Thanks to rockmanj for the heads up and for making it so this post is more than a single word.
Angry Zen Minion Devin Wolfe along with a whole mess of others sent over the latest rumors on the upcoming American live action version of Akira. Apparently, they are looking for non-Asians to play the roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda with shiny Robert Pattinson’s name thrown around in the mix. Racebender already has a petition going to stop this madness.
There are exactly two ways in which this movie will avoid my digital wrath. Two. I shall explain them now.
1: Rename the Stupid Thing Steve
If you want to keep the plot but cast all White people, just change all the names. Instead of Tetsuo, try Eddie. Instead of Kaneda, try Paul. Instead of Akira, call the goddamn thing Steve. Why Steve? Well, if you’re Japanese, Akira is a pretty generic name. If you’re American, Steve is a pretty generic name. I mean sure, it’ll sound really silly to hear Eddie scream at the top of his lungs, “WHAT IS STEVE?!” But it would make the whitewashing of this film much more bearable.
2: Write a New Story
The second method allows them to keep the name Akira but requires a lot more work. Which also guarantees it’ll never happen.
This version allows them to cast white people, move the setting to Neo York, and keep the name Akira. It can take place even around the same time period.
After learning that the destruction of Tokyo which set off World War III was due to the psychic awakening of Akira in 1988 (we’re going by the movie timeline), American scientists go about developing their own group of psychic children. New York is chosen because of its high concentration of psychic potentials.
That set up gives you a lot of outs. You can cast the movie with lots of White people in leading roles without pissing off the fan base and you can still give proper tribute to the original by creating an original side story. You’d still have to change Tetsuo’s and Kaneda’s names, but at least you’d get a pass for ethnically insensitive casting.
Of course, this means they’d have to come up with new material which kind of defeats the point of an adaptation. So there’s no way this will happen.
Steve It Is
I doubt Warner Bros will even read this let alone take my ideas seriously. They’ll stubbornly go ahead and cast White people as Tetsuo and Kaneda and never bother changing their names because they’ll believe that the vocal opposition is a minority and that mainstream audiences will flock to theaters anyway because Akira sounds wicked fucking cool. They’ll be wrong and this film will bomb much like Failbender.
So in order to write about this thing without seething at every key stroke, I will now and forever refer to this movie as Steve and just pretend that they’ve renamed everyone.
AZM Ally Dave Reimer sends word that Hugo Weaving is in negotiations to play the Red Skull. Truth be told, I’m not a huge Captain America fan. I don’t actively dislike the character, but I’m not terribly excited about the movie either. If Weaving is cast, I think that’s one of the only reasons I’ll be seeing this flick. He can get a menace in his voice that will go perfectly with the Red Skull. And although I don’t think his physique matches up with the way the Skull is typically portrayed, I think his performance will overshadow the comic book version. Hope this one pans out.
Source: Hollywood Reporter: Heat Vision
Warner Bros is hoping that lightning can strike twice and is reportedly courting Chris Nolan to “mentor” the development of a Superman reboot. What the fuck does that mean?
My guess is that he’ll serve as executive producer, bring in his writing team, tap a director (it’s doubtful he’d be interested in directing), maybe offer up some casting advice. It’s clear that Warner Bros wants the Batman Begins/Dark Knight treatment for Superman, but honestly, I don’t see it. I mean yeah, the gritty, hardboiled treatment works very well for Batman because that’s where he comes from. His whole motivation for dressing up as a flying mouse stems from witnessing his parents murder in a Gotham alleyway. Gotham is every dark, dirty, drug infested alleyway of every city you have ever imagined. Darkness screams Batman.
Metropolis is no Gotham.
Whereas Gotham is the dark side, Metropolis is the bright side of every city. Metropolis is all skyscrapers and highways and clean air (how they manage that is a fucking miracle). Gotham is the despair of a city. Metropolis is the hope of a city. Superman’s origin does spring from death. And entire planet dies. But it’s an impersonal death. It happens lightyears away. Clark never witnesses the death of his home so it doesn’t really become the sole motivation for his crusade. Superman is the ultimate boyscout. To grit him up, to give him a hardboiled dark edge, that totally misses the point of Superman.
I know Warner Bros is expecting a darker take on Superman, but I hope Nolan recognizes the heart of the character and brings back hope to Superman. I don’t want to just see a super powered Batman. And give Brandon Routh a proper chance. Returns wasn’t a proper Superman.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Angry Zen Minion Tyler Anderson sent along a Ustream red carpet interview in which Bryan Singer says he’s singed a contract to direct X-Men Origins: First Class (click on over to the 28 min mark). The first X flick was decent enough. But the second X flick really won me over. So when it was announced that Singer was doing a Superman film, I was giddy with geeky anticipation.
And then we saw Superman Returns. Blech. Super let down.
So on the one hand, we have a rather dull superhero flick. On the other hand, we have two pretty awesome superhero flicks. It’s more than likely that there was just no way for Superman to live up to the hype. The X-franchise had yet to be thrown up on the silver screen when Singer got to it. But Superman had at least two really awesome films under his belt. It was clear that Singer was trying to recapture the feel of the first two Superman films, but I think he played it way too subtle.
I’m also done with X movies. It’s gonna take a whole hell of a lot more than a geek friendly director to get me excited about another damn X movie. I say let the X flicks rest for ten years or more and move on to something new.
But that’s not gonna happen. So I’m in wait-and-see mode for this one.
It seems that Rob Liefeld is somehow involved with the Deadpool movie. At least, that’s the impression you get from his Twitter account:
Walking into Deadpool movie meeting!!! Yowza!
I guess it makes sense. He created Deadpool. I’m curious to know what kind of deal Rob got when he created the character. Marvel isn’t in the habit of giving their creators ownership of Marvel U characters they create, but it seems like Rob is always around when talk of Deadpool comes up. Maybe he’s being brought in as a consultant of some kind which doesn’t make much sense since Deadpool only got cool after he left for Image.
Anyway, it sounds like the meeting went well:
Great Deadpool movie meeting! Lauren Schuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!
Rob brought along his own personal check list of things he wants to see from the flick:
Deadpool movie checklist- DP in costume-check! Breaking 4th wall-check! Loads of killing-double check!
Oh, and he’s excited that Ryan Reynolds is returning to play the Merc with the Mouth:
Deadpool movie- YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!
But unlike Rob, I’m not excited about this next bit:
Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!
Does anyone really trust Fox to do right by Cable? Does anyone really trust Fox to do right by any of the X characters? I hope and pray that Marvel will ask uncle Walt to slap Fox with a giant load of cash so that they can get their X-movies back.