So, in the past few months, we've all been hearing news left and right about the good, the bad and the ugly of Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man movie. We've seen the arrival of Edgar Wright initiating the project in the first place; the addition of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (and Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña, etc, in unspecified roles).
We've also seen the much-bemoaned departure of Edgar Wright from the project ("disappointing", Michael Douglas called it), and his subsequent replacement by a few other writers with track records folks don't have as much confidence in. Then again, as to whether that's a true indicator, you be the judge--up until now, all Wright's had to show for eight years of work (since '06) is a few seconds of clips.
Anyhow, from this point, the project has been quite polarized. Some folks are ready to see [Ant-Man](movie:9048) come alive on the big screen (confident that his movie will be awesome), while others have little to no faith in his capacity as a superhero at all, let alone a fun and exciting general-viewing-audience box office success. And, sadly, a lot of that negativity is coming from die-hard Marvel fans.
Fortunately, though, there has recently appeared a tiny ram in the itty-bitty bush, where super-small superheroes are concerned. In addition to the recent casting of Stephen Amell's brother/cousin/whatever Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond (Firestorm) in the TV show The Flash, it has been announced that Brandon Routh (a former Superman) will be playing the role of Ray Palmer (The Atom)!
Now, I can already sense it (my Common Sense is tingling!) that some fans, even as they read this, are groaning is dismay at the thought of not just one shrinking superheroes, but TWO. But before you go getting your nerdy knickers in a twist, let's take some time to consider just what the Atom's introduction to the small screen (and Ant-Man's arrival on the big-screen) will really mean.
For those of you who haven't gotten the gist just yet, I'll be clear: the casting of the Atom in a show like [The Flash](movie:15273) is pretty great great for DC fans (duh). Yet, it's also pretty good for Marvel fans. Not to mention, it should be a heck of a lot of fun for folks like me, as well (who have a great deal of fondness for both Marvel and DC). Though, some reasons may be more obvious than others, so let's see why.
First of all, Pym and Palmer are very similar in abilities (Shrinking), motivation (Superhero) and civilian occupation (Scientist). So, technically (with a few variations), seeing Ray Palmer on the small screen should serve as a great preview for what's to come with Ant-Man on the big screen. See how the shrinking-superhero-scientist dynamic works for adventure, combat, etc.
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Though, there are also some stark contrasts between the two companies, in terms of how each hero views and approaches problems. And each has over its head the expectation to basically be the superhero version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!. So, the different ways in which each movie overcomes the 'goofy, useless superhero' stigma will hopefully be quite interesting and exciting to watch.
And perhaps best of all, is the benefit of seeing obscure superheroes in the first place! Now, most folks may not consider that particularly great; I mean, most people figure that heroes like The Atom and Ant-Man are obscure for a reason. Though, that's not particularly true. A lot of heroes go unnoticed simply because their powers aren't as flashy as, say, Laser Vision or turning green with rage.
And needless to say, these two superheroes have much more to either of them than first meets the eye. Along with them, they both bring a whole lot of potential to their worlds (Pym Particles, The Microverse, etc). So, it's about time their fans got the satisfaction of seeing them in their respective viewing mediums. And maybe some haters might even be turned into fans. What do you say?