WonderCon is happening and from it, we’re getting the latest superhero news in movies and television. Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb was on hand at the event and had some special casting news to share with fans yesterday about the America versions of their hit anime Wolverine and Iron Man cartoons.
As it turns out, the two Marvel heroes will be voiced by two literal ‘Heroes.’ That is, two stars of NBC’s done-and-over-it Heroes series.
Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia, who played brothers Nathan Petrelli and Peter Petrelli respectively in Heroes‘ four season run will each voice a lead for the anime series. Pasdar will voice Tony Stark/Iron Man and Ventimiglia will play everyone’s favorite adamantium-enhanced mutant, Wolverine.
Loeb had the following to say about the casting selections:
“Adrian and Milo are perfect as Iron Man and Wolverine. It’s extremely exciting to see these talented guys take on two of the most iconic Super Hero roles of all time.”
Both actors have solidified themselves as parts of American comic book culture with their heroic, super-powered roles in Heroes and are easy to get behind as leads for the television projects. Ventimiglia even has his own comic series.
As for matching up voices with the characters we are familiar with, Pasdar is pitch-perfect for Tony Stark although Ventimiglia doesn’t have the husky, dark voice of Wolverine we’re accustomed to. For the sleeker, younger-looking Japanese version of the character, it can work for me.
The shows both involve Japan-based storylines with Stark travels to the Land of the Rising Sun to take on the Zodiac Organization and Wolverine battles the criminal underworld.
In the U.S., the Iron Man and Wolverine anime shows will air exclusively on G4, and they’ll eventually be followed by the Blade and X-Men anime series as well.
Are you a fan of the anime variants of these Marvel heroes?