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So, on Sunday morning yesterday while reading the paper, (yes, some of us still read the Sunday paper), I came across this article which made me particularly perturbed.
The beginning of the linked article starts off as a sort of observational piece on what’s coming up in movies that were adapted from comic books. It quickly descends into judgment and putting all comic book culture fans into the box where we have to be named by the phrase “Fanboy” (which I will address) and should be so overwhelmingly concerned with the integrity of the movie we will be vocal and critical of the movie because of it’s inaccuracies.
Even though, the interviewed person states that he has to let some of the plot holes in the movies go to enjoy them, he touches on ways to make them “better”. I think a crucial part of looking at any comic book movie was missed in that it didn’t address what they are doing for comic books, just complaining about the tiresome adaptations. The writer might say that he was just expressing an opinion from comic book fans and I may be part of a sect that takes the extreme opposite and loves all comic book movies (which would be wrong).
The article then goes on to quote things like, “Unlike most Fanboys, XXX (who’s been reading comics since he was 10) isn’t strict when it comes to loving or hating comic-book movies”.
Really? “Fanboys”? Really? I’m glad my vagina excludes me from this particular sect of comic book aficionados. It’s good you’re putting us all in one category. So unless we’re all boys and have read comics for the majority of our life, our opinion on movies doesn’t matters? I prefer comic enthusiast but that would mean I couldn’t marginalize this particular sect of comic book culture. Awesome job, dood.
What the hell does “strict” mean when having an opinion to comic book movies? Newsflash, we all like and dislike different comic book movies. However, and I think you may have overlooked this fact; you don’t have to like everything to support it if the movie you supports addresses a greater cause. You blatantly ignore the idea that the movies are bringing people back to the original comic books and sparking conversation and commerce. You look at them purely as entertainment and not a portal into something bigger. Is there plot holes? Sure. But, these movies are bringing people into the stores and even libraries to find out what did, could, and will happen with these characters.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t have opinions about comic book movies. I’m not saying that everyone will see all the comic book movies being made. I am saying that overlooking the overall purpose of comic books and comic book movies when writing about them is pretty awful. Don’t just take a “Fanboys” word for it (even when I type it I want to vomit), take a child’s word for it, or ask an opinion from someone who has been introduced to comics later in life by the movies and what that’s done for them. This article really irritated me with its lack of vision and I hope that the writer doesn’t feel defensive, just educated.