Retro-casting superhero films and shows

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  1. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    I was a few years too young for Farrah-mania, but once I started to appreciate feminine aesthetics, I found Jaclyn Smith the hottest of the Angels (I've always preferred brunettes). Although Kate Jackson was easily the best in terms of personality and talent.
     
  2. Shaka Zulu

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    This movie is based on the original Ms. Marvel comic book, so Fury and Rambeau aren't in it. I do now agree with you and others about a different actress for the main character.
     
  3. Nerys Myk

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    I'd be hard pressed to think of the 70's Ms Marvel's supporting cast. I think JJ Jameson was part of it when she ran Woman Magazine.
    Jason Robards as JJJ.
     
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  4. FormerLurker

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    I'd keep the guy that played Jonah in the Amazing Spider-Man pilot, David White. He played Darren's boss Larry Tate on Bewitched, and as Jonah was a very similar character, testy and a master of the slow burn.
     
  5. DarrenTR1970

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    How about a '70's-era Charlton Heston as Nick Fury?
     
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    Never bought white as JJJ.
     
  7. Christopher

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    Yeah, he was way too avuncular. As was Robert F. Simon, who replaced him on the regular series, though that was more a function of how he was written (closer to Perry White than JJJ).
     
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    For some reason or another I'm picturing a young Burt Lancaster in my head as Aquaman. He was in a late '60's movie called 'The Swimmer' which I recently watched on television. Maybe that's where the idea comes from.
     
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  9. Captaindemotion

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    I always assumed that his character in True Lies was inspired by Fury.
     
  10. FormerLurker

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    If I have to choose between David White or Robert F. Simon, I choose White. Far from avuncular, he always seemed to have steam coming from his collar in frustration, either from Darren Stevens, or Peter Parker. The best, of course, is J. K. Simmons, but he's not from the era in question.
     
  11. Nerys Myk

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    Hey, a twenty something J K Simmons would rock as JJJ. ;)
     
  12. Christopher

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    Yeah, but I think he just lacked the edge a good JJJ would have.


    Ed Asner is, and he was fantastic as JJJ in the '90s animated show, though he doesn't look the part at all.
     
  13. JRoss

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    How come no one has suggested Keenan Wynn as J. Jonah Jameson.
     
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  14. Christopher

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    Oh, yeah, that could work. That could really work.

    More recently, when Gerald McRaney played a rather Jameson-like authority figure on J.J. Abrams's short-lived spy series Undercovers, I realized he could make a fantastic Jameson.
     
  15. FormerLurker

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    Until he spoke, it was easy to mistake Robert F. Simon for Keenan Wynn. While their voices are completely different, their looks were similar.
     
  16. JRoss

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    Ooh, yeah. He would be great.
     
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    I hadn't thought about Gerald McRaney, but I could see it working.
    The guy who voices him in the PS4 game, Darin de Paul does an amazing job, and I think if you stuck a wig and mustache on him, he could proabably pull it off in live action too.
     
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  18. JRoss

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    You know what I've been thinking about? Those old Superman cartoons from Fleischer. Get rid of the gonk in Jungle Drums and The Japoteurs and you've got pretty close to a perfect series. I'd love to have seen what they could have done with Batman.
     
  19. FormerLurker

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    The era-typical casual racism of the Fleischer cartoons has never bothered me. I accept that they reflect the era they were produced, and understand why some of them were included in storylines that were commentary on the then-current war effort.

    Is such racism ever good? Clearly not. But there's no reason to pretend it didn't exist. In fact, its inclusion is an increasingly necessary part of educating future generations on why racism is bad.
     
  20. ssosmcin

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    I gotta tell ya, the first time I saw Jungle Drums was on one of those two dollar VHS tapes that they used to sell pretty much everywhere. It was fuzzy, it was dark, but when I popped it in at night it was the scariest cartoon I’ve ever seen. It’s racist as hell but really chilling.