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Poll Position: Greatest Character Portrayals In Comic Book Movies

The right casting choice can elevate a movie to the next level. Even a bad film can be salvaged by an outstanding performance by one of the cast. And whilst though it is somewhat of a new genre in terms of the history of cinema, the comic book movie genre is a good example of this. Finding the right actor to portray a long established and beloved character is a difficult task, so when it happens, it can be magical. So this week we're going to decide who the best casting choice in the history of comic book movies was. We are looking at any actor to portray a character who originated in a comic book. The film does not have to be a Superhero movie, any film adapted from a comic book property will count.

As per usual, I've given you 10 to start and you can add your own. Please remember that when you add your own entry add them with the actors name and the name of the character they portrayed, along with the movie/ movie series in which they are acting.

What Were They Thinking: Out of the frying pan and into the (Star)fire

So, DC. They've been very kind to me over the last few weeks, giving me plenty to talk about on this series, where we take a look at all of the stupidest, most misguided things in the history of the comic book industry, thanks to their New 52 relaunch. And this week is no different. I promise I'll go back to slagging off Marvel next week, hell I might even have a go at Image if I can find something of theirs that's worth the time. But DC have done a lot wrong over the last half a decade and they're an easy target. Don't worry, they're big boys, they can take it. Anyway, this week, sexism, because that's always fun.

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The List: Top 10 Marvel Superheroines

So, this poll was an interesting one. There were a lot of good inclusions, some questionable ones (whoever was trying to get all the DC superheroines on the list, you get a sarcastic round of applause for being so amusing) and some very unexpected results.

Considering that Marvel doesn't have a lot of solo superheroines in the same sort of league as those DC has (with most of the entries on the list being most famous for their work in various teams) you would expect the vote to be somewhat close, right? Well...

Honourable Mentions: Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Emma Frost, Elektra

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Poll Position: Greatest Magic Users In Fiction

Ok, for this weeks poll lets take a look at magic. Specifically, who is the greatest, most memorable and/ or most influential magic user in fiction. Now, we are only looking at magic users in the sense of wizards, witches, warlocks and mages, so no gods or magicians (so people who perform magic tricks but have no magical power), and fiction can cover any of the following; Books, TV, Film and Comics/ Manga, so no real life magicians (who wouldn't count anyway because they don't have any actual magical power).

As usual, I've given you 10 examples to start with, you can add your own, but please make sure you put the series the character is from in brackets next to your submission, otherwise they won't get added to the poll.

What Were They Thinking: Now that is insane

So last week on What Were They Thinking (the series were we take a look at the stupidest most ill-advised events in comic book history), we talked a lot about DC comics. And we're going to again this week, because whilst doing my research for last weeks post, I came across the utter gem that was the "Harley Quinn Art Contest". Enjoy.

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Caption Contest #83

Ok guys, time for another caption contest, where you have to come with the funniest replacement dialogue for a random comic panel of my choosing. This week you have to replace the captions and dialogue for this panel

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Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (Nov 30th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.

The List: Top 10 Greatest Non-American Comic Book Characters

It's surprising how short of characters this poll was. Less than 20 characters to represent the 193 countries that aren't America. But I guess that's what happens when the largest publishers are all based in a single country and, as you would expect, focus primarily on characters from that country. However, we have got a list and there are some very notable names on it. So without further ado, let's get on to the list shall we.

Honourable Mentions: Captain Britain, Red Skull & Colossus

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Poll Position: Marvels Greatest Superheroine

Sorry this poll is up late guys, I was very busy yesterday.

Anyway, for this weeks poll, we're going to try to decide who is the greatest female hero in the history of Marvel comics. We're including anti-heroes, but no characters who usually come down on the villainous side of the moral spectrum but have occasionally been known to do some good.

As per usual, I've given you 10 to start and you can add your own suggestions. If you do add your own suggestions can you leave them in the same format I have on the poll (so, real name + superhero identity) so we can distinguish easily between characters who have shared the same or similar names.

What Were/ Are They Thinking: It appears we’ve DC-ed

So, usually here on What Were They Thinking (the series where we take a look at the stupidest and most ill-advised things to happen in comics history) we tend to look at storylines, what actually happens on the page. We might blame the people behind the scenes for their terribleness, but we've never actually called out the guys behind the scenes for being terrible. But today, we're going to be taking a look at Detective Comics Comics Inc. (yes, that it actually the full name of DC Comics) and the... lets just say interesting time they've had in recent years.

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How They Should: Bring The Fantastic Four Into The MCU

So, the Fantastic Four. The first family of Marvel haven't had the best of times when it comes to transitioning to the big screen. The first two films were... let's be polite and say not very good and the reboot was somehow even worse. Meanwhile, Marvel have been building their own cinematic universe and it's been pretty good, even managing to incorporate Spider-Man, another icon who seemed forever lost in filmatic purgatory. So, assuming either Fox can come to a Sony-esque deal with Disney or the rights revert back to Marvel, let's take a look at how Marvels first super-team could make their way into the MCU.

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