I know we're firmly in the business of toy collecting. But when I happened upon a Yahoo article, detailing a rumoured dilemma regarding a potential - or should I say inevitable - Boba Fett spin-off movie. I thought it was only right that I share my opinion with the FLYGUY community. After all, we're all barmy for a little piece of Boba, right?
In true Yahoo fashion, the article in question is simply a rehash of another article from makingstarwars.net, and discusses Disney's apparent dilemma when it comes to Boba Fett embodying the role of a main protagonist. As Making Star Wars puts it:
"There are some minor problems going forward with a film about a villain, however. The general problem with Boba Fett is how to use him effectively without ruining his evil essence to make him the protagonist of a Star Wars Spin-off film."
This is, of course, only a rumour - so please don't take any of this journalistic drivel as gospel. That said, I find this attitude towards Boba Fett's character a decidedly rich talking point.
He Deserves Only Per-fett-tion
I'll begin by noting that nobody should consider Boba to be evil, nor should they consider him to be a generic common-or-garden villain. Yes, he's a bounty hunter, and that's not the most noble of professions. But then again, neither is being a bloody smuggler! Cough, cough, Han Solo...
Asides from somewhat tarnishing Boba's mysterious allure, the prequels make it abundantly clear that we should feel sorry for a young Boba - he watched Mace Windu butcher his father for goodness sake! And when you think about it, what exactly does Boba Fett do during both Empire and Jedi that's so befitting of a villain? He simply fulfils his obligation to Jabba by capturing a smuggler who has not only failed to pay a large debt, but who also murdered an innocent Rodian.
Children of the 90s, silence. Google the 1977 theatrical release, Han definitely shot Greedo first!
Finally, take into account Boba's many adventures, courtesy of the Expanded Universe, and you'll find a mass of literature that depicts an instantly likable character, with a clear - if slightly grey - moral compass.
On the subject of great Boba Fett stories, be sure to check out the 1999 graphic novel Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire, and the Boba Fett short story in the 1996 novel, Tales of the Bounty Hunters (edited by Kevin J. Anderson).
Just in case there's any weight to the rumoured Fett spin-off dilemma, and in the off-chance that any of the Disney or Lucasfilm hierarchy is reading this, I'll leave them with a few fine examples of anti-hero characters whom are both morally ambiguous and likable: Captain Jack Sparrow, Deadpool, The Man With No Name, Rorschach, Robin Hood. See how easy it is Disney?
It's here that I formally ask the powers that be not to ruin our beloved Bounty Hunting behemoth. I'm sure you'll all agree, he's no good to us dead...