Disney, who first produced the The Rocketeer in 1991 and received generally favorable reviews from critics and fans alike, is considering rebooting the film franchise. Many wonder why they would even consider doing this with what was really considered a failure commercially. Personally I think it comes down to timing. The world of comic book movies is now. Never before has such wealth been produced for this genre and film companies have stood up and taken notice.
The Rocketeer comic book debuted in 1982 by creator Dave Stevens and was his nod to the Saturday matinee pulp heroes and sexy pin-up models that he grew up with. Bettie Page served as inspiration for the Rocketeer’s love interest Jenny Blake. The Rocketeer helped re-popularize interest in classic pulp adventure and has been credited with igniting the late 20th century resurgence of 50s pin-up and fetish model Bettie page.
The Rocketeer’s most recent comeback in comic book form was by IDW in 2011. The mini-series Rocketeer Adventures had beautifully painted covers by Alex Ross and a large number of creators who worked on the series. The Rocketeer in whatever form, comics or movies, is something to look forward too. I know many of you are like me and are very much looking forward to this, and if you’ve never read the comics or seen the movie then check it out! You will thank me later. Oh and Disney, how about an animated film? You used to be known for that.