Dressed up as the Phantom, Gerard Butler looks so good it hurts. A character brilliant and beautiful, dangerous and glamourous, it's no wonder so many phans would rather see Christine with him than Raoul. Erik realy is the more exciting choice. Considering that he's supposed to be a genius, it's a more intellectual choice, too. Though still, probably not the right one for Christine. Raoul might seem insipid, boring, sappy, childish, too darn sweet, etc. But Christine is the same way. Raoul might seem dull to some, but Christine seems dull to me. Raoul was the right choice FOR HER.
I believe that the Phantom could have found himself another woman. I'm going to get a little sci-fi here and ask this: what if fictional characters could leap from one novel to another, or one movie to another, or time-period to another? I think there's lots of women out there in the land of literature and film who would be ideal for Erik the Phantom. And I'm going to propose my top three.
In the 3 spot, I will put the character played by Sharon Stone in the film "Basic Instinct." Now there's a woman who can hold her own against a madman. Or anyone else.
In the 2 spot, I'll put Catherine Earnshaw from "Wuthering Heights." She loved Heathcliff, another madman and one with a background similar to the Phantom's, of abuse. So she's acquanted with the syndrome.
In the number one spot I will venture Emily Strange. Who? You can check out www.emilystrange.com.
It's worth the visit if you don't know who this comic book young woman is. She's enough to scare the most crazed and enraged Phantom into submission.
I'd love to hear if anyone else out there has ideas for who to match Erik up with since, obviously, Christine is already taken. Let's find a dream date for Erik! Fictional or real people, it's all for fun!