There are sequels that should be made, and those that shouldn’t… probably more that shouldn’t be made, realistically. Some of the originals have great characters that make you really engaged with a film. The problem with a great movie and excellent character is that in order for the story to work, sometimes those characters must die. Other times, there are contractual disputes and a character is eliminated or replaced by a different actor. Regardless of the reason, some sequels might actually be better with characters that were gone after the first movie. Here are five characters that I wish would have been around for a subsequent movie (obviously there will be spoilers):
1. Rocco, Boondock Saints
A movie that was and is a cult classic has a lot of memorable characters, but perhaps no one more memorable than Rocco, played by David Della Rocco. Rocco was a third member of a two man band, someone the Saints loved and trusted. He was the character that really kept the plot moving and provided comic relief in a more serious themed movie. Unfortunately, Rocco was murdered in the movie, something that probably could have been avoided if a second movie was envisioned. Sadly, the Boondock Saints 2 does not hold a candle to the original. Although Rocco was in the second film, I won’t be counting that because it was a minor and worthless part, probably forced because the director is friends with Della Rocco. The magic that was there and chemistry between the three actors within the first film was gone. If anything could have made this movie better, it would have been a real role for Rocco.
2. Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Though I don’t accept myself questioning anything that J.K. Rowling did or does (because who am I?) I missed Sirius Black in the future movies and books. Sirius, Harry’s godfather, boasts a fairly insignificant amount of screen time in many of the movies, but played wonderfully by Gary Oldman, the character is quite memorable. I know that many Potterheads would have loved to see one of their favorite characters remain for more films, and similar to Rocco his character remained through a ghostlike projection. I, for one, would have loved seeing Sirius kick the crap out of some Death Eaters in the future movies. He was one of the good guys that people root for and loved.
3. The Joker, Batman (1989)
The Joker that most are familiar with currently is probably the late Heath Ledger’s version. His performance is undoubtedly one of the iconic acting jobs in all of the Batman movies. However, in the first set of Batman movies, Jack Nicholson portrayed a much happier, silly version of The Joker that set the franchise up for success. The argument here is not that Ledger wasn’t better (he was) it’s that The Joker should have been in Batman Returns. The second installment of the Batman movies wasn’t a bad one by any means, in fact it was rather enjoyable, but it could have been better. Killing off The Joker in Batman meant that there could be no return. Wouldn’t Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito teaming up to destroy Gotham have been a better story? One could attack the city from above ground and one from below the surface.
4. Big Daddy, Kick-Ass
I will be up front about this, I can’t stand Nicholas Cage. I don’t like the way he talks, don’t like the way he looks, and think his acting skills are slightly above Jell-O. However, this was really entertaining movie and he did well in the role. He was a character in the first movie that really set the plot in motion and gave a different dimension to the story. While his role was still a bit creepy, you know given the fact that he trained his daughter to be a crazy killer, he played the part rather perfectly. He had just the right amount of emotion and could have benefit to the sequel, which was lacking a bit of plot and guidance. While I wouldn’t normally think that Cage could have made any movie better, Kick-Ass 2 is one film that could have benefitted from his character, if not his acting.
5. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator
When you think of the original Predator, Arnold comes to mind immediately. Sadly, there is a reason that same frame of reference doesn’t correspond with the sequel, Predator 2. Arnold wasn’t in the movie. It has been discussed that this was over as little as $250,000 in a contractual dispute, but regardless the reason, a sequel to a classic Sci-Fi/Action movie without its main character doesn’t make sense. Can you imagine any Die Hard sequel without Bruce Willis? Absolutely not, and Predator should have been the same way. Arnold went on to make more and more action movies, some successful and some not, him being in Predator 2 could have at least made what was essentially a “reboot” (moving from the jungle to the city) into a more tolerable film. His consistency and bad-assness would have made up for an otherwise trying attempt to salvage a sequel.
The above list is by no means a complete collection, maybe you are part of the minority like me who actually enjoy Rob Schneider and wished he was in Grown Ups 2. Even with the addition of the above five people/characters there is no guarantee the respective films would have improved, but I can personally say they were missed. Who did you miss from a sequel?