Ever since striking out on their own to bring their back superhero catalog to the big screen, one of the things the folks at Marvel Studios have done particularly well is matching the right actor with the right colorfully-clad avenger. Learning from such casting bloopers (most of which were committed by other producers/studios) as Ben Affleck's Daredevil, Halle Berry's Storm and Ed Norton's Hulk, the company boldly tapped Robert Downey Jr. (who, at that point, was still primarily known for his off-screen antics) to headline their first independent production, 2008's Iron Man, and then handed the title role in Thor to the untested Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth. Both of those bold picks paid off big time, as Downey and Hemsworth proved to be the best things about their respective movies. The latter's imposing size and fierce sincerity were a great match for the Norse God of Thunder, while the former's irreverence and nimble wit made him the ideal man to portray a daredevil weapons manufacturer-turned-self-employed superhero.
We all agree that The Losers has a pretty exciting cast. But, as with all actors, not every role they've had in their respective careers has been a winner. So just for poorly worded puns and giggles, I've run down the cast's "Losingest" roles to date, just so none of us ever forgets the offense that was Speed 2: Cruise Control while we're enjoying the film this weekend.
We've been watching the commercials and trailers for the movie Push for a while now, and we're pretty psyched to see it in theaters. In fact, we're more psyched to see the psychic shenanigans of Push than we are to see every single remaining episode of Heroes Volume 4, a.k.a. "Fugitives." After the disappointment of "Generations" and the further disappointment of "Villains," we'd prefer to see super-powers in the hands of people who will actually do interesting things with them, and not just act stupid, visit the future and let themselves get tricked all the time. Here are our reasons Push is the best Heroes episode ever, and why Friday night is our new Monday night.
It's interesting that The Losers and Kick-Ass have come out within one week of each other. Both are comic-book-based films, and neither features superpowers, unless you consider the ability to take a beating a super power. However, both feature crazy, old-fashioned fist and gun violence, usually depicted as a slow-mo ballet that looks like it came out of The Matrix. The Losers takes the violence more seriously, but it only makes the whole film seem all the more ridiculous when the inevitable preposterous scenarios occur that allow them to cheat death and recover from severe injury.