Real Name: Fredo
Identity/Class: Mutated human
Occupation: Lab Assistant
Affiliations: Professor James Manalo (employer); Helen (love interest)
Enemies: Diabolika; David
Known Relatives: None known
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: Philippines
First Appearance: Fantasticman (movie, 2003)
History: Fredo was the clumsy laboratory assistant to robotics Professor Manalo, who kept him on in part because Fredo would allow himself to be used as a guinea pig. His girlfriend Helen, a librarian, wanted to become a superhero, and would pump Fredo for information about Manalo's experiments. Then she read a book about a magical orb supposedly accessable through a mystic portal located in the Intramuros ruins. The three of them set off to find it, unawares that David, an avaricious anthropologist, was also leading a team to obtain it.
Fredo's group got there first, narrowly, and discovered the orb on the body of a dead extra-terrestrial, but David's group kidnapped Helen to force them to surrender the artifact. Touching the orb, Fredo gained superhuman powers and rescued his love, only to see her possessed by the spirit of the dead alien, fall into a ravine, and be rendered comatose.
A year later she awoke, possessed by the alien, and calling herself Diabolika. Eventually Fredo, now calling himself Fantasticman, managed to lure the ghost out of Helen's form, and tracked it back to its buried spaceship, where they had a final confrontation.
Comments: Played by Vic Sotto. "Fantasticman" was directed by Tony Y. Reyes and was an entry to 2003 upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival.
Thanks to Dan Ramon P. Geromo for informing me of this character, and providing details and images.
Jan K. Ilacad of Octoarts-Orbit Music Group has sent me some movie and soundtrack credits for the Fantasticman movie:
Fantasticman was created by: Orly R. Ilacad and Michael V.
Fantasticman theme song composed, arranged and produced by: Jan K. Ilacad
Fantasticman Original motion picture soundtrack producers: Jan K. Ilacad and Caroline K. Ilacad (octoarts-orbit music)
Fantasticman Original motion picture soundtrack executive producers: Orly R. Ilacad(octoarts) and Vic Sotto(m-zet)
Fantasticman Original theme song performed by: JUICE
Jess Fernandez informs me "Fantastikman made a cameo appearance in the movie "Enteng Kabisote: Okay ka Fairy Ko The Legend (2004)" with Filipino actor Paolo Ballesteros playing the role. Vic Sotto, the first to play Fantastikman is the lead star in the movie."
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Mr.Fantastic, leader of the Fantastic Four
Fantastic Man, Brazilian superhero
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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