1. Why is it necessary to “reboot” every stupid franchise under the sun?
2. Why, after having “rebooted,” do we then feel the need to recycle all the same characters over again, with different actors, blah blah blah?
Comic book movies, I’m looking at you. The buzz amongst the so-inclined today is about the villain for the third installment of the new Batman movies. Now, I have a post in the works about why I think The Dark Knight sucked (yes, sucked), but let’s put that aside for a minute. I really liked Batman Begins. I’m a Christopher Nolan fan, I think Christian Bale does a fine job, and I thought it was a good movie. But what I particularly liked was Cillian Murphy as The Scarecrow. I thought he was scary as all get-out, and I was just so excited/intrigued to see a Batman villain that I had never heard of before. I get that there are the main ones: The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, and so on, but … they’re comic books. Aren’t there a zillion baddies? Plenty to go around, you’d think. In the earlier incarnation of Batman we even got down to Poison Ivy at some point. Enough with the same old bad guys. The fact of the matter is that nobody will ever be as good as everyone who played those main bad guys in the original, camptastic Batman movie. Which, if you haven’t seen, please go Netflix it immediately. I’m talking about Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith (man, Burgess Meredith!), and Frank Gorshin. ESPECIALLY Frank Gorshin. Yes, I get that we’re trying to be all angsty and 21st century and dark and meaningful with our comic book movies these days, and I don’t care. Leave these guys alone. Especially The Riddler.
To be fair, I thought Jim Carrey did a reasonable job of filling in, even if the rest of the whichever Schumacher tragedy that was was a mess. However, I wanted to pull my hair out a while back when the buzz was that Johnny Depp would be playing The Riddler, next go-round. Ugh. So sick of Johnny Depp being weird. So now, thanks to Inception, we are all but certain that The Riddler will be the villain next time, and that he will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now then. Inasmuch as I like any actors under the age of thirty, I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I have even seen G.I. Joe. But no. Just…no. There have got to be some more villains. And if not, well, maybe it’s time to write some new ones. Or!! Hold on to your hats, ’cause this is gonna be a shocking suggestion…you ready? MAKE A MOVIE BASED ON AN ORIGINAL CONCEPT, WITH NEW AND INTERESTING CHARACTERS.
Yeah, I know. I’m a real revolutionary. Call the FBI. Sheesh.