WAR IS DECLARED!
Written by acclaimed writer Mark Waid and illustrated by superstar painter Alex Ross. Kingdom Come is an instant classic, and if not one of the greatest stories ever told in comics. It is highly praised throughout the comic book community for it's great storytelling, dialogue and its magnificent artwork. The story of Kingdom Come takes place in the (not so distant) future where the DC Universe is in terrible shape. The new generation of superheroes are just as the bad villains they fight! Running around with no moral compass, being careless and violent as ever. The heroes of yesterday (Justice League) must return and wage war against the uncompromising "protectors" of Earth. An act that will define what heroism truly is.
Director & Writer-Martin Scorsese
Kingdom Come is not your ordinary comic book story it is treated and handled very maturely. As a story filled with drama and suspense. Kingdom Come heavily relies on biblical messages and raw human emotion to drive the story forward. In my opinion this is right up Scorsese's alley. As one of Hollywood's greatest directors Scorsese knows when and how to handle powerful stories with immense drama. Martin Scorsese has an abundance of critically acclaimed movies: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Mean Streets (1973), Goodfellas (1990), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) all listed as the some of cinemas greatest films. As he ages the quality of his work still remains high.
The other thing that I love about Scorsese's work is that he has the ability to combine ambivalent view of violence with comedy and make it work perfectly. A great example of this is the movie Goodfellas. A movie filled with violence and crude humor, but it managed to work by positioning the viewer (through various camera angles, editing and music) to identify with it. There's no denying that Martin Scorsese has established himself as an important authority on film culture, and established himself as the greatest American film director of his generation.
Composer(s)-John Barry & Ennio Morricone
I love, love these composers! Let's talk a little about each composer. John Barry is high recognized for his work on James Bond (first film Dr. No), Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves and Midnight Cowboy. Barry is known for using scores that were bold and brassy. Yet, he could produce beautiful, soothing and romantic scores. A winner of five academy awards and received ten Golden Globe nominations. John Barry was truly one of the greats in the business and he will be missed.
Below is the soundtrack from Out of Africa (1985) which won Best Original Score:
There's no other composer is as distinctive as Ennio Morricone. What I loved so much about Morricone's style was that he mixed traditional classical music (one of my favorites) with guitar, bizarre and random sounds along with human voices (opera singers). Some may say his methods were odd, but his work is unmistakable and truly defined what we call spaghetti-western genre music. What movies did he work on? You may ask... Pretty much think of every Clint Eastwood western film. Some of my favorites are Two Mules for Sister Sara, A Fistful of Dollar, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Godlike.... "The Ecstasy of Gold" performed live The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). If you like the song below then check this tune out [right here]:
Norman McCay-Malcolm McDowell
Norman McCay is a pivotal character in Kingdom Come only a normal man; McCay he is chosen to bear witness to the possibility of Armageddon.
A humble pastor and preacher in the DC Universe, McCay inherits the prophetic dreaming abilities of Wesley Dodds (Sandman) and finds himself appointed by the Spectre (Jim Corrigan) to serve as his lost human conscience and help the Spirit of Vengeance to judge the forthcoming apocalyptic events in order to properly punish the guilty. Reluctantly, McCay serves as the Witness to the events of Kingdom Come.
Unfortunately, I don't own Kingdom Come so I had to do a lot of research on the story by reading various scans online and listening to audio readings of the entire story. The more I learned about Norman McCay the closer I got towards figuring which actor I wanted to portray him. It HIT ME! The one and only Malcolm McDowell would own this role. It does suck that McDowell has been in some recently poorly made film, but that shouldn't take anything away from the man. In every movie (including the bad) he's always putting on a solid performance. We all know that this seasoned English thespian can waltz his way into any director's or producer's office demanding a role.
A lot of people use A Clockwork Orange as Malcolm McDowell's best performance in a movie... I'll have to disagree on that. My favorite performance by him is in Caligula (1979):
In this story we're dealing with a Superman that has been retired for quite sometime. What made him retire? In the Kingdom Come story arc Superman and Louis Lane fall in love and get married. Until one unfaithful day Joker manages to kill 93 people at the Daily Planet, including Louis Lane. Superman searches everywhere for the Joker in hopes of restoring justice. The Joker was finally found but it was too late... An up-and-coming superhero by the name of Magog murders the Joker. Superman was immediately filled with rage for this hero's carelessness. Superman took Magog to jail. Magog stood trial for the murder of the Joker but quickly was acquitted. This led to Superman retiring and going into a 10 year exile.
In my opinion Kyle Chandler was made for this role to play this version of Superman. No, not a mountain of a man with giant muscles, but that shouldn't take anything away from his acting abilities. Chandler is usually playing the "boy scout" of every movie (or television series) he's in and he nails it! Winner for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, as Coach Eric Taylor in the television series Friday Night Light.
One of my favorite scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street and some of the best dialogue in film. Kyle Chandler kills it in this movie, and did I mention Martin Scorsese directed it?
Spectre-James Earl Jones
All I have to say is "why not"? I couldn't imagine hearing the voice of any other actor. You would want a powerful voice coming from the spirit of vengeance. A figure that demands authority and respect. James Earl Jones can do just that.
Ed Harris IS the real life older Bruce Wayne/Batman. There's no denying that Ed is one of best American actors in today's business. Every time he is on screen he commands the room and he's always holding himself as a leader. I need to remind people that this is a Batman that is crippled and old. He uses a special exoskeleton armor to help him movie. To help him protect Gotham he uses drones called "Bat Knights". In this story the public already knows Batman's identity and Bruce only goes by the name Batman.
I wanted to use an older actor that didn't look frail someone who could still give you an ass whooping. An actor that can instantaneously control an entire room once he steps one foot in through the door. An actor that is highly praised, but his name isn't too big to the point that his fame would overshadow the character he's playing. To me Ed just makes a lot of sense in this position. The man man is downright talented! He is great in front and behind the camera.
Received four Oscar nominations. Three of them for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and one for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pollock 2000).
Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Apollo 13 (1995)
Wonder Woman-Lucy Lawless
This was a no brainer for me. No way in hell would I pass up Lucy Lawless to take on the role of Wonder Woman. Also, for the first time she's not "too old" to play the character since in this story arch all the Golden Age heroes are in their late 40's to 50's. Wonder Woman and Superman are the only to heroes that age slowly so they look the most youthful of the bunch. What I find so funny about me choosing Lucy Lawless for the role was never about her being on Xena: Warrior Princess. Truthfully, I never watched the show. Her acting in the violent-gory television series Spartacus as Lucretia. We already know Lucy Lawless can play the warrior role, but lets discuss her other qualities as an actress.
On Spartacus Lucretia was a MAJOR character of the show. Very powerful and in-control of almost everything and everybody. Her character was very complicated. She wrestled a lot with her inner emotions from both love and deception. She loves her husband Quintus Lentulus Batiatus so much she would kill anyone that she deemed a threat. At the same time she was having an affair with one of the gladiators Crixus. Even though her character could across as emotionally fragile I would warn you not to let that illusion for you because Lucretia was a snake in the grass.
Strong, persuasive, charming, sneaky, superstitious, loyal, loving and deadly.
Additional Characters & Actors
- Green Lantern (Alan Scott)-Kevin Spacey
- Lex Luthor-Craig T. Nelson
- Captain Marvel/Shazam-Geoff Stults
- Power Woman- Katee Sackhoff
- Red Robin (Dick Grayson)-Patrick Wilson
- Magog-Ron Perlman