Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Movies come in as a distant third for how I enjoy superheroes...actually make that fourth if I count live action TV as separate from movies: comics, cartoons, live action TV, and then movies. But one of the big stories in the comic movie category today is that Emma Stone will be in the rebooted version of Spider-man as Gwen and not Mary Jane as expected. Hardcore Spidey fans are likely mostly happy if the leading Spidey girls are placed in the correct sequence. I wonder how far Emma's read into the Spidey saga and the fate of her character? If things end up going the same way, you just never know with these movies. I personally found Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane to be one of the weak links of the Toby Maguire cycle - I mean she was such a constant downer and so emotive, not bottled-up, vivacious and seemingly carefree as she was in comics until the eighties or so.
As I've said, I don't really count on movies to deliver me the superhero goods the way comics can, so I'm rarely disappointed, just sometimes pleasantly surprised. I just think that you can't cram what's awesome about comics into two hours. Producers necessarily having to keep a sharp eye on special effects budget cuts down considerably on the sense of artistic freedom, not to mention the limitations of appealing to a mainstream audience. That being said, last week I watched and enjoyed Iron Man 2. It was meandering and disjointed, with plotlines dropped and picked up quite arbitrarily. I liked that aspect of it, it reminded me of reading several months worth of comics. The superhero action was pretty fun and solid and looked good. Sam Rockwell stole every scene he was in as Hammer. Gwyneth Paltrow was kind of another downer love interest, though I've never followed Iron Man enough to know what sort of person Pepper Potts is supposed to be. Mickey Rourke was good but not in it enough. Scarlett Johannson was in it a lot, or should I say a lot of her was in it. Anyway, considering it's not a character I'm usually that into, it was entertaining enough, and I was glad the origin was out of the way in the first film. The second movie in a superhero series is so often my preferred because it can just get right into it.
Finally in comic movie news, if you haven't heard already, comedy actor Will Farrell set a Guinness record this week by having 1,500 people turn up at an event dressed as superheroes. Finally, a worthwhile world record. Farrell also blabbed a bit on his own opinions of superhero movies, video of which is available here.