True believers from beyond the North American continent rejoice! Stan Lee is planning on bringing the popular Indian superhero ‘Chakra the Invincible‘ (which he helped launch back in 2011) to the big screen! In the 3 years since it’s inception, the comic has gained mass appeal in India, with many memorable stories already written. With that in mind, and working with filmmakers within the Bollywood industry, Lee and his company POW Entertainment and Graphic India have come together to create the live-action version of the character. The filmmakers plan on casting well-known Bollywood actors. Stan Lee said in a recent statement:
“We’ve set up some great meetings already with some of the most amazingly talented actors and directors in Indian cinema and I have no doubt that these individuals will help make the Chakra film a massive hit in India and around the globe.”
For those not in the know (which I admit was myself not too long ago), Chakra’s secret identity is Raju Rai, a scientist and technological genius who lives in Mumbai, working to push the limits of human potential. He develops a power suit that is able to tap into the mystical Chakras of the human body, granting him enhanced powers and abilities. His nemesis, Boss Yama, will most likely be who Chakra will battle in the film, and while the comics depict him usually as somewhat younger, the live-action movie will most likely focus on an older Raju Rai.
As fans in India already know, this is not the first attempt to extend the ‘Chakra the Invincible’ story beyond the comics, with Cartoon Network India having aired a one-hour cartoon special based on the hero in 2013. Check out the clip below to get a better sense of the character:
This seems like a smart move for Stan Lee, as few in Hollywood have really tapped into the burgeoning Indian market. And with a character like Chakra who was already created to appeal to that audience, it seems like this is a no-brainer. Here’s hoping it can live up to the hype of being a “Stan Lee Superhero” movie, and prove to be a hero for both India and the world.