Show Biz Breakdown: Origins
Like most origin stories, this one began with pain. Pain that he could not ignore nor run away from; a pain that would carry with him for the rest of his life. But out of that pain, something greater than himself was born. He would become a symbol for the downtrodden, the voice for the voiceless and…a pretty okay person.
Okay, I promise that I won’t start every week’s edition of Show Biz Breakdown with my jackassery but we’re rebooting this nonsense and if there’s anything that Hollywood has taught me, it’s that you still need to an origin story, no matter how many times people have already seen it in the past 20 years! Seriously though, I do apologize for being a bit of a flake with this but being an actual person with a day job and a (albeit limited) social life is hard bizniz, yo. Because I’m a real boy now, we’re streamlining my weekly articles into one big shebang. Each week, I’ll cover the top three stories in both film and TV and then provide you with three of the week’s best trailers. Anyways, now that the crappy origin story is out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!
Of course our coverage has to start with Marvel. In the time it’s taken me to actually get this thing up, Marvel has gone ahead and announced two big casting coups. The first of which is that everybody’s favorite mentally unstable Philadelphia Eagle fan Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) will be voicing the role of Rocket Raccoon in their upcoming adaptation of the comic series Guardians of the Galaxy. A lot of people (re: comic book nerds with nothing better to do) have an issue with the casting because the character is British and has a cockney accent in the comics but so what? Marvel has already proven that they don’t care one bit about that and that’s part of what makes their films so great. They’re not afraid to tweak story in an effort to make something fresh and interesting because you know what? If they just copied what the comics did already then why make the film at all? One could make the argument for the money that comes with it but that’s about the only reason I can think of and it’s not even a good one. That’s one of the things I hate about news stories like this because if it doesn’t match a pre-conceived notion of what they think the character should be like, it’s terrible casting and that’s just stupid. Give the filmmakers the creative liberty to make interesting films instead of just re-hashing something you read when you were 12.
A lot of my vitriol above translates to the next piece of Marvel news and that’s the casting of Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as the Scarlet Witch for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’d already been established that Joss Whedon (The Avengers) was introducing a young version of the character (and her brother Quicksilver) in the Avengers sequel but that didn’t stop people from acting confused and angry by the fact that they chose Elizabeth Olsen. Granted, a lot of that confusion stems from the fact that people aren’t familiar with her but are familiar with her older, more famous sisters (Ashley and Mary-Kate) but for the unaware: Elizabeth Olsen can act. It’s actually quite ridiculous how talented she is compared to her older sisters and I can’t see any reason why she can’t tackle the character. The only issue is getting around her origin without mentioning a certain metal-bending mutant whose rights belong to Fox.
The final film story is only comic book adjacent as it has to do with news on just who will helm the ambitious adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand. Of course, you’re well aware of the fact that Ben Affleck (Argo) is the next Batman but a casualty of that decision is the big project he’s been working on for a couple years now and that’s the aforementioned adaptation of The Stand. Well, Affleck’s loss (more like our’s) is Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) gain because Cooper has signed on to helm the adaptation. Cooper made a name for himself with Crazy Heart but could be on the verge of breaking out in an even bigger way with his upcoming film Out of the Furnace being a strong contender for some Oscar buzz. However, this is clearly Cooper’s most ambitious project yet so it will be interesting to see just how he handles it. Of course, this is something that Warner Bros. must be comfortable with as they’re in charge of both the Batman franchise and The Stand adaptation.
That’s it for our film coverage but hit the next page for my TV thoughts.