As previously reported, the Big Hero 6 movie characters don't look all that much <> like their comic book counterparts (though you can probably figure out who is who). How the characters look is one thing, but what are the characters like in this upcoming Disney animated film?
Turns out there is some deviation there too. Here's what directors Don Hall and Chris Williams had to say about the heroic sextet.
As in the comic, the main character will be Hiro (in the movie Hamada instead of Takachiho). In the movie Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) is "a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian kid with energy to spare" and is also "a super-genius who turns his nurse robot, Baymax, into a formidable, action-movie presence". Like the comics, Hiro has no powers but does have a technologically advanced flight suit of his own creation. It's said he and Baymax are a "tag team" and have a "symbiotic" relationship in the movie.
The robot Baymax will be voiced by Scott Adsit in the movie. The directors spoke more about the choice of actor rather than the character and they say that "there are moments when there's real emotion that seems to poke through without breaking the rules of Baymax being a robot." In the comics, Baymax started out as a science project designed to be a hydro-powered synthformer and function as a bodyguard, butler, and as transportation, programmed with his father's engrams.
Movie Fred (T.J. Miller) is "really into monster movies, and he inhabits a huge, tentacled "Fredzilla" creature suit — piloted from one of its three eyes — that's designed to be an homage to Godzilla and other Japanese kaiju movies of old" which can "jump really high, and he breathes wicked fire". In the comic, Fred is a football coach who can project an aura of a giant kaiju.
Go Go Tomago is voiced by Jamie Chung in the movie and is described as "a laconic Clint Eastwood type and industrial-engineering student who's pretty tough" and who is the "only one [of the team] who can take care of herself". She develops a bike with magnetic-levitation technology which Hiro incorporates into a suit. The comic version portrayed her as an impulsive and hot-headed character, a former member of a biker gang who was released from prison after agreeing to test pilot an experimental suit.
Go Go Tomago
Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) will be the stuff that "holds the group together because of her empathetic, sweet personality and positive attitude" in the movie. She will bring "some of that goofy, slightly geeky but joyful thing [the voice actor has] to the character". Though the comic version of Honey Lemon was the most caring and compassionate team member, she actually was a secret agent before joining the team, she was known for her looks and intellect.
Damon Wayans Jr. plays the conservative Wasabi in the movie, and is "the most cautious about his do-gooder role". He is further described as "this huge guy, but his whole thing is precision and rules" but will "[move] away from that and embraces the chaos of what being a superhero is all about". In the comic, the Wasabi No-Ginger is portrayed as being an Asian master chef.who uses his mind to generate Qi Energy knives.
Differences between the comic version and movie versions are nothing new. We'll see if fans of the comic will also be fans of Big Hero 6 on the big screen come November 7, 2014.
Portraits of our heroes out of uniform:
Image of the print edition of the USA Today article: