Ben 10 is kind of a superhero, think about it… He really is. He may not wear tights or a cape or high-tech body armour, but some of the conventions are still there: He hides his identity; He has an alter egos (more than one and even more than ten) all of which possess special powers; He even mates about with some more conventional ones.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show it revolves are Ben Tennyson, a boy with a magic alien watch which gives him the powers of 10 aliens and includes further adventures which expand his collection and toy line. Though it may market itself towards a younger audience the show plays nicely with some big ideas and some humour to keep grown-ups amused.
So with the right content, Ben 10 would appeal to any future film producer, director or writer. The show just toys with the ideas of death and moral ethics a hero faces in a similar way to Batman or to a lesser extent the Transformers cartoon has.
Thanks to the censorship for the younger audience it feels like the show wants to be as a modern day comic. Essentially this could lead to a Frank Miller effect. In the 1980’s Frank Miller and others revolutionised how comics were written, they were no longer colourful child friendly productions and after the production of Dark Knight Returns Batman and other comics alike grew up with their aging fan base.
The fact that Ben 10 is now on its fourth incarnation and merchandise appears to be selling well shows it’s fan base is not bored with it.
Looking at the origins of these big film adaptations most of the production seems to be centred around the vision of a hero growing up with them. Star Trek was rebooted to be more ‘cool’ and join the modern day world, Sam Ramis’ Spider-man pitted Peter Parker in a real cruel world.
I may not be able to tell the future but looking at shows like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and every staple of American comics it just appears to be logical and what model the film industry is striving for.