Superman painted by Alex Ross--memo to Superman screenwriter: stare at this picture every day and remember who the hell you're supposed to be writing about!
I was a pretty big comix fan back in the day, and so have become accustomed to disappointing superhero movies. That said, there have been a lot of good ones, especially lately. In a lengthy review of Superman 4, Ken Begg of Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension posits a rule of what makes superhero movies sux0r:
...the studios have finally noticed a certain historical trend: When superhero movies are played more to less straight -- Superman, Batman, X-Men, Blade, Spider-Man -- they make huge money. When they are played for camp -- Superman III, Batman and Robin, Mystery Men -- the public loses interest. How it took so long for this elementary fact to hit them remains somewhat puzzling. Still, the scent of money is now in the air, and as long as writers and directors with a genuine respect and, in some cases, love for the material continue making the films, things should continue looking good.
Well, from the look of things so far, it seems that the studio is not approaching this Superman flick with much respect for the source material, and the trend Ken Begg identified points to the result being a likely crap-fest. I'll keep my fingers crossed, but in the meantime await the DVD release of Spider-Man.
Update and Spoiler Alert: I read to the end of the lengthy synopsis, and it did indeed contain much L4m3n3ss...but all of it paled beside an utterly ridiculous, deranged, disgraceful "plot twist" at the end. If I were to write the words here, I'd need to go wash my hands over and over. Read for yourself...if you dare. Prepare to be displeased.
(via Destroy All Monsters)