the Cyberforce team features a lineup of cybernetic warriors that include Ballistic, Cyblade, Heatwave, Impact, Ripclaw, Striker, and Velocity. Now, seeing as how every studio in hollywood is actively seeking out age-old properties and recognizable brands that could become franchises or kickoff a cinematic universe, Cyberforce seems like the next likely candidate to receive the big screen treatment and become the next great sci-fi action superhero ensemble feature.
Here's the plot synopsis for the comic series:
The original comic book focused on a team of mutants who were captured by Cyberdata, an enormous corporation planning to take over the world. The mutants were experimented on and had their abilities enhanced with cybernetic implants in hopes to become S.H.O.C.s (Special Hazardous Operations Cyborgs). The mutants subsequently escaped and banded together as Cyberforce, determined to defeat Cyberdata.
The premise of the Cyberforce comic definitely sounds interesting and could translate into a series of live action feature films. In the beginning, it starts out with the main protagonists as mutants who are each kidnapped and experimented on by a shadow organization(Because, hey, the best volunteers are forced volunteers in the hearts and minds of leaders of this organization) and are outfitted with cybernetic parts and turned into weapons. And yes, the whole theme of man-made weapons or sentient beings defying their programming and going up against their masters/creators is a story beat that many people have seen, heard, or read in popular media and mainstream entertainment before, but there are a few interesting twists and surprises when it comes to exploring the development of the Cyberforce team and how they come together, form a bond, relate to one another, and eventually become a team with one common goal. If a feature film were to be made, it could explore themes such as identity, the moral and ethics of experimentation and creating new lifeforms, brotherhood, abuse, captivity and hopelessness, self-discovery, and unity. The film would also have unique and well-crafted action set pieces given the diverse array of powers, skill sets, and abilities of each Cyberforce member and how they could be utilized during key action sequences when facing off against various antagonists. As of right now, there are currently no definite plans for a Cyberforce live action feature and the film rights have not been optioned to or purchased by any studio. Though there's the strong possibility that the comic property could eventually make the jump from page to screen in the future since various studios only continue to get more and more competitive when mining old properties that could have franchise potential. Still, we'll have to see if there's any change in the landscape or if the comic itself becomes popular enough to warrant a feature film adaptation. Stay tuned for more updates.