On January 3rd I opened a can of worms in an attempt to find out who the internet loved more; Marvel or DC.
So far it’s hard to tell. There’s a lot of love for Marvel out there, but Batman is messing up the argument for a lot of people. Here’s a (continually updating) run down of the battle so far:
I’m a Marvel…
Kai at The List
…and I’m a DC
Aiden at Cut the Crap Movie Reviews
JT at JT Film Review
Perching precariously on the fence…
Andy at Fandango Groovers
Darren at The Movie Blog
I know there are more posts in the pipeline so let me know if you’re writing and I’ll get you linked. There have been some great comments on all the posts so far, so thanks for getting involved.
Meanwhile, I’m going to add a poll to this post to see if we can sort it out once and for all.
Jan 29th: Crap. I’m losing my own argument. Where are all my Marvel buddies?!
April 14th: Scores are now tied!
May 31st: A new submission from Darren, but the scores are still tied.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 8 so far )
I wonder if you can guess what side he’s on…
As the great Marvel vs DC debate rages on in the comments of this post, Kai over at The List has joined in with a post of his own. Go check out his top 5 reasons why Marvel kicks DC into another dimension. And if you’re in the DC camp and not enjoying this pounding your taking, fight back witha post of your own!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
It’s a big year for comic book geeks. Marvel are gearing up for the big finale with the release of Thor and Captain America ready for The Avengers in 2012. Meanwhile, DC have got to find a way to follow up on The Dark Knight and convince me that Ryan Reynolds can get away with defecting to play The Green Lantern.
To celebrate the exciting times ahead, and as a mini celebration of my blog’s second birthday, I think a meme is in order. If I have your email address you’ve probably had a message, if you’re feeling ignored then show me what I’m missing by getting involved!
You’ve probably all seen these videos, sending up the MAC/PC adverts with a debate about who is making better movies. I propose we see how many comic book geeks and movie nerds we can get to join the debate to find out who really is the better franchise once and for all.
- Title your post either I’m a Marvel or I’m a DC
- Give up to 5 reasons why, roughly styled in the opposition format (to get what I mean read mine below)
- Tag as many other bloggers as you can and let the arguments begin!
If you’re going to play along let me know, I’ll link all the posts on the blog and tally up the results to see who the bloggers (the people whose opinions matter most of course ) think is the ultimate comic book universe.
Right then, my turn.
I’m a Marvel. (I know, you’re all shocked aren’t you?)
Marvel characters manage to look cool in Lycra. Or style themselves in big shiny metal suits.. DC characters wear their pants on the outside.
Marvel have an almost infinite universe of cool characters. The whole world of the X Men could keep me happy for a lifetime without opening up the Avengers. DC basically have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman The Flash and Green Lantern, who don’t really compare.
Marvel specialises in the flawed hero; Wolverine, Iron Man, even Spiderman has an EMO phase. DC, with the exception of Batman, is a collection of goody goodies, and Bruce Wayne doesn’t really hold a candle to Tony Stark in the playboy-off.
When it comes to movies, DC aren’t even in the same league. Marvel has at least 8 franchises out there, the majority of which include some pretty wicked films (even tha bad ones have redeeming features). DC has Superman and Batman, both of which have their weak points (Superman Returns…ouch) and is only just starting to think about digging into the rest of that pile of comics in the corner.
And finally…Marvel have Wolverine. DC have Aquaman.
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Well, after a long wait I finally got to see Watchmen, but with my recent epiphany on hype I decided to try and lower my expectations in advance. I was also a bit concerned about some bad reviews I’d read, but excited nonetheless. I should point out that I saw it in the Odeon Leicester Square, which I reckon makes any film amazing before you start.
Altogether Watchmen is a pretty great movie. True, there are slower moments, but the plot is good, even if it isn’t full of shocks and twists. Set in the cold war, it follows a group of vigilante “superheroes” who’ve been forced into hiding (reminding me of Disney’s Incredibles more than it should have). Unlike your typical comic book film, our heroes don’t have any specific “powers” but they are embibed with a super strength that seems to course through most graphic novel characters. The plot focusses on the threat of nuclear war and our heroes reuniting to try and stop it, framed inside a murder mystery. I think I miss out a little in not having read the graphic novel, but you don’t feel like you’re missing a huge chunk of information.
The style is very reminiscent of Sin City, essentially a series of soliquys focussing in turn on different characters who are all interlinked. Some characters are more interesting than others, my favourites being The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan AKA Denny Duquette to all us Grey’s Anatomy fans) and Rorschach (Jackie Earl Haley). Dr Manhattan (Billy Crudup) is intriguing at first, but I got tired of his philosophical ramblings, and couldn’t stop myself drawing parallels with The Silver Surfer.
The flashbacks are where the graphic style really comes into its own, making the actors almost seen drawn despite being live (think Scanner Darkly but not as obvious). There’s also some great American history and pop culture references in the opening credit which are brilliantly stylised as a series of snapshots. The design is brilliant, especially Rorschach’s ink-blot face, and is probably the most unmissable thing about the film.
What I really loved about Watchmen was the music. There’s a lot of films who make great use of modern music, but Watchmen does it so perfectly it’s almost funny. Playing Flight of the Valkyries over a Vietnam scene is a great pop culture reference, as well as appearances by Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence and Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World. As for the Hallelujah scene, I’m not sure Simon Cowell knew the song’s true meaning when he stole it for X Factor. Zack Snyder definitely did.
There are some very violent moments in the movie (even I had to look away a couple of times) but what do you expect from the man who brought us 300? In the context of the stylised graphic novel, he just about gets away with it without being gratuitous. Although there is one incident with a circular saw which seems somewhat unnecessary…
All in all, Watchmen might not quite live up to the hype in terms of storyline, but it is a masterpiece to look at, which I suppose is really the point with graphic novels. They’ve always been more about the art than the story, so its only natural that the films follow suit.
(The eagle eyed will notice this isn’t posted under “movies to see before you die” at the moment, I’m not sure its a survival necessity, but I do recommend)
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Tonight I found myself with some free time on my hands, which is becoming increasingly unusual for me, so I decided to re-visit the most hyped film of last year: The Dark Knight.
Raving about the brilliance of the film is old news, but I realised as I was watching it that there was no way it was ever going to live up to the expectations people had for it. Don’t get me wrong, I think its a great movie, and Heath Ledger is in a league of his own when it comes to performance, but I too fell victim to the hype and found myself rating this movie higher than perhaps it deserved when I first saw it in the cinema.
The cast is something to be envied, including star turns by Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, and the special effects are pretty awesome. Christian Bale also plays well, although I find his “bat-voice” increasingly difficult to take seriously. The main problem with the film is its length; clocking in at 2 hours 25 mins which I think must be something of a record for comic book films, and there are sections that feel slow, mainly because you’re just waiting for Ledger to reappear on screen.
*update: I thought it was long, then I saw Watchmen!*
It falls foul of the same problem that Spiderman 3 had: one two many villains. Even though the signposting for the transformation of Dent into Twoface is a delight to comic book geeks, it feels like the final half hour is actually another short film tacked on at the end, which could legitimatley have been saved for a sequel, especially since the actual ending is so clearly gearing up for one. In general the plot is good, but there are sections which are confusing. I’m still not that sure what’s going on in the car park at the beginning with all the copycat batmen….
Basically it boils down to this: The Dark Knight is an average film catapulted to mega-success simply because of Heath Ledger. I would like to believe that if the tragedy which brought the film into the media spotlight had not happened, the film would still have enjoyed the same hype on the basis of what really is an astounding performance. The scenes in the jail are creepily reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs and everything about the characterisation is completely unique. I guess we’ll never know, but it just goes to show that when tragedy is involved even critics draw in their claws and choose to overlook faults in favour of seeing the good.
Case in point: I’m a Marvel girl, I’ve never liked DC or Batman, mainly on the basis that he has one of the lamest costumes in superhero history! But I desperately wanted to see Dark Knight. Now, I have always been a Heath Ledger fan, and that was a big part of it, but I can’t help wondering if I’d have heard so much about his performance if he hadn’t died. I still maintain that it was for Brokeback Mountain that he deserved the Oscar.
I love Dark Knight, and I think everyone should see it, but without Heath Ledger, I don’t think I’ll be fighting to see the next one.
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