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Nathan Fillion To Play Hal Jordan In Animated Movie GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS!!

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An interesting thing about this, besides the fact that fans have spent years crying out for Nathan Fillion to be cast as the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, is that Fillion co-starred with the new live-action Hal Jordan, Ryan Reynolds, on the ABC sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl.”

The live-action arrives 10 days after the animation.

David Boreanaz, who got to pummel Fillion on the final season of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” played Hal in “Justice League: The New Frontier.” Chris Meloni played Hal in “Green Lantern: First Flight.”

Also gratifying? They also got Jason Isaacs as Sinistro, Elisabeth Moss as Arisia, and Henry Rollins as Kilowog.

Details on the new DC straight-to-Blu release headed our way this summer:




BURBANK, CA, (February 8, 2011) – Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) lead a diverse array of performers as the voices behind Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Building up to the release of the highly anticipated live action film, Green Lantern, in theatres June 17, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights arrives on Blu-Ray™, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

Fillion provides the voice of the animated film’s central character Hal Jordan, the human Green Lantern assigned to Sector 2814 (which includes Earth). Fillion has starred in several primetime television series including Desperate Housewives, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also developed a popular cult following as a pair of Joss Whedon’s heroic captains: Capt. Mal Reynolds in the space-western series Firefly and follow-up film, Serenity; and Captain Hammer in Whedon’s internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Fillion returns to the DC Universe after his successful turn as Steve Trevor in the animated film Wonder Woman, and has performed voice work on Justice League, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., and several Halo video games.

Moss gives voice to Arisia, a young recruit forced into her first mission on just her third day as a Green Lantern. Prior to starring as the ever-evolving Peggy Olson in AMC’s ground-breaking series Mad Men, Moss was featured on The West Wing, Invasion and Picket Fences. Moss has been active in voiceovers for animation with previous roles in Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, Freakazoid! and It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown!.

The voice cast for the animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights also features actor/spoken word artist Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy, The Henry Rollins Show) as Kilowog, Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films) as Sinestro, legendary professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (They Live) as Bolphunga, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Abin Sur, Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries) as Laira and Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Deegan. Radio Hall of Fame commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson voices the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet.

Bruce Timm is executive producer of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Directors are Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva and Christopher Berkeley.

The full-length animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights complements the Warner Bros. theatrical release of the highly anticipated live-action major motion picture, Green Lantern. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.



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  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    But, he's already Steve Trevor, isn't he?

    by MattDomville

    Why do we need to keep using doubled up comic book actors for Green Lantern roles? Reynolds was already Deadpool.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I liked "Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Fun show.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Bruce Timm.

    by blackwood

    Timm has blown my mind time and again with the quality of every single one of these releases. Blows the Marvel shit clear out of the water. I watched half an hour of PLANET HULK and couldn't take it. Garbage, every inch. Terrible, terrible animation. I couldn't give two craps about Green Lantern as a character, but I watched FIRST FLIGHT and liked it a lot, so I will check this out. Fillion was also in the WONDER WOMAN cartoon, and fantastic. WW is my favourite of all the films. I used to pine for the live action film, but I genuinely don't think they can do better. The DC films play like they matter, like someone gives a shit, and so I will always be grateful for Bruce Timm.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    That factoid about "Two Guys and a Girl" is, in fact, not interesting.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Fillion is a great straight to video actor.

    by Pigdog

    And that's all he'll ever be. That's for all you gimps talking him up for Uncharted.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Surprisingly cool news

    by Jimbonx

    Will most likely be superior to the Reynolds version.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Get In The Van!!!

    by TrainWreck1969

    Rollins as Kilowog...classic. Can I get a Black Flag joke somehow? Bruce Timm, are you reading this?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Fillion would have been great for UNCHARTED.

    by blackwood

    And he's a better actor that Mark Wahlberg.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Neither Fillion or Wahlberg are right for Uncharted.

    by Pigdog

  • How about doing 2 shows Fillion?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Crisis on 2 earths with James Woods is the most epic

    by UltraTron

    fucking thing ever made. The highest stakes- the best superhero battles ever. Batman has never been more epic and detective comics perfect. Wonderwoman fight with Superwoman- submit!!! Owlman is a better villain than any other character ever. His motivations are better than any other villain. Just perfect. Yes it's a cartoon. Yes there is no live action comic movie to even approach it. Yes Nathan Fillion was always a tv level actor. Where you guys that dumbed down by the bush admin? Yes I thought roddy piper was dead

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    It's pretty scary when Jaron Pitts fan video for GL

    by zinc_chameleon

    is significantly better than the WB one. Nathan is Hal Jordan, with all his strengths and flaws. After seeing the trailers/teasers for Capt. America and Thor, I'm seriously worried that my favourite boyhood hero--Green Lantern--is not going to get the epic treatment he deserves. May the Lantern guide you, Martin Campbell.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Woody Allen for Uncharted!

    by Ray_Tango

    Existential Jewish crisis while hiding-behind-cover/popping-out-and-shooting. Rinse and repeat for 2 hours.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    sounds cool. shame it's not the real film. that cast sounds more appealing.

    by therootstheroots

    the galaxy bros.

  • Just doesn't work as well on the big screen. Don't know why, but that's just how it is with some actors. Like Mark Harmon.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Fillion has a nice gravy train going in Castle...

    by Chewtoy

    That show will run for years yet and keep him set for life... and why not? It's a solid show. Hopefully he'll keep doing cool side projects in his off-time. Voicing video games and toons like Halo, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, even that guest shot on Venture Bros., appearing in independent films like Waitress and Trucker, doing off-the-wall stuff like Dr. Horrible and hopefully some fun genre things like Slither and Serenity.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hello to Jason Isaacs

    by my liege

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    that fan trailer

    by NoMotivatioN

    Blows away the real trailer and its because of that he got the voice casting? Thats just awsome . The DC cartoons are sick and really fun to watch, Crisis on two earths was the shit! & had good writting, action, drawing that whole zoom in and out of the action as its happening infront of you is pretty great.Like george does in EP2. but its done better in these flicks. I always find myself renting these straight to video on demand and watching how they do the action and stories, like redhood but again Crisis on two earths has been the best so far for me. The conversation Batman has as his other self as, Owlman at the end,just ignites the why batman is so bad ass. lol he didnt blink. Epic.

  • Dumb-asses.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I agree.

    by NoMotivatioN

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    All fillion can hope for is voiceacting superheroes

    by Redhead_Redemption

    he's 50 with a biff, he will NEVER be casts in a superhero role, fanboys need to suck a dick

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Was hoping for Kyle =/

    by jaylerd

    I expected this movie to be based on the Emerald Knights storyline, with Kyle bringing Hal back from the past, although I have no idea how coherent or good of a movie that could make. Still, I hoped to see some Kyle in something stronger than a cameo ala the various DCU series.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Nathan should have been Cap.

    by shutupfanboy

    Yeah, he is a bit old for the role, but an older Cap is what will be needed for Avengers. I just hope they don't AniMatrix this thing and give away a lot of details or get our hopes up to only see it crashing down around our heads in the live action movie. Rollins as Kilowag is an inspired casting.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Next, is Batman:Year one with Kevin Conroy!!!

    by BlackBriar

    The DC animations films are great! They need to do Flash, Green Arrow, Aqua-Man and Plastic Man

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    "Fillion is a great straight to video actor"

    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah, and Sam Worthington gets leading roles in major franchises. So what's your point?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    To all Fillion sympathisers...

    by Pigdog

    Get bent! And worthington is a cock too, fuck knows how he got his gigs. What can I say; the sun even shines on a dogs arse some days.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by UMAGA

    Fuck everyone else.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Cast Fillion as Wonder Woman

    by _Venkman

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Eh, he's 6 years younger than Robert Downey Jr.

    by Chewtoy

    ... and all of 5 years older than Ryan Reynolds, so as long as there are still superheroes that aren't being rebooted for Justin Beiber fans then there's always the chance to consider him. Personally, I think Whedon should use him like Raimi used Bruce Campbell in the Spider-man flicks... give him an scene-stealing cameo in each Avengers movie.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Full length animated feature?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Bummer, I thought it was going to be styled liked the Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight, with some stylish animated shorts. This sounds like just another one of Timm's flat, forgettable entries.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Where's Crisis on Infinite Earths?

    by bat725

    Come on, man!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Is Castle any good?

    by David Cloverfield

    Fillion was awesome in everything I've seen him in. But never gave that show a try, seems like the rest of the terrible, vanilla crime shows on today.

  • I hate the look of the current animation style of these DC WB movies, from that Watchmen Black Freighter thing all the way to "Young Justice." It sucks. Please change it.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Kingdom Come?

    by Spyhunter

    Any chance they'd ever do Kingdom Come? It'd probably have to be CGI, because I don't think the hand drawn animation would do Alex Ross's work justice.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Castle is solid, but it's certainly not ambitious...

    by Chewtoy

    It really is just another crime show that skates along on the charm of the characters investigating things. The tone can vary from mostly lighthearted to fairly serious (when they dip back into the ongoing mystery of who killed the main detective lady's mother.) Oddly, despite the outlandish premise of an author on a near-permanent ride-along with the police, it actually seems more realistic in its portrayal of police work than most other current police procedurals in that they're not all super-cops working with high tech equipment and crazy forensics to solve crimes. That said, it's a long, long way from even "NYPD Blue" levels of reality, let alone something out of the real world.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Actually, triple_j_72

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    The thing that bothers me about Young Justice isn't the animation--it's the crappy writing/dialogue and bad characterization. The constant repetition of "today is the day!" to "hello, Megan!" to the relentlessly blatant sexual harassment of Martian Girl, to Robin's completely un-hilarious penchant of making up random new words, to the extremely puerile arguments that the characters are involved in. . .it's grating. I mean, maybe that's what they're going for. Since the characters are all teens, I'd imagine that stupid conversations, awful humor, and poorly veiled sexual innuendo would be realistic. Except it makes the show that much harder to enjoy.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I've been watching tge Avengers cartoon.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Marvel animation is definitely improved lately. And the show has been pretty good.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Can we get a Dr. Horrible TV show or movie?

    by Hesiod2k7

    Glee meets The Cape.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    They should make it like Hollywood Knights

    by deelzbub

    and Hal should pee in the punchbowl

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Let me finish that headline for you...

    by jimmy_009

    "Nathan Fillion To Play Hal Jordan In Animated Movie GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS, should be too busy filming Uncharted movie."

  • It was an awesome fan trailer. It has over 4 million views on youtube.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Castle is Murder, She Wrote.

    by blackwood

    Like, exactly. It's kind of old lady fun.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Henry Rollins as Kilowog!?

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Never thought to put him with that character but it seems to fit.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Hulk Vs Wolverine was a good Marvel direct to DVD

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    But I agree that all of the rest have not been so great.

  • Was actually suprised that she, reynolds and fillion were in this when I rewatched it a few years ago.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Sinestro corps War?!

    by Norman Colson

    I'm still waiting DC... Please make it happen, I would love to see that on dvd. In blu-ray... I mean why not, that was the arc of the century right there!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    And regarding the Uncharted Movie

    by AshMcQ

    I totally trust Russel T. Davies on this one. Sony can be glad they got him for this project.

  • Insomnia cured!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    DC's offerings have been pretty solid.

    by rbatty024

    I'm looking forward to this.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Jason Isaacs IS the voice of Smaug!!!

    by bestbond

    He would be perfect for the role.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    "Henry Rollins as Kilowog"

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    If I made a list of random sentences I never thought I'd hear, that would have to be in the top five.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    DC Animation better overall

    by IceTitan

    Marvel still has a few good ones, both Ultimate Avengers movies were really good. I agree with the guy who earlier said that Planet Hulk had bad animation but if you can look past that then the rest of the movie was alright. Bonus points for having Beta Ray Bill in it.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Poor Fillion, not good enough for the real deal, ah?

    by chien_sale

    it's just pathetic at this point

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Is there even any doubt?

    by catlettuce4

    That this will be much better than the live-action version? Even if you don't like the stories for some reason, you can't deny the animated movies know how to showcase superhero fights and action far better than the live-action films can manage. And there's no real excuse for that, since the live fights could be handled with CG anyhow. It's simply lack of talent/vision for what can be shown. When the heroes and villains clash in the animated shows you know you're watching super powered characters throw down... you can feel every punch.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Will it be GL's origin story again?

    by Pop_aristocrat

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Why Always The Shitty Art Style

    by Autodidact

    Most of these Showcase discs are so "almost there" for me. I don't understand why the art style is always so fugly and dumbed down. It doesn't have to be ugly and cartoonish just because it's a cartoon. I really appreciated the slightly different and more realistic take on character design and art style in Under The Red Hood.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    All Marvel Animation is Garbage

    by Autodidact

    I assumed before The Ultimates animated movie came out that they'd amp up the animation style. But no, that movie and every single other Marvel movie has virtually the same art style, where they don't seem to use rulers for straight lines, there is not a single bit of detail to be found in the art (look at the joke of a "space station" in The Ultimates.... it's so poorly drawn and so poorly animated when it explodes that it's fucking embarassing) and where the artist's range for drawing facial expressions includes only: 1. "I need to focus on taking this dump" 2. "I'm horrified about the dump going wrong" 3. "I have quipped about my dump and I am showing my amusement by cocking one eyebrow and smiling like a cartoon cat." And anytime they try to do anything dynamic or exciting it just comes off sad-looking. The animators always seem to be undecided about exactly what the character is doing, like a fucking animation student who's making things up frame to frame. I have a few of these animations on my shelf and each one has been a chore to watch just once. DC's house animations are better all around, but suffer from their own generally ugly and dumbed down design style. At least things move nicely and they seem to keep some rulers around the animation department. They're also capable of putting in at least SOME detail somewhere in the art.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST

    I think the SHIELD ruined police/crime shows for me

    by David Cloverfield

    How can you go back to CSI or Castle or any of that stuff after seeing the 7 glorious seasons of SHIELD?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Max Fleischer Superman

    by Autodidact

    Now that is some good fucking animation!

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    david cloverfield

    by SavageJuicebox

    Couldn't agree more.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    This sounds better than the actual live action cast

    by Superthug3000

    This would have been a dream cast for the live action movie! Thanks, Andrea Romano for showing some sense. Also will this follow the same universe from Brightest Day or a new universe. I only ask because the costumes look the same as that entry from the still shown. And if so why not use the previous cast ? Were they not available? In any regard I think this sounds great and will be looking more forward to this than what will probably be a sucktacular live action version.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    I would agree with you Autodidact....

    by Superthug3000

    I would agree with you Autodidact if not for the Planet Hulk entry. That showed some promise.

  • I'm not impressed by the look of things. Hopefully there's a miracle about to take place.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Hal Jordan is the old fart Green Latern, bring on

    by parissun

    John (my preference) or Kyle.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    So far, the best DC direct to video OVA goes to..

    by Stalkeye

    ..Batman under the red hood.Runners up goes to batman/Superman: Public Enemies. (Shazam: return of the Black Adam would have been a contender if not for the mere 20 minutes of animation.) Wonder Woman would be the last on my list of faves. That being said, DCAU is on track and I cant wait till All star Superman debuts.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    Check out the Marvel Anime seies that consist of Iron Man, Wlverine, Blade and The Xmen. The animation chores are handled by studio Madhouse and the art itself is somewhat reminiscent of Ninja Scroll. So far both Ironman and Wolverine has met my expectations and if you ask me, marvel should have the japanese handle thier IP's (regarding animation) from now on.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    Didnt he voice one of the characters from Batman beyond? Herc you forgot to mention that Rollins is mostly known for the LA Punk band Black Flag, but then again, how would you know? You're a nerd. No offense BTW.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    My least favorite of the DC direct to DVD movies...

    by rbatty024

    was probably the last one, Batman/Superman: Apokalypse. Wonder Woman and New Frontier might be my two favorites (although the Red Hood isn't far behind).

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    FINALLY! And Jason Issacs as Sinestro!!!

    by Nick

    I could have sworn that some of the folks here suggested those two for the live action show. Does anyone remember who the Talkbackers wanted for Carol Ferris? Personally, I like Lauren Graham, but Morrena Baccarin would make a nice pairing with her Whedon-esque cohort Fillion.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Superherohype beat AICN to the punch on this one two days ago.

    by HalJordan2814

    Love ya, Herc, but this is old news already.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    I had that filed away as still in the future. If it's available now I'll definitely check it out.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    what they need to do

    by imagegod

    is do a CG feature Alex Ross style, take the money and resources of crap like the Batman Superman Apocalypse, Wonder Woman and all that other C student caliber of bullshit and spend time on actual quality. do JUSTICE, or Kingdom Come or something like that... even something like a CG Dark Knight Returns would crush all this other animated garbage. fuck, get Pixar on this already.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Jason Issacs is so win. So. Very. Win.

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    I'm stoked for this movie simply due to all the talent attached. Hope it pays out/off. I would really love to see some more Gary Cole voiced The Spectre installments though. My oldest daughter and I have watched that short too many times. Surly Niles has more stories to tell in that vein. Perhaps I'm too big of a Cal McDonald fan.... Neal McDonough's Green Arrow was very, very good too. DC is really putting out some surprisingly quality animated films/shorts.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    THIS is cool...

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    DC Animated flicks are great

    by fustfick

    "New Frontiers" is easily my favorite. And while I really dig the shorts they've been adding to these discs (like Jonah Hex and The Spirit), there are lots more characters to explore in the features. I want a Lobo animated movie. And Swamp Thing. And while we're at it, how 'bout a feature length Jonah Hex animated flick to help forget the live action turkey?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Such a Shame

    by Mike

    I like Ryan Reynolds, but it's such a shame that he was cast as Hal Jordan when Jensen Ackles (Dean from supernatural) was BORN to play Hal Jordan... Reynolds would be a great Kyle or an even greater Barry Allen or Wally West, but I don't see him as a Hal Jordan... I"m nervous about the movie but I still think it will be great because I trust the director as well as Geoff Johns

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by Yaroh_Meringue

    I love Arisia. She should have the flouncier Joe Staton cape/skirt tho'. Oh, I'd love to see an animated Swamp Thing movie with a rock score like something out of the '81 Heavy Metal movie.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    The problem with DC Animated shorts are..

    by Stalkeye

    ..that they are too damn short.(Litterly) I would have loved to see a 80 minute movie based on Spectre, Hex and of course Captain Marvel. I like the idea of a Swamp Thing OVA especially if it's based on Alan moore's material. That would fucking own!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Hey shutupfanboy..

    by steverogers5

    Totally agree! I always thought from the first thing I saw him in that he had the right look for Cap. (Especially the 80es version I read as a kid..) And he actually is a fan of the comic book itself.. Of course given the amount of hatred I've seen spewed from American fanboys over Brits being cast as Bats & Superman, I don't think Marvel would have been ballsy enough to cast a canadian as the most American of super-heroes, let alone one that was in his thirties. (Thank goodness Jon Favreau stuck to his guns in casting RDJ as Stark. Marvel were against that too on the grounds of him supposedly also being too old..)