Name: Sandra Swindle


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August 28, 2013 3:55 am I have to say, great concept! I love that you included Betty Dean, a very important person in Namor's life, and a great character to stand in for the audience in introducing the underwater world. I do hate to see the WWII connection gone, but MCU has already done away with it and Namor's connection to Cap. However, you've got to include Princess Fen, Namor's mother. Also think your idea for a political intrigue / horror is intriguing, and would be unique amongst the super-hero movies we've seen thus far. I've always thought James Cameron (hey, I'm dreaming big in my casting) would be awesome for a Namor movie, but of course, he probably wouldn't fit with your concept as well.
August 28, 2013 3:46 am Yeah, I'm not so sure about Kit Harrington as Namor, even after seeing him buffed up in that Pompeii trailer. Yes, the actor has to have a certain physicality (which I'm not sure Harrington has), but even more important is capturing the attitude, appeal and intensity, coupled with a certain otherworldly aura. It's a tough role. Other than that, and Attuma, I do like the casting choices.
November 26, 2012 12:40 am I'm a huge Namor fan, and yeah, I'd have to agree, The Depths is cool story, but hardly a good intro to 616 Namor. I think he's like in 5 pages of the entire 4 issues. I'd recommend Sub-Mariner Revolution, instead, as it sets up the situation that led Namor into the Cabal and eventually the X-Men. And while that Golden Age Masterworks gives you a good WWII view of angry young Namor, the Atlas Heroes vol 3, from the 1950s is pure Bill Everett at the pinnacle of his talents -- and may be more accessible to modern audiences.
April 12, 2012 2:14 pm I disagree. Namor's supported his own book in the past and has a wealth of history and characterization to expand on. In team books, you rarely get to see the richness of the character, and he's mainly used as a foil or antagonist., with very little development.
April 12, 2012 2:12 pm Don't worry, Marvel doesn't have any idea either what their Atlantis is like. They've thrown a hodgepodge of cliches at it over the decades. The last ongoing, Namor the First Mutant, tried to pull some of this together and introduced some new elements with magic, but sadly was canceled before exploring things further.
April 12, 2012 2:02 pm I agree 100% that Marvel should invest the effort to reboot an ongoing for their first superhero, Namor. If DC can put out a properly done and supported Aquaman that outsells _every_ Marvel ongoing, I don't understand why Marvel can't do the same, with the much more interesting Namor. I also agree that Kieron Gillen would be a great choice for a writer. Sadly, you need more than just a good creative team these days in the market that events and $4 books have created. However, tearing Namor down to his roots, as you say, has been done, more than once, and usually to launch an ongoing or put him on his team. He lost his kingdom in mini-series to set up his tenure on the Avengers and recently to put him on the X-Men, as well as before John Bryne's run. And the fact that many other modern heroes are still operating on traits and templates that Namor used before WWII, doesn't seem to indicate there's anything antiquated about the character at all. In the last ongoing, Namor the First Mutant, a very interesting reason for why the Atlanteans have kings, and why Namor can't really escape that role was given. And perhaps that is how Namor can be "re-imagined" for new readers, i.e. in a different genre than straight super-hero. Marvel currently has no magic or fantasy / sword & sorcery books, and Namor would be ideal for either, if they wanted give him and Atlantis a central role in the magical universe. And given the success of Game of Thrones, there's obviously an audience for the sort of labyrinthine, pseudo historical political drama that would be perfect for Namor and Atlantis. Alternatively, given their LOVE for noir, tales of Namor's youth in the 40s done in that genre might also be successful.