We’re seeing a resurgence of blog features about comic books and other animated and heroic adventures lately. For instance, ForeverGeek bloggers have recently been active in writing about comic book series, comic book characters, animated films, and live-action films based on comic book storylines and heroes. These range from works that are considered classics or even very recent releases.
Now isn’t this a welcome break from the gadget craze. Let’s talk about what the little kid in all of us has always been excited about.
Haven’t you noticed that most of the summer blockbuster movies we’ve had for the past half decade were based on comic-book heroes. Take Spiderman, for instance. The first installation was excellent enough to redefine the Spiderman franchise as a live-action feature. The sequel was even better. And now, the cinematic previews to the upcoming Spiderman 3 promise to far exceed the first two movies. Then there were the X-Men films, which breathed life into our favorite mutants with three movies to date (and hints of more coming up).
Then there’s Batman Begins, which is probably the best in the live-action Batman film franchise (give me none of the badly-written homoerotic Batman films that preceded it). What about Fantastic Four? Okay, admit it, the only reason you watched it was Jessica Alba. Of course the most recent release is Superman Returns, which is a work already decades into development, actually, but only recently realized.
Here’s what I’m really looking forward to watch come July next year: Transformers. The preview looks intriguing. I look forward to seeing the comic book, cartoon and anime Autobots (And Decepticons) come to life as real hardware alongside actual actors.
How geeky can you get? We’re all gadget geeks here, but we haven’t seen such enthusiasm for contemporary art lately. Never mind the gripes about consistency with the original comic book storylines. Hey, we can’t expect two-and-a-half hour films to capture all the complex storylines of decades of work by the comic book greats.
You have to hand it to today’s film technology, and how it gives justice to the almost-impossible feats that were only previously the domain of animation and illustration. While the movies of the 80s and 90s had CGI so badly rendered that you could make out where the real deal ended and the CGI or animation began. Today, it’s all seamless.
Here’s a little something for the film or comic book buffs out there who may have not yet heard the news:
[tags]Comics, Comic Book Movies, Spiderman, Transformers, X-Men, Batman[/tags]