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Old 01-11-2013, 09:07 AM   #339
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Default Re: Casting the DC Universe - Part 1

Originally Posted by Airwings View Post
Back then:
Movie stars belonged to block busters (people wouldn't have gone to see block busters with unknown actors in the lead).

Then add something else to the equation, and we have the logic answer already there:
Superhero=famous character
Superhero=expensive to make

If Hollywood was the same way today, then Cruise, Pitt, Depp , McGregor, DiCaprio, Damon and others would have been cast as A-list comic book characters. But something changed over the decades. Now only half of roles in the genre are played by stars, and it's mostly supporting characters (Marlon Brando, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Costner, Samuel L Jackson, Natalie Portman, several in Nolan's trilogy etc) or villains (Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte [sort of], Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges etc).
Edward Norton, Ben Affleck and Nicholas Cage are the only exceptions I can think of right now
Super Star = not wanting or having to dress up in spandex.

Jessica Alba was still an A-list star when she made FF and I wouldn't call Portman a Supporting character in Thor. She was the female lead even if she wasn't playing the super hero.

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