Saturday, January 15, 2005

Hollywood Hates Comic Fans.

Let's say you were a fan of a media character since a certain point in time. You know everything about the character & what made that character works. Now let's say Hollywood decides to make a movie out of the character. "YAY! Mushroom Man will be made into a movie" you say. As the movie gets made, you slowly find out that certain things are being changed. Some of these things are understandable & some are superfluous. Mushroom Man was a Portabello, but he'll be a shitake in the movie because he'll show more better. This doesn't mean anything to you because you really think they'll be totally true to Mushroom Man's character. The more they work on it, the more changes are made, but you don't mind. "Just as long as they don't mess with the character" You keep saying. You finally get to see the movie & it totally blows. Mushroom Man wasn't Mushroom Man. He was Action Figure #4 going through a generic action story.

Now. Why did this happen?

Because you don't matter.

Hollywood doesn't want to please you. They want to make money. And if it takes the total character assassination of Mushroom man to do so, so be it. You are the miserable fanboy who wouldn't be proud of anything you do. Therefore, they sell the casual fan shit to make the most money out of it.

This is why Elektra can do things veteran ninja can do with as little training as possible. This is why John Constantine is a Yankee with a crisis of faith. This is why DOOM rides with the Reeds & friends to look at cosmic rays.

Because it sells tickets.

What are we to do about it? Letter writing campaine? Nah. "Fanboy' would be flying all over the place & more changes will be made to spite you. Here's what you do. You get into a casual conversation about films like this, tell them the truth about the media that's being covered in the movie & show them the real material. Explain to them what gets changed & what is totally different than what producers want. Loan out materials if you need to. You won't regret it.

We'll soon show Hollywood that the stories & characters sell the material instead of how "renegade" the material is.


Blogger Ronald Bryan said...

Or you buy a ticket to a SPider-Man 2, and show them the type of superhero movie you do want. When a Catwoman fails, when these new movies fail, when the movies that respect the source material and build off of tales from the comics make hundreds of millions, that is how you tell them. There will be Spider-Man and X-Men sequels. There will not be Catwoman and Elektra sequels. And Fantastic Four will probably end up failing too.

January 15, 2005 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

People need to stop going to these F-rate films, comic fans AND non-comic fans.

I don't understand why they don't stick the original, and far BETTER storylines contained in comics. There's so much material to choose from, for crying out loud.

Instead they make a film like Catwoman, or Electra, or or or...

January 16, 2005 at 11:29 AM  

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