Thursday, May 2, 2013

Musings: Film Disappointments

OK, before we go any further, read this. It's a shot by shot breakdown of the new Man of Steel trailer, and by heaven if it doesn't look like they're going to have General Zod be responsible for the destruction of Krypton and attack the Kent's farm. Which means odds on the hero's final motivation is going to be "get the guy who killed my dad(s)" because Hollywood doesn't understand anything else.

If I have just one pet peeve with superhero movies (and to be honest I have a lot more than one) it's this.  Cam we, just for a little while, NOT have a main villain be responsible for the hero's dad's/father figure's death/disappearance. Did it really need to be added to Batman, then indirectly to Batman Begins with Ras a Ghul claiming that he engineered Joe Chill's actions? Did it need to be added to Spider-Man 3? to Daredevil? to the Star Trek reboot? to the Spider Man reboot? At least Iron Man's daddy issues in IM2 are with someone trashing Howard Stark's legacy and not being responsible for his murder.

That's my big gripe about Superhero film translations. What's yours?