"5 Things That Fans Think Are True, But Are Not" (Part 3 of 5)
Author: Mark Hughes
July 12, 2013

PART 3: "The physical appearance of the actors/actresses is what
matters most when casting comic book/superhero films."

One of the most frustrating attitudes to confront among comic book fanboys and fangirls when discussing how Hollywood should adapt comics into films, is in the obsessive focus on physical appearance of actors.

The perfect example of this is when Marvel was reportedly speaking with actor John Krasinski about offering him the role of Steve Rogers AKA Captain America. Online fans went nuts, furiously demanding Marvel reverse course and denouncing the possibility of Krasinski playing Captain America. Why were fans so livid and convinced Krasinski couldn’t make a good Steve Rogers? Well, his hair is dark blond when in the comics Captain America clearly has light blond hair. Also, Krasinski wasn’t muscle-bound. Never mind that Krasinski is a great actor and a former athlete who in fact could easily bulk up to fit the muscular physique of the character.

An even more insipid example of this mindless behavior among the worst segment of fanboys was on display when Sony initially cast Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming film, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Male fans took to their keyboards to insist that Woodley wasn’t “hot enough” to play MJ, in one of the clearest examples of the tendency toward hostile misogyny in male comic book fans I’ve seen in a long time. These emotionally stunted young men likewise usually react with resentment toward complaints about the portrayal of females in comics in general, display hostility toward female fans, and have distorted perceptions of what women should look like and the role women should play in real life. It’s an ugly and ignorant way to behave.

This childish belief that every male star should be 6 foot 6 inches tall and have giant bulging muscles, and that every female star should be a Victoria’s Secrets model with huge boobs, whose sole purpose is to serve as a sex object, is one of the worst examples of things fanboys think are true but really aren’t. - Mark Hughes

PART 1: "The general public is totally familiar with superhero comics and cartoons."

PART 2: "If it works in superhero comics and animation, it'll work in a live-action film too."

PART 4: "Changes to the source material are a slap in the face and these changes are made intentionally just to f** with fans."

PART 5: "It's fans who make these films hundreds of millions of dollars."

Mark Hughes is a screenwriter for film & TV
and a longtime senior BOF contributor.
Follow him on Twitter @MARKHUGESFILMS.
You can read Mark's coverage of films
via his Forbes blog, “Reel Estate with Mark Hughes.”

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