EDITORIAL: Those Destined To Be A Superhero

In this editorial, Highflyer will address the big issues when it comes to casting and present to you the actors he believes were born to play the characters they portrayed on screen.

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By Highflyer - 4/15/2014


WHY ARE CASTING DECISIONS SUCH A BIG DEAL?

Lets face it, we all want our characters to be portrayed well. Many of us have grown up with these characters and hold a special connection with them. So whenever a superhero is going to played by a fellow human being; made of flesh and bone, fans always take notice. As humans we always have the ability to dig down deep and deliver what we promise. However, like the characters from the pages of the comics, we are also flawed and may fall short at times. When such an event occurs, anger and disappointment is an expected emotion. That is why casting announcements is such a big deal. The mere thought of characters being butchered on screen makes my blood boil and I'm sure I'm not alone.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "BORN"TO PLAY A CERTAIN COMIC-BOOK CHARACTER?

Now, when I say "born" to play a role I don't mean  when an actor/actress makes the role their own or reinvents the character (which I am totally okay with). It goes much deeper than that. It requires something more. Various things may play a factor in my usual evaluation when it comes to casting choices. These factors may include the following...

1) Physical resemblance to comic-book character played.

2) Events that may have occurred in the actor's life.

3) Personality.


So you may not see certain people in the list due to the fact that even though they may have done a wonderful job in the role but lacked the aforementioned features. Now, down to the list.

EDWARD NORTON AS BRUCE BANNER/THE HULK

REASON: It's no lie that Edward Norton's portrayal of one of the most tragic and tormented characters is something I hold dear to my heart. Its what made me a full blown hulk fan but when I came up with the idea of the editorial, I made sure I wrote it with no bias whatsoever. However Norton still makes the cut. Let me start off with how much he looks like Bruce Banner. The guy is almost a copy and paste image of the character. This ranges from his facial features to his skinny frame the guy really looks like Bruce Banner. But that's only the beginning. Norton's similarities to Bruce goes on to their parents. Like Bruce Banner whose mother died, Norton tragically lost his mother in 1996.
We've all heard how Norton can be a little difficult to work with (even though I don't buy Kevin Feige's statement). However, if you watch any of his interviews, it would be hard to believe how such a soft spoken, frail looking guy could be the same guy we hear causes trouble behind the scenes. The same thing goes for Bruce who doesn't give off the impression that he could cause so much destruction. Norton's contribution to the character is astonishing. Not only is his performance a highlight for me but the material he added is something to take notice of too. Did you know that he is partly responsible for Mark Ruffalo's epic 'I'm always angry' moment. I know he had nothing to do with the avengers script but if you take The Incredible Hulk director Louis Letterier's statement  
"That's why I left the door open for whoever's going to direct The Avengers with our last shot," said Leterrier. "Edward and I, we consciously decided to make the last shot of the movie when he opens his eyes and he smirks at the camera. Is he enjoying it? Is he malicious? That's what's great about Edward. You don't know if he's a good guy or bad guy. He's always on this edge and we've been sort of surfing that edge, that very thin edge during the entire movie."  Source: Firstshowing.net
Had they never added that mysterious scene at the end of the movie, the MCU might have a little difficultly explaining how Bruce Banner can turn into the Hulk at will since he never (and still hasn't) got a sequel.

RYAN REYNOLDS AS WADE WILSON/DEADPOOL


REASON: Not only does he have Deadpool's natural tendency to make funny quips and breaking the forth wall (Ryan has done this in one of his previous films)  but he also almost everybody hates him... well at least on this site. There is no point in sugar coating it. Whenever his name gets mentioned in an article, people are quick to show their dislike for him. And that is exactly how it is like in the world of Deadpool. He doesn't have a lot of admires. Whenever he opens his mouth, you can tell that the people around him want to throw him off the empire state building. To top things off, Ryan Reynolds can be considered to be part of Deadpool lore as the Merc with a mouth has described himself as looking like Ryan Reynolds.

. Whatever your opinions on Wolverine:Origins may be... okay we all knew it wasn't very good but what happened to Deadpool by the end of the film wasn't Ryan's fault and his portrayal of Wade earlier in the film proves that the guy is deadpool.

ROBERT DOWNEY. JR AS TONY STARK/IRON MAN

REASON: Who has ever seen RDJ on the red carpet? Not only has he got the physical resemblance but he also has the charm and personality on lockdown. You might say he plays himself in the Iron Man movies. Downey's career plays like a song to the life of Tony Stark. Who can forget the new reports on his drinking sprees and his decline from fame only to rebuild himself into a steady,awesome and respectable figure. Just like Downey found his way back to the top in the first Iron Man movie that was released in 2008, Tony Stark found himself by becoming Iron Man. Just watching him in the role was a special experience for me. His delivery with his lines were so natural.

So there you have it. The actors I believed their respective roles were came across like they were written for them. I know that all we want is an awesome performance like Heath Ledger's Joker (Legendary) but I believe that there is a difference between making the role your own and being born or even destined to play the role.
Now if you'll excuse me, my girlfriend just said I've been naughty...


 

 
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staypuffed - 4/15/2014, 12:06 AM
Interesting list, but I will say that MCU Tony isn't the same character as comic book Tony. They went for something different for the films, which I totally love, so he was born to play movie Tony.
Reasonnnn - 4/15/2014, 12:22 AM
Norton is notorious for being hard to work with (eg. American History X, The Incredible Hulk, The Italian Job)
NovaCorpsFan - 4/15/2014, 1:40 AM
I'd love Reynolds to keep playing Deadpool. He was perfect, they just ruined the character in the third act.
BenjiWest - 4/15/2014, 1:59 AM
Nice write-up. Interesting list, one has to wonder sometimes where would the MCU be without RDJ. The entire thing was practically built upon his portrayal, I remember how incredible it was to see him show up in TIH, the first true signs of the cinematic universe. Shame they were unable to work out the details with Norton, he would've been a great addition to Avengers.
CorndogBurglar - 4/15/2014, 3:09 AM
Even though RDJ is highly entertaining in the role, he really isn't like Stark in the comics.

Also, you forgot the best CBM casting of all time: Patrick Stewart as Professor X. If you want to talk about actors that were born to play a part, it doesn't get any more perfect than that.
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/15/2014, 4:35 AM
I agree with some of these people about Tony Stark. As much as I love RDJ as Tony (in fact I think it's one of the best casting choices in CBM history) it's completely different than the Tony Stark from the comics.
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/15/2014, 4:40 AM
If RDJ had a more serious role, this no comedy whatsoever, maybe he could be a more comic accurate Tony. But like I said, I'm not complaining because RDJ did a great job with introducing a new Tony Stark.

Also, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman are amazing casting choices. They nailed they respective characters.
Ace101 - 4/15/2014, 6:13 AM
Tom hiddleston was born to play loki
Sebastian stan was born to play the winter soldier
chris hemsworth was born to play thor
chris evans was born to play cap
Noah wyle was born to play dr. Strange.
The guy who was JJJ in the original spiderman movies was born to play that character.
James spader was born to play ultron
And i was born to play an evil minion who gets shot in the nuts
Kurne - 4/15/2014, 6:58 AM
RDJ made Iron Man likeable, Iron Man made RDJ likeable.
Kurne - 4/15/2014, 7:02 AM
RDJ is playing pre-Demon in the Bottle/60's Tony, so there's still room to explore his, erm, unlikeable side (which I'm fine with ignoring).
GizmoEl - 4/15/2014, 8:31 AM
I don't think jackman was born to play Wolvie, but his love for the character is admirable. I always imagined someone shorter and bulkier
MrCameron - 4/15/2014, 11:23 AM
Good article, a very interesting read,BUT WHY NO PATRICK STEWART AS PROFESSOR X????!!!!'
GodzillaKart - 4/15/2014, 11:28 AM
Nice list. I would probably add Reeve and Cavill for Superman. Much as I didn't like MOS, Cavill was great.
Highflyer - 4/15/2014, 11:38 AM
@Godzillarfart @MrCameron, I was about to add those to the list but their actual lives didn't really reflect the character they played. However they did do an awesome job in the roles they played.
0megaDaGod - 4/15/2014, 2:20 PM
Yea, Kurne pretty much hit the nail on the head as far as Tony
Wallymelon - 4/15/2014, 2:45 PM
I enjoyed the article. I have a problem with fans holding likeness of the comic book character to the actor though. The artist more than likely based the image on someone they either knew or looked up to or fancied in some fashion. So to say oh man this guy totally looks like the character isnt important to me. As long as the actor portrays a realistic version of the character Ive been reading or watching in cartoon form for years then Ill be ok. Like Hugh Jackman or Chris Evans and even Chris Hemsworth. If youre buff and act the shit out of that character and make him feel like he exists than Im down.
DrunkenNukem - 4/15/2014, 3:03 PM
Good...but...nobody was best casted for a role than


This guy
BubSnikt - 4/15/2014, 3:28 PM
Ed Norton is one of my favorite actors after seeing Fight Club and his amazing performance in Hulk. Good write up
JaySin420 - 4/15/2014, 4:21 PM
Great list, I'm always sticking up for Norton he's one of my favorite actors of all time. If any of you haven't seen Primal Fear, check it out cause he's incredible in it.
SugarYumYum - 4/15/2014, 6:57 PM
Good write up but my list would be more like:

Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool
Samuel L. Jackson/Ultimate Nick Fury
Patrick Stewart/Professor Xavier
Christopher Reeves/Superman
J.K. Simmons/J. Jonah Jameson

I don't know whether I'd say Snipes, RDJ, Evans, Hemsworth, Ledger, Hiddleston, and Stan were necessarily born to play their characters but I will say they remarkably embody them and have become their own definitive versions.
Kurne - 4/15/2014, 7:25 PM
Highflyer - 4/16/2014, 10:13 AM
Admittedly, i haven't read alot of Iron Man comics but the ones i did read reminded me of RDJ. but that's just me.

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