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25 Greatest Comic Character Portrayals (First Revision)

It’s been a couple of years since I made the first edition of this list. With the plethora of new comic films that have been released since then, several of which have introduced us to new characters or at least new takes on established ones, I figured it was time to dust off the old list and give her a revision. As before, I looked at a combination of performances that stayed true to the comic counterpart and just plain old great acting to create a compelling character. Some of them lean more towards one side of the equation, but I feel like all of them touch on at least a little of both. Some portrayals have risen in the ranks, some have fallen, and several fell off all together. Also like before, with several of these characters having been played by multiple people, I list the actor and what movie(s)/television show the portrayal is in.

Portrayals that fell off from the previous list:
Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) – Road to Perdition, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) – The Amazing Spider-Man, Marv (Mickey Rourke) – Sin City, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) – X-Men, Superman (Christopher Reeves) – Superman, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) – The Dark Knight trilogy

25. The Flash (Grant Gustin) – The Flash

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24. Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) – Black Panther

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23. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) The Walking Dead

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22. X-23 (Dafne Keen) – Logan

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21. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) – The Walking Dead

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20. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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19. Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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18. Kilgrave (David Tennant) – Jessica Jones

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17. V (Hugo Weaving) – V for Vendetta

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16. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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15. The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – Watchmen

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14. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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13. Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) – Watchmen

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12. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) – X-Men

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11. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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10. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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9. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) – Deadpool

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8. Thanos (Josh Brolin) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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7. Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) – Daredevil (TV series)

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6. Daredevil (Charlie Cox) – Daredevil (TV series)

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5. Batman (Christian Bale) – The Dark Knight trilogy

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4. Captain America (Chris Evans) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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3. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr) – Marvel Cinematic Universe

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2. J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) – Spider-Man

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1. The Joker (Heath Ledger) – The Dark Knight

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So what do you think? Who’s too low? Who’s too high? Who got left off that shouldn’t have been? Let me know in the comments.

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The 100% Organic, Gluten-Free, Locally-Sourced Deadpool 2 Review…Now in Spoiler-Free Flavor (Warning: May Contain Nuts)

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Continuing the story of a film that shocked everyone with its success is always a mixed bag. Sometimes the sequel lives up to the original (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), sometimes it doesn’t (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For). But I was optimistic for the follow-up to 2016’s blood-spattered, four-letter-word-filled Deadpool. My only worry was that we would get a movie that tried too hard to re-create the first and falter under its own weight.

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I’m very happy to report that that was not the case. While Deadpool 2 very much stays true to its predecessor in feel and humor, the gags and pop culture references are fresh and different. While there are some callbacks to gags from the first film, like continued verbal barbs directed at Wolverine, there aren’t any recycled jokes just with different circumstances like some comedy sequels (looking at you Austin Powers franchise). I also think incorporating so many new characters helped to give Deadpool fresh material to work with. His interactions with the members of the newly-formed X-Force are particularly hilarious. Especially those between he and Domino, whose mutant ability is probability manipulation. At one point, he literally spends an entire action scene arguing against luck being a super power…and it’s fantastic. Not to say that his banter with the returning Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (which is just as much of a handful to type as it is a mouthful to say) aren’t great as well.

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Speaking of new characters, Josh Brolin’s turn as time-traveling, cybernetically-enhanced badass Cable is great. While he plays a similar role to Colossus in that he’s sort of the straight man to Deadpool’s insanity-laden humor, his routine doesn’t feel as much like schtick. This is not to say that he doesn’t have funny lines. In fact there are a couple of times where he dishes out just as much foul-mouthed goodness as Deadpool gives him. His motivations, while slightly myopic, are relatable and tragic. If I were to give one pseudo-spoiler, though I wouldn’t consider it one, in that it’s apparent very early on in the movie that this is the case: that while he and Deadpool are at odds, Cable is not the real villain. I won’t go into who, but there is a surprise villain that actually ends up being much more a true antagonist.

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I’ve read that some critics felt the movie’s tone jumped around a lot, and while I agree with that sentiment to an extent, I feel like it is in-line with the character and his personality, and in no way makes the film feel disjointed. I felt like with most of the more dramatic or sad moments, you’re given adequate time to soak it in before the onslaught of dick jokes is continued. The violence and action are ramped up for the Merc With the Mouth’s second solo outing, but they don’t feel forced or out of place within the story. The level of gore is up probably a few ticks this time around as well, but it’s all done for comedic purposes and never seems to take away from the moment.

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Do I think that Deadpool 2 captured all the magic of the first film? No. But it is incredibly fun and entertaining its own right. There’s plenty to enjoy if you are a fan of the character or the last movie. There are lots of little Easter eggs and cameos as well for those paying close attention, including a little jab at Deadpool’s co-creator (suck it Liefeld, learn to draw feet!). All in all, I’d give Deadpool 2 a solid 3.5 out of 4 chimichangas.

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Worst Comic Book Character Portrayals

While there have been many truly incredible portrayals of characters in comic book movies and television series, there have also been more than a few absolute clunkers. Some of these aren’t necessarily the actor’s fault; they were just written horribly, given awful dialogue, or were stuck with crappy plots. But whatever the reason, they still flopped. Here are my worst of the worst.

25. Iron Fist (Finn Jones) – Iron Fist

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Netflix’s Iron Fist isn’t very good. It lacks an identity, has subpar fight choreography for a show about a Kung Fu master, and the worst thing about it is the lead. There’s literally nothing interesting about Danny Rand. He comes across as whiny and immature. For someone that’s supposed to be a “living weapon”, I wasn’t blown away by his fighting ability. In fact, I’d take Charlie Cox’s Daredevil over his Iron Fist any day.

24. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) – X-Men First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men:Apocalypse

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Jennifer Lawrence is a fine actress and seems quite likable as a person, but her portrayal of Mystique is so inconsistent. Her motivations and characterization seem to change from movie to movie, and are whatever the writer needed her to be in that story.

23. Ghost Rider (Nicholas Cage) – Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 

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Ghost Rider would be a very easy character to make silly and over-the-top, and Nicholas Cage didn’t even attempt to play it otherwise. He’s already known for being quite the over-actor, and it’s on full display here, complete with terrible puns and one-liners.

22.  Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell) – Fantastic Four

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Will we ever get a good Dr. Doom in a live action movie? Hollywood writers just can’t seem to understand the things that make the character great and compelling. Sadly, another entrance in a long line of failed attempts at bringing Victor Von Doom to life.

21. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) – Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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Natalie Portman reportedly hated being in Marvel movies, and it shows. For such a talented actress, her performance is flat and uninteresting. She also has zero charisma with Chris Hemsworth, making for a very blah love story.

20. Batman (Ben Affleck) – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League

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If there’s anyone that clearly hates playing their role in a comic movie more than Natalie Portman, it’s Ben Affleck when he dons the cape and cowl. He seems like he’d literally rather be anywhere but making these movies. With the quality of the 3 DC movies he’s been in, I can’t entirely blame him.

19. Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) – X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand , X-Men: Days of Future Past

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One of several prominent X-Men characters that are supposed to be from countries other than the US that are passed off as American in the films. Piotr Rasputin, otherwise known as Colossus, is supposed to be from Russia, yet there’s no hint of a Russian accent on him whatsoever. And for a character whose power is to turn his skin into organic steel, we actually see him transform once for all of about 15 seconds in 3 movies.

18. Electro (Jamie Foxx) – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Another example of a good actor being stuck in a crappy role. Completely devoid of interest, and despite what was clearly meant to be a sympathetic role, you don’t even feel sorry for the guy because he’s so badly written.

17. Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) – X-Men: First Class

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Kevin Bacon delivers one of the most one-dimensional performances of his career. You just don’t care about his character whatsoever, nor is the character anything close to resembling his comic book counterpart.

16. Storm (Halle Berry) – X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Here’s where the “drop the accent” game started in the X-Men franchise. Halle Berry at least attempted an inconsistent one in the first film, but then dropped it all together in the second movie on. Spoiler alert: this isn’t the only time Ms. Berry will be appearing on this list. I promise I’m not picking on her as a performer in general…just in comic movies apparently.

15. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) – X-Men: Apocalypse

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Everything about this take on Marvel’s first mutant falls completely flat. Poorly acted. Poorly written. Poorly designed. Even his plans and motivations don’t make sense. Severely disappointing as I love Apocalypse in the comics and had high hopes for him here.

14. Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) – Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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Could they have made audiences care less about the love interest of the hero? Mary Jane is supposed to be a constant, grounding force in Peter Parker’s otherwise tumultuous life, but here she’s flighty, annoying, and really serves no other purpose than damsel in distress and creating relationship drama…bouncing around between 7 different relationships in 3 movies.

13. Diamondback (Erik LaRay Harvey) – Luke Cage

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I am unfamiliar with Harvey’s work outside of Luke Cage, but I seriously hope it’s better than what we got in the Marvel Netflix series. Tries way too hard to come across as a cool villain, but it doesn’t work at all. Just rather boring to be honest, especially in the shadow of Mahershala Ali’s brilliant performance as Cottonmouth.

12. Elektra (Jennifer Garner) – Daredevil, Elektra

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There’s plenty to hate about the Daredevil movie, and Jennifer Garner’s bland turn as Elektra is definitely one of them. For a character that’s supposed to be exotic and enticing to Matt Murdock, she gives a performance about as compelling as watching paint dry. Oh and on the topic of being exotic, they claim she’s Greek (as she’s supposed to be), yet she makes no attempt to speak with an accent.

11. Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) – X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Much like Daredevil, there’s a lot to hate about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a stupid story with plot holes big enough to fly the X-Jet through being first and foremost, but it also contains some of the absolute worst comic character portrayals ever (there’s another to come on this list). A primary example of writers shoehorning a character into a story that he had no business being in…and the version we got has very little in common with his comic counterpart other than his name. Gambit is known for his silver-tongued charm and razor sharp wit, yet Kitsch plays him with all the charisma of a coma patient…and seriously, why doesn’t his staff explode like everything else when he charges it with kinetic energy?

10. Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Oh, the DCEU and their consistent misunderstanding of their own properties. Whiny, neurotic, and just plain stupid…that’s really the only way I can describe this version of Superman’s nemesis. And talk about idiotic motivations: Luthor wants to show the world how dangerous Superman is, so he creates Doomsday, which is even more powerful and dangerous…um, what?

9. The Joker (Jared Leto) – Suicide Squad 

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Easily the DCEU’s biggest bomb as a character is Leto’s pseudo-Joker (I refuse to refer to that as the actual Joker). Before I trash his utterly stupid look (which I’m going to), I’ll focus on the actual performance. It’s bad. Just plain bad. Not once did I believe I was watching the Clown Prince of Crime. His motivations are counter to those of the actual Joker, who would never have attempted to break Harley out prison. He would have let her rot until she found her own way out. Ok now for his appearance: what on Earth made them think that THAT is a look people wanted? This “Joker” looks like he’s a douchy rapper that’s part of a drug cartel, who just got some stupid tats in prison, and is on his way to a crappy Avenged Sevenfold concert. Oooo…how “dark and gritty”…

8. The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) – Iron Man 3

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Speaking of pseudo characters. What was meant to be the MCU’s greatest plot twist ended up being nothing more than its biggest middle finger to comic book fans. Turning Iron Man’s nemesis into a fake and nothing but a distraction from the “real” villain, was a giant “F you” to longtime readers who were excited to see this major villain brought to life.

7. Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones) – X-Men: The Last Stand 

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If there’s one thing 20th Century Fox knows better than making terrible Fantastic Four movies, it’s delivering awful performances in its X-Men franchise, and sadly this isn’t the worst. A cheap rubber muscle suit and a stupid-looking helmet that’s purpose is never explained in the movie, so he just runs around with a trashcan on his head for the sake of looking dumb. Also, Cain Marko is not a mutant, yet he’s somehow effected by Leech’s power draining ability?

6. Bane (Jeep Swenson) – Batman & Robin 

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The first of 3 craptacular portrayals from Joel Schumacher’s equally awful Batman & Robin, making up half of the top 6. Take one of Batman’s most brilliant and strategic enemies and turn him into a mindless monster just because he’s big. Great choice. *insert eye roll*

5. Venom (Topher Grace) – Spider-Man 3

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You can tell that Sam Raimi didn’t want Venom in this movie, but was forced to by Avi Arad (former head of Marvel), as he gave the character no direction or seemingly any thought. Totally unbelievable as an antagonist. Why does the symbiote make Eddie Brock bigger, but didn’t Peter Parker? Why did it latch on to Brock and mutate immediately since he didn’t have adrenal cancer like he did in the comic? The only thing worse than Venom in this movie is watching the My Chemical Romance version of Peter Parker dance.

4. Catwoman (Halle Berry) – Catwoman 

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Here I am to crap on Halle Berry again. Everything about this role is bad. The acting, the writing, the direction, the costume…all of it. I appreciate the attempted homage to Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman from the 1960’s Batman television series, but the cheesiness and camp are just too much and it comes across like a B-movie performance.

3. Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) – Batman & Robin

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But no one out camps Arnold’s turn as Mr. Freeze. Seriously, 75% of his dialogue is cold puns. One at the right moment would have been acceptable and might have gotten a little chuckle, but not a constant bombardment of “chill out’s” and “everybody freeze’s”. It really makes you hate a villain that should actually be one of the most sympathetic antagonists in comic movies.

2. Batman (George Clooney) – Batman & Robin 

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The final entrant in my dump on Batman & Robin trilogy. Completely unbelievable as Batman. Not even a decent Bruce Wayne. All the things that make Batman special are absent and quite frankly not things that Clooney is capable of pulling off. He was cast simply because he was a hot name.

1. Deadpool (Scott Adkins) – X-Men Origins: Wolverine 

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Here we are: the worst of the worst of the worst. Take everything about Deadpool that makes him unique and special and compelling…Hell take literally EVERYTHING away. Instead of kitanas, slap on some blades that pop out of his forearms like he’s freaking Baraka from Mortal Kombat. Instead of guns, have him shoot lasers out of his eyes. Instead of being a mercenary, make him a science experiment and slave. Oh and sew his mouth shut. Wouldn’t want the Merc with the Mouth to actually talk. Because I mean, come on…a source material faithful Deadpool would NEVER work…oh…wait…

The 25 Greatest Comic Book Movies (Revised) – Part 4

Today we have a very Marvel Comics heavy installment, with 4 of the 5 being based on the comic giant’s properties.

10. Spider-Man (2002)

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The Web-Slinger’s silver screen debut. Legendary horror director Sam Raimi was initially regarded as a strange choice to bring Marvel’s flagship property to the big screen. The decision, however, turned out to be a brilliant one. He gave the film a slightly dark aesthetic with splashes of vibrant color that give the movie a very original look. Tobey Maguire gives a good, if not great, performance as the titular hero. Willem Dafoe also gives a wonderfully memorable portrayal of Spider-Man’s nemesis, the Green Goblin.

 

9. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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A fitting end to Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Dark Knight Trilogy. While this chapter in the series fell a little short of the lofty standard set by the first two, it is still a great movie. Christian Bale and Gary Oldman give their usual incredible performances, and Marion Cotillard is great as Miranda Tate (spoiler alert: AKA Talia al Ghul), but Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane is the best part of the film. Some dog his voice, but I personally thought it added a memorability and an interesting wrinkle to the character. He also has some of the most quotable lines in the entire series.

 

8. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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While not as groundbreaking as the first MCU team-up, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a great movie. Seeing the way that these characters that we love have grown and changed over the course of the franchise was interesting and a driving force of the movie. It also clearly lays the groundwork for many things that are to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally getting to see Vision on screen was awesome, and James Spader’s performance as Ultron, while not quite what I was hoping for, was a treat as well.

 

7. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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The blockbuster that no one saw coming! Funny and exciting with engaging and interesting characters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit it out of the park with their first intergalactic installment. The writing is crisp and witty and the special effects were amazing. The acting is great all around as well, but the real star of the movie is Bradley Cooper’s voice work as Rocket Raccoon.

 

6. Deadpool (2016)

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The Deadpool movie that Deadpool fans had been begging for and easily the best movie in the X-Men franchise. Ryan Reynolds plays the Merc With the Mouth to absolute perfection. Chock full of all the violence, humor, and f-bombs that one would expect from a film about Marvel’s fourth wall-breaking mutant mercenary. Everything about this movie is perfect. There’s really no other word fit to describe it.

 

We’re almost there folks. Come back next time for the final chapter in my newest edition of the greatest comic book movie countdown. The absolute best of the best lie ahead. See you then.

Olivia Munn & Fanboy/girl Rage

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During an interview to promote her upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn stated that she was offered the role of Vanessa Carlysle in the X-Men spin-off Deadpool, but turned it down because she didn’t just want to be the “girlfriend”. She instead chose to play the ninja assassin Psylocke in Bryan Singer’s mutant swan song on the premise that the character would be more than just eye candy. As fanboys are prone to do, they went nuclear meltdown stupid over her comments. This fact didn’t surprise me. But what did, was the negative reaction I’ve seen from several fangirls. One would think that a woman choosing a part that she felt was more empowering over one she felt was going to be relegated to being the love interest would be a rallying point for female geeks. But instead she’s being attacked for it.

 

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A good portion of the flack has been directed at Munn’s perceived lack of knowledge of who Vanessa will become in the Deadpool franchise. We comic book fans have got to remember that the actors playing the roles aren’t necessarily fans of the character they’re being offered. We may hold these characters near and dear to our hearts, but that’s not always the case with actors. For some of them it’s just a job. Sure you have Ryan Reynolds who loves Deadpool and fought very hard to see him brought to life on the silver screen. And while I’m not sure how big of fans they are of the characters they’re playing, Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr have taken their roles as Captain America and Iron Man very seriously and use them to do a lot of very cool, charitable things. But to some it’s just a chance to flex a little acting muscle or play a part they find interesting, and yes, get paid well to do so.

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Some have stooped to calling her intelligence into question for choosing to be in a franchise that for all intents and purposes seems to be on the way out (though of course I know they’ll never stop making X-Men movies) instead of being in the blockbuster debut of the Merc with the Mouth. First off, there was no way she could have known how well Deadpool was going to do at the box office. No one could have. I guarantee that Ryan Reynolds himself didn’t think it would be as successful as it ended up being. Second, actors turn down roles that ended up being huge all the time. This is not exclusive to Olivia Munn. And third, by her turning down the part, we got Morena Baccarin playing Vanessa, and she did an incredible job. So if Munn does as well with Psylocke (and I truly believe she will), then we the audience are the winners.

 As a big fan of the X-Men as a whole, and Psylocke specifically, I’m very happy with her decision. Had she not made it a point to make sure that Psylocke was presented as a lethal warrior, it would have been very easy for that character to end up just being a sexpot. While yes, sexuality is a major part of her personality, it is far from her defining characteristic. It’s 2016; why can’t we be happy that an actress is choosing to play the role of a women that is completely confident and powerful in both her sexuality and her ability?

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Admittedly, I love Olivia Munn. I’ve been a fan of her since Attack of the Show. She seems very fun, genuine, and likable in every interview in which I’ve ever seen her. She’s an attractive woman that is super into geek culture, and who’s public profile is rising…something fanboys should be embracing, not tearing down. 

100 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time – Part 15

Because I’m kind of just ready to move on to other things, instead of just giving a 5 character entry with descriptions, I’m just going to list the Top 30 with a picture. Sorry if you were enjoying it in the original format. Maybe one day I’ll go back and finish it that way. But until then, here goes:

 

30. Jesse Custer

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29. Dr. Strange

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28. Green Goblin

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27. Darkseid

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26. Thor

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25. Nightcrawler

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24. Rorschach

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23. The Thing

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22. Martian Manhunter

 

 

21. Jean Grey

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20. Cyclops

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19. Deadpool

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18. Lex Luthor

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17. Mr. Fantastic

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16. Catwoman

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15. Daredevil

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14. Nightwing

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13. The Flash (Barry Allen)

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12. The Hulk

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11. Wolverine

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10. Iron Man

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9. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

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8. Magneto

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7. The Joker

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6. Dr. Doom

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5. Superman

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4. Captain America

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3. Wonder Woman

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2. Batman

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1. Spider-Man

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Comic-Con Reflections

With the San Diego Comic Con taking place last week, let’s take a break from covering all the comic-y things that happened during my hiatus to discuss the geek avalanche of trailers and announcements from the weekend.

  • The Walking Dead

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We’ll start off with the thing I was looking forward to most: the trailer for Season 6 of The Walking Dead!!! I have to say that even with the high level of anticipation, the trailer did not disappoint. The new season looks like it’s going to be very interesting. Can we infer from what was shown that Alexandria is going to split into 2 camps: those that support Rick’s willingness to kill those that are dangerous, and those that side with Morgan and his conviction that “all life is precious?” Are these 2 friends about to rip their sanctuary apart? Also, for those of us familiar with the comic, there seems to be an allusion to a pretty major event coming. Will it remain true to the comic or will this be another case of misdirection by the writers? I for one can’t wait to find out.

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  • Deadpool

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What an absolutely amazing gift the world was given with the red band trailer for Deadpool. As a huge fan of the Merc with a Mouth, my excitement level for this movie was already through the roof. After seeing the leaked trailer, I can hardly contain myself. This movie looks fabulous.

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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As I’ve stated before, I will not be watching this movie. David S. Goyer (the writer for BvS) burned a bridge with me when he insinuated that Stan Lee was some kind of pervert for creating She-Hulk, and insulted comic book fans for caring about Martian Manhunter. I vowed that day that I would never again give my money to anything with which Goyer is associated. I didn’t watch a single episode of Constantine because he was the executive producer, and (sorry to all those out there that enjoyed the series) I was extremely happy that the showed got cancelled after only one season. With all that said, the trailer looks cool enough, though I can’t say I enjoyed the way Lex Luthor is portrayed in it.

  • Suicide Squad

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I’ve been pretty critical of the idea of this movie from the start. You’re asking a lot of the audience to be invested in a movie based around a bunch of former villains, none of which have ever been seen on screen as a villain, trying to gain some form of redemption by working for the government. Then came the leaked sizzle-reel. I admit I actually was intrigued by it and felt my excitement level for the movie rising. That was until the end where we see Jared Leto’s Joker for the first time. It turns out that the picture posted on Twitter earlier this year was not actually a gimmick, but is indeed the way the Clown Prince of Crime will look in the DCU. I can’t express how stupid this looks. The Joker is not a crappy hip hop artist like Wiz Khalifa or Lil’ Wayne. He should not be covered in, to quote Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mickey Mouse tattoos…and he most certainly shouldn’t have a stupid grill in his mouth. No. Just no.

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  • X-Men: Apocalypse

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Yet another project that I was really looking forward to. Apocalypse has always been one of my favorite villains in the X-Men universe. And even more than that, I have loved the character of Psylocke from the moment I started reading X-Men comics. So when they announced that she would be in this movie, I was sold. Then Olivia Munn was perfectly cast to played her, and my little fanboy heart grew three sizes that day. Now that I’ve seen the leaked footage and the promotional photos from Entertainment Weekly, my excitement has leveled off a bit. On the one hand, Munn looks fantasic (big surprise), like Psylocke jumped off the page of the comic. But on the other, Oscar Isaac’s titular villain looks like a weird mash-up of Ivan Ooze from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie and the Djinn from The Wishmaster. Here’s an idea of how Apocalypse should look:

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There you have it folks. The biggest news from Comic Con. Some of it is very good. Some of it is very bad. But all of it is at least getting people talking about the world of comics. I’m out kiddos, see you next time.