Oh yeah, 2011 is starting to look like an interesting year for comic book-related movie releases with Marvel rolling out the big guns from the First Avenger to the Mighty Thor and even some an X-Men prequel. In the beginning of this year we also got some Spider-Man news as well. Oh but Marvel isn’t the only one we have our eyes on because DC has our favorite Dark Knight with an announcement a while back revealing the familiar face that will be assuming the role of Catwoman. Plus, there’s Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern.
First off, X-Men: First Class has me more than intrigued thanks to the list of characters that will make an appearance in the movie such as Emma Frost (played by Mad Men’s January Jones), a young Mystique, Beast and Havoc (not an original founding member of the X-Men but alrighty) just to name a few. Better yet, James McAvoy (from Wanted and Last King of Scotland) as a young Professor Xavier and Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) as young Magneto is just perfectly cast in my opinion.
Then there’s Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, two very different movies starring two powerhouses that make up The Avengers … that has been hinted at since the ending credits tease in the first Iron Man movie. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of the God of Thunder but the trailer makes the movie look decent enough popcorn affair.
I am, however, a fan of Captain America and not for the usual patriotic reasons but because I always thought the idea wasn’t very farfetched. I mean, as far as government military experiments on our fighting men during World War II are concerned, of course. Anyway, loved the idea of seeing Cap clash with our red skulled friend on the big screen and it actually looks decent enough.
Ok, enough about comic book movies hitting the big screens. Let’s talk about comic book movies that SHOULD be hitting the big screen as well. I’ve come up with a short list and while it leave out a few serious contenders, I should remind you that these are movies I want to see on the screen. Here it is in no particular order.
1. HellBlazer – Ok, a movie has been made with (big groan) Keanu Reeves but if Spidey gets a reboot I think this one should too with an Englishman as John Constantine and set in the U.K. without that kid from The Transformers (who is the same guy in every movie, come to think of it). I wouldn’t be upset of Garth Ennis wrote the script.
2. Groo The Wanderer – So I was thinking that a movie should finally be made about our favorite cheese dip-loving barbarian with ultra-violence and idiocy aplenty with Jack Black as Groo. I chose Jack because I’m not a big Seth Rogen fan (hence my dislike for The Green Hornet) and think he could pull it off if the movie had the right crew behind it and, of course, Sergio Aragones’ blessing.
3. Sweet Tooth – This one shouldn’t just be made into a movie but it HAS to be made into a movie. With great storytelling, a perfect cast of characters and a setting that is genuinely frightening, I can certainly see this as one of those original and brilliant post-apocalyptic movies.
4. American Vampire – I know what you’re going to say before you say it since I empathize with the bitter aftertaste left over from the overkill of too many vampire movies and shows already available but American Vampire is a different kind of vampire story. This one will definitely make a good series of movies in my opinion.
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