When I think of a superhero, I think of Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The X-Men (Women too).
I do not think of hipsters. Which is why I must say, I am concerned for the future of superhero movies given the raging success of the latest Batman franchise. Things are looking more dark for heroes these days. Which could be really good. Gritty good. Gut good.
Or. It could be a world of Hipster Heroes. Which I cannot abide by.
So I’ve been mulling over the new trailer for the upcoming Superman franchise, done by none other Nolan. Some of you who know me on a face to face basis will say, “Hey Britt, isn’t this what you always wanted? You’ve been talking about this for years! This will be like that time they made Game of Thrones into a TV show like you said they should!”
And I will say, ” Yes, yes, this is all well and good and as we all know . . . that when I’m faced with that thing I want (roller blades in 1993, a skateboard in 1998, a car in college, various pairs of shoes over the last decade, a functional relationship at present) I suddenly get weird (he’s ok with that).”
So I watched the new trailer for “Man of Steel.” (See below.)
And now I’m happy. And now I’m weird. And now I don’t know whether to be excited or afraid of how dark this could be.Please enter the url to a YouTube video.
If Superman is too dark, too broody, too soul searching . . . will I be afraid that he has now started listening to Dubstep? Most likely from orbit, you know, because it is soooooo much clearer out there. No distractions. You’ve probably never tried it before.
Heroes, men and women both, are supposed to shine against their background and triumph over the bad guy. Even Batman, in that dark, growly way, is shining. In reverse.
Take the new Spiderman franchise. I didn’t see it. I didn’t want to see it. Because, yes because, it did not fit the image what Spiderman is. At least to me at least. Spiderman (to me) is nerdy, geeky, relate-able Peter Parker. Not some brooding, suave English fellow with confidence who happens to be wearing a Spidey suit and talk like his nose is stuffy for two hours. But that’s just me.
I’m worried that all the heroes will get too dark then not have the hero panash. That they will somehow be less hero-y and then more brooding. Am I being reasonable? Or paranoid?
Please weigh in.