Got The Picture

I had this great plan to write up my feelings about the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. today. But then obviously the whole world exploded. Because, he who holds all future happiness in his hands, Zack Snyder has leaked pictures of The Batmobile and a picture of Ben Affleck as Batman.

It’s a thing of beauty.

So stinking beautiful

So stinking beautiful

So even though I have now watched the final episode of Agents, my mind is entirely clouded by this image. (But also, that finale made my brain explode, in a good way. Stay tuned, we’ll talk about it tomorrow.) This image is the only thing in the world at this moment. It has consumed everything. There is no sun, there is no air. There is only Ben Affleck and The Batmobile. Because you guys, can we just, I mean, really? It’s so great. Just, great. I mean, it looks awesome. I’m starting to really look forward to Man of Steel 2: We CAN TO Beat Cap, again. (Last time I wrote about it, you may remember, I was starting to lose faith.)

Anyway, not much to say. It looks very Frank Miller, but I think we all saw that one coming. And I mean, I just, ugh, I’m having trouble coming up with the words for this one, you guys, just, it makes me so happy. So happy. Like, babbly, this is so awesome. I haven’t been this happy since Ben’s casting was announced. You guys remember that? Remember how I didn’t want to talk about anything else for a while? This might be like that. It’s OK though, because I made that rule, and you won’t hear more from me about this until June. I promise.

In other Bat-news, Gotham will be on Mondays at 8. Which means that I will have to come up with some witty cute thing to do on Tuesdays for it. Or maybe Wednesday, to give myself some time to watch the episode.

I don’t know. I have a few months. I’ll figure it out. But for now. BATMOBILE! BATFLECK! AHHHH, SQUEE!

In darkest night, you’ll smell what he’s cooking

Guess, what? It’s February, which means I’m not even violating my own arbitrary “only write about Man of Steel: Superhero Yahtzee once a month” by commenting on the latest rumor.

That rumor being that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will be playing John Stewart in Man of Steel: Huh What?

The Rock

Aside from this just reaffirming my belief that this movie is going to be a little bit crowded, this is one that I can’t quite wrap my head around.

It’s not that I don’t love The Rock. Mr. Johnson is a staple around our home, as he was the champ around the time that my brother was very into wrestling. Also, my parents and brother saw his classic first SNL appearance and it was all over. What I’m saying is, I’m a big fan.

But I don’t understand. I have no concept of how he’ll work as John Stewart, mostly because of his size. He’s so much bigger than Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck and he’ll dwarf poor Gal Gadot and it’s not going to make any sense. It’s one thing to cast 6’2″ Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, because, well, I mean, it’s not like he was towering over James Marsden’s Cyclops. John Stewart can’t be that much more of a physical presence than Superman and Batman. It doesn’t make any sense!

But fine, I mean, fine, whatever, I give up. I don’t think I understand this movie. I NO LONGER SMELL WHAT YOU ARE COOKING ZACH SNYDER!

Also, there is a chance that this is all just a rumor. I kind of hope that it’s just a rumor.

If you were the creator of Lexcorp, you would have created Lexcorp

While I obviously didn’t join in the collective rending of garments that ensued when Ben Affleck was cast in Man of Steel: Wait That Guy?, I am starting to wonder what exactly Zach Snyder is planning for this movie to be. Because with today’s news that Jesse Eisenberg will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor, I find myself thinking, wait, really?

I mean, really?

I mean, really?

I like Jesse Eisenberg, a lot. And in fact, if he plays Lex Luthor the way he played Mark Zuckerberg, this is going to be an interesting movie. Actually, I think it’s going to be an interesting movie none the less, with Holden McNeil as Batman, a Superman who kind of blends into the background, and Israeli Wonder Woman and a thirty year old character actor as the main bad guy. Like I said back when Affleck was announced, I’m really excited about the sort of out of the box casting choices, but this one really came out of left field. And unlike Affleck, who’s work I really love, and Gal Gadot who’s a wild card, I’m just not sure I can see Eisenberg taking on this character, who is, frankly, kind of difficult to pull off.

But, as I’ve said, there’s a reason why I write a blog about this stuff and the guys that make this stuff make it. And as I’ve said a million times, I really liked Man of Steel, so I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, but I’m just starting to wonder if Man of Steel: Zuckerberg’s Revenge isn’t going to be kind of a mess. (I’ve also stated that I’d be happy to watch the train wreck as well.)

In tandem with this announcement came the news that Jeremy Irons is going to be playing Alfred. Being that Irons is British and over 50, this is less of a surprise and more of a, “Yeah, OK, that guy.”

Also, Eisenberg as Lex Luthor does allow you to rewatch The Social Network as a movie about Luthor double crossing Peter Parker…so that’s kind of fun.

The Social Network

Obviously, that was Sorkin & Fincher’s Original Intent.

2013 Movie Season Wrap-Up

When I decided to take on the monumental task of going to see movies I wanted to see anyway, then writing about them so as not to bore my friends and family, then ranking them, I didn’t expect to learn much. I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t drop out of writing entirely, and have something to do on my days off.

I did learn a few things. I learned how to turn off my preferences, for the most part and look at a movie critically. I learned that no matter how much I try, I will always find Star Trek just a little boring, and no matter how talented he is, I will never be attracted to Benedict Cumberbatch. I learned that most people don’t really care if a story decides to stay perfectly true to it’s source material, if that source material ends with all the good people dying. I learned that there’s nothing wrong with sometimes just taking things at face value, because sometimes, a giant robot is just fighting a giant monster because it’s cool, and it doesn’t have to mean more than that, and sometimes it’s just awesome when Ben Affleck feeds a guy to a crocodile.

So, here’s how this is going to go, the final rankings first:

1. Pacific Rim

2. Runner, Runner

3. The Great Gatsby

4. The World’s End

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

6. Salinger

7. Kick Ass 2

8. The Butler

9. Man of Steel

10. Don Jon

11. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

12. The Wolverine

13. Thor: The Dark World

14. Iron Man 3

15. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

16. Despicable Me 2

17. Star Trek Into Darkness

18. Elysium

19. Monster’s University

20. After Earth

OK, so that’s that. I’m going to give out some awards now, hooray! The awards may not jive exactly with the rankings. I ask you to be patient with me on this. I’ll explain each as I go through them.

Best Superhero Movie:

5 out of the 20 movies I saw were based around super heroes. That’s an absurdly high percentage. And even though it didn’t get the highest ranking in the total list, I’m giving this one to Man of Steel.

Kick Ass 2 was ranked higher, and I still think it was a better movie, but it wasn’t a better superhero movie. Man of Steel, which I’ve written about, talked to death and defended wins that. Before this summer I was not a big fan of Superman. At all. I liked Smallville and tolerated the Superman movie. Then, after Man of Steel, and frankly, Justice League: Unlimited I made a conscious effort to get to know the character better. I have, and I am so into him that he might even outrank Captain America as my number 3 favorite.

I’m kidding. The top three is Batman, Nightwing and Captain America. But he’s very close.

Honorable mention goes to Iron Man 3 because giving Pepper superpowers warms my heart.

Best Adaption of A Novel:

Next biggest Category! 4 out 20. And again this one goes not to the highest rank on the list. I loved Gatsby, but it didn’t hold up on multiple viewings. Granted, I haven’t actually watched any of the others more times yet. (Mortal Instruments comes out this week! SQUEE!) But still. The winner goes to the final entry:

Catching Fire

A faithful adaptation of my favorite book in the series? Check. Still thinking about it nearly a week after seeing it? Double Check. Hemsoworth? Checkity Check Check. It wins.

Honorable Mention: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, for redeeming it’s predecessor and reminding me why I love that series just in time for the new book!

Best “True” Story:

3 in this category. And the winner is Salinger. (Again, away from the rankings.) This is because it was less manipulative than The Butler, and probably more true than Runner, Runner.

Honorable Mention: Runner, Runner because yeah.

Best Comedy:

This was tough, because I didn’t watch many comedies and the ones I did didn’t really stick out for me. But this one goes along with the ranking, and it’s definitely The World’s End. It was such a tight and fun story, and I hope that Edgar Wright decides to put Simon Pegg in Ant Man, because really. He should do that.

Honorable Mention: Despicable Me 2. I had a 103 fever and bronchitis when I saw it and I still loved it.

Biggest Pleasant Surprise:

There’s a three way tie here, and it’s all performance based. Those performances go to Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim, Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby and Tom Hiddleston in Thor: The Dark World,

Hunnam because I didn’t think that he was going to be any good at all, Maguire because I wanted him to be good and didn’t know if he would be and Hiddleston because I knew he would be awesome but I didn’t expect him to pick up the movie and run away with it.

Biggest Unpleasant Surprise.

After Earth. I wanted to love this movie. And it was so bad. *Sigh* I’m going to just keep regretting picking it over Now You See Me for a little while longer.

Biggest Duh Moment:

Another tie! The first is Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Thor: The Dark World. God, she was so great! If it weren’t for Hiddleston she might have been the best part of the whole movie. The next was finding out that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness was Khan. Apparently this was supposed to be a twist. Which is hilarious, since I know next to nothing about Star Trek and was still able to say, “yeah, but that guy is Khan right?” when I saw the trailer.

So thanks for hanging on to this year’s movie season! I had a really good time, and I hope that you all enjoyed reading or watching with me. I’ll see you next movie season, which will kick off with The Amazing Spider-Man 2…Since I found the original really boring and derivative, we’ll see if I like this one at all…

Also, since certain movies outside of movie season still bare being reviewed. Frozen, The Hobbit, Saving Mr. Banks and Captain America: Winter Soldier will probably get reviewed.

Wonder Gal

So, some more casting news for Man Of Steel: Guys, We Really Don’t Want To Just Make A Superman Movie, came out yesterday. We’ve learned that Gal Godot will be playing Wonder Woman in the movie.

Here she is being badass and pointing a gun

Here she is being badass and pointing a gun

I had no idea who she was except that she isn’t Jaimie Alexander, which is a strike against her. But here are some things that are cool about her that I found out thanks to Google and IMDB:

1. She was on an episode of Entourage. I think she was Drama’s date to the Gatsby premier. I don’t remember her, but that’s one  of my favorite episodes. (It’s a really strong Eric/Sloane episode.) Also, it’s an Entourage connection to this movie.

We're getting closer!

We’re getting closer!

2. She was Miss Israel in 2010. I dig that she’s actually Mediterranean, even if it’s from the wrong side of the sea. I think that’ll add something to the part. Also, like all Israelis, she’s done her mandatory military service. She’s an actual warrior woman and probably knows Krav Maga.

3. She’s incredibly beautiful. Like, gorgeous. But a little skinny. She needs to bulk up for Diana.

This look would be good, but she needs boobs.

This look would be good, but she needs boobs.

I am thinking that this movie is starting to get a little crowded though. I mean, throwing the big three at us all at once is a tough sell. And Wonder Woman isn’t quite Batman. I’ve mentioned before that I’m glad we don’t have to do Batman’s origin story again.

But generally, I think we do need to be introduced to Diana. Her deal isn’t quite as widely known, and also has never been done on the big screen. And are we doing the shaped from clay and struck by lightening origin? Or the Hypolyta got it on with Zeus origin? Is her heroism going to begin traditionally, with Steve Trevors stumbling across Paradise Island and her following him? Or can we get a little of the Odyssey story line? (I loved Wonder Woman: Odyssey.) Or the DCAU thing where she decides she can help in man’s world and runs away to do it? Do you see why she needs her own movie here?

Mostly what I’m afraid will wind up happening is that they’ll introduce her in Man Of Steel: Not About Him At All and then use it as an excuse to skip the Wonder Woman movie entirely. DC and Warner Brothers have been putting this off for years. They’ve shuffled it off to a poorly thought out TV pilot. They fired Joss Whedon. (His proposed version, apparently written for Lauren Graham is one of my biggest regrets in “Movies We’ll Never See” land. It probably would have been incredible.) I don’t know if it’s sexism, or fear, or disorganization, or what, but that Rocket Raccoon is hitting the big screen next year and we don’t even have a release date for Wonder Woman is a little bit ridiculous.

Get it together DC and Warner Brothers. You’re embarrassing yourself in front of the other conglomerates.

Anyway, I’m still pretty sure this is going to be my favorite movie of 2015. Considering that we’re getting a Pixar movie, a new Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, that year I’m putting a lot of pressure on it.

But I rewatched Man of Steel, and loved it even more the second time. I continue to believe that Ben Affleck is the guy. I want this movie to be good. I want a cohesive DC Film Universe like the Marvel one. I want a Flash movie, and a Justice League movie, and I want a Wonder Woman movie more than anything.

Well, maybe not anything

Well, maybe not anything

The Caped Crusader is Coming, and We Know How This Goes

So I know I promised not to harp too hard on Man of Steel 2, until more details actually come out, or we at least have a trailer. But I’ve decided that I’m going to give myself a pass once a month to blog about it.

That’s it, just once a month.

So, if another time in September I start writing about Ben Affleck, or how now Bryan Cranston probably isn’t Lex Luthor. (Ah, the internet, where one guys “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” becomes fact.!) you can all stop reading, or shame me, or whatever it is you do personally when I blogger breaks her promises?

We cool?

Anyway, as I sat reading Batman and Robin: Reborn this morning,(I’m completely addicted, by the way, to the times when Dick was Batman, the end of Knightfall, this Batman and Robin series, ugh, it’s all so good.)

I love how they're both smirking, all the time. I once said that "Sarcasm wasn't an effective crime fighting tool." I just hadn't seen it done right yet.

I love how they’re both smirking, all the time. I once said that “Sarcasm wasn’t an effective crime fighting tool.” I just hadn’t seen it done right yet.

and I realized the best part of them bringing Batman into the new larger DC Film Universe, (DCFU? It’s kind of a funny acronym.) through Man of Steel 2: Man of Steelier, is that we don’t have to do his origin story again.

Don’t get me wrong, I love origin stories. I think they’re the best part of superheroes, seeing why someone wants to put on tights and save people is fascinating. It’s one of the reasons that I will always, always, always defend Smallville.

But we don’t need to see another take on Batman’s origin story. We all know how it goes. Bruce Wayne is eight years old, he and his parents are walking down the street, they get pulled into an alley and mugged. The mugger shoots his parents. He never gets over it. He travels the world and learns how to fight a lot. He becomes Batman. Bad ass (Bat-ass?) crime fighting ensues.

Thanks to Christopher Nolan, most people even know about characters that were previously sidelined in Batman movies before, Lucius Fox, R’as Al Ghoul, Bane, Talia, Selina Kyle’s little buddy (who has many names, but she’s always there.) The Scarecrow. People know who theses folks are now.

So we don’t need to see eight year old Bruce Wayne walking down the street with his parents and them getting killed again. We really don’t. We’ve seen it in two Batman movies. Three if you count Mask of The Phantasm.

 

You should count Mask of The Phantasm , because it's amazing!

You should count Mask of The Phantasm , because it’s amazing!

So having Batman just show up in Superman’s movie, fully formed, without having to go into all of the tortured, weird fear of bats stuff is going to be great.

We get to skip to the good part.

Well, the other good part.

I mean, it’s Batman, so to me they’re pretty much all the good part.

OK, this is the bad part. But just this.

OK, this is the bad part. But just this.

May We Humbly Present Supervillains and CSD

This week we got two big villain announcements, that were of course hugely eclipsed by the fact that Miley Cyrus did something called twerking on The VMAs.

I watched it, and I still don’t quite know what it was, except that it was terrible.

Anyway, this week we found out that in The Avengers 2 James Spader will be playing Ultron, and Brian Cranston will probably be playing Lex Luthor in the sequel to Man of Steel, that lest, we all forget is actually supposed to be a Superman movie and not just about Holden McNeill playing Batman.

This is great, because they’re both terrific actors, but it’s also difficult, because of my CSD. (Character Separation Disorder, if you’re new. A pop culture disorder in which you are not able to separate an actor from a character that they once played.)

Now, since I don’t watch Breaking Bad, I still basically think of Cranston as Malcolm’s Dad.

Cook all the meth and win all the Emmys you like sir, the antics of your teenage sons will always come first.

Cook all the meth and win all the Emmys you like sir, the antics of your teenage sons will always come first.

God? Remember how AWESOME Malcolm in The Middle was? Whatever happened to Frankie Muniz? Is he still around? Agent Cody Banks was sort of the shit. Hilary Duff was in that too. She also kind of went away. So did basically then entire cast of Lizzie McGuire. Too bad. They were great. Disney Channel used to be so awesome. Like The Famous Jett Jackson. I’m sad that Lee Thompson Young killed himself. He was also good on Smallville, oh right, I’m watching a Superman movie right now. Bryan Cranston, Lex Luthor, right. 

I have just described what will happen in my brain every time Cranston appears on screen in this movie. That being said, between Cranston and Affleck, Henry Cavill is going to have to up his game considerably to not be blown away by their considerable charisma. He can’t hide behind Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner anymore. And Bruce and Lex are kind of characters that overwhelm Clark anyway, regardless of who’s playing them, so this is going to be a very interesting movie.

Now CSD can be tough to live with, but when you’re a member of “The Brat Pack,” well, it can haunt your life.

You can't come back from this level of douche-baggery

You can’t come back from this level of douche-baggery

James Spader is a fine actor and since Ultron is technically not a person so much as a giant Android, we probably won’t be seeing him much, I kind of think I’ll be OK. But I also won’t be able to escape the fact that there is a bizarre Less Than Zero reunion happening here, because if only Tony Stark can defeat Ultron, which, let’s face it, is the likely outcome here, we may get to see that happen.

They were both super hot in that movie

They were both super hot in that movie. RDJ still is, Spader, not so much.

Anyway, I’m just saying, that’s going to be fun. If Andrew McCarthy wants in on the MCU action though, I think that’ll be a tough sell.

WHAT ABOUT PROM BLANE????

WHAT ABOUT PROM BLANE????

The Last Son of Krypton: Man of Steel‘s jumping off point

Man of Steel

I’ve had my doubts about Man of Steel, if I’m honest, even as I sat in the theater this morning waiting for the lights to go down, I was wondering if I hadn’t just made a big mistake. Maybe I should have gone to see This is The End instead. Last night my friends Mouse and Sumona said that it was awesome.

I made the right decision. Man of Steel doesn’t unseat The Dark Knight as the greatest comic book movie of all time, and it certainly can’t touch the MCU for fun factor. But it’s good. It’s very good, in fact. It’s interesting and complicated and heavy and very long. It isn’t perfect, but it’s very good.

In that way Man of Steel is very like the portrait of Clark Kent that it paints. I said once that Batman Begins was Bruce Wayne’s movie and The Dark Knight was Batman’s. (I apologize now for all of the comparisons, it’s very difficult to not make them.) This movie is Clark’s, whatever comes next, whether it’s a straight sequel to Man of Steel or a Justice League movie, it will be Superman’s.

Henry Cavill does a remarkable job with Clark, managing to balance the confusion over his origins, the mastering of his powers and the predictability of this guy. Clark’s “mild mannered” personality  is not exactly a show, but it doesn’t come quite naturally to him either.  The way that Cavill taps in to it is ingenious, you can almost see him counting to ten as he resists a bar fight in an early scene. He’s a man at odds with himself, wanting to disappear and blend in, but wanting to help people too. He wants to be Clark Kent, but he also wants to be Kal-El, even before he knows who Kal-El is.

Like any good superhero movie, the guy in the suit is the most important, but if you screw up the people around him, it doesn’t matter how good he is. (Superman Returns proved this. Brandon Routh was a wonderful choice. The world surrounding him was what wasn’t quite right.) and Man of Steel gets them right.

I was so excited to see Amy Adams play Lois Lane I could barely think straight. I knew even if the rest of the movie was a big turd, this was going to be something worth seeing. She didn’t disappoint. This version of Lois is a little less manic than her predecessors, but no less driven or confident. She makes her first appearance while chasing down a story about a military discovery of a mysterious mass in the arctic. When a Colonel (played by the awesome Christopher Meloni!) challengers her she takes him down, with her words, as she’s Lois Lane, and then says plainly, “Now that we’ve had our dick measuring contest, shall we proceed?” It’s an amazing moment, and one of the many clues that Christopher Nolan and Zach Snyder know exactly what they’re doing here. The rest of the Planet staff performs well. I love Lawrence Fishburn’s Perry White, playing the editor as a patient father type, tired of dealing with his “problem child” Lois. The gender switched Jenny Olsen is cute and fun, if a little bit useless, so actually, quite accurate and true to the original character.

Diane Lane does a beautiful job as Martha Kent, and the script an even better one. This is an important character but like most mothers in stories like this one she takes a back seat, but does it forcefully. The same goes for Ayelet Zurer as Lara. Whatever the adaptation, it’s always heartbreaking when Lara places baby Kal-El in his space ship for his long journey to Earth, but Zurer actually brought me to tears as she let the infant go.

Which brings me to the movie’s twin pillars: Superman’s two dads. Kevin Costner kills in his role as Jonathan Kent. Of course, we all know how at home he is in a cornfield. But he does an amazing job of another character that could just be a cardboard cut out, and is instead here, a conflicted father, terrified of losing his son, whether it’s because if people find out his secret or because he alienates the boy on his own. It’s a lovely contrast, and it becomes very clear at one point that Clark’s drive to be a hero comes from his father.

But this is nothing compared to Kal-El’s genetic legacy. Russell Crowe devours this movie in his portrayal of Jor-El. His worry over his planet’s destruction is palpable and his battle with General Zod amazing. How they handle his “consciousness” on Earth is neat and very original. Crowe and Cavill together make a great team.

Speaking of General Zod, Michael Shannon is well placed as the villain. He usually is.

The plot concerns more of Krypton than I expect, which I liked, Lois being the one to track Clark down halfway through the movie, which I loved, and Genesis Pods, which I couldn’t believe, (then again, it was produced by the man who found a way to make The Lazarus Pit viable without fantasy elements, so I don’t know why I was surprised.) and Lexcorp splashed all over every vehicle in Metropolis, which was absolutely fantastic.

The movie is very heavy, as I said before. Not just in tone, or approach, it’s a dense movie. There are a million ways to come at it. The moment where young Clark first discovers his powers and is overwhelmed by them, to the point where he runs out of his classroom and hides in a closet, where only his mother’s soothing voice and advice can coax him out is surely going to be relateable for children with special needs and their parents. Comparisons to Jesus Christ have always abounded in Superman stories, but this one takes it to the next level, Clark is 33 when he becomes Superman, sits with a priest trying to decide if he should turn himself over to Zod, in front of a picture of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. You could observe it through the eyes of the three women who love Superman, his two mothers and Lois, all of whom are stronger here than ever. (Lana Lang also appears for half a minute during one of the school flashbacks, but I hate her character so much, I don’t even care that she’s outright neglected.)

I quibble with the title not because it doesn’t include “Superman” but because if you’re going to choose one of his “titles” for the movie The Last Son of Krypton would have been far more appropriate than Man of Steel. Either way, it’s a very good movie, and I suggest checking it out. It’s going to be a hell of a franchise if they make the right moves.

Trailers:

Nothing new, but every time I see the Thor: The Dark World trailer I get more excited for it.

Rankings:

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Man of Steel
  3. Iron Man: 3
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness
  5. After Earth

 

The Stratford Sisters Need to Save the World

Pretty much everyone saw this meme floating around Facebook yesterday right?

I HATE THAT I’M NOT THE PERSON WHO THOUGHT OF THIS!

Aside from cementing the fact that 10 Things I Hate About You is the greatest teen movie of all time, (Suck it Breakfast Club!) it forced me to make a decision. Now that Warner Brothers and DC have decided to make an interconnected film universe like Marvel (a mistake, since they already kind of did that with Smallville…) clearly one of the many things that needs to happen is that Julia Styles and Larissa Oleynik need to get involved.

These two. They must play superheroes.

It was really a missed opportunity since, Oleynik would have made a killer Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the Nolan films. If you know, having Batgirl wouldn’t have been completely ridiculous.

BUT if they make the awesome Nightwing/Batman 2.0 movie that they should make about John Blake, then having Jim Gordon’s spunky daughter who also likes fighting crime around could totally work. And given their amazing chemistry together, Oleynik and Joseph Gordon-Levitt could 100% pull it off. (They also played a couple on 3rd Rock From The Sun, believe it or not, I actually watched more TV in the 90’s than I do now.) And since she’s already basically played a superhero (The Secret World of Alex Mack) it would work really well.

Stiles is a little trickier. She actually would have made a decent Lois Lane, but that ship has sailed. (Amy Adams is good I guess…) But she’s always been a little off the beaten path, so maybe someone more obscure like Black Canary or Hawkgirl, or something. I don’t know, she can’t be Wonder Woman, she’s too skinny and blonde.

 Anyway, get it together DC, cast these two. Make every one of us born between the years of 1985 and 1992 the happiest people alive!

The Man of Steel and The First Avenger

Last night I got really excited because Captain America: The First Avenger was added to Netflix instant.

I’m going to watch it all of the times!

In case I didn’t make it clear in my multiple reviews of The Avengers, I really love the Marvel Film Universe. I think it’s probably the most brilliantly executed large scale marketing plan in history, and at that, is a group of incredibly entertaining movies.

And aside from Ironman, which is in a league of its own, I think Captain America is the best of the bunch. Chris Evans is perfectly cast as Steve Rogers, Hugh Weaving creates another memorable villain with The Red Skull and Tommy Lee Jones is in the movie. (Tommy Lee Jones is one of those “bacon” actors. He just makes everything better.) And most importantly, they made sure that it was a Captain America movie…it had all of the wholesome cheesiness and wide eyed naivete that you need to make Cap work.

While I was watching it again, I started thinking about the trailer for Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel, the newest attempt at a Superman film. (And rumor has it, the start of a DC Film Universe, which…if it means we get to actually see Adrian Grenier play Aquaman I’m down for.) I really want this movie to be good. I’m not a huge Superman fan, I’ve always liked Batman more. Although I was really in to Smallville, and I have spent an inordinate amount of time dressed up as Supergirl.

These pictures were taken 20 years apart from each other. I jumped off couches pretending to fly in both of these costumes.

I also love Richard Donner’s original film. Because as I have explained, I’m not a robot and Richard Donner’s Superman is one of those movies that all people who aren’t robots love. And if Snyder used the same approach as Joe Johnston used for Captain America: The First Avenger I think we’re in for a good ride.

And what I mean by that, is if Snyder and David S. Goyer, who wrote the screenplay, let Superman be Superman and not, whatever Brian Singer and the people involved with Superman Returns did, we’re in for a good ride.

Although I’m still not sure I’ll ever forgive them for casting an actor who isn’t Jon Hamm as Supes. I’m just not sure I have that in me.