Nov 08 2008

Movie Forum

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  1. Ragged Boyon 11 Nov 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Iron Man is lame.

    They could tell you I hate the giant robot theme. I would prefer something completely made up.

  2. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 11 Nov 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I liked Iron Man the first time, but it held less appeal the second time. I’m not a big fan of Transformers, either, but I guess it’s okay. There’s only one movie I really wanna watch, and that’s (I know this is getting tired) Maximum Ride. They have the same producer from Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four on board, so it should be a decent movie at the least. At the most it will be a masterpiece, but that’s a little too much to hope for. I just hope the movie keeps in the tone of the series, with a bit of humour, a lot of action, some sarcasm and moments that make you want to cry like a baby.

  3. Jacobon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:01 pm

    In the Max Ride trailer, the special effects look a little bit cheesy. Those buildings look fake and the pacing didn’t help.

    And I think that the Max Payne trailer used wings more effectively. They created a mood.

  4. Ragged Boyon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:01 pm

    A bit cheesy is an understatement. That production value was truly sub-par. And the wings looked like plastic.

  5. Jacobon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Yeah, the production value was weak. At first, I assumed that it was a trailer for the book. And the pacing was highly questionable. The only thing we see in the first fifteen seconds is that there’s a girl on a skyscraper. At the very least, they could have led with something like “From bestselling author James Patterson…” or whatever.

    And I don’t mean to exaggerate or anything, but I think I could have made better wings and flying effects if I had a budget of $1000 for labor and material. I know some guys…

  6. Ragged Boyon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I thought it was for a cheesy movie-based video game. MBV’s almost always fail to live up to the game itself.

  7. Bretton 12 Nov 2008 at 5:05 pm

    For a book trailer, that’d be less than adequate. For a MOVIE trailer, that’s just plain awful. No amount of expletives could express the sheer awfulness of that trailer. The saddest part is that that’s 1:05 of my life I’ll never get back. Seriously people, we’ve made Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and freaking TRANSFORMERS! There is no excuse for lamo special FX anymore! The original Star Wars looked more real, and they had to invent their own SFX technology!

  8. Ragged Boyon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I think superheroes with technologically based powers are lame. Although plausible, their powers don’t really belong to them.

    As for giant robots they are just lame in general. I’d prefer two humans duking it out with superpowers than giant behemoths destroying everything with their rockets and lasers.

  9. Jacobon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I agree that it may be problematic that a superhero relies heavily on a powersuit rather than his own abilities. The easiest way to fix that is to give the character some skills independent of the suit. At the most cliche, he’s ridiculously scientific and/or mechanically gifted. Ideally, he will have some personal or physical skills to distinguish him. You can also write scenes where the superhero cannot don his armor, or the armor is stolen, and he has to save the day without it.

  10. Ragged Boyon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:19 pm

    The girl in the trailer was gorgeous, that attracts a few people. That’s why so many girls want to see “Twilight”, because of the “hot guys” as they said.

  11. Jacobon 12 Nov 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I bet they explain this in the book, but the concept of hiding those wings in that coat seems pretty ridiculous.

  12. Bretton 12 Nov 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Doc Ock did a better job hiding his tentacles in SM 2. No way you could hide a wingspan like that in a trenchcoat!

  13. B. Macon 12 Nov 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Audiences generally cut villains more slack on these sort of mundane details. Surely the writers could come up with some crazy explanation for how Dr. Octopus hides his tentacles, but that’s likely to be a distraction from Spiderman and how he saves the day. Thinking back to the first movie, there was a scene where the Green Goblin put together an absolutely awful disguise and somehow fooled Spiderman with it. There are questions that could be asked– “why didn’t Spiderman see through that? Doesn’t he have spidersense?”– but the important thing is that people aren’t likely to ask them. He’s the villain; we cut him more slack.

  14. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 12 Nov 2008 at 8:47 pm

    The Flock have slits in their backs which their wings fold into so that they can look normal. Their shirts and coats have hidden cuts for them to go through.

  15. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 12 Nov 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I think the trailer was a beta, because the Maximum Ride movie is currently in pre-production and there are only rumors about the actors. It seems that a guy called Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak may be playing Gazzy. I think that if a movie were ever made of my book, I would want it anime style. I have a friend who could design the characters for me.

  16. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 12 Nov 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t want to see Twilight, personally. It doesn’t hold much interest for me, because it seems very dark and gritty. I prefer lighter stuff.

  17. B. Macon 14 Nov 2008 at 11:26 am

    I liked the trailer for Watchmen, but I found Rorschach’s voice and lines to be painful. (“The world will shout “save us,” and I’ll whisper, “no.”) OK, I know the line came directly from the book, but it was overwrought then, too.

    However, despite making for a pretty good trailer, I don’t think that Watchmen will make a good movie.

    • They will cut out the rape sequences, Rorschach’s Randist rants, the scene where a US soldier murders a Vietnamese woman he impregnated, and other material that won’t fly with a mainstream audience. Is it a bad thing that they will remove that material? Personally, as a mainstream viewer, I’d rather watch movies without rapes and political sermons. However, I think that it’s hard to reconcile the Watchmen with what a mainstream audience wants. The graphic novels worked precisely because they were very niche/edgy/profane. But a movie of this budget has to draw tens of millions of viewers.
    • The story has aged very poorly because it’s inextricably linked to the aftermath of Vietnam– Nixon, domestic unrest, the portrayal of a US soldier as a murderous thug, all that. I don’t think that it will resonate with contemporary viewers. The best they can do, I think, is hope that the Vietnam references will feel relevant because Iraq fits a similar place in the public consciousness as Vietnam… but it doesn’t. That may explain why virtually every politicized war-movie in the last few years has tanked. The only exception I can think of is the deliberately frivolous Team America (and even that didn’t do very well, selling ~$50 million at the box-office with a budget of $30 million).
    • The Watchmen doesn’t have a plot similar to a typical comic-book movie. I suspect that it will get too lost in the world to tell a story (like V for Vendetta, Constantine, Spawn and possibly League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).
    • Historically, I think that movies with ridiculously scantily-clad superheroines have fared poorly. I could take a girlfriend to see something like Spiderman or X-Men, but I couldn’t take her to see Tomb Raider. If anything, the female in the trailer is even MORE scantily-clad than Lara Croft is.
  18. B. Macon 15 Nov 2008 at 12:06 am

    This was pretty funny.

  19. Ragged Boyon 15 Nov 2008 at 6:08 am

    Oh, that’s hilarious.

    And mean, but everyone loves a mean person.

    I’ve personally never read the Watchman, all I knew was that he was a naked blue guy, and that [spoiler] 3 million New Yorkers died in the novel at some point [end spoiler]. It never seemed that interesting to me. Now, if DC makes a Sandman movie, they had better do it justice. No cheesy graphics and melodramatics. But then again, Sandman won a Pulitzer, didn’t it? Then they changed the rules so that a comic could never win again.

  20. B. Macon 15 Nov 2008 at 5:48 pm

    One of the characters is a naked blue guy, and [spoiler] half of New York City dies in the end. What infuriates me is that the “heroes” decide that it would be better to let the person that killed half of NYC get off scot-free. Their reasoning is extremely flimsy (“if we kill him, nuclear war will happen for no reason that makes any sense at all!”) [end spoiler] And the ending is really ambiguous, which is a euphemistic way to say that it didn’t deign to actually resolve the critical questions. Ick. Up to the final comic, I thought the story was very interesting (if needlessly convoluted and artsy).

  21. Ragged Boyon 23 Dec 2008 at 6:42 pm

    You know what features surprisingly dark deaths, along with the Incredibles. Other Disney movies, particularly Tarzan.

    Clayton is tangled in vine cutting like at Tarzan, crazy vines around his neck and his body. He cuts himself loose and begins to fall vines still around his neck. We see the vine snap tight, his machete stabs into the ground. Tarzan landed on the ground and lightning strikes, in the flash, you see the shadow of CLAYTON’S DEAD BODY HANGING!! I thought that was a childrens movie. People being shot and hung, really Disney, that’s child appropriate.

    Another. Ice Age, in the final battle with Diego and the leader Sabretooth. Diego throws the Leader off of his, Leader slides into a wall of ice, shaking the sharp, pointy stalagtites above him, and then they fall. They don’t show you him getting brutally pierced and stabbed to death, I guess they leave that to the imagination.

    Lion King. Scar gets ripped apart by hyenas, Mufasa falls and is trambled to death.

    Any more gory Disney death?

  22. Holliequon 23 Dec 2008 at 7:57 pm

    The beginning of Finding Nemo.

    I cried.

    (Wait, or was that Pixar?)

  23. Ragged Boyon 23 Dec 2008 at 7:59 pm

    It’s Disney Pixar. it’s a sub-division that specializes in 3D film.

  24. Holliequon 23 Dec 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Ah. Well, you can tell that I’m a big fan of Disney! *sarcasm*

    Is anybody here going to see (or, more likely, knows someone who is going to see) Twilight? I think that’s one of the rare instances where it is possible to make the film better than the book. If only because the book was terrible.

    Otherwise, I’m wondering if the film is as hiliarious as the book was. In that case it might be worth the money.

  25. Ragged Boyon 23 Dec 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I’m not, I’m so tired of girls going on about how hot the guys are. Most of them said the movie was really good, but I’m sure they were pretty biased.

  26. Ragged Boyon 23 Dec 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I’m a big fan of older Disney movies, the songs were amazing. Lion King is the best.

  27. Holliequon 23 Dec 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Hmm. I won’t risk it if that’s all they had to say about the film.

    Disney songs are pretty awesome. I really like the ones from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. In fact, I love that film in general. <3

  28. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 23 Dec 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I went to see Twilight. It was pretty good, but I wasn’t drooling all over Edward like the other girls were. I’m not the type to stare at the actors in a movie and wish I knew them in real life. I just watch the movie and don’t pay attention to the actors’ physical attractiveness.

    You know what I REALLY hate? High School Musical and Hannah Montana. Ugh, you’d think humanity would think of something better to do than worship teen stars.

    I agree that Disney songs (from the animated movies) are really cool. I like “Under the Sea”, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” and “I Can’t Wait to Be King”.

  29. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:17 am

    I’ve heard that the protagonist of Twilight is a pretty awful Mary Sue, and kind of devoid of a personality. To be fair, though, I don’t think that many young adult novels have protagonists with personality.

    Check out this takedown of Twilight: If Twilight was 10 Times Shorter and 100 Times More Honest.

    One of the reasons I’m not fond of YA novels is that the characters are usually designed so that the characters are cooler-and-sexier placeholders for the reader. I think that’s why they rarely have a personality of their own. And then, when the movie comes out, it’s absolutely critical that the actors be drop-dead gorgeous because (let’s be honest) there’s no other reason to watch it except to see hot people acting out a vampire romance.

    I don’t have any delusions that Superhero Nation will ever be made into a movie, but if it were, my worst nightmare would be that they cast Colin Farrell as Agent Black and Will Smith as Lash. Ick. Also, David Spade as the voice of Agent Orange and Steve Buscemi as Jacob. (Steve Buscemi is the guy in Armageddon and The Island. He usually plays a creepy, psychopathic genius).

  30. Ragged Boyon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:42 am

    I was thinking Ving Rhames for Agent Orange, Samuel L. Jackson as Lash, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Agent Black.

  31. Bretton 24 Dec 2008 at 8:46 am

    Haha. Superhero Nation Casting I would love, in order of preference:

    I could see Denzel Washington as Lash.

    Justin Bartha (Riley Poole from National Treasure), Cilian Murphy (Batman Begins Scarecrow), or Christian Bale as Agent Black

    Cilian Murphy, Justin Bartha, or Johnny Depp as Jacob Mallow

    Tommy Lee Jones or Robin Williams as the voice of Agent Orange

    I put the same two actors for Black and Mallow because I picture them similarly. But I think Cilian Murphy would be better for Mallow and Justin Bartha better for Black because the characters I’ve seen them as (Scarecrow and Riley Poole) are already similar to SN characters. Also, Murphy is more villainous than Bartha.

    Thoughts?

  32. Bretton 24 Dec 2008 at 8:47 am

    Now that I think of it, SL Jackson would make a great Lash. I’m going on his Nick Fury appearance.

  33. Ragged Boyon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:50 am

    James Woods (Hades from Hercules) as Dr. Berkeley/Catastrophe

  34. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:53 am

    I think SLJ is a bit more plausible for Lash. He’s old enough to play Nick Fury, heh heh. Will Smith looks too much like he’s pushing 30, and doesn’t do hapless as well. Also, I suspect that Smith is way too expensive for a character that won’t be on screen as much as Black, Orange and perhaps Jacob.

    Ving Rhames as Agent Orange would be funny, but I think he’s too conventionally badass. If I were making the casting call, I think I’d go for someone higher-pitched.

    Jake Gyllenhaal as Agent Black… Better than Steve Carrell, I suppose. I think the actor would have to have comic talent but ideally not be a comedian. I think the guy that dates Pam on The Office would work pretty well. He seems to handle a comic support role pretty well.

  35. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:54 am

    Christian Bale as a twenty-something geek/accountant? I’m not sure he has it in him.

  36. Bretton 24 Dec 2008 at 8:55 am

    Hmm. Hades did have a poker sharkish voice. That might work.

  37. Bretton 24 Dec 2008 at 8:57 am

    Why not? And I did put other people before him. Maybe I just liked his batman performance so I put him down without thinking. Of course, Batman and Agent Black are very different. One is the antithesis of the other.

  38. Cadet Davison 24 Dec 2008 at 9:01 am

    James Caviezel as Captain Carnage.

    I’d demand that my name be removed from the credits if they cast Russell Crowe, particularly as Agent Black.

    Since Catastrophe is probably only a voice role (I imagine we could get someone else to do Dr. Berkeley’s voice and acting), I think I’d go with Chris Cornell for Catastrophe. He sang “You Know My Name,” the theme for Casino Royale. That’s a pretty bad gambling in-joke, but I think that the voice sounds sufficiently over-the-top.

  39. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 9:14 am

    I feel so bad for Christian Bale. One, he got badly upstaged by the Joker and Harvey Dent. Two, his special effects people really screwed him by garbling his voice so badly in the Batman suit. But yeah, mainly what I was concerned about was that he seems to fit into a dark-and-brooding Bruce Wayne role much more than a role that will be more cheerful, comic, and probably uptight.

  40. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 9:18 am

    Hmm, Brett. I actually kind of see the Black and Mallow characters as a little bit similar, too. At one point I was planning on them being brothers, but that didn’t work out.

  41. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 9:20 am

    Justin Bartha does look strikingly like Agent Black. This is him in National Treasure. I haven’t seen the movie, but I imagine if he did that role pretty well, he could probably handle Black. (Ahem, I think that Black would be far-and-away the easiest role of the lead five).

  42. Bretton 24 Dec 2008 at 10:07 am

    For Berkeley/Catastrophe I see maybe Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, or Patrick Stewart. I don’t know why. How old is the character anyway? If he’s younger, I’d suggest (hehe) Christian Bale.

  43. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 10:13 am

    Probably between 25 and 30. We’re writing for an audience mostly between 15-20, so we’d like the characters to be a bit older. Most books have heroes that are a few years older than the audience. That usually makes the characters feel more relatable, relevant and usually cool.

    –For about a fifth of the book, Jacob’s in his late teens. For the rest, he’s in his late 20s.
    –Agent Black is a few years out of college, so he’d be about 25.
    –At the story’s end, Lash is pushing a hard 40.
    –For about a fifth of the book, Agent Orange is the equivalent of a late teen (2 or 3). For most of the story, he’s about ten years older, which is fairly old by alligator standards.

  44. Ragged Boyon 19 Feb 2009 at 6:22 am

    Push sucked. The story was bland the action scenes were lackluster. The best thing, probably the inventiveness. I like the different types of psychics i.e Sniffers and Shadows. But everything else was lacking. The main character was bland and blatantly sucked with his powers. He finally beat a guy with the exact same powers in the end in a lame fistfight.

    But the thing I hated most as that the main character was totally a Mary Sue, nothing bad ever happened to him, he never actually proves himself worthy of being the lead, and he got out of all of his problems by luck. He was locked in a truck and instead of using his powers to blast the trunk open, he waits until some guy’s body just happens to fall onto the car and open the trunk…Poor Show.

    The Sniffers (people who can find exact locations of people by sniffing a personal object) looks like they’re doing crack when they sniff stuff.

    I did find the Changer’s power interesting, create copies of things like money, out of nothing. I also liked the Pushers, who control memory and suggestion.

    The most interesting interaction was by far Dakota Fanning’s and the psychic Asian girl, who were having a battle of future telling.

    Overall, had a few good point, but overall if let me wanting more, so much so that I very openly booed it at the end.

  45. B. Macon 19 Feb 2009 at 11:14 am

    Getting out of a locked trunk by waiting for a guy’s body to fall on it sounds horribly contrived. What next, winning a fight by waiting for a piano to fall on your opponent?

  46. Ragged Boyon 08 Mar 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Watchmen is quite frankly one of my all time favorite movies. I’m going to address some of B. Mac comments from above of the film. WARNING SPOILERS!.

    “They will cut out the rape sequences, Rorschach’s Randist rants, the scene where a US soldier murders a Vietnamese woman he impregnated, and other material that won’t fly with a mainstream audience. Is it a bad thing that they will remove that material? Personally, as a mainstream viewer, I’d rather watch movies without rapes and political sermons. However, I think that it’s hard to reconcile the Watchmen with what a mainstream audience wants. The graphic novels worked precisely because they were very niche/edgy/profane. But a movie of this budget has to draw tens of millions of viewers.”

    -Fortunately for the story, nothing was watered down. There was the attempted rape of the first Silk Spectre, Rorshach’s rants (I, personally, didn’t like Rorshach), The Comedian does shoot and kill the women he impregnates. Aside from those things, there were many more VERY MATURE scenes, that frankly, I felt fit with the mood of the story. I has a dark feel so I wasn’t surprised when they showed murder. It has an adult feel, but I was surprised by the sex scene, however, I think it was fitting, if your okay with that type of thing. Nothing was cut out, I think this was a good thing, most of the people who saw the movie know the story and would probably feel duped if it weren’t included. I think one of the biggest assets to the story was that it was real. Real life is raw, gross, sexually charged, objective, and complicated.

    “The story has aged very poorly because it’s inextricably linked to the aftermath of Vietnam– Nixon, domestic unrest, the portrayal of a US soldier as a murderous thug, all that. I don’t think that it will resonate with contemporary viewers. The best they can do, I think, is hope that the Vietnam references will feel relevant because Iraq fits a similar place in the public consciousness as Vietnam… but it doesn’t. That may explain why virtually every politicized war-movie in the last few years has tanked. The only exception I can think of is the deliberately frivolous Team America.”

    -I didn’t find the age of the story all that bad. I would say it portrayed the american soldier as a killing machine, it was moreso just Comedian. However, I think Comedian was made to epitomize the view that you are speaking of, the merciless killer with no heart. I think if your a person that plays very heavily into a story, you may get a little annoyed. However, I like to think I play heavily into stories and I found the political references acceptable.

    “The Watchmen doesn’t have a plot similar to a typical comic-book movie. I suspect that it will get too lost in the world to tell a story (like V for Vendetta, Constantine, Spawn and possibly League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).”

    -With all due respect, here’s where your wrong. I think the story submerged itself expertly enough to avoid drowning viewer. I didn’t hear one reference to the electric cars or spark hydrants of their society. I think what the movie (and the viewers) payed more attention to is the characters and their previous affiliations, which are just as essential as the setting. For the most part, it still feels like the older New York.

    ” Historically, I think that movies with ridiculously scantily-clad superheroines have fared poorly. I could take a girlfriend to see something like Spiderman or X-Men, but I couldn’t take her to see Tomb Raider. If anything, the female in the trailer is even MORE scantily-clad than Lara Croft is.”

    -I 25% agree on this point. The second Silk Spectre’s (the one in the trailer) outfit isn’t as bad as her mother’s (The first Silk Spectre). The worst the suit shows is thighs and some cheek, it could have been way worse, see Vampirella. Now if you wanted to offend your girlfriend, keep her around for the Nite-Owl on Spectre action. The intercourse is pretty graphic, but I think you could just look away, it’s only one part. If your girlfriend got offended, with all due respect to your companion, tell her to lighten up.

    I also had my doubts about the movie, however I felt it was way worth the matinee price of $5. I thoroughly enjoyed. I doubt a prude would like it though (not saying that you are) it’s an adult movie, see the M-rating, but if you get past the adult themes I think it’s an amazing story told in an interesting way. After all, the graphic novel was more about the storytelling rather than the story, I think it worked perfectly.

  47. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 22 Mar 2009 at 5:12 am

    I saw Watchmen, but I didn’t enjoy it much. I have said before that I prefer less gritty stuff, and that’s probably the main reason I didn’t like Watchmen. It was okay, I guess, but not the best movie I’ve seen.

  48. Ragged Boyon 22 Mar 2009 at 6:05 am

    Most people I know didn’t like the Watchmen. I thought it was great, but I can understand why most people wouldn’t like it.

  49. Tomon 22 Mar 2009 at 7:44 am

    God, I loved Watchmen so much. I saw it on Wednesday and then I actually went out and bought the graphic novel yesterday. It was fantastic.

  50. Holliequon 22 Mar 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I haven’t seen Watchmen yet, but we did buy the graphic novel today, which I will read soon.

  51. B. Macon 23 Mar 2009 at 10:02 pm

    The DBZ trailer looks awful. I feel so bad for everyone involved, particularly the audience.

  52. Davidon 08 Apr 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I liked the Superman film. Then again, I’m easily pleased.

    Hey, B. Mac. If you got offered to have your comic made into a movie, who would you want as actors and why?

    And that goes for anyone else.

  53. B. Macon 08 Apr 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I think I addressed this above. To recap…

    For Agent Black, I’d cast someone that is funny but not attractive. I’d be annoyed if they cast someone like Brad Pitt or Colin Farrell because he’s not supposed to look sexy. I’d also like to avoid someone who plays his characters really over the top, like Will Farrell or Jim Carrey.

    For Jacob, I’d go with someone that can do creepy without coming off like a raging psychopath. So, umm, I would rule out Steve Buscemi and William DeFoe. I kind of like Timothy Olyphant’s performance as the villain in Live Free or Die Hard, but he’d probably need to act more sedately for this role.

    I imagine that Agent Orange would have a voice like the teenage mutant ninja turtles. That’s quite a bit higher than the average adult male, though. It could get irksome. If I were doing the casting decision, this is one I’d need to think about more.

    I kind of modeled Marty Stull on a combination of Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon: beautiful and vacuous people that involve themselves in political debates that are a lot more complicated than they can handle.

  54. Adrianon 08 Apr 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I have no idea for the casting of Showtime The Movie. I’d want to play Adrian, he’s essentially me played up and stripped of Mary Sue-isms.

  55. B. Macon 08 Apr 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Heh. If I were playing a character, I’d go with Jacob rather than Agent Black. He’s a more challenging role and I think I’d unconsciously take Black in a Marty Stu-ish direction.

    Also, there aren’t many characters that are similar to Jacob. In contrast, the stern funnyman is a recurring member of most comic duos– see Tommy Lee Jones in MIB, Jackie Chan in Rush Hour, Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, etc. It shouldn’t be too hard to find an actor that fits the demographic description (twenty-something, white or Asian).

  56. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 08 Apr 2009 at 6:17 pm

    If my work were to be turned into a movie, I think I’d want unknowns to play the characters, whether it was live-action or animated.

    If there had to be some famous people for advertising purposes, I’d cast Nicole Kidman as June Maehara. She’s about the right age for it, and with a haircut and a pair of contacts she would fit the role quite well in a live action movie. If it were animated, she has the right voice for it anyway.

  57. Ragged Boyon 08 Apr 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Holy crap! Adrian came to life. I know my creations are full of life, but this is ridiculous. 😉

  58. Ragged Boyon 08 Apr 2009 at 6:20 pm

    That’s a good idea about unknowns. I’d probably do that too. Need a young, unknown, african-american character? 😉

  59. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 08 Apr 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Yes, actually! Haha.

  60. Davidon 08 Apr 2009 at 8:11 pm

    When I finish my story and get all my characters sorted, then I’ll think about actors.

  61. Dforceon 08 Apr 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Comic-to-movie scenario? I don’t think I could live if my work was re-made live-action style and ended up like that dragonball movie that MUST NEVER be acknowledged.

    I’ll probably be alone on this one– but I’d like a full length animated movie. …But if it were made into live action, I think I’d prefer unkown actors (so long’s that they actually know how to act; AND look accurate when in make-up).

  62. Dforceon 08 Apr 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Correction: It appears the ReTARDISed Whovian would not mind an animated movie as well.

  63. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 08 Apr 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I would prefer an animated movie over live action. That way the actors wouldn’t necessarily have to look like the characters.

    It would be cool to have it in anime style, sort of like the one used in DNAngel*. I’m a little obsessed right now, because we have a small collection of manga in my school library and I have a friend who never stops talking about it.

    I’m halfway through the second volume of The Dreaming by Queenie Chan. It’s set in an Australian boarding school out in the bushlands, where girls have been disappearing ever since the school was set up. It’s creepy and I can’t wait to read the rest.

    * http://dnangel.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Dark_Mousy

  64. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 08 Apr 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I’d also insist on writing the script. No one’s gonna stuff up my work! Haha.

  65. Mr. Briton 09 Apr 2009 at 2:19 am

    Poor, poor Alan Moore.

  66. Tomon 09 Apr 2009 at 3:07 am

    Dragonball the movie is like taking my childhood and repeatedly… performing an illegal action of a graphic nature… on it with a shovel.

    Anyway, I’m more concerned with voice actors for my work, since that will be necessary one day! Assuming it’s made in America, I wouldn’t mind Zach Tyler Eisen (Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender) now that his voice has broken, or Jack DeSena (Sokka in Avatar: The Last Airbender).

    As for Helen, Mae Whitman (Katara in Avatar and Rose in American Dragon), Ashley Johnson (Gwen in Ben 10: Alien Force), Lacey Chabert (Gwen in Spectacular Spider-Man), or even possibly Grey Delise (billions of roles in bilions of shows).

    George could be David Kaufman (title role in Danny Phantom) or Josh Keaton (title role in The Spectacular Spider-Man).

    Lennie could be played by whoever played Dexter from Dexter’s lab. (lol, kidding!) Seriously, I don’t know, I’d have to find someone whose voice is breaking, or can imitate a breaking voice. Thirteen is a difficult age for voice actors. Maybe I could do what they did in season 3 of Avatar, where Aang’s voice actor’s voice had broken so they edited it to be consistent with the rest of the series.

    Professor Esper… Mark Hammil (Luke Skywalker, The Joker in Batman: TAS and Firelord Ozai in Avatar), Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor in Justice League, the Dark Dragon in American Dragon, Detective Stacey AND the Rhino in Spectacular Spider-Man, Long Feng in Avatar and Mr. Krabbs in Spongebob Squarepants!), or… hmm, this is difficult… I like the style of Mark Hammil and Clancy Brown, but their voices are too deep. This will be difficult.

  67. B. Macon 09 Apr 2009 at 3:41 am

    Yeah, some of the characters would be very hard to cast, Tom. The good (?) news is that the writers have pretty much no influence in the casting decision. My guess is that you wouldn’t even be consulted about who you would like.

    I think it’s pretty hilarious that Mark Hammil did the voice of The Joker. Eww…

  68. Tomon 09 Apr 2009 at 3:57 am

    He was pretty good as The Joker actually. And as Firelord Ozai in Avatar. Probably better than as Luke Skywalker.

    And no influence whatsoever? Damn.

  69. B. Macon 09 Apr 2009 at 4:11 am

    None, as far as I know. The only thing I’ve ever read about this is that the decision to cast a voice-actor for Scrappy Doo was made by the producers.

    If it makes you feel better, authors typically have very little input into what their cover looks like. And a book’s cover is probably more important to the success of the project than the voice of a particular character. (I don’t predict that will make you feel any better, though).

  70. Yogion 09 Apr 2009 at 6:53 am

    The Rhino was played by Long Feng?! That guy is seriously brilliant. Those two are so different. The only sad thing is now I can’t see Long Feng sweating when Azula owns him without bursting into laughter while thinking of the Rhino. 😛

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