The Heroes of Filmland

The Heroes of Filmland

Team Designation: THE HEROES OF FILMLAND

Threat Level: Delta
[Hunted Value: 20] [Contact Cost: 9]

Expanded Membership Details:

Monster Man (435 points)
[Contact Cost: 3]]

Earthquake (350 points)
[Hunts only as a Team] [Contact Cost: 2]]

Jaws (370 points)
[Hunts only as a Team] [Contact Cost: 2]]

Kong (435 points)
[Hunts only as a Team] [Contact Cost: 2]]

Peacemaker (350 points)
[Hunts only as a Team] [Contact Cost: 2]]

Swashbuckler (350 points)
[Hunts only as a Team] [Contact Cost: 2]]

Twister (355 points)
[Hunts only as a Team] [Contact Cost: 2]]

 

Major Rivals:

The heroes of Hero City

Base of Operations:

Orlando, Florida

Vehicles:

Heroes of Filmland Helicopter (Airwolf)

Membership
Monster Man (Team Leader)
Earthquake
Jaws
Kong
Peacemaker
Swashbuckler
Twister
Background
In Orlando, the competition between the two major theme park groups—one run by a huge entertainment conglomerate and the other by a large movie studio—ranges from friendly to bitter. The movie studio’s theme parks are popular and, especially in the case of the newer park, cutting edge, yet they are almost always the “second stop” on tourists’ vacations, crossed off the list if visitors find that there’s not enough time to see all of the other company’s parks.

Toward the end of 2003, the rivalry kicked into higher gear. The large company that owned the movie studio backed off on its announcements of a merger with General Electric, announcing that it would instead be selling its entertainment arm to a private individual who wished to remain anonymous. The final sums involved were not disclosed, but the GE offer would have brought the company $3.8 billion in cash, plus a 20 percent stock in the proposed conglomerate, so the new numbers were speculated to be significantly higher. Spokespeople revealed that under the new agreement, the original company would be severing all ties with the studio, focusing on its core beverage business. The studio brand would be under the control of a single anonymous person. And while his or her motives and plans remained shrouded in mystery, one aspect was clear: Surpassing the Orlando rival was on the agenda.

The announcement that the studios would be fronting an entire superhero team actually came out two days before its rival’s announcement of the superhero team to be based in its Hero City theme park in response to the crippling injury suffered by its previous superhero icon Doctor Tomorrow. Business journalists speculated that the studio had inside information about its rival’s plans and made its own announcement prematurely to take the wind out of its sails.

Some say that the team was hastily thrown together; others claim that the mysterious owner of the studio already had the team planned when he made his purchase. Unlike many public organizations, the Heroes of Filmland, by and large, do not have public identities (Monster Man, a previously established uberhuman, and Jaws, whose identity would be difficult to cover, are exceptions). The reasons for the secrecy surrounding some of the members is unknown.

The team hasn’t gelled into fast friendship yet. Many of the members seem to have secrets to keep, even from each other, and several also feel outcast from society in some way or another (especially Jaws and Kong, but also, to a different extent, Earthquake and Twister). Their differences and secrets might eventually divide or unite them, but the results aren’t open for prediction yet.

A relatively new team, the Heroes of Filmland aren’t very tactically advanced yet. At least three of the team’s members (Earthquake, Kong, and Twister) have a great facility for property destruction, so the team as a whole attempts whenever possible to move any combat to unpopulated locations, preferably where water is available to give Jaws more flexibility. Twister is the team’s only flier (aside from Peacemaker's flying saddle), so the group depends heavily on its helicopter for transportation. She can—and often does—use her abilities to speed and stabilize its movement or to carry other team members along.

Monster Man’s shapeshifting abilities are often the team’s ace in the hole. He can use them to perform stealthy operations to assist the team and set them up with useful intelligence.
Area of Operations
Worldwide, though mostly operating out of Orlando and Los Angeles.
Goals
Officially, the goals of the Heroes of Filmland are to protect the innocent and spread the goodwill of the studio. It likely has some unofficial goals as well: certainly the preservation of the company’s interests, and, almost as certainly, the embarrassment of its rival whenever possible.
Reputation
The Heroes of Filmland are seen a bit as a knock-off of the team based in Hero City, a little tarnished around the edges. While the larger company has leaned toward more attractive superheroes with positive attitudes, the studio has recruited several people who are actually a little frightening to the general public. This gives them a certain edge and has made them popular with a certain element of the populace, but so far seems to be more of a negative than a positive. One recent event has cemented the public’s unease with the team. When a studio motion picture being shot in Prague was threatened by a Czech extremist group, the Heroes of Filmland stepped in. Although public reports indicate that the team simply engaged and arrested the group’s members, rumors surfaced that several of the Czechs were killed or badly injured in the conflict, and that heavy bribes were paid to cover this fact up. If those rumors are true, they remain unconfirmed. The Heroes of Filmland enjoy the same “wait and see” attitude from local authorities as the Hero City–based team, but without the positive reputation that the other team has received from the involvement of the original Doctor Tomorrow.