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Episode 1791 Talkback - Top 5 Performances in Comic Related Movies

Some actors and actresses are so good at a role they make it their own, while still managing to honor the source material that came before. This Top 5 respects and represents these performances throughout the comic book movie genre. Will there be crossover amongst the Geek's choices, or will each list stand alone? Is each choice a superhero, or do some non-superhero portrayals make the cut? Are they all actors taking on lead characters, or is there a side character or two? I'll never tell, I prefer leaving you all in suspense. And...cut! (1:52:16)

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  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,412
    5 - Mickey Roarke as Marv - Sin City Admittedly, Marv isn't a particularly deepp character but I really liked him in the role.
    4 - Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman - Not sure what to say - she simply embodied the part. Grace, strength, a slightly exotic accent.
    3 - Hugh Jackman as Wolverine - From the first appearance, he absolutely nailed it.
    2 - Chris Evans as Captain America - somewhat of a stand-in for so many of the Marvel hero cast - Evans, though, I think had the most depth to express - some great comments about the barracks scene in the episode, but I'd hold the alley scene with the garbage can lid, the flag pole and the grenade.
    1 - Christopher Reeves as Superman - The scene in Lois' apartment where he wants to tell her. So much done with some subtle body language.

    I have Honorable Mentions but will need to append later.

  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 6,426
    I won't argue with any of your choices, though for me, Jack Nicholson's Joker is nowhere near my Top 50, much less Top 5 (felt more like Jack Nicholson doing a caricature of his previous "crazy guy" performances than the Joker to me). Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is probably my number one. And Ron Perlman’s Hellboy is definitely in there somewhere, probably my number two. Then there are probably 20 others who I could swap in and out to fill out the list, including a few that weren't mentioned:

    The cast of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, particularly Mark Webber’s Stephen Stills, Allison Pill’s Kim Pine, and Ellen Wong’s Knives Chau. Chris Evans’ Lucas Lee was a lot of fun too. I'll watch Scott Pilgrim over even the best of the Marvel movies any day of the week.

    Louise Bourgoin’s Adèle Blanc-Sec in The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (adapted from the work of the great Jacques Tardi). It's a French film, so I'm not surprised she wasn't mentioned, but it's very well done, and she's great in it.

    Timothy Dalton’s Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer. Subtle when he needs to be, and just over the top when he needs to be.

  • i_am_scifii_am_scifi Posts: 651
    @nweathington Shame on me for not thinking of Scott Pilgrim! I agree wholeheartedly with each of those choices. And that the dust will be cleaned up on Monday.
  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,412

    I won't argue with any of your choices, though for me, Jack Nicholson's Joker is nowhere near my Top 50, much less Top 5 (felt more like Jack Nicholson doing a caricature of his previous "crazy guy" performances than the Joker to me). Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is probably my number one. And Ron Perlman’s Hellboy is definitely in there somewhere, probably my number two. Then there are probably 20 others who I could swap in and out to fill out the list, including a few that weren't mentioned:

    The cast of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, particularly Mark Webber’s Stephen Stills, Allison Pill’s Kim Pine, and Ellen Wong’s Knives Chau. Chris Evans’ Lucas Lee was a lot of fun too. I'll watch Scott Pilgrim over even the best of the Marvel movies any day of the week.

    Louise Bourgoin’s Adèle Blanc-Sec in The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (adapted from the work of the great Jacques Tardi). It's a French film, so I'm not surprised she wasn't mentioned, but it's very well done, and she's great in it.

    Timothy Dalton’s Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer. Subtle when he needs to be, and just over the top when he needs to be.

    I cannot believe that I forgot about Hellboy!

    Rocketeer was coming in on multiple levels in my honorable mentions - Billy Campbell, Timothy Dalton and Jennifer Connelly all were pretty perfect.

    I will diverge on all things Scott Pilgrim. I found it to be almost completely forgettable. In all honesty, all I really remember about it is that I have a strong dislike for Michael Cera.
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 6,426
    hauberk said:

    I will diverge on all things Scott Pilgrim. I found it to be almost completely forgettable. In all honesty, all I really remember about it is that I have a strong dislike for Michael Cera.

    Fair enough. I really liked the books, and I thought the movie did about as good a job at capturing the spirit of the story and the style of storytelling as one could expect from a 2-hour movie, and Cera, like him or not, was a pretty spot-on choice for the title role. Plus I love the music.
  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,412

    hauberk said:

    I will diverge on all things Scott Pilgrim. I found it to be almost completely forgettable. In all honesty, all I really remember about it is that I have a strong dislike for Michael Cera.

    Fair enough. I really liked the books, and I thought the movie did about as good a job at capturing the spirit of the story and the style of storytelling as one could expect from a 2-hour movie, and Cera, like him or not, was a pretty spot-on choice for the title role. Plus I love the music.
    Perhaps it was the lack of reading the books.
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 6,426
    hauberk said:

    hauberk said:

    I will diverge on all things Scott Pilgrim. I found it to be almost completely forgettable. In all honesty, all I really remember about it is that I have a strong dislike for Michael Cera.

    Fair enough. I really liked the books, and I thought the movie did about as good a job at capturing the spirit of the story and the style of storytelling as one could expect from a 2-hour movie, and Cera, like him or not, was a pretty spot-on choice for the title role. Plus I love the music.
    Perhaps it was the lack of reading the books.
    Ah, I can definitely see that being an issue. I don't think you even see Scott play video games in the movie (or hang out in his apartment much at all, really), which is important in helping the meta video game storytelling gimmicks make sense. A lot of the supporting cast’s roles are severely cut down from the books (particularly the roommate, Wallace), so they're much more 2-dimensional in the movie. I mean, I think the movie is pretty good on its own, but having the knowledge of the books to fill in some gaps will almost certainly elevate it for whoever watches it.
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