The Golden Age of Film
If you are a nerd, a geek, or a rabid comic book fan, there has never been a better time to be alive. Though there have been more than a few misses with some of the recent comic book movies, even the misses have been at worst average or mediocre. That list in my opinion includes: Superman Returns, Thor, Iron Man 2, Green Lantern, The Amazing Spider Man and both Fantastic Four movies – the hits though have been truly seismic. You could arguably start this period in 2005 with Batman Begins or in 2008 with Iron Man, depending on your franchise preference it is certainly still ongoing, given the slew of comic book movies on the horizon.
The first Iron Man film blew me away, due in equal parts to low expectations and the majesty of the visual effects; It set a new standard in comic book movies until The Dark Knight. I forgave most of the faults of the second film based on these factors. The most recent Batman trilogy, on the other hand is almost flawless. It might be the best trilogy of all time, competing only with Back to the Future for that honor in my mind. From the tone of the third movie, to the amazing acting of the Joker in the second – Batman did almost everything right.
And The Avengers? ‘Nuff Said.
Watchmen? Amazing. Truly wonderful. Better than the book in plot and execution. Even the way they updated the ending. Let’s just hope they don’t get it into their heads to pollute the silver screen with the mediocre prequel material that is currently all the rage.
The only truly terrible comic book film to come out in all of this is Spiderman 3. That is a movie of which I can say nothing positive. Even Venom was not enough to salvage this movie, and there are few villains cooler than Venom. The rest – the also-ran’s and mediocre scripts had their high points and good scenes. Despite all the problems in Green Lantern for instance, I thought it was a lot of fun to watch – showing a movie full of effects that just wouldn’t have been possible even a few years ago.
I sincerely hope that DC gives us some more Hal Jordan, preferably with Batman and a rebooted Superman in a JLA movie. Really what I am waiting for, is the next installment of Iron Man; I’m sure the Mandarin at the top of the page clued you in. What about you? What is it you really want to see in theaters? What misses bothered you the most?