As today is the 15-year-anniversary of the 2001 film Pearl Harbor, I couldn't help but notice one cool factoid. No, it wasn't the $450 million bucks it brought in at the box office or the cool explosions brought to you by Michael Bay. No, it was a connection between the movie and a very cool genre that is very dear to me: Superhero Movies! It wasn't apparent until the first major character was initiated into the genre this past year; let's start there and you'll see what I mean.
He was Captain Rafe McCawley in 2001 and the Dark Knight in 2016. I'm not mentioning Daredevil out of respect for the much better version on Netflix, but there is no question that Ben Affleck's Batman was one of the best things in Batman v Superman.
Bet you didn't recognize the beauty of Jennifer Garner under the wig and behind the glasses of Nurse Sandra. No one, however will forget her in the skintight garb of the Marvel Assassin Electra, wielding those razor sharp sais.
Lt. Gooz "I got a girlfriend" Wood was just a guy who offered victory cigars, brought a little comic relief, and painted lopsided boobies on planes back in 2001. General Zod was the man that brought the Earth to the brink of destruction in Man of Steel and gave Superman a lesson in violence, Kryptonian style. His body was the vessel that gave life to Doomsday in Batman v Superman as well.
He played Danny's (played by Josh Hartnett) nasty, abusive father in the movie. True to his villainous form, he played Shredder-disciple Eric Sacks in 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Funny thing though, William wasn't the only one in the cast with a link to the TMNT franchise.
Although he had a small part as a Japanese aide, James was the original Shredder in the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie way back in 1990.
Another actor who had a bit part in the film, Tony was cast as Ian in Pearl Harbor. Although it wasn't a movie, we'll show love to his contribution as Irish gangster Finn on Netflix's Daredevil.
He played hero Capt. Danny Walker in the 2001, and Sheriff Eben Oleson in the comic book series turned movie 30 Days of Night. Josh also was in Frank Miller's Sin City as well as quite a few other swoon-worthy roles.
Though not appearing in comic book-based properties, Sung Kang from Fast & The Furious, Kim Coates from Sons of Anarchy, and Kate Beckinsale from the Underworld franchise deserve a mention for their roles as well. No matter what critics have said about the movie, Pearl Harbor's cast is definitely top notch! 15 years since its release — that alone should make it a must watch with some popcorn this weekend!