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Spider-Man in India

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the spidey-sense-is-tingling dept.

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Lord Omlette writes "I'm really surprised no one else has mentioned this, but Spider-Man is getting redone in India! As an Indian-American, I'm quite excited. (Let's get it out of the way: even our comic book heroes are being outsourced, wtf!) The manga version of Star Wars was pretty good, but off the top of my head I can't think of any other comic books that were redone for a completely different culture. Anyone?"

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Sacred cows (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533151)

...a new hero - a young, Indian boy named Pavitr Prabhakar. As Spider-Man...

I'm off to fight Crushing Poverty...

Holy Krishna! My Spidey-sense is being overwhelmed by the stench of raw sewage and curry...!

The Adventures of... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533155)

Mr. Microphone
Ron Popeil has "invented" a lot of shit for your kitchen. His company markets a small rotisserie oven for that white trash buffet taste in your very own home. He sells a dehydrator for ridding food of that pesky moisture and a sausage maker for people with their own ... I don't know, pigs? Popeil has cured baldness with hair in a spray can. And in 1979, he cured the common zit. As part of a program to teach mathematics, science and grammar, we were forced to take health class in high school. Part of that instruction concerned skin care. Rather than bore you with detail, I'll summarize the conclusion. I quote, "Douche bag, you're NEVER gonna get laid with a zit on your face." This was not well recieved as I was the Fry Guy at Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Enter Ron Popeil.
In 1979, Popeil's company, Ronco, marketed a product named Mr. Microphone. This name was chosen over Mr. Douchebag, since it was a microphone and not a feminine hygiene system. Mr. Microphone plugged into a common radio and turned a common schmo into a sex magnate. As the commercial demonstrated, getting laid was as simple as cruising the street and dictating your intentions to hapless pedestrians. "Hey, good-looking, we'll be back to pick you up later!" Ah, yeah. Chicks dig assertiveness. Zit, schmit. Mr. Microphone was the ticket to a bedroom full of many beautiful ladies.
Skeptics may doubt the effectiveness of Mr. Microphone as a cure for common acne. But I can attest to the fact that I never had a Mr. Microphone yet my bedroom was never filled with many beautiful ladies.
Coincidence?
I don't think so.

What's he going to swing on? (5, Insightful)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533156)

Spiderman's a character built on the premise of New York. Nothing against India, his character wouldn't work well in my home city of Atlanta either. They just don't have the rows and rows and rows of skyscrapers for him to climb up, scale over and swing through. He would kinda lose that advantage.

And what's with the bottoms? American spiderman doesn't ware suit pants. Is this to make him look more Indian or would there be a cultural backlash against tights?

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533186)

He would swing from the trees, like the monkeys do.

They would have to change his name:

Bhandri-Man!

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Informative)

BigFire (13822) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533190)

I presumed you've never seen the Japanese re-make of Spider-Man manga? Essentially the same story, just taking place in Tokyo.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (1)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533234)

Never seen it. But, from what I know and have seen from pictures(I haven't been there in over 30 years), I think Tokyo could work.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Interesting)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533238)

Dare I mention... the Spider Man Live Action show that aired in Japan (think Power Ranger-ish show with Spider Man... He's got his own giant robot if memory serves.)

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533333)

Of course, it sounds politically incorrect but no Japanese show can be complete without a robot.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533240)

And Tokyo is just as endowed with tall buildings, so what's your point?

Re:What's he going to swing on? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533214)

From teh article:
"Pavitr leaps around rickshaws and scooters in Indian streets, while swinging from monuments such as the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal. Sounds cool as hell, if you ask me :)

Re:What's he going to swing on? (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533282)

They could give him a side-kick, too. Sacred Spider-Cow. Just as long as they don't give Spidey radioactive curry powers.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533218)

They just don't have the rows and rows and rows of skyscrapers for him to climb up, scale over and swing through.

Maybe he can use human pyramids of well-wishers instead? Plus there has gotta be some good use for several cows looped together with spidey-thread.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533237)

You, sir, apparently have never seen any of the bigger cities in India, like Bombay/Mumbai [google.com] .

The Dhoti is a traditional Indian attire, and all that they've done is customized that to suit Spiderman. Pretty creative, if you ask me.

*shrug*

Re:What's he going to swing on? (5, Insightful)

cygnusx (193092) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533255)

It's called a "dhoti". Allegedly more Indian, although you'd be hard-pressed to find a under-40 Indian wear one outside of a religious ceremony or political gathering. Looking through the changes, they are cute. Pavitr Prabhakar makes me laugh - it sounds *forced*.

I like Spiderman, but for this to take off, Gotham Comics India better get their "localization" right - cosmetic changes like Parker -> Prabhakar are miles away from understanding what the typical (i.e., *not* English-speaking) Indian comic reader is looking for. And the Indian language audience already has lots of comic publishers (most notably Diamond [diamondcomic.com] ) who do a far better job of creating characters that Indian language readers relate to. The (far smaller but still large) English language audience would never stand for something like this (has "cheap knockoff" written all over it) because they would rather read the originals.

(offtopic) Of late /. has been accepting a lot of story submissions that originally appeared on Boing Boing days ago so here's a tip to get the stories early: use the Boing Boing slashbox [slashdot.org] .

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Interesting)

Drawkcab (550036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533347)

I don't disagree, but I don't think they're actually trying to start an ongoing comic book franchise. They just want to print a limited series of them to help promote the Spiderman 2 movie. The original Spiderman movie was a huge success in India for a Hollywood movie, so apparently the character already does have some appeal for many Indians.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (2, Funny)

gabbarbhai (719706) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533278)

The tree-swinging version of him already exists: Hanu-man :-)

I'm kind of worried about people living around Mumbai airport in tin-roof huts and stuff. I wouldn't want Dhoti-man or his evil nemesis jumping on those. Besides, dhotis are not meant for high-velocity displacements. They tend to be left behind in such cases..

Re:What's he going to swing on? (4, Funny)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533316)

Nothing against India, his character wouldn't work well in my home city of Atlanta either. They just don't have the rows and rows and rows of skyscrapers for him to climb up, scale over and swing through.


He's going to swing on the hundreds of thousands of outsourced jobs, broken promises, and shattered dreams of American tech workers. Oh wait Spider-man? I thought we were talking about George W. Bush's re-election.


Is this to make him look more Indian or would there be a cultural backlash against tights?


I imagine it's similar to how most female comic book superheroes have extraordinarily large breasts. It's best to appeal to your target demographic.

Re:What's he going to swing on? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533325)

May suggest looking at following pictures? I think there is enough to swing on ...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1140000/image s/_1144596_highrises150.jpg

http://www.msu.edu/ user/baskara1/sanpics.html
http://www.msu.edu/use r/baskara1/city2.jpg

Yes, You will also find an elephant going down the street once in a year... ;-)

Shiva H. Vishnu! (1, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533157)

All Kwik-E-Mart employees must be skilled in the deadly arts. ;)

Let the stereotypes begin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533166)

enough said...

Re:Shiva H. Vishnu! (3, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533222)

"All Kwik-E-Mart employees must be skilled in the deadly arts. ;)"

Well since we're being non-PC and stereotypical...

"So, did they lengthen the unmasking scene? Turbans do take a while to unwrap..."

Well... (3, Informative)

Gamoid (656769) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533162)

In Japan, they released manga versions of Spider-man and the X-men. And when I say manga version, I mean manga version--the stories were all redone, with new characters, character names, and written and drawn by manga artists. Japanese Spidey had very little to do with American Spidey if memory serves.

Re:Well... (1)

SuSEMann (107265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533213)

This is correct. Also, IMHO, the Spidey Stories were good stories. But as someone said above, at least in Tokyo there are skyscrapers. I don't know how well this will go over. But best of luck, I guess.

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533230)

I thought that issue where Mary Jane was raped by that tentacle creature was particularly disturbing.

Dr. Octopus raping schoolgirls. (2, Funny)

glrotate (300695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533361)

Just what I've been wishing for all these years.

Someone hold back Stan Lee. (4, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533164)

Given the problems Stan Lee has had with getting paid for his creations in the US, I dont think he's too pleased about this.

Just don't touch Superman (2, Funny)

platypibri (762478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533165)

That's Truth, Justic, and the American way!

Bollywood Superman! (4, Funny)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533227)

This looks like a job for Dharmaman! Faster than a swinging monkey! More powerful than an Elephant! Able to leap Mount Meru in a single bound! Truth, Justice, and the Bharati way! With lots of singing and dancing!

Re:Just don't touch Superman (4, Funny)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533233)

Never mind that Superman was foreigner who crashed into the midwest quite by chance to begin with. Hell, that makes him an illegal immigrant (he's taking our jobs!)

Re:Just don't touch Superman (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533328)

(Obligitory South Park Reference)

<voice accent=hick drawl=true pacing=slow>They took yer job!</voice>

Re:Just don't touch Superman (2, Funny)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533338)

Never mind that Superman was foreigner who crashed into the midwest quite by chance to begin with. Hell, that makes him an illegal immigrant...

...And probably a TERRORIST to boot!

Re:Just don't touch Superman (1)

dj_cel (744926) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533348)

"DEY TOOK YER JAB!"

Re:Just don't touch Superman (1)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533260)

And what exactly does "American Way" mean to you? Because I suspect it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

To me, I grew up believing the American way should be that the big and the powerful actually go out of their way protecting the average everyday man, rather than trample on their rights in a greedy rush towards their own gain. At least that's what Superman stood for.

And that doesn't seem to be the country I live in any more.

Re:Just don't touch Superman (1)

platypibri (762478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533308)

Ok, I was joking. As A HUGE Superman fan, I can assure you, he is quite international in his heroism. He even recently had a very UN-PATRIOTIC encounter with President Lex Luthor. Actually, I tend to find the re-imagining of heros interesting. Stan Lee's version of Superman a notable exception. I'm just curious, how prominent is the spider in Indian culture?

Re:Just don't touch Superman (2, Informative)

westendgirl (680185) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533275)

The Canucks have already got to him [histori.ca] .

Re:Just don't touch Superman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533327)

I seem to recall an Israeli Superman like hero. He fought against the British and the Arabs in the first half of the 20th century.

Spiderman's been offshored! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533167)

"My movie went to India and all I got was this stinking t-shirt"

Blame the In-Jins! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533364)

It's all we have left!

Just remember (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533382)

With great curry comes great responsibility!

Am I the only one saying WTF? (3, Interesting)

The Only Druid (587299) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533168)

Explain to me why we're re-doing comics for other locales? Can't they make their own comics?

That said, its pretty much a non-issue. There have been several alternate spider-man styles over the years (most recently the on-going Ultimate line), so its not like this is anything special.

The only thing I find really that stupid is that they're going to have to completely reinvent all the relevant characters to fit this 'new' spider man, so what is the point? Why not just make a new super hero?*

*: obviously, the Ultimate line isn't vulnerable to the same criticism, because the entire point of it is to provide an alternate take on a hero that is already popular. Spider Man, however, isn't popular in India.

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (4, Insightful)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533223)

The only thing I find really that stupid is that they're going to have to completely reinvent all the relevant characters to fit this 'new' spider man, so what is the point? Why not just make a new super hero?*

Because the movie Spider Man was one of the top grossing movies in India. They want to capitilize on the name recognition of Spider Man while at the same time making a superhero that more Indians can relate to culturally.

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (5, Funny)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533299)

They want to capitilize on the name recognition of Spider Man while at the same time making a superhero that more Indians can relate to culturally.

So in their version, Spider-Man and Mary Jane are going to almost kiss each other and then spin away from each other and spend the next twenty minutes singing and dancing?

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (2, Informative)

gabbarbhai (719706) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533363)

Yep, we do have our own comics. Chacha Chowdhury, Billoo apart from translated stuff like Phantom, Mandrake.. The problem is, the original stuff doesn't have a story line that can hold out for too long. Plus, till recently the quality of graphics was not all that great. Besides, as another reader pointed out here, the brand-name recognition goes a long way, which they are trying to capitalise on here..

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533232)

The author said 'wtf' in the post, so no, you aren't the only one.

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533263)

My question is what difference would his skin color make? Or better yet, what difference would what super powers a hero has make?

Spider-man could have just as easily been like Batman, but with suction cups and the stories would have been mostly the same (except the recent ones which draw on the Anasi stories and rock!). Or, the Prowler (black, minor super hero, worked for Silver Sable) could have had actual powers, and his stories would have mostly been the same. Heck, in Thundercats, the lizard guy could have been the woman and it wouldn't have mattered.

Local knowledge matters (2, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533288)

I think it's better that this sort of thing adapts to regional tastes. Sesame St. is available in many different languages, for example. You should never underestimate the importance of local knowledge. The HSBC bank have a good series of ads going in the press that emphasise this point. There's one that shows three footballs, one Australian [labelled 'Football (Australia)'], one soccer ball [labelled 'Football (England)'], and an American football [labelled 'Football (America).]'

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (1)

daniil (775990) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533334)

The only thing I find really that stupid is that they're going to have to completely reinvent all the relevant characters to fit this 'new' spider man, so what is the point? Why not just make a new super hero?

Because Spider Man is already a well-established brand. Meaning that even though he might not be popular in India, it will still be easier to sell "famous American comic book hero Spider Man" than a brand new superhero.

Re:Am I the only one saying WTF? (1)

cygnusx (193092) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533384)

>Spider Man, however, isn't popular in India.

IMO India's fondness for comics is nowhere near Japan's, but at a certain level Spiderman (along with Batman and Superman) are all very popular (and have tremendous name recognition if nothing else). In the early 80s the Spiderman animated series was one of the most popular shows on India's then-only national network.

What? (-1, Redundant)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533173)

They're outsourcing our super heroes to India too?

Re:What? (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533235)

"They're outsourcing our super heroes to India too?"

On the plus side, Bruce and Clark are quite active in the Open Source Community now.

Re:What? (1, Insightful)

cobe98 (628382) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533258)

Actually "outsourcing" would mean that the US comic was being created in India which it clearly isnt. In effect India is "outsourcing" its superhero culture by importing one from the states... GYFSA (Get Your Facts Straight!)

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533265)

Wow. You repeated a joke already made in the blurb and got modded funny for it?

Re:What? (0, Troll)

cobe98 (628382) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533319)

Yeah the modding has really gone downhill... and who couldnt have predicted that one.

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533174)

Was on MetaFilter a few days ago [metafilter.com] .

Man (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533178)

Now we know this outsourcing thing has gone too far.

A better flyswatter (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533179)

The cows will be grateful

I think I speak for everyone when I say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533181)

Who gives a fuck?

I mean *really*.

Awsome! (2, Funny)

Narmi (161370) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533188)

But can he dance like Shahrukh Khan?

Re:Awsome! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533242)

No, but he can dance like Dharmendra. Check this [pantsonhead.com] out.

Monkey Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533195)

I can't wait to see Spider Man versus Monkey Man!

More info on Monkey Man who has been attacking people in India:

http://www.strangemag.com/monkeyman.html

Good (1)

PortWineBoy (587071) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533200)

All kids need more heroes these days.

As long as Aunt May doesn't get suttee, that is.

Re:Good (0, Troll)

cynic10508 (785816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533221)

If they had made the first movie in India then Aunt May would've had to throw herself on Peter's uncle's funeral pyre.

Now (2, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533202)

Now instead of saving new York city, Spiderman dances around buffet trays for 3 hours while the wedding guests clap in unison!

Oh, come on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533304)

Who modded this a troll? How can you not make fun of Bollywood?

I object! (2, Funny)

platypibri (762478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533208)

I object to the punjabification of our super heroes.

Kind of like Turkey remake of Star Wars (4, Interesting)

BigFire (13822) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533215)

For ages, due to censorship law in Turkey, the locals who want to watch American import have to make do with the next best thing, local remakes. If you can find it on sale online, it's well worth the effort to find the Turkish remake of Star Wars. Same story, no effect budgets...

Re:Kind of like Turkey remake of Star Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533262)

You know I would pay money to see the Turkey Version
Of Star Wars. The mind spin's thinking of how bad
Something like that would be.

Re:Kind of like Turkey remake of Star Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533303)

Well with no special effects budget there is no Jar-Jar or Greedo shooting first...

google fer ya (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533370)

buy it here [5minutesonline.com]

Canadian comics (2, Interesting)

westendgirl (680185) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533216)

During WWII, Canadian publishers revamped several US comic books, creating a Canadian spin [collectionscanada.ca] .

Re:Canadian comics (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533310)

Ah, Canadian comics. I quite liked Alpha Flight. Are they still around?

Re:Canadian comics (1)

cobe98 (628382) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533339)

Spiderman saves the washroom!

Judge Dredd.... (1)

Drasil (580067) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533217)

...was remade my a different culture. The original British comic strip was excellent IMO, it actually made some very interesting points about both the future and human nature. Then it was remade by hollywood and sucked beyond belief.

Marvel Manga (1, Informative)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533244)

There's a Manga version of the Marvel universe [icv2.com] . I saw it in a bookstore the other day.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533355)

The guy's link is INFORMATIVE, not redundant! Sheesh!

Captain India (4, Funny)

panthro (552708) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533248)

So if they were to outsource Captain America, would he be renamed to Captain India? (Would he sport orange, white and green? Would his shield have a huge Chakra design on it?)

This Reminds Me (4, Funny)

turgid (580780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533249)

There was a BBC comedy TV and Radio programme called Goodness Gracious Me, written and performed by Indians. It was superb.

One of the regular sketches involved a very patriotic Indian man and his young son. Whenever the son mentioned something, the father said it was Indian, had been done first in India, or was done by an Indian.

In one sketch, the small boy was reading in bed before going to sleep. His dad was watching over him. He was reading about Superman.

"Indian," his father kept saying.

"Superman can run faster than a train!" enthused the boy.

"Of course he is Indian," exclaimed the father, "Where else can you run faster than a train?"

I'll get my coat....

India does not need Spider Man (0)

freelunch (258011) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533257)

When they have the Monkey Man!! [cnn.com]

Similar thing being done with British hero... (1)

CJ Hooknose (51258) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533259)

In 1986 or so, Alan Moore invented a character called John Constantine for his "Swamp Thing" comic. John later got his own comic book, "John Constantine: Hellblazer". Constantine is a chain-smoking, sarcastic, bastardly magician from Liverpool. Think what'd happen if Harry Potter had been a pissed-off British punk teenager in the 1970s and you've got a good first approximation.

Of course, a movie called "Constantine" that's loosely based on this character has a September release in the USA. The character of Constantine has been changed; now he's from California and Keanu Reeves is playing him. Ack. Find out more at a partially official page [go.com] where they say Alan Moore doesn't like what they've done and doesn't want to be credited. Shrug.

You have no idea what you are talking about... (1, Funny)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533378)

Constantine is a chain-smoking, sarcastic, bastardly magician from Liverpool.

I think you mean Michael Owen....

Re:Similar thing being done with British hero... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533383)

John Constantine is a geordie. He's from Newcastle. See his regular use of the word 'pet' when talking to women (a geordie-ism), or the early character background setup story called 'Newcastle'.

I expect Keanu and all will royally fuck up the character, I have heard that the opening scene involves John driving a car. John constantine can't drive. So.. the character is pretty much wrong from the first frame of the film.

other country's? (5, Funny)

RancidLM (723035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533268)

Im still waiting for Spider-Man in Canada eh! with his super hockey powers and lumber-Jack Strength!
now wheres my Beer ya hosers!

"As an Indian-American..." Oblig Simpsons (4, Funny)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533279)

Apu: Today, I am no longer an Indian living in America. I am an Indian-American.
Lisa: You know, in a way, all Americans are immigrants. Except, of course Native Americans.
Homer: Yeah, Native Americans like us.
Lisa: No, I mean American Indians.
Apu: Like me.

it's true, but it's ok (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533283)

spiderman was traded to india for cobrawoman, mongooseman and baloo from the jungle book in april of last year

considering that spiderman is getting older and cobrawoman's amazing batting average, i think that the usa made out ok in that trade, but spidey is a different story... i mean, i hope he likes cricket, i hope he learns what a wicked googly is...

Would you like curry with that? (0, Troll)

glrotate (300695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533291)

Are the comics going to reek like my Engineering department did back in college?

You fai7 It.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533292)

Of all le6itimate both believed that and suggesting ASSOCIATION OF marketi8g surveys company a 2

I believe.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533315)

I believe I speak for us all when I say "WTF?"

Possible Storyline (1)

Umgawa71 (739459) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533301)

First off, looking at the picture, all I have to say is, "Nice shoes." Next, I feel that it would really establish him as a true savior of India if this Indian version of Spider-Man, in his first issue, were to save several sacred cows from the clutches of their version of the Green Goblin, who would no doubt look very similar to Ronald McDonald.

The part of Spiderman will be played by Ganesha (1)

craXORjack (726120) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533302)

Ganesha [stevee.com] being the only eight limbed super(natural) being in India who squashes green guys.

Bollywood version? (1)

Fooby (10436) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533311)

Hopefully it be four hours long and have lots of silly duets and dances between Spiderman and Dr. Octopus... otherwise I am not renting this one.

Superhero Copyrights (1)

Crinos (201310) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533321)

Okay, maybe I'm reading in to this *waaay* to far, but in a universe where superheroes could exist, wouldn't it be concievable that two different average joes could suddenly have similar freak occurances happen to them, causing very similar powers? And perhaps, these two average joes get the same idea for their superhero identity, what's to stop them from both being [insert superhero name here]?

Now, continuing this reasoning, could superhero A sue superhero B for copyright infringement? Or does superhero law decree that they must fight to the death? Or... some... third option.

talked to an indian friend of mine about this (1)

spacerodent (790183) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533326)

while I can't say I know jack shit about India (other than I'd like to have nuke insurance if I lived there) I spoke to an Indian friend of mine about this and he thought it was a cool idea. He even said the dudes name isn't that unusual and yes there are large buildings to swing around from in India's big cities. He figured they'd probally give it an antinuclear swing too for the "radioactive spider" part. Spiderman was always about ambiguity and with all the class destintions and cultural limits in Indian society I expect they can make it fairly interesting. Given how ravenous a lot of eastern countries are for classic US culture like this I'd expect it to do fairly well. Having Spiderman fight demons seems like a big far fetched to me but we'll see how it goes.

Re:talked to an indian friend of mine about this (1)

JDRipper (610930) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533372)

Spiderman has been fighting demons throughout his career, particularly in the last few issues of Straczynski's Amazing Spider-Man.

The Horror.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533330)

I can only imagine how they're going to make Mary Jane look. Those poor Indian bastards will never get to see her in a bikini. Oh well. That's what they get for stealing our jobs. Thppppt!!!

Let It Be (0, Troll)

mooredav (101800) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533335)

"Let's get it out of the way: even our comic book heroes are being outsourced, wtf!"

So, instead of having this comment appear where people may or may not read it, you put it on the front page where everyone will read it.

Just let the readers speak for themselves and let the moderators do their work. You may be suprised at the results.

Indian Superman (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9533344)

Another US superhero to get offshored, but in a bad way. The URL says it all:
http://www.stomptokyo.com/movies/s/superman- indian .html

US Examples (4, Interesting)

phr4gmonk3y (660092) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533349)

"The manga version of Star Wars was pretty good, but off the top of my head I can't think of any other comic books that were redone for a completely different culture. Anyone?" Well, all sorts of japanese media has been redone for America. Remember Power Rangers? The whole plot was completley different for the US and Japan versions. In fact, they just used fight scenes and such from the Japanese version of the series, and created a series with a new, completley different plot. Actually, I recall the Japanese version being better (Being relativley young, I remember watching it). Also, anime can sometimes be redone. Following along the lines of young, child fads and franchises, the Pokemon movies had seperate plots. And the series was reformatted to be more US friendly I think. So, while I'm sure the US has done it's share of "outsourcing" of it's pop culture, we're readapting other culture's pop culture to be more US friendly. [ Reply to This ]

outsorced? (1)

rd4tech (711615) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533350)

what about the flies? :) The above is a joke, whoever is not getting it, will probably mod me down :)

Dubbing. (2, Insightful)

jelwell (2152) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533371)

What I never understood is why bother to dub a movie/cartoon, from say Japan, into English and then not bother to change/translate the character names? It's all well and good that now I can understand what they're saying up until someone's name is mentioned.

Yes, I like original language movies. I'm just pointing out that this Indian remake rather than a simple translation seems like a step in the right direction for people who aren't interested in seeing the original.
Joseph Elwell.

This is about as retarded... (1)

Digital Avatar (752673) | more than 10 years ago | (#9533385)

...as making Jimmy Olson black.

If people like Spiderman, then let them watch Spiderman. If they can't relate to it by virtue of the particulars of it's setting, then write something else - just don't call it Spiderman.

Coming up next, Batman becomes a singapore prostitute who turns tricks by day and fights crime by night...

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