More superhero films now hit our cinema screens after the success of The Avengers (2012), and financially most of them make a killing. However, they are not without their detractors, pointing out how they are formulaic and lacking depth. But what about the superhero films before the post-2012 boom?
Dark, poetic and a visual masterpiece.
The Crow is a movie that is very much dear to my heart. Released in 1994 on the back of some very serious hype (for all the wrong reasons) involving the death of star Brandon Lee, it was billed as a sort of adult version of Tim Burton’s Batman. I can clearly see why people would perceive this as it’s a very dark piece. Audiences hadn’t really seen many movies stylistically like Burton’s Batman, so it was easier to class them in the same vein. Even more so with both being comic book incarnations…
“It can’t rain all the time.”
The Super7 x Transformers collaboration expands as the Autobots and Decepticons join the world of 3.75-inch ReAction Figures with the debut Wave 1 assortment.
“Robots in disguise!”
Last month saw the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise, to largely negative reviews. Most focused on the underdeveloped characters, the villains, and the fact that it didn’t bring anything new to the genre. X-Men meh sums it up. Now, after a few weeks, I think it’s time to look at some of the good points of the film, where it ultimately failed, and what’s needed to make the X-Men stand out in the saturated superhero film genre. The X-Men comics are about discrimination – about being different – and this needs to be referenced…
“Every hero has a dark side.”
Following the success of The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing shows Wes Craven adapting his style from the rough ‘n’ ready thrills and spills of his earlier exploitation films, to a sci-fi adventure featuring a mutant-monster with good intentions! Swamp Thing features a supporting cast of fan-favourites including Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise and David Hess in one of his best-remembered villainous turns.
“Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!”
Waxwork Records proudly presents the deluxe vinyl re-issue of the Darkman original motion picture score. Directed by the legendary Sam Raimi, 1990’s Darkman is dark superhero film that pays homage to Universal’s classic horror movies from the 1930s. Waxwork Records is also beyond thrilled to present George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead original motion picture score on deluxe double vinyl.
“The dead have waited. The day has come.”
Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, has announced that Troma, the longest running truly independent film company in American history, have crossed the atlantic ocean in order to acquire Irish filmmaker Séamus Hanly’s hilarious superhero/comedy, The Middle Finger.
“He’s our only hope… Sorry about that.”
With Richard Donner’s Superman still a few years off from transforming comic cinema into a legit and lucrative genre, letting the audience in on the gag and addressing its protagonist’s more antiquated elements would have been a wise move. But outside of pausing every so often to superimpose a gleam across Ron Ely’s peepers or randomly announce a new, heretofore unknown talent of Doc’s, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze does little to deconstruct its parent property or its contemporaries in the world of crime-fighting fiction. Producer George Pal took a chance on a big-screen throwback.
“Have no fear! Doc Savage is here!”
So who would take on such a hot potato and risk everything to bring The Avengers to the big screen? Who has the expertise of pulling together a group of miss-matched characters and forming them into a fighting force? Who has the support and the knowledge of these fanboys and girls, to keep them happy? None other than the geek god himself, Joss Whedon. However, with great power, come great responsibility; so does he pull it off and bring the culmination of these 5 films together and bring a movie that the fans deserve and want?
“Superheroes? In New York? Give me a break!”
Every successive Marvel adaptation seems to be compelled to up the ante by treating us to a pyrotechnic display while guys in mechanical suits punch the hell out of the villains. Er…having said that, Ant-Man is a movie where a couple of guys in mechanical suits punch the hell out of each other but, just in case we have become a little jaded by that particular spectacle, this movie at least attempts to send itself up.