Don’t expect me to write an Avengers 2 review. Not even a breakdown. I won’t do it unless the movie sucks big time, and I don’t see how that’s going to be possible. So I won’t write up the film, or do anything that even remotely resembles a review.
I’m going in blind, and that’s on purpose. I haven’t seen any trailers for the film, just like I haven’t watched any Marvel Studios trailers since Iron Man. I want to go in pure. And I really don’t want to see a trailer where there’s something happening, but then the scene in the trailer doesn’t make it to the film. That annoys me.
I love the fact that there are lots of comic book movies hitting theaters. I’m excited about most of them. Technology has more than caught up to our imaginations, so anything we can dream up can be put on the screen with some form of suspension of disbelief. I love it.
What I don’t love are box office failures, or those successes that seemingly shouldn’t get made, let alone sequels.
Take the Jonah Hex movie. I have no idea why someone thought this was a property good enough to make a movie from, let alone go through the entire process of actually making the film and it getting to theaters. It was a bad idea from start to finish, and it showed in the film. (Takeaway: westerns don’t work much anymore. Not unless they’re a drama. The Lone Ranger was a failure, too.)
Then there’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’m very happy the creators are getting paid for this. It’s one of the few creator-owned books that’s become something of an institution. (Spawn was also an institution for a while.) However, I’m not going to watch the remake of this film. It holds no interest for me, and while I know I’m not the target demographic, it boggles my mind how this movie garnered a sequel.
There are a lot of movies that people don’t realize come from comics. Men In Black, The Mask, A History of Violence, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, The Crow, 300, 30 Days of Night, Big Hero 6, Bulletproof Monk, From Hell, Kick Ass, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, RED, and more. Lots more.
Comics has always been a fertile ground for adaptation to other media. Hollywood now has the tools, though, to either make a good film or a bad film. They didn’t before, but now the tools are available and relatively cheap, and there’s no going back.
Judicious application of the thought process. That’s all I really want from Hollywood when they’re talking about adapting things. Not all properties are made equal. Not everything needs to be adapted. Not everything deserves to be adapted. And those things that are adapted don’t have to necessarily be 100% faithful, but they at least need to make sense. (I’m looking at you, new Fantastic Four movie.)