The Greatest American TV To Movie Adaptation

So, what was the best TV show to feature a superhero who got his powers from a silly, red alien suit? Without a doubt it’s The Greatest American Hero. The suit was given to Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) by aliens one night in the desert, but unfortunately he lost the instruction manual. Hinkley has as hard a time trying to master the suit’s powers (flight, super strength, invisibility, super speed, etc.) as he does subduing the bad guys. It was one of my favorite shows as a kid, and features a theme song that makes a pretty good answering machine message:

At the Screen Actors Guild’s 25th-anniversary reunion, the show’s creator, Stephen J. Cannell, said there’s a movie adaptation in the works. There’s a script, a director, and cameos for Katt, Robert Culp, and Connie Sellecca. Somehow the show has been able to maintain a nostalgic fanbase through the years without having much of a presence. Katt saw the script and said it was “absolutely charming and wonderful,” which are the qualities that made the show great. It was kind of a departure from the other superhero shows of the time (The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman) in that it was funny and focused on the characters first, plot second. The Greatest American Hero is probably the least expected superhero movie, but it might be one of the most appreciated.

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