Before Filmation shut down, it broadcast one last animated series called BraveStarr from 1987 to 1988. While many of Filmation’s productions were created purely to sell toys, this series was something else. Not only was it a high-concept space western, but it was also an important step forward for diversity in animation. Having a Native American as the titular hero on a TV show broke away from many stereotypes and paved the way for other diverse characters to appear.
While the show only lasted 65 episodes, it left a huge mark on those who watched it and we have no doubt its concept would find more success today. Set in the 23rd century on planet called New Texas, BraveStarr followed the adventures of Marshal BraveStarr, a Native American who called upon the power of spirit animals to enable him to perform superhuman feats. Aiding BraveStarr were allies, such as his cyborg horse Thirty/Thirty and Judge J.B. McBride, as he sought to stop Tex Hex and other thugs’ dastardly deeds on New Texas.
Despite the strength of the concept and a storied world already in place, we’ve yet to see anyone attempt to revive the franchise or even tackle a live-action film. In fact, it kind of makes you wonder why 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t a BraveStarr film in the first place, right?
So, we’ve been thinking: if a BraveStarr was to be made, who should play the titular character?
At the top of our list is Blair Redford from The Gifted. Heck, his character on the show, John Proudstar/Thunderbird, is basically another version of BraveStarr. While Redford isn’t exactly an A-lister by any means, he boasts a decent filmography and his physique should encourage producers to cast him in a superhero-type role.
Sadly, X-Men: Days of Future Past prevented Booboo Stewart from showing us what he’s made of. His role as Warpath was smaller than expected and he didn’t get much screen time as that stupid Mystique clogged up the screen. Despite this, Stewart has quietly built himself a decent filmography and could be a great pick for BraveStarr, even if he’s only 24 years old.
This one might be a little more controversial, but Jason Momoa does possess Native American heritage. Undoubtedly, out of these three actors mentioned, he’s the biggest name of the lot and has star power. The question is, does he have enough time to portray another superhero? We think so.
Tell us, would you like to see a BraveStarr film and who would you want to see in it?