Sunday, January 17, 2016

Doctor Strange and Doctor Occult



The first images of Benedict Cumberbatch in full Doctor Strange garb and the sets he will inhabit have been released, and I must say that he looks even better than I was hoping he would in the role.  The details are all correct as well, from the Eye of Agomotto to his signature window in the Sanctum Sanctorum.  So, they have the visuals right - if the story and performances are up to par, this could be very cool indeed.


13 comments:

AirDave said...

I think Dr. Strange is working very diligently to recapture that magic of the first Iron Man film. I'm excited about it!

Cary Comic said...

I still have fond memories of the 1978 TV-movie that featured Clyde Kusatsu as (a politically correct) Wong; Jessica Walter as Morgan LeFay; the late, great Sir John Mills as Thomas "the Ancient One" Lindmer; and Peter Hooten in the title role of Dr. Strange. So, a big budget feature film will have to go a long way, with me, to equal or even surpass that nostalgic fondness. However, that being said, I have since discovered that Benedict Cumberbatch's mother is Wanda Ventham. The actress who did such a delightfully convincing job playing a vampiric necromancer in the 1974 Hammer Films epic CAPT. KRONOS!

So, there's definitely some hope that such a talent for realism is hereditary.

Anonymous said...

"Charlatan?"

Did Stephen try to compensate for his estrangement, from Clea, with a little "help" from Rose Psychic? ;-)

Simreeve said...

Is the "I placed my faith in you once" line a reference to a previous meeting between them on this site? I can't find one...


Cary Comic said...
"I still have fond memories of the 1978 TV-movie that featured Clyde Kusatsu as (a politically correct) Wong; Jessica Walter as Morgan LeFay; the late, great Sir John Mills as Thomas "the Ancient One" Lindmer; and Peter Hooten in the title role of Dr. Strange"

So do I.

Ross said...

Nop, this is Dr. Occult's first appearance on the blog, I just thought that I would give them a sense of some sort of history together.

A Mindful Webworker said...

Okay, I haven't been much of a comics reader since the 80s Indy crash, but... who is Doctor Occult? And why does he look like Dick Tracy?

Kid Charlemagne said...

Dr. Occult was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster back in the Golden Age; I don't remember if it was before or after they created Superman.

As for his Tracyesque togs, I don't know why that happened, either--but DT was a prominent strip back then, so JS & JS might have consciously or unconsciously copied Tracy.

A Mindful Webworker said...

Oh, a Golden Ager by S&S. Thanks. Just read up on him in the DCUniverseOnline wiki. Sometimes I have to V-8 forehead slap myself for not realizing I can websearch everything.

Of course, he may be dressed like Tracy, but the jaw isn't pointed enough! :D

Ideas Man2 said...

But where is Doctor Thirteen?

Cary Comic said...

Dr. Occult is definitely pre-Superman. In fact, he is sometimes said to have been DC's first costumed superhero (due to a Flash Gordon-esque uniform he wore during an epic battle between the demon hordes of Koth and the forces of the Council of Seven)!

Bradley Walker said...

When Doc Occult showed up in All-Star Squadron, Superman kept remarking on how similar they looked.

In a later, contemporary Superman story, Doc Occult made his "first" appearance, where he body-switched with Rose, similar to Marvel's Starhawk. Don't know if they kept that.

Simreeve said...

They kept it until Flashpoint: Apparently one of the pair had lost their own original body while helping the JSA in a case towards the end of the war (in a story published in the late '90s, shortly before the JSA's series was revived on an ongoing basis), and that part of the story didn't get changed.
Post-Flashpoint, I'm not sure whether he (or she) has appeared at all.

Anonymous said...

I know an other-dimensional counterpoint got killed off (indirectly-but-deliberately), by John Constantine, in the DC comic series based on the v.g. INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US.

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