Actor David Dastmalchian does not have a name that is immediately recognizable, but after seeing his face fans of both Marvel and DC will realize he has appeared in many roles in both the movie and television universes of their favorite franchises. These include The Dark Knight, The Flash, Gotham, and most recently Ant-Man and the Wasp.
As the rare actor who has had the honor to play so many roles within the continuity of both comic juggernauts he is poised to analyze them like few others. When asked about the differences and similarities the actor had this to say:
“There’s all kind of differences. The first comics I started reading were Detective Comics which had a dark and gritty nature. In third grade, I started my first collection — the West Coast Avengers — which were just amazing characters. And then, I got into The Avengers. You get these brighter colors, stories where you’re dealing with a lot more supernatural and cosmic elements than you get in say the Detective Comics Universe. In the Marvel Universe, I found my favorite heroes. In the DC universe I found my favorite villains.”
It always adds depth to an actor in the very comic book saturated media world that currently exists in finding out that they are not just taking the roles for money, but have a genuinely vested interest in the universes and their characters. Do you agree with Dastmalchian that DC has better villains than Marvel? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Judy Greer as Maggie, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is out in theaters now!
10 DC Comics Stories That Could Top ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Now that general audiences have seen Avengers: Infinity War, nothing will ever be the same for the DC films. Avengers: Infinity War feels more like an event starring everyone’s favorite characters than a traditional movie, and it will be hard for Warner Bros. to replicate that feeling of excitement for their comic book movies. DC’s counter-part to Avengers, Justice League, didn’t achieve nearly the same level of success and now the studio has to think of a new plan to get their cinematic universe chugging along.
Fortunately, DC Comics has a huge repertoire of epic, personal stories to explore for cinematic potential. While Thanos may be more destructive than the villains in some of these stories, that doesn’t mean these adventures don’t result in real, destructive changes in the DC Universe. After forcing DC’s finest heroes to fight Doomsday and Steppenwolf, two of the publisher’s strongest villains, on the big screen so early in the cinematic universe’s history, WB may want to step back and focus on personal stories. Even if none of these plotlines make it to the big screen, and if they do they would all require some major tweaking, they are all excellent examples of DC’s finest work.
Hit Next to discover 10 DC Comics storylines that could top Avengers: Infinity War.