Movie Time

Lately, I've been gearing up for the Avengers movie by watching all the Marvel cinematic universe movies. While I was watching them it occurred to me how high the caliber of actor making these movies is. Many of the top box office stars are in them and quite a few Oscar winners too. So I set myself out to find out just how many Oscar winners have made superhero movies. Now for the record I'm only counting movies that have costumed superheroes in them. So even though Tom Hanks is an Oscar winner, and stared in The Road to Perdition which was based on material from a comic book, he is not included on the list. OK. Here is what I found.

JEFF BRIDGES IRON MAN (2008) Best actor 2009 best supporting actor 1995

KEVIN SPACEY SUPERMAN RETURNS(2006) Best actor 1999

JACK NICHOLSON BATMAN (1989) Best actor 1997, 1975 best supporting actor 1983

NICOLAS CAGE GHOST RIDER (2007)

GHOST RIDER : SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (2012) Best actor 1995

ANTHONY HOPKINS THOR (2011) Best actor 1991

MARLON BRANDO SUPERMAN (1978)

SUPERMAN II (1980)

SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006) Best actor 1972

GENE HACKMAN SUPERMAN (1978)

SUPERMAN II (1980)

SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) Best actor 1971 best supporting actor 1992

CLIFF ROBERTSON SPIDER-MAN (2002) Best actor 1968

WILLIAM HURT THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2003) Best actor 1985

CHRISTIAN BALE BATMAN BEGINS (2005)

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) best supporting actor 2010

MORGAN FREEMAN BATMAN BEGINS (2005)

THE DARK KNIGHHT (2008)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) best supporting actor 2004

MICHAEL CAINE BATMAN BEGINS (2005)

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) best supporting actor 1999, 1986

HEATH LEDGER THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) best supporting actor 2008 (for his role in The Dark Knight)

GEORGE CLOONEY BATMAN AND ROBIN (1997) best supporting actor 2005

TOMMY LEE JONES BATMAN FOREVER (1995) best supporting actor 1993

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN BATMAN RETUTNS (1992) best supporting actor 1978

NATALIE PORTMAN THOR (2011) Best actress 2010

NICOLE KIDMAN BATMAN FOREVER (1995) Best actress 2002

HALLE BERRY X-MEN (2000)

X-2 (2003)

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006) Best actress 2001

GWYNETH PALTROW IRON MAN (2008)

IRON MAN II (2010)

THE AVENGERS (2012) Best actress 1998

FAYE DUNAWAY SUPERGIRL (1984) Best actress 1976

KIM BASINGER BATMAN ( 1989) best supporting actress 1997

ANNA PAQUIN X-MEN (2000)

X-2 (2003)

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006) best supporting actress 1993

JENNIFER CONNELLY THE HULK ( 2003)

THE ROCKETEER (1991) best supporting actress 2001

Heath Ledger is the only person to ever be nominated for a role in a superhero movie, AND HE WON THE OSCAR FOR THAT ROLE.

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The CHALLENGE!!!!

Dear Marvel and DC,

I have long been a fan of your comic book universes. However, I have noticed that over and over new characters are created for one story and then discarded never to be seen again. Only for more new characters to be created, many of whom are wesk or derivitave of other characters already in existance. Heroes and villains that could be great if only handled by the right writer are never seen again while newer crappier heroes and villains are created. SO, I AM LAYING DOWN A CHALLENGE TO BOTH MARVEL AND DC. The challenge is to create a series, ongoing or limited (but at least 12 issues in legnth), that uses only forgotten heroes villains and supporting chracters.

I'm not talking about reviving some forgotten poor preforming titlt like DC's Power Company or Marvel's Nightshift. But using these already established characters in new ways in a new series. Possibly intermingling characters from multiple sources. Characters already created, and thus "alive" in their respective universe should be utalized more often. After all, every comic fan has more favorite "lame" characters than successful ones.

Thanks for listening,

TAMA

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"Major" America ?!?!?!?

I just finished reading the article in Major America here on CV. I remember the storyline in which this character was first intriduced and thought he could be an interesting addition to the Captain America rogue gallery. I always wantedhim to become the new evil U.S. Agent. I never read any of his later exploits, so it came as a shoch to me that "Anti- Cap" was renamed "Major" America. I guess that the writer was trying to make him out to be superior to Captain America since he was now a major instead of a captain. That would have worked too if "Anti-Cap" w2as in the army, marines, or air force, But he wasn't. HE WAS IN THE NAVY. "Anti-Cap" was introduced as a former navy SEAL who was transformed into a "Super Sailor" instead of a super soldier. The navy has sailors not soldiers after all. The navy also DOES NOT have a rank of MAJOR. In the navy a captain is much hiehr in rank than in the army. Navy captains are the equals of an army colonel. Navy leiutenants are the equals of army captains. A navy man would NEVER be itentified as a "major". Since he was portrayed as having great pride in being a navy man when he was introduced, he hould never have allowed himself to be called "major". An army major is only equal to a navy lieutenant commander. This would have been a demotion in rank for him from navy captain.

I really wish that writers would actually do some research about the characters and the real U.S. military before they go tossing around military ranks for their characters.

Ps. The "Captain" in Captain America is an honorary title not Steve Rogers' rank in the army. Steve Rogers never rose above the rank of private while serving in the U.S. army in WW II.

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