Comic book movie casting ideas.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, or an outer space visitor reading this, (In that case, hello to our new overlords)  comic book movies are now in vogue, and there is a back catalog of characters just dying to get turned into a sliver screen interpretation. Below are my picks for characters who need to appear and who should play them.

Agent VenomAgent Venom: Agent Venom is the Venom symbiote grafted onto an American service person. In the comics it was Flash Thompson, bully to Peter Parker but an admirer of Spider-Man. Flash would serve in the U.S. armed forces, lose both legs and becme an alcoholic, because if our heroes don’t have a tragic back story we wouldn’t find them interesting. He gains the Venom suit and becomes a sort of Spider-Man with guns, does jobs for the American Government as a Super Soldier while taking on B and C list villains. The hook is that Flash is looking to Spider-Man for inspiration, and wishes at one point to have Spider-Man’s blessing and fight crime as the new Spider-Man. He is more of an anti-hero butit would make for more interesting stories rather than Eddie Brock’s Venom.
Who would play him: Because Flash is a minor character I don’t see why you couldn’t change him to another race. Wood Harris, who played Avon Birksdale in “The Wire” would be my first pick followed by Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played Christ Partlow in “The Wire” also.

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This sums up comics from the 90’s quite nicely.

Cable: Cable is the time traveling mutant son of Scott Summers and Madeleine Pyor, who was a clone of Jean Grey. His history is way more confusing, so read this link as it explains it better than I ever could. With talk that Cable could be the villain of the next Deadpool movie it does make sense. Cable’s a fluid character, able to be portrayed as a villain or hero depending on the story with the excuse of “it’s important that I do this because the future is at stake, damn the consequences”. Cable is a world-weary fighter, with a giant cybernetic arm thanks to a virus and telekinesis as his mutant power.
Who would play him: Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be ideal to play Cable. He’s done world-weary as the Comedian from Watchmen and he’s be a good fit for a time traveler. Maybe you could throw in Jensen Ackles as cyclops for a bit fan service wink.

ArcadeArcade: Arcade is a utility villain who has faced the second most Marvel heroes behind Doctor Doom, which is quite impressive. What’s less impressive is how he always manages to lose at the end of the story. The best thing about Arcade and his Murder World is that, unlike Doom, he can be adapted to fit any story, from street level player like Luke Cage and Iron fist to A list heroes like Captain America.
Who would play him: Conan O’Brian. If you’re unfamiliar with Conan, he’s the perfect cackling coward that makes Arcade such a brilliant bad guy. Canon’s Arcade would crack jokes and be the kind of bad guy you can’t help but cheer when he gets beaten up

X-23X-23 Laura Kinney: X-23 is basically a teenage girl version of Wolverine. Except she struggles to believe she has a soul, because she is a clone. She has claws, two in her hands, one in each foot, super sense, healing factor. She’s already a prepackaged strong female character. How has this not happened yet.
Who Would play her: Marie Avgeropoulos would be perfect. Known mostly from “The 100”, she already looks the part, and could bring an innocence to a (some times) feral character.

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Was the Fantasic Four doomed from the start

Fantastic Four has opened to a lacklustre opening and worse reviews. Having seen it myself, albeit on cheap Tuesday, I can say it’s not as bad as people think it is. I mean it’s not great, and I wont be rushing out to get it on DVD, but it’s not a terrible movie.

 

If you really want to see what a terrible movie looks like go download “The Room” or Duffy: The talking cat. Both are examples of terrible movies. The former, made by some one who doesn’t understand story structure, and the latter made by some one who had a 40 minute idea and stretched it out over 100 minutes. No, the Fantastic Four movie is a different kind of movie. A movie that could have been great, but sadly failed. So what went wrong?

 

Well I think the casting is mostly spot on. Michael B. Jordan is a blast as Johny Storm, Kate Mara was good as Sue Storm and Miles Teller was fine Reed Richards. Jamie Bell, while he remains human comes more across more as sleep walking then acting, which is a shame. Toby Kebbel as Doom was a fine performance, and Reg E Cathey again fine as Franklin Storm. That’s the thing though, all the performances were fine, but hardly memorable.

 

The plot doesn’t feel like there is any thing there though, skipping from act 1 to act 3 and then finishing up rather quickly. The entire movie was only made to prevent Marvel getting the rights back, or so that’s what the story is. In fact, the entire thing feels like the first half of a decent movie, and a bit longer with a better plot and it could have been, dare I say it fantastic.

 

I think one of the problems is that people were writing the movie off before it even came out. Cracked.com, a fantastic site in own right would have at least an article a month bagging the movie out before it even would come out. Once is fine, but it felt as if they’d made it their mission to destroy the movie’s credibility. See if you expect some thing is going to be terrible, then nothing will change your opinion on it. I had low expectations, and while I wasn’t blown away, I wasn’t disappointed either. It felt like an entree to an even better meal. With news that the planned Fantastic Four sequel is going a head regardless of the box office, and I am at least looking forward to it.

 

Fantastic Four has always been about exploration and hope, about not giving up in the face of adversity, always finding an answer. It’s always been a goofy series, and it remains one of the few comic franchises that doesn’t need to go all doom and gloom to be entertaining. But Sony if I may, can you at least hire a director with a clear vision this time please?

It doesn’t matter if Hercules is bisexual, what matters is content.

It seems a certain marvel Editor has caused a brouhaha over his statement that Hercules in the 616 universe is straighter then a broom handle, this is despite historical evidence that the myth of Hercules was bisexual. This has upset some in certain circles who feel that this isn’t the traditional version of Hercules that existed in our world. They have a point, but they should also know that Iron Man doesn’t exist in our world so using our bases of myth for a fictional world is sort of problematic. I have no problem with Hercules being straight in the 616, because at some point some one else can come along and change it. But there is a caveat to this statement.

If Marvel wants Hercules to be straight, that’s fine. But they need to promote more Bi and Gay characters in his place. See as a creator, Marvel has a responsibility to ensure that all demographics are covered. How many of the new Marvel books coming out will have a LBGT character in them? I mean we’re getting a Karnak series, so why not a Hulking and Wiccan miniseries? It’s one thing to say a character is straight and will be straight without offering up other alternatives.

It’s not just Marvel doing this as well. DC has some really kick ass females characters who are just wasting away. Vixen, Ice, Fire, Zatana, Hawk Woman. If you throw in Batwoman then you have a great starting place for a female Justice League. Don’t want to call it that? Fine, then have the current line up and have Wonder Women conscript them as Amazons.

And before we get to the old adage that the book wont sell because blah blah blah. The counter argument is, why not wait and see? If you don’t try new things, then the market becomes stagnate. In this day and age the only reason why companies shouldn’t be creating books based on LBGT or centered around women is the fear of the success they’ll cause. To paraphrase Mr Rogers, “those who create have responsibilities.” In this case it’s to ensure that people who are LGBT or women folk have their heroes on display and proud of who they are. To deny them a hero they can identify with is not only poor form, but scrapping the bottom of the excuse barrel. So Marvel, DC and other comic companies. I have a challenge for you. Prove me wrong. I’ll be waiting.