Well, the latest Galaxy of the Guardians trailer was released a couple of released… and everyone was pleasantly surprised with it, to say the least. The trailer managed to do its job; it got people hyped up for the film. But, then again, even without the trailer, fans of the Marvel films were already excited for it.
Now, here’s a question to you: do you really know who the Guardians of the Galaxy? Before the news broke out they were making a film based on these characters, even comic book fans didn’t really know who these guys were! The only one I had some passing familiarity with was Rocket Raccoon, and that was only because he appeared in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3!
On the opposite end of things, other high profile superhero films can’t seem to get a break with rants and complaints from fans. The “Batman vs. Superman” (or whatever they’re going to eventually call it) has had fans criticize their casting choices, such as the infamous casting of Bat-fleck and putting Jesse Eisenberg in the role of Lex Luthor. Fans also have issues with the decision to add other superheroes like Wonder Woman since it’ll take away focus from Superman; it is supposed to be the sequel to Man of Steel, after all.
The same issues regarding casting 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot have also been brought up, especially casting African American actor Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. The main issue is, not only is The Human Torch/Johnny Storm supposed to be Caucasian, but this would generally mean that he won’t be related to his sister by blood since the actress playing Sue Storm (Kate Mara) is, well, white. So, even in these early stages, both films are already fighting an uphill battle to get the fans on their side!
I’m not saying only Marvel Studios makes good superhero movies. The Dark Knight Trilogy and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies were generally great. Even X-Men: First Class was a delight to watch. It’s just that Marvel Studios has a much better record at doing it. But why is that?
There’s only one answer to this. They have respect for the original material.
I was one of those fans who really hated the “Galactus is a cloud” decision from Rise of the Silver Surfer. I had no real problems with Superman breaking Zod’s neck in Man of Steel, but I did have an issue with him being totally fine with it the next day after he gleefully takes out an army drone! Oh, and let us never forget Catwoman, the biggest abomination ever since it doesn’t have anything to do with the DC Comic character in any shape or form!
Producers should stop trying to put their own spin on the stories for the most part. I’m sure they have some ideas that they think will “improve” on the lore and try to make it their own thing. But they really shouldn’t. They should try to focus on what the fans would like before they even try making the movie! I understand it may be a stupid idea to see a giant being trying to eat the Earth. But, if that’s how the comics say Galactus looks like, just go with it!
Movie studios seem to view superhero movies as quick cash grabs. Let’s just get a big name actor and slap on some special effects and we’ll do fine! Well, that may be true since most superhero movies do make a lot of money but you certainly won’t win any fans over with that kind of attitude! We may love visuals but we also love watching interesting and fascinating characters being developed on the screen!
Green Lantern is a prime example of this kind of thinking. They got Ryan Reynolds (who was a big star at the time) to play Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. It was filled with special effects alright. But the story was just boring. The characters weren’t engaging at all!
This is one thing where Marvel shines! Robert Downey, Jr. was phenomenal as Tony Stark/Iron Man! Chris Hemsworth is great as Thor! Even Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow was a blast to watch! You can even make incredibly weird casting decisions and, if the characters are intriguing enough, we can accept them. Heimdall was played by Idris Elba (who wasn’t really that popular worldwide at the time) in the Thor films. Yet, in the comics, Heimdall is obviously a white… god. Yet we totally accept him in the role because the character was portrayed well.
Comic book film adaptions generally have a bad rap because of the callous decisions of movie studios to make them more “bankable” for the ordinary person. But Marvel Studios proved you don’t have to “dumb down” the comics when you bring them to the big screen. In fact, it would be better if you honor and pay tribute to the comics. I do hope other movie studios follow this mantra. I’m going to be watching these superhero films even if they are bad because I love comic books. But I will still call it a turd no matter how much I love the comic book version.
I hope Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox keeps that in mind.
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