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Man of Steel Fan Event (Article) - 11/11/2013 9:27:25 PM

@alienstatue, point taken. The previous movies could skew the perception as to what characterization occurred in Avengers. But I contend that even if you discount those movies and consider only what was conveyed by the dialog and actions taken by the characters in Avengers, Snyders' efforts still come up short by comparison. Even if the Widow was the least interesting character here, transport her character to MOS and she would just about steal the show. ( She "interrogates" by seeming vulnerable, thinks love is for children, can still function though terrified, keeps tabs on her debts and is a student of people.) I think that only Supes, Jonathan and maybe Zod would hold up next to her as a character.

@shellhead88, I agree: no "golly gee Louise Superman"—but I don't want cardboard either. If you've got a minute, compare the scenes I mentioned—the first interview of Clark and Lois from each movie—be honest—which one conveys more emotion? Which one has the best dialog? Which one shows the most chemistry? (If you still think it's MOS, you're entitled. Just my opinion. No biggy.)

@ignitethepages, I only mention Perry because he's a major supporting character in the Superman mythos. Good directors understand that the whole movie benefits when the supporting characters are interesting, too. I didn't see MOS to watch Perry but why have him there at all if he's just a prop? I also didn't sign up for a video game with flat characters and sparkles to keep me distracted.

Man of Steel Fan Event (Article) - 11/11/2013 7:52:49 AM

Ditto @spiderhero on Cavill and Snyder.

Snyder needs lessons from Whedon as to how to build character, especially the secondary ones. Every one of the Avengers' characters seemed well-defined, despite have six main characters (Ironman, Thor, Hulk, Cap, Black Widow, Hawkeye) and at least four secondaries (Loki, Coulson, Fury, Hill). The world-weary guard that found Banner after his Hulk-out had more presence and development than Perry White did for cryin' out loud! Perry could have been any unnamed generic newspaper guy and it wouldn't have altered the experience one bit. He didn't do one thing or utter one line that set him apart from everyone else.

I know this might be heresy to many of the Man-of-Steel fans but: check out the first interview between Supes and Lois in MOS and campare that to the first interview between them in Superman:the Movie. Donner's film had a lot of flaws, agreed, but it was brimming with character.

Please, MOS fans: demand more because once they make the second movie and Synder further sets the sterile tone for what follows, DC's cinematic universe is going to be built on a weak foundation that will scream for reboots way before it should.

I'm expecting Superman/Batman to be a spectacle without substance.

 

5 Great Stories for the Next Captain America Film (Article) - 11/6/2013 8:50:51 AM

I may be in th minority here but I do NOT want to see Civil War—at least, as it was done in the comics. I have a hard time believing that heros who have fought together to save the universe and have stood together against impossible odds, would now actually beat each other to a pulp over governmental pressure, rather than turn a blind eye to their brothers-in-arms, no matter what anybody said. Nor do I believe Reed Richards would be stupid enough to clone Thor and not think that was going to go badly, inspite of having seen Doc Doom make similar mistakes a zillion times. Nor do I think Spiderman—of ALL people—would reveal his identity and endanger his loved ones given his origin. To me, there were major parts of that storyline that were not thought through.

The Sleeper stuff would be cool.

NEW Captain America: The Winter Soldier Poster (Article) - 10/23/2013 12:00:39 PM

Uh, joe4306…If CD had Cap, he wouldn't have been written by Stan and drawn by Jack in the 60's. It might have been written by John Broome and drawn by Carmine Infantino. Both, are talented men but, c'mon. Cap wouldn't have been nearly as cool.

Gordon-Levitt on Ant-Man Rumors (Article) - 10/18/2013 6:15:03 AM

@Rizing

I'm not against thinking outside of the box but even then, it has to make sense to me. I just don't think the brand of humor Pegg would bring to the role fits the character. I wouldn't have immediately picked GL as the one for this role but I've seen him in roles that indicate he's got the chops to do it justice dramatically and when necessary, humorously. I like the way InnerSanctum expressed it. I don't want to see "Hank Pym, comedy relief." Pegg was in a drama (Star Trek) as you pointed out but he was comedy relief, not dramatic. (Also, since you mentioned it, I didn't like Keaton as Batman before or after I saw it. He didn't physically fit the part and his Bruce Wayne portrayal seemed quirky and sometimes manic, like him.)

If I'd seen something where Pegg showed the dramatic chops necessary for this role, I could get on board with his casting as long as he beefed up. Again, see InnerSanctum's comments: one day, he's going to be Giant Man. When that happens, I don't want it to be a superhero version of Honey I Blew up the Kid.

Gordon-Levitt on Ant-Man Rumors (Article) - 10/17/2013 3:15:04 PM

I'm honestly surprised that so many are okay with Simon Pegg as Ant-Man. I have to admit that I haven't seen everything that he's done but…he seems to be more of the second-fiddle, comedy relief kind of guy, to me. I most likely would wait to see the movie on video if they go that way. I'd prefer that the lighter moments came organically rather than seeing casting an actor for that purpose, especially when the character as we have known him, was not generally funny.

That being the case, I'd rather Gordon-Levitt got the role.

Mania Review: Kick-Ass 2 (Article) - 8/16/2013 8:48:25 AM

No problem, CyanideRush. Thanks for keeping it cordial.

Mania Review: Kick-Ass 2 (Article) - 8/16/2013 7:56:45 AM

CyanideRush , you’re right. I get that blankczech was targeting those who would make such cuts for the money as opposed to the ones who planned to. I just don’t believe that it’s true in every case that it necessarily results in a worse film, even if it compromises the original vision. If the story depends on those elements (ultra-violence, explicit language, etc.) in order to work, then was it really solid storytelling to begin with? Many movies dealing with similar subjects result in an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining experience with the implication of such things. If the movie is propped up by graphic content, in that it would collapse without it, what does that say about the foundation to begin with? Not arguing their right to their vision, just the interpretation of the outcome, if that makes sense. Not intending to bash blankczech either.

Mania Review: Kick-Ass 2 (Article) - 8/16/2013 6:16:12 AM

blankczech, I have to take issue with the implication that when a director chooses to make the cuts that this one would not, that he's not courageous, is making a movie for the kiddies or is lacking in artistic integrity. Some adults don't want to see excessive levels of violence, crude language or other elements that might garner an R rating either. And many movies that don't contain those things are far more entertaining, intelligent, artistic and mature than this one, which some might argue actually panders to more adolecent sensibilities by including such content.

If that's your taste, you're entitled. Just be mindful that there's two sides to a coin.

No Bale for Justice League (Article) - 7/4/2013 8:11:00 PM

ElBaz13 — Even if it doesn't that makes the point I was trying to make with axia777 and vitieddie.

MOS SHOULD HAVE beaten IM handily domestically considering how well-known Supes is over IM. I was saying that MOS missed out on being a bigger success by being such a sterile, cold film. The fix would have been to include a little of the romantic and wonderous feel of the Donner original (not try to duplicate it like Superman Returns) and that I hope that they don't copy MOS's tone for future DC films like JL.

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