As Grant Morrison fans know, the writer is somewhat fond of the idea of travel back and forth between the real world and that which we create. He’s met characters from The Invisibles and other works, and has famously (or notoriously) inserted himself into comic projects he’s written, such as The Invisibles (he modeled King Mob after himself) and Animal Man. So – Grant Morrison writes DC’s Mr. Miracle, both as part of 7 Soldiers and Final Crisis, and what happens?
Apparently, we get a Mr. Miracle television series on Discovery Channel, with some advertising that’s…well, if not out and out a nod to classic Mr. Miracle iconography, it’s certainly evocative of it.
Not to mention, taking the coloring goofups in the last couple of Final Crisis issues into account, this guy is a dead-on match for Shiloh Norman.
Our world’s Mr. Miracle is escape artist Jonathan Goodwin. From the press release for the series:
For ONE WAY OUT, Jonathan approaches each escape with a theory in mind and an audacious stunt to back it up. For example, in order to test what the body can do with minimal movement, he has himself locked inside a box on top of a shaking washing machine with his body covered in 200,000 agitated bees. In order to illustrate how the force of spinning affects the body, Jonathan attempts to escape from a locked barrel pushed down a large hill and rolling at 126 revolutions per minute. Next, he tests his ability to maintain focus as he is spun on a chair at incredible speeds and has to then navigate barefoot through piles of broken glass. Finally, he straps on the Water Wheel of Doom and experiences two G’s of force on his body.
And to explore the science and the pain associated with projectiles; Jonathan is chained in a standing position as six tennis ball cannons pummel his body with balls flying at 45mph. He then tests his ability to jump into just 17 inches of water, mud and hay from a height of almost 20 feet. To finish it off, he becomes a human projectile himself by getting placed in a giant slingshot and launched over 65 feet in the air.
The series debuts Monday, January 26 at 9 PM (ET/PT). The website for the show is here.
If his manager is a midget and he has a tall, buxom, raven-haired warrior woman as a wife, I’m asking Morrison to make me a character in his next story.