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Year of the Geek: Comic Book Movies of 2011

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I saw somewhere on the internet the other day (maybe it was my homepage…I’m not completely sure which is one of the pitfalls of reading news and such on the internet the majority of the time…but any way) that a lot of people are terming this year the year of the geek due to the excessive number of comic book movies coming out in the theaters this year. Honestly, I am excited about this year…does that mean I am a geek myself. I believe so because I am looking forward to watching several of the movies that will be coming out over the course of the year, and here are the few that I’m most interested in (and alright, I am a Marvel snob to some degree…so forgive me if a lot of the DC or Darkhorse stuff is missing from my assessment).

Thor–Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. This movie is promising to be one of the must see movies of the summer months. Following the storyline of one of the most prominent Marvel characters (which all of them are prominent in their own right), this movie is bringing us all one step closer to the promised Avengers movie that will be in theaters in 2012. What I am most interested in in this movie is how they are going to meld the scientific and the magical worlds that Marvel are known for. I know that in the movie trailer they are saying that science and magic are practically the same thing just us dumb humans using another name for something mystical. Yet, I’m still intrigued to see how far they go with this concept.

X-Men: First Class–As most of you know who read my blog on a regular basis, X-Men are the comic book heroes that are near and dear to my heart, so it probably doesn’t surprise you that I am anxious about this upcoming movie.  It does have a few good things going for it though. First, Matthew Vaughn is directing the movie and overall his other movies (Kick Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake…all good movies). Then, you have Bryan Singer (the man who co-wrote and directed for the first two good X-Men movies) responsible for the story. Finally, you have several actors that are pretty good in the roles of some of our memorable characters (James McAvoy is Professor X, Kevin Bacon is Sebastian Shaw, and many more). I’m still holding my breath on the this one because we all know the debacle of the third movie. However, I’m trying to remain hopeful that this movie might help redeem the series from X3 and the Wolverine movie. Also, another side note, Wolverine will not be in this one unless it is a small cameo (Hooray! I don’t like him that much anyway).

Green Lantern–Okay, so, this is one of the few (if only) DC comic movie adaptation that appears here. I’m interested in this one because let’s face it Green Lantern is a pretty cool super hero. His powers are limited by the strength of his mind…so, yeah, he seems like he would be any intellectual’s go to super hero. Being played by Ryan Reynolds, I think this movie has potential if it is done right because like any other super hero movie it also has the potential to be sooooooo bad too.

Captain America: The First Avenger–Okay, so, I’m not a huge fan of Capt. However, I’m pretty excited about this movie because its release will be the last piece of the puzzle for the afore-mentioned Avengers movie. Chris Evans will be an okay Capt. (I’m not completely thrilled by his casting choice partially because he has already been a character in the Marvel-verse of movies), but I am really excited to see Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I think that he is going to be amazing at that. Why? Because he plays evil and off-beat characters well (look at Mr. Smith in the Matrix, V in V for Vendetta, etc)…I’m just excited overall.

So, these are just a sampling of the top things that I”m looking forward to. I’m also excited about Harry Potter and other things of that nature (not excited about Twilight). Looking forward to seeing Paul Bettany in Priest. Yet, I’m also not excited to see some others (like the Green Hornet for instance…I find Seth Rogen insufferable). However, there will be more to come of these other things in following days. Till then, adieu.

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Captain America vs. The Red Skull

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I’m sure it has come to everyone’s attention at this point that they are producing a Captain America Movie starring Chris Evans as Capt. Well, as you know, I am on the fence about this decision for many, many reasons and have mentioned them before. Therefore, I will not go into them now. However, I think a great casting choice that they’ve made is who is going to play the Red Skull, Capt.’s main villain. Brace yourself…it’s going to be Hugo Weaving.

Honestly, as much as I dislike the Chris Evans casting, I approve of this casting whole heartedly. Why? Because Weaving is an amazing actor. Watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Transformers (he voiced Megatron), and many more to see his acting chops. He is an amazing actor and will bring the character of the Red Skull into glorious reality (as far as movie reality goes…). Weaving has ability to become this character.

The only thing that I really worry about with this casting choice is how will Evans fare against this powerhouse? I mean seriously Weaving is more experienced and brings a large presence to the screen. I mean for God sakes in V for Vendetta he, as V,  overshadowed Natalie Portman’s performance and this was without the use of facial expressions…or even seeing his face for that matter. He is that good. It scares me that he will make the tilt of the movie a little off kilter compared to Evans….However, that being said, I believe that he will make the movie something to watch…rather than it just being a Captain America fan’s wet dream.

In my opinion, Weaving will be the reason to watch the movie, and this fact is sad to say because Capt. should be amazing. He is “The First Avenger” afterall. So, while I still hold my breath to see if Evans performance is any good (I still haven’t completely passed judgment because I have been surprised before), I know that Weaving will be amazing…enough said.

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May 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Captain America

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On the web on pretty much every fanboy website and some legitimate new sites, people have been discussing who they think should play Captain America in the upcoming movies: The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers. Why is this casting decision causing so much trouble? Well, there are rumors floating around of unrest with the person who is supposed to be directing the Capt. Movie, of actors ducking out, and many more…However, I think the main reason is that no one really can put their finger on who would make a good Captain America. I mean really he represents the free world and all that the U. S. stands for, the ideals of truth, justice and freedom…Really? Why would that be hard? In my mind though, there are a few other ideas to take into account with casting.

1. Captain America is a character who is out of his element…out of his own time. (Spoiler Alert for those out there that know nothing about the comics!!).Due to him being frozen during WWII, Cap is living in a foreign place. He has been thawed in a more modern world and must face the challenge of acclimating himself to it because although he is a superhero he must also fit in as a regular civilian. The actor playing him must be able to show this depth. If he doesn’t, he will be losing a huge part of the CA character.

2. The person playing Captain America must be American…I know it might sound a little odd, but in the minds of everyone out there, you know that it’s true. I mean I think there are some great British, Irish, Welsh, etc. actors who would play the part and kick ass doing it (Daniel Craig comes to mind). However, this trade-off would not be being true to the heart of the character. He is a symbol of America…it would be odd to have someone other than an American play him…

3. The person who plays him needs to have some basis in the Marvel comic book realm. A person playing a character like this needs to know something about them before they become him. It’s just like playing a character from a well-known book and never reading the books. The actor needs to be versed in the lore and mythology of Cap before they can truly tune into the character. It just makes sense people…

With forerunners like Channing Tatum, Chis Evans, John Krasinski, and others being mentioned, I don’t know that I believe that any of these people can actually tap into the core character that is Captain America. Sure, all of them look like him in some degree or other, but to quote CNN.com,  “Marvel’s casting choice for Cap must be someone who can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury, and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, to name a few.”  A lot of the movie franchise’s success rests on this choice…will they make the right one?(I also believe that one great casting choice they’ve made is casting Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull…Amazing!). Personally, I think that Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles would make a great Cap. I believe that he has the acting range as well as the look, but that’s just me putting my two-cents worth in.

Quote from CNN.com. Click below for a link to the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/16/captain.america.movie.star.ew/index.html