|Doom is not pleased.|
Here's the thing, I can understand how this came about. I can even sympathize with why it did. I mean, I can see the thought process of this change. I used to blame the suits at studios for things like this, but I'm rapidly beginning to understand that a lot of this kind of dumb can be laid at the feet of the creative types, and I think I've finally figured out why.
While it's true that executive types hold the purse strings for a film, they will generally give the
|Except that Brainiac MUST wrestle a polar bear|
Let's say that you have a new, young director. They're a film nerd, in the same way that Bendis or Busiek are comics nerds. They want to make movies like the kind that inspired them when they were younger, just like Bendis and Busiek love to work with older characters or styles of stories from their youth. In some cases, that means that the director wants nothing to do with genre movies, and instead want to make "serious" movies about real world situations. Even in the case that they do want to make genre movies, they want to work on something that fires their imagination. But they're also a young director, and someone has given them a superhero movie to direct, and, well, they want to make their mark, but more importantly for our purposes, they're probably not comic book fans. If they are, it's almost certainly because of the visuals, not the story.
Even in the case that the director has written other genre movies, even if they were comic book movies, even if they were superhero movies, for that matter, that's not a great indicator. Snyder did a great job with 300 and a serviceable job with Watchmen. Goyer wrote the hell out of Blade and the Nolan Batman movies. These were both experienced, successful creative types, and they ended up being responsible for arguably the worst Superman movie ever made. Nether of them got Superman as a character, to the point where Nolan was arguing with them til near the end about whether Superman should kill. (Hint: he should not.)
|Pretty sure you shouldn't do that in a |
high oxygen environment, Johnny
When Edgar Wright was picked as the director for Ant-Man, fans rejoiced. He had done so many great genre movies, infusing them with fun and humor that it seemed like a natural fit for a character like Ant-Man. But then he was let go from the picture earlier this year, because he and Marvel couldn't see eye to eye on how to proceed. It was, frankly, a pretty brave move for the studio, but they understood that they had picked the wrong director for their film, and they needed to do something about it. As much as I have complained in the past about comics being by fans for fans, having folks that are comics people first and movie people second running their productions has been incredibly important in preventing a Daredevil, Man of Steel or X-Men: The Last Stand from making it out of the studio and damaging their brand. The other studios need to be willing to do the same.
|We don't deserve this, Hollywood.|