Comic Book Movies are No Laughing Matter

It seems that Warner Bros is taking comic book films seriously. Maybe too seriously.

Many of you have read Drew McWeeney’s article on about how WB has declared films based on DC Comics characters a joke free zone. Some have speculated that this edict is in response to the failure of the Green Lantern movie. Trust me, it wasn’t the jokes, or the costume for that matter, that made GL a disappointment–it was the story.

I liked the fact that the filmmakers chose to go with CGI rather than spandex for the costume, since in the comics, GL’s costume is made of energy which is created by the ring. Okay, they could have put Ryan Reynolds in a spandex costume and added in effects to make it glow in post production, but it doesn’t matter anyway.

And far too many have heaped far too much blame on director Martin Campbell, but he didn’t write the script; that was the responsibility of Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Mark Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg. You may recognize Berlanti and Guggenheim from the TV series Arrow, which is excellent. So, what happened with Green Lantern?

Yes, the buck stops with the director, but some of the criticism went overboard. Martin Campbell is not a hack who was in it just for the money; he directed the only great James Bond film of the Pierce Brosnan era–Goldeneye–and the film that gave 007 his balls back–Casino Royale. Okay, LeChiffre proceeded to pulverize said balls, but at least Bond had a pair to begin with.

Rant over.

Maybe I’m wrong, I usually am, but I take the idea that WB may not want jokes in their comic book films to mean that they are not going to make a movie in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy, and that’s okay. I don’t want to see a “funny” Batman film.

I’m just going to leave that there.

For a while now, I have been planning on writing a post about what DC/WB could learn from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and now is a good time as any to hit the highlight. It’s not a stretch to say that the Captain America films are the most serious in tone of the Marvel Cimematic Universe. That is not to say they are joyless or without humor. There are some funny moments that come from character, which I will not spoil for those of you who are waiting to purchase the film on DVD or blu-ray on September 9. Speaking of waiting, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still hasn’t shown up yet.. WTF, Amazon!?!

Yeah, I hear you saying, “You are better off without it,” but I didn’t hate it. It was better than Green Lantern, but that’s kind of a low bar.


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