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I didn't see ASM2 because it didn't really look interesting. As far as I know, there have only been four villains used (Lizard, Goblin, Rhino, Electro), so why would they even consider a Sinister Six film at this time? Sony has not done this series any justice with these first two films. Can't wait for the reboot in ten years. Maybe with an age appropriate cast that can grow into the roles.
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So getting this franchise off the ground is more important than finishing Hellboy? Priorities seem skewed here...
Let's see if they do something except bitch about it...
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@richgamer150 I can't read your gibberish, man.
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@cvntstop Yes, The Departed. As for the rest, I think we'll have to agree to disagree on this. I think they can find Asian/Asian American Actors, and place the film in Japan, and you do not. That is fine, but I guess we'll see how the finished product turns out.

@richgamer150 "dey shud?" Come back when you learn how to use real words...
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@cvntstop Infernal Affairs became Death Note, just as Yojimbo became Fistful of Dollars, but that is different. Those were one shot films. Death Note is a long running serial, one that would likely be franchised. If you change the names, location, and the title of the film, you don't have the same property. Hollywood can call it the Bourne Legacy, or Bourne whatever, but it will be rejected by the masses if it doesn't have Jason Bourne. It's the same thing in this situation. Without the Yagami family, the fans won't really be getting Death Note, just a bastardized version.

Also, there doesn't need to be subtitles. I'm almost positive that they could find Asian American actors and actresses if they looked. I mean, The Wolverine had Tao Okamoto, RIla Fukushima, Will Yun Lee, and Brian Lee. They can't be the only Asian actors around. Hollywood needs to stop feeding the masses BS like they did in Airbender, and give Asian parts to Asian actors. They don't have to always alter the story to include generically named characters so the roles can be filled by known, largely white, entities.
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@Brizzy It's squashed.

I don't want anyone reading my comment below to think that I wouldn't want a Death Note film. I do. I also want a Bleach film (I wrote a good size post on MW when WB bought the Bleach rights years ago on how they should make the film series; I'm still waiting for them to call me to say "thanks"). But Hollywood needs to cultivate Asian actors to make a Death Note, Bleach, or a Naruto believable. When Airbender completely bombed, many people felt the film's almost completely white casting was an issue (EX: Look at Nicola Peltz in Age Of Extinction. Look at Kitara from Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon. Realize that Peltz played Kitara. Try not to let out a WTF). Asian names present a unique issue for Hollywood. Whereas "Johnny Storm" is fairly generic, "Sasuke Uchiha" is not. Furthermore, changing names of the characters would weaken its connection to the source story, possibly to the point of it not really being an adaptation of the material. Who wants to see Light Yagami as the featured player? I'm of the opinion that most do. What if they change his name to Light Johnson, or Light Smith? I think that's cheap, and disrespectful of the character. Will they also change the lead in Bleach to Mark Thompson? How ridiculous and horrible would that be? Very horrible, in my opinion.

If Hollywood wants to extend into the anime market, it can do so without looking at inherently Japanese tales. Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack On Titan, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Hellsing, and many more excellent stories do not take place in Japan, nor feature Japanese leads (Edward Elric, Ehren Yeager, Spike Spiegel are not Japanese. Edward and Ehren are likely Germanic, and Spiegel...well, I honestly am not sure about that, but I'm fairly certain it isn't Asian). Hollywood has options, good options (AOT is a potential blockbuster waiting to happen, and if done right, a story like FMA could be as fantastic as LOTR, and no, I am not joking). But the studios have to be careful when planning these things out. Learn from past mistakes of others (Airbender, Dragonball: Evolution), and making smart and logical decisions about casting to add to the credibility of the tale.
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@Brizzy No dumbass, I have a problem with a character that lives in Japan with the last Yagami, who becomes acquaintances with a shinigami (that's a Japanese Death God, simpleton), has been named "Kira" by the media (because in Japan, "Kira" is "Killer." See, they used the Japanese word because, well, Japan).

See dipsh*t, this isn't a situation like the FF with Jordan, not mention your ridiculous Smaug notion. Death Note is, like Bleach (which is why WB has sat on those rights for about five years without doing anything with them) an inherently Japanese story.

But on the other hand, you're right. Let's have a white or black actor play Light Yagami. And don't forget to have Soichiro Yagami played by a white or black actor. Because Soichiro is such a common name for white people; us Irish folk name our children "Soichiro" almost as much as we name them "Patrick" (although, I'm not sure if the Japanese name their children "Patrick"). Also, I can't wait for the Bleach movie. I can't wait to find out if Danielle Radcliffe, Logan Lerman or Josh Hutcherson get to play "Ichigo Kurosawki." I mean c'mon, when you hear the name Ichigo Kurosawki, you instinctively think "white guy."A white guy that lives in LA. That becomes a Japanese Death God. Makes total sense.

Thanks for playing. You've been a great amusement to me...
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Read many parts of the manga, watched the anime. With that said, if DN is switched to Los Angeles so Light and L can be played by white actors, I'd rather they not make this film.
@thedude1 From www.latimes.com: "Transformers" is the first summer flick to hold the No. 1 spot for two consecutive weeks, and it has generated nearly $175 million after just 10 days of release. After this weekend's bounty, the film has logged more than $400 million in international ticket sales."

Assuming that it drops to about $20 million this upcoming weekend, it should be around $200 million, with nothing too awe-inspiring on the horizon beyond Apes. Sex Tape? Please. Diaz naked in 1998? Yes please. Diaz naked in 2014? Well, not so much. As for Hercules, the trailers have not been anything but standard, and really, the story looks very similar to the recent Clash Of The Titans series. Lucy has ScarJo, Freeman, and a premise that at the very least is just as out there as a Transformers film. And who knows about Guardian Of The Galaxy. It may be good. It may be bad. So it stands a good chance to keep rolling in the dough through the end of summer.

As far as the numbers you bring up, it doesn't matter. I think if the film exceeds $210 million, which was the budget on the film, it's a complete win for Bay. He'll have made back the budget in US dollars, while raking in what looks to well over half a billion in profit, thanks to overseas box office.
@Rambling-Johnny Absolutely. Because there were ONLY two options to go with the story, and since this one may be a fake, we now know that it has to be the other option. It's so sad that WB/DC ONLY had two ways they could take the story, isn't it? I mean, there is NO possible way that there could be a third option...
@ObiWanShinobi To saturate the market with theories. They want to keep people guessing, but give them enough time to get adjusted to whatever actually is the real deal.
That...that's just genius.
Only non-readers would say Rayner, Todd, and Kelley are "lesser-knowns."
@writer220 Paramount both produced and distributed the film. They wouldn't be doing so, however, if the film series had a history of bombing...
@thedude1 For purposes of clarification, I wasn't trying to attack you personally. I was attacking complainers in general, and only held you out as an example because you voiced your displeasure below. My apologies if you felt the need to defend yourself.
@writer220 The nerve of Bay, trying to make money in his chosen profession! I mean, it's almost as if Bay thinks making profits is the most important thing in the business world. I mean, it's not like studios would stop hiring him if his films repeatedly flopped. What a jerk...
Look at the title of this story, and you'll see exactly why Bay doesn't care, and nor should he, about criticisms by critics and ass sore filmgoers like @thedude1. Everyone can say they hate the film, and that's your right. You didn't like it, and you can voice your opinion. But Bay has every right not change the formula because, even though there are all these criticisms, the masses are still paying $6-$15 per ticket. And here's the completely asinine thing; the whining and bitching didn't start about AOE after the finished product was seen. No, the fanbitches started up pretty much after Bay announced he was making the film, continued after Marky Mark was added to the cast, and rolled right through the premiere. And yet, instead of voicing its displeasure in the only meaningful way it can, by simply not paying to see the film, the fanbitches showed up in droves. Massive droves. Almost $42 million dollars worth of droves. So yeah, fanbitches, keep telling Bay he's horrible while at the same time putting your money in his coffers. Makes perfect sense...

"2 out of 3 ain't bad...I guess."
There are reports that Marvel is discontinuing FF books in order to not give this film any kind of push. After reading this article, I can kind of see why that would be the case...