Suddenly/Meanwhile… | Quick Shots

Before I talk about Batman, Let’s start with some X-Men: First Class. Since they announced that XMFC was going to be a period piece I was pretty pumped for it. With the exception of Sandman Mystery Theatre we haven’t had many GREAT superhero period pieces that really explored the effect of capes during that time period. (I’m not counting Astro City or Captain America because I feel those don’t count as they take place in world’s where superheroes have always existed.)

I know that X-Men probably won’t deal with it in an intricately plotted way, and will probably focus more on how Mutants came to be hated more than anything else, but I’m still looking forward to seeing something different in your average superhero film.

And while I was initially skeptical of January Jones as Emma Frost (not a dig on her acting skills, she’s great on Mad Men, I just liked the initial casting of Alice Eve more) but she certainly seems to look the part.

Will this movie be any good? I really don’t know.  Guess we’ll wait and see what happens when it comes out.

So Bane, huh? I have enough faith in Christopher Nolan that I know he’s going to do a good job. I may not really like the character – but Nolan hasn’t let me down yet. Plus Tom Hardy is awesome, so no complaints on that.

Of course, the only weak link in Nolan’s films thus far has been his female casting. Katie Holmes did a decent enough job, but she’s not a very strong presence – something that Maggie Gyllenhal also suffers from. Maybe there just wasn’t enough room, but I never really bought Rachel Dawes as a character that mattered to me. She wasn’t Batman’s salvation, nor was she the inspiring figure she should have been.

That said Ann Hathaway is a wonderful actress, but I don’t buy her as dangerous, and that’s exactly what Selina Kyle has to be. Needless to say, I think we’ll all be keeping an eye on this one.

I would read the hell out of this comic, should Warwick Johnson Cadwell choose to draw it:

Alan Day investigates the daylight world tag-teaming with Oliver Knight who gumshoes the sleazy after hours. No doubt each mystery climaxes at either dawn or dusk when the pair are united. Theme tune by The Kinks

You should also go buy Kani: Definitely the greatest underwater deep-sea diving samurai adventure you’ll read all year.

I still really want a Mister Miracle mini-series later this year. Any chance of that happening DC?

And finally the best thing Joe Casey has said this year. Which is sort of saying something ’cause this guy has been dropping jems!

I find it hilarious that Image would be seen as some sort of “stepping stone” that leads specifically to Big Two employment. Isn’t it obvious that doing your own comics is the goal, the ultimate career destination?

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  1. I didn’t think XMFC was going to be ready for release this year. I would prefer it for them to take the time to develop the story and make a great movie. With a release date this summer I hope it does well. I look forward to see Jayson Flemyng, Oliver Platt and Ray Wise in this one. Having it take place in the 60’s is a great idea. It will set it apart from the other super hero movies.

    The casting of Anne Hathaway is a good choice. She will be able to portray Selina Kyle/Catwoman as vulnerable or strong as the character needs to be. She can play a character tough. A good example is Agent 99 in Get Smart.

    I am not sure about Bane being in the next Batman movie. I think there are other characters in Batman’s Rogues Gallery that I would have chosen first (ie: Penguin). I have faith in Christopher Nolan and trust that the next film will be amazing.

  2. Penguin is too goofy to be a villain. I think Catwoman and Bane have the darkness and realness needed for Nolan’s Batman movies. I also think Hathaway will be able to play the role with a lot of necessary depth.

  3. The original rumours of Phillip Seymor Hoffman playing Penguin would have been interesting. The character could have been easily changed from a goofy circus sideshow freak (DeVito) to a dark criminal mastermind with lots of depth.

    Black Mask would have been interesting as well.

  4. XMFC

    I don’t know what to do about this movie. I like that it’s being set in the 60s. I like that most of the cast. McAvoy and Fassbender are great choices for the two leads. Jennifer Laurence was fantastic in Winter’s Bone, and Nicholas Hoult was really good in A Single Man last year. I’m iffy about January Jones and agree that Alice Eve is more my image of Emma.

    As for Batman… I like Anne Hathaway and hope that she can pull this off. Do you think the 2 female lead rumours are true?

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