Batroc the Leaper


Frank Grillo has come along way career wise in such a short space of time. From a partially unknown regular in season one of Fox’s hit show Prison Break to great supporting roles (End of Watch, The Grey, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and leading roles in movies and TV shows (Kingdom, The Purge 2: Anarchy). His name is really starting to get out there and this has been facilitated by his high profile standout performance as Brock Lumlow (Crossbones), which has essentially trajected his career from a tropospheric plateau to the stratospheric. Furthermore, given what we know about the history or Captain America and Crossbones, this speculation does not come as a total surprise. (more…)


Now that Marvel has gone full force into their “Phase Two” development and franchise hits Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are on the way,  what is the state of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? The studio’s super hero sequel has been rounding out all their casting choices recently and with filming only a few weeks away may cast their biggest import since Robin Sparkles.

According to the Latino Review (and their infamous “insider”) the Anthony and Joe Russo directed feature has cast arguably the greatest pound for pound fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Georges St-Pierre.

The current welterweight champion, recently coming off a strong victory against challenger Nick Diaz, has been reportedly cast as villain Batroc the Leaper, a mercenary and master of the French form of kick boxing known as Savate. Here’s a portion of his character description from the Latino Review:

“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.”

Considering they share the same first name and are both masters of kick-boxing, St-Pierre is about the closest thing to the real life Batroc we might ever see. And while considered more of a B-list villain to many, Batroc has fought the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and the Punisher throughout his criminal career.

Disney and Marvel have refused to comment on the casting, but seeing as how Batroc is more of a “villain with a conscious” he may not be the bad guy everyone is suspecting him to be. Expect an official statement from the studios in the next few weeks once Captain America: The Winter Solider begins filming later on in April.

Captain America: The Winter Solider hits theaters everywhere April 4th, 2014.

Source: /Film