Wow. Great disussion.
Random: Australia, huh. I met a really nice couple from Australia last year at the Comic Con. They have had a few comics of theirs published (in Australia), but they go to Comic Con every year to attempt to break into larger comic book markets. Their stuff was really good. Wish I had written down their name. As for anime. I do love the classic, AKIRA. Ghost in the Shell was beautiful and just a marvel in terms of art. The story, though was too long and way too detailed for me to even care for the main character. Anime is becoming huge (if not already) in San Diego during Comic Con. There's always a couple of huge booths (and several smaller ones) filled with anime of Japanese studios. Due to Ko, I'm becoming more familiar with anime! But anime is truly a wonderful art form. The GOOD anime - I know you know what I mean.
Bronx: I don't think Bruce Wayne/Batman should be a martial artist. Here's the root of my thinking. The issues of Detective Comics that I have (from over 20-years ago) depict Batman not with a abundance of muscle, but with more of an "athletic" build. It's only recently that artists have been depicting a more muscle bound Batman. And yeah, I had a problem with Kirsten Dunst as MJ. However, I thought that Peter Parker/Spidey was the best casted part in the movie. As for X-Men, what was such a joy was that Bryan Singer looked at the characters in a more serious mode, unlike what Joel Schumacher did for the last two Batman flicks. Schumacher should just direct really gay Broadway shows. That's what he's suited for. and yes, Blade took it's material rather seriously. I just didn't like the Stephen Dorff as Frost casting. Plus Blade wasn't based on a 30-year old comic like X-Men. What X-Men had against it was a studio very unsure about this material being "box office" so, it was only willing to shell out little $$ for the making of and it wanted the movie edited down to LESS than two hours running time. NOW, the tune is different: and you can be sure that X-Men 2, or X2, is gonna be BEEG. From what I've seen and read - X2 is gonna be GREAT. More screen time for Ororo/Storm. And yes, Halle Berry didn't have much to do before. That's gonna change in X2. But there is a great battle at Xavier's Mansion with ALL the X-men and students (including Rogue, Pyro, Bobby Drake/Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Colossus AND Nightcrawler, to name a few) getting involved. I'll be seeing a sneak peak down in San Diego and will report....
Char: good points. You have to admit, that out of all the actors that have portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman, Keaton has been the best. I still wouldn't put a bodybuilder as Batman, however for Superman? Possibility. The Man of Steel should be rather mus-kellee. You know? Someone I know...*cough, cough*Demo*cough cough*, wants Patrick Warburton for Superman. Warburton is best known as either Elaine's boyfriend (on Steinfeld) or The Tick. Still thinking on that one. What the studio wants right now are two young actors for Batman/Superman so that a NEW arch is begun. This arch would lead into other movies (Batman: Year One, etc). Personally, Colin Farrell is perfect for Bruce Wayne. I'm still shaking my head at Jude Law.