Monday, 2 May 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: War of the Rocketmen


A long while back on Nerdversity 101, we sat down and talked to John Semper Jr. In this chat, he told us about his latest project called War of the Rocketmen. After months of patiently waiting for updates, we can finally say "IT'S HERE!"

Now, for those of you that might not know who John is, he is an Emmy nominated producer and writer, who, for the last 30 years has had a hand in some of our favourite cartoons ranging from Fraggle Rock, Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, Spider-Man. Alvin and The Chipmunks, Pink Panther and Static Shock to name but a few of his projects. 



As you couldn't tell, War of the Rocketmen is inspired by the serials of the 1930s and 1940s that featured these types of heroes. The most famous characters to come out of these were Commando Cody and The Rocket Man, both starring in their own series of serials in the 1940s and into the 1950s. Both of these would serve as inspiration for Iron Man in the 1960s and later, Dave Stevens' 1980s classic hero, The Rocketeer, which would become it's own movie. 


With this concept in mind, John has created the idea for a new animated series that takes place during World War 2 and will feature a hero with his own rocket pack, fighting against the Nazis who have their own rocket men. The plot sounds fantastic. The intention is to not only include a full score, but to also bring back the cast of 1994's Spider-Man with the talents of:

CHRISTOPHER DANIEL BARNES (“Peter Parker/Spider-Man”)
SARATOGA BALLANTINE (“Mary Jane Watson”)
JENNIFER HALE (“Felicia Hardy/The Black Cat”)
GARY IMHOFF (“Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin”)
PATRICK LABYORTEAUX (“Flash Thompson”)
RODNEY SAULSBERRY (“Robbie Robertson”)
GREGG BERGER (“Mysterio” and “Kraven The Hunter”)
ED ASNER (“J. Jonah Jameson”)

The full 12 minute presentation is live here and you can donate to the project through IndieGoGo here. I'd recommend donating as this seems like an awesome project to support. I love the rocket men angle, It's bringing back the 1994 Spider-Man cast. If you're a fan of The Rocketeer or similar style projects, then this is for you. The arrtwork is being done by Des Taylor, Frank Grau and Del Barras. Music is done by David Raiklin. I fully support this project and I feel as comic fans we all should