Back on February 25, 2011, I finally decided to create an account over here on Screened. I initially didn't spend much time on here as I pretty much spent all my time on ComicVine. But over time I slowly began to spend more and more time on this site to the point where it became the only Whiskey Media site I habitually use.
Since I joined I've accumulated over 63,000 wiki points across various pages with the John Carter page being the one I consider to be my best, I've 23 blogs (24 counting this), written 39 reviews most of which I feel are no good except for my review of J. Edgar which has sadly gotten no love because it really is my best review.
At first I very rarely posted in the forums or on articles and focused mainly of editing wiki but then I decided to really stop editing and focus more on posting in the forums and writing blogs and have since accumulated over 1,050 posts.
Well, I've always had an interest in movies and I really quite liked this site. Since I've joined I've watched countless films a lot of which I watched because people recommended them and have seen 63 this year alone.
For those who want to start editing the site, star out like I did editing episode pages and doing the basics like adding cats and and stuff because that's what I did for a while before slowly moving up to writing out character pages and concepts, and then to movie pages like I do now. You don't always have to follow the style guide and don't be put down if you submission is rejected. In fact my second submission to the wiki was rejected by ScanCase. If you're thinking about the wiki, do it because we need more people who want to do it because I want to see this site become even more amazing than it is now.
Well, unlike other sites people here on Screened can discuss their opinions with each other without ever having to get nasty about someone else's opinion. You very rarely see that on the internet and to me that's why Screened stands out as the best Whiskey Media site and one of the best websites out there. Of course I have to give props to Rorie and Alex who make this site what it is. It wouldn't be what without the great staff we have and the freelancers too all of whom put out really great articles that are always a joy to read (that is if they're not too long like they are sometimes).
Another reason is yeah the community of this site who are totally unlike the rest of the communities and act very civilized in comparison to the users of other forums. I'm not going to name names or point my finger at any specific site but I think we all know which Whiskey Media sadly has some really idiotic users. I love the site and it does have a number of normal civilized users and has great content but there's a reason why I spend more of my time on Screened than any other WM site.
Although the disturbing lack of love for The Big Bang Theory on CBS is something I find absolutely puzzling about this site. I for sure thought that site full of people who love Star Trek and all these other things that are constantly mentioned on the show and poked fun of And also I should say I love this site because sometimes threads on here all of a sudden just derail into talking about Batman.
Also here to let this blog go out with a bang is the:
There wasn't another song in the world I could choose to end to end this blog with so If you've read to the end, you rule! (not really) (well maybe)
With Megan Ellison's announcement on Twitter that Terminator 5 would be rated R, I got to thinking that well it's about time I did one of these blogs. The Terminator franchise has been around for quite a while and has well kind of a troubled history as you've got two great and incredibly memorable followed by a pretty good third film, then a really weird TV Show was made, and then you had Terminator: Salvation. We know James Cameron isn't going to do another Terminator movie anytime soon because of the work load the guy has but at least this film is going to continue the quality of the first several films.
No details have even come out yet about Terminator 5 and I'm pretty sure there is even a target release date set for the film. For a time director Justin Lin was attached to the project but dropped out due to his commitments on the Fast & Furious franchise. I myself personally think Ridley Scott has the chops to direct this film but that's just me.
The big question on everybody's mind for this film is, is Arnold Schwarzenegger going to be in it? Well he is getting pretty old but I'm pretty sure the guy's still interested in doing it. I'd rather see him in The Terminator films than The Expendables films (Nothing against Stallone, it's just Schwarzenegger does need to return to this franchise).
The series is most definitely relevant today as systems much like Skynet are starting to pop up as man becomes increasingly reliant on technology. In the series, unmanned military vehicles and augmented systems are the norm and that's sort of what's happening in today's world. We now have drones that we can launch from any US Military base in the world and strike at any given time any where in the world. It's not like missiles where nobody is piloting them, these are remotely piloted. I hope the film deals with some of that kind of stuff because it really fits right in with what the films are all about.
If there's anyone who can helm a Terminator, it's Ridley Scott. He's already got two sci-fi films under his belt both of which are regarded as masterpieces but in my opinion only one of them deserves to be called that (Alien). He's currently developing another film set in the Blade Runner universe which I really want to see him do because it's about time there was more to that universe.
The main character in the film has not been revealed and I don't think it's going to be one we already know so I can't include a choice for that role.
|I assume that since this isn't going to be a reboot, Sarah Connor will somehow be in the film and with that assumption I assume Linda Hamilton will once again be back in the role. I honestly don't want to have to cast a younger actress in the role but If I had to, I'd choose Kate Beckinsale or maybe Gina Carano.|
|I assume John Connor is going to be in this film since he is one of the most important characters in the franchise. Since he's been played by a different actor in every film and even in the show, I guess I'll give my choice for the role. So I have to choose Jensen Ackles. Comic book fans will recognize him as the voice of Red Hood in the stellar animated film Batman: Under The Red Hood and others will recognize him from Supernatural.|
|Schwarzenegger (if he does return) is going to have a substantial role in the film though he will not be the lead if does come back for this film according to Megan Ellison who currently holds the rights to the franchise. The lead role is to be played a younger actor but as of right now we still don't know if that character is a pre-existing one or will be completely new. I'll update this blog I guess when more information on that character arrives.|
Originally this film was to be directed by Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney but then Clooney got injured and could not commit to a role in this film. Soderbergh then moved on to Bradley Cooper but then he dropped out of the project, and finally Soderbergh did as well due to any number of reasons. Now the film is to be directed by none other than Guy Ritchie. That's probably the best idea he's had in a while as his two Sherlock Holmes films haven't been the greatest ideas anyone has ever had.
The two directors couldn't be more different so the film now is obviously going to be way different from Soderbergh would have done. Personally I think Soderbergh's film would probably be better because I can imagine being done in the style of the Ocean's Trilogy.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E was a show running from 1964-1968 created by Norman Felton, Sam Rolfe, and Ian Fleming. UNCLE was an acronym standing for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. The show focused on agents Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. The show is notable for it's drastic change in tone with every season. Season One was completely different from what Seasons Two and Three were. Three ended up being a lot more campy and Season Four brought the show back to a more serious tone.
I think Richie might cast an actor who he's already worked with before so I think I'm going to have to go with Jude Law on this one.Law these days seems to only get supporting roles but he's proven himself a very good actor in leading roles. Currently he's playing Dr. Watson in Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes series but i think it's time he was given another lead role.
Probably his biggest lead role was in 2004's Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow, a film many didn't like all that much but a personal favorite of mine. It's a film I truly believe is worth another look because it did a whole number of things right and had probably one of the most surprising climaxes ever. Sure he's no Robert Vaughn but still he could do the role justice.
Ilya was originally played by Scottish actor David McCallum so why not cast another fellow Scotsman in the role? An actor that immediately came to mind was Ewan McGregor whom many will obviously remember as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Since then though he's done an enormous amount of stuff including Angels & Demons (Which I found him to be very good in his role) and Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer.
Waverly was the head of UNCLE played English Leo G. Carroll. For the role I think it'd be neat to have Robert Vaughn since he was on the show as Ilya. David McCallum is obviously committed to NCIS right now so it's probably only going to be Vaughn who will be able to make a cameo. It'd be a cameo sort of like Bernie Kopell did in 2008's Get Smart.
Marvel has never really had much success with the Fantastic Four outside of the comics. They've had a few animated series over the years and three films; two of which were pretty awful and one of which I really still love. The Fantastic Four are a bit different from The Avengers and the X-Men because they're a family and that's pretty much a central theme of their comics (or at least that's what I get from them).
The Fantastic Four were created in 1963 by Stan Lee because DC was having so much success with their Justice League of America comic. Flash forward several years later and you have the Fantastic Four appearing in animation on TV in a series called Fantastic 4. Then flash forward to the 70's and they have yet another animated show, then again in the 90's, and in the 2000's the Fantastic Four's popularity has gone up due to 2005's big budget adaptation Fantastic Four and its' sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. Both films were pretty successful but widely hated among fans and film critics. Then their popularity surged again when in April 2011, The Death of Johnny Storm happened and a media circus ensued even though comic book deaths never last and Marvel indicated his wouldn't last. So the Fantastic Four disbanded and became the Future Foundation with Spider-Man and Doctor Doom on the team instead.
*This will probably be the last comic book one I do for a while. I have a few others in my head that aren't comics and I've been itching to move out of the comic subject for a while.
I would love to say Brad Bird but he's already made his own version of the Fantastic Four called The Incredibles and I want him to make a movie based on The Flash so instead I go with director Bryan Singer. You may say why Bryan Singer? I say well because I fell Singer could bring so much to The Fantastic Four and for once maybe make them the slightest bit interesting.
If were to bring more politics and science into the story like he did with the X-Men, I have no doubt that the Fantastic Four movie could be good. What I exactly mean by politics is like what he did in X-2 but with the Fantastic Four also having to deal with a resentment towards metahumans or superheroes.
|For Reed Richards, I think there is no better choice for the role than Don Draper himself Jon Hamm. I'd love to see Jon Hamm play Superman but that will never happen and I think he'd be a pretty darn good Doctor Strange as well but there are other actors that are good for the role. So the only other comic book character he could play and has a very good chance at playing is Reed Richards.|
Like Doctor Strange, Reed Richards isn't a young guy and shouldn't be played by anyone under 35. Unlike DC who seems to have problems with casting middle aged actors as superheroes, Marvel has plenty of heroes that are played by actors in their 40's. They've got Tony Stark (RDJ), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, and whoever plays Doctor Strange.
|After recently rewatching TRON: Legacy, I came to the conclusion that Johnny Storm could be played by Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund is on mine and many comic book fans' radars for the role of Zoom for well...I don't know why, he just seems like he could play him.|
|When looking up fan casts for the Fantastic Four reboot to try and get an idea of who I'd like to play The Thing, I stumbled upon an actor whom I never would have though in a million years could play him. I'm talking about Vin Diesel. I don't know if he's open to doing motion capture work because it would be a lot easier than creating The Thing the fashioned way. If he doesn't want to do motion capture stuff, then I suggest Andy Serkis be asked, because if there's anyone who could play The Thing via motion capture, it'd be him.|
|I want January Jones who plays Betty Draper on Mad Men and was Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class to play Sue Storm. January Jones I feel was terribly miscast as Emma Frost because she isn't a thing like the character. She's better off playing Sue Storm but apparently Matthew Vaughn didn't get the memo.|
|I seem to be the only one who wants a European actor to play Doctor Doom for some reason. I don't understand why nobody has though of the actor I have but that could be for any number of reasons. I'm actually talking about Mads Mikkelsen of Casino Royale fame. If you want to see another movie that really showcases Mads Mikkelsen's talent, I suggest 2008's Flame & Citron.|
Over the years, there have been numerous characters to take up the mantle of The Flash. First there was Jay Garrick, then Barry Allen, then to Wally West, then to Bart Allen, and then back to Barry Allen. There's been a Flash movie in development for some time now but it hasn't been said which Flash will be in the film but Geoff Johns has hinted that it will probably be Barry Allen. He didn't say whether it would be but it does seem likely that Barry will be The Flash in the film.
The Flash though is going to be an extremely difficult character to the big screen but it can be done. Green Lantern could have been great but it sadly failed at bringing such a famous character to the big screen. It definitely is not impossible to bring either to the big screen but I'm sure there will be some difficulties. All the project needs though is a director who can make it work on the big screen. It also depends on which Flash is chosen for the film. Many fans want Wally West, I for one do not. For me Barry Allen is The Flash, no question about it and Wally West was just a placeholder.
I know I'm probably alone in saying this but I think Brad Bird could helm a Flash movie. He's got The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol under his belt and everyone of those films are great. With The Incredibles, Brad Bird proved that he could take on the superhero film genre and do incredibly well with it. This man can tell an incredible story where you can more about the characters than the action. OK, so Mission Impossible didn't do that but since when has that franchise ever been about its' characters? I don't think anyone else can helm a Flash movie; certainly not Martin Campbell who couldn't even handle Green Lantern.
If Brad Bird can make the movie in a way like Iron Man with his style of doing things and a story by Geoff Johns, then you've got one hell of a Flash movie.
There is an actor I am enormously fond of because he's so damn cool and actually looks a ton like Barry Allen, I'm talking about Doogie Howser himself, Neil Patrick Harris. He actually has voiced Barry Allen before in Justice League: The New Frontier and just cemented my belief that he should be Barry Allen. In fact the guy looks like Barry Allen in the comics and I wouldn't be surprised if Francis Manapul drawing Barry a bit like Neil Patrick Harris.
Some people seem to think he'd be a good Wally West but I'm a bit puzzled by that because he strikes me as more of a Barry Allen Flash rather than Wally West. Bradley Cooper whom many want as Barry is more like Wally than Harris.
To put it plain and simple, you won't find a better Barry Allen than Neil Patrick Harris.Sure there's Ryan Gosling but as much as I like Ryan Gosling, I just could not ever cast anyone else besides Harris. People love this guy already and he is the Flash no matter what anyone may think, you just can't deny that he is the physical equivalent to Barry Allen.
If Ryan Reynolds wasn't Hal Jordan or Deadpool, I'd suggest him for the role of Wally West but the thing he could never do it. So I have to say Bradley Cooper is the next best choice for the role primarily because of his charm. I don't know anything about Wally West so he is the funny Flash right? If so then yeah Bradley Cooper should play him. The only problem though is that he couldn't be more disinterested in playing the character. He's been asked about and never gives an answer so yeah playing a superhero is not on his list of things to do.
I'm only familiar with Wally West because of Justice League and Young Justice so my casting choice may be way off for all I know but still I think Cooper could do it even though I don't a thing about Wally West other than he was the third Flash. Or heck while we're at it, why not just cast Michael Rosenbaum?
One of the things I didn't really like about the new DC Universe was splitting up Iris and Barry. They were by far my favorite couple and I know I'm going to get some flack for my choice for this role because the actress is already playing another DC character although isn't widely liked as her. I'm talking about Blake Lively whom I've always felt should have been Iris West instead of Carol Ferris.
Of all the many DC love interests, Iris West is by far my favorite. It's hard to explain why but I just like the character quite a lot. Of course I do have a second choice, Mila Kunis. Kunis is an actress I love because she is just so funny and I'd love to see her do so many roles including Iris West and heck maybe even Princess Leia if there ever were a remake of Star Wars.
Wally and Barry don't really have the greatest villains. Like the Justice League has the Legion of Doom, The Flashes have the Rogues. Now the Rogues would not work in a movie so if it is Barry in the film, then I have to choose to Professor Zoom AKA Eobard Thawne. So to play the role, I have to choose John Wesley Shipp who has not only voice the character but was once upon a time Barry Allen himself in that terrible 1990's TV show titled The Flash.
Don't get me wrong I love a few of the rogues like Captain Cold, Mirror Master, and Captain Boomerang but the other two: Weather Wizard and The Trickster? I don't think so. They are to me quite possibly some of the lamest comic book villains of all time especially the Trickster.
Assuming John Wesley Shipp can physically play the character, it would be awesome and he's certainly got the voice for it as his performance as Professor Zoom in the episode "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster" was pretty awesome. The problem with most of the Superman movies is that he wasn't given someone he could actually fight and I hope that mistake isn't made in The Flash movie. So the best choice is to go with a character who is The Flash's equal.
I'm going to say right now, I don't give a shit about Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom. I think he's a vastly overrated and overpowered character and in comparison to the other Reverse-Flashes is nowhere nears as cool. I'd love to see Rosenbaum reprise the role of Wally West from Justice League but in live-action but at the same time, why not have him play Zoom?
Is there really anyone else that could play him? Garrett Hedlund maybe? Like I said I don't care about this character very much and will never understood why people love him so much but if Michael Rosenbaum were casted as him, I think I could be convinced that Hunter Zolomon is a worthwhile villain.
I think if there is anyone who can make the Rogues work in a movie, it'd have to be Brad Bird. Now The Rogues are actually probably the only group of villains that could hold their own film. If you got rid of Weather Wizard and replaced him with Captain Boomerang and deleted the Trickster all together, then they become an actually menacing group.
If this film does end up having the Rogues as the villains, then I'd love to see them get a prequel film directed by Quentin Tarantino. It would have them doing some sort of heist and Tarantino is a pro at that kind of stuff and has been looking to do a comic book movie for some time now.
|For Captain Cold, I have to say Guy Pearce. Pearce is an actor I really want to play Doctor Strange but if I had to choose, I'd definitely say Captain Cold. For those of you who don't know who Captain Cold is, I'll explain. Captain Cold originally debuted in the 1950's in the Silver Age of Comics and has since been one of Barry Allen's greatest enemies if not his greatest. In fact if Pearce was unavailable, one could just hire Lex Lang who has voiced the character in the past but he doesn't do live-action films though.|
|As stated in the comments, he'd choose Sam Worthington for the role. I'm not a huge fa of Sam Worthington but yeah, I like the idea of him as Heat Wave. Heat Wave is a pyromaniac and originally a rival to Captain Cold. That's about all I can say about him.|
|Since Mirror Master is Scottish, I feel obligated to cast a Scottish actor in the role because I like to be correct with these things. There are very few Scottish actors I know of that aren't Sean Connery so I have to go with David Tennant for the role. Like many, The Tenth Doctor also holds a special place in my heart because he was that one I really grew to love for a number of reasons. He's anxious to do something else other than Doctor Who even though he loves being known for his role on that show and I think Mirror Master is a great role for him.|
A second choice for the role is another sci-fi actor-Paul McGillion of Stargate: Atlantis fame. I really enjoyed him as Doctor Carson Beckett and would love to see what he could bring to the role of Mirror Master.
|Captain Boomerang was once a lame villain but that all changed after he became of the Suicide Squad which oddly enough is being adapted into a movie but it probably will feature the current roster. Boomerang is an Australian so I feel he should be played an Australian actor. Preferably I'd like it to be Eric Bana who plays him but I'll settle for Hugh Jackman as well.|