Friday, July 19, 2013

Final Justice League

Final Justice League

Since it's the week of Comic Con, what better time to talk about that nerdy shit so I can potentially get a media press pass next year for being one of the billion "press" there. In any case, the major news a week or so back was that Christian Bale was done playing Batman and that his involvement in the potential Justice League movie was pretty much sealed to the same fate as Bruce Wayne's parents.

But here's Bale's comments about being Batman:
“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.”
He then goes on to talk about his lack of knowledge about the Justice League movie:
”I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it.”
As for someone else being Batman:
“It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”'
I say good. I really really REALLY hated his Batman. Mainly because he was always a far better Bruce Wayne than he was a decent Batman. Which is one of the reasons why I feel like Superman doesn't work. Because Nolan somehow got the two characters confused.

Bruce Wayne is first and foremost Batman. Superman on the other hand is Clark Kent first and Superman second. Somehow in the film franchises the two go mixed up. We see far more Bruce in the Batman films and far too little Clark Kent in the Superman film.

When Bale was Batman you couldn't understand a word he said and the whole direction of the character was taken into this strange realm that I wasn't very pleased with. You had such a contradiction in the message from movie to movie. In the first it was about the city needing him. Then in the second  the message was hammered home that the city didn't need him as an icon or even give him the proper recognition for his work, that it needed someone like Dent and Batman would be the scapegoat. But then in the third you had the complete opposite again where Batman was fighting in the streets and the city was complete shit without him. Only for him to sacrifice himself in a fake death.

It was a complete and utter mess of a story arch and I really didn't like how Bale acted as Batman and the Nolan experience was lost on me. So having that wrapped up and done with is good for me. But at the same time it's a pretty clear indication that DC and Warner Brothers can't pull their heads out of their ass for more than ten seconds to get this done despite the fact that they have this franchise and intellectual property sitting in their lap.

How the fuck can Marvel, who sold most of everything off a decade ago to everyone else and was on the brink of losing it all, actually have their shit together on this and are able to come up with the films like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and The Avengers and make dollars hand over fist on. But DC, which own all their characters can't make a film for shit that isn't some garbage like Green Lantern or Man of Steel?

Pull your shit together, DC. You're really fucking the bag on this whole mess.   

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