There's nothing I love more than sports and awesome superhero movies—although they aren't exactly related. Even the biggest superstars in sports aren't quite superheroes, but they just might be the next best thing.
When forced to operate within the limited confines of the real world, superstars like Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter are the only people who come close to pairing the skills and notoriety necessary to be considered a superhero.
They may not be true superheroes, but under the right competitive circumstances, they certainly can play the part. And if they can play the part on the competitive field of battle, perhaps they can play the very same part, starring on the silver screen.
In truth, I realize the limited acting abilities of most people would actually preclude this scenario. But if we can suspend disbelief about the repercussions of a radioactive spider bite, surely we can do the same about the acting abilities of a few professional athletes.
That being said, three of the most anticipated films of the year are due out in the next few months: The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. And all are expected to light up the box office this summer.
Let's take a look at all three films, re-imagined with some of biggest stars in sports stepping into the title roles.