Random Factoid #393

25 08 2010

Are all comic book movies not created equal from the start?  Seth Rogen apparently doesn’t think so.  In an interview with The Los Angeles Times‘ Hero Complex, the star of the upcoming comic book adaptation “The Green Hornet” had this to say:

“I like Marvel; I’ve kind of given up on DC at this point.”

The massive flaw of saying that DC sucks despite the fact that they have Batman notwithstanding, it’s an interesting prejudice/predilection.  Automatically judging a comic book – or movie – based on the comic book company behind it seems a bit over the top for me.  To me, a comic book movie is a comic book movie.  It’s up to the filmmakers, not the company, to make it good.  I bet Spider-Man could be just as cool at DC and Batman could rock at Marvel.

But then I got to thinking about the prejudices we all hold when we go to the movies.  Face it, we all have them.  I bet everyone has, at some point in their lives, used “Disney” as a pejorative term to describe something kiddy or campy.  That’s not to say they haven’t earned the association with their officially honed output of only animated and inspirational movies.

Beyond Disney, though, I don’t even give a hoot about the studio releasing a movie when it comes to quality.  I don’t think I’m the only one, but then again, is anyone going to say “Ugh, I’m not seeing ‘Takers’ because it was released by Screen Gems” this weekend?


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30 08 2010
Red

I can see where Rogen is coming from, though. As far as getting the characters on film, the Marvel universe is so much easier to do because the characters are realistic and have real world problems. At the simplest level, Peter Parker is a teenage boy from New York that deals with growing up, the X-men with social issues, and so on. For the most part (cept for a few like Thor, but even he has a human alter-go), everybody is from New York and much more relateable.

Then when you start digging into the DC, Batman is relateable (as much as a billionare playboy with murdered parents could be), and then there is a huge dropoff. Each DC script goes through absolute hell for several years before (and if) it gets put into production. It probably makes actors like Rogen a bit restless.

But on the studio part, aside from it’s subcompanies like Searchlight, I have turned rather hesitant when it comes to seeing a Fox movie. Most of the time, they take over too much control of the movie, and don’t allow the director to make the movie like it should. Granted, there are a few exceptions like Avatar, but who the hell is going to tell James Cameron that he can’t do something the way he wants?

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