And You Thought It Was Safe(?)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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I didn’t even pay to see this shit. I saw it with a co-worker on the company computer. I am also just as sick of “dark and gritty” as you are, probably more so. Man of Steel looks like the same brooding, dreary, shit that Nolan and everyone else have been doing for almost ten years now. I am tired of it.

Comment by Ricardo Cantoral

Hell, I was getting fatigued during the early-to-mid 90s, when every comic book character seemed to either suffer some horrible trauma – justifying their mutation into a “darker, grittier, more realistic” version of themselves (Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Guy Gardner, Ant Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Flash) – or a sudden onset case of death (Superman, Batman [symbolically], Captain America again, most of the X-Men, Green Arrow again, the entire Green Lantern Corps), clearing the path for “darker” versions of themselves to assume their mantle.

I’d be fine with it if it were done well, by someone with something to accomplish. A vision they want to fulfill. Problem is, most of the people employed in this Great Darkening are hired hands and/or outright hacks (like our boy Zack) with visions of dollar signs and temporary, trendy cache, because in Hollywood, those are your rubrics for success. That and first-weekend-of-release box office.

Comment by David DeMoss

They really aren’t suppose to consistently suffer which is why Christopher Nolan doesn’t get Batman and in a painfully ironic statement in Batman Begins Bruce states that he has to be more than a man; Nolan has gone out of his away to establish quite the contrary.

Comment by Ricardo Cantoral

But see, at least that’s something. Something more than, “If we don’t make a movie every five years, they’re going to take our toys away.” In the broadest general terms, a main character in pain = an interesting story. The problem’s almost always one of execution. As in ASM. Spider-Man is not Batman, nor should he borrow aesthetics from Batman unless and until he crosses over with Batman. Which has happened in the past, with mixed results. Better than the “meh”-to-“ARRRRGHHHH!” results generated by this movie, or most of the post-2005 “reboots.”

Comment by David DeMoss

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