The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch

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The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch
Concept art of the Invisible Man and Human Torch
Planned May 30, 1975 (first draft),[1]
October 24, 1975 (second draft)[1]
Intended release 1976[1][2]
Concept history The Dreadful Human Torch
The Human TorchThe Invisible
Man vs. The Human Torch
The first installment in the Mysterious Human Series! A cruel revenge, with bodies enveloped by bitter flames one after the next! Pursued by a detective who was made invisible by a cyclotron!

— The film's tagline, as advertised in Toho's 1976 release line-up[1]

The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch (透明人間対火焔人間,   Tōmei Ningen tai Kaen Ningen) is an unmade 1976 film intended to have been directed by Jun Fukuda.[2]


A police detective who was transformed into an Invisible Man by a cyclotron must track down the superhuman criminal known as the Human Torch—and come to grips with his true identity as the man's best friend.[2]


Following producer Tomoyuki Tanaka's proposal for a "Mysterious Human Series" in 1973, featuring movies centered around a "Human Torch" and "Invisible Man," screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda combined the two concepts into a single project: The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch.[2] Like Kakefuda's first attempt at adapting the Human Torch proposal in 1974, Jun Fukuda was attached to direct with Tomoyuki and Fumio Tanaka serving as producers.[1] However, the film's story was altered significantly to incorporate the Invisible Man, converting it into something of an urban crime drama.[2]

Kakefuda's first draft, submitted May 30, 1975,[1] introduced guns, police, a nightclub secretly operating as a criminal stronghold, and an extravagant shootout scene, all of which were not present in his screenplay for The Human Torch.[2] However, his first draft for The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch suffered from several issues, such as parts being inconsistent or disorganized, and the Invisible Man barely utilizing his powers.[2] Jun Fukuda helped revise the treatment, and the pair submitted a second draft by October 24.[1]

Because of the significant amount of work which had been put into the project, Toho announced The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch as part of their 1976 film line-up in December of 1975. However, as plans materialized for a resurrection of the Godzilla series and a tokusatsu co-production with Hammer Film Productions, the film was shelved indefinitely.[2] Though Hammer's Nessie also never came to fruition, a new series of Godzilla films was finally kickstarted in 1984 with The Return of Godzilla.


See also


This is a list of references for The Invisible Man vs. The Human Torch. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "1954-2004 『東宝特撮の世界』篇". Archived from the original on 16 July 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. 28 September 2012. p. 10. ISBN 9784864910132.


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