I still contend that as good as Angelina Jolie will end up being in the movie version of Mark Millar’s “Wanted”, she will never be as “perfect” for the role as Halle Berry would have been. Because let’s face it, if Millar and artist J. G. Jones weren’t modeling the Fox character after Halle Berry, I’ll eat my shoe. Then again, Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie? Yeah, it’s not exactly a tough call for the producers, and anyone who hasn’t read the comics wouldn’t know the difference anyhow. Having said that, official images from the movie have surfaced online, including James McAvoy as Wes, Morgan Freeman as The Professor (or Sloan in the movie version), David O’Hara as Mister Rictus (or Mister X in the movie), and of course, Angelina Jolie as The Fox.
The comic book premise:
The premise of Wanted is that all the world’s super-villains decided to band together in 1986 and use their vast collective powers — including mad science, magic and mind control — to eliminate all the world’s superheroes and rewrite reality in their own dark image; prior to this the world was a brighter, more hopeful place (a clear reference to the end of the Silver Age). Superheroes are remembered as fiction (as they are in the real world), and behind the scenes a cabal of the leading super-villains run the entire world.
Mama’s boy Wesley Gibson discovers that his recently-assassinated father was a super-criminal called The Killer, and that Wesley has inherited his perfect aim and uncanny skill with any weapon. Wesley enters a new life, and must deal with the most dangerous and evil people in the world — whose ranks now include Wesley himself.
The movie seems to be a little different:
A young man (McAvoy) finds out his long lost father is an assassin. And when his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father’s old organization and trained by a man named Sloan (Freeman) to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
I’m sure they’ll keep the comics’ Big Reveal, but they’ll probably do away with all the parallel universe jumping and crazy Fraternity privileges (you know, how Wes can walk into a police station and blow everyone away and no one says a word to him about it?), since that would be kinda hard to explain in the movies.
The comic books are pretty hard-core, and best compared to something John Woo would have done — if he was tripping on acid at the time, that is.
Get Wanted March 28, 2008.