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The way superhero's are physically depicted in comics are the main problem with casting live-action adaptations. In comics, they generally have physiques that aren't really attainable in real life. Chris Reeve was the closest to actually fitting the ideal image of a movie superhero, but even he wasn't nearly as ripped as the Supes of the comic books. Even world class bodybuilders would have a hard time attaining the idealized look of most comic book superheros. On the other hand, I hate it when they go the opposite way with someone like Michael Keaton, who was cast simply for the reason Tim Burton is a complete flake. And I'm a Keaton fan! Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? Yeah.......
post #62 of 187
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

Batman's height/weight are vague, at best it's assumed they're in the 6'2", 210lb range. They tend to vary from comic to comic.
Batman Wikia for all things Batman.

Physical characteristics have to include more then just height and weight. How about shape of the face, how close are his ears to his head, are his eyes deep set, etc?
post #63 of 187
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7'6" tall at 372 lb. No more, no less.
Me, which is as definitive as it gets. This is super serious stuff.
Nice one....tongue.gif
post #64 of 187
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Physical characteristics have to include more then just height and weight. How about shape of the face, how close are his ears to his head, are his eyes deep set, etc?
You're not serious are you? How close is anyone's ears to their head, eyes set, etc? If you want to know what Bats looks like go to the Wikia or buy a comic. As I said, as with any artist these things tend to vary.
post #65 of 187
Bats have REALLY big ears, so...
post #66 of 187
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Physical characteristics have to include more then just height and weight. How about shape of the face, how close are his ears to his head, are his eyes deep set, etc?
Genital cup size for women.
post #67 of 187
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

Physical characteristics have to include more then just height and weight. How about shape of the face, how close are his ears to his head, are his eyes deep set, etc?

Think Yao Ming and there you have it. biggrin.gif
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Bats have REALLY big ears, so...

Prince Charles it is!
post #68 of 187
This just in: Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in...

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*actual title
Edited by Josh Z - 7/11/12 at 1:06pm
post #69 of 187
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Genital cup size for women.
Do women wear cups? I did NOT know that! redface.gif
post #70 of 187
Inquiring women want to know genital cup size for Batman.
post #71 of 187
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

You're not serious are you? How close is anyone's ears to their head, eyes set, etc? If you want to know what Bats looks like go to the Wikia or buy a comic. As I said, as with any artist these things tend to vary.

Then if that is the case, prertty much anyone who matches the height and weight description (close enough) could play Batman/Bruce Wayne

Of course whoever WB picks for the next set of movies will not please all people - so what's new?
post #72 of 187
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Inquiring women want to know genital cup size for Batman.

Doesn't need one - he has Brass Balls tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by rich3fan View Post

Do women wear cups?
Some DO!eek.gif

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Inquiring women want to know genital cup size for Batman.
Say it isn't SO!eek.gifbiggrin.gif
post #74 of 187
Why cant batman be will smith?

will_smith_wallpaper.jpg
post #75 of 187
Because Batman is white, perhaps?
post #76 of 187
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Originally Posted by ratpacker View Post

Because Batman is white, perhaps?

Sad.....really not going to go there......
post #77 of 187
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Originally Posted by DavidML3 View Post

Why cant batman be will smith?
will_smith_wallpaper.jpg

Will Smith is IMO an underrated talent because of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Bad Boys and Independence Day. Ali, IMO, was an award winning performance, Pursuit of Happyness, and even going back to The Legend of Bagger Vance. Having said all of that, IMO, Bruce Wayne/Batman is simply not the right fit or is at least is a lesser fit compared to some other black actors that come to mind that have comparable talent and physical stature.
post #78 of 187
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Sad.....really not going to go there......

Pardon me for not being adequately "progressive" for your taste, but if you think it's sad, then good for you. And I'm not going any further either, because the mods will just delete it anyway.
post #79 of 187
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Will Smith is IMO an underrated talent because of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Bad Boys and Independence Day. Ali, IMO, was an award winning performance, Pursuit of Happyness, and even going back to The Legend of Bagger Vance. Having said all of that, IMO, Bruce Wayne/Batman is simply not the right fit or is at least is a lesser fit compared to some other black actors that come to mind that have comparable talent and physical stature.
Will Smith is hit/miss. His shtick (MIB/Bad Boys etc..) gets old quick. iRobot sucked. Hancock was pathetic. But, movies like seven pounds and pursuit prove he can act. I'd just be worried he'd do the shtick instead acting the part. I much prefer the serious approach than the campy versions.
post #80 of 187
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Will Smith is hit/miss. His shtick (MIB/Bad Boys etc..) gets old quick. iRobot sucked. Hancock was pathetic. But, movies like seven pounds and pursuit prove he can act. I'd just be worried he'd do the shtick instead acting the part. I much prefer the serious approach than the campy versions.

I agree with your preferences. I would think....or at least I would like to think that there would be discussions beforehand that they would be going the serious route, particularly given the success of the recent series. But I still would prefer to see someone other than Smith regardless.
post #81 of 187
Will Smith may not always deliver oscar winning performances in everything he does but one thing he does have, in my opinion, is charisma. He may not be the best actor in every screen shots, but he would be the one your eyes are drawn to because he's got a certain "presence".

I happen to thing that Reynold have some of that charisma. Not sure if he could pull off Bruce Wayne, but nonetheless, in my opinion, as a certain presence on screen and could perhaps pull it off.

Lets not forget the uproar that the casting of Daniel Craig as the new Bond had. Turned out pretty good I'd say.
post #82 of 187
Wait a minute....we can't have a Bat < 6'2" and now we can't have one who is black?
Picky picky picky....
post #83 of 187
I don’t think the American public would buy into a black Batman. It’s too ingrained in the psyche. Would they line up in droves to see Will Smith playing Captain Kirk, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Spock, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Uhura? Would they buy into a black Sherlock Holmes? Sometimes a cigar is just that, a cigar. wink.gif
post #84 of 187
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Will Smith may not always deliver oscar winning performances in everything he does but one thing he does have, in my opinion, is charisma. He may not be the best actor in every screen shots, but he would be the one your eyes are drawn to because he's got a certain "presence".
I happen to thing that Reynold have some of that charisma. Not sure if he could pull off Bruce Wayne, but nonetheless, in my opinion, as a certain presence on screen and could perhaps pull it off.
Lets not forget the uproar that the casting of Daniel Craig as the new Bond had. Turned out pretty good I'd say.

I could see Rynolds doing a good job as the playboy or wussy Bruce Wayne but looks like he is "acting" when he does a tougher, edgier scene in other movies.
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

I don’t think the American public would buy into a black Batman. It’s too ingrained in the psyche. Would they line up in droves to see Will Smith playing Captain Kirk, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Spock, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Uhura? Would they buy into a black Sherlock Holmes? Sometimes a cigar is just that, a cigar. wink.gif

bah, we'd forget quickly as 1/2 of the movie we'd only see his chin smile.gif
post #86 of 187
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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

bah, we'd forget quickly as 1/2 of the movie we'd only see his chin smile.gif

Which would still be black.

Will Smith as Batman? rolleyes.gif

How about Will Smith as Superman? tongue.gif

That's makes about as much sense as him or any other African American playing Batman. It isn't being racist to say that Batman has always been White. Such is not the case for Green Lantern though.

A lesson should have been learned from WILD, WILD, WEST eek.gif
Edited by Lee Stewart - 7/12/12 at 12:47pm
post #87 of 187
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

I don’t think the American public would buy into a black Batman. It’s too ingrained in the psyche. Would they line up in droves to see Will Smith playing Captain Kirk, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Spock, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Uhura? Would they buy into a black Sherlock Holmes? Sometimes a cigar is just that, a cigar. wink.gif

I'm not entirely sure your examples are apples to apples....or cigars to cigars if you will. I'm not sure the Batman character identity is the same as the Star Trek identity. First of all, Batman was/is a comic, which by nature almost anything is possible. And the icon itself is Batman, a caped crusader with an unknown identity that we readers know as Bruce Wayne. Sure, there's a certain image that comes to mind for Wayne as a white guy but that's only because that's all he's ever been portrayed as. But there is nothing in the storyline that tells me that he has to be a white guy. So why not have fun with it and change it up. With strong acting and a strong story, it shouldn't matter anyway IMO.

On the other hand, when you think Kirk, you think Shatner. Even with the reboot, you see this new guy that IMO did a great job, but when you project the story forward, you do so with Shatner in mind, who happens to be a white guy. At least I do. It's the same with Spock, although I do believe that you could sell the idea of a black Spock. But just the same, the comparison is always going to be this guy named Nimoy. Uhura I believe is different altogether because Nichols made history with that role. And because of that there's an expectation that Uhura is portrayed as a black woman. I believe changing that role would be a tougher sell than changing any of the others.

As the other poster stated, James Bond was always this smooth, clean cut playboy, which Daniel Craig is not. But IMO it not only works but works well. That's because the icon is Bond. Who Bond is becomes secondary.

And on a final note, the "too ingrained in the psyche" position would frankly take away 2/3 of the screenplays from black actors as very little has been written with blacks or black actors in mind. It's that very "psyche" that is trying to be overcome because it is in fact so limiting. I can appreciate where I think you're trying to go with that but I just happen to disagree.
post #88 of 187
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

Which would still be black.
Will Smith as Batman? rolleyes.gif
How about Will Smith as Superman? tongue.gif
That's makes about as much sense as him or any other African American playing Batman. It isn't being racist to say that Batman has always been White. Such is not the case for Green Lantern though.
A lesson should have been learned from WILD, WILD, WEST eek.gif

To make sure I'm on the same page here, are we talking about Will Smith portraying these characters? Or black/African American actors doing so?

I don't care what the opinion, position, argument, consideration, reason is.....I am not in favor of Smith playing Batman. In fact, I'm against him and Reynolds doing so and I think it's mainly because while they both carry a certain charisma, when I look at them I feel like there's a joke coming soon and these two can only do jokes one way. As a joke as opposed to just demonstrating a sense of humor that Bruce Wayne or Batman might have.
post #89 of 187
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

I don’t think the American public would buy into a black Batman. It’s too ingrained in the psyche. Would they line up in droves to see Will Smith playing Captain Kirk, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Spock, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Uhura? Would they buy into a black Sherlock Holmes? Sometimes a cigar is just that, a cigar. wink.gif
Good points.
However, a thought...
With these re-boots (now all the rage rolleyes.gif), does one really get excited to part with one's cash to watch the same thing over and over again?
The same frickin' origin story again and again?

If these re-boots are the future, then they better change it up or I'll stay home in the HT with my big screen and favorite beverages.wink.gif
post #90 of 187
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

Good points.
However, a thought...
With these re-boots (now all the rage rolleyes.gif), does one really get excited to part with one's cash to watch the same thing over and over again?
The same frickin' origin story again and again?
If these re-boots are the future, then they better change it up or I'll stay home in the HT with my big screen and favorite beverages.wink.gif

Given enough "beverages" then you might be acting out the characters yourself! biggrin.gif
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