M.A.N.T.I.S. Review

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Dr. Miles Hawkins, a wheelchair based scientist, invents M.A.N.T.I.S., the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter System, enabling him to become a superhero and fight his city's growing crime problem.


Devised by Sam Raimi and Sam Hamm, this superhero adventure borrows something from Marvel Comics’ Iron Man. Black industrialist Carl Lumbly, crippled in a riot, invents an exo-skeleton armour which enables him to get around and fight crime. A more serious version of Meteor Man with plenty of borrowed licks from Raimi’s Darkman and Hamm’s Batman, this is way above average for TV, and has a good-looking 40s style slouch-hatted hero with a cool flying car. The main drawback is the lack of a substantial villain and a plot that serves merely as a series of excuses for action scenes.

Entertaining, but lacks strong enough storylines to make it really gripping.