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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Something Nifty...

Okay, you know this would be a pretty inspired casting choice.

Of course, I say that as someone with an irrational dislike of Nightwing and a slightly more rational dislike of Peter Petrelli.

It occurs to me though, that ultimately my dislike of both characters stems from the fact that early on I really liked both and saw a lot of potential until they got dragged down into directions I wasn't fond of.

And also started getting all mopey. I never really liked seeing characters get all mopey unless they were following it up with a lot more punching than these guys seemed to manage.

Both characters somehow got really self-absorbed for me. The Peter Petrelli who was briefly my favorite on Heroes was the guy who (believing his powers were based on proximity) went alone and thus powerless to save the cheerleader from getting killed. And even while on that important quest, managed to notice some random girl (who he hadn't realized was the one he sought) and her pain, and give her a few words of comfort just because she needed it. Once all the drama with his powers happened, he really never recaptured that courage or compassion again.

Nightwing's really the same way, I find him strongest when he's concerned about others, but too often he seems too absorbed in his own angst to notice anything else.

I do think Ventimiglia might pull off a version of Nightwing that I can actually stand though. Ventimiglia's good at playing a quiet sort of compassion and charm. Nightwing has no powers, which is a plus compared to Peter Petrelli at least. And a single movie won't be enough to laden him with the crippling levels of angst too often seen in the comic.

It'd be interesting to see at least.

Especially if somewhere down the line it gets someone to do a Hayden Panettiere as Supergirl movie. Because THAT would be awesome.


  • At August 15, 2007 8:43 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Nightwing and Superboy Prime really need to get together and have an "emo" off. The angst would be absolutely pooling on the floor.

  • At August 15, 2007 1:50 PM, Blogger Evan Waters said…

    Panatierre as Supergirl is kind of brilliant. Hadn't thought of that before.

  • At August 15, 2007 5:50 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    I always thought Renato Guedes' Supergirl redesign looked like it was inspired by Panettiere.

    Adrian Pasdar (Nathan) would make a good Mayor Mitchell Hundred (Ex Machina), although it may be to close to his current character. He'd also make a decent Hal Jordan.

  • At August 16, 2007 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree with you on how Peter became less interesting after the mid-point of the season, when his character was put on the wayside and he was turned into a plot point.

    Although I do think he did get a few good moments where he got to respond to the horror of what he is becoming. I mean, here's a guy who's only desire in life was to try and help people and ease suffering and everything inside him and around him is saying that he is going to be responsible for more destruction than he ever thought possible.

    The one exception to that? The "Five Years Gone" episode where we see what five years and one disaster have done to change Peter. The desire to help is still there but he's nowhere near as emo as he was. In fact, I dare say he was like Nightwing back in the days when he was being written like a competent hero...

    But that is neither here nor there. I still can't wait for Season 2.


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