comics, television

Suicide Squad/Batman vs Superman – random thoughts

Trailers only show scenes from perhaps the first two acts of a movie.  They’re an art form in and of themselves.  I enjoy them but I’m seldom completely swayed by their arguments. 

So DC are rolling out their attempt to build a cinematic universe around their characters.  It’s not as well thought out as Marvel but come on it’s fucking Batman and if it doesn’t reference George Clooney’s era then it will take box office scalps even if it was ninety minutes of Batman practicing card tricks.
(My favourite Batman in film is The Dark Knight or Batman Returns,  The Penguin’s crew were pure Burton but I loved how Nolan figured out how to make a crime noir with costumes)

Zack Snyder produces lovely but insubstantial movies and he has that eye for spectacle that Nolan or Bay has, although he lacks both the chilly intellectual bent of the former or the earnest humour of the latter. I didn’t enjoy Man of Steel because it lacked warmth and Superman is characterised by his love for humanity as well as a third act that was a wall of noise, darkly lit and just unremitting. 
So now we get to see his Batman and I rate Ben Affleck highly. If you’ve seen The Town or Argo, maybe take in his performance in changing lanes and you’ve got the basis for a solid portrayal. 
Ok does Jesse Eisenberg look like he’s related to the Joker in the same way that Sideshow Cecil resembles Sideshow Bob or is it just me?
I will probably see it if only because I have a deep seated love for the mythology even though the films seem to veer towards a post 9/11 ideology when I prefer escapism with enough plausibility.  Sure, Batman could stop terrorism but I’d rather see him punch an intelligent ape who’s wearing a jet pack.  But that’s because I watch work that’s challenging and visceral but I think that it’s clumsily done by DC. Marvel have a better take but they’ve been lucky as much as good.
David Ayer is a good director and I think  Suicide Squad will be entertaining if overshadowed by Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.  Robbie can act and that matters more than the fact that she’s photogenic for mining a popular character.  Shame the comics are shit and they’re not going with the Timm/Dini character. It’s more like Girl, Interrupted on MDMA but I hope that it’s a good movie.

I love comics and the books I actually read are making their way to other media.  Preacher.  Scalped. 100 Bullets.  Sandman.  All fantastic works but it’ll be the success of properties like Suicide Squad that will determine whether other films get made.
And yet it’s like having an opinion about a mountain as it’ll happen and my opinion is of no consequence regardless of the outcome.  I’m too invested in my own work to worry but I love good pop culture because you can have intellectual stimulation and spectacle and I don’t see why we can’t have both. 

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Gotham

If it stopped trying to remind us at every turn that it’s a prequel then it would be more interesting. 

Bruno Heller does television well. It’s beautifully shot and the writing balances between the standards and practices of tv and the desire to go for something more earthy. 

I liked it. It’s got actors from The Wire in it. Thats my personal benchmark of quality. 

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