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#1 Posted by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio


With great respect, I somewhat beg to differ. Marvel films capture part of what Marvel comics do, but DC has and will always be very different. If you consider films like the Dark Knight trilogy, then I see what you mean (but I don't really like them as comic-book films any more), but pretty much every other DC film has captured the element of at least part of the respective source material; even Green Lantern was a brilliant translation of the silver age stories, and Watchmen couldn't really be more like the graphic novel (until the end, I guess).

Man of Steel, I personally think, deals with its influence and source material better than any other comic-book film in the past few years (with the possible exception of Dredd, which I retain is the best comic-book adaption we've seen so far) - the subtle influence from stories like All-Star Superman in MOS is nuanced and unpronounced, but exists only to aid a coherent and extensive emotional realism in an otherwise original narrative... which has yet to be seen in the larger-than-life displays of money and vanity that Disney churn out at an excessive rate.

What I take issue in is how Marvel films are becoming a genre, which the general public are misappropriating with comic-book films. I mean, they exist as a definite and strong subset of comic-book films, but they should never be considered a good substitute for the other 90% of the medium's potential. If people are so desperate to see comic-books 'come to life', why don't more people actually read comics? We need more original stories to balance out this, like adaptations of more Vertigo Comics and golden age properties.

I don't want it to appear as if I'm taking issue in what you're saying, but I just don't want to see the medium be limited by the public's accepting of stereo-types and colossal misappropriations, with I think Marvel studios aren't helping with.... and I certainly don't want comic-book films for the sake of it.

#2 Edited by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anyone else prefer what WB is doing in terms of releasing DC films (assuming that the rumoured leak is false)?

I mean, I actually feel like I've earned watching each DC film (and no, I haven't ever been disappointed), having waited so long. It feels like everything Disney produces is trying to satiate the hunger of the currently bloated film and TV mediums. I mean, everyone here should know how diverse and expansive the comic-book medium is, but it seems that pretty much all originality and anticipation is now being sacrificed in favour of stealing our money at every turn.

#3 Edited by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

Whilst I really can't stand pretty much anything about The Avengers, I must admit that I was very impressed by The Winter Soldier - and, honestly, is really the only film put out by the studio that I would say I've enjoyed.

#4 Posted by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't had the time (or interest, honestly) to watch any Arrow since the end of season one, but the one thing that did always impress me about the show was that they managed to include minor and obscurer characters in a coherent and unforced manner. That isn't to say that Ray Palmer is that obscure (or that he should be), but it seems like the show will be responsible for redefining another character that comics have kind of forgotten in recent years.

#5 Posted by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anyone know when/if this is going to be aired in the UK? From what I've heard (which is... well, nothing), it doesn't look like it will.

#6 Edited by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

It's great to see 2000 AD get some attention! (Sorry, but I can't help but dispose towards anything British)

I found about 30 old issues in a local charity shop (ranging from the late 70s to early 90s), and I can't stop flicking through the covers. If anyone likes covers like the one featured here, I'd recommend a look at Starlord (no relation to the GOTG character) - it's amazing how cheap production could produce such beautiful and vibrant artwork.

#7 Posted by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

No complaints here... especially given that a significant proportion of the new actors are British!

#8 Posted by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't quite understand why there's so much surprise about the Metal Men film... this is presumably related to the Barry Sonnenfeld project that has been rumoured for a while. I, for one, cannot wait to see what they, especially if Sonnenfeld is attached, have to offer - this could be the ultimate comic-book film; an amalgamation of a good story and absurdist reflections on silver age storytelling, told through tongue-in-cheek humour, but without the occasional degradation of modern cynicism in DC's films, or unrelenting boredom of Marvel's lack of originality.

If there's any doubt, just look at how he managed to translate something like the Men in Black to the big screen so well.

I won't give a pretentious or self-indulgent summary of what I think about each film... but let's just say that there's no news here that upsets me.

#9 Edited by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

I was just thinking of Multiversity a few days ago... and almost gave up interest when I found no news. I'd read pretty much anything with Grant Morrison involved, and most of my favourite comic book stories are set in alternate universes - this looks to be the ultimate combination of both.

#10 Edited by Jonny_Rogers (123 posts) - - Show Bio

I feel like I'm missing out in not liking the X-Men films. There's always something going on with the franchise, but I just can't quite understand the appeal or interest. It's my loss, I guess.