The Translation Debate.
I'd like to talk about what does not allegedly translate and what does when adapting source material to screen.
Morty here with something I'd like people to think about and discuss.
The Translation debate.
Many times, over and over since the release of X-men (2000) I have heard this statement-
"That does not translate to screen"
I personally believe everything translates. Because if it does not, nothing rationally translates.
X-men and Batman fans are notorious for saying certain characters do not translate to screen,
Or are not plausible to a mass audience.
How can Batman’s cowl work, but not Wolverines?
Both are ridiculous if you over scrutinize. But I can buy that as heroes living outside the law they
Need to be symbols and protect their identities.
I have a harder time believing they can stroll around without masks on,
break laws, use super powers and not have their lives turned upsidedown from being identified.
Why does one work and the other does not?
The same goes for Night Owl. His suit worked, is it because he looks like Batman that he translated ?
How does he work and not Wolverine and Catwoman ?
Say what you will about Watchmen, you either love it or hate it.
It had an awesome feel to it though regardless, that these heroes existed in a world with heroes,
Dressed in costumes they made themselves and couldn't give rats behind if anyone thought they looked silly.
As should any translated comic book hero
How about, Superman?
In my opinion those undies on top of his costume don't fit in any form of media
- People don't wear Speedos on top of their clothing
Ever as far as I've seen.
But, when he made it to the big screen into 5 or 6 movies he wore them and it worked just fine.
No one tore apart the Superman movies for the Speedos.
No one cared. In fact many seem pretty Pissed off that they are gone.
Wolverine or Catwoman in a mask can work, Bane as a drug enhanced luchador costumed muscle man can work without
Scarring off the general public.
Now let’s take a look at some movies that are cult favorites and or made a boatload
of money but also had some pretty silly elements in them - that people also had little to know no
problem with, and would by the "that does not translate logic" would not fly with the public in said theory.
*Avatar - the highest grossing movie of all time.
Giant blue Aliens that can interlink and communicate with trees and mate via their hair.
*Transformers - Alien machines that can transform into vehicles.
Featuring a cube a thousand feet across that shrinks to the size of a GameCube.
*Star wars - a Sci-fi space battle flick. In which there is a magic "force" that allows its users to communicate across space,
Move objects with their minds, predict incoming blaster fire and reflect it and jump one hundred feet into the air and so on.
*Terminator & Back to the future - Time travel
*Indiana Jones - Gliding back to earth on a raft, then down the river safely. Swinging with monkeys.
- I could go crazy listing things with this series
*Inception- Entering people’s dreams and being able to live in and or manipulate them.
*The Prestige - An electrical field capable of cloning human being.
The fact is gang; the general public does not crave raw realism, or care what allegedly translates to a couple overhyped closed minded directors.
They care about being "entertained" and as I have brought up in the above with those classic and high grossing movies,is when it comes to entertaining people everything translates. Some pretty silly concepts often hit the jackpot in the box office or with groups of devoted fans.
I am aware some of these points I made were hated on greatly, but it did not affect the movies success at the box office or with the
general public as a whole.
The movies succeeded regardless.
All this talk started with Bryan Singer and XMen.
Most of us recognize him as being extremely overrated now.
Christopher Nolan speaks the same way of Batman.
He did a bang up job with Batman Begins, A decent job with The Dark Knight.
But he says Bane cannot translate to screen after making his cloning electricity and entering people’s dreams?
We need to take two steps back from what these guys say.
Question things, because they do contradict themselves.
So please, when you are about to say something does not translate think real hard about what people hype up and what sells,
What is popular and how that judgmental angle affects many past classics or financial hit films.
Everything Translates or Nothing Translates.
Everything seems to be winning,
But with some setbacks due to directors of vision.
Over thinking, over stylizing, changing beloved, sacred source material for the sake of trying to make a fantasy themed world realistic superficially.
- Fixing what is not broken.
Its why so many of our beloved comicbook movies are getting crap treatment.
Its why Marvel studios is doing well, they know there need to be a few tweeks here and there, but no overhauls.
I hope WB, Fox and Sony get a grip on that soon. Renvisioning or reinventing characters is not needed with popular properties.
The second you accept everything Directors or people in general force feed you, you may as well be a pigeon eating corn from an old man.
Even if you disagree with me I hope I've given you something to think about.
Thanks for reading my article !
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