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I don’t think the public would grow tired of great stories. Irrespective of whether they happen to be about superheroes, aliens, space exploration, war or someone’s descent into madness. So long as the story is good it should find a receptive audience and it should be appreciated. The same is true for the opposite; if the story is bad then it won’t be saved by making it into a superhero film, or a war film or a sci-fi etc.

Personal bests. This doesn’t quite fit because it is a TV series rather than a movie but I have been impressed with the handling of the walking dead. Kick-ass was a good movie too. A pity that they veered away from what the comic did – there are no majestic back stories and big daddy wasn’t a real superhero, just another fan boy now grown up, with a suitcase full of comics.

Worst, it’s a long time ago but I was appalled by what was done to From Hell. It was as if Jack the ripper himself had gotten to the screenplay and disembowelled it. Like one of Jack’s victims it was butchered and slashed to pieces. The heart was ripped out and completely missing, bits of script were left all over the place just like Mary Kelly’s internal organs. The only thing it shared with Alan Moore’s book was the title.

Best iconic moment “OK you cunts” from kick ass. I can’t believe they kept it in. Also the bit where hit girl fights the criminals, the soundtrack was inspired.

Sequels are fine, I mean after all the comics themselves are not just one story but thousands of them. And the storylines have evolved over the decades, so there is so much to select from, so many nemeses to battle and tales to tell. Reboots can also be good. A re-imagining. How might the character be devised if he or she had been created today? Works for me. After all, superman in the original comic couldn’t fly at all, he would just jump (able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!), and also he was faster than a speeding bullet, not able of achieving the speeds capable of breaking free of the earth’s gravity, and so on and so forth. What I would argue though is that whether it is a sequel or a re-boot, in the wrong hands both can go disastrously wrong. You can kill the subject with lazy or bad writing. Sticking to pastiche and tired old formulas just turns it into dross. So, in short, I don’t mind either so long as they are adequately respected. Sequel or re-boot – you can’t write any old crap and expect the fans to go for it simply because it is superman or wolverine etc.

Alan Moore – No! The films have not done him any justice whatsoever. The best adaptation in my opinion was of course watchmen because it was almost a page by page re-enactment of the book.

That’s it from me.


April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiuseppe De Chiara

Well Put. Couldn't agree more!

I liked Kick Ass, but seriously, the comic was better. The idea was supposed to be 'this is what would really happen if someone tried to be a superhero' but unfortunately it got silly towards the end with the jet pack and stuff. Still a good romp though.

April 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

We're on the same wavelength. The screenplay of Kick Ass lost a major element of the story in being translated to the screen. The comic had attempted to dispense with certain unrealistic flights of fancy. The origin of Big Daddy for instance.The denoument where Big Daddy turns out to be just a grown up fanboy selling his collection of comics bit by bit to fund his superhero lifestyle was jettisoned and instead they decided to make him into a version of Batman (with the ears missing).

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiuseppe De Chiara