Shailene Woodley in Divergent

“Everything changes. Nothing remains the same.” –Buddha

The movie industry has changed. Films based on comic books and adventure novels have been going big guns for a few good years now. It is undeniable that franchises like The Hunger Games, Batman, The Avengers, and Iron Man have become awesome box-office bonanzas and omnipresent multiplex staples. And now with Divergent, The Fantastic Four reboot, Batman vs. Superman, and Captain America 3 looming, the trend grows ever stronger! Fans of this blog may recall earlier articles about this very subject, but the pertinent factor is that this phenomenon is not a passing trend; in fact, it’s escalating beyond all reason!

The movie industry has changed. Never has there been such a slew of comic book films flooding the cinema houses. Is there something you can do to tap into this incredible market? Sure, there are a number of steps you can take; but, the first thing to do is to be aware of the trend, and then visualize where you might fit in. Are you a villain or a hero? Both? Do you see yourself playing a very physical role, which may include a fair share of bumps and bruises? Or do you plan on letting your acting speak for itself? For example, Shailene Woodley, star of the new dystopian thriller Divergent, purportedly did many of her own stunts in the film–including scaling a Ferris wheel and jumping from a moving train! But always keep in mind, even if you’re not an athlete or a gymnast or martial arts expert, there is always a place for you in these kinetic films because you are an actor. Whatever you do to supplement or compliment your acting abilities, your true cache is your acting. Everything else can be worked out. For instance, although Shailene cuts quite an impressive figure, she doesn’t look like she can beat her way out of a crisp shopping bag. And yet, she’s the star of an action film, which by the way, she’s contracted to star in two more sequels!

So who do you see yourself playing in a comic book movie?

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