Fast Five: The Next Batch of Super Hero Stars

Today’s topic: With a boat load of super-hero movies headed our way in the next few years, and the impending announcement of who will star as the next Spider-Man, it’s time to take a look at the five actors who will be going under the mask over the next few years.

5. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Fox’s title film

The trip from ‘idea’ to ‘fully fledged movie’ that Deadpool went on is pretty wild.

Originally picked up as a project in 2009, the movie didn’t get any love and couldn’t possibly look further from the big screen.

Enter: the internet.

Some test footage, shown below, leaked online, and saying people loved it would be an understatement. FOX gave the green-light, which means we finally get to see the Merc’ with the Mouth, in all his crimson and black glory, on February 12th, 2016.

The footage really speaks for itself.

4. Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in MARVEL’s title film

Left-field, baby, welcome to it.

Boseman’s portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 2013’s ’42’ felt more visceral and noteworthy than any sports movie performance in the last 15 years, and it might’ve be hard for a mere mortal to follow up that role, but he came back on the boomerang by taking on one of the founders of funk, James Brown, in last years biopic, with his performance getting critical acclaim.

C-Wick was announced as the star of MARVEL’s 2017 film Black Panther back in October during MARVEL’s massive Phase 3 announcement at the El Capitan Theater, video below for those of you hardcore enough to handle it. Boseman will make the Prince of Wakanda come to life better than anyone else could.

3. Jared Leto as The Joker in Warner Bros.’ Sinister Six

Without a doubt Leto might have the toughest role of anyone on the list, seeing as he will be our first introduction to the clown prince since Heath Ledger donned the face paint for The Dark Knight, months before his death. If anyone can put a new twist on one of the best villians, if not the best in comic history, it’s Leto. 

The front-man for the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, Leto doesn’t take many roles, but his last, as Rayon in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club won him an Oscar for best supporting actor in what was one of the best acting performance’s I’ve ever seen, lead actor or not. 

2. Ben Affleck as Batman in Warner Bros.’ ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

There’s simply too much rich history that comes with wearing the black cowl. We’ve had good Batman’s, and good Bruce Wayne’s, but it still feels like we’re waiting for that performance.

The good news is, Affleck could be the one to give it to us. His career is in total comeback/eff you/#gimmethecrown mode. Let me remind you this is the same man that won a Golden Raspberry for Worst Actor in ‘Pearl Harbor’, and starred in ‘Gigli’.

Since his resurgence in 2006, Affleck can do no wrong. He directed the lauded ‘Gone Baby Gone’, starred and directed in ‘The Town’, bet the house on ‘Argo’ (and met his new friend Oscar), and nailed the ‘this-guys-off-his-rocker-but-maybe-not’ role in ‘Gone Girl’. With a successful turn as the caped crusader, Affleck will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Oh, and can we take a second to realize how awesome this movie could potentially be? Along with the promising Zack Snyder directing, and Henry Cavill reprising his role as Supes, it’s the debut’s that are going to keep us salivating. Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman, Jessie Eisenberg’s as Lex Luthor, Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Yeesh.

Temper your expectations though, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ doesn’t drop until March 25th, 2016.

DrStrange

As this artist’s rendering shows, Cumberbatch can pull off Strange’s look, no questions asked.

1. Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in MARVEL’s title film

Cumberbatch dives into his roles face first, no life jacket.

If you haven’t seen him berate lesser minded individuals in “Sherlock” you’re not using Netflix right, and he was the single thing that made ‘The Imitation Game’ even remotely watchable (if you haven’t seen it, you can’t understand how large a compliment this really is). Completing his role as the voice of the dragon Smaug in the Hobbit franchise, it’s time for BC to keep gettin’ them checks, and what better way to ensure a long life full of luxury than by signing up to star in a MARVEL movie.

Cumberbatch will play the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange, and it will be the first time that the MCU will have a true character actor in their ranks. I mean, his IMDB page is filled with names like Stephen Hawking, Khan, Sherlock Holmes, and Julian Assange. It will be interesting to see how deep Cumberbatch will get with a character that he can’t really over-play. The sky is the limit for England’s finest export.

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