05/18/2005: Name an upcoming role, and some fanboy will mention him....
In dropping a comment on a post at Half-Bakered, I did a quick search at the IMDB and noticed that apparently there is a big screen adaptation of DC's The Flash in the works, with a prospective 2006 release date. While finishing lunch, I took a gander at the IMDB message boards, where one of the threads on The Flash is the almost inevitable question (in this context; the IMDB entry for the film doesn't list any prospective cast members yet), "Who would you cast as The Flash?"
And just as inevitably, someone said, "BRUCE CAMPBELL".
Inevitable, because you have to understand the mindset of cult cinema fans. Pete Vonder Haar expressed it best (the context here is a discussion of who will inherit the mantle of James Bond from Pierce Brosnan):
Bruce Campbell - Every fanboy's dream casting choice for every role ever proposed, from Superman to the Lizard. Could a 12 gauge, double-barreled Remington replace the Walther PPK?Understand that I yield to just about no fanboy in my admiration for Mr. Campbell's talents. If I were really forced to do a list of "10 DVDs I must have if I were marooned on a desert island", Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, Army of Darkness and Bubba Ho-tep would take 4 of my 10 slots without my thinking much about it. (I just realized that I'd have to reserve two more slots for Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2; that means that of my 10 desert island DVDs fully half would be Sam Raimi flicks, while 60% would have Bruce in at least a cameo role. Am I pathetic or what?) Still, I just can't see casting Bruce Campbell as Wally West (the comments on the message board indicate that the film version of "The Flash" will be the character known to comics geeks as "Flash III", not the Silver Age Barry Allen Flash that I grew up with)--for that matter, I can't see casting Bruce as Barry Allen; I've never pictured Barry having that prominent a chin.
Len on 05.18.05 @ 02:06 PM CST