So.. Sonvar is now blogging. The poor poor bastard.
As far as things go... here's some advice... try to have a small list of crap to blog on... and keep it updated. Me... I got Melvin, the gift that keeps giving.
But ya never really know when yuir gonna wanna vent on something. As things stand... I've been meaning to do a comic/sf/geek post for a while... and the whole spiderman costume kinda gives me an excuse...
WHY I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO BATMAN.
K. Ima big batman fan. The comic book, not the crap they make movies outta. Batman Begins was, at best... acceptable. The camera work, I thought, really detracted from the fight scenes, but the story was pretty good. However, I have a really big problem with the series... and it goes like this.
The whole comic book thing goes two ways... either batman, or superman. Either you a fan of sherlock holmes, or you a fan of SWAT. Smarts or power. Batman is the avatar of the spirit of the vigilante. If you've never read Alan Moore's Watchmen, you owe it to yourself before hollywood manages to butcher that one as well...
What does it mean to be a vigilante? On the one hand, he's outside the law. He's dirty harry... someone who's use of force is bound not by regulation, but by a moral code (the more psychopathic, the better...)
He's also a detective... the keeper of the panopticon. In a community where evil does what it will in full view of all, the Batman archetype is the one who watches and remembers what everyone else, outta fear or apathy, choses to ignore.
So what is my problem with the movies? Batman gets turned into James Bond. It stops being about a semi divine madness and becomes about the toys. A crappy outfit. A rigged out car. A friggin personal plane. Oh lord, I have to fight the Joker! Better get into the fighter jet! From dramatic violence to cartoon violence.
So ima watching the trailers, and what are they emphasizing? A new stupid bat motorcycle. The worst parts of the first movie had to do with that moronic tank he was driving.
Batman does not drive a tank into your neighborhood to kick your ass. You know how batman works? You turn around, and see him right behind you, and realize he was there all along....
He really should be played as dark and obsessive as possible. McGuyver with a body count.
Which is why I was pleasantly suprised by Superman Returns. True, it was 90% drek. And Kevin Spacey really really blew. I hate camp in my superhero movies. But there was a great bit about the whole point of superman. You have this guy who can do anything, and he still busts his ass trying to save the world. Which inspires others to greatness.
Of course, at the end of the day, the message is mixed in all hero movies. "Good guy makes evil people stop being evil via judicious use of fisticuffs."
Force cannot make people better human beings. All it can do is terrorize them into acting the way you think they should. And if the world view of the one using force is a bit askew... the result can be tragic. There are few fates worse than having to live in a world of your own making.
Which is one of the reasons that Watchmen is such a great work. The whole point of Watchmen is various people saving the world. And in the process doing insane harm to it as well.
One of my favorite batman story lines... his old enemy Ras Al Ghul hacks into his computers... and what does he keep there but his notes and strategies on how he would defeat every other superhero on the planet.
Armed with all this info, Ras goes hunting the Justice League...