Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Step away from the casting couch -- part 2

gotham sirens

Though critically savaged and divisive among fanboys, DC's latest movies -- Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, have done quite well at the box office. Suicide Squad in particular has earned over $750 million and has given some impetus for spin-offs like a stand-alone Deadshot movie and also a Harley Quinn movie.

There had been talk of DC pushing ahead with a Birds of Prey movie focused on Batgirl/Oracle, Huntress, and Black Canary. But that may be on the back burner due to Margo Robbie's knock out performance as Harley Quinn. DC is now looking at a Gotham Sirens movie that would revolve around criminals Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

With Robbie having locked up the role of Quinn, the studio is slowly beginning to source possible candidates to play Catwoman and Ivy. Enter Megan Fox.

Fox has openly expressed interest in playing Poison Ivy and has a legion of sad little fanboys beating their . . . uhh . . . drums to get Fox in the movie. All I can say is NO. NO. NO!!!

Fox is one of the most lightly talented actresses working today. She hasn't proven herself capable of carrying a movie -- Jennifer's Body or Passion Play anyone? And the last thing I saw her in -- the TMNT movie a few years ago, her acting consisted of being out of breath all the time. Seriously. She panted through the entire movie. It was so distracting. I cannot imagine her as one third of the primary actors in a movie.

If I wanted to be snarky about it, I could suggest she's physically better suited for the Catwoman part as her relentless facial surgeries have already given her the catface:

megan fox cat face

While I can't imagine Anne Hathaway reprising her role as Catwoman, I certainly wouldn't be disappointed if she did. But there's a lot of actresses who could handle these roles and perhaps the studios should look away from the obvious, as they did when they cast Robbie as Harley Quinn.

I saw Melanie St-Pierre in a truly horrible movie called Garm Wars - the Last Druid. I liked her look enough to check around and see what else she had done. Nothing remarkable it would seem, but she has an interesting look. I could see her as either of the two ladies in the trio:

melanie st-pierre
melanie st-pierre

Here's hoping the studios look at Fox's track record in her filmography and go with some fresh faces that might actually be able to bring some acting ability to the set and not just a look.

There's a bit of synchronicity in this post. The first "step away from the casting couch" post was about the producers of the live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell looking at casting Scarlett Johansson as Major Kusinagi. Of course they went ahead and did it. Principle shooting is under way and trailers and images have made their way online. Here's a cap of Scarlett in the film's opening sequence:

scarlett johansson as major kusinagi

If you're unfamiliar with the original anime, that odd suit she's wearing is the film's attempt to find a PG-13 version of the Major's thermoptic camouflage. In the anime, the major is nude when she uses the camouflage, but since her body is an android, she has the shape and contours of a woman without the human . . . uhh . . . well, I think you know where I'm heading with this. Suffice it to say, I think they could have found some midground between Johansson's look here and the anime that might have been a bit more pleasing to this dedicated fan.

They are saying the opening sequence is a shot-for-shot recreation of the opening sequence of the anime. From what I've seen in the trailers, I'm guessing I have a different definition of shot-for-shot than they do. Also, they aren't following the anime in terms of plot either. The original had an AI program achieving consciousness and attempting to escape. What I've seen in the trailers seems like something else. We'll see.

Oh. The other bit of synchronicity? That would be the movie Garm Wars. It was written and directed by Mamoru Oshii . . . the director of Ghost in the Shell. Who, by the way, loves the live action version of his anime. But if you've seen Garm Wars, you might wonder about his taste in live action films.

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