You might think that at some point we’re going to run out of comic book superheroes. Fortunately, you would be super wrong, because there’s a hell of a lot more in the world of comics than the Avengers and Justice League.
Sure, we’ve seen Batman, Superman, and Spider-man — the most popular comic characters — portrayed on screen, (multiple times, too!) but we’ve been ignoring the worth that Indian superheroes hold and their potential for a great film or franchise.
Here we look at eight Indian comic book superheroes that deserve their very own films/shows:
Nagraj follows all the tropes of a typical superhero – a tragic backstory, some amazing powers, and the undying need to save the world from all evil. As the name suggests, Nagraj means the king of snakes. He has minuscule snakes running in his bloodstream, which makes him invincible as well as highly venomous.
Of course, he has a number of powers that are found in a snake, along with some other really dope superpowers. We would definitely love to watch a movie on him.
2- The Sadhu
After a corrupt officer kills his family, British soldier James Jensen goes on a journey of enlightenment by taking refuge with Sadhus. After gaining years of training and developing mystical powers, Jensen has to choose between seeking revenge or maintaining his enlightenment.
Sadhu fulfills all the criteria for being a superhero, with his unfathomable mystical powers and the revenge-seeking penchant.
Bhokal is a warrior prince of fictional Parilok. He has two attributes, the sword, and the shield. Primarily a revenge-seeker against his arch-rival Fuchang, Bhokal’s superpowers range from wielding an extremely powerful sword to his flight capabilities after chanting the battle cry – ‘Jai Mahaguru Bhokal’.
A near-equivalent of Thor in terms of his powers and combat skills, Bhokal can go a long way without any dearth of storylines from the 150+ issues of his solo comic books.
In yet another exciting offering by Graphic India, the epic world of living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India. An all-powerful super-being awakens to fight the Last War of the Age — only to discover he’s been sent too early for the End Days and must somehow learn to exist in a world that’s too small and too frail to survive his presence. How does humanity react to the challenges of such a paragon in our midst? Will Avatarex raise us to his level — or will we drag him down to ours?
Quite edgy and ‘meta’, eh? We don’t mind.
Also known as Wonderman Parmanu, the comic follows a character called Vinay, who gets seriously injured while avenging the death of a dear friend, and gets a suit which gives him “atomic” powers. Parmanu can manipulate his size, and that of others, teleport, shoot atomic rays and has other superhuman abilities in strength, intelligence, and agility.
The comic books were really a fun read. It would be interesting to see a film based on him.
6- Inspector Steel
Inspector Steel a.k.a. Inspector Amar is Raj Nagar’s hero and savior. After losing each and every part of his body, save his head/brain, in an accident, Inspector Amar is assisted by Professor Anees to become the fearsome Inspector Steel, a cyborg who has X-ray vision and is hell-bent on erasing the very existence of crime in the world. One of his arms also doubles as a lethal mega gun. His mechanical body makes him almost invincible to regular weapons. Bestowed with all the advancements in science and technology, Inspector Steel uses his human instincts and his cyborg-ian built to fight crime and bring peace to Raj Nagar.
The aesthetic sort of reminds us of The Terminator but we’re all in for a show.
7- Super Commando Dhruva
Dhruva was probably the closest thing to reality in a world of comic book superheroes, a character that children could relate to, a character that children could try to emulate.
His utility belt has an array of smoke bombs and tools, which help him to tackle goons any time. He has no superpowers apart from the fact that he communicates well with animals and birds, thanks to his childhood that was spent in a circus. This biker savior would be lovely to see on screen.
8- Chakra – The Invincible
Co-created by the legendary Stan Lee – you know, the man who co-created Spiderman, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, ad infinitum, and who makes a fleeting appearance in every single Marvel movie – it is enough to claim that Chakra: The Invincible will make for a great movie/show. Also, the story is based in Mumbai.
Chakra is the story of Raju Rai, a child tech whiz, who teams up with his mentor, Dr. Singh, to create a suit that activates the chakras in the body, unlocking supernatural powers. Raju uses its powers to be a superhero and vows to use the suit to protect and serve Mumbai as he battles super-villains.