Written By Desi LaSalle
I remember going to the theatre with my sister when I was eight years old and just looking at that Superman poster was incredible, once I was inside I was blown away, my comic book was put on screen. Christopher Reeve was Superman! WOW! The special effects were great for the time, the story was fun and, most importantly, it seemed that everything was kept as close to the source material as possible. In other words, as close to the comic book as they could, so in this day and age with so much money available for production, so much technological innovation available to create special effects in movies, great actors and actresses that are no longer afraid to star in Superhero movies, why is it so hard for Hollywood to get it right?
Let’s backtrack one moment and think about iconic comic book stories such as DC’s “Identity Crisis”, “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, “Death in the Family”, “The Judas Contract” and “The Anatomy Lesson”, amazing stories indeed. Marvel’s “Phoenix Saga”, “The death of Gwen Stacy”, “Born Again” and “Kraven’s Last Hunt”, simply awesome and highly recommended. Imagine seeing those stories on the big screen as they were meant to be, as close to the comic book as possible, wouldn’t that be something!? A great story with great actors and special effects, being as close to the source material as possible, being respectful to the comic book fans, the ones that pay for the tickets and have made everything possible in the first place. So, why does Hollywood not get it right more often than not?
For example, movies such as Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Batman and Robin, Howard the Duck and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, or scenes in other movies where we see the Vision lifting Thor’s hammer, a goofy looking Juggernaut or Galactus as a form of mist in space!? What!? Why!? If I were a Hollywood executive I would get all the actors in a room and make them read at least a hundred comics, especially that of the character that they are going to portray in the movie. Not only is this respectful to the creators of these great comic book characters but also to the fans of this wonderful medium. I don’t want to sound like a pessimist, when Hollywood gets it right it is wonderful, amazing and very enjoyable!
Binge watching “DareDevil” on Netflix or going to see “Deadpool” with no Fear of an “R” rating is for me personally, quite simply, heaven. I have compiled my own personal list of my favorite Superhero movies to share with you.
- The Dark Knight
- Superman II
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Spiderman II
- X- Men First Class
Honorable Mentions: The Incredibles, Blade II, Kick Ass, The Crow and X-Men II.
I completely understand if you do not agree with my list but the beauty of it all is the debate over a subject that we all love…our comic book Superheroes. We can only hope that Hollywood comes to realize that they should remain as close as possible to the source material, embrace it. Don’t be afraid of a movie rating system, get the best talent available and I guarantee you that the fans will be there for the movie, a win – win situation for all involved.