After having a cult hit with The Toxic Avenger (1984) and its subsequent sequels, (which led to a spin-off cartoon called Toxic Crusaders), gross-out movie studio Troma planned to turn the Toxic Crusaders into a live-action movie just like the original film that spawned the series.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
New Line Cinema were to back the film that would have transported Toxie and Toxic Crusaders characters No-Zone and Dr. Killemoff (along with others) from the animated world of the cartoon series into live-action.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
According to Toxic Avenger creator Lloyd Kaufman a deal was agreed between Troma and New Line, but somewhere along the lines the deal fell through and subsequently a live-action film was never made. Kaufman believed that New Line only struck a deal with Troma as the company wanted a property similar to hit movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) in its portfolio, so that it could try to acquire the rights to make Turtles sequels. Although a Toxic Crusaders movie never appeared during the '90s in 2010 rumours suggested that a remake of the original Toxic Avengers film was in the pipeline, only slanted more towards a PG friendly audience by being similar in tone to the Toxic Crusaders.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
In many ways it was, as the short-lived Toxic Crusaders series was quite fun and during the eco-aware '90s it could have been a big hit...
....or at least could have moved the 'Toxic' series out of cult status and into the mainstream.
Toxic Crusaders the movie?
BUT WHAT IF?
If a live-action Toxic Crusaders film had made it to cinema screens then the world would have seen a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength (and a bunch of other hideously deformed creatures of superhuman size and strength) become over night sensations. This would have slowed the development of the Power Rangers franchise... and then the Pokemon franchise too... as children would have been more interested in Toxic adventures. Shortly after this these Toxic tykes would have attempted to be just like their idols by bathing in toxic waste. Eventually all of humanity would have looked like hideously deformed creatures of superhuman size and strength and as a result there would have been no need for ugly people to feel sad about not being aesthetically pleasing on the eye.