Latino Review came out with a big exclusive today, it looks like Captain America: The Winter Soldier is going to have UFC Welter weight Champ, Georges St-Pierre as the villain, Batroc the Leaper!!!
For me, this leads to two problems. One, very few fighters have been able to successfully make the jump to movies. Dwayne Johnson is really the only one… unless you want to count Captain Lou Albano and his tour de force performance as Mario in the Super Mario Bros show and as the dad in Cindy Lauper’s “Girls just wanna have fun video.”
The second problem is that a lot of these older comic book character have some crappy ass names. I’m not sure if people will get excited about “Batroc the Leaper” like they did better named characters Redskull or Venom.
Care of Latino Review, here’s the bio on the character:
Batroc has no superhuman abilities, but is in peak physical condition in every respect. He is an Olympic-level weightlifter and has extraordinary agility and reflexes. His leg muscles are particularly well-developed which enables him to leap great distances with the strength of an Olympic athlete. He is an expert hand-to-hand combatant and specializes in savate (French-style kickboxing). He is also a skilled military tactician, having formerly been in the French Foreign Legion.
Batroc is an experienced thief and smuggler, who also speaks French and English. Although, as a mercenary, he does not hesitate to perform any number of criminal acts for his clients, Batroc has, by his own rights, a strong sense of honor, and he will turn against any client whom he feels has unfairly deceived him into committing crimes to which he might not otherwise have agreed.
Once, Batroc came into conflict with Captain America when he believed he was dying from the breakdown of the Super Soldier serum. Batroc, moved by the Captain’s sense of “honor,” declared that he would concede defeat and grant Cap’s desire. Cap wished that just one of his former enemies would turn away from his life of crime. Genuinely moved, Batroc declared he would do this. However, Batroc soon returned to his mercenary/criminal activities.
The other tidbit that the LR guys got out of their Marvel source was that Robert Redford, who it was previously announced would be joining the film as a high ranking official, will be playing a character named Pierce.