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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ant-Man Movie Confirmed! My Top Choices of Who Should Play Ant-Man!

So it seems that the long-awaited and long-talked-about Ant-Man movie based on the Marvel Comics has finally been confirmed by Disney & Marvel Studios! About time, right?

Marvel announced that the Ant-Man movie will get a November 6th release date in 2015 after the May release of Avengers 2 in the same year. Will he be making a short cameo in Avengers 2 and primed for a bigger role in Avengers 3? Nobody knows yet, but the speculations are already buzzing round the comic book community.

With the great news of an Ant-Man flick finally coming to light, many are already giving their top choices of who should play the famous and original team member, Henry Pym a.k.a Ant-Man. I've so far seen some really outrageous suggestions of certain actors who should play the role from Adrian Brody to Bradley Cooper.

All I have to say to those two choices is a huge a definite, NAY! I can see Thor chiming in with me as well. Here's who I think should play the scientist turned Avengers superhero.

Simon Baker from the hit T.V. series The Mentalist is my top choice for the actor who should play Henry Pym. Just look at him at the pictures of the actual comic character and you can see he actually looks like the character.
Despite the fact Baker looks close to the character, he also looks believable that he could play a geeky biochemist that creates a size-altering formula. His role in The Mentalist T.V. series does have him solve various crimes with powerful observational and analytical skills. Perfect for the role of a scientist.

Bradley Cooper just doesn't seem like he could pull off a convincing geek scientist. Although the character of Henry Pym in the comic is arrogant and Bradley does pull off the arrogant roles quite well, he doesn't have that acting quality that could make him pass for a genius scientist. He looks more like a pretty boy jock. Sorry, Bradley.

As for Adrian Brody, sure, he looks like he can pull off the geeky scientist. Probably even more than Simon Baker, but he doesn't have the look and blonde locks would just look weird and unnatural on him. 

Besides, there's a very smooth, charm that Simon Baker can get. He can be arrogant in a subtle and intelligent way, while Cooper and the roles he plays just comes off as arrogant in a brash, low brow way. 

Aaron Eckhart would be my second choice to fit into the role of Henry Pym. There's a few reasons for this.

Although he looks less like Henry Pym in the comic book than Simon Baker, he can also be convincing as a scientist genius that happened to be born with good looks.

I know, he's Harvey Dent a.k.a Two Face in Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight, but that's another reason why I can see him as Ant-Man. His role as Dent was intense, so he can play a passionate and intense scientist who stumbles upon an incredible formula to manipulate the size of an unusual set of subatomic particles within the human body.

Also, Eckhart has proven himself as an action hero in the 2011 movie Battle: Los Angeles. After all, if we're all hearing this correctly, it is speculated that Henry Pym will be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Eckhart can pull off a military attitude.

These are my top two choices, and two actors that I think would be great as Henry Pym/Ant-Man. I doubt they'll be picked, and the role will probably go to someone who looks far from the actual comic character.

If Bradley Cooper and Adrian Brody are picked, I'm definitely going to slap my forehead on that call. Sure, I'll still go see the flick, but I just don't see those actors being able to pull off the qualities of the comic character I know and grew up with. 

Wondering what's the first appearance of Henry Pym and the Ant-Man in the world of Marvel Comics? Just click the link to discover the answer. 

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