Certain critics of comic book movies criticize the fact that more and more little known, or “C-List,” characters are being adapted into movies. But just because the character isn’t well known in the mainstream, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have fans. And one legendary comic book character is about to be adapted to the big screen by one of his biggest Hollywood fans.
Adam Beach, star of Flags of Our Fathers, HBO’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and, most recently, NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, announced to MTV Movies Blog that he is set to star in a big screen, live-action adaptation of the classic Golden/Silver Age comic book character, Turok, Son of Stone.
If you are familiar with Turok at all, you probably know him from a series of successful video games from the 1990’s. But he actually first appeared in comic books 40 years before, in Gold Key Publishing’s Four Color Comics #596. From there, he moved on to his own very successful series which ran from 1956 to 1982. He has returned to comics in several series from various publishers since then.
Turok is a Native American who protects our universe from an alternate universe where dinosaurs still roam the Earth.
Beach, a descendant of Native Americans himself, said this about the character:
“He’s the first Native American superhero that I ever looked up to,” he
said. “He basically [comes from] a family where they’re protecting our universe
from an alternate universe that wants to take it over. He uses his wits, and his
might, and his special bow and arrow to take over the world.”
Beach provided the voice of Turok in a recent animated film.