Sidekicks Take the Spotlight

Studios rely on legacy brands to guarantee box office—e.g., this month's Mr. Peabody & Sherman, based on the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments from the original Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Which other supporting characters might be ready to lead?

Commissioner Gordon
"He's an honest, incorruptible man in a sea of corruption. In essence, he's the mere mortal version of Batman himself. Only someone really headstrong could stand such a solitary and lonely existence."
Christian Alzmann, VFX artdirector, Industrial Light & Magic

Wyle E. Coyote

"Even if the Roadrunner was the hero, the Coyote was the main character. Certainly a persistent, inventive loser like the Coyote must have a story
to be told."
Adam Valdez, VFX supervisor and animation director, Moving Picture Company

Lois Lane

"She's a prizewinning journalist who fights for truth and justice in her own right. With the female audience still underserved, a film featuring a woman who can keep even Superman in check feels very 'now's the time.' "
Conrad Montgomery, director, current series, Cartoon Network

[Illustration by David Cowles]

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