You’re listening to the Gettysburg’s Address Podcast and I’m sitting in the Busy Little Beaver Studios in Maryland, and my guest today is podcaster Rebecca Johnson of Supergirl Radio.
Heroes. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hero as:
A: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
B: an illustrious warrior
C: a person admired for achievements and noble qualities
D: one who shows great courage.
Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, gender and, in the world of comic books (and now the films being made from comic book characters) races. Two of the most iconic heroes of all-time are superman and Batman. I don’t think anyone can argue that both are recognized around the world, admired and loved.
That is why when DC and Warner Brothers announced the film Man of steel, returning Superman to the big screen for the first time in years, and then the film Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice – and that title alone was enough to make my gag reflex kick in – there was excitement and high hopes, even from me. I am a Batman guy, and to be honest I think Superman is a dick, but I was excited nonetheless.
Man of Steel hit and I was there opening day and when I left the theater I was underwhelmed. Zack Snyder made a film with no hope, no joy and exactly the wrong lesson and take on what makes Superman great. Yes, I as a Superman hater still say he is great. What do you want from me, I’m complex.
Then came Batman v Superman, and while fanboys – and yes I am including women who are fans in that term, I have neither the time nor the inclination to be politically correct – gnashed teeth and howled at the news that Ben Affleck was playing Bruce Wayne, I was happy. I think Affleck is a better actor than he is given credit for, and he has matured into a very good director, so I thought, and was correct, that his playing an older, grizzled Bruce Wayne would work.
That part of the film worked very well. The rest of the film? Well, if it tells you anything I fell asleep for about six to 10 minutes during it. Why?
Well, let me put it like this: last night I attended the first showing here of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and had a blast. There was humor, lots of it, great action and genuine emotion. Everything Batman v Superman lacked. Oh, and there was sunlight. Somehow the people at Warner Bros. and DC took all the wrong lessons from what made the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight films so special and have decided that dark, literally as well as figuratively, was what made great stories. They are wrong.
It is quite telling that of the current DC cinematic universe 75 percent of the gravitas and joy comes from Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and yes, I am eagerly awaiting that film because I want to watch a DC hero on the screen I actually like. By that I mean who in their cinematic form is likable.
Anyway, Batman v Superman cause a great debate among the geek set, and today I am going to continue that debate. Strap in.
We address that and much more with Rebecca Johnson, this episode.
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