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CASTING DOCTOR STRANGE Update

Doctor Strange #171 courtesy Marvel

Doctor Strange #171 courtesy Marvel

We made the call more than year ago…Johnny Depp is perfect for Doctor Strange.

 

Of course it’s obvious but now there are numerous reports Marvel wants the star to play the Master of the Mystic Arts. Latino Review reported Depp and Marvel have actually been in talks.

 

The chameleon-like yet box-office champ has a track record of turning weird and supernatural into magic for the masses.

 

What about Strange’s supporting cast: Continue reading

Casting DOCTOR STRANGE

Doctor Strange: The Oath cover courtesy Marvel.com

Doctor Strange: The Oath cover courtesy Marvel.com

  Doctor Strange appears to be a huge element of Marvel’s Cinematic Phase Three if you believe all the rumblings on the web! Pulling off the Master of the Mystic Arts could be tricky but who knew Iron Man would have been a blockbuster smash leading to Avengers Assembling on the big screen!

Like Robert Downey, Jr. playing Tony Stark – casting is key! You need an actor with charm, charisma who can make dark magic believable.

Doctor Stephen Strange was a brilliant, rich, arrogant surgeon who injures his hands in a freak accident. When the Doctor can no longer practice medicine he goes Continue reading

Johnny Depp Should Be Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange: The Oath cover courtesy Marvel.com

  Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp as lovelorn, time lost vampire Barnabas Collins didn’t dethrone The Avengers from the top of the box-office. Depp’s latest collaboration with director Tim Burton is the actor’s latest journey into the dark goth side. I think Depp would be the prescription for a big screen version Doctor Strange. Dark Shadows makes Depp top of mind but his performances in The Ninth Gate and From Hell are what really seal the casting deal for me.

 

Stephen Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The Doctor was a brilliant surgeon with a troubled family past. An accident damaged the nerves in his hands ending his career. Searching the world for an alternative cure Strange encountered a mysterious being in Tibet called the Ancient One. This meeting led to his study of sorcery and eventually becoming Master of the Mystic Arts and sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

 

I can picture an adventure with Strange and Baron Mordo, both students of the Ancient One, until Mordo betrays them to become a disciple of Dormannu. Clea was the Doctor’s student and eventual love interest. Doctor Strange could easily fit into Marvel’s cinematic universe.

 

Doctor Strange is currently serving with the Avengers during Avengers vs X-Men and The Defenders by Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson.

 

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Astonishing X-Men #48 courtesy Marvel

  Astonishing X-Men #48 New creative team. New adventure. The first chapter of what Marvel is calling “the most controversial story of the year.” Wolverine, Gambit, Iceman, and Warbird are joined by fan favorite GLBT characters, Northstar and Karma, on a mission in New York City. Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins take over the team and have you saved the date? A June X-Men wedding has been promised so stay tuned to see the rocky road to the altar.

  Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 The return of the Scarlet Witch and her connection to Hope, the mutant messiah. Can the fallen Avenger redeem  herself? This is the book the kicks off the war between two of Marvel’s biggest teams as the Phoenix Force speeds on a collision course with Earth.

 

courtesy Terry Moore

Rachel Rising, Shadow of Death A young girl digs herself out of a grave with no memory of how she got there. This horror mystery is by legendary independent writer/artist Terry Moore. A preview of Rachel Rising will appear in this week’s The Walking Dead #95. Rachel Rising was the Zanadu Comics Book Reading Club Book of the Month.

  Dark Shadows Volume One If you’re excited by the upcoming Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie based on gothic soap opera then sink your fangs into this collection by Dynamite starring Barnabas Collins, the reluctant vampire tortured by a witchy woman.

  Archie #631 Betty and Veronica watch out! Riverdale’s triangle is about to get cattier! Valerie of Josie and the Pussycats is moving into town and into Archie’s heart.

Johnny Depp Dark Shadows Poster

courtesy Empire

  The trailer for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows did a comedic 180. His big screen version of the gothic soap opera from the 1970’s plays upon an old school gentleman vampire awakened in the 70’s.

Johnny Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins. Bond girl Eva Green plays the witch Angelique who cursed Collins. Empire posted some colorful characters posters celebrating the 70’s groovy gothic vibe.

courtesy Empire

Johnny Depp Goes Vamp in “Dark Shadows” Trailer

Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

  The Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter connection continues with Dark Shadows. The upcoming movie is inspired by the 1970’s daytime gothic soap opera. Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins. Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman in Batman Returns) is another Burton alumni in the cast. Bond girl Eva Green (Casino Royale) plays the witch villainess. I have never experienced a trailer take a 180 turn like this. Enjoy! I sure did!

First Look Johnny Depp as Tonto

 

The Lone Ranger and Tonto

  The first picture of Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto were revealed by producer Jerry Bruckerheimer via his Twitter account. Gore Verbinski is directing The Lone Ranger out May, 2013.

I’m loving these looks for the big screen. Tonto has look that reminds me of James O’Barr’s The Crow.  

  Dynamite published a great comic book starrring the Lone Ranger written by Brett Matthews with art by John Cassaday.

Edgar Wright & Johnny Depp on The Night Stalker

 

Darren McGavin as Kolchak: The Night Stalker

 

  I stayed up way past my bedtime and was scared out of my little kid mind by The Night Stalker. Darren McGavin played tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak in the 1970’s ABC series. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) will direct Johnny Depp in a big screen version for Disney according to Deadline.

 

  The reporter covered the crime beat for a tabloid and encountered werewolves, vampires, aliens and zombies. An episode with a monster that sucked the salt of its victims was the one that really freaked me out. 

  Kolchak appeared in two made for tv movies and then the series only last one year but what an impact. The series is often credited as the inspiration for The X-Files. In fact McGavin played the founder of the X-Files in a few episodes. ABC attempted a reboot of the series in 2006.

 

  This Geek’s Opinion: Johnny Depp is a perfect actor to inherit the role made famous by the great Darren McGavin. Wright’s track record of horror and humor makes him perfect for the occult cases of Kolchak! After looking at the old show opening I almost hope they set the new movie in the 70’s.

 

 

 

 

Doctor Strange’s Scientific Advisor?

Doctor Strange: The Oath cover courtesy Marvel.com

  I hated math and science as a kid and a college student. Always said I’ll never use that for anything I want to pursue. If my teachers only knew the irony of this next story they’d be laughing and saying “we told you so.”

  Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist. The scientist is one of three that got to work on Marvel’s Thor. The experts worked with the film’s writer, director and producer as a scientific advisor. You need help if you’re going to have Frost Giants falling to their death on an ice world.

  io9 has the full interview and a scoop – Carroll says he’s working with Marvel on Doctor Strange! His job will be to set limits on the sorcerer Supreme’s powers. 

Defenders #1 courtesy Marvel.com

 

  You may have seen my post – a new photo of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins made me think that he’d be perfect as the Master of the Mystic Arts.

  I hope they chose the Doctor’s new threads he’s wearing as leaders of the new Defenders.

  Thanks to Comic Book Resources Comic Reel for the story.

Johnny Depp, Vampire, Doctor Strange?

Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

  The first photos of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s big screen version of Dark Shadows are hitting the web.

  The Hollywood Reporter features two photos and does a Barnabas/Edward Cullen from Twilight comparison.

  What popped in my comic geek mind? Depp as Doctor Strange. Some other nerd probably already posted this on the web before. I know some will say Depp is in everything already. In fact, I said that to a friend in an online chat when they suggested Depp for a big screen Doctor Who. I wanted Jude Law for the Time Lord.

Doctor Strange: The Oath cover courtesy Marvel.com

  Back to Depp as the Master of the Mystic Arts – pure magic or do you think I’ve been smoking something mystic? I can picture Depp as the arrogant surgeon with a tragic past who finds his destiny fighting demons and rivals to save the Earth.