Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt Join the Voice Cast of Oobermind
by Ethan Anderton
August 16, 2009
Back in June, we gave you a glimpse of the first photo from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming superhero satire Oobermind. At the time, Robert Downey, Jr. was slated to voice the role of the titular supervillain, but Variety now says otherwise. Will Ferrell has been set to replace Downey, and will be joined by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The three male co-stars beef up a cast that previously only included Tina Fey, but now looks to be a force to be reckoned with. Oobermind sets out to answer a seemingly overlooked question in the comic book world: What would a supervillain do if he actually defeated his superhero arch nemesis?
When Oobermind (Ferrell) accidentally defeats his sworn enemy Metro Man (Pitt), he suddenly finds himself without purpose. In a desperate attempt to get back in the villain game Oobermind creates his own superhero, Titan (Hill) who turns out to be evil himself, forcing Oobermind to take up post as the resident superhero. A reporter (Fey) attempts to keep the public informed of the developing superhero conundrum.
Sounds like a fresh take on heroes and villains in an industry that has become overcrowded with comic book adaptations. But while DWA has certainly had their fair share of box office success, the quality of their stories and characters has never been very impressive (the exception, for me at least, being Kung Fu Panda). The first Shrek was fun, but it has since become a franchise that has run its course, and other attempts just don't measure up to the caliber of stories from Pixar. Either way, 2010 looks to be a busy year for DWA, who will also be releasing Shrek Forever After as well as How to Train Your Dragon on top of Oobermind.