The Question of Bruce Wayne

Dear Zack Snyder, Chris Nolan, and Warner Brothers,

Hi! You don’t know me personally but you do know people like me and I know you think we are hard to please because we are such HUGE fans and well let’s just be honest here we’re nerds but hey I’m ok with it! I would like to give you my list of people I think should play the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Batman vs Superman movie coming out in 2015: 

10. Cillian Murphy

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Ok go with me on this one… Cillian Murphy was one of Chris Nolan’s original choices for the role in 2005 before he cast Christian Bale, he liked him so much that he cast him as Scarecrow but I think it’s time we give him a shot!

9. David Boreanaz 

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David Boreanaz was one of my personal choices to play the role back when they announced the reboot. I like him because he’s tall, looks good, and can do action really really well. Also, he’s a Buffy and Angel alum as well as the following he has from “Bones” so he could bring all new nerds to the franchise. 

8. Joshua Jackson 

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Ok so I know this is a little off the wall but he was also one of the contenders for the role back in 2005 and he also has quite the nerd following thanks to “Fringe” and he’s put enough distance between himself and “Dawson’s Creek” to actually be taken seriously in the role unlike Katie Holmes (hint hint Chris Nolan). Side note: guys please please get negotiations underway before J.J. Abrams (the creator of “Fringe”) snatches him up for the next “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”!

7. Ryan Gosling 

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Now I know what ya’ll are thinking but hear (or read me out)! He is a critical darling! If you haven’t seen “Drive” watch it and be amazed! I would be remiss and flat out lying if I said that part of the reason isn’t because he’s hot but he is also an amazing actor so he should be on this list. 

6. Andrew Lincoln 

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There has been talk of making Bruce Wayne older in this movie and I think Andrew Lincoln would play it well. He is another actor with a built in fanbase so it would be nerd porn. Also he could bring a little of Rick Grimes grittiness to Gotham City.

5. Matt Bomer

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Come on guys don’t lie this guy looks like Bruce Wayne!! He’s also an excellent actor and it would be interesting to watch him in a leading role.

4. Bradley Cooper

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His eyes are amazing and if you’ve seen “Silver Linings Playbook” you know he can play a tortured soul very well. He’s also good with action as seen in (the very underrated) “The A-Team” so I think he would be an interesting choice to play Batman.

3. Joe Manganiello

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 “Magic Mike” aside this man was built to play Batman. He’s also another person who could play the older Bruce Wayne well.

2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Image

I would love to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this role only for continuity from the Dark Knight Trilogy, which, yes, I’m told is supposed to be seperate from any future Batman movies; but hey a girl can dream right?!

Continuity leads me to my #1… 

Christian Bale!

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Please, please, please I am begging you give him anything he wants to get him to come back! Christian Bale became Batman! I don’t care if he asks for 3 trailers, a tiger, and a cake on Wednesdays GIVE IT TO HIM! He made the world forget about rubber suits with nipples and “chicks dig the car” and made Batman the tortured hero we deserved and we deserve to have our faith rewarded! 

And that is who I think should play Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Batman vs Superman movie. If anyone has any they’d like to add please feel free to add them!

And one last message to Zack Snyder, Chris Nolan (not so much you you’re a genius), and Warner Brothers PLEASE DEAR JESUS DON’T FUCK THIS UP!

 

My Favorite Fictional American Heroes

In honor of the 4th of July I want to tell everyone about my All-American Heroes, people that honor the American Spirit in their own special way. This list ranges from the serious to the silly but all of these people are heroes in their own way. 

1. Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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There is a reason why Atticus Finch is number one on AFI’s top 100 heroes, actually there are about 100 reasons! I can sum it up in one quote (very hard to do mind you because he was so full of wisdom!); “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” The courage to do what was right by Tom Robinson was the backbone of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the example that he set for Scout and Jem was the heart of the story. If any of you haven’t read this story go pick up a copy yesterday and read it and be prepared to cry. 

2. Batman/Bruce Wayne

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Batman is an All-American badass! His character was able to take his childhood trauma and turn it into an incentive to rid Gotham City of injustice. The way that he was willing to give up his life for his city, a city that hunted him like a dog, is the selfless sacrifice that our country was built on. 

3. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully “The X-Files”

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Teaching us that “the truth is out there” and to “trust no one” by chasing down aliens and government conspiracies all while keeping us entertained with their witty banter and intense sexual chemistry. 

4. Charlotte York/Goldenblatt “Sex and the City”

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Never has there ever been a more blindly optimistic person on television then Charlotte York-Goldenblatt from “Sex and the City”. Her faith and knowledge that love conquers all and that everything will be alright was something so admirable that someone as optimistic as me is just a little jealous. 

5. Scarlet O’Hara “Gone with the Wind”

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Say what you want but there are very few women who could have done what she did to survive the Civil War. Yes, she manipulated and used her feminine wiles to get what she wanted but technically isn’t that what our nation was founded on? People using their strengths to get ahead in the world.

6. Sam Witwicky “Transformers” 

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Say what you want but the boy made friends with the Autobots, became best friends with Bumble Bee (another Autobot), and helped save the world from the Decepticons he is a true American Hero. Side Note: Geico doesn’t cover Decepticon attacks so when you’re shopping for insurance you may want to take that into consideration.

7. Ricky Bobby “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

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Ricky Bobby is another example of how someone who grows up in a less than ideal situation becoming a successful NASCAR driver. Ricky was raised solely by his mother because his father was “out racing cars, and, well, dipping his wick in anything that moves,” according to her. He took that childhood experience and became a famous NASCAR driver with his best friend and, really is there anything more American then that?

8. Holly Golightly “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” 

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Only in America could a small-town girl named Lula Mae Barnes from Texas reinvent herself and become Holly Golightly toast of New York City. She is the American dream personified.

9. Bryan Mills “Taken”

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He’s the badass American father every girl hopes her daddy becomes if she’s ever kidnapped and sold into white slavery. The lengths Bryan Mills went to for his daughter are the lengths we like to think that every father would go to, to save his little girl.

10. Forrest Gump “Forrest Gump”

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Football hero, war hero, ping pong hero, shrimp boat captain, only in America! Forrest Gump took what most would call a handicap and turned it into an invaluable asset. He is what is right about America. 

And so there you have it, my favorite All-American fictional heroes. Feel free to comment with your own heroes! 

My Problem With “Iron Man 3”

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  First off in the interest of full disclosure there will be spoilers so if you haven’t seen “Iron Man 3” I would suggest that you stop reading here. 

If you have seen it then keep on reading but be aware as a hardcore DC fangirl I have a few bones to pick with this movie. 

I really felt like “Iron Man 3” pulled quite a bit from “The Dark Knight Rises” from complex plot points like breaking the hero down and building him back up to simple things like the villain sounding strange (I’m sorry, I loved Bane but his voice was just a little distracting as was the Mandarin’s voice) to Tony Stark telling JARVIS to initiate “Clean Slate Protocol” to destroy all of the Iron Man suits. I mean really?! Clean Slate?! Could they not have come up with anything else? For any of you who haven’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, and really if you haven’t seen it get it together, the Clean Slate was the software that Selena Kyle was fighting so hard to get. 

Watching Tony Stark’s Malibu home collapse into the Pacific Ocean taking Tony Stark (in the Iron Man suit) down with it only to blast him out of the water and crash-land him in the hills of Tennessee, where JARVIS crashed and the suit promptly died was the Marvel equivalent of Bane breaking Batman’s back and sending him to the Lazarus Pit (because let’s face it that’s what Nolan was trying to represent), however as a current resident of the state of Tennessee I’m regretting that comparison. 

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 I will say that “Iron Man 3” was an epic movie and for those hardcore Marvel fanboys and fangirls out there I know it delivered. I mainly know this because the boyfriend came out of the theater more excited then I have ever seen him after a superhero movie. He loved it but I really just came out of the theater thinking about how good Robert Downey Jr. looked when he was dancing at the beginning of the movie, and I don’t think that was the director’s intention. 

Getting Caught Up…

So I’m very behind on my 30 Day Blogging Challenge so here I go with my next topic…

Think of me… (things I’d like to be remembered for)

1. Remember me as an eternal nerd. From Batman to Doctor Who I love the things most people would consider very nerdy and even though it took me some time to accept it myself  being nerdy is totally ok. 

2. Remember me as always glass half-full. No matter what I can’t ever not be optimistic.

3. Remember me as always being the friend you could call at 3am no matter what.

4. Remember me as the girl who loves her animal babies more then life itself.

5. Remember me as someone who loved history so much that I often felt like I should have born in another time period.

And there you have it, things I’d like to be remembered for.  

Please Wipe Up the Drool….

So just to catch you all up I was behind by 3 blogs because I wasn’t ready to write about my relationship with my parents so now to get to the next blog entry which is considerably more fun; so here are the five male celebrities (in no particular order) I find absolutely attractive (read: sexy).

1. Christian Bale
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Ok so he’s Batman, what else can I say? I will admit to having a crush on him since I saw him singing and dancing in “Newsies” in the 90’s. He’s tall gorgeous and has an accent, what’s not attractive about that?!

2. David Tennant
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“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful.
He has saved your lives so many times and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked.” He is and always will be The Doctor.

3. Daniel Craig
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So would love to apologize for all of the guys on my list so far being British but I’m really not sorry about that at all. I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t a fan of the change from Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise but once I saw “Casino Royale” (and then subsequently 10 times after that) I knew that had made the right choice.

4. Chris Evans
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If my first American on the list is going to be anyone it should be Captain America, right?

5. Leonardo DiCaprio
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And, really, what’s more American then the story of an adorable child star becoming a very sexy leading man?! And if you don’t believe me watch “The Departed”, “Gangs of New York”, or “Inception” and get back to me.

Bonus:

6. Idris Elba
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And now back to the gorgeous British men! My friend Dorian and I will watch any of his movies just to drool over him! We both loved “Takers” when he got to speak with his beautiful English accent!

7. Johnny Depp
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He’s just beautiful, what else can I say?

8. George Clooney
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George Clooney is like a Channel suit he’ll never go out of style or not be sexy!

9. Adam Levine
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He is my dirty rocker boy fantasy come to life!

10. Chris Hemsworth
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Oh sigh so hot!

And that’s not just 5 but 10 of the guys I totally drool over!! Now clean up the drool and go back to your lives!

Letting My Geek Flag Fly

When I started that last blog I left my music player on shuffle and I started listening to a lot more of my music and I realized how truly geeky I really am. Last night I was totally in the mood for some Batman (because really there’s never a bad time for Batman) so I watched “Batman Begins” for maybe about the millionth time. After getting into a very technical debate (probably too technical for my less geeky friends) on Facebook about who would win in a fight Batman or Iron Man (and say what you want Dorian Batman would kick Iron Man’s ass in a fight) and I think the general agreement was that both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne have money on their sides so it would be a very gadget filled fight.

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I think we all agreed that this is how the fight would really go down.

But I totally digress from my point (and I do have one I promise), and that is that being a geek is totally awesome! I’m not just a superhero geek, I’m also a huge fan of “Doctor Who” (if you’re not familiar seriously get on my level because it’s awesome!), I’m a total Bond Girl, a Tribute (a fan of the “Hunger Games” series), and I miss “The X-Files” every day. I used to hide the things that would make me geek-out and squeal like a fangirl because I didn’t want people to make fun of me but then I stopped caring what people think about the things I love and I embraced my inner fangirl.

I went to movie marathons (yes even a “Twilight” marathon but that was only because I read the books), the Batman marathon was my favorite because I totally dressed up (not as Batman).

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You can’t really tell from that picture but I even got some temporary tattoos to rock for the event as well.

So this message is for any of you guys out there who keep your geek flag hidden, don’t do it! Let your geek flag fly with pride because you never know you may meet someone with the same geeky loves you have.

Movies I Love

Since I fell behind I’m giving you guys two blogs today… lucky you! 

Today I’m supposed to tell you all about my favorite movie but I can’t just pick one so here are my top 3 (in no particular order).

1. Casablanca (1942)

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Adventure and romance set against the backdrop of World War II. This movie has everything and I love it. My dad introduced me to this movie when I was a sophomore in high school and I have been hooked ever since. 

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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This movie just makes me so happy! I will pretty much watch anything Audrey Hepburn does but this movie is my all time favorite! I will say that they made a few adaptations from the book (which I’ve read and loved, one of Truman Capote’s best) but it was done so well it didn’t really change my opinion of either.

3. The Princess Bride (1987)

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Oh goodness what can I say about this movie…. I love it! My dad (a fencing coach) and I would watch this movie when I was a kid and I have been in love with it since then. Last fall I turned into a giggling fangirl when I met Chris Sarandon (aka Prince Humperdink) at AdventureCon, he was of course very gracious because I’m sure he gets that all the time and he took a picture with me which was awesome!! 

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Oh yes I should also mention that he was the voice of Jack Skellington in “Nightmare Before Christmas” which is another movie I love but that’s for another blog.

So there you have it some of my favorite movies of all time! What is your favorite movie or movies? 

The Satisfaction of a List

So I’m not really a list maker (to-do or otherwise) but when I saw this prompt I had to do it, so please forgive me if I ramble.

10 Best Books Ever Written (Or Books I’ll Make my Daughter Read to Keep Her from Becoming Bella Swan)

1. To Kill a Mockingbird– The relationship between Scout and her father Atticus is amazing and the kind of relationship I think every little girl should have with her father. The story of Tom Robinson’s trial is heroic and heartbreaking all at once and it is clear to see why Atticus Finch is considered one of the greatest heroes in literature.

2. Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen’s most well-known novel is one of my favorites. Elizabeth Bennett, Austin’s feisty heroin, is someone I think any girl should aspire to be. She refused to conform to what society wanted and wouldn’t settle for the first man who proposed to her instead choosing to wait until she found love on her own terms.

3. Charlotte’s Web– This is the book that made me want to become a writer. My love for this book can be summed up in one quote; “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” I have a deep fear of spiders but I put that all aside for Charlotte’s Web.

4. A Time to Kill– I will admit that even though I read this book in early high school I really gained a new appreciation for it when I read the John Grisham used “To Kill a Mockingbird” as his inspiration. In my mind I kind of believe that Grisham was seeking justice for Tom Robinson’s unfair verdict.

5. The Hunger Games Trilogy– I liked the character of Katness and the fact that she pushed herself to be so strong and to lead a revolution. The more personal reason for choosing this series is because I read it at a time when I was so depressed that it brought me back out of my shell.

6. A Light in the Attic– Really what can I say about Shel Silverstein? I have always loved his poems whether they’re happy or sad, and the illustrations make it 100 times more entertaining!

7. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare– They’re classic and eternal. A must read for anyone.

8. Atonement– An amazing story that shows the reader how a false accusation can change the course of an entire family.

9. The Great Gatsby– F. Scott. Fitzgerald captured the roaring 20’s so well with a story that is still relevant today.

10. The Yearling– a book both my grandmother and my mother made me read but by the end of it I was glad I’d read it. A must-read for anyone from Florida and after you read it you have to visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home in Cross Creek, Florida.

And there you have it, some of the greatest books in my opinion. Feel free to comment and tell me some of your favorites.