As Hollywood continues to exploit the untapped goldmine that is comic books-turned-movies, more and more heroes are being dredged up from obscurity and being thrust into the limelight.
However, certain essential characters that have already had movies made about them are getting reboots to try and square them more effectively into the grand portrait of heroes that Marvel and DC are trying to paint.
While normally this is a good thing, sometimes Hollywood gets it wrong. After all, comic books to Americans are more than just stories, they are our myths, our legends and a larger part of our culture than many people give them credit for.
Such is the case with Victor von Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
Or should we say Victor Domashev. “He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom, in our story,” Toby Kebbell, who will star as the evil Doctor, said in a recent interview on Collider.
“And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very antisocial programmer. And on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom.’”
Wait, what?! Victor von Doom, the conqueror of his native Latveria and world-renown bad-guy is being reduced to a programmer? Not just a programmer, but a programmer who blogs with the screen-name ‘Doom’? Seriously?
This is a guy who is so badass he fought the devil himself – Mephisto – for the soul of his mother! Yet now he is reduced to a geek who is somehow going to turn evil? The irony of the injustice is not lost. We’ll just have to see how this film plays out when it releases August 7th, 2015, although we are not hopeful.