OK guys, I have said it on my Instagram it’s true I’m a bit of a geek…. and I love it. First off – I love comic books, cartoons and games. I used to get home from school, watch an hour of back to back cartoons, go and play football with my mates, then home for dinner and homework while watching more cartoons. At the weekends, it was time for the computer games, SNES, Sega Megadrive and Gameboy. Already getting excited at the “Golden Games” blog piece🎮 Anyway my top 3 comic cartoons were X-Men, Spiderman and the Fantastic Four. But X-Men was my ultimate favourite!!!I still get butterflies when I hear the intro…..
So much so that at 13 years old I came up with the entire cast for the movie. I only got one right but, I think my list was pretty on point!! Especially as it was based on the likeness and abilities of the characters from the 90s cartoon. Take a look and see if you agree with me. FYI I did not know about Hugh Jackman when I made this list!!
Patrick Stewart – I used to watch him in Start Trek Next Generation – told you I liked sci-fi. He was born to play professor X. Nuff said!
Dolph Lundgren – before you scoff. Just one word – He-Man!! In the cartoons and comics Magneto was a heavy set muscle dude with shoulder length blonde hair. Made total sense.
I never had a definitive actor to play Wolverine, maybe it’s because I always knew there was no one good enough – enter Hugh!!!
Jean Claude Van Damme – remember him in Bloodsport – I do! Still remember when I tried to copy him and do the split at 7 years old. Everything went dark for a minute!!! Anyway, the agility and French accent of Gambit – all about the muscles from Brussels. I also had a major crush on him, still do – come on with those eyes …. Gambit is hot!!
Geena Davis – come on who else could play a southern red-head who was stronger than all the men in her group combined. Think League of their Own, Long Kiss Goodnight and Beetlejuice!!
Winona Ryder – Jubilee was the scrappy newbie, who was annoying but cute. She was young and petit and softly spoken, need I say more.
Angela Bassett – Storm was an older eloquently spoken woman, she always gave dramatic speeches and quotes with a body to die for. Storm was one of the first black comic book characters, and the first black female, except for Misty Knight, who debuted in a comic dated March 1975, to play either a major or supporting role in the big two comic book houses, Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
Gladys L. Knight, author of Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video games, Film, and Television (2010) wrote that “two defining aspects of Storm’s persona are her racial identity and her social status as a mutant.” So like I said – should have been played by Angela Basset.
Brad Pitt – he was the pretty boy of the cartoon that needed to be a bit stocky. It was the best I could do. I never liked Cyclops all he did was run after Jean like a lap dog!
Nicole Kidman – she was my least fav in the cartoons as all she did was use her powers for 10 seconds and then faint. IN EVERY EPISODE!! She was a delicate flower until she became the Pheonix, the she grew a pair and became the baddest mutant ever!!! Same in the movies. Her style got better, she started to control her breathing so she stopped fainting too.
In one job interview I was asked, “if you could be any superhero which one would you be“. Bless him, the interviewer he had no idea who he was asking, I already had the answer ready to go:
The Pheonix-Jean Grey
- she can fly
- is telepathic
- is telekinetic
- has Psychokinetic Energy Union
- has telekinetic weapons
- can rearrange or disintegrate matter at a subatomic level……..
and she does all that wearing killer thigh length, high-heel boots!!
So in closing who had the better cast – hmmmmm
Oh and little something extra on the first X-men film. Did you know that Toad was played by Ray Park who also played Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1? Hence the little lightsaber move in homage to Darth Maul’s moves.