Frequent visitor,Tom Stronach, said recently he’s a big fan of superhero movies.
I love superheroes. While I do prefer DC to Marvel… yeah I know, as my husband likes to remind me, only dorks like DC… my preferences are immaterial. What is material is Hollywood’s shoddy treatment of some of my favorite superheroes.
Which reminds me… The Avengers’ one saving grace? No Natalie Portman. Thank you Asgard!
Box Office Superhero Mega-Fail (not talking dollars, talking portrayal):
Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
I didn’t care much for Captain America. I thought the film was freakish as in circus freakish.
The Green Hornet.
Thor. Almost credible for the eye candy alone (Chris Hemsworth is a total hottie) and Stellan Skarsgard who I like very much. Almost… but not quite.
The Avengers – a plot built around one-liners with a caricature-ish villain– which comic book villains tend to be of course, but still, the movie version of Loki lacks either the understated wit and imagination of Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor or the tortured, ego-maniacal menace of Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Hellboy. I love Hellboy! (Hellboy II not so much.)
Some are retro, unique, dark and creepy:
Anybody remember The Crow? Now that is a hauntingly good movie.
I kinda liked The Punisher too.
But when it comes to my old faves like Thor (Marvel) and Green Lantern (DC), Hollywood dropped the ball, turned them into buffoons. I won’t even discuss the crappy CGI in the Hulk films. The Avengers was much better in that regard.
Oh? Almost forgot. Tony Snark, uh, I mean Stark. Iron Man works well because Robert Downey, Jr. can deliver one-liners with more aplomb than anyone. And, especially in the first film, the hero is provided with a good story. A very good story.
Batman – The Dark Knight – the right stuff.
Superman – the versions with Christopher Reeve.
Spiderman – excellent writing and casting.
X-Men – hit or miss – but it’s hard to screw up Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen.
There are so many more… Feel free to list your faves.