Guess The Name Of Geeky Daddy’s Newest Addition To The Family!

A few months ago, the Geeky Family lost our cat Snickers to lymphoma. It was especially tough because she and Lil’ G were BFF’s.

Recently, Geeky Mommy decided that our other cat Tibby (who I still want to re-name General Zod) has been too lonely and needed a new sidekick to hang around with (i.e. terrorize, beat up and act as his minion). She swears the addition of another cat has nothing to do with torturing my cat allergies…

Geeky Mommie Note: Our new kitty is a Siamese, which are low-shedding and better for people with cat allergies!

Enter our newest fluffy little bundle of joy:

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But what to name her? I briefly considered some of the top cat names from Japan such as Fuku (Lucky), but some seemed to really fit.

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If there were 3 of them, I’d do with Tora! Tora! Tora! (Tiger)

Here Are My Top Ten Names We Considered For Our New Cat:

10: Faora (General Zod’s Wife)

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The sleeves make the outfit. (image credit Warner Bros)

This would obviously be lost in translation without re-branding Tibby as General Zod, which as I already said, I am more than open to. The Terrance Stamp Zod from 1980’s Superman II and not the Michael Shannon version from 2013’s Man Of Steel.

9. Tribble

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Who didn’t love those little trouble makers from the classic original Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”. They even look like the little hair balls left around the house that love to torment my allergies.

8. Mogwai

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I think Mogwai makes more sense for a female cat than Gizmo (which I think sounds more masculine). The name Mogwai comes from Cantonese folklore and is “a kind of demon held to be harmful to humans”. According to my cat allergies, there is no better name for a cat!

7. Jaina (Solo)

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Jaina Solo, AKA ‘The Sword of the Jedi’, was the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia in the now defunct Star Wars Expanded Universe. She was smart, tough, an excellent pilot and written extremely well by author Karen Travis in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force series!

6. Takei

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George Takei has a larger presence in pop culture today than he did in his Sulu days on Star Trek. Takei has always struck me as a good name for a pet. “Takei! Get off the damn counter!”

5. Krull

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What science fiction fan is not familiar with the movie Krull? It totally ranks up there with Last Star Fighter as some truly cheesy 80’s sci-fi fun!

While maybe not the ‘cutest’ pet name imaginable, it does sound tough!

4. Tauntaun

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Tauntaun fits for this cat for a couple reasons. The coloring is very similar between the feline and the trusty steed of our star-fairing heroes in Empire Strikes back. And we did pick up the cat in the middle of a Michigan snow storm!

3. Loki

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As part of Marvel’s numerous attempts to increase their diversity in their comic books over the past decade, Thor’s stepbrother (and often arch rival) has recently reborn as a female human. Why? Because while Marvel’s cinematic universe can do no wrong, it seems as though their comic book universe can do no right.

2. The Kracken

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The Kracken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. What does this have to do with a beige cat? Nothing. I just want to be able to walk in the house and say “Release the Kracken!”

1. Kneesaa (female Ewok)

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Kneesaa was a female Ewok who served as Princess of Bright Tree Village.  Later, she became the Chieftainess of Bright Tree Village and wife of Wicket Wystri Warrick. (Geeky Mommy is more of a fan of this name than I am)

Please comment with your guess as to which name you think the Geeky Family ran with for our new addition!

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Geeky Daddy’s Top Ten (And Bottom 5) Choices To Win The Hollywood’s ‘Battle For The Cowl’ To Play Batman

With the news that Ben Affleck will no longer donning the Cowl as Batman for any future films, fans everywhere are clamoring for any information on who will win the Hollywood Battle For The Cowl!

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Word is director Matt Reeves already has his favorite choice in mind: Jake Gyllenhaal.

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“Wayne, Bruce Wayne.”

Gyllenhaal is an interesting choice and probably more likely to receive some serious consideration this time around than he did previously.  He was in the running for Batman Begins, which he lost to Christian Bale and his raspy voice, but now has the successes of End of Watch and Nightcrawler padding his resume.

Rumor mill has it that Warner Brothers is exploring the idea of having a series of stand alone Batman movies as opposed to one long, continuous story arc spanning multiple movies. This could help open up more casting possibilities who otherwise wouldn’t want to be attached to a long-term, multi-film contract.

Stand alone movies also opens the possibility for multiple genres of Batman films: A horror film stalking the Scarecrow, a detective movie matching wits against the Riddler, an action film vs. Killer Croc (preferably not the one from Suicide Squad), a comedy with Clayface and so on.

Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top Ten Bruce Wayne/Batman casting ideas:

TOP TEN Batmen

Tom Ellis

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The first “Tom” on our list is already playing a character from the DC Universe, Lucifer, on the Fox television series (not so ironically called) Lucifer! Tom Ellis plays the fallen angel with a charisma that could easily transfer into Gotham city’s favorite billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.

Tom Hiddleston

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Obviously this is extremely unlikely to happen since Tom Hiddleston currently has a multi-film deal with Marvel. Hiddleston has literally stolen every scene he has appeared in throughout his Marvel career as Thor’s brother Loki, the Norse God of Mischief.

After appearing in the entertaining made for television mini-series The Night Manager, Hiddleston is now a serious consideration to sign another multi-film franchise deal as the new James Bond.

I don’t think any actor can handle three franchise deals at the same time, except of course Dwayne Johnson.

Brett Dalton

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Known mostly for playing the (overly played out) role of Grant Ward on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brett Dalton has the super hero look and chin to fill out the Dark Knight’s cowl.

Luke Evans

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Known for many roles such as Jason Statham’s little brother Owen Shaw in the Fast & The Furious franchise, Bard in the Hobbit movies and as Gaston in 2017’s Beauty & The Beast movie, Luke Evans has one of the most important traits necessary to pull off a truly convincing Batman: a cool voice! It is raspy without the over the top gravelly Vin Diesel impersonation Christian Bale attempted.

Justin Gordon Levitt

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Last we saw Christopher Nolan casting staple Justin Gordon Levitt in the Batman-verse was when he inherited the Batcave from the believed-to-be deceased Bruce Wayne at the end of The Dark Night Rises. While I would love to see something done with Levitt in the Batman role, I wonder if audiences would find it to confusing seeing him cast as Bruce Wayne.

Jensen Ackles

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Jensen Ackles has cultivated an incredible following since staring in the CW program Supernatural, which is currently in its 13th season! He is also somewhat familiar with the Batman world having provided the voice for Jason Todd in my favorite animated super-hero movie of all time – Batman: Under The Red Hood.

Casting Ackles could be a great way for Warner Brothers to sell some Batman tickets to the female market ages 18-40.

Matt Bomer

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Who else was a fan of USA Network’s White Collar? I thought that show was very well written and casted. My wife was a huge fan of Matt Bomer on White Collar as well. This picture pretty much sums up why. She could watch his scenes with the TV on mute and enjoyed them just as much.

Ryan Gosling

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“Hey girl, I’m Batman.”

Speaking of men my wife likes more than me, star of Blade Runner Runner 2049 and women’s favorite memes all over Facebook, Ryan Gosling would also have the physique, presence and acting chops to pull off billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.

Karl Urban

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More of an unconventional choice, Karl Urban personifies how I picture the aged, reclusive and disgruntled Batman of Frank Millers Return Of The Dark Knight comic mini-series. Closer to the age of 50 with a male version of ‘resting bitch face’, Urban has that ‘I hate everybody” presence about him and could easily be seen threatening those damn kids at the front of Wayne Manor to get off his lawn!

Nathan Fillion

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Ten years ago or shortly off his stint as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, Nathan Fillion probably would have been my first choice as the world’s greatest detective. Fillion showed a diverse range of emotion as an actor on Firefly and Castle and could successfully take Bruce Wayne in a comedic, action or dramatic direction.

It would have been cool to see him cast opposite fellow Firefly veteran Alan Tudyk as a goofy villain such as Mad Hatter, Joker or Ventriloquist.

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Alan Tudyk as Bruce Wayne’s cousin Van Wayne on Powerless.

Manu Bennett

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Again, probably ten years too late, CW’s Deathstroke, Manu Bennett, could pull off an interesting aged and embittered Batman.

Bottom Five You Wouldn’t Want to See As Batman

SETH MACFARLANE

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As Batman, this would be taking the caped crusader just too far down the comedic route for me. And who would the villain be? A resurrected Caesar Romero Joker?

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The painted over mustache was always the best.

However, in a supporting role, Seth MacFarlane could be a fun choice. Perhaps Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend and later adversary Dr. Thomas Elliot / Hush or fellow billionaire hero Ted Kord / Blue Beetle.

Side Note: Anybody else think The Orville is rather hit or miss? Some episodes are funny and thought provoking but others seem like poorly written Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction.

JIM PARSONS

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It would be interesting to see Jim Parsons outside of his hit television series Big Bang Theory but I just can’t see him patrolling crime alley. I could, however, see him as one of the deranged patients inside Arkam Asylum.

His experience portraying Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s obsessive compulsive disorder and eidetic memory could be put to use as an unbalanced Mad Hatter or Riddler.

ROWAN ATKINSON

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Mr. Bean would undoubtably make the world’s worst Dark Knight of all time. I can already picture him attempting to subdue a perp with his Batarang and just nailing himself in the crotch.

If Warner Brothers does decide to lighten up the Batman universe however, Rowan Atkinson could pull off a very convincing Alfred Pennyworth.

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON (AKA Franchise Viagra)

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I am not sure if it is California law that any film project with a budget north of $100 million needs to have Dwayne Johnson‘s name attached to it, but it seems like they all do.

If ‘The Rock’ wants to expand his acting horizons and take on a villain role ( a la Arnold schwarzenegger in Terminator) I think he would make an awesome Killer Croc!

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KEVIN SMITH

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I am okay with Kevin Smith writing the script for a new Batman film, but that would be about it.

Batman Day At Build-A-Bear Features New Harley Quinn, Joker And Others

My wallet is fortunate enough that Lil’ G-Man is still to young for this, but those days are ending soon…

Tomorrow (Saturday 23rd) is Batman Day and Build-A-Bear is joining in the fun with new characters from DC Comics. Included are a online exclusive Harley Quinn (celebrating her 25th anniversary) and Joker bears, as well as sneak peaks at the new Justice League characters that will be released mid October to coincide with the movie.

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The classic Harley Quinn, not the Margot Robbie one
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Want me to make a pencil disappear?

Currently, Build-A-Bear has Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman costumes available for your bears, but these will be complete kits.

Russia Is Getting Tired Of Bulgarians Turning Soviet Monuments Into Super-Hero Monuments

While we here in the United States like to think the world revolves around us (or, in some moronic cases, that the world is flat), it turns out we do not have the monopoly on defacing polarizing historical monuments.

The Moscow Times is reporting that pranksters in Bulgaria have been going around repainting Soviet era monuments to represent capitalists American super-heroes!

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Is that Ronald McDonald or Waldo in clown make-up behind Superman?

The monument in Sofia’s Lozenets district, was spray painted on the eve of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s celebration of its 123rd anniversary to depict Superman, Santa Claus, Captain America, the Joker and others.

I honestly don’t know much about Bulgarian political history, but I am curious about any cause that is powerful enough to unite these diverse characters into a common cause. Maybe Putin canceled Christmas?



Whatever the cause, the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria is demanding that it be cleaned up, the dastardly vandals be punished and more security measures be put in place.

But lets also give credit where credit is due. That is some pretty nice graffiti work. From Cap’s little shield to Wolverine’s hands, that is some pretty good attention to detail.

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While the Geeky Daddy Team does not have an international correspondent on staff (yet), we will do our best to keep you updated on this and other world events!

In the mean time, here is a video of cute baby pandas playing.

Wizard Magazine Returning As A Quarterly Publication!

Wizard Magazine, the best thing to happen to the comic book industry in the 1990’s, officially announced their return today!

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Previously, we reported that someone had purchased the rights to the publication, but little was known about what their publishing plans were. Would it be online only? Monthly publication? A YouTube channel?

BleedingCool got the scoop again on Wizard’s plans (which makes sense seeing that a pair of Wizard alum William Christensen and Mark Seifert are on their team).



While we don’t have a confirmed released date, the official lunch will coincide with the Wizard World Chicago convention.

We now know that Wizard Magazine will be returning as a quarterly magazine and a digital daily video news service, WizPop!

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It will be quarterbacked by Nerdist alumni Brian Walton as Editor-In-Chief and Luke Y. Thompson as Associate Editor.

Familiar columns such as Casting Calls and Drawing Board will join all new content by a crop of new authors, as much of the previous staff are employed throughout the comic book industry (many at DC).

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Sony’s Venom May Have Already Cast A Star Wars Veteran As Carnage

Sounds like Sony may already have their Carnage!

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And it is not one of the choices I thought of for Cletus Kassidy, although I still think Walton Goggins would have nailed it.



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Per Tracking Board, Star Wars veteran Riz Ahmed is being heavily considered and may have even already signed on.

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Fans will remember Riz Ahmed from his busy 2016 where he appeared as Bohdi Rook in  Star Wars: Rogue One and the Mark Zuckerberg-esque Aaron Kalloor in Jason Bourne.

While this casting would definitely be an unconventional choice for Cletus Kassidy, Ahmed’s acting talent is genuine.

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Even with Sony Picture’s recent spotty history, having Riz Ahmed with Tom hardy (as Venom) in front of the camera and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer behind the camera, Venom should be hitting theaters next year with very high expectations!



Deadpool 2 Is Coming Together! Cable Picks Released!

2016’s Deadpool took Hollywood super-hero movies to a whole new level!

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Before Deadpool, studios were extremely hesitant to invest millions of dollars into a rated R movie about comic book characters, with 2009’s The Watchmen being the rare exception.

Ryan Reynolds even referenced this in the original movie when Deadpool arrived at the X-Men mansion by pointing out that in the entire mansion, we only see 2 X-Men.

“Almost as if the studio didn’t have faith in the project.” (The original script called for more X-Men characters but FOX axed the budget for them)


We have already seen the teaser for Deadpool 2 ,where the ‘Merc with the Mouth’ failed to save an elderly man from a mugger, and a picture of the mutant Domino (which was received with mixed reviews).

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I’m just not a fan of ‘fros

Now we are treated with a couple new sweet looking pics of Josh Brolin’s Cable!

First we have the headshot that was originally posted on Ryan Reynolds Instagram feed.

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Why are we “shhh-ing”? What’s the secret?

I love the true to source material detail! The star shaped scar over one eye and the other glowing eye are well done!

Cable creator Rob Liefeld followed up with a waist up shot on his Instagram feed as well.

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In the waist up photo, we can see the detailed bionic arm and the chest harness loaded with ammo clips and poaches (a staple on any comic book character from the 1990’s).

Most interesting is the battle worn teddy bear attached to his belt. Could this be a nod to a Hope Summers appearance in Deadpool 2? As a father, I would love to see the pseudo father-daughter relationship between Cable and Hope on the big screen!

Deadpool 2 currently has a release date of June 1st, 2018.

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Could We See A Return Of The Incredible Wizard Magazine!?!

Anyone that collected comics in the hay day of the early to mid 90’s is familiar awesomeness that was Wizard Magazine!

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Wizard Magazine: A Guide To Comics originally launched in 1991, just in time for the rise of the independents such as Image, Valiant, Malibu and so on. Wizard magazine was the go to source for industry news, updates, exclusive previews, creator interviews and a monthly price guide. Comic enthusiasts like me read it cover to cover!

However 2000, between the comic book industry’s drastic slow down and the rise of the internet, magazine publication simply was not as profitable as it once was. Wizard ceased publication to focus solely on their conventions.

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Who didn’t love the Joss Whedon/ John Cassaday run on Astonishing X-Men?

BleedingCool.com is reporting that someone has licensed the Wizard Magazine name and is preparing for a new publication launch!

If anybody would have inside info on a new Wizard Magazine, it would be Bleeding Cool, which was formed by Wizard alumni William Christensen and Mark Seifert. 

There is still no word yet on if the new product will be a print magazine, a website, an app or some combination of the bunch, but I can’t wait to find out!

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Remember Fairchild of Gen 13?

Wizard World Chicago is coming up at the end of August. Could an announcement be coming up?

Keep tuned to Geeky Daddy for more info!

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Best of Amazon’s “Geek Boutique”

In honor of Comic-Con, Amazon created a “geek boutique”. Since they just kind of threw together every geeky toy they could think of, Geeky Daddy curated the list for the best of the best that every geek needs.

Risk: Game of Thrones Board Game

It’s a little pricey at $59.93, but Game of Thrones made into a Risk game is just too perfect! You can fight for the Iron Throne with a bit less blood and gore with two custom-designed game boards and seven armies from which to choose. Which house will you pick to gain control over Westeros?

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Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot

Lil’ G-Man loves dancing to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, so it makes sense that Baby Groot does too! This dancing Baby Groot dances to clips from Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 songs, or can dance to your own playlist. His eyes light up and he dances to the music. He also says over one million phrases, although they all sound the same: “I am Groot.” And while this is really meant for your little one to dance with, I won’t judge any adults who need Baby Groot in their lives.dancing baby groot.jpg

Funko Pop! Toys

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Nearly half of the listings in the Geek Boutique are those cute little Funko toys. Lil’ G-Man has an ewok for his Star Wars themed nursery, but they come in every pop-culture geek theme you can think of. The little plastic figures (they call them action figures, but I think they’re more for display purposes) range from Wonder Woman to Overwatch to Game of Thrones (you can get Dany on a dragon!). They’ve also just launched some Scrooge McDuck ones for all you Duck Tales fans.

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Funko Pop! Conor McGregor

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They should make a variant wearing a crazy silk suit

With the much (over) hyped fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather coming up on August 26th, anything with Conor’s name (or likeness) has been super popular.

While I do not see the resemblance between the Funko UFC Conor McGregor and the real thing, this collectible has been flying off the shelves.

 

Darth Vader Apron

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Be the (Dark) Lord of the grill with this Darth Vader Apron!

The manufacturer ICUP (which sounds pretty funny when you spell it out loud) actually makes a number of cool character aprons, such as Han Solo, Captain Kirk and Batman, but none are more intimidating than the excellently detailed Dark Lord of the Sith.

DC Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn 12″ Action Doll

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 12.27.18 PMHas there been any DC Comics anti-hero character more popular over the last half decade than Harley Quinn?

This detailed and fully posable 12″ doll is from the kid friendly DC Super Hero Girls collection. Although Mattel has done an excellent job revamping their Barbie line to make the Barbies more realistic and diverse, if I had a daughter, I would still rather see my girl playing with the Super Hero dolls than Barbies.

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Who Should Play Dr. Doom In Fox’s New Movie? Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 5 choices!

Fox Studios officially announced at the San Diego Comic Con that they plan on pursuing a Dr. Doom movie in the immediate future to give the fans what they want.

And by “give the fans what they want”, I of course mean make another feeble attempt to hold onto to the cinematic rights to some of Marvel’s most well known characters.

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If Fox allows a specific amount of time to lapse between theatrical releases, the cinematic rights of the characters kicks back over to Marvel. This is also why Sony brings out a new Spider-Man movie every couple years whether the audiences demand it or not.

How likely could Fox’s third attempt at the Fantastic Four universe be the charm?

Probably about as likely as George Lucas writing readable dialogue...

I do think Fox has the right idea pursuing a Dr. Doom oriented story as opposed to another Fantastic Four centered tale. Comic book fans can be very patient, forgiving and loyal to their favorite characters, but re-vamping the FF again so soon would be very risky. Especially seeing as how they have yet to do it successfully in the first place.

Assembling the right talent, both in front and behind the camera, is going to be huge for Fox on this project! I mean serious thought will need to be put into the hires for this film.

None more so than director, costume designer and, of course, the casting of Victor Von Doom himself.

So lets help Fox out by coming up with some possible castings for the ruler of Latveria!

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Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 5 choices to play the famous super-powered dictator of the fictional land of Latveria:

Rufus Sewell

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Rufus Sewell has played the bad guy multiple times throughout his movie career and always does so with a sincere, conniving intelligence that you just love to hate. Most recently seen as the Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith in Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, my favorite role of his will probably always be Count Adhemar in A Knight’s Tale.

Charlie Hunnam

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A lot of fans have been hoping to see the Sons Of Anarchy veteran take on a super hero role. His name has been attached to DC’s Green Arrow a few times.

What better role for the sociopath anti-hero Jackson Teller than the sociopath dictator Victor Von Doom?

Julian McMahon

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The failure that was the 2005 Fantastic Four debacle could hardly be pinned on Julian McMahon’s shoulders. His performance as Victor Von Doom was the most convincing thing in that film. Does he deserve a shot at redemption?

Remember what I said earlier about the importance of costume design? The Fantastic Four were supposed to be confront Dr. Doom, not a cheap imitation of G.I. Joe’s Destro

The following scene just goes to under score my point earlier about direction and costume design as well.


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Zachary Quinto

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Everybody remember the first season of Heroes? Just the first season, please don’t bother trying to remember anything after that, you will just get frustrated.

Zachary Quinto did an incredible job as the villain Sylar. Lets see Quinto return to his villainous roots as the ruler of Latveria.

Michael Fassbender

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This would be a fun choice but obviously not very realistic since he has already been playing another Marvel villain in multiple films for Fox.

He would have been a convincing Victor Von Doom though.

What did you think of our list?

Who would you love to see as Dr. Doom on the big screen?

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