Let’s admit it, super heroes movies sucks. They are sometimes great action movies, but they hardly get close to the empathy and emotion of a comic book. If you used to read it you know what I mean.
In early days, the limit was to obtain the stunning special effect; for this reason we had some cute spider man temptatives (1977), and eventually only the elegance of Cristopher Reeve could make a fair Superman.
Digital era made miracles, so you get a real Marvel Hulk, Spiderman, X-men, Dare Devil, Capitan America, Thor and Iron Man, and DC Superman and Batman. But yet, are they worth the comic book in your hand? I don’t think so. Let’s keep IronMan aside for a moment, the movies hardly has the rythm of the series, they are locked in the necessity of having a decent script as there is not always guarantee that a sequel will arrive.
Modern Batman (1989) counts seven (7?) movies. I liked to meet Robin, I loved the Pinguin, The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy. Some moments got the crazyness and fantasy of the comics, some flashes.
The “Dark Knight” series is something different. Evoluted. Yet, those are like a graphic novel. Graphic novels are movies by vocation, they are meant to grow up and walk on the Hollywood Boulevard. But what are you looking at? That Bale/Wayne is the Terminator or Bond or Hunt or Bourne?
A movie is often too limiting for a superhero, a movie theater is a box where the piles of comics books can’t fit. If you watch some movies about new characters then you will see the difference, freedom of script, scenography, acting. What about Watchmen or Hellboy? Less pressure, more freedom, great output.
Then it comes the exception, Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. reivented it, making Tony Stark brilliant and Iron Man cool. But you don’t find a Robert Downey Jr. at every corner.
Last summer it was announced than Ben Affleck will portray the next Batman, that resulted in a big fuss of the showbiz media, bloggers and even fan clubs pretending to remove Affleck from the role. More, recently Slate displayed the “exclusive clip of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel”. Would wait for the outcomes, Ben Affleck, DareDevil was a good try and gave us Elektra and the outstanding “bb.b..Bullseye!”, and the teaser of Eisenberg-Luthor is just brilliant, as it relay on the prequel to get some degrees of freedom to develop the charatcter.
so, just wait and see, and always be prepared to be surprised…
well, after 2 years it arrived