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Old 08-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #251
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Maybe he had bills to pay or was interested in buying something. A consistent paycheck is nice for an actor. It's why we see so many film actors turning to TV.
Heh, that reminded me of that cable show Episodes. This English couple is making an American version of their hit UK show, and the producers want to cast Matt LeBlanc for the main part, which hes totally wrong for. Even Matt himself knows it, but he wants to do the show cuz he wants to buy a restaurant chain.

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Old 08-03-2011, 10:35 AM   #252
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The fanboy response has been positive for the most part. There are a few fanboys moaning about it , but that's to be expected, because you can't please everyone all the time anyway.

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Old 08-03-2011, 10:41 AM   #253
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The fact that he's cast after filming has started shows how small his part is. It'll be good to see him stretch his legs in the sequel though!

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Maybe he had bills to pay or was interested in buying something. A consistent paycheck is nice for an actor. It's why we see so many film actors turning to TV.
TV offers security and stability. No flying all over the world, no crazy training regiments, no arguing with a director over some scene or something. You can go in, do something that's relatively easy for an oscar nominee, explore a character leisurely rather than at a marathon pace, and take home a steady paycheck to your wife. And, for Fishburne particularly, now be able to discuss the TV vs Movie actor experience with said wife.

You'll also see a lot of black movie actors on TV because there are more roles for them there. Most ensemble casts will have one, maybe even two major roles that allow for or even require black actors. This simply is not true in movies. Plus, while they may not have any power or leverage in the film industry because they aren't bankable despite their talent, when a big name actor comes down to TV, they have a lot more influence.

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Imagine Perry on the Daily Planet rooftop, trying to teach Clark how to fly. Or he gets in a tiff with Lois
"C'mon, stop trying to slap me and slap me!"
yep that one got me laughing too.

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Perry: No, Clark. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.

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Old 08-03-2011, 11:23 AM   #255
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Great casting. It kills me that people over at **************(bleh) are saying that now they are going to cast an asian Jimmy. They are one sided, one track minded people with no creative thoughts at all. Fishburne is great for the role, as was Elba for Heimdall and MCD for Kingpin. And I'm a white,straight male.

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The fanboy response has been positive for the most part. There are a few fanboys moaning about it , but that's to be expected, because you can't please everyone all the time anyway.
First off, I must say that I love this casting choice. Out of left field in the best way.

But you bring up a good observation. I am stunned that the fanboy response has been this good. This response is almost as out of left field as the casting of Fishburne as Perry. I expected alot of silly pissing and moaning because Perry is being played by a black actor, but no. I am almost proud of my fanboy peers for not acting up. A golf clap is in order.

I love this cast, and I'm have all the faith in the world that the script is great. Goyer and Jonah Nolan are talented and their is no way actors like Crowe, Adams, and Lane would sign up if the script was crap. Nor would Costner, who only appears in dreck if he is involved in the production. The only question mark in my mind is Snyder's ability to tell the story.

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Old 08-03-2011, 11:28 AM   #257
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First off, I must say that I love this casting choice. Out of left field in the best way.

But you bring up a good observation. I am stunned that the fanboy response has been this good. This response is almost as out of left field as the casting of Fishburne as Perry. I expected alot of silly pissing and moaning because Perry is being played by a black actor, but no. I am almost proud of my fanboy peers for not acting up. A golf clap is in order.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:47 AM   #258
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This casting is... interesting. Not what I was expecting, but I hope he does well. My worry though is that he'll have the same problem Frank Langella had in the role in that he'll come off like a guy who doesn't know how to not be too serious trying to do exactly that. And as we saw with Langella, the result was (IMO) a dude acting like he had Alzheimer's.

I like Fishburne, but I can only think of two roles (Ike Turner and the character in Searching for Bobby Fischer) where he didn't sound like he thought he was doing Shakespeare. I hope that he can capture the gruffness and raw edge that Perry has. I'm pulling for him, don't get me wrong, but this is just a surprise. Definitely another sign that they are aiming high with the casting though.

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Boyz in the Hood... when he's asked to be 'gritty' he does it. He often takes roles where he's not asked to be gritty.

I anticipate the Perry we'll get has always been designed to be epic sounding, though it'd be nice if we see the pit-boss as well.

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I just hope we don't get an ending scene of Supers flying away while Perry White says in voiceover: "We write about him because people need to know. Strength doesn't come from lifting buildings or stopping bullets. Strength comes doing what is right, not what is easy. Where other men might be corrupted or give in, he never will. He is our beacon to guide us. A man of truth. A man of justice. A man of steel."

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Call me crazy but I haven't really been impressed by most of the casting. Of course that could be due to being used to other actors in the roles for the last 20/30 years, but I can't really picture 90% of this cast for Superman. I'm not saying the talent isn't there, I just don't feel that it matches up with the characters.

I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, and I'm actually a little underwhelmed and worried for this film.

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The fact that he's cast after filming has started shows how small his part is. It'll be good to see him stretch his legs in the sequel though!



TV offers security and stability. No flying all over the world, no crazy training regiments, no arguing with a director over some scene or something. You can go in, do something that's relatively easy for an oscar nominee, explore a character leisurely rather than at a marathon pace, and take home a steady paycheck to your wife. And, for Fishburne particularly, now be able to discuss the TV vs Movie actor experience with said wife.

You'll also see a lot of black movie actors on TV because there are more roles for them there. Most ensemble casts will have one, maybe even two major roles that allow for or even require black actors. This simply is not true in movies. Plus, while they may not have any power or leverage in the film industry because they aren't bankable despite their talent, when a big name actor comes down to TV, they have a lot more influence.
This is true.

As for this casting, surprising but a good one. It's about time the Superman films showed some diversity, to keep up with modern times.

Plus, I'm sure that when he signed to do CSI, he received some TV advice from his wife.

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Call me crazy but I haven't really been impressed by most of the casting. Of course that could be due to being used to other actors in the roles for the last 20/30 years, but I can't really picture 90% of this cast for Superman. I'm not saying the talent isn't there, I just don't feel that it matches up with the characters.

I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, and I'm actually a little underwhelmed and worried for this film.


The actors in this movie has got to be one of the best lineups in history, IMO.

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Someone leaked me the script. Fishburne has 1 line in the movie: "Say jack, that's a bad suit! Woo!"

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Someone leaked me the script. Fishburne has 1 line in the movie: "Say jack, that's a bad suit! Woo!"
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Boyz in the Hood... when he's asked to be 'gritty' he does it. He often takes roles where he's not asked to be gritty.

I anticipate the Perry we'll get has always been designed to be epic sounding, though it'd be nice if we see the pit-boss as well.
I have to disagree with you on Boyz 'n the Hood... he was also very articulate in that movie. But it suited the part so it worked.

Though I do agree with you that he is very epic sounding with that booming voice.

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The actors in this movie has got to be one of the best lineups in history, IMO.
Hey, it's pretty good but it has nothing on In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

Or The Expendables.

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The Expendables.
That was just a bunch of aging film stars looking to make a pay cheque before their pensions come through

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I absolutely hate this casting for a few reasons!

First of all, I've never been a fan of Fishburne. He's an average actor at best, IMO, and I feel he's a one note kind of guy.

Secondly, this just feels like a gimmick casting to try and create waves and be "outside the box". nothing more.

Thirdly, I just hate when they don't stick to the source material and just change the race for no real apparent reasons. If it was a case similiar to Kingpin and MCD, I could understand since there really wasn't many, if any, actors who were accomplished and had the kind of physical presence Kingpin required. MCD was a totally reasonable casting that I had no problem with. There were a lot of good to great choices for Perry White and you cannot tell me that somehow Fishburne was that good. No reason for the change.

And just to go ahead and get it out the way and clear things up, no I am not racist.

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Now how about Keanu Reeves as Lex?
He has experience working with Snyder:


On topic, I kind of expected there to be a racelift for Perry's, but Fishburne in particular didn't occur to me. It's a pretty brilliant choice really. He's a skilled actor and I feel like he can bring something fresh and faithful to the role.

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Great casting. It kills me that people over at **************(bleh) are saying that now they are going to cast an asian Jimmy. They are one sided, one track minded people with no creative thoughts at all. Fishburne is great for the role, as was Elba for Heimdall and MCD for Kingpin. And I'm a white,straight male.
So completely true. Ok...maybe there's an argument to be had for changing a character's race purely for the sake of diversity. Even then I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, but there's a legitimate argument to be had. And yes, there are instances where a character's race is an important character trait (Captain America).
This is not the case here. Laurence Fishburne is a great actor and a fantastic choice for the role. So freaking what if the character has always been white, I'll go out on a limb and say that Fishburne may very well do more justice to the character then any live action incarnation has ever even dreamed of doing.

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Call me crazy but I haven't really been impressed by most of the casting. Of course that could be due to being used to other actors in the roles for the last 20/30 years, but I can't really picture 90% of this cast for Superman. I'm not saying the talent isn't there, I just don't feel that it matches up with the characters.

I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, and I'm actually a little underwhelmed and worried for this film.

I love the Pa Kents and Jor-El castings. I think Zod and Lois are solid choices, though I had different actors in mind.

The Superman and Perry White choices are the only ones that have left me truly disappointed.

Most news about this film has left me underwhelmed and I am not anywhere near as excited as I should be for a Superman movie.

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Hmmm. EW.com, should I look at the comments? I think not. Not in the mood for a headache today.

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I love the race change because it shows change you cant tell me metropolis is just filled with white people yeah that screams modern lol

this makes it more contemporary and modern because a black man can be in a position of power

this is'nt the 1930's

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My thing is this. And I'v always said it. For roles like these, cast the best actor possible for that role. If they think "The Fish" is the best for the role so be it. I don't have a problem if you think the guys a ok actor and thats why you have a problem. But to have a problem with the mans race. I mean think about this. When were these character's created. The 1930's. A time when you didn't see one damn black person, if you did he was a walking stereotype. Their is no true color is the Superman franchise except for Steel and Ron Troupe and nobody gives **** about them. Y'all comic accurate people, would have never describe Perry White before yesterday as white so I dont know why know you care. Also for all those idiots who screaming what if you change The Black Panther into a asian or into a white person. Please do us all a favor and shut the **** up. First most black superhero, their race is who they identify themselves with and is part of their backstory. Is this the case with Perry? Um..Nope. Secondly how many minority heros do you see get on the screen these days? Um not many. So I'd be up in arms if they changed a black superhero's race since I don't see black superheros on the big screen. But I can go to the movies right now and see 4 white guys playing superheros so yeah it's not the same thing at all. Third, Its Perry ****ing white. He'll have a good 10 lines in this movie probably. Are you that close minded, that for the ten ****ing minutes he'll be on screen, all you'll be thinking is....OMGZZZ THEY RUIN THE SUPERMAN FRANCHISE BY TURNING Perry WHITE INTO A BLACK MAN. If so, then im sorry for you.

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