So tonight I finally watched 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'
, which I thought - sad to say - was kinda ho-hum.
Don't get me wrong - I love the Wolverine character and comics, and have the first fifty or so issues of his independant series, but whilst he's great in ink and quite good in an ensemble cast movie, he just couldn't carry the film by himself. Which really? Should not be so.
I blame the writers/producers/director myself, because [mild spoilers herewith] despite the fact he's a kickass fighter in any
format, I thought the best action scene in the movie was not even his
, but was Wade Wilson
) being supreme with a pair of katana. That's the scene where I went: 'Now that - that was just cool
They're currently making the Deadpool
movie - with Ryan Reynolds
as Deadpool again - and will apparently be sticking close to the comic book character, in that he mentions his little yellow boxes and breaks the fourth wall
. At least the character spouts a constant stream of strong, if off-beat, humour, which I think was a problem with Wolverine
the movie. Wolverine has a dry, sometimes dark, sense of humour but we got to see too little (if any) of it in the film. The only light touches were injected by secondary characters such as Wade and Remy le Beau/Gambit.
So thumbs up for Ryan Reynold's performance in Wolverine
and of course I loved him as Hannibal King
in Blade Trinity,
which was by far and away the best of the series and is one of my favourite films. His King was also more fun than the comic book character, though Blade is prettymuch a judgemental jerk in both film and print (Nightstalkers -
I was very good at collecting series that crashed and died). I'm looking forward to Deadpool
- and hoping it's not as flat as Wolverine
Also coming out soon is the Green Lantern
film. Never one of my favourite superhero comics - they were all a bit too wholesome and goody-two shoes way back in the '70s & '80s when I originally read them (as a kid! I'm not that ancient). Guy Gardner made me laugh my ass off when I first read him in JLA.
But they've cast Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan
, Mr Squeaky Clean himself (until, you know, the whole turning-into-a-supervillain-for-a-
season-or-two thing). Not quite sure I can see that casting - Reynolds himself has said he always wanted to play The Flash
, which seems to me a more apt choice - so I'll be interested to see what they come out with.
Yes? No? What do you think of that casting? (has anyone else even read all these comics or have I just outed myself for no good reason?) ;-)