Avengers Casting (from the 1980’s)

Here’s a fun little time waster of an exercise.  I came across this listing of top 10 movie actors of the 1980’s.  I’m not quite sure what the criteria but the site states “Ratings and rankings are based on all available critic reviews & awards”.  Good enough for this exercise.

So, what if the Avengers was made in the 1980’s, but rather than choose the supposedly best actors for each part we are forced into  using these top actors of the decade?  Here are your Avengers:

Iron Man – Robert De Niro

Perhaps not as happy-go-lucky as Tony Stark tends to be, but could definitely run with the alcoholism arc

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Sweet Comic Book Posters

I don’t want to take any credit here as I came across these at Live for Films, but there are two sets of posters featured there that I really love.  Click on the poster below to see more from that series.

Which Avenger Will Die?

I was having a conversation in my head about this article, arguing whether or not I thought China Miéville was a pompous wind-bag with regards to his JJ Abrahms comments.  I started thinking about my own history with Star Trek.  I have watched most of the movies and watched a fair bit of TNG and Voyageur, but I never have considered myself a fan.  Let’s explore that for a moment.

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Avengers Be Assembling

I’m trying not to get too excited about this, but the pics from ComicCon have given me a raging nerd-on:

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Joker Ollies Over Batman

This is awesome:

Much thanks to AICN for the Behind the Scenes pic.

A week ago I found myself in the extremely rare situation of having the house to myself for an entire night as wife and kids were visiting family.  Oh, how to spend this fleeting period of freedom?

  • Go to a bar
  • PS3
  • Mow the lawn
  • Go see The A-Team
  • Sleep

Then I stumbled upon the answer.  Something I literally had not done since moving into my new house 2 years prior.  Watch a violent Blu-ray on my HD TV with the surround sound blasting.  To rent or re-watch was an easy choice….enter The Dark Knight.  I still can’t get over how great this movie is.  I actually had a tear in my eye and a knot in my gut as it ended, just thinking about how amazing it is.

It is a shame to lose such talent as Heath Ledger, but I pretty much assume that any actor that can reach that level of talent must be troubled.  I don’t think this was really a blow to The Dark Knight follow-up, thought.  I don’t think you do another Joker in this series – The Dark Knight is just too perfect.

What this also makes me think about is the recent announcement that Ed Norton will not play Bruce Banner in The Avengers.  This is a big loss.  Norton is another amazing acting talent and without him The Incredible Hulk would have been lame instead of decent.  Movies like Spider-man (1&2) and The Dark Knight have continually raised the bar for superhero movies and X-Men and X2 really showed how to handle an ensemble cast in a way that you don’t lose the story for all the characters (X-Men 3 showed how to suck it big time).  The Avengers is in a unique position of having a number of movies to fall back on, but it still needs to rely on the strength of its actors in order to bring the characters to life on screen without the benefit of full focus on any one character.  Losing someone like Ed Norton (no disrespect to whoever steps in) is huge, no matter how you slice it.

Not that I’m worried, though.  With Joss Whedon at the helm there is nothing that can diminish my excitement for The Avengers.