10 Actors Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles

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10 Actors Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles
Marvel movies are big business, from the Avengers franchise and all of the interconnected heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on screens both big and small, to Fox's ever-expanding world of the X-Men and Deadpool, to the Sony steered Spider-man movies, going all the way back to Sam Raimi's original trilogy. But that doesn't mean every big name actor and A list talent in Hollywood wants to be associated with these characters. Some heavyweight actors have straight up said no way when Marvel came knocking. So, who would do such a thing?

Since becoming its own studio, which was later acquired by Disney in one of the biggest studio deals this side of Lucasfilm, Marvel has had no problem attracting top-tier A-list talent to its roster; the talent who commands major ticket grosses and critical acclaim alike. Who doesn't want to suit up as a one of Marvel's Merry Mutants,
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1990’s Captain America gets the Honest Trailer treatment

With Captain America: Civil War rolling out in cinemas around the world [read our review here], Screen Junkies has taken a trip back to 1990 to give the Honest Trailer treatment to the utterly forgettable low-budget straight-to-video Captain America movie starring Matt Salinger as the Sentinel of Liberty. Check it out here…

See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here

Captain America: Civil War sees Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) directing a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Don Cheadle (James Rhondes/War Machine), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones) and William Hurt (General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
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Examining Hollywood Remakes--Captain America: The First Avenger

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Our series on remakes continues and this time we’ve got one that you may not even realize was filmed in live-action before. In honor of the release of Captain America: Civil War on Friday, we’re talking about the star spangled man with the plan. This week, Cinelinx looks at Captain America: The First Avenger.

It’s not too often that a remake is much, much, much better than the original but we have one of those rare instances in the case of Captain America. Years before Captain America: The First Avenger, the first movie version of the star-spangled hero of WW2 was filmed in 1990 and directed by Albert Pyun.

This movie…was awful! It has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and went directly to a video release, wisely bypassing theaters to prevent millions of people demanding their money back. Captain America is played in this mess by Matt Salinger,
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The Captain America Movie You Haven’t Seen (And Probably Don’t Want To)

This week Neil Calloway looks at a forgotten Marvel comic book film from 1990…

With the release next week of Captain America: Civil War, it’s time to look back when Marvel Films weren’t blockbuster event movies with bottomless budgets and huge all star casts.

The 1990s were an odd time for superhero movies; the Batman films were doing well at the box office, and there were several attempts to get Superman back off the ground, but most of the films were substandard versions of relatively unknown superheroes. One exception to that rule – or at least to the unknown superheroes part of it – was 1990’s Captain America film.

Before the McU came into being, the film rights for Marvel characters were owned by different production companies. Cannon Films – who produced the last of the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve – had snapped up the rights to Captain America. When founder Menahem Golan left Cannon,
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Juliette Binoche Braves the Elements in First Trailer For Berlin Opener ‘Nobody Wants The Night’

Yes, there will be non-Terrence Malick-directed films at the Berlin Film Festival this year. The first one out of the gate at the prestigious festival will be the latest film from Elegy director Isabel Coixet, Nobody Wants the Night. Starring Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi, Gabriel Byrne, and Matt Salinger, there’s no word on a U.S. release yet, but […]
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Looking back at Nick Fury: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It's been 16 years since there was a Nick Fury movie. He was played by - really - David Hasselhoff. We made Matt watch it.


Nick Fury is introduced to us wearing a vest and an eye patch, smashing a pick axe against a wall while smoking a cigar. He is David Hasselhoff.

(Note –apparently the above is ‘not an article’. Please find ‘an article’ below.)

“Hey! This isn't a $150m blockbuster! That isn't Samuel L. Jackson! Hey!”

Tricked again.

‘Matt,’ the email said ‘Do you want to cover a Marvel release for us?’ I thought I was getting called up to the Den Of Geek A-list, but it turns out that the Nick Fury film I’d be covering was not part of the current blockbuster parade, overseen by cinematic warlord Kevin Feige. Rather, it was an extended TV pilot that aired as a film to not much fanfare in 1998 starring David Hasselhoff.
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Captain America History 101 – Redux

Well, the big day is finally here! After leading the Avengers in stopping an alien invasion Summer before last, our favorite shield-slinger returns to the multiplexes in an all new solo adventure (well, he’s got some help from the Black Widow and the high-flyin’ Falcon)! Before you head out, you may want to brush up on all things Steve Rogers (don’t worry, this won’t be on the final!)! Have fun and buy bonds!

Read my original review of Captain America Here.

Here’s my original article that ran on Wamg before Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011.

The very first appearance of the sentinel of liberty.

Okay fellow movie geeks! Ready for a bit of pop culture history? Before you head out to the multiplex this weekend to see Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, let’s get better acquainted with the story of this star-spangled superhero.
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Awfully Good: Captain America (1990)

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Before The Winter Soldier and The First Avenger there was. Captain America (1990) Director: Albert Pyun Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty Steve Rogers must save the world from Italian fascists and lousy production values. I hope you appreciate the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, because there was a period of time where comic fans had to deal with films like this. There was no Internet to hear gossip or get hints as to what was coming. You showed up,...
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Captain America and the superhero movies Hollywood has tried to bury

Captain America and the superhero movies Hollywood has tried to bury
Superheroes might be big business in the movie world right now, but that hasn't always been the case. Despite the success of the early Christopher Reeve Superman films and Tim Burton's Batman outings, the genre was something of a poisoned chalice for filmmakers throughout the '80s and '90s. Buoyed by Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie, Hollywood mined the pages of DC and Marvel Comics in search of the next big thing. Unfortunately, small budgets and shaky scripts resulted in a string of flops ranging from Supergirl (1983) to Howard the Duck (1986). And yet, impossibly, things would get even worse for the comic book genre in the years that followed.

In 1989, the same year Tim Burton's Batman hit cinemas, Dolph Lundgren led The Punisher, a violent action-thriller based on Marvel character Frank Castle. A vigilante who takes revenge on criminals after his family is murdered in a mob killing,
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Jd Salinger: authors claim posthumous works are on the way

Biographers say they have uncovered the secret of what Salinger was working on in his long years as a literary recluse

The authors of a new Jd Salinger biography claim they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: what the author of The Catcher in the Rye was working on during the last half century of his life.

A series of posthumous Salinger releases are planned after 2015, according to David Shields and Shane Salerno, whose book Salinger will be published on 3 September. The Associated Press obtained an early copy. Salerno's documentary on the author is scheduled to come out 6 September.

Providing by far the most detailed report of previously unreleased material, the book's authors cite "two independent and separate sources" who they say have "documented and verified" the information.

The Salinger books would revisit Catcher protagonist Holden Caulfield and draw on Salinger's World War II years and his immersion in eastern religion.
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Never Again?: The Carnage & Comedy Of Comic Con

Me: Hey Paul, I’d love to go to that Comic Con thingy. It’s a dream of mine don’t you know?

Paul: Really! Me too Craigy.

Me: You think you might be able to to get us there next year?

Paul: I don’t see why not. Lets do this!

The above (rough) conversation I had with our legendary leader around November last year during a meeting with a couple of close friends. What the fuck were we thinking… well, that really translates to the following:

Me: Fancy fucking off to San Diego on a lads holiday to laugh at people?

Paul: Damn right. I’m getting pissed though.

Me: I expect nothing less.

Paul: I wear tight tops and purple socks. That okay?

Me: Yeah. Whatever floats your boat matey. Besides I have Scarface trainers (that’s sneakers for our American friends). I think that’s as stylish as I get.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Full Details on Shout! Factory's Screenings, Signings, and More!

We've already clued you in on what Scream Factory is planning for its Sdcc panel, and now we have info on Shout! Factory's screenings, exclusive items, signings, and lots more.

From the Press Release:

Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International once again to ignite fans of all ages with a robust lineup featuring a special panel event, five film screenings, a showcase of new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusive items, prize sweepstakes, surprise star appearances, and engaging fan interactive activities. Moreover, Shout! Factory invites fans and convention attendees to join in on the excitement surrounding Shout’s 10th anniversary celebration at the Shout! Factory booth (#4248) on the main convention floor. Fan-favorite screen icons and comics legend scheduled to attend this incredible pop culture gathering with Shout! Factory include: Adrienne Barbeau, Len Wein, The Aquabats, and other notables. Shout’s resident geek guru Brian Ward and Scream Factory’s resident horror
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Comic-Con 2013: Scream Factory Plans Include Panel, Screenings, Adrienne Barbeau Autograph Session

We’ve been regularly covering classic horror titles that are part of the Scream Factory lineup and we’re excited to see what they have in store for horror fans at Comic-Con next week. While their panel was recently announced, we have new details on what we can expect from Shout! Factory and Scream Factory, including an Adrienne Barbeau autograph session:

Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International once again to ignite fans of all ages with a robust lineup, featuring a special panel event, five film screenings, a showcase of new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusive items, prize sweepstakes, surprise star appearances and engaging fan interactive activities. Moreover, Shout! Factory invites fans and convention attendees to join in on the excitement surrounding Shout’s 10th anniversary celebration at the Shout! Factory booth (#4248) on the main convention floor. Fan-favorite screen icons and comics legend scheduled to attend this incredible pop culture gathering with Shout!
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‘Captain America (1990)’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Scott Paulin, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, Kim Gillingham, Melinda Dillon, Bill Mumy, Francesca Neri | Written by Stephen Tolkin | Directed by Albert Pyun

Some twenty-odd years ago I was an unassuming teenager who used to spend most evenings trawling the shelves of my local video store looking for the next “cool movie” to rent for the night. Also some twenty-odd years ago there was a brief flurry of Marvel-themed movies that, for the most part, debuted on VHS. Albert Pyun’s Captain America was one of those movies…

Produced by Menahem Golan under his 21st Century Film Corporation banner (after he split from his producing partner Yoram Globus and the Cannon Group) Captain America was helmed by a man who, even at the time, was (and still is) one of my all-time favourite directors, Albert Pyun. At the time Pyun was on something of a hot-streak,
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Review: Captain America (1990)

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Shout! Factory has released a Blu-ray edition of the 1990 Captain America movie, a year after a DVD of the much-maligned film was released as a part of MGM’s Limited Edition collection. They deserve kudos for a nice, clean transfer but clarity and high definition cannot help a really weak story hampered by a low budget production.

As I wrote last year:

The film had actually been announced in the early 1980s from Cannon Films but in the intervening years, the studio folded and the right shifted a bit before Menahem Golan mounted it under his 21stCentury banner.

The movie languished in development until the rights were about to expire so director Albert Pyun urged Golan to let him take a crack at getting the film made for about $6 million. Marvel actually approved the script that was shot and Pyun loved its take on America’s fascination with heroism. If
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Captain America (1990) Blu-ray Review

Hero Steve Rogers, a.k.a Captain America, can use his peak human powers to battle the forces of evil, but even he is no match for plot holes, budget constraints, and downright silly story choices. The 1990 Captain America film directed by Albert Pyun, the first live action film starring Marvel Comic’s iconic patriotic superhero, is a textbook example of what happens when a crew gives their all to a production that was doomed with an almost non-existent budget and tight filming schedule. Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review of Captain America. The story follows the exploits of sickly Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger), an all-American man who gives himself over to his country in order to battle the forces of Hitler in World War 2. He is the single candidate out of 600 that was deemed ideal to undergo the government’s secret Super Soldier program, developed to fill America
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Jd Salinger's secret life exposed in new documentary

Film promising revelations about reclusive Catcher in the Rye author has been snapped up by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

Jd Salinger, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, was one of America's most famous recluses and guarded his private life with fanatical dedication. Yet even he might have been impressed by the immense efforts being undertaken to keep details secret of a new documentary that has been made about his life and works.

Called simply Salinger, the film is the brainchild of Shane Salerno, who has spent nine years writing, producing and directing the project, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money. The move is a major shift in career for Salerno, best known as a writer of mainstream blockbusters such as Alien vs Predator: Requiem and Armageddon.

But the promise of lifting the lid on the life of one of America's most revered writers
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The 1990 Captain America movie heading to Blu-ray

Before Chris Evans donned the star-spangled suit in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, Matt Salinger (Revenge of the Nerds) brought the Sentinel of Liberty to life in director Albert Pyun's (Cyborg) low-budget 1990 adaptation Captain America.

Pulled from a theatrical release in the States (due to it being terrible, and all), Captain America went unreleased for several years before hitting shelves direct-to-video in the early 90s; currently only available via MGM's made-on-demand program in North America, the film is now gearing up for a Blu-ray release courtesy of Shout Factory, and is set to arrive in stores this coming May. Here's the official synopsis:

Long ago, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) was a true American hero, a brave super soldier created by scientists to help the Allied Forces fight for freedom in World War II. But during a battle with the sinister Red Skull (Scott Paulin), he was lost,
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Press Release: Original Captain America Movie Coming To Collector's Edition Blu-Ray

Steve Rogers happens to be the best candidate out of six hundred volunteers. He has the power to save millions. Only he could defeat a superhuman madman. But saving the world let him trapped in an icy grave until fate released him to finish a battle that started decades ago. Now an evil genius in on the verge of global domination and only Captain America can stop him! On May 21, 2013, Shout! Factory will unleash the long-awaited 1990 action sci-fi movie classic Captain America, starring Matt Salinger (What Dreams May Come), Ronny Cox (Total Recall, RoboCop), Ned Beatty (Toy Story 3, Superman), Darren McGavin (The X-Files), Michael Nouri (NCIS, Damages) and Scott Paulin (Castle, Jag), in a specialCollector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Available for the first time on Blu-ray™, Captain America Collector’S Edition features widescreen movie presentation in astonishing high-definition and insightful new interview with director Albert Pyun and actor
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B3K Movie of the Day: Captain America (1990)

This past weekend saw Marvel reveal “Phase 2″ of their film line-up at the San Diego Comic Con so I thought what better film to pick for today’s Movie of the Day than a movie based on a Marvel character. Only this film is one of the most vilified, yet at the same time celebrated, of the early Marvel movies, Captain America.

I know what you’re thinking “Hang on, Captain America only came out last year”. Well yes, That Captain America movie came out last year, but there have been numerous other Captain America films released over the years – a Republic serial, two TV movies in the 70s starring Reb Brown and the movie that is my pick for Movie of the Day, 1990′s Captain America.

Directed by prolific talent Albert Pyun, who in the late 80s and early 90s was an unstoppable force in low-budget movie making – Cyborg,
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