Faithful Maniacs are familiar with Comics2Film, a regular feature here on Mania that keeps you up-to-date on all the latest goings-on in the world of superhero movies. Being fans of superheroes and film, it should come as no surprise that we are regular readers of C2F. Unfortunately, much of our time is dedicated to constant research into the world of superheroics and we usually don’t get a chance to chime in on the message boards. So why not take a week and dedicate Comicscape to some recent news and rumors? We’ll tell you what we think and you’ll respond with praise and admiration, telling us just how intelligent and knowledgeable we are in the realm of superheroes. Right? That’s what you’ll tell us, right?
Ladies and gentlemen, the biggest event of the year: the Comicscape/C2F Crossover!
Oh boy. So far, we’ve heard rumors of Zac Efron, Logan Lerman, Robert Pattinson and about a billion others as possible front-runners for the role of the webhead. And even though he’s likely not on any lists to play Spidey, loyal fans on Twitter are campaigning for Joe Jonas to step into the webby boots in the next installment of the franchise.
A Spider-Man film rebooted back to high school aimed at a teenage crowd? How dare Sony even consider making a superhero movie that appeals to anyone under the age of 30 who doesn’t come equipped with an encyclopedia-like knowledge of the Marvel U? How dare they?!?!?!
That was a joke. We’re kidding… just kidding. Truth is, the omniscient voice of Comicscape doesn’t really care all that much. While we loved Spider-Man 2 to death, we didn’t think the first one was all that great and the 3rd installment made Ghost Rider look like Citizen Kane. So… it’s cool. We’re washing our hands of Spider-Man on film and just hoping for a quality flick that our children, nieces and nephews can enjoy. They don’t all have to be the Dark Knight.
And look at it this way, comic fans: remember how much you bitched about those insane lines at last summer’s Comic Con? The ones that were made up of Twilight fans whose rabid enthusiasm kept you from getting into Hall H? At least this time those lines will actually be for a comic book movie.
Director Joe Johnston’s remarks about Captain America being on the USO circuit in the film as a way to explain the star-spangled costume set the internet all abuzz a couple weeks back. A few loyal Captain America fans were outraged at the notion that we’d see Cap onstage in a chorus line, singing and dancing his little heart out alongside Bob Hope and Ethel Merman. Don’t worry, Maniacs – we made sure to get a copy of Spider-Man 3 into Johnston’s hands to ensure that he has an understanding that song n’ dance does not belong in a superhero movie.
We at Comicscape love the USO angle. In a comic book, it’s perfectly logical that once a man or woman gains powers, they put on a ridiculous outfit, but in a movie? Not so much. The USO story will add a bit of logic and hopefully a bit of humor to the film and should give it even bigger appeal to a mass audience. And we can’t wait to see an embarrassed Steve Rogers forced into action in the flag suit, only to find that he has become a walking, talking, real-life Uncle Sam that inspires the boys overseas and back at home to keep on fightin’ the good fight.
And the Invaders? We’re not holding our breath on actually seeing the entire team in action much, but hopefully this is our chance to at least get a montage of newsreels and newspaper clippings dedicated to the team. Our only request is that Union Jack’s costume is kept reasonably intact. Damn, do we love us some Union Jack.
Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau told fans on Twitter that Iron Man 2 takes place before Incredible Hulk despite a scene at the end of Hulk featuring Stark and General Thunderbolt Ross. There’s a deleted scene in the Incredible Hulk that suggests ol’ Jade Jaws may be responsible for Captain America’s unthawing, even though we (not-so) clearly see Cap’s shield on Tony Stark’s workbench… what is this, Pre-Crisis DC? (or Post-Crisis DC, for that matter)
Considering how obsessed comic fans can be about their continuity, we’re a bit surprised this story didn’t tear the internet apart, though we’re quite proud of all of you who practiced such restraint. The official Comicscape opinion is: who f-ing cares? It’s a movie. About superheroes. Have fun.
So Warner Brothers has hired Chris Nolan to be the “godfather” of the next Superman film or something. We’re not really sure what that means but we think it translates to “do for Superman what you did for Batman”.
Now there might be some trepidation on the part of fans and a bit of fear that this announcement means that we’ll get a very dark version of Superman that isn’t in line with what we see in the comics. This is understandable due to the fact that Mr. Nolan tends to make very serious, realistic films that don’t exactly feel like big, flashy superhero blockbusters. Nolan works for Batman, but can he work for Superman?
Nolan’s Batman films may not be bright and colorful and certainly don’t feel like the type of world in which flying men and women could exist, they are incredibly respectful to the source material. Would it make sense for Christian Bale to be side-by-side with Green Lantern or Wonder Woman? No, it would probably feel very out of place. But has Nolan proven that he understands the Dark Knight’s psyche? Does he know what makes him tick? Oh hell yes.
Yeah, the guy has made some dark films and yeah, Warner Brothers have stated that they’d like to see the material taken as dark as it can go. But “as dark as it can go” doesn’t mean the same thing for Superman as it does for Batman and we have faith that Chris Nolan will understand that. The man didn’t get where he is today by being an idiot: give him a chance and let’s see what he comes up with. We have a feeling it’ll be super.