"Fighting Evil, So You Don't Have To"

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A new TV show from Lost producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach follows a 22-year-old art student named Wendy, who becomes the apprentice to a superhero, whose slogan is "Fighting evil, so you don't have to." The Middleman started life as a Viper Comics series, in which the Middleman fights a "tentacled ass-monster" that threatens to destroy the world. Now it's coming to ABC Family, starring Natalie Morales as Wendy and Matt Kessler as Middleman. More details, after the jump.

Illustration for article titled "Fighting Evil, So You Don't Have To"

In the comic Wendy tries to balance her crime fighting days with a problematic, overly sensitive filmmaker boyfriend (are there any other kind?), a sexy roommate and one freeloading hippie. The Middleman, on the other hand, is 100% hero most of the time, and he's the latest in a long line of Middlemen which Wendy may join after he's gone. Together they battle an interesting mix of villains including Mexican Wrestlers and evil brainiac monkeys. The show will premiere on June 16, 2008. [ABC Family via Comics2film]

Illustration for article titled "Fighting Evil, So You Don't Have To"


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I love the whole backstory of how The Middleman came to be. Javier Grillo-Marxuach had a great idea for a movie with secret agents, robots, aliens and talking monkeys. But had a tough time convincing his agents that it was worth pitching as a film or TV show, so he shelved it and went back to work writing for "Lost."

But then he couldn't help but tinker with it more and more and more and decided to go for it anyway. So he made it into a comic called The Middle Man and got a publisher interested. And ya know what? It got a good following and great reviews. He hired a girl to dress up as his main character and walk around Comic-Con to promote the comic. He created buzz on his blog. He put up art and kept his fans interested.

And eventually, he had a property that his agents couldn't argue with. And he just sold the comic idea for a TV show on ABC Family. So yeah, he did it on his terms, which is inspiring to the rest of us writers wanting to do something on our own.