Sunday, October 7, 2018

10 TV shows and Movies that are FINALLY on DVD

I've posted a few blogs over the past 5 years about television shows and movies that somehow aren't readily available on DVD.

     -   Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013:
           10 TV shows and movies that aren't on DVD, but should be

     -   Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014:
           10 more TV shows and movies that aren't on DVD, but should be

     -   Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017:
           10 TV shows and movies that STILL aren't on DVD, but should be


Some people claim that the DVD is dying, but I don't think it ever will fully go away.  People still like tangible things.  They like to be the owner of something.

Digital purchases just aren't the same as having a physical DVD copy of your favorite show --- at least in my opinion.

Well, good news: some of that has changed!  Let's take a look at some of the TV shows and movies that finally came out on DVD:



Batman (1960s)

This show never won any awards that I'm aware of, but it is kind of a cult classic.

It's campy, it's out there, and the action scenes are cleverly edited with graphic elements and tilted camera angles.

Amazingly, despite the unbelievable storylines and unrealistic dialogue and being filmed on a studio set, this show holds up pretty well.

I can say that because this series was finally released on DVD in Nov. of 2014 as Batman fans of all ages rejoiced.

  -  Best Buy: $68.99
  -  Barnes and Noble: $63.99
  -  WalMart: $54.99
  -  Amazon (Prime): $54.99



The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994-1998)

This was a favorite of mine from the '90s. 

Any Nickelodeon kid will remember it.  It was a fun show about a teenage girl who had an accident that involved a chemical spill. 

The accident resulted in her getting powers. 

She could turn into a liquid-like puddle, she controlled electricity, she could levitate objects and she turned orange when she was nervous.

The complete series was released on DVD in 2017.  I, of course, bought a copy.

  -  Amazon: $16.62
  -  Best Buy: $17.99
  -  Barnes and Noble: $28.07
  -  WalMart: $16.62



The Nanny (seasons 4 through 7)

This show was released a year or so ago -- in complete form and with DVD extras.

It was about time, too.  Seasons 1 - 3 were available for several years, but 4 - 7 never ended up getting released.

Apparently all the issues that were lingering previously were all sorted out because it's now available for fans to purchase and enjoy.

It was released in late 2015.

While The Nanny may not have a spot in pop culture the way Seinfeld or The Office does, it was a damn good show with some great one-liners and physical comedy.

  -  Amazon: $73.99
  -  Barnes and Noble: $143.45
  -  WalMart: $71.99
  -  Target: $73.99



The Wonder Years (1988-1993)

This was the show that so many people wanted on DVD.  There are a lot of TV shows that people were hoping to purchase, but this show wasn't released for such a long time.  I think a lot of people assumed it would've been released alongside many other shows in the early 2000's.

It's the same story you'll see with a lot of these DVD's that weren't released: music rights.  There were issues that had to be resolved and contracts that had to be signed and royalties paid.

These days most shows get the rights to the music right away or have a clause in there for distribution rights, but nobody anticipated DVD's back in the 1980's and 1990's, so it took a while to sort all of these things out.

Thankfully, those issues were resolved and the complete series was released in Sept. of 2014.

  -  Amazon (Prime): $53.23
  -  WalMart: $55.49
  -  Target: $78.19
  -  Best Buy: $98.99



Good Morning, Miss Bliss

Oh my gosh!  After years and years of fans asking for this, we finally got it.  Shout Factory! released The Complete Saved By The Bell series (including Honeymoon in Vegas and Hawaiian Vacation ... but excluding The New Class) on DVD this month.

It does include Good Morning, Miss Bliss.  I blogged about this one in Feb. of 2017, but SBTB fans have been waiting for it for a while.

It's available at various retailers now:

  -  Amazon: $49.99
  -  Best Buy: $49.99
  -  Barnes and Noble: $59.99



The Beverly Hillbillies (kind of)

It seemed like someone was finally going to take control of The Beverly Hillbillies and distribute every season on DVD properly.  There are 5 'official' season available on Amazon, going for between $10 and $15 a season.

There are still the various black and white versions and 'Best of' packs available, but nothing beyond season 5.

I'm not sure what the problem is again.  It was such a classic show and I don't recall seeing it available on Amazon Prime, Netflix or any other streaming services.

Whoever is sitting on the rights to this show needs to get their act together and do the show justice by doing a full and proper release.

There are so many shows out there already on DVD that don't begin to compare to The Beverly Hillbillies.  Very frustrating as a fan.


Season 1:
  -  Amazon: $12.20
  -  Best Buy: $9.99
  -  Target: $14.29
  -  Barnes and Noble: $14.24
  -  Walmart: $12.20

Season 2:
  -  Amazon: $9.96
  -  Best Buy: $9.99
  -  Target: $12.79
  -  Barnes and Noble: $14.24
  -  Walmart: $9.96

Season 3:
  -  Amazon: $11.99
  -  Best Buy: $11.99
  -  Target: $12.79
  -  Barnes and Noble: $16.99
  -  Walmart: $11.99

Season 4:
  -  Amazon: $11.59
  -  Best Buy: $11.99
  -  Target: $11.59
  -  Barnes and Noble: $16.99
  -  Walmart: $11.59

Season 5:
  -  Amazon: $20.59
  -  Best Buy: $22.99
  -  Walmart: $21.74
  -  Target: $20.59




Cinderella

Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, starring Lesley Ann Warren, was available way back in the early 2000's, but evidently there weren't a lot of copies made because it became impossible to find at in-store or online retailers. 

Used copies were going for higher than $100 on eBay.

I can take the movie or leave it, but I have relatives who are big, big fans, so when it finally was re-released a couple of years ago, it made for a few good Christmas gifts.

  -  Amazon: $7.99
  -  Best Buy: $7.99
  -  Barnes and Noble: $14.29
  -  Books-A-Million: $14.93
  -  Target: $8.99



Murphy Brown (seasons 2 - 10) -- possibly coming soon?

Murphy Brown is back in the latest of what's becoming a long list of TV reboots.

I have to assume that maybe -- just maybe -- the show's revival means that there will be a complete series released at some point down the road.

I read that music rights were an issue in the past, but they've had several years to square that situation away.  Maybe they figure it's just not worth the cost to make the DVDs due to all of the music rights they'd have to pay out in royalties.

If the DVD doesn't sell well, then I see why it wouldn't be worth it.  I guess it may depend on how well the new reboot season does.  If nothing else, you'll likely be able to buy the rebooted season(s) on DVD.

Season 1:
  -  Amazon: $14.97
  -  Or various sellers on Ebay



Step by Step -- seasons 1 & 2

Season 1 is available!  It was released this year.  Season 2 has been announced as well. 

Now, Step-by-Step may run into the same fate as The Nanny, Mad About You and Murphy Brown did for several years: stopping after just a couple of seasons.  But hey -- one or two seasons is better than none. 

There's no complete series availability that I'm aware of, but here's to hoping it'll happen.

In the meantime, enjoy the first two seasons.

Season 1:
  -  Amazon (Prime): $24.99
  -  Barnes and Noble: $29.99
  -  WalMart: $24.99
  -  Best Buy: $24.99

Season 2:
  -  Amazon (Prime): $23.52
  -  WalMart: $23.52



Unfortunately, there are still several TV shows and movies that aren't available yet.  We'll see if that changes ...

STILL NOT ON DVD:


  • Two of a Kind
  • Frozen Assets
  • The Naked Truth
  • Suddenly Susan
  • Yes, Dear
  • Brotherly Love
  • Smart Guy
  • Spin City
  • Still Standing
  • Ready or Not (1993-1997)
  • The Elf Who Saved Christmas (1992)
  • Susie Q (1995)
  • Ocean Girl (1994-1997)
  • Spellbinder (1996)
  • The Torkelsons/Almost Home (1991 - 1993)
  • The Parent Trap III and IV
  • The Golden Palace
  • Flash Forward
  • Empty Nest
  • To Grandmother's House We Go
  • The Boyfriend School / Don't Tell Her It's Me




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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Casting the He-Man movie: He-Man / Prince Adam

Alright, after blogging about who should NOT be He-Man yesterday, I decided to finally go through a list of possible contenders.

There are a variety of actors who already have the look.  Some have the acting ability but don't really have the look.

In some cases all you'd need is blonde hair instead of brown hair.  Maybe some hair extensions, too.

First, a few more who we can rule out:

  • Mark Wahlberg? - too old to be a young He-Man ... good physique, but doesn't have the right presence to portray He-man
  • Orlando Bloom? - doesn't have the physique or the presence to play the hero to the Universe
  • Josh Duhamel? - pretty much the same as Wahlberg except with a less impressive physique
  • Ashton Kutcher? - no. He's comedy. He's more of a TV actor. I don't think he'd do well in this role at all

Before we talk about possibilities, we have to talk about which version of He-Man we're talking about.



There's the Filmation version, which obviously needs to be updated for any kind of movie that happens.  The color scheme can be mostly the same.

The armor can be a mix between Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.  Some furs.  Some armor.  It'll look pretty cool if any of the fan art pictured here is any indication.

Look at how awesome that Battle Cat armor looks, too!

The hair needs to be shaggy.  Definitely can't be short or a mullet like the 1980s movie.  Blonde or sandy blonde is fine.  I don't think that makes a difference.

The sword should be the classic representation from the Filmation series.  There is no changing that!

Alright, let's move onto some possibilities (though some are very unrealistic ...)


Trevor Donovan

Who? He's a lesser known actor who probably would've had a better chance several years ago. He was on Melissa & Joey, the 90210 reboot and had guest appearances on CSI, NCIS, etc.

He's got the hair color and the size, but his acting ability would probably make this less of a big box office movie and more of a made-for-TV movie.

Better than other options due to the look, but not ideal due to his age and the fact that he's not that well-known.



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Jake Gyllenhaal

This could potentially work. I really enjoyed Prince of Persia. He looked the part there. Throw in a little blonde dye for his hair and it could work.

He's known for more dramatic movies. I can't remember the last movie he was in that was a commercial success.

I'd guess that his days of trying for 'big box office' movies are over. He'd give the role some credibility, that's for sure.

Not sure it's the right fit though.



Alexander Ludwig

He's not a name I was familiar with, but I'm familiar with some of his work. He was in The Hunger Games and starred in multiple episodes of the Vikings series.

He was in Race to Witch Mountain (too bad it wasn't after The Rock really took off as a Hollywood heavy hitter), Grown Ups 2 (are there still Adam Sandler fans out there?) and a couple of other movies.

I don't think he's had what most would consider a breakout role yet, so maybe this could be it. Maybe he could take this role and run with it.

Considering there are so many actors that wouldn't work at all --- Tom Cruise, Leonardo Dicaprio, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, etc., etc. --- I'd at least consider this guy.

He's got a look that would work and could potentially do a decent job with the material.



Jai Courtney

I wasn't too familiar with Jai Courtney until I looked at his IMDB page and realized I'd seen a few movies with him. He was Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad and he was Eric in the Divergent movies. He was also in Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard.

I think his hopes at becoming a big box office draw are dwindling.

 He's still getting lots of work, but it's for smaller roles or movies it seems.

He wouldn't be a bad choice, but I'm hoping for someone with: 1) a higher profile or 2) more acting ability.



Stephen Amell

I don't know that Amell can pull off the He-Man character. He's better as the somewhat brooding Green Arrow.

But if it has to be someone with a bigger name, I'd prefer Amell to Channing Tatum or Chris Pratt or Chris Evans or Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling.

Some of those guys just don't seem like they'd make a good He-Man / Prince Adam.

Amell wouldn't be my first choice, but he's probably middle of the list --- if we're talking known actors.

An unknown may be the best option.



Jamie Dornan

I'm not too familiar with him. Sometimes I'll run across his photo on a Twitter feed and think, 'Oh, it's Superman!' It's not. Although he resembles Henry Cavill, his star power isn't quite at the same level.

Most women probably know him from the Fifty Shades trilogy. I've never seen the movies, so I can't attest to his acting.

He was in Once Upon a Time, but I've only seen a couple of episodes of that before I had to turn it off.

He will be in Robin Hood --- though that may end up being a Redbox release rather than a movie theater release.

He's got several projects coming up, so his star appears to be rising.

I'm not sure about the acting, but, facially, he has the look.

I could see him hoisting a sword above his head and bellowing, "By the power of Greyskull ... "



Sam Heughan

You may have to look this guy up. I wasn't familiar with him to begin with, but he's got a steady resume that includes TV mini-series for most of the early 2000's.

 He seems to be making the jump to bigger roles -- starring in The Spy Who Dumped Me (with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon).

Even if he's not breaking records, he's working his way up the ladder.

 Mostly, he has a unique look. He's somewhat slender but still looks like he could fight.



Zac Efron

Eh. I'm not a fan of Efron, for the most part. But he's a bigger name. He's in the shape to do the role.  I'm not sure when he pumped up so much, but he looks like a He-Man, so there's that.

I certainly question his acting ability, but he's done OK in some of the more adult-oriented comedies.

 He's done a couple of dramas.

I don't know that he has the talent of someone like Chris Hemsworth, but I'll grant that he's an OK actor. Not my first choice, but not the worst either.



Liam Hemsworth

I'm not a fan of Chris Hemsworth taking the role of He-Man because he's already Thor. But I'm OK with the other Hemsworth (there's actually three of them, I think ... ) picking up the Sword of Power.

He was in Independence Day: Resurgence (not bady), The Hunger Games (seemed underutilized in a sense), Empire State (movie was 'meh') and The Last Song (I didn't particularly enjoy the movie, but he did a decent job).

 He's got some visibility due to those roles, being Miley Cyrus' lover and being Chris Hemsworth's brother.

I really like that there's at least a little name recognition. His acting ... is a question mark. He could do a really good job. I'm not sure.

I don't know how his physique compares to his brother, but he's tall. He's got some natural size to him.

Plus, I think it'd be cool if two of the Hemsworth brothers played Thor and He-Man.



Charlie Hunnam

I haven't seen enough of this guy. I know he was on Sons of Anarchy on FX, but I've seen parts of about 3 episodes of that. I see that he was in Cold Mountain, but I don't remember him in that movie. He was in Pacific Rim, but I don't remember him in that movie either. Not a good sign!

He's got a He-Man look about him. I'll give him that. The acting in what I saw didn't stand out. I guess it's good that it wasn't offensively bad, but I guess it's not good that it wasn't memorable either.

Still, give him a script read or a tryout and see how he does. He's at least someone to consider.

... and Logan Lerman (as Prince Adam)

I'm not sure how they'll go about the Prince Adam / He-Man thing.  Maybe they'll just change the hair color a bit.  Or use special effects.  After all, Captain America was a skinny kid from Brooklyn in the first movie, but was muscled up by the end of it.

If they do use a different actor, Logan Lerman may be a good option.  Give him some blonde hair and he kind of looks like a young Charlie Hunnam.  Lerman may be recognizable from The Three Musketeers and the Percy Jackson movies.

He hasn't been in any big movies lately, but he's got experience.  He was a pretty good actor.  He could definitely handle the role of Prince Adam.



Scott Eastwood

The son of Clint Eastwood. I've seen a couple of movies that he starred in: Suicide Squad and Trouble with the Curve.

Looking at his resume he's starred in some big budget movies: Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Fate of the Furious, Snowden, etc. Though I'd argue that none of them have been smash hits.

His acting may be a little to be desired, but I think he has the right look. He has a seriousness to him that would hopefully translate well on-screen. It's be nice to have him make this character his own the way others have done with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Superman.

 If he's successful with his portrayal and the movie is successful, then he could become synonymous with He-Man.

I'm OK with that.

... as for Scott Eastwood's Prince Adam counterpart, how about Colin Ford?

He's been in several shows while growing up in the business.  Most recently he filmed a part in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie.  I'm not sure how extensive a role that is or if it will continue beyond this movie, but he's no stranger to big projects.  Or smaller projects.

He's got a variety of work under his belt.

He's not the spitting image of Scott Eastwood, but he kind of looks like a skinnier, younger version.  At least somewhat.

I think it'd make it a little more believable if they had a younger actor who didn't look exactly like the older actor.  It makes it more believable.  It's kind of like the Superman / Clark Kent situation.

People are supposed to believe he's not Superman because he has a pair of glasses on?



Alden Ehrenreich

I was not a fan of him being Han Solo at all. At all! He didn't have the look. He doesn't remind me of a young Harrison Ford (probably because we already saw a young Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy!).

 He doesn't have the presence of Harrison Ford (as Han Solo).

It was a no-win situation for him. He was stepping into a big pay day, but also into an iconic role that he didn't have a chance of pulling off.

That said, I did watch Solo. If I pretended that it was a random Star Wars character and not Han Solo, it was an acceptable movie.

Ehrenreich did a good job as an actor. He wasn't Han Solo, but he entertained and delivered on emotion.

I'd give him some dirty blonde, shaggy hair and give him a shot at He-Man.

Let's make people forget about trying to be Han Solo and make them remember you as He-Man!



Chris Pine

If I had to pick one person to play He-Man at this point, I'd choose Chris Pine. He's got good name recognition after three Star Trek movies and success in Wonder Woman. He's very good at the mix of being serious and being comedic and being dramatic.

He's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's got some definition to his physique. They could always make his muscles look bigger through makeup and camera shots.

He seems athletic enough to handle at least some of the stunts that would come his way.

He's really the best one for the job at this point. While he is Capt. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, I'd argue that that role has kind of subsided a bit after the somewhat lackluster 3rd movie and the delay in the 4th movie. He's not engrained in peoples' minds as 'Captain Kirk' the way Hemsworth is as Thor or Evans is as Capt. America.

That means he could potentially make people remember him as He-Man with a stellar performance and a good script.



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Friday, October 5, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - reviewed.



The Jurassic Park universe was new to me as recently as 2015.  I'd never seen the movies growing up because dinosaurs weren't a major interest to me.  I was more into spy movies and superhero movies than anything involving a dinosaur.  Maybe Barney ruined them for me!

I decided to watch the trilogy on Netflix and I was pretty impressed.

As it is with many movies, the quality of the movies decreased with each sequel that was released.

But then the franchise was relaunched with Chris Pratt (coming off of his Guardians of the Galaxy success ... see?  It all goes back to superheroes).

I'm usually one to watch movies or television shows in order, so I watched Jurassic World before I could even think about watching Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

It wasn't a bad movie.  There were definitely some 'Sure, like that would happen' moments, but that's to be expected when you're watching a movie about dinosaurs.


After having watched Jurassic World, I watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Talk about a disappointment!

Jurassic World gave me hope that the franchise was worth watching again after the awful Jurassic Park 2.

I don't think Bryce Dallas Howard added much to either movie.  I just found out that she's the daughter of Ron Howard. 

She's gorgeous!  She has a great look, but her acting didn't leave me impressed.  It wasn't awful, but was middle-of-the-road for me.

She has more of a role -- or at least it seemed like it -- in the first movie.  She played Claire Dearing.

The second movie kind of started on the path of following the relationship of Claire and Owen Grady (Pratt).  I feel like the writers forgot about that halfway through the movie.  Their little romance was an afterthought.

I don't think I can blame the actors for this lackluster Jurassic World sequel.  The blame falls on the writers / producers / director.

The story was very messy.  I don't mind complicated stories.  Inside Man was a great movie that made you think.  Man on Wire was interesting.  That wasn't your usual movie.  Baby Driver had a lot of double crosses that most probably didn't see coming.

This was just a sloppy script that seemed rushed in order to make a sequel.

I guess there's a Jurassic World 3 in the works, but I predict it going the way of Pirates of the Caribbean, doing worse than its predecessors.


Back to this movie though.

Pratt did a good job as the headliner.  It felt like the script was too crowded though.

Pratt should have been the main draw, but the other characters and script issues made it seem like he was almost in a filler role than the main star of the movie.  Pratt, Howard and the dinosaurs were the main characters that returned.

The movie didn't seem to be about the Owen Grady that was fun to watch in Jurassic World.  It seemed like Grady was just along for the ride.

Pratt's acting was on point.  He brought some action to the movie and a good amount of comedy.

He was believable in a world of test tube dinosaurs.  He made that world seem legitimate and made the silly script seem at least somewhat legitimate.

Who else did we have?  Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) and Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) were two characters that I just couldn't get behind. 

The actors were fine.  The characters were OK.  There wasn't much to connect me to them or draw me in.

They were disposable characters unfortunately.  They were given their own little side storyline, but I wasn't intrigued by it. 

I think the better route would've been to keep them as bit characters that provided comedy.  Jurassic Park and Jurassic World both had some characters that were there for comedy and it worked very well.

Instead of following that model, these two were supposed to be main characters in the movie, but if you don't care about their storyline, then they were just kind of there --- eating up screen time the way a T-Rex eats its' prey (little dinosaur analogy there).

One problem with the movie is that there were so many bad guys.  Again, I don't mind shades of gray and complex storylines, but Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), Gunnar Eversol (Toby Jones) and Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) all appearing as villains who didn't even really get along with each other was too much.  Just too much going on.

There was the old guy and a little girl in this movie as well.  I don't remember their names.  They didn't appeal to me, so I felt there was too much focus on them as well.

I didn't find myself really caring about either of them. 

The old man was supposed to be a big-time player in the world of dinosaur expeditions and cloning and whatnot.

Yet I don't feel like his background was explained well enough.  It was almost as if the writers said, 'Ok, he's a big deal.  Got it?  Good!' and then moved on. 

I would've preferred a little better of an explanation as to who he was and why I was supposed to care about him for the rest of the movie.

There was a big reveal about the little girl -- or what was supposed to be a big reveal --- but the foreshadowing gave it away long before the movie characters figured it out.

Sometimes movies can weave together multiple stories seamlessly.  Other times, they can't.  This was one of those times where it didn't work out. 

There was a simultaneous problem in this movie: too much going on and not enough care factor for the stories that were being played out.

The little girl probably should've been caught by the bad guys or a dinosaur a couple of times, but somehow she evaded the villains of the movie like a ninja.

Two characters I actually wish would've returned were Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins).  I actually cared about those two characters in Jurassic World

Maybe it was the whole brothers quarreling side story that I liked.  I'm not sure.

I would've rather have seen them somehow introduced into this storyline than the old man and the little girl.

They didn't fit into this story at all.  It would've been odd to interject them into this story.  I realize that, but they would've been a welcome addition.

The story in Fallen Kingdom just wasn't that good. 

The island is exploding so we have to save the dinosaurs, but wait -- there are bad guys who want to sell the dinosaurs!  All the while the humans are still messing with the dinosaur DNA.  They just never learn.



The more simplistic 'dinosaurs break out of their cells' story from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World were much more appealing to me.  Jurassic Park 3 --- rescuing the kid from the island --- made sense, too.  Jurassic Park 2 was sloppy, just like this one.

The ending?  Stupid.  Just stupid.  Howard's character --- Claire Dearing --- made the right call, but then the little girl made the wrong decision.  In the character's defense, she's a little girl.

But how selfish was that?

Jeff Goldblum's character was the voice of reason in this movie.  He spoke logically about dinosaurs.  As much as they are living things, they don't belong in the human world.  It's just not something that can co-exist with us.

The image of the brontosaurus being abandoned on the collapsing island was very sad.  Absolutely.  That's life though.  That's just how things work.  To quote the Lion King: "It's the circle of life."

This felt too much like an activist movie trying to sell us the point that dinosaurs deserve to live instead of being a story about characters whose paths cross with dinosaurs.

Goldblum did a good job at making a lasting impression, despite not having a big role.  I hope that he and Pratt have more screen time and are a bigger focus in the storylines in Jurassic World 3, which I'll probably rent from Redbox.  No theater screening for me, however.


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Casting the He-Man movie: 5 actors who should NOT be He-Man

It's been a while since I tackled the casting for the upcoming He-Man / Masters of the Universe movie.

Turns out that Sony is not pursuing the movie anymore.  Mattel announced their own film division in the past couple of weeks.

So, it's still possible a He-Man movie gets made.  In fact, maybe the Mattel film division would put more focus on the movie.

I'm somewhat happy about this because Sony seems like a cluster --- to put it mildly.

I'm hoping Mattel is a little more organized and can help get a He-Man movie made, regardless of which studio it ends up working with.


Assuming a He-Man movie does still happen, today, I present you with something a little different.

Instead of people who should be considered for the role, I'm giving you 5 actors who should NOT be cast as He-Man



Mike O'Hearn

He's not a realistic choice anyway, so I'm not concerned that he'll get the role, but he's certainly been expressing interest in getting it.  Granted those reports were from 2015, but let's put any possibility of that to end.

He's not an actor.  He's a bodybuilder.  He may have the physique but that's all he has.  I have no idea why he'd even be considered.

If it were a remake of the 1980s version with Dolph Lundgren, then maybe.  Minimal acting ability required in that case.

For a big budget movie that could possibly kickstart a franchise?  Not a chance.

Those in charge of the casting for this movie need to say: "Sorry, Mike.  Thanks for the interest, but we're going to pass at this time."

And then move on.



Chris Hemsworth

He's muscley.  He's got blonde hair.  He can act.  He's muscley.  Yep, he'd be perfect for the part if not for one big detail: he's Thor!

No way I want He-Man to be a Thor repeat.  I've been waiting for years and years and years for this movie and I want it done right.

I don't want He-Man to be a poor man's Thor.

That's not fair to the He-Man movie or Hemsworth.  Playing two characters so similar and making them different would be impossible for almost any actor to do.

Hemsworth would've been great if Hollywood would've gotten this He-Man script off the ground a decade ago.



The Rock

Speaking of muscles, I'm pretty sure The Rock has watermelons where his biceps are supposed to be.

He's great from an action standpoint.  He's also a huge name and box office draw so the chances of He-Man being a successful movie if he's in it sky rockets.

He-Man is very tan, so The Rock could even pass on the skin color.  But he doesn't have blonde hair.  Anyone who saw The Rock with hair in Hercules knows that it's not good when he wears a wig.

The Rock's tattoos would have to be covered up digitally or with makeup.  That could be done, but it's just more work to have to do when they could cast someone else.

I'm a huge fan of The Rock but this isn't the role for him and he's not the guy to play He-Man.



Chris Evans

He's got the physique and could grow his hair out or wear some hair extensions.  That being said, I don't want him for the same reason I didn't want the other Chris mentioned above: Evans is already associated with an iconic role.

Chris Evans is Captain America.  He's great as Captain America!  Let's not have him take a role like He-Man, one that's so similar.  A musclebound hero who always does right in the pursuit of justice.

Eh.  If Evans were a villain, that'd be different.  He could switch it up a bit.

But to play a role so similar?  I'm not a fan of that and probably never will be.

It's like Johnny Depp.  He played an 'out there' version of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Then he played the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland.

He played Captain Jack Sparrow better than anyone else ever could and was then kind of the same type of character in The Lone Ranger.

I don't want that happening with MOTU.



Channing Tatum

He was pretty big several years ago.  Then there were a string of not-so-successful movies that kind of halted his rise to the top of the box office.

That's enough to pass on him, but, mostly, he can't act.  The dude is awful. 

No offense, but, again, I want this movie to be awesome.  I don't want to see Tatum attempting to act and messing it all up.

He was even written off of the G.I. Joe franchise.  I'm not sure why that decision was made, but I'm glad it was.  G.I. Joe 2 was much better after that significant plot point happened.

Tatum actually has the look of Gambit and may not be bad in that role, if that movie ever happens, but He-Man is not one I can see him doing.  He'd be robotic and boring.



I'm anxious for the He-Man movie to get made, but I'm praying to the movie Gods that none of these names end up attached to the project.



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

So ... what to do about DCEU's Superman?


The news came out within the last week that Henry Cavill and Warner Brothers apparently won't be working together on any Superman projects going forward.

The DCEU seemed to be getting better after the success of Wonder Woman and then this news comes along.

First of all, I think it's absolutely ridiculous that DC would cast aside one of their benchmarks for a Supergirl project.

No offense to Supergirl fans out there, but she's never been a succeessful character. The show will return for a fourth season this Fall on The CW, but it's been on a steady decline in viewership since it first season on CBS.

The Supergirl movie was awful. The comics have never really wowed the world.

I'm fine with female empowerment and all that, but you already have Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Captain Marvel (MCU). I don't see a Supergirl doing well in a market that already has two muscled women who can fly.

Meanwhile I believe a Black Widow movie and Batgirl movie are also in the works --- both of which I see being more successful than Supergirl.


So, first off: I have an issue with DC casting aside Superman for Supergirl, but there are a few possibilities:


1. Cast a new Superman (NO!)

Sure, there are various actors who could take over the role, but I am NOT in favor of this at all. Recast a new Superman for a different set of movies, but replacing Henry Cavill and having him interact with Gal Gadot (as Wonder Woman) or Jason Momoa (as Aquaman) is not okay.

That's low-level soap opera stuff there --- not something you'd see in a big superhero movie.

Sure, they replaced Batman actors back in the '90s, but look at how credible those movies turned out.

If DC wants to stay serious about Superman, then recasting is not an option.

Now, if they want to recast him in an entirely different reboot that's separate or outside of the current DCEU, fine. Go ahead.


Side note --- I like Michael B. Jordan, but I don't think having Superman go black is the answer here.

There are plenty of black superheroes who can be developed and given movies of their own. Just look at Black Panther! I just recently blogged about the fact that X-Men's Storm has a lot of potential as a standalone movie.

Updating Aquaman's look so that it's not so cheesy? Fine. Great, actually! He looks pretty bad-ass now.

There's no need to start changing ethnicities of such an iconic superhero, though. Aquaman was kind of a joke character. Superman is iconic. There's a big difference.


2. Discontinue the Superman character in the current DCEU (that's acceptable, I guess)

If they aren't using Henry Cavill anymore, then just do the Pepper Potts / Marvel thing and make references to him in other movies, but don't actually use him. If it has to be the case that he was the character to set up the DCEU and is now gone, so be it.

Better to let the character disappear from the DCEU than to recast him in the same universe.


3. Renegotiate with Henry Cavill (YES!)

This is the best option, in my opinion.

He proved he can draw in the latest Mission: Impossible movie (Tom Cruise is an aging actor who wouldn't have been able to carry that movie without Cavill).

Time to give him more money, get him committed to a multi-picture deal and give him good content to work with.

Cavill has the athleticism, the look, and the acting skill. He works as Superman. Use him!

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. I don't think Cavill is going to bankrupt Warner Bros. or DC with his pay day. Now, if the next movie he does as Superman doesn't profit, don't proceed with any other Superman movies. That's fine.


But absolutely do not recast Superman with a lower-paid actor. That's not acceptable and it's dooming the project from the start.