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February 26, 2009

Movie News: Remakes & Whedon on DC Comics

Anybody else need a distraction from the rape of the American dream?

Distraction 1:

Hollywood is looking to remake Total Recall. This one's definitely going to violate Ace's Rule of Remakes: don't fix what ain't broke. Or restated: what is there to remake about a successful film?

Hollywood is also looking to remake The Neverending Story. This one I'm not so sure about. I really disliked it as a child, but freakin' everyone else thought it was amazing. I suppose I shouldn't care since a remake will also presumably be directed at children, right.

Distraction 2:

Joss Whedon on why DC characters, except for Batman, don't make good film heroes.

Because, with that one big exception (Batman), DC's heroes are from a different era. They're from the era when they were creating gods.

"And the thing that made [rival publisher] Marvel Comics extraordinary was that they created people. Their characters didn't living in mythical cities, they lived in New York. They absolutely were a part of the world. Peter Parker's character (Spider-Man) was a tortured adolescent.

"DC's characters, like Wonder Woman and Superman and Green Lantern, were all very much removed from humanity. Batman was the only character they had who was so rooted in pain, that had that same gift that the Marvel characters had, which was that gift of humanity that we can relate to."

I know some of you hate Whedon with the fire of a thousand suns. But he's got a point. Half of the gimmicks for the DC comics are ways to bring these folks down to our level and see how they deal.


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