Hollywood insiders are buzzing about "Twilight: New Moon"
star Taylor Lautner
being cast as "Max Steel" in a superhero
movie about a teen recruited by a secret agency after (the usual story) an accident gifts him with super powers.
Many are wondering if the casting of 17-year-old Taylor signals the end of the old fart superhero and the reign of the hot teen heartthrob superhero.
But most movie-goers are not baby boomers or even baby boomers' kids. They are teenagers and young twentysomethings who like to see actors their own age. Not their dads or grandpas.
And judging by the success of "Twilight's" squeaky-clean romance, these young-uns don't even want/need to see sex scenes.
Perhaps teen stars -- thanks to their built-in audience of teenage girls (and guys) -- are poised to take over the superhero film genre
We think so and hope so.
Enough of moody old Christian Bale
as "Batman" (get him on some anti-depressants, for God's sake) and frozen-faced, sinewy Robert Downey Jr
as "Iron Man." Even Tobey Maguire's "Spiderman
" is looking a bit soft and over the hill.
and Arnold Schwarzenegger
are now positively geriatric. We'll watch their over-the-hill mercenaries in next year's "The Expendables"
giggling at their ageless and enhanced faces. What's next, walker stunts and wheelchair chase scenes?
And Hugh Jackman
as "Wolverine?" OK, he's still barking hot but he's cruising into Depends Land. Edward Norton
as the Hulk? There's not enough latex and FX in the universe to pull that off again
will continue with the new "X-Men"-based "Deadpool" franchise. Well, he had the woof-worthy buff body in "The Proposal," so maybe he still has a few good years left in him.
But is it enough to make a tired old baby boomer audience go see Green Lantern for the next decade? Or do we need the real fountain of youth for this genre?
How about Astroboy's Freddie Highmore? Or Harry Treadaway, (Teen Vogue's 2008 pick) and Jamie Campbell Bower (also from "New Moon")?
Don't forget the musical crossovers, the Jonas Brothers, and new teen hottie Justin Bieber.
Oh, and "Twilight" vampire Robert Pattinson could work. He's not too old yet and he could sure use a little beefing up. He's starting to pale (sorry) in comparison next to Taylor.
Also on our would-like-to-see young superhero list: Zac Efron, Luke Grimes, Jim Sturgess, and "Harry Potter" star Rupert Grint, or as we like to call him, the new Anthony Michael Hall.
Any other young actors you'd pay to see as a superhero or teen super villain? Comment and you shall be heard!
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