Jennifer Lopez may be stepping into the superhero world with "Shrink," but
don't expect to see her in tights or Wonder Woman Underoos.
"She's not going to get dressed up in spandex," said "Shrink" creator Rob
Liefeld. "She gets to look great in her designer clothes [and] at the same
time be the center of a universe where everything around her is
"Shrink" has been picked up by J. Lo's production company, Nuyorican. The
film version of the online comic strip will star the pop diva as a
psychiatrist who counsels costumed heroes and villains alike. Nuyorican is
developing "Shrink" alongside a handful of other properties.
"I have 'Carmen,' " Lopez said recently, "and I also have a project called
the Hector Lavoe project, which is about a salsa singer. It's about New York
and that kind of whole salsa era" (see "J.
Lo Making Modern Version Of 'Carmen' ").
Though "Shrink" is likely to steer clear of salsa dancing, Liefeld believes
it will definitely stand out amid the slew of more serious comic-inspired
movies flooding theaters.
"The genre was getting more accepted with the 'X-Men' movie, [and]
'Spider-Man' blew everything up," the veteran comic creator said (see " 'Spider-Man' Fastest Film To Reach $200
Million"). "Somebody needs to be there to take the piss out of them;
that's what we're going to do."
A somewhat controversial figure in the comic world, Liefeld is perhaps the
best candidate to parody the art form that made him semi-famous. Liefeld
first rose to prominence illustrating "X-Men"-related titles for Marvel, and
his style emphasizing big guns and bigger muscles over background
detail divided fans.
A decade ago, Liefeld broke away from Marvel and, together with a small band
of disgruntled creators who felt comic artists and writers should own the
rights to the characters they create, formed the successful Image Comics.
The opinionated firebrand left Image in 1997, briefly returning to Marvel
before being fired. Liefeld then formed Awesome Entertainment and released a
comic called "Fighting American" that was so similar to Marvel's "Captain
America" that he was sued.
There are also similarities between Liefeld's "Shrink" series and another
well-known media property something he readily admits.
"I was watching 'The Sopranos' and just laughing, the whole idea that a
mobster goes to see a psychotherapist," Liefeld said. "I had been kicking
around a more serious idea. Many of the [heroes] I publish with my own
company have dual identities. That's something that would land you on the
couch real fast. I thought, 'What if the greatest good and the greatest evil
both went and saw the same shrink?' It really just came from there."