|DC Comics characters, from Collider.com|
All the while, Marvel fans had a half-way decent Spider-Man cartoon, some really lame Marvel Super-Heroes cheapo cartoons, a supremely lame Amazing Spider-Man live-action show (and Spidey on The Electric Company) and the dour The Incredible Hulk. Eventually, the Hulk series degenerated into a movie-of-the-week pseudo series, with desperate attempts for spinoffs of Daredevil, Thor and others. DC was winning the pop culture battle.
Sort of. The Flash was a short-lived DC prime time effort. Batman won acclaim at the box office under Tim Burton, until Joel Schumacher killed it with bat-nipples. Cat Woman died at the theater, and Spider-Man kicked ass. The Fantastic Four gained dollars for Marvel with two films, though it was critically drubbed. The X-Men had a three-movie (or five, whatever) series that was mixed, but somewhat successful. There was Ghost Rider and Watchmen and Constantine and many others. But outside of the latter day Dark Knight (Batman) movies, Marvel Comics is winning the pop culture battle decisively. That's a huge caveat, since DK movies are the critical holy grail of movies. I--curiously enough (a lonely fan of Superman Returns) found those flicks to be rather meh. Whatevs.
|70s Spider-Man, from Zaki's Corner|
But, the idiots in Hollywood decided that the 2006 movie was at fault (and I'm in the minority of viewers who believes otherwise). So, it's reboot time. Which isn't surprising when you consider that DC Comics reboots itself every six or seven years these days. They went along with one continuity from 1938 to 1984 or so (with an invisible transition in the 1950s-60s), and rebooted it in 1986. Then, they couldn't stop doing that, and made it a regular event. So, we've got to get used to rebooting, and rebooting and rebooting. It will be so with every popular franchise of every kind of character from now until the end of pop culture.
So, I'll hope for the best of Man of Steel, while expecting the worst. Henry Cavill is the new Clark, and he's British (just as the American born, but English-raised Andrew Garfield, the new Amazing Spider-Man is). He looks nothing like Christopher Reeve nor Routh, though he's plenty handsome. There's something odd about both Spider-Man's and Superman's new costumes. The previous movies' versions were exemplary, the best combination of real-world and classic design possible. The new ones look derivitive and somehow dirty. Not digging it, guys. I'm willing to change my mind if warranted. But I'm not optimistic.
|Image from source, LA Times|
When the Warner Bros. film “Man of Steel” opens one year from today it will be flying in formation with history, which is a source of considerable excitement for director Zack Snyder.
“The thing that’s really special and hasn’t really been acknowledged is that ‘Man of Steel’ comes out on the 75th anniversary of ‘Action Comics’ No. 1,” the filmmaker said just before a stage appearance at the recent Hero Complex Film Festival. ”That’s the very first appearance of Superman. I haven’t seen people talk about that yet. . .”
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