Sunday, April 13, 2014

Comics Into Movies: A Change of Character

    As many of us comic nerds have seen throughout the years, comics are a popular story line choice to produce into a block-busting movie. Sometimes so popular that they can be remade numerous times. This gets obnoxious for some die-hard fans, however, others enjoy comparing the differences between castings, storyline and of course the producers style. Casting can largely affect the success and the popularity of the film. We've seen this trend with the newer age Spider-Man films. Marvel fans have debated over the two completely different actors to complete the comic book series (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield). A more drastic example in this debate is that there have been sixteen different actors who have played Superman since the original show in 1939 (Young, 2013). And of course, the list goes on and on with the reproduction of the Batman movies. We can't forget the epic portrayal of Arnold Schwartzenegger as "Mr. Freeze". (Go ahead and watch for your pure enjoyment and try not to imitate him: ). Clearly, no one can compete with his role. How about Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the joker? I remember as a young girl being obsessed with the Cat Woman character played by Michelle Pffiefer (even begging to be cat woman for Halloween equipped with a whip-- didn't get the whip for the record). Halle Berry was okay, but to be honest, I hated the newest casting of Anne Hathaway. I just can't unthink her role in the Princess Diaries from my mind. Sorry Anne I do love you, though.

    What are your thoughts? Did you love/hate a certain actor/actress compared to another in a comic movie remake? Let us know!

Young, P. (2013). 16 Different Actors Portray Superman. Retrieved from 

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