Five without watching, I know what this is. I know it well.
For I was that cat.
I don't understand. Why is he talking to her and smiling? He's supposed to be scowling and striking vaguely Messianic poses.
Meanwhile, over on "Supergirl", they do a pretty good Clark Kent / Superman:
If this scene was remade now in another Zach Snyder abortion, there would be pounding orchestral music with an operatic chorus drowning out most of the other sound.
The child would be silently screaming in slow motion while Superman came in from out of the Sun with a permanent sullen, dour look on his face. He would see the CGI cat, mewling a digitally stretched out stock meow sound effect, and suddenly we would shift to an extremely close-up framed flashback of a young Clark talking with his mom while the music briefly shifts into a lighter tone with a vocal-fry voiced generic female "singer" singing a dampened, downtrodden "ironic" version of some 80s pop song.
"Clark, just remember....if you can save cats from trees you probably should..."
"Ok mom....*crying* I will....just for you.."
Cut back to the previous scene, Superman uses a massive eye-laser blast to cleave the tree from the ground and as it falls he shifts into hyper-speed to catch the cat, fly it up into the atmosphere, and then instantly return it into the arms of the girl.
The tree hits the ground and explodes in a fiery crater leaving debris and destruction all around. The girl looks up at Superman confused and as he begins crying, he flies off... From a nearby house, Lex Luthor looks on and begins muttering about Heidegger..
I just google to make sure that, yes, I am far from the first person to notice that Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor pretty much is trump.
He's got more of a Simon Stagg vibe, particularly how he wants to fuck his daughter.
|Mr. Purple Cat Esq. |
DC used to be by far the best at adapting their stuff to moving pictures.
Some of their cartoon series are great
batman: the animated series
superman: the animated series
justice league unlimited (This had great plots that would span several episodes, using loads of DC superheroes)
batman beyond (really cool sci-fi batman original concept executed really well)
Batman Beyond is one of those things that everyone recognizes as being great yet still ends up being underappreciated.
Two core problems with "Batman Beyond":
1) It's hard (for me, at least) to see Terry as Batman, he's more of a Robin while Batman sits in the Batcave.
2) The villains on BB were generally pretty lame. The only really good villains were Bruce's hand-me-downs: Mr. Freeze, Talia, even the Joker when he returned.
I can point to a lot of good in the show -- Bruce, the Bruce / Terry relationship, getting to see Bruce's secret cave -- but those things also cut against what the show is trying to do. You can't really make a next generation Betman because Batman is "defined" as the best so all his successors are going to be weak if they try to be the "next" Batman. DC Comics figured out a solution in the 1970s: have his successor be the daughter of Batman and Catwoman (Helena Wayne, the Huntress), so her M.O. makes her just dissimilar enough that you can't do an apples-to-apples comparison.
Seven Arts/H8 Red
The DCAU as a whole holds up since, even if the showrunners were reacting to a Time Warner edict (i.e., "Batman in high school"), the results are consistently good overall. There's a larger tapestry if the shows are put together, yet DCAU shows work as standalones with at least some care put in the writing. Even The Zeta Project bases its story around the NSA wanting to recapture its property.
The Arrowverse TRIES to be like the DCAU, yet the results are wildly inconsistent. For instance, there's Arrow wanting to be the "most realistic" show again, and then introducing a man becoming the only survivor of a nuclear explosion thanks to rags from the time of Moses and them. At least the Arrowverse as a whole tries to be fun, even if it's one part of DC's current spam-the-IPs-at-least-five-different-ways-at-once strategy.
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