Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Topic Of The Day: Monsters Cinematic Universe

Marvel and DC have their own Cinematic Universes. Now, Universal is looking to create one of their own. Not a superheroes one, but a cinematic universe involving their own classic monsters. They've already gotten a head start as filming for The Mummy is underway. Tom Cruise will star but Kingsman's Sofia Boutella will play the titular mummy. Also, Russell Crowe will make an appearance as Dr. Jekyll and will likely appear in future installments of this MCU.

They are also looking to get even more star power involved. News reports say that Universal wants Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to play The Wolf Man and Angelina Jolie to play Bride of Frankenstein while Javier Bardem is apparently in talks to play Frankenstein and Johnny Depp has signed on to play The Invisible Man. The Depp casting has me nervous, though, because due to his unfortunate box office streak in recent years, I wouldn't tie such a big property to him. 

Bardem and Jolie would be good choices, though. Jolie is pretty reliable at the box office as well. By The Sea may have been buried into the trenches by Universal but Maleficent was very successful, making $768m worldwide. So if you have her headline a big studio property, you can guarantee a decent result. 

While The Rock can guarantee a solid box office return as well, I would probably go with someone else to play The Wolf Man. Who I would go with is someone who I suggest for everything but because I think he should be everything: Ben Mendelsohn. Mainly because he physically reminds me of the character from the 1941 version of The Wolf Man. Someone with the appearance of an everyman who would be walking around in constant fear of the full moon. Also, since Mendelsohn usually plays petrifiying villains like in Animal Kingdom, it would be interesting to see him go from playing petrifiying to petrified. Rami Malek from Mr. Robot and Patrick Wilson from The Conjuring would be my alternative choices.

Next, Dracula. I don't know if they are going to make Luke Evans' Dracula from Dracula Untold a part of their cinematic universe. In case they don't, I would suggest either French actor Gaspard Ulliel or even Mozart and the Jungle's Gael Garcia Bernal in case they want to make the team more ethnically diverse since Bernal is from Mexico. They both possess the required and traditional suaveness for the famed vampire.

They also have a Creature From The Black Lagoon reboot as a part of their cinematic universe and they'll probably hire a non-actor for that role unless they make the creature one that speaks. If they did, I'm unsure who they should get to play the role.

Anyhow, I just wanted to give you guys the heads up on this incoming cinematic universe and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!