Despite the package office success of superhero films plus the depth of a selection of their source material, the majority of films emerged as shallow, mindless movies without the need of serious characterization. This assessment is not true. Superheroes might be complex characters with well-defined personalities, along with the right actors and actresses would bring these personalities to life to the big screen. As five films demonstrate, playing roles that originate in comic books will not diminish actors'credibility. They still go ahead and take roles and characters seriously, even facing outlandish premises. In "Watchmen," Jackie Earle Haley acted sociopathic vigilante Walter Kovacs, also called Rorschach. From the very first lines from the film, viewers get a definite glimpse of Rorschach's unhinged personality from his monologue regarding the decaying morality of New York City and, by extension, the remainder world. Kovacs is inwardly tortured and angry at both himself and society, and hubby in order to they know of to handle this anger would be to hunt those he sees as criminals. The scene where he fully discards his civilian identity as Rorschach serves for example: Haley makes Kovacs visibly shiver with anger at Blair Roche's brutal death as they exacts justice within the murderer. Another scene, where Kovacs is imprisonment after being apprehended, shows how contemptuous he could be of criminals even as he is seemingly at their mercy.
BALTIMORE, MD — At the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, a horse who ran the race without a rider was a focal point despite the fact that he was near the back of the pack. War of Will won the second jewel of the Triple Crown, completing the 1 3/16-mile race in 1:54:34 minutes. Coming in second was Everfast, followed by Owendale, who took third.
Bodexpress, whose odds were 20-1 going into the race, bucked off jockey John Velasquez at the gate.
Without a rider, the horse stayed the course and ran another lap afterward.
Bodexpress was "not behaving," Velasquez said in an interview with NBC after the race. Before the start, the horse was fussing at the gate and pushing his rider into the side of the stall, he said.
The favorite, Improbable, came in sixth, and he also had an unsettling start.
"He was acting pretty well, and then he got fired up,'' Improbable's trainer Bob Baffert told the Associated Press. "He got in the gate, and when he did that, I knew that was it.''
Baffert, who has had seven Preakness wins, explained that "when horses do that it just takes a lot of energy out." He said it also makes the track more dangerous for contenders.
The order of the finishers was as follows:
- War of Will
- Warrior's Charge
- Laughing Fox
- Win Win Win
- Bourbon War
- Market King
Rules dictated that Bodexpress was a starter in the race but was not considered among the finishers because he did not have his jockey aboard.
In case you missed it, watch the race below.
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There were 131,256 attendees at the 144th Preakness Stakes, according to The Stronach Group, which owns the race course. Scroll to the bottom to see scenes from the event.
Organizers said that the total handle on Pimlico's 14-race program on Saturday, May 18, was a record-breaking $99.8 million, surpassing the $93,655,128 million in bets wagered in 2018.
"The 144th Preakness Stakes surpassed our expectations thanks to the horsemen and fans who came to celebrate this grand Maryland tradition," Chair/President of The Stronach Group Belinda Stronach said in a statement.
More than 20,000 people came to InfieldFest, where Grammy Award-winning deejay Diplo parachuted across the finish line.
"It makes for an unforgettable day of entertainment when you combine the world's top performers with the best Thoroughbred horses and jockeys at one of the most celebrated sporting events," Stronach said. "The Preakness is second to none."
Here's a glimpse from Preakness Day:
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione rides War of Will into the winner's circle at the 144th Preakness Stakes hosted by The Stronach Group in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
The Woodlawn Vase sits ready to be presented to the winner of the 144th Preakness Stakes. The trophy is valued at $4 million and is guarded at all times. Winners get to take home replicas of the Tiffany & Co.-designed trophy, which weighs 29 pounds. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Tyler Gaffalione rides War of Will into the winner's circle at the 144th Preakness Stakes hosted by The Stronach Group in Baltimore. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Vanessa Williams sings the national anthem before the 144th Preakness Stakes. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Jill Baffert and Bob Baffert at The Stronach Group Chalet. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Diplo parachutes into Pimlico and performs at InfieldFest. (Photos by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
InfieldFest performers included Norwegian superstar Kygo, Montgomery County rap artist Logic, Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist winner Juice WRLD, Australian house/techno producer FISHER and rising Canadian star Frank Walker.
Music producer Robin Thicke and retired NFL player Brian Poli-Dixon at The Stronach Group Chalet at the 144th Preakness Stakes hosted by The Stronach Group in Baltimore. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. were among the VIPs at the 144th Preakness Stakes hosted by The Stronach Group in Baltimore. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Left to right, Debby Clarke Belichick, New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Belinda Stronach at The Stronach Group Chalet at the 144th Preakness Stakes hosted by The Stronach Group in Baltimore. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
Actress Victoria Justice (center) with members of the Naval Academy Glee Club at the 144th Preakness Stakes hosted by The Stronach Group in Baltimore. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
In "The Mighty Thor," another superhero movie, Chris Hemsworth brings the Norse mythological god of thunder to life. Exiled from Asgard on account of his arrogance, Thor should regain Odin's favor and his very own powers to handle the trickster god Loki. Hemsworth portrays Thor's difficulty in becoming familiar with Midgard/Earth in the diner scene: the Asgardian custom of slamming a mug for another person showing appreciation is humorous to the audience and in-character for Thor, however it's off-putting for Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) as well as the other humans. Through this along with other scenes, viewers observe how awkward Thor is and perceive his disoriented confusion, which results in violence after bigger first landed on Earth. Thor attacks everyone in a rage, unable to simply accept that he's temporarily become fully human. Over the course of the film, Thor grows more accustomed to being among humans, an improvement which is reflected in the natural conversations with Jane Foster and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). In the trilogy of films that is called for him, the half-breed vampire hunter Blade represents another example of a well-played comic book hero. Acted by Wesley Snipes, this character is gritty yet stylish, perhaps to provide a contrast to the angst-ridden literary vampires that have been previously popular. Snipes participates in intense action sequences sticking with the same stoicism viewers would expect of any reality-based superhero, spending some time to deliver witty profanity-laced one-liners. With the X-Men and Spider-Man, Blade was one of the primary superheroes to make the large screen. The 1989 "Batman" film features Michael Keaton because Caped Crusader in among his preferred adaptations. Although Christian Bale's performance in "The Dark Knight Trilogy" is widely praised, many viewers criticized the gravelly voice Bale uses when playing Batman, claiming it can make it harder for taking him seriously. Keaton plays Batman more suavely, striking a blend involving the dark, serious Bale and also the lighthearted Adam West with the 1960s movies. To put it briefly, Keaton plays the role of Batman naturally instead of like a deliberately adopted persona.
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Finally, among the best superhero movie performances of all time goes with a villain: the Joker in "The Dark Knight." Heath Ledger's take on the iconic Batman villain brings the Joker's menace, macabre humor, and fascination with chaos in an package that is best illustrated in the chilling "magic trick" scene wherein he gouges out a mobster's eye with a pencil. The Joker results in as perpetually rich in nervous energy and near violence. Small mannerisms like constantly licking his lips and nervously shopping around, and also the menacing voice Ledger developed, makes Joker amongst Batman fans'favorites. These actors certainly not provide really the only five a example of nuanced acting in superhero films. "Captain America: The First Avenger" has Chris Evans as an awkward but well-meaning superhero, "Spider-Man" has Toby MacGuire portraying by far the most well-known adaptation of Peter Parker, and "Iron Man" contains the snarky and suave Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr. While comic films may seem like shallow entertainment, actors can play the roles very well for making audiences suspend their disbelief.