Though both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd’s names have been tossed around in connection with Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man film, it’s Rudd who is in final negotiations to play Ant-Man/Henry Pym. Though JGL certainly has comedic chops, I think we can all agree that Paul has the slight edge when it comes to comedy. Why should comedy be the primary concern in a superhero film? Well it shouldn’t. It should always come second to how good the actor will look in a clingy outfit.
But given that JGL and Rudd are pretty much on equal, slender brunette footing there, let’s revisit the importance of that comedic element. Ant-Man, in case you didn’t know, is a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to both change his size and communicate with insects. Okay, right?
So it will take a considerable amount of charm to ensure that premise translates to the big screen. But, generally, as the DC films descend further and further into self-seriousness (I’m looking at you, angsty, beardy Supes), Marvel is relying more and more on light-hearted fare. Starting, of course, with Robert Downey Jr.’s dry as toast Tony Stark and extending to the rest of the wise-cracking Avengers, the snide charm of Loki and our new snarky Spider-man, it’s the blend of humor and heroics that have made the Marvel universe so damn enjoyable. With the hilarious and geekily credible Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) at the helm, I have every confidence in this project. Particularly if they work in a dance sequence for Rudd.
He’d be in good company.