Everything seems to be in short supply these days except super heroes.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love these guys. I’m just a bit concerned summer movie theaters are going to be over-populated with superheroes fighting for our limited time and attention and I hate to see any of them lose.
Lately, superheroes seem to oozing out of the walls and there’s probably a super power just for that, but I’m not quite ready to cheer for “Oozing Man”. I can’t quite picture it.
Every time I glance at the entertainment section I see a new hunk has been signed to play a superhero and what’s more American actors will play NONE of our classic superheroes. That's right no American cheese on our all American beef patties. Our all-American superheroes have been out-sourced!
Exhibit A: Henry Cavill a 27 year old, excellent British actor who played the part of Charles Brandon in Showtime’s “The Tudors” has been signed to play the iconic role of “Superman”!!
How did this happen? Cavill is mesmerizing on screen and I may eat my hastily spoken words later, but I’m very disappointed an American actor with the classic tall dark and handsome, man of steel American good looks wasn’t chosen for the role. It seems like a shame.
Exhibit B: Andrew Garfield also British has signed on to play Spiderman. Peter Parker played by a Brit? I need to be convinced of this.
Exhibit C: Green Lantern, I loved this comic growing up. Ryan Reynolds is physically perfect to play this role but he’s Canadian. There’s nothing wrong with Canadians. We share a border with them. We’ve never gone to war with Canada. Canadians are polite decent people so I’m just going to let this one go...
Exhibit D: Eric Bana, another excellent British actor plays the Hulk. Not really a complaint, this one’s just an observation.
The next example is actually perfectly cast and I have no complaints at all. The Marvel Comic’s adaptation of “Thor” is due in theaters this May. Thor stars a towering, blond 6'4", Chris Helmsworth as the Nordic God of thunder. Watch the trailer and check out this man without a shirt—I swear on Valhalla throbbing hammer of might your pulse will thunder!
If you saw the latest Star Trek movie you saw Chris. He played a brief but intensely moving scene as Captain George Kirk, heroically going down with the ship to save innocent lives including a newborn James T. Kirk who is born during a Romulan attack (Those Romulans, you just can’t trust them!).
Thor looks pretty good. Bring the hammer down baby! I’m soooo buying a ticket to see this.
Captain America: Stars Chris Evans as the iconic hero with a shield. Hugo Weaving an Aussie, co-stars as the villainous Red Skull. I love the look of the art direction. This movie has a period WWII, almost Steampunk feel about it and I’m very curious to see a beefed up Chris Evans in his newly redesigned and more macho Captain America costume (They nixed the silly blue tights but you won’t miss them).
Last but certainly not least my favorite Aussie Hugh Jackman is gulping down 6,000 calories a day, that’s right I said 6,000 calories a day in order to bulk up for his upcoming role as “The Wolverine”.
This is big news in every sense of the word. Aronofsky, the same director who asked featherweight Natalie Portman to lose 20 pounds for her role in Black Swan, has ordered Hugh to bulk up to play the pugnacious part.
Aronofsky said he wants to see Hugh looking “Stockier” in the long shots and not so much like a lean mean Clint Eastwood. (Is that a bad thing…?)
What the hell, if Aronofsky really wants “stocky” maybe I can body double for Hugh? I have a head start on the bulking up…
I loved Wolverine comics when I was growing up and actually had a little crush on Wolverine. I filled many a spiral notebook with my own hand drawn Wolverine comics. I love Hugh Jackman and I can’t image anyone else physically embodying the role as well as he.
“Wolverine 2” is a pre-sold ticket for me!
Did I miss any summer superheroes? Let me know if I did.
Thor movie trailer: