Let’s get away from the maudlin tone of the last few posts, shall we?
There are some movies coming up in the next few months that I wanna see. I don’t go to theatres that much any more. When you have something like 13 movie channels sending commercial-free product into your house 24x7, there’s not much requirement to go out to the theatres and see stuff.
However, there are films that should be seen on the big screen. They do not reduce well to tv screens, and should be seen with other people. You know what I mean.
I thought I’d share some upcoming superhero movie trailers with you, followed by my comments thereon. I know you’ll enjoy it.
The first one is for Thor, another Marvel Comics film, due out in May. They always release a movie early in the month of May, in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day. That’s the Saturday when all the comics shops in North America are encouraged, maybe even expected, to give away stuff that they paid good money to get in the first place.
This looks really cool. Hella Cool in fact. I started reading Thor comics in the early 1970’s and read the character through thick and thin (there was lots of thin!) until not many years ago. My favourite Thor artist was probably John Buscema, and my fave writer was probably Roy Thomas. Of course, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s version is probably everyone else’s favourite.
The Green Lantern trailer looks amazing as well. This is a film that could not have been made even 10 years ago. The special effects are so extensive, and so expensive, that they would have had to wait until now to be able to mount such a production. Of course, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds, the current Sexiest Man Alive. Guess they forgot about me. Harrumph!!
My own experience with the character of Green Lantern has been more checkered. Once again, I started reading the character in the 1970’s. GL was published by DC comics, and I was always a Marvel guy. I typically found most DC comics boring, so full of exposition (not that I knew what that was when I was 10!) and silly situations that I could not involve myself in the story. Later on, people I thought were better writers and artists worked on these classic characters, and I began to appreciate them much more. I sold nearly all of my Green Lantern comics to a local fan around 2004.
The last film trailer I will share with you now is for the upcoming Seth Rogan version of The Green Hornet.
I don’t have much to say about this film, or the character. I was too young to watch the show with Bruce Lee in the 1960’s. I seldom saw Green Hornet comics in the stores, and therefore, seldom read them. And, to be brutally honest, “The Green Hornet” was the nickname for a particular female of ill repute in the Annapolis Valley in the 1970’s. It’s hard for me to think of the superhero when that phrase is forever associated with that wanton woman of so long ago.
I don’t know how good the film will be. But, I’m dubious because the film is opening in January, which is usually a month when movies are released by studios that know damn well that these film suck. I will wait for the reviews before I decide to go see it.
There you have it. “Thor” and “Green Lantern” are must sees. I’m on the fence about “The Green Hornet”.
Something tells me she would have liked it that way.