As a comic book fan since about 83, more or less my entire life, I have wanted to see movies made about my favorite heroes. Now I understand casting for these roles would be hit or miss, but I have seen certain actors and actresses that would be a perfect fit for certain characters and the opportunity got totally missed. Now there are hits like Toby McGuire as SPIDERMAN, Ben Affleck as DAREDEVIL, Jennifer Garner as ELEKTRA, Christian Bale as BATMAN, Michael Chiklis as THE THING, Chris Evans as THE HUMAN TORCH, Michelle Pfeiffer as CATWOMAN and Jack Nicholson as THE JOKER.
Give the man an eye patch and call it good.
Those are just a few that fit like a glove. Then there are a few that totally missed the direction they should have been going casting-wise. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/GHOST RIDER, Shaquile Oneil as STEEL and Eric Bana as Bruce Banner/THE HULK are just a few poor casting choices. I have a list of "half-way there" choices, but nobody really cares about reading about some actor or actress who does just an adequate job right?
My real point here is to go back through history and pick out a few names, be it in their prime or before/after they achieved stardom, and pick a character I think they would have been perfect for if the respective movie was being made at the time. There will be some obvious ones and the list could go long so I will make this a
new feature and revisit later on down the line, from time to time (mostly when I can't come up with something cleverer.)
Put a skull on his chest.
Sergeant Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This guy was the military anti-hero long before John Rambo hit the screen or most first person perspective shooting games hit your PCs. I love this character even today because he is tough as nails, old school and can still hang with his Marvel brethren today. My pick for him would have been Clint Eastwood right around the time he made the movie HEARTBREAK RIDGE. He was still very much in shape but old enough to be convincing as the seasoned war veteran. Hell, his character in that movie, Tom "Gunny" Highway might as well been named Nick Fury. When I think of a real life Fury, that is who I will always envision (sorry David Hasselhoff, but you will never be .)
Frank Castle/THE PUNISHER
I can't take anything away from Thomas Jane as THE PUNISHER, he did a great job even though it turned out to be a one-shot deal (You suck Jane. Just kidding, but not really.) I have a special interest in this character because he is one of my favorites. I have pretty much every Punisher issue put out, all volumes including War Journal, War Zone, Armory, Punisher vs. Wolverine and most of the trade paperbacks as well. I like the idea of a Batman type character out for revenge that is willing to go all the way in terms of justice/punishment. My pick
for him would be (forgive me comics for I am about to sin) Steven Seagal. Now I am not talking about now. I mean when he really was pumping out movies like HARD TO KILL and ABOVE THE LAW and MARKED FOR DEATH. These were movies about a guy who fits the description of Frank Castle perfectly (minus the ridiculous ponytail.) Like I said Thomas Jane nailed the part, but when I saw the above mentioned Seagal movies I thought "This guy should be Punisher
Change the face paint to organic steel.
This is one or the more powerful members of THE X-MEN. He was also an example of ethnic diversity within the team that added a bit more entertainment along the lines that Pavel Andreievich Chekov was in the original Star Trek series (Colossus a.k.a Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin is a Russian character as well.) Now of course it is too late. My choice is easily as insult worthy as Seagal as Punisher. I pick Arnold Schwarzenegger around the time of Total Recall, Commando, and Predator. He had the build (not now obviously) and his Austrian accent can pass for a Russian accent (it was passable in RED HEAT after all.)
This is going to be another on-going topic for discussion, like I said earlier, so I will be posting this type of column on other heroes, some popular and some obscure. Opinions are like arse-holes (usually full of crap) when it comes to who should play who, but luckily for me I get to post mine here for all of you to read (my opinion, not my butt.)
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