Apologetic Superhero Movies
Here I mention a few movies which served as apologies to the movies that came before them.
For many years, the world has recieved many great movies but we have also been cursed by downright awful movies too. Many times, studios have had to clear their names whenever they fall short when adapting comic book characters to the big screen. While there are many films I could mention, I have chosen the ones which I think deserve to be written down.
1)Daredevil: Director's Cut (Apology for Daredevil: The theatrical cut)
Let's face it, the Daredevil which was released in the cinemas was complete crap. So many things felt wrong. I later found out that there was a director's cut and the news was that it was a thousand times better. And guess what. It was amazing. Trust me when I say that the director's cut ranks right up there with spider-man 2. And I am not going over the top when I say that. I really mean it.
There were always a few aspects of Daredevil's character that I found unique such as his occupation as a lawyer and most importantly, his faith (He's catholic). Sure, he doesn't spit out bible verses while fighting thugs but it is obviously a big part of his life. In the original cut, these aspects were hardly touched on. All we got was one scene in court and one scene where Matt makes a confession. While in the director's cut, we get numerous scenes of both. We actually get to see Matt use his abilities to solve cases which makes the movie less than a typical superhero movie and more like an interesting episode of CSI. His faith is also shown to the viewer a higher level. But those who haven't watched the director's cut shouldn't worry since it never gets "preachy" but it does add a few more layers to Daredevil's character. There is a nice scene where Matt sits in the church by himself but he can still hear everything around him. It really shows how Matt suffers to find any sense of peace. I feel very bad for Ben Affleck because he actually does an impressive job at portraying the Man without Fear but the original cut of the film didn't show that. It's tragic really. Whenever the word 'Daredevil' comes up, people think of the butchered movie which was originally given to us. I strongly recommend that you watch the director's cut. You haven't watched Daredevil until you've watched the director's cut. This time, when Daredevil jumps into darkness at the end of the movie, it means something.
2)Batman Begins (Apology for Batman and Robin)
Batman and Robin is a dark topic to most comic book fans in general. I'm not going to talk much about this because I don't want any nightmares but I'll give you the gist. Bat nipples, bat credit card and a villan who only says stupid puns. They also ruined the character of Bane and made him a dumb henchman (The horror). Its a painful movie to watch in my opinion. Its even worse if you're a batman fan.
I still love Tim Burton's Batman films with a passion, and I found Batman Forever somewhat entertaining (when I was a kid) but Batman and Robin is a crime against mankind. At the end of the day, Nolan came and saved the Batman with his trilogy. End of story.
3)The Incredible Hulk (Apology for Ang Lee's Hulk)
I want to make it clear that I don't hate Ang Lee's Hulk movie. I hate certain things in this movie such as the giant poodle and the look of the hulk. My main problem is the fact that Ang Lee didn't make a Hulk Movie. He made a movie which had the Hulk in it. He never felt like a real character. He just felt like a special effect.
Six years later, the reboot was released which was much closer to the comics. This time, Bruce Banner was played by Edward Norton, one of the most talented actors of his generation. He did a terrific job in my opinion. If there was one thing I wished this movie had, it would be Jennifer Connelly. I didn't hate Liv Taylor (especially after watching the deleted scenes) but I think it would have been great to see Edward and Jennifer together on the screen together.
There were many pluses in this film like the way hulk yells hsis famous catchphrase, 'Hulk smash!!!'
This time around, the hulk resembled Bruce Banner much more than he did in Ang Lee's movie.
Case in point
The final fight between the Hulk and the Abomination was gritty, intense and brutal. It was everything I wanted to see in a hulk movie. I remember my girlfriend worrying about the hulk and Betty's safety during the fight and she rarely cares for superhero movies!
Its nice to know that the Edward Norton vs Marvel controversy has been cleared up by the Incredible Hulk director. In case you didn't know, Edward Norton wasn't being a pain in the ass as reported but just wanted the attempted suicide scene to be included.
There it is. The movies which were made to revive characters who were once dead. Quick nod to x-men:First class. Man of steel will most likely be an apology film.
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