When news first hit that Michael Douglas was cast in Ant-Man, Variety had it that he was playing the villain. That would have made sense. Superheroes are best portrayed by younger, newer talents while villains should be elder, prestigious icons of Hollywood, a la Jack Nicholson in Batman and Gene Hackman in Superman and Faye Dunaway in Supergirl and Jeff Bridges in Iron Man.
It also made me think of Liberace playing a villain in the Batman TV series. Not just because of Douglas’s award-winning portrayal of the flashy music icon, but because casting too many veteran actors in these adaptations could make the Marvel Movie Universe start to seem as guest-star driven as the old television show. (Did you hear, by the way, that Bill Paxton will soon be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?)
Now the big names are coming out for supporting good-guy parts. Douglas is in fact playing the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, who winds up teaming with his successor, Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd. There’s also Robert Redford, who’ll be seen in Captain America: Winter Soldier this year. Between these two, I now want to look back at last night’s Golden Globes and scope the room for other possibilities.
How about Emma Thompson? Maybe not the most iconic actress, but she’d definitely do it. And very over-the-top, most assuredly. Eventually Tom Hanks will have to be in something of this sort. Meryl Streep, too. It doesn’t have to be that these big names are being used for no good in silly blockbusters. It should be that such casting proves these aging stars are out for a job where they can have some fun between their Oscar bait. They’d be like Spielberg but for actors.
Is there anyone Marvel couldn’t possibly woo to its machine? Let’s hope not. I wonder how much it would have to pay Daniel Day-Lewis for the gig (preferably the Dr. Strange gig). Would it help that I’ll buy more tickets to whatever movie that is than I’ve ever bought for any movie before?
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