My head hurts.
|Posted: 23 February 2021 at 1:13pm | IP Logged | 6
Just get good talent and tell good stories with these amazingly rich characters you're blessed to have as your IPs.
The only difficulty are the fans themselves and the fans turned pro that write and edit the books and their obsession for all the stories to "count".
You've read and enjoyed it? Then it counts.
I'm well past my era of checking out new comics every month unless something specific catches my eye, except for Batman which I'm always sort of interested in what's going on (don't know why, really).
I've read the Snyder run and found it underwhelming with the constant "remixing" of older stories but I understood the thinking behind it. These things go round and round and for new readers (if they indeed exist) maybe this retreading of old ideas is kinda new and exciting. Kind of the reasoning behind the Star Wars sequels.
I still think new, original stories are always preferable but I get it. The Joker has to return in some spectacular way from time to time. The Riddler is due for a new re-imagining and to be showed as something more of a menace. It never worked the 35 times they tried that before but that's the way it goes.
I tried the Tom King Rebirth thing and I hated it, so I didn't follow it. It doesn't count for me. Batman married Catwoman and then got stood up or whatever? Fine, I don't care. I'll be back when another team is on it and it looks good. Not that hard.
Same applies for the rest of the books. If they put their "braintrust" to work on original, fresh story ideas and arcs instead of trying to solve the impossible to "solve" continuity issues maybe nobody would care about them in the first place.
I (used to)* say that there was never an explanation needed/given for the multiple incarnations for comic book movie characters - why are they needed in the comics themselves?
*Well, that's been going out the window the latest TV and movie projects. But it took a while!
James Bond (talk about a character that's really fundamentally attached to a specific historical era!) seems to be doing fine. Put smart people on it, tell good stories. Nobody will care if this is in fact the very same James Bond that had a jetpack and a scottish accent or was fighting Jaws in a spaceship. The character's universal appeal is not about that.
Movies use to do this fine. But as you said, the multiverse is coming now for the films. I'm wary of the idea. They have a great thing going on and want to get the worst, messiest part of the comics in it? Doesn't sound like a great idea to me.
(I mean the multiverse as we comics fans understand it, and going into the wormhole of "explaining everything". Movie fans don't need that, there's no problem to fix. Heath Ledger was the Joker, then Joaquin Phoenix was the Joker in a completely different movie and portraying a completely different character and now Jared Leto is back as the Joker for this Justice League thing and nobody bats an eye. Again, not hard if you are not very especially motivated to overthink it)