As someone who never read comics, it is very strange to hear people discuss these cheesy, pop-corn movies so seriously. I’m sure it sounds the same way life and death football discussions sound to my wife.
So many movies based on novels turn out to be shit, but very rarely do people take it as personally as comic book readers do when their movies turn out to be shit. Is that because so many years are devoted to the stories and characters (versus a few days to read a novel)? Or do you really see that much potential to make a GREAT comic book movie that can stand on its own? [/quote]
For me, I never really got into reading comics as a kid. When Spawn came out and really took off, I was in college. His animated show was hitting HBO and it caught my attention (honestly, there aren’t many black heroes in comics so I paid attention to him more). That is what got me back into it a little.
Other than that, many of these characters represent to kids what the ideal persona would be. They grow up with these mental images that are dominated by people that are stronger and more powerful than anyone else. Obviously, when dealing with concepts that people were truly raised on, it makes perfect sense that some take the stories more personally than a random movie of the week.
I was always into movies more than comics. Christopher Reeves might as well have been Superman as far as was concerned as a kid. So when shows like Smallville appear, I pay attention…because that is what links me to those same images I thought of growing up.
To be honest, no other show (not Clark and Lois, and not the lame Superboy) has come close as far as writing to this one. The writers aren’t just making up flat characters and ridiculous story lines. The entire pulse of the show is based on WHY Clark would become Superman when Lex would become his opposite…when they started out as friends. They focus on parenting and how much a difference in values can make on who a person becomes. That is what makes it stand out among other crap that I see on tv lately.
It isn’t about the comics but the characters. Superman is so much a part of pop culture history that you could have never opened a comic and know exactly who he is.
The character has become a lot more a result.