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Let's Retire the Reboot

Elizabeth Grunewald | 29 Nov 2010 22:10
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WHY I WANT IT: It seems like so many superheroes hit the screen as things I'm too polite to call them. More colorful metaphors aside, as civilians, they're often drunk (Iron Man), lazy (Green Hornet) oversexed little boys (Green Lantern) with too much money (most of them) who all manage to rise to the challenge of their various responsibilities. The rakish Ollie Queen belongs in this fraternity. His outspoken political activism provides a real-world relevance not as fully realized in other franchises, and social issues seem to follow him wherever he goes, usually attacking those close to him. Speedys fall prey to heroin addiction and HIV, sons are shot, left in vegetative states, and kidnapped. His relationship with Black Canary is fraught with lies, infidelities, and interesting gender dynamics. This has the potential to be a deep and interesting film, darker than the average popcorn fare.

WHY THE STUDIO SHOULD: Superheroes with similar personalities have been selling well. Also capitalize on success of other "green" superheroes.


WHY I WANT IT: I'll admit that Zatanna Zatara looks a little gimmicky. Her civilian identity is a magician, her costume is appropriately stagy, and her powers are limited to magic. Then again, her powers are limited to magic. Little, if anything, is beyond the scope of Zee's powers. Make anything happen by commanding it backwards? Okay. Can't speak? Well, just cast a spell in your own blood. Crap, Batman's memory needs to be erased? Why the hell not? Zee has enormous power, a refreshing sense of humor, a history of complicated ethical quandaries, and the ability to laugh at herself. ti nmad ydaerla eivom siht ekaM.

WHY THE STUDIO SHOULD: See "Black Canary," above.

There's no one representing Marvel here, but Marvel has thus far been stomping Detective Comics in terms of film production. The X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, Daredevil, Iron Man, all have received movie treatments of varying quality. Recently, especially since its acquisition by Disney, Marvel has been lining up superhero movies like they're going out of style. It has The Avengers on the horizon, and individual films for nearly every member are in some stage of production. Additionally, in 2012, Marvel is set to release Deadpool and Doctor Strange. It's high time the latter got a movie, but even this move does little to engender my goodwill when Marvel insists on tearing into Spider-Man again.

DC, on the other hand, is lagging behind a bit. I don't think that quantity should trump quality, but there are some stories it's neglecting to tell. DC does have some ammunition with Aquaman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman (finally) all slated for release in 2013, but this does not excuse dipping a toe back into the Superman pool.

For the record, I don't think everything has to become a movie. It seems I'm outnumbered here, though, so all I can do is call for the best movies the studios can provide. Please, please give Peter Parker a rest. His current theatrical tragedy is exposure enough.

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